A Little Christmas Carol for Natasha

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Dear Friend,

You are among the 99 invited to share this present for my eldest daughter, Natasha.

“A Little Christmas Carol for Natasha” has been compiled for her birthday. At the same time this booklet has also served as a bridge over most murky waters for three long weeks.

In the wee hours of 24.12.1999, I came out of my good friend Ursula’s place after spending the whole day there, making the original hard copies. She provided me with her ‘intel inside’ computer, her scanner, her laser printer, her photocopier and her care.

Some texts are new but most texts have been taken from my collection. Excerpts from old e-mails have been left un-edited to preserve authenticity.

The photos were taken on a golden November day, 1.11.1999, to capture some splendour of the place I had taken to be my home for life. They were taken at a time when I thought we were giving up this home for another dream. They were some twenty colour pictures, starting with the chestnuts collected at the Hof-garden, and ending with the high-heels which I had bought in preparation of my future role of some kind of a first lady… These photos were scanned and then photocopied to give the final black and white version in front of your eyes. Some of these new prints manage to assert a new identity; some regrettably turned out to be rather miserable reproductions of the originals.

The scanned-in objects present a different story. Scanning in the items was an adventure. The objects had to be arranged and re-arranged so that they could be scanned from the right angle. The egg and the egg cup image was almost a marvel. The milk bottle took some thinking— a white piece of paper had to be inserted in the end to ensure that the printed words could be read. The most difficult object was the Stars and Stripes: this final somewhat wavy banner image took over an hour to achieve. Efforts to be proud of. Finding an appropriate background for all these objects was also trying. In the end I settled on a white pullover Natasha and I chose together some ten years ago.

Something else ‘Natasha’ about the booklet is the “Yum Yum Chestnuts” insert. Credit should be given to Natasha.

A word of thanks should be given to my new friend, May, from LA. If time could be measured in terms of e-communication, we would certainly be century-old pals already.

On September 16, 1999 I e-mailed her:
“I have many stories of this sort to write out. Maybe I should.”
To which she answered:
“I think you should, I know I would love to read about them.”
To which I replied:
“I shall do that then, if only for just one reader.”

FM:) Düsseldorf, January 7, 2000
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