The white elephant in the room

What is the most memorable gift you have received?

The most memorable gift I received was the moment I saw a former colleague open his “white elephant” gift at a work party at WNIJ. It was a crocheted Cthulhu ski mask. The room erupted in laughter that lasted so long I was able to dig out my phone from my bag and take a (slightly blurry) picture.

Prior to walking into the party, the Cthulhu gift-giver told me he bought the present in the summer and had been looking forward to the white elephant portion of the party for months. I can still see the anticipation and gleam in the gift giver’s eyes.

Cthulhu, as written by H.P. Lovecraft, is a fearsome character and not exactly good looking. He’s part octopus, part dragon, part human, part beast and ALL FEAR! He makes brave men go crazy! The young man who received the ski mask, though highly respected, also happens to be one of the most gentle souls on Earth. Seeing this kind-hearted person don the Cthulhu mask was purely hilarious.

A gift.

Thanks for reading!

Yours in madness,


P.S. Cthuhlu us pronounced “kuh-thoo-loo” and if you are interested in reading about the ugly beast, here is a list of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s books.