After I had posted this set of ruminations about certain kinds of prejudice, a posting which used Jimmy Rushing as a noble example, the Esteemed Mal Sharpe wrote in. I’m always glad to encounter Mal — he has original ideas! This time, he suggested a bumper sticker he would like to display:
HONK IF YOU MISS JIMMY RUSHING
I feel it is a wonderful idea, mixing celebration and regret.
I was sufficiently moved to spend half an hour on a site that lets you design your own bumper sticker in quest of this idea, but calmed down when I saw what my impulse might cost. I imagined having a boxful of stickers and pressing them on people I thought might share the same impulse. Would I ever see one on someone’s car?
But Mal’s idea wouldn’t stay quiet, so I came up with other possibilities, of course reflecting my personal leanings. See if any of them appeal to you, or perhaps you have ones you like better.
I BRAKE FOR LEE WILEY
JOHNNY WIGGS WAS MY TEACHER
HEALED BY LOUIS
SIDNEY CATLETT IS STILL BIG
FORTY-SEVEN WEST THIRD STREET
I also think my closing line would do well . . .
May your happiness increase!