Buddhas! 40 Buddhas!
Oh-ho-ho, as the French would say about this time in a deep, grumbly, entirely satisfied voice. If you are wondering what would make a person happy, this. This would make a person happy:
Well, another sibling and sibling-in-law read that post and had what I can only call a BRILLIANT IDEA. It being a Very Important Birthday of yours truly and all. (Not necessarily any connection with the number of Buddhas. They could have added 10 on extra. I’m just saying.)
They called Jean-Michel Carre and said, “How many Buddhas can we order at once?”
Forty! Forty Buddhas! A layer on top, and then, just as you were thinking, that’s an awfully big box, you finally figure out how to open it and Buddhas! Buddhas! Everywhere! 4 layers of Buddhas! They just spread out like a fan.
(Boy, if I lived in the days of fans, I could totally see myself carrying a fan full of Buddhas. Alas, they would probably melt.)
The reason for the Prominently Placed Product Promotion by the 40 Buddhas is that our coffee table has been Seriously Distressed by a canine, who clawed it to death the second day after we got it, at which point we gave up on new furniture for the rest of our lives or until we have animals that obey us about the furniture, whichever comes first. At the time of the photo shoot, THE CHOCOLATE THIEF was the nearest presentable item to hand to cover the scars. (As opposed to, say, stray My Little Ponies and Operation games.)
Anyway…40 Buddhas! Forty! Apparently, Jean-Michel Carre had to make a special order of them, and while in progress, emailed tantalizing things like, “Working on them right now.”
Which has made my brain go off like a light-bulb! I am in Anaheim next week. What if I just SKIPPED a day of this conference and drove up to Santa Barbara (only 2 hours!) and did RESEARCH. What do you think? I want to see the Buddhas made! This is serious business. You never know how many books I could get out of watching the Buddha process.
Conference=career networking and learning opportunity. Talking Jean-Michel into letting me research=career learning opportunity + pure joy and gustatory delight. What would you do?