Johnny Steam Goes Ballistic Johnny wanted to have the word nice tattooed on his left hand, one letter per knuckle, just like a biker. Then he would chop the hand off and wear it around his neck as a pendant. And the hand would be griping a piece of paper, and on that paper would be a list of all the cool people that Johnny had met in his life. Action and attitude were his dichotomy. Johnny's dream in life was to invent a new word. His hero was Lin Yutang, 3rd century B.C. in China. Lin invented the word family. There had never been a distinction before between those people you lived with who weren't related by parents, and those who were. His new word was actually a pun on the words for slavery and suckling. You can't judge such an act of creation by its consequences. It is a stroke of a god who feels the right to make the world as he sees fit. Johnny could see no reason not to be such a god.