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"So, what is this blogging thing they're talking about in the newspapers?" Ira asked Suzanne. He'd stared at his daughter-in-law's back for a good long time, trying to find a way to start a conversation, even though she was clearly fixated on her computer screen. He was worried about her, especially with having found the body the other day. She'd been under a lot of stress lately, and he knew he hadn't been doing anything except adding to it. Time to start pulling your own weight, boy, he thought.

Suzanne half-turned in her chair and smiled at him. "For most people it's sort of like... having your diary up where the whole world can read it."

Ira blinked at her over his teacup. "In my day, girls locked up their diaries so no one would read them."

Suzanne's smile pulled a little sideways. "Well, yeah, but in your day, girls couldn't wear trousers either."

Ira shrugged and rolled his eyes. "Kids today," he said, in the stereotypical New York Jewish accent he affected sometimes to make her laugh.

Her smile broadened briefly, and then she said, "I know it seems weird. But bloggers are doing all sorts of other things than just talking about the boys or girls they like. Like humor, and photos, and political activism." She pulled the other desk chair over. "C'mere, I'll show you."

Ira got out his thick glasses and sat down next to her, tilting his head this way and that to find the least fuzzy spot in his vision. Suzanne adjusted the screen brightness for him -- she knew his cataracts were worse than he'd been telling her, now that he'd given her power of attorney for him. Damn doctors can't keep their traps shut when it comes to old people's privacy. They're all determined to think I'm losing my marbles, he thought, and then put those thoughts aside. He wanted to enjoy a little time with Suzanne without being a sour old man. "Okay, so show me these blumberjacks," he said.

Suzanne laughed outright at that one, and brought up a screen of... cat photos. With words on them. It took Ira a while to get the hang of LOLcats and LOLdogs. Suzanne changed tactics and showed him SuperFAIL.

"Waitaminnit," he said as she scrolled past a black-and-white photo. "I remember that. That was Punchout O'Neil on that flagpole!"

"Really?" Suzanne said, bringing it back up and peering closer. "I think you're right! I can see he has those old-style boxer's shoes on!"

"Yep!" Ira said. "Punchout had jumped out a window from the 26th floor onto the Heron's back as he was flying by after robbing the Wonder City Central Bank. They had a tussle, but the Heron managed to dump him, and you know they had all those horizontal flagpoles on the buildings back then just for folks like us. But most of us caught the poles with our hands, or hooking our knees over them or something like that. Punchout landed astride, and then that was how he was when Professor Fortune found him -- hanging upside-down by his crossed ankles while clutching his crotch." Ira giggled. "The rumor was the Prof got called by a little old lady in the building who thought the horrible moans were from the ghost of one of her neighbors or something."

"What did Professor Fortune do?" Suzanne asked, grinning.

"Oh, he magicked him down, I expect," Ira said, flapping a hand. "No one ever asks the Prof how he does things. He's the grand high poobah of magic or something, you know. Still, Punchout never would jump out a window again. Always said that he'd never do a job 'better done by a boid' again." Ira sighed. "I miss Punchout. Tough as nails, and made of pure marshmallow inside. You should have seen how he was with babies..." Ira let the thought drift out, remembering his friend holding Josh on his shoulders and laughing. Punchout died of a heart attack a couple months later.

Suzanne was looking at him with a kind, but strangely speculative, look in her eye. "You know, Ira," she said conversationally, "another thing people are doing with blogs is reporting news and doing memoirs and things like that." She looked back at the screen. "We could both take it up."

Ira frowned. "I'm not really good at writing," he said. "But you were saying that you missed reporting. Could you do something with a blog that would let you get back on with a newspaper or something?"

She stared at the screen. "I've got a story right now," she said faintly. "I'm sure there's more to this body by the river than just some wino who died in the cold."

Ira heard a note in her voice that he hadn't heard in years and years. He patted her on the shoulder. "You do what you need to do, sweetheart," he said, getting up to return to his easy chair. "You do what you want to do."

Suzanne nodded, still staring at the screen.

Ira had settled back into his chair and was reading the funnies through his magnifying glass when he heard her starting to type furiously.

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Date: 2010-12-13 03:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finch
I hope Ira does take up blogging. I think it'd be good for him. :)

Date: 2012-01-28 03:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_leaky_pen
I would read *the hell* out of those.

Date: 2012-01-28 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
I'll have to think about that! It could be fun to give more history.

Date: 2013-01-18 07:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'd like to add my belated vote for an Ira blog. He could just reminisce to Suzanne, and she could type them into articles. People love old peoples stories off the old days and insider celebrity stories and superhero stories, and it's be all of those.

Date: 2010-12-14 03:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
OMG, poor Punchout. You never saw that in the Golden Age comics!

Date: 2010-12-17 04:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
So very much so!

I'd love to see a serious of 'outtakes and bloopers' done in that style...

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