Update: My Mom, who might or might not be drunk, has clarified: Sinterklaas and his crew of good-friends-who-used-to-be-slaves have been around town for about two weeks, but tonight is the big night where they break into people’s houses. Tomorrow they will leave for Spain, thereby breaking international law by transporting the Dutch children they have kidnapped over international borders. My mother is helping.
My Mom, who lives in The Netherlands, tells me today’s the day! Sinterklaas and Swarte Pete have arrived in Den Hague, and will roam The Netherlands for the next several weeks. They will either beat and kidnap children, or give them little treats. You never know. The Dutch, they’re different.
David Sedaris, reading one of my favorite of his stories, “Six to Eight Black Men”