There’s a bare spot outside on the house that needs a little something by the front door. I was thinking something along the lines of a little piece of art, some sort of attractive filler that helps to define the house, set it apart from the expected and mundane, yet still be tasteful and surprising.
First, I came across this screaming gem:
It’s funny, it made me laugh, it would cheese off the neighbors, and then I thought twice.
No, not this one.
Angels. Sun faces. Fairies. Dragons. Keep going, I thought. A few pages later, I found it:
Bacchus. The Roman god of the woodlands and wine. Yes, he would be The One.
I showed my beau, and he was on board. “That’s great. It’s Bacchus. Let’s get it!”
“And then, you know what we should do?”
“Let’s put a sign under him that says, ‘Jim.’ Get it? ‘Jim’” as I waved my hand slowly as if pulling out another name.
My beau’s lips began to curl into a smile, but he was bewildered.
Then I blurted it out. “As in Jim Backus. Bacchus, Backus.”
My beau burst into laughter and laughed until tears formed in his eyes about the pun.
• To read about Jim Backus the actor, who appeared in movies such as Pat and Mike (1952), Rebel without a Cause (1955), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), the voice of cartoon character Mister Magoo (1949-89), and who starred in television shows such as I Married Joan (1952-55), and Gilligan’s Island (1964-67), and so much more, click HERE.
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