Leona Helmsley once said, “We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes.” She probably wished no mics were near. And Randy Newman sang, “Short people got no reason to live.” Both may have been on to something. Better to ask them. Here, at my bench, the vertically challenged seemed to have all ordered up at the same time ?? years ago. As I reach the end of my queue I’m seeing that 3 of every 4 commissions is for a cat or kitten who’s barely five foot nothing. This 50cm unit I’m working on now will end up okay, but some of the intermediate steps taken to get it to this level of completion remind me of that saw, the one that goes, “Some sets of tubing just do NOT want to become a bicycle frame.” I had to use all my powers, and all my skills as a mortician to ensure this one’s mother never sees what I did to her boy. Fade to black.