Some magic-oriented questions keep us up at night. We toss and turn – our own body, to be clear – and stare at the top of the tent, wondering things, magical things.
Last night (and we’re writing this on our Palm – not the ancient electronic organizer but our own palm – so it is still last night technically) we wondered aloud, “What is the strangest thing David Copperfield has ever packed for a trip?”
We should have kept the question to ourselves and not uttered it aloud. That wasn’t polite to the other campers (we call ourselves “campers” because we’re sly and think that gives us an edge if we are ever taken to the hoosegow by the coppers for setting up a small circus tent in a vacant field near the Ralph’s grocery store over by the Citgo across from the Bumper Bumper auto repair shop).
Nonetheless, we wondered aloud about David Copperfield’s packing for trips and were reminded by one of our fellow campers that David Copperfield was both a fictional character who was fascinated by cake and a magician who has toured the globe. The camper – who will remain nameless because we were never introduced – suggested we be more specific in our wondering.
We knew the David Copperfield about whom we were wondering and so we ignored the camper and went on wondering. We could not wait until the public library opened to have access to the internet and learn the answer to our wondering.
We have seen his show 17 times so far. It is by far one of the best ever. We wouldn’t see something 17 times if it was terrible or even just good. For us to see something more than twice, it has to be great. That’s why we don’t have mirrors.
By the time we woke up – so we guess we did fall asleep a little but it wasn’t good sleep – we had about a thousand questions written up and down our arm, extending from our palm. They ranged from questions about David Copperfield’s packing habit, his wardrobe choices, what kind of plane he owned, how many shows a week he performed at the MGM hotel in Las Vegas, why there were no beans left, how often the dumpsters behind Ralph’s were cleaned, who owned the tent, why lettuce grows in a ball most of the time, and why David Copperfield bought an island in the Bahamas.
We suspect but cannot prove that some of those questions were from other campers. The handwriting and spelling did not match our own and the topic seemed far afield from our original inquiry. We suspect, as well, there are other questions written beyond our shoulder and down our back but do not have a mirror to verify this suspicion. We are pretty sure we did not write those backside questions either. Our arms have limited movement, restricted, we suspect (again), by ligaments and tendons that bridge joints that make certain writing on one’s own back virtually impossible.
Once we got a shower and went to the library, we were able to look up the answer to the David Copperfield questions. We learned what he considered the strangest thing he ever packed for a trip, all about his plane and his island and his clothing choices on a website called Travel and Leisure.
It turns out the website and magazine by the same name but with spaces between the words, actually asked Mr. Copperfield the questions we were pondering last night.
Check out the full interview here.
Learn more about Mr. Copperfield’s spectacular show here.
Read about the various growing stages of lettuce vis-à-vis the latitude of growth here.
Finally, read about how to get permanent marker off one’s arm and back here.