by Ricky Garni
SOMETIMES IT RAINS IN CALIFORNIA
Boris Karloff once stood in the rain waiting for a bus. Lon Chaney saw him as he rode by, stopped, and offered Boris a ride. “Do something that no one else can do, and do it better than anyone else could” he suggested when Boris asked him about acting. And then Lon Chaney drove Boris Karloff home. So, one day in a car in the rain, outside a studio in Los Angeles, California, The Phantom of the Opera gave Frankenstein’s Monster a piece of good advice. A very good piece of advice. “It was the best advice I ever got, in fact” said Frankenstein’s Monster, with affection, about the kind words of wisdom, offered to him by Phantom of the Opera.
I knew a fellow named Graham who liked to draw pictures of places but he wasn’t fond of drawing grass so all his pictures had snow in them. He didn’t like leaves, so luckily the trees were without leaves in the snow in winter. He was also lucky since he didn’t like to draw birds, that the birds had flown south because, again, it was winter. It is so quiet and desolate here that you might think that would be the perfect place for a murder scene but Graham also hated to draw blood and corpses. So if you look at this drawing you see a lot of snow, a few old trees, and three puffy white clouds. Graham loved the clouds of winter. Of all the things to draw in the world, clouds were what Graham loved best. Here’s why: Graham was a cloud with a pencil. In the summer, he was just a pencil.