If I remember correctly, when I was writing this I was thinking, sheesh, communes are fine things with the right good-natured people. So, I allowed Vachel to keep his line for the joke, and let Blake say something sweet about ‘em.
The Pudu. So… I was looking for exotic places for them to visit, it was hard to top the Venezualian tepuis, but I eventually read about Madre De Dios and decided on that. Then I began researching animals native mainly to Chile. When I found out about the Pudu, how could I resist.
Also, comparing her on an inflatable giraffe to Theodoric leading the Goths, still cracks me up.