EDNote: This thread has wandered rather far from VN, and I think it's
time to snip it, for now. Thanks to all contributors! ~SB
I owe you a humble apology which I sincerely offer you here. I enjoyed
remembering and writing about my father and father-in-laws stunts as
just two among many many youngsters who raced out at night to “jump the
And then I guess I didn’t feel like stopping writing, so I proceeded to
play the fool. I’m sorry. At least you can always have confidence that
when List correspondents read Jansy’s stuff and Andrew Brown’s stuff,
there can be little confusion about which one is the more serious party.
Besides my apology, let me add one bit of information I remembered
after posting. “Jumping the Channel” was only officially banned, with
police action taken against scofflaw kids and parents having to promise
judges their kids wouldn’t do it again, with the onset of WWII. Uncle
Sam decided he had other uses for young men with zero fear of danger.
I read Orlando myself once and enjoyed it but, aside from Floss,
which unquestionably places Virginia Woolf alongside of — possibly ahead
of -- Jack London as the veritable “best of show” among dog story
authors, I don’t think I’ve read any of V. Woolf’s work since.
Now, you know that I’m teasing you again but I’ll apologize a second