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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 11:56 AM

Oooooh! There's this huge yellow-white thing in the sky this morning - I think I remember seeing this a long time ago . . . not the Goodyear blimp, this thing gives off heat. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 11:03 AM

I can't believe they didn't ask me to sign it! My GREAT forefathers escaped the Germanic tribes' cruel invasion of Wales and then Erye. Seeing as how there is to be 450mm of snow beginning around midnight and wind gusts to 90kph tomorrow, it mighta been better if they had rode with the likes of Mel Glibson until they were blue in the face. I'll be blue in the face by storm's end tomorrow eve. Might even turn the air gnu blue too.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 09:39 AM

Yes, a blazing M across the sky -- even the Deity recognizing my greatness!

As for A being the first vowel, that's being changed. Deep in Wales there is a group of historical linguists who have proven conclusively that "A" being the first vowel is the result of centuries of English oppression and it should in the "sometimes" category. The vowels should actually read W, Y, E, I, O, U and sometimes A. Their counterparts in Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and the Isle of Mann agree and a petition is being sent to the UN for action.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 07:35 AM

M also stands for another name.

G stands for gorgeous, gregarious, gracious, gonad... people tell me I am a nut.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 06:08 AM

A-up, me duck.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 01:46 AM

Yu may scoff. But "A" will always be, and always has been. the First Vowel.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 11:51 PM

He's too modest to suggest "M" for "Mike."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 11:24 PM

Yes, the sort of character your parents warned you against.

Home tomorrow, hopefully in time to pick up the mail. Church, probably, tomorrow evening (HA!), dinner, home and ta hell wit da laundry, at least until it begs to be done.

I think I have a photo of the aurora making an "M" in the sky. Of course. What other letter would it make? A "Z" that stands for Zorro? M for magnificent, for magnanimous, for merciful, for everything good and wise and pleasant and wonderful. Not like an "A" for Amherst and Auburn and awful and the Scarlet Letter was an "A".


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 01:57 PM

I just walked to the library in a fine sift of snow. Too bad you had to shovel, Rapparee. Oh well, it'll be character building. Wait! You're already a character.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 11:35 AM

But is it quality snow?

Here, it's mostly slush today.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 11:00 AM

Looks like our members are shoveling more snow that BS lately.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 09:21 AM

Why didn't you go to ONT when you were in MB... it's right next door. Oh, had to shovel Mary out first. Such a nice boy.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 08:53 AM

I shoveled much of friend Mary's driveway and canyons for her daschie yesterday, the driveway down to asphalt. I exhausted myself, and I ache, I ache, oh how I ache! But it had to be done.

Off to SLC today.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 06:09 AM

BTW, it's STILL raining here!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 06:02 AM

Blimey, I'm away for less than two days and not only has the 50k been breached but we've jumped onto page 1001! Couldn't have been a finer dedication for the 50k, mind.

Me? I've been busy...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 05:00 AM

The windrow is about 8" at the crest. I just might take a pic and send it to Peter Coade and his weather terrorist-in-training, 'Wailin' Kalin Mitchel. Kalin can spew the forecast for every village in NA in a 5 minute segment.

BTW, Mum actually has developed a strategy for combatting her apprehensions... when Kalin comes on the TV, she turns the channel.

I am just happy that we got the fifth 'storm that wasn't' this season. But wait! Another disturbance in the force, a double-whammy, if you will, a one-two punch, is on the way for Saturday and Jonna will bring us all the details in the next hour when she talks with Peter Coade if he made it into work with all the snow and ice pellets and freezing rain and rain and wind that made driving conditions so treacherous and there will be a rerport on power outages and she will be checking with the Emergency Measures Organization to bring us up to speed on any flooding that may have occured and she'll also go over a list of cancellations so stay tuned... and FREAK OUT FOR NO FUCKING REASON!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 04:40 AM

SRS... it's part of my plan to keep her calm. If she knows I am 'on guard' at least every two hours, it eases her mind*. Last night, I went out at 23:20, walked to the corner of my house, assessed the snow acculation at her back door, and decided stormwatch should stand down. Still didn't get any sleep to speak of.

* The media hype started on Monday. At one point, on the CBC Radio Moncton Early Morning show, Jonna said she heard a report of "up to 60cm" with high winds. Trying to tell Mum that MY forecast was more likely than Peter Coade's forecast? The longest media meteorologist career ever. Who's she gonna attach her scared shitless level to?

Hark! I hear a plow. I have enough time for another cup of tea before I move the truck..........


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Feb 14 - 12:40 AM

Why do you have to check your mom's door during the night? Can't you just shovel away any snow in the morning?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 10:30 PM

Not to mention...well, a lot of books influenced me and I can even quote some of that stuff.

"See Spot. See Spot run. Run, Spot, run."

"Whan that Aprille with its shoures soute"

"That thing of silk? That mere white curd of ass's milk?
Satire or sense, alas! does Sporus feel? Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?"

"How do I love thee? Let me check my Kama Sutra."

"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

"An armed society is a polite society."

"Sorrow shared is halved; joy shared is tripled."

"Librarians are the secret masters of the Universe. Don't ever piss one off."

"Given a angle, A,...."

Never mind.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 05:30 PM

Hmmm...books that influenced me: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Starship Troopers, To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, 1984, all of the Sherlock Holmes canon, all of the Heinlein canon (Eiseley, you weren't even BORN when I read "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel"), all of Mark Twain, Geoff Chaucer's stuff*, Billy-Bob Shakespeare's stuff, The Things They Carried, stuff by people like Sophocles and Caesar and Aristophanes and Aristotle, The Defense of Poesy, Aeroapegitica (spelled wrong), Johnny Dunne's stuff, Alex Pope's verses, Jon-boy Swift's writings, Keats and Shelley and gang, Ruddy Kipling, Bill B. Yeats, Jimmy Joyce, and a whole lot more. Feel free to come browse through the couple of thousand books I have, and the couple of thousand my wife and I jointly have, and with her permission the couple of thousand she has. Oh, I didn't mention "The Gospel of the Magdalene" or the Nag Hamadi library or D&C or The Baghava Gita or the Tao Te Chin or the Old and New Testaments or the teaching of the Buddha or the Zen stuff.

That'll do for now.

*Including "A Treatise on the Astrolab."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 04:59 PM

"Of 50k would go kat's way"

Maybe I should start drinkin again. At least I'd get some sleep. Won't be much sleep tonight anyway. Snowstorm is just now signalling what will come later and peak at midnight so I'll have to be up every hour to check on Mum and to make sure her back door is free of snow. As long as the ensuing sleet and freezing rain don't cut power, Bob's my uncle.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 03:41 PM

I found two forums where there were complaints about "very long" threads. One of the offending threads had over SEVEN THOUSAND posts, and the other had TWELVE THOUSAND!! Can you believe it???


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 01:08 PM

Eiseley, I hope you keep that note somewhere so you can find it again, not just pitch it into the almost infinity that is the MOAB. Make it a note in facebook, perhaps. I know exactly what you're talking about. Every so often I had occasion to work with our archivists in Special Collections to find an image that might be 100 or more years old to use in an article or on an invitation, poster, or other library publication. I relish the idea of uncovering someone's work of art or photo and bringing it out for modern contemplation. I don't think we just gaze at it, I think we think about them when we know they represent a slice of life from a long time ago.

I also preferred a laissez-faire approach to parenting. I could see them becoming interesting young people and into adulthood and didn't feel that I needed to somehow be the strong arm of the law with them. And we read at bedtime well into their high school years because sharing these stories and poems was so important. And we also had film nights that invoked great conversations and opportunities to answer questions - things I wanted them to know but that came up in the context of a film, not me sitting them down to lecture. And now they're great kids, still learning. 21 and 25 and though there are things I wish they'd listen more closely to, they're not doing bad on their own.

Yes, to those who drop in to see what 50,000 is all about, since we lost kat last summer it was a spontaneous suggestion that we've had to keep in mind for months. I have a small container of kat's ashes (thanks, Bill D!) that will now begin a trip down Sycamore Creek to the Trinity River. I've been waiting for this 50,000 post to go ahead and scatter the ashes, and it is timed so that the weather is finally looking pretty, she wouldn't be scattered on ice and have to wait for a thaw. ;-)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 12:18 PM

I liked Time Enough for Love, but I liked Time for the Stars and Have Spacesuit, Will Travel even better. That last I read so many times I could quote long passages to my sons.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 10:55 AM

Having read...oh, at least .01274% of MOAB, and posted 5-6 times, I did wonder how #50,000 would go down.

I can't think of a better way to dedicate the achievement. Our friend katlaughing was the soul of this forum, and is now a part of the very Earth, Wind and Water where many of us live and wander.

Onward....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 10:41 AM

So, Eiseley, did I ever tell you about this book I read called "Fanny Hill, or the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure"? Frankly, it's not very good and it hardly influenced my life as much as, say, "Cycle Chicks in Leather" or "Huck Finn" or even "Time Enough For Love" or these paper plates I once dug up and read and recycled (they said, "This ain't it, keep looking.")

But we have done it! No thread shall ever overtake Mom, no thread shall ever reach these heights. Sham McBride and his brother, Shem, shall not detract from them, nor can Chonga lessen them. Randy Ronnie Rutledge might, however.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: maire-aine
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 08:44 AM

Well done, SRS!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 05:19 AM

I checked on the impending storm and then came straight to the MOAB.

I managed 6 in a row
But my back said no
So I bade good night
Knowing that the fight
Of 50k went kat's way

I wonder if literary anthropologists will ponder the final thrust to 50k and why such effort was taken, the final charge seemingly consuming one dedicated Mudcatter. No matter. We know why.

BRAVO SRS!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 13 Feb 14 - 01:04 AM

Yay Stilly!!

I've been doing some research up at the university library lately, in the special collections section. One of the early settlers of my town was a woman named Minnie Frances Hayden Howard. She was a doctor, graduating from medical school in 1899, and shortly afterward moved to Pocatello with her husband and young family. After a long and busy life, Minnie was asked many times by family and friends to write her memoirs, so in her 85th year, she took out a spiral bound notebook and began to write. That notebook was part of the large donation of papers and correspondence her son gave to the Idaho State University library after her death. When I found that memoir, it felt to me that I had found the Small Plates themselves, as these were full of anecdotes, interesting memories, reflections on life, and musings about the past, as well as the loose chronological history of Minnie's experiences. I read so much and learned so many things about this woman, that she feels like a friend or close acquaintance. I'm continuing to learn from someone who has been dead for almost 50 years!

One of the ideas Minnie shared was this simple but thought-provoking phrase: "People tend to live by the sentiments of the songs they sing." Minnie wrote about how her mother didn't enjoy the young teenagers bringing home the songs of the day and pounding them out on the melodeon. Songs like "You'll Miss Lots of Fun When You're Married" by John Philip Sousa & Edward M. Taber, or "After the Ball" by Charles K. Harris were not allowed to be sung in that strict, though loving, household. Now there may be nothing wrong with those songs, but Minnie's mother didn't want her young single adults to fall into the thought patterns of such songs that poked gentle fun at marriage or encouraged maudlin regret.

Maybe Minnie's mother has a point. But I've always been more interested in reading and books than in popular music, so as I've been sitting and pondering lately, I've been wondering if we also tend to live by the overall themes of the books we read. I think yes, we do.

It is terribly hard for me to settle on one single book as my all-time favorite. But I suppose if I were pushed to make a decision, I would ultimately choose To Kill a Mockingbird. (That's not to say it would be the first book I'd choose to be stranded with on a desert island. That honor would go to the as-yet-unpublished Encyclopedia Galactica. But that's another blog topic in itself.)

When I recall To Kill a Mockingbird and its themes that I have consciously or unconsciously lived by as a result of making that book part of myself, I think certainly of the message to reject racism and hold fast to justice. But I think also of other, subtler themes.

For example, I have four teenaged sons (one of them is an exchange student from Poland). Our life is very full and sometimes complicated and hectic. I remember how, in my own teen years, I slowly asserted my independence and began to make my own choices and decisions about life. I know I slowly withdrew from my parents, though still keeping good relations with them, and spent more and more time with my friends. Now my own children are doing this. I have learned that instead of trying in vain to hang on to my elusive sons for a little longer, risking disgruntlement and rebellion, I try to use Atticus's style of parenting. Scout said he treated her and Jem with "courteous detachment." So instead of getting all worked up about a child declining to share all the details of a date with me, or another son who refuses to give me a play-by-play of his debate tournament, I remember Atticus's courtesy and his gentle awareness of the individuality of his children, and I try to do likewise.

I think also of the way people in the Maycomb community helped each other and I hope I've internalized the model Harper Lee describes of an ideal neighborhood where people work together in friendship to help one another. Through hardships like fire and addiction, and smaller things like gardening and recognizing a stray dog, the people of this fictionalized neighborhood helped each other. Because of Stephanie Crawford's influence, for example, I have tried to be kind to the children of my own neighborhood. So I think the themes of community and public feeling have rubbed off on me.

Then there's Boo Radley. I think a simple way to sum up how his perspective affects me is that one never knows the influence one person has on another. A kind word might be the very thing someone needs to keep going. Scout and Jem had no idea how much they meant to Boo, and often we don't know how much we mean to other people. But maybe that isn't the important thing. Maybe it is more important that we tell the people around us how much they mean to us, and if the feelings are reciprocated, great. If not, at least we've shared our own feelings of gratitude and appreciation.

I could go on and on, tracing my actions directly to portrayals of similar actions in some of my favorite books (unfortunately not all of them positive). Books and ideas are powerful, and music is also powerful. Sometimes I've been a bit shy about reading or thinking or listening to some examples of these things because I know their influence can be great. For example, I haven't been brave enough to read much Stephen King, and I don't have the desire to listen to certain types of music. Maybe this wariness comes in part from recognizing the truth of what Minnie Howard's mother taught. We really do tend to live by the sentiments of the music we listen to and the books we read.

So I think I need to carry this awareness one step farther now. Because I acknowledge the influence books and music have on me, I will, still with courteous detachment, suggest to my children and community members, books whose themes can motivate readers toward good things. I will also listen when my children and others share their thoughts and experiences with me, because it's hard to know how much such a listening ear can mean to someone else. Listening is, in itself, a way to show gratitude and appreciation, and this helps to reinforce the sentiments by which I choose to read about and live by.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:49 PM

And here is a nod with my single malt, to the MOAB - and all who have frolicked here. And thanks Joe and Max for not deleting it pages and pages ago when everyone blamed it for slowing down the 'Cat.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:15 PM

Well done, dear Stilly River Sage. I commend your triumphant crush toward the finish line.

Well done to ALL of Mom's chilluns high ort low, wise or otherwise, who have shepherded her so valiantly, so perseverantly, to this ultimate, triumphant passage.

Though the Mudcat prosper and endure for decades, no thread will match what Mom has done, no conversation stagger on so determinedly, nor ever embrace so wide a spectrum of fine and titillating topics. THe purity and color and breadth and depth and sheer aroma of Mom's BS shall remain Mudcat loe, a part of the Great History of the Mudcat, forevermore.

I raise my glass--a Spanish rojo and salute the souls of MOAB!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:07 PM

There are tales get told of the awesome cold
That can snap a man's fillgree
When the night winds blow, thirty-eight below
Is the best you can hope to see.
And men of renown, when the mercury's down
Have battled that freezing spre
But none was so bold, when it came to cold,
As the rounder called Rapparree.

He would saunter out without a coat
When the seas were frozen still
And the ice so thick and the wind so slick
And the night so dark, so chill
When the cussing from the mouth
Of the men from the South
Would freeze before they were heard
And the ice-cold claw that will never thaw
Would silence every word.

In the bitterest white Manitoba night
No man would dare make free
They would huddle at home while the ice-wind moaned
In the frozen hearts of the trees.
Then theyd hear a sound from the night outside
Where no life by rights should be,
And each Yukon blade would nod, and say
"It's the bootstep of Rapparee".

...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:06 PM

50,000


The last post put up at Mudcat by Kat LaFrance (Katlaughing) was sent forwarding information about her old and dear friend Art Thieme. I don't think they ever met, but they spoke on the phone, and over time, the fact that they never met was immaterial. It was that way for a lot of us who loved Katlaughing, so when we learned of her sudden death last summer, a few of us decided to try to make the 50,000 post to the Mother of All BS thread in her name.

No mean feat, choosing something she wrote to post, or finding words to honor our friend. She was prolific at Mudcat, sharing her stories and poems and links and working in the background fixing html for those of us who used it but goofed, fixing text for those of us who wrote and found typos, and did a lot of tidying after accidental empty posts and slug-fests that required a quick delete or a virtual bandaid.

Our Kat posted 45,433 times at Mudcat (logged in), her last post on July 15, 2013, her first on December 29, 1998. He wonderful grandson Morgan knew her love of the Mudcat.org family was powerful and spoke for his family when he moved to start an obituary thread for Kat on July 22, 2013.

This post is in her honor. Many may visit out of curiosity to see what we could be talking about for 50,000 posts. A few people have actually read all of it - the MOAB is filled with stories, conjecture, nonsense, songs, poems, condolences, and more nonsense. It was started by khandu, who occasionally drops in to see what's cooking.

Take a dip here and there in all of the pages of messages, and enjoy good laugh courtesy of all of the folks who have let their hair down and come in for a visit. No freds, galactic overlords, quarks, or duckdogs were injured in the construction of this edifice of BS. I don't know if katlaughing ever posted here, but in her heart she was one of us at the Mother of All BS.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:05 PM

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared -- such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn't like to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside.
I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked"; . . . then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm --
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it's the first time I've been warm."

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
Robert William Service


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:05 PM

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May".
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:05 PM

The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
And I'd often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:02 PM

In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows -- O God! how I loathed the thing.

Oops - out of order.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:02 PM

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:02 PM

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:01 PM

"You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it's up to you to cremate those last remains."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:01 PM

There wasn't a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid, because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say:


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:01 PM

He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:00 PM

A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:59 PM

Yet 'tain't being dead -- it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:59 PM

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
"It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:59 PM

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and "Cap," says he, "I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I'm asking that you won't refuse my last request."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:59 PM

If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see;
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:58 PM

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:58 PM

He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way that he'd "sooner live in hell".


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:58 PM

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows.


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