Edvard Munch

Okay, so maybe Norway hasn't contributed an enormous amount to world culture — yet. There's composer Edvard Grieg, there's Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling, and there's Edvard Munch's "The Scream," reproduced at the left. Munch did much more than this one painting, though, and there's a very nicely done Munch museum in the heart of downtown Oslo. (If that seems too far away, you can always settle for a trip to the museum's website.)

Somewhere along the line, Becca bought an inflatable "Scream" as a Christmas present for the daughter of a woman I was dating. Nicole didn't much care for it, though —and, the next year, at my suggestion, she gave it back to Becca, who was delighted to have it. She blew it up, named it Travis — a good old Norwegian name — dressed it in a blue sweater, a duct-tape necktie and a bowler hat which keeps falling off, and set it up in our living room. It's still there. In the photo, Travis and Becca agree that blondes don't necessarily have more fun....

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