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Sunday, December 8 2002

Hardrock, Coco and Joe

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Several weeks prior to Christmas-1983, my mother, my wife, and I sat down for supper while listening to the evening news coming from the TV in the living room. Suddenly, Pat jumped up from the table and rushed into the living room and stood in front of the TV crying. We had only been married for eight months and were still learning about each other. My first fear was that I had said or done something to offend her so I rushed to her side to apologize, for what I didn't know. She motioned for me to hush and listen to the song playing on the TV. It was the Christmas cartoon and song, "Hardrock, Coco and Joe."

After the song, we returned to our meal and Pat explained her actions. Pat was born in 1951 and grew up listening to the Christmas cartoons, "Hardrock, Coco and Joe," "Susie Snowflake," and "Frosty the Snowman," which WJAC-TV played every Christmas season beginning in the 50s. Pat had a private place from which to watch TV, under her parents' dining room table. She would sit on the floor with her elbows resting on the carved clawed feet and peer at the TV under the lace tablecloth. Since then, each year when she first hears "Hardrock, Coco and Joe," her favorite of the three cartoons, her mind flashes back to the excitement of her childhood Christmas, and for her the joyous season begins.

Now, 19 years later, the cartoon still brings back the childhood memories, she still cries. And, over the years, I have had to warn each new child to stay out of her way when she first hears the song. And, now that Pat uses a wheelchair, it has become more urgent to stand clear. This otherwise, loving, and compassionate woman will run over anyone who she encounters on her way to hear and see her beloved, "Hardrock, Coco and Joe."

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On-the-job dictionary -3


"I'M HONEST, HARD-WORKING, AND DEPENDABLE": I pilfer office supplies.

"MY PERTINENT WORK EXPERIENCE INCLUDES": I hope you don't ask me about all the McJobs I've had.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

If a man called Christmas Day a mere hypocritical excuse for drunkeness and gluttony, that would be false, but it would have a fact hidden in it somewhere. But when Bernard Shaw says that Christmas Day is only a conspiracy kept up by poulterers and wine merchants from strictly business motives, then he says something which is not so much false as startling and arrestingly foolish. He might as well say that the two sexes were invented by jewellers who wanted to sell wedding rings.

—G. K. Chesterton,
George Bernard Shaw
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