Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Pause For Mr. Clause / Una Pausa Para Papá Noel

EARLY IN SAN Geraldo's professional library career, he began a tradition of dressing up as Santa Claus at the Libraries' holiday parties. Guests would pay $1 to sit on Santa's lap and have their photos taken. All the money raised would go to a pre-selected charity. These were the only times in my life that I got to sit on Santa Claus's lap. (San Geraldo's lap is another story.)

AL PRINCIPIO DE la carrera profesional de San Geraldo, comenzó una tradición de vestirse como Papá Noel en las fiestas de las Bibliotecas. Los invitados pagarían $1 para sentarse en el regazo de Papá Noel y tomarse sus fotos. Todo el dinero recaudado iría a una organización benéfica preseleccionada. Estas fueron las únicas veces en mi vida que tuve que sentarme en el regazo de Papá Noel. (El regazo de San Geraldo es otra historia).

YALE UNIVERSITY IN THE LATE '80S.
UNIVERSIDAD DE YALE A FINES DE LA DÉCADA DE 1980.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, AROUND 1994.
UNIVERSIDAD DE CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, ALREDEDOR DE 1994.
BERKELEY, 1998.
MOOSE: IS THAT A NEW BIRD?!? NO. IT'S ONLY SANTA AND THOSE DAMNED REINDEER.
MOOSE: "¿!¿ES ESO UN PÁJARO NUEVO?!? NO, ES SOLO PAPÁ NOEL Y LOS MALDITOS RENOS.

22 comments:

  1. SG makes a great santa! now about all that lap-sitting...

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    1. anne marie:
      He DOES make a great Santa... and he has a very comfortable lap.

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  2. Santa porn? Is that coming up?

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    1. Bob:
      I would never be that inappropriate... well...

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  3. Ho-ho-ho, it looks like a lot of fun. Happy New Year!

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    1. Travel:
      They raised a nice amount of money every year and Jerry loved the classy costumes.

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  4. Ahhhh, you guys are great :) I loved the Christmas photos, too.
    Judy

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    1. Judy:
      Thanks as always. More photos to come of course.

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  5. Happy New Year Gosia from Poland

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  6. He does make a good Santa!!!!! But happen happens if you got on the naughty list Mitchell?

    I wish both you dears a Very Happy Shining New Year!!!
    🎆✨🍸🎈🎉🎇✨💋

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    1. mistress maddie:
      As you well know, the naughty list is sometimes the best place to be. Hope you're recovering well and happily from New Year's Eve.

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  7. Happy New Year to Dudo and Moose - and please pass on my wishes to Mitch and S.G. if you have time between all the bird- and mouse-watchings :-)

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    1. Ray:
      Moose and Dudo both greeted me this morning with your good wishes. Moose then went back to bed and Dudo posted himself at the drain hole! Wishing you a happy, healthy 2018.

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  8. San Geraldo does make a convincing Santa Clause. Happy New Year to both of you.

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    1. Stephen:
      He required a lot of padding in those days, but he did a great job. Our friend's 4-year-old daughter arrived at the Yale party that was held in the Rare Books Library to see Santa. She saw him from across the room in that brilliant costume and said to her mother, "That's Jerry." Her mother explained that Jerry was helping Santa and asked how she knew it was him. She said, "His eyes."

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  9. I hope you were a good boy, in all the right ways!

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    1. Wilma:
      I'm always good. Not always nice, but always good.

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  10. You look like you are 12 in that first photo!!....
    What a good pair you guys make! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Jim:
      What do you mean "look like"? It was the late '80s. I WAS 12 — more or less.

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