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[Tidbits] The Hermaphrodite


There lives amongst us a creature with both male and female organs.
So revered are these creatures in some circles that an automobile was
once named after it. It was called a Model “S”.

It is–among the Japanese–a symbol of impermanence. Perhaps this
explains why it has both male and female organs… in case there is
no member of the opposite sex around. In this creature’s case…
there always is. For He/She is also She/He. You know the old song:
“Anything you can do I can do better…?” Well… in this case it’s
probably true.

So… when two of them meet… and they stroke each other as they are
wont to do–a ritual by the way that can last up to six hours (and
this is without Viagra folks)–the magic moment arrives… and he/she
does unto him/her while she/he does unto her/him.

But I am not finished Mesdames et Messieurs. Non non. This little
creature of ours has one more exciting trait. As it turns out…
under the right circumstances… she/he does not need him/her. She/he
can do it all on her own and have babies without him/her’s help. How
d’ya like them there apples? There’s a whole biological reason for
this but I don’t want to bore you with the mundane when the exciting
and thrilling world of jewelry and all its attendant sciences are
just around the metaphorical corner. Well… it’s either the
metaphorical corner or west 86th street. I’m never too sure about

As happenstance might have it… when you wake up in the morning…
and after you do your thangs… you look in the mirror and grin at
yourself and think lordy lord but ain’t I the superior one… I would
like to suggest that you should re-think your thinking.

And so… once again… we come to the raison d’etre of Tidbits. In
this week’s case… we are talking again of Ojime… Jewels of
Japan… an art form I tend to revere… when I’m not revering
something else. So much to revere… so little time to revere it all.

And now… I bring you dear readers… a Cluster of Snails in stained
Ivory… signed by Ikhu. As to the car named after the snail. You’ve
all seen in as it whooshed by at incredible speed. You’ve all heard
someone exclaim… Wow! Look at that “S Car Go!” (Escargot). Get it.
Huh? Oh, I know I know. Groan groan groan. But what the heck. I’m
entitles once in a while. No?

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Current Tidbits… and then click on it in order to view a
magnificent cluster of snails… a creature after which a car was
once named.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark