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Posted on Jun 7, 2012 12:07:17 PM PDT
Yay me, I got post 2700! I hereby dedicate this space to my fellow clubbers. As the old Irish (book club) saying goes.... May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind at your back not be from a nudge that leaves you prone. Or something like that. (Er, I suppose the road would sorta rise up to meet you if you got nudged?) Anywho, everyone have a fantastic day!

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 12:09:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 12:12:25 PM PDT
(okay, why does it show that there are 2700 posts in one spot, but 2701 in another? seriously. Wait, unless that's 2700 from the original OP. Making the total 2701. AHA!)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 8:22:44 AM PDT
thriftypb says:
I like your nudge too far story, Karen!
Just popping in to say "Hey" to all and to try out my new sign off.

(Now, don't everybody copy me and over-use the blessing, "...may the wind at your back not be from a nudge that leaves you prone.")

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 9:14:25 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 1:17:00 PM PDT
Jneihart says:
I thought it was a hilarious way to pose your question. Keep it up.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 5:00:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2012 5:04:09 PM PDT
censorship? well you know what country I thought we lived in, anywho just dropping in unannounced to see whats going on. I am almost through with Faulkner's "The Sanctuary",
and I must say what a gritty, grimy read it was......I may or may not read the last 10 pages, I really dont care about the characters.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 6:57:44 PM PDT
Welcome back, drop in anytime! Good to see a familiar name pop in :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 7:05:10 PM PDT
would you recommend reading it? or was it just fluff.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 10:30:26 PM PDT
well, it depends..........the fact that I'm talking about it makes it rather astonishing,
no not fluff at was scandalous in the 30's and it retains some of that even today,
Faulkner allegedly claims to have written it for nothing but profit......the characters,
conversations I did not much enjoy....when he writes rather randomly about scenery......he is brilliant.......told a friend I had temporarily confused him with Fitzgerald whom I much prefer.....escapist reading about the very rich....would I recommend Sanctuary? Only if you want a challenge and can toil thru pages of shall we say hill people and their durn accents, and a baby stored behind a stove to keep the rats out and poor torn Temple forever ruined.......perhaps all of it was brilliant.......

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 10:36:14 PM PDT
Thank-you Jenn. Anyone reading a good read these summer days?

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 9:00:07 AM PDT
K. McGrath says:
I'm putting Sanctuary on my to-read list... thanks for the review. I recently read Fall of Giants, In the Garden of Beasts, I enjoyed The Paris Wife, a story about early Hemingway years as a starving artist with first wife & child. Which lead me to read his posthumous autobiography taken from his notebooks, A Moveable Feast. I'll be tucking into Harbinger tonight after pushing away from the puter for the day.

And to attempt to tie this into the thread... do not ask for whom the bell nudges, it nudges for thee. (Not sure that works tho.)

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 10:58:19 AM PDT
< Okay, nobody knew where sock puppets were first mentioned in this thread? I looked it up in our trusty lockbox on Yahoo. June 9, 2010 is where they made their appearance. There are four of them. Two did okay by their puppeteer, the other two ... not so much. Here is the thread: >

"What're we going to do now?" Lou asked me as we sat on the oily pavement next
to the wreck of our VW Phaeton. "The women took your wallet."
"I know. It had my Book Club debit card in it. They'll clean out the account."
"Why, is your PIN that easy to hack?"
"Guess what my PIN is, Lou."
"Let's see... it's either 1353..."
"No, the other possibility."
"Uh, 504... the fourth digit's missing. Oh, of course: seven. 504 is divisible
by 7. 5047 is your PIN."
"Yep. The account is toast. We should buy stock in Cabana Boy International
considering what's going to happen next." I sighed. "We need cash, and we need
it now. I've gotta think. Our assets are limited. We've got the clothes on our
back, whatever's in our wrecked car, and a raw ham hock that's rather ripe.
That's it." I looked across the street. A TV station. Next to it, offices for
British Petroleum -- BP. The gears started turning.
"Lou, get in there and tell them BP is having a press conference outside their
office about that Gulf oil spill. Hurry."
"Are you crazy?"
"Do as I say," and I pulled off my shoes and socks, then put my shoes back on my
bare feet. "Don't watch me, get those reporters out there pronto." I took the
socks over to the car and found a quart of oil in the mangled trunk and some
leftover food items and a hat. I ran over to the steps of BP, placed the hat
upside down at my feet, placed the socks over my hands, held the ham hock in my
left hand and smooshed an olive in place to make a nose, then used street grease
to paint eyes on the ham hock. That was puppet number one with a ham hock head
but no moving jaw. Puppet number two was a more traditional sock puppet, with
thumb as movable lower jaw, eyes drawn on with road grease. I poured the motor
oil over both puppets -- they were dripping with it and looked awful.
The televison cameras assembled around me, reporters extending microphones
toward me, Lou looking on in shock at what I had contrived to pull on the
"What's this all about, you and those two puppets?" the closest reporter asked.
"We're official spokespeople for BP," I began. "We're Kukla, Frank, and Oily." I
saw Lou roll his eyes and look for cover.
I made the sock puppets talk to each other.
"Wow, you look terrible," Kukla the ham-hock-headed puppet said to Oily.
"It's the oil, isn't it?"
"No, you looked terrible before the oil spill. Do you have a message for these
reporters, Oily?"
"Yes, I do." I turned Oily to face the reporters. "BP is a very poor company and
needs your help to cap that oil spill."
A reporter held up his hand. "What do you mean, poor? That's absurd."
I had Kukla answer him: "BP only had enough cash to hire us to handle their
press conferences. They've got to be hurting."
The reporters all nodded.
"And we're victims of the oil too, right, Oily?" I turned Kukla inquiringly
toward Oily.
I made Oily look like he was retching on the reporters. "Oil bad!" Oily said.
"BP good, but BP poor! Help us help you fix the oil spill. Donations into the
Hat of Hope!"
Another reporter shot up a hand. "How are you going to stop that oil leak,
"I'm going there personally and sop up all that oil," Oily answered. "You can
see how hard I've already been working the situation -- that bad ol' oil is
still dripping off me. Kids, tell your parents: don't let Oily go back to the
Gulf without your help!" The hat was already over-flowing with C-notes as cell
phones were going off with the reporters' children calling them, begging them to
help those two awful-looking puppets. I could overhear that most of the kids
were bawling their eyes out at the tragic, oil-soaked puppets and their
plaintive story.
Kukla continued: "Oily, show Frank what will happen to the kids if we don't get
enough cash to send you to Cabo, I mean, to the Gulf," and I bent over to pick
up the quart of oil in Oily's mouth and then have him pour it over my own head.
A reporter objected, "This whole thing's absurd," but I had Oily throw the empty
oil can at him, sending him down.
"Reporter bad!" Oily said, "Won't help me clean up oil slick! Any other bad
reporters out there who love to see Kukla and me covered in oil?" The reporters
all looked wide-eyed, and starting throwing their VISA cards into the hat.
Kukla had the last on-air word as the press conference closed and Lou collected
the huge piles of cash and credit cards:
"God, this ham hock stinks!" Then his nose fell off. "Look what the bad oil
did!" he looked down at the olive on the ground. Another round of cash was
thrown into the hat at that new tragedy.

a_mathematician watched the press conference on the TV in his hospital room.
"Creative," he whispered. "Maybe that'll work for me." He reached over to the
chair where his street clothes were draped and grabbed his two socks. He
positioned them on his hands, picked up a Sharpie, and made two dog faces on the
resulting sock puppets. "Ah," he whispered, "Cerberus and Cujo. You're going to
help me, effective immediately." He pushed the nurse's call button.
"Yes," the nurse answered as she walked in, "it's not yet time for your next
shot of pain medicine."
"I'm Cerberus, and I'm really hurting," a_math made his left-hand sock puppet
say, then the other hand: "I'm Cujo, and the pain is a level ten for me. Woof."
"Oh, right," the nurse hesitated. "Okay." She walked over and gave a_math an
injection in each sock puppet. The pain eased immediately, and a_math felt warm
and cozy and, as expected, somewhat drugged, feeling no pain.
"Good doggies," the nurse petted each sock puppet. She left the room. a_math
smiled, quite unable to move, but vaguely pleased at the results of his
Then the orderly came in.
"Well, look at the lucky doggies!" he said, "Getting neutered this morning!" He
started pushing the gurney into the hallway. a_math's eyes were wide open but he
couldn't speak. They were wheeled into surgery.
The head nurse looked at the chart. "Okay, we've got Cerberus and Cujo. No more
sowing wild oats for you two, huh?" she petted the two sock puppets as a_math
looked on, frozen in sheer panic, whimpering. "Not sure where the incision needs
to be made on this breed, but we'll find what we're looking for, don't you fret,
The door to the operating room closed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 4:17:54 PM PDT
I like "Beelzebub O'Brien, K Street Warrior," but then, I'm prejudiced.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 9:16:26 AM PDT
<Martin, thanks for that trip down memory lane! You are such a creative writer and I chuckled all over again at that post.>

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Posted on Jun 17, 2012 4:12:31 PM PDT
Google translate is like the crayon and butcher paper people. Pabo!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:11:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 12:12:31 PM PDT
thriftypb says:
You know I'm curious about whatever it was you tried to post; I saw the strange numbers and symbols because I get the email notices of new posts, which show them. (I knew to do this thanks to Martin who suggested it so I would know what people delete and not be forever curious!) Probably just a little something funny you wanted to share, but now we'll never know...... (I don't get what Google translate is, so don't even know what system you were trying to use!)
Not overly concerned, just wondering...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:35:03 PM PDT
CJ says:
Korean, if I ever saw it. Something about foolish people, but I'm a bit rusty on my Korean. Hen bu hao.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 12:57:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 1:00:44 PM PDT
Yep, it was Korean. But when I pasted the comment here and hit enter, it decided to change some characters to numbers and symbols. It was a comment referring to all those clickers who have nothing better to do than hit no on all our posts because they think our thread is a waste. I just keep wondering ... if it's such a waste, then why do they keep coming back? We've obviously managed to gain popularity with them and have become an important part of their day. And the proof is in the pudding...every time I see all those No's! Little did they know they were helping keep this thread alive rather than shooting us down. HA. So there! (sticking tongue out in Korean...Merang Merang!!) We've been around for two years. Get over it. Seriously.
Stephanie, welcome back! Xie xie for the Chinese lesson too. I know a little bit of Korean, but I don't speak it well yet. My Korean studies are still in the works!
Thrifty, "Google translate" is a program you can use to copy and paste foreign language and have it translate it for you. It's pretty handy! (all you have to do is GOOGLE it, lol) 증오 사람은 어리석은 사람입니다. Now if that copies right, it should give you the basic message of what I was trying to say before!
Have a great day everyone,
(Okay, the translator didn't quite get the message straight. sigh. I give up! What it meant was hateful people are foolish people.)

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 1:41:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 1:42:41 PM PDT
K. McGrath says:
<부. (속어) 예, 네 ! Babelfish works too. It's an internet nod to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Come to think of it, I think Douglas Adams would be hitting the Yes'es and possibly posting here with his brand of humor if he were still alive & kicking. Makes me wish the internet worked in the hereafter. But I guess that would require a really, really long extension cord.>

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 11:18:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 11:19:36 PM PDT
Hey. Howdy.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 10:30:11 AM PDT
Soho66 says:
I thought it was funny, it takes a certain kind of I like to say "people who look at things a bit different" to laugh I guess. But, it was harmless and made my day a bit funnier. So Thanks and here's to Death Valley transportation and people who are a bit like lemmings.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 10:31:29 AM PDT
Soho66 says:
It keeps getting better.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:45:33 PM PDT
Thanks Marty! There are a lot of hidden gem stories in this thread, and many more from the original thread that this is a politically correct spin off of...the OP was pulled, but the fun didn't stop! We are glad you appreciate the humor of it. Feel free to lurk, or stop in and add to the fun.
TTFN (take time for nudging),
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