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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: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 07:26 PM

...but I won't.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 07:26 PM

I could do it, I could....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 07:26 PM

Amos, just for you, Daisy makes these.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 07:21 PM

Me! Me! I'll do it! I'm trained to do things like that! And it would only be a venal sin!

In fact, I've already proven he's related to Red Skelton, Red Buttons, Turkey Red, Rosie Cloney, Pinky Lee, and The Magenta Maggot!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 01:38 PM

Who can forget the halcyon days of childhood, when life's cares were so few, and a long afternoon calling "Red Rover, Red Rover, let Bessie come over!" was the epitome of time well spent, and the world was full of adults who took care of everything else.

At the same time, what boy dd not yearn for the Red Ryder model Daisy BB gun?

The collision of these iconic --or at least, idiomatic--trends at their crests never occurred, and this absence of intersection, as I said before, is almost unbelievable absent some sort of artifice or manipulation. We must get to the bottom of this mystery, if we are to preserve the integrity of our legends; else we must dash them on the cruel stones of jaded cynicism and venality as the sole explanation. And who would want to do that?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 01:09 PM

No, I'm sure he didn't. This is simply an idiomatic mystery you've uncovered, Gnu. But good work!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 12:23 PM

A valid question, semantically interesting, and culturally compelling, Gnu. Preliminary research indicates this interesting option never did occur in the legendary Ryder's various fictional constructions, but there is a mystery left untouched herein, because the connection is so obvious, and so timely. The cultural expression of Red Rover was at its peak of popular usage at exactly the same period that the iconic Ryder reached his, and it is hard to accept the explanation that his writers ignored the opportunity for such a deep-seated cultural linkage merely out of tin-ear dull-wittedness. Another explanation should be sought, and if possible, found. I am preparing a draft seeking funding to support the necessary research to identify this mechanism, to bravely uncover this secret from our cultural past, and expose it to the world. I am not afraid of conspiracies, fiscal manipulations, or suppression of the truth; I will find the answers, or die rich from not trying.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 11:40 AM

Did Red Ryder had a dog named Red Rover?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 11:28 AM

Rap, when you get back home I need you to do something for me.

Mix up one of your concoctions and we need to blow up a skunk den. I'm sure there must be one behind my back fence, and unfortunately, my dogs are knocking off the inhabitants at the rate of one a week. One dog missed getting sprayed (the smarter pit bull, who got a glancing blow last week and that was enough for her). The catahoula got a full strength shot before she killed it. I'd just as soon have the rest of the family move along without coming for a visit.

MOM thought it was pretty funny, but this is a waste of a perfectly good Saturday night.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 10:46 AM

I think LH is in the hospital, recovering from wounds received when Red Ryder found out about him and Winona.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 11:27 PM

He's only a dead- eye because I taught him. I'm still up in vigilante country, tying nooses so The Committee won't have to for a while. Sort of like a clip-on tie, only more final.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 10:40 PM

Thank you for the diverting library video link, Amos.

Home again! I took two lovely morning hikes at the Lodge, sent my brother out to glean stinging nettle for the quesadillas, held crying nieces and nephews until they settled, and generally had a relaxing time. My boys brought their air guns and had a great time shootin' with the uncles. Deadeye Will at 9 years old was the best shot.

But it's good to be home.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 10:28 PM

Moonglow will take care of the costumes.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 10:25 PM

Such an attribution I have so rarely seen,
As to make me swear the moon has risen at the dawn
And driven off the sun! What day, what hour,
Can it be that such a hapening is writ
Upon the very face of backwards Time!
My beating heart be still, and let me breathe
The faire odor of a miracle upon the lande
That Rapaire has named his work another's hand!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 07:46 PM

No, my fair cousin Amos;
    If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet BS honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a soul from anywhere.
    God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Amos, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not post in that one's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him- or her- self at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his/her sleeve and show his/her scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old (wo)men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But s/he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats s/he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his/her mouth as household words-
    Rapaire the King, Stilly River Sage and Eiseley,
    Amos and Khandu, Bee-Dubya-Ell and all-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
    This story shall the good (wo)man teach her/his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters;
    For s/he to-day that sheds her/his posts with me
    Shall be my sibling; be s/he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his or her condition;
    And those everywhere now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their (wo)manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That wrote with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
                      --Adapted from Wm. Shakespeare


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 01:15 PM

Alas, the number slowly grow,
Our playmates all have wandered!
We do not know just where they go,
Or how their days are squandered.
But we strong few, we noble few
Cannot spare time for guessing,
For we must rally to our Mom,
And carry on B.S.ing!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 11:21 AM

In questions like these, I am always inclined to believe the answer is Thou.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 10:47 AM

And...who's the Key Grip?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 09:44 AM

It's Satyrday. The Booke awaiteth. This afternon a play. If all the world is a play, what I want to know is, where are the gaffe boys, and who's in charge of costumes?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 11:19 PM

Damn! My last post didn't stick!

Rapaire, you run these things past MOM when she's had a couple of beers after dinner and is sound asleep in front of the television! That DOESN'T count! "Phhhtttttttt!" That's what MOM said when I asked her about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 10:30 PM

That's not what she says when you're out of the house and she sits in front of her mirror counting her gray hairs, Rapaire. Sure she said, "Go, go, if you must...". But you gotta understand, that's her outside voice. Her inside voice is sighing with relief at the prospect of a break from all the stress you cause her.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 09:35 PM

Mom approves of EVERYTHING that I do, you know. She knows that, unlike Amos, would never do anything wrong. I didn't even buy a Tilley hat today, so there!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 06:10 PM

This is a MOM-approved activity, by the way.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 11:05 AM

Mr. Rapaire will soon be on his way to Ennis, MT via Virginia City, MT.
He is the only person in the area who knows how to tie a noose correctly, and so has been asked by folks up here in Vigilante Country to help them out, as they have run out of pre-tied nooses. This, of course, is very bad for the tourist trade as it only leaves fishing, hiking, camping, music, YNP, and stuff like that. The Vigilantes were at loose ends until they asked him up to help out.

"On the road again...."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 10:50 AM

Mom!! Mom!! Rapaire has RUN AWAY!! I saw him from the schoolbus!! He was walking down Main toward the freeway on-ramp with a bindlestick over his shoulder and he had that old Army coat on he got from the Salvation Army store in the Seventies so he could impress Cynthis Twinkmeister from his home room. I think he was going to try and hitchhike to Chicago or something!!

I wasn't gonna say anything but Stilly said I hadta.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 10:13 AM

Hours and hours have passed and no one has come along to give MOM a boost! Where's that show-off Rapaire and his fancy muffins and delicacy breakfast foods?

MOM, I made a loaf of bread last night, and have more of my homemade mustang grape jelly. And lots of fresh fruit - do you prefer a peach or mango?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 01:08 AM

Shoved onto a library facebook page to amuse the librarians and/or the patrons. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 10:07 PM

A present for Ms Eiseley (Rapaire can look, too, although he is retired.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 09:52 PM

Hubert Blaine Wolfe schlegel stein hausen berger dorff, Sr. (Wolfe+585, Senior) is the short name of a Philadelphian typesetter, who has the longest personal name ever used. "585" represents the number of additional letters in his full surname (total 590). His full 746-letter name is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe schlegelstein hausenberger dorffvoraltern waren gewissenhaft schaferswessen schafewaren wohlgepflege und sorgfaltigkeit beschutzen von angreifen durch ihrraubgierigfeinde welche voraltern zwolftausend jahres vorandieerscheinen wander-ersteer dem enschderraumschiff gebrauchlicht als sein ursprung von kraftgestart sein lange fahrt hinzwischen sternartigraum auf der suchenach diestern welche gehabt bewohnbar planeten kreise drehen sich und wohin der neurasse von verstandigmen-schlichkeit konnte fortplanzen und sicher freuen anlebens langlich freude und ruhe mit nicht ein furcht vor angreifen von anderer intelligent geschopfs von hinzwischen sternartigraumen, Senior.[1][2]



Wolfe schlegelstein hausenberger dorff, Senior was born in Bergedorf, Germany (near Hamburg), and later emigrated to the United States, settling in Philadelphia. His birthdate has been given as February 29, 1904, but he was also reported to be age 47 in a mid-1964 wire story. He became a typesetter, "logically enough", according to Bennett Cerf.[3] He was a member of the American Name Society for a while.[4]

His name first attracted attention when it appeared in the 1938 Philadelphia telephone directory on page 1292, column 3, line 17,[5] and in a court order of Judge John Boyle of May 25, 1938: "Wolfe schlegel stein hausen berger dorf, Jr., [sic] etc., vs. Yellow Cab Co., petition for compromise settlement granted"Ñwith speculation that the case was settled because "they couldn't pronounce it".[6]

A son, Hubert Blaine Wolfe schlegel stein hausen berger dorff, Jr., was born in Philadelphia in 1952, and was able to pronounce his surname by age three.[7] Family letterhead used the form "Hubert Blaine Wolfe schlegel stein hausen berger-dorff".[8]

When Inquirer journalist Frank Brookhouser omitted the letter "u" in reporting a 1952 Philadelphia voter registration under the 35-letter surname, Wolfe schlegel stein hausen berger dorff's prompt correction was carried by Time[9] and passed on to other outlets.[10] Philadelphia's business computers used an abbreviated form on the city's voting registration books; the utility company, however, when told he wouldn't pay his bill unless his name was right, began spelling it properly, on three lines.[11] Brookhouser later responded by tributing the correctly spelled Wolfe schlegel stein hausen berger dorff as the exemplar Philadelphian named in the first sentence of his Our Philadelphia, comparing him to another local typesetter, Benjamin Franklin.[12]

(Wikipedia, logically enough)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 09:22 PM

CELEBRATE, dammit!!

For today, in 1904 CE, was born Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr. Now everyone together, "Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you...."

(Really!)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 08:48 PM

You should be around when I pay my taxes! And the number of stores I've been banned from...why, I can only deal with Walmart these days!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 08:40 PM

The fact that you don't recognize the difference between fiscal matters and fecal matter explains a great deal, Rapaire. Who steals your purse steals trash, indeed!



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 06:37 PM

Fecal drainage? Don't you have sewers? Or is it something you should Depend upon?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 03:53 PM

I think more than anything it is a state of mind.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 03:41 PM

Fiscal drainage, is that a contagious disease? Or the result of poorly-conducted surgery (on your wallet)?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 03:00 PM

The NEW doors are being hand-made in a beautifully turned out garage in City HEights by a wonderful craftsmen. Mebbe two weeks. Then the PAINTER comes. Then the CARPETS come. Then we spend two years repairing the fiscal drainage.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 11:21 AM

Decubitus: Lying down. A decubitus ulcer is a bed sore, the consequence of lying in one position too long. The Latin "decubitus" (meaning lying down) is related to "cubitum" (the elbow) reflecting the fact the Romans habitually rested on their elbows when they reclined.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 10:30 AM

Whoa! Think of the possibilities!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 10:29 AM

Or--even more basic--an awake mind?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 12:15 AM

Life without a telephone, computer, mp3, etc. They always find some other electronic outlet. Will you be able to reduce him to the absolute most basic entertainment - a book?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 09:03 PM

Then I wouldn't be able to sing anything, since according to John Wesley the Devil has all the good songs.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 05:26 PM

Well, that should be all right as long as you leave your satanic voice to home.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 05:08 PM

Well, yeah, I can bring a guitar with me. I can't play, but I can bring it, I guess. And it's really my wife's guitar. Eiseley plays piano; if she's going to Getaway...well, she has a concert grand. I'm thinking about leaving my instrument at home and just bringing my angelic voice.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 04:57 PM

Ber sure and take the guitar with you. You'll want it at the Getaway.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 04:53 PM

I'm taking the sons down south to the Lodge in the lovely Uinta Mountains for a few days.

We had quite an uproar last night involving a supposed burglary and a helpful policeman who kindly went down the basement with a gun drawn to smoke out any lurking intruders. Then my oldest son "remembered" that the thing I thought had been stolen had really been "lent" to his friend that afternoon. As a result, that oldest son will have a few telephoneless days to think about things. :| Such fun being a mother.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 10:27 AM

Maybe the antlers are just getting in the way and you should put them somewhere else. I can offer a couple of ideas.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 12:56 AM

Dear Mom,

Tonight I changed into an elk. Tomorrow I am going to lope off into the hills of Montana. I hope to be able to let you know what it is like to be an elk. Right now it's a pain, typing with my antlers.

Your Fave Rave Kid,
R


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 08:01 PM

Doing some major distribution of garden bounty. It's that time of year when there's way too much of some stuff. Fortunately, I have co-workers who will happily take it off my hands. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 07:49 PM

And don't get me wrong--I can tolerate actual ambiguity jes' fine. More or less. I think. But unnecessary, intentional ambiguity is a minefield of misunderestimating malevolence and mischief masquerading as mere mummery. I do hope that was clear.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 01:05 PM

Yeah, but then so do I. Ain't nobody like Sam, for writin', drinkin' or, ah, other things.


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