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BS: Truly Strange People

Mickey191 13 Jun 07 - 11:46 PM
Sorcha 13 Jun 07 - 11:57 PM
Mickey191 14 Jun 07 - 12:26 AM
Alice 14 Jun 07 - 12:28 AM
Peace 14 Jun 07 - 12:37 AM
Ebbie 14 Jun 07 - 12:46 AM
Peace 14 Jun 07 - 12:57 AM
Sorcha 14 Jun 07 - 01:19 AM
Peace 14 Jun 07 - 01:22 AM
Bert 14 Jun 07 - 01:22 AM
Little Hawk 14 Jun 07 - 01:43 AM
Ebbie 14 Jun 07 - 02:19 AM
GUEST,Rog Peek 14 Jun 07 - 03:02 AM
Big Al Whittle 14 Jun 07 - 03:43 AM
Joe Offer 14 Jun 07 - 04:48 AM
GUEST,leeneia 14 Jun 07 - 09:00 AM
Rapparee 14 Jun 07 - 09:01 AM
Donuel 14 Jun 07 - 09:05 AM
Michael 14 Jun 07 - 10:23 AM
Mickey191 14 Jun 07 - 10:38 AM
HouseCat 14 Jun 07 - 11:14 AM
Liz the Squeak 14 Jun 07 - 11:40 AM
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Ebbie 14 Jun 07 - 04:09 PM
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Sorcha 14 Jun 07 - 05:29 PM
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Liz the Squeak 14 Jun 07 - 05:51 PM
282RA 14 Jun 07 - 05:59 PM
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Subject: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 11:46 PM

Do you know any really strange people? Perhaps I should say people who do strange things. This is my tale on strange behavior:

I make lovely, decorative birdhouses. Read an ad in the local paper that a lady was selling 20 of her creations., so I rang her up. We had a great talk, she was intelligent & funny - someone I'd like to get to know better. She & I had 4 or 5 phone talks- each getting more personal as she related that she was getting over a case of depression.

It seems her married lover had died the previous year and there was a battle going on between his wife (they were in the midst of a divorce) and his parents over where the man would be burried.

Somehow this lady was able to go into the city morgue and view his body. They both had a great love for classic literature and often read to eachother. So for 3 nights & some afternoons she would go in and read to him. Each session lasted an hour atleast. I hid my shock but the conversation gave me the creeps. To see your love deteriorate - I could not, would not ever contemplate anything like this.What say you? Know any strange & true tales?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 11:57 PM

Oh, Mickey, I don't find that the least bit odd. I guess I'm kinda warped. I think it's touching and generous. Kinda funny too, I guess.

I'm sure I'll think of some odd things, but can't right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:26 AM

Sorcha-Touching Yes-But it's weird to me. We'll see how many think my take is weird for thinking as I do.

Does it turn weird if it goes on for a week-a month-a year?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Alice
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:28 AM

Reading in the morgue over a dead body.
weird, I say


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:37 AM

I'd say it was weird if she'd been reading over his dead body anywhere but the morgue.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:46 AM

I agree with Peace. Anywhere else would imply she had a hand in his death. :)

People talk to their dead loved ones all the time, so I don't suppose that reading to one is all that different.

I don't understand, however, how she got into the morgue that often. Or are we actually talking about a mortuary? Which would imply an embalmed body.

As far as deteriorating condition goes, if the body weren't embalmed, wouldn't the body be on ice?

Eccentricity is interesting and as long as no one is harmed, it bemuses and amuses me. I have known and enjoyed eccentrics all my life- not that I am one...


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:57 AM

This from the lady who coined the phrase about the 'flush of a distant toilet' (?) completely unaware that she'd done so, thereby inventing a phrase that baffled even Mr Google.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:19 AM

oh dear..rof here.....I KNOW I have a warped sense of humour but this is ridiculous....I think I have just been really really stressed out lately in order to find so much stuff just soooo funny.

I'm sorry, but to me, you could just as well read to a steak on the counter. There is nobody home there, it's just a piece of meat. If she wants to read to a steak, well, OK......but I do admit it's a bit strange.

We just watched the film, Tremors, Aftershocks...I must be very weird because I thought it was just so much funnier than nearly any so called comedy I've seen latley.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:22 AM

"I'm sorry, but to me, you could just as well read to a steak on the counter."

What's weird about THAT?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bert
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:22 AM

Do you know any really strange people?

Of course - this is MUDCAT, we're all a bit strange here.

Seriously, it is not something that I would do, but I would say it was more sad and lovely than weird.



When Lou was dying of lymphoma and she was in a morphine induced coma I would sit by her bed and sing to her. This went on for a couple of weeks before she finally gave up. I didn't think that my behaviour was strange but evidently I was the talk of the hospital.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:43 AM

Sorcha, here's a thought. I agree that his body was just a piece of meat by then...but...if his soul was still around in the ether (so to speak), then he might appreciate the gesture and be drawn in by her focusing on reading to him...so maybe she had an audience after all, even if he wasn't literally in the body. ;-)

Tremors is a darned funny movie, and means to be. I liked it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 02:19 AM

snort


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: GUEST,Rog Peek
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 03:02 AM

My Granny used to say "There's none queer as folks!"   What a boring old life if they weren't.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 03:43 AM

Perhaps she used to gig in restaurants - she would have been used to that sort of response.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:48 AM

Back when the U.S. Governmet actually hired people through Civil Service processes, my agency, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, ran the Federal Job Information Center in downtown Sacramento.
The center was always busy, and there was usually a crowd of people waiting outside when the doors opened at 9 AM. Every Wednesday, there was a distinguished looking man waiting at the door, and he'd come in at 9 AM and leave when the center closed at noon. He always wore the same three-piece pinstripe suit, which smelled of urine. He had an Afro hair style with a little tail hanging down the back. Every Wednesday that he was there, he would stand at the counter for three hours, writing on a yellow legal pad. When the office closed at noon, he'd hand in what he had written, and our clerk would file his writings in a folder. This went on for years.

Sometimes, I'd read what he wrote. Most of what he wrote was in English, long treatises on government and what was wrong with it. Sometimes, he'd write in German or Spanish, and his grammar and vocabulary in all three languages were quite good. He never wrote anything threatening, but it was part of my job as an investigator to make sure he wasn't a threat. We had others who were.

He rarely spoke more than a timid "hello." I never was sure what his name was. We addressed him as "Doc," because he carried himself like a professor. We closed the center in about 1988, and I didn't see him after that. I wonder what happened to him.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:00 AM

I read a book once by a woman who was the chaplain at a Lutheran hospital. She said you can expect "crazy" behavior from people who have just lost a loved one.

When her own fiance (about 50 years old) died suddenly, she spent many hours at his grave. Within two weeks, that craving was over.

Conclusion: you can expect behavior like this from people around you and even from yourself. It may not be logical, but it's normal.

Meanwhile, how rational is it to make decorative bird houses? Why not make something in which birds can live?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:01 AM

Well, my staff would tell you that there's me.... Something about having fencing epees delivered to the Library or putting a sign on the wall that reads "Caution! Dry Paint!" or punching a hole through a wall to see what was on the other side (a nice big area which is now a lovely large storage area and which will be Harry Potter's bedroom-under-the-stairs on July 16 or maybe 21, a vision magically transported to Idaho by judicious use of magic, theatrical lighting, and scrim).


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 09:05 AM

Hey Mickey I am building a birdhouse decorated in contrasting colored stained tesellations of 4 different birds in an Escher fashion. You are welcomed to have the template I made.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Michael
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 10:23 AM

As an old man I worked with many years ago used to say: " If we were all going 't same road we'd never meet nobugger"

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 10:38 AM

Sorcha, I have lamb chops defrosting on the counter now. I find myself singing "baa baa black sheep....... and you are the inspiration. Too funny!

Ebbie, I know only that she paid someone to get in. AS for the state of the body-I couldn't bring myself to ask. As she related the tale--I was not up to asking questions.

Bert, your singing is a totally different action. It makes total sense-it was loving and a way to still feel a close connection to a dear loved one. When my Mom was in a coma I talked & sang to her also. Just thought on some plane I might be connecting with her.

Joe, did anyone ever engage the mystery man in conversation? Three hours of writing weekly--he must have had some tale to tell that ignited such passion. Or he was just loony tunes.

leeneia, you ask how rational is it to make decorative birdhouses-why not make something which birds can live in? How rational? I make both - but the decorative ones are the money makers. They raise money for the local SPCA & Habitat for Humanity. And I happen to enjoy painting & adorning them. Okay ??

Donuel, After I looked up the alien(to me) words-I've deduced that I'm not in your league. You may be the Christopher Wren of bird sanctuaries!

Cheers!


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: HouseCat
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 11:14 AM

My neighbor is odd and sort of disturbed but harmless, I think, and very kind as long as he's not disputed on any point.
He told me that God informed him that he could get off drugs by drinking beer and watching porn. Apparently it worked, but he can't buy a DVD player to replace his VCR because the government plants devices in them to spy on everyone. He's also fond of sitting on his roof in a folding chair so that when folks walk down the road he can make noises to confuse them.
One day I was working in my front garden and he crossed the road to ask me, "You don't live in outer darkness, do you?"
"No, I try not to," I replied.
"That's a relief," he said, and went back home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 11:40 AM

So am I the only one who talks to her tits?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:24 PM

Of course we ALL know some 'strange' people. Some are harmless...some are not. And some are borderline.

Those of you who have attended the FSGW Getaway have met or observed at least one....and that case got a bit awkward briefly.

Some folks just have problems adapting to interactive social situations....and it is often difficult to know why. I can remember 6-7 people...at least 3-4 of whom I still know, whose idea of a conversation is to 'tell you things'...often in short,declarative sentences. They just have difficulty discussing feelings, sharing experiences and being aware of their effect on others.

I suppose some of them feel that OTHER people are strange...but it's hard to get far enough into a conversation to ask...

Some of these 'strange' people are truly bright, competent folks in certain areas, but just aren't wired for complex social interaction.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Don Firth
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 12:54 PM

In the spirit of the idea that "funerals are for the living," I'd say that reading to her deceased lover's body was her way of dealing with her grief. If it helps her find closure and move on, then who are we to shake our heads or point and giggle?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: HouseCat
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:07 PM

Well said, Don. I sing at alot of funerals, and whatever makes the loved ones left behind feel better, that's what I try to do. I've sung some off-the-wall stuff over the years, but you never know what's going to help someone heal.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:09 PM

"Truly Strange People"

The people I find to be truly strange are those who 'invent' different weapons of mass destruction. Particularly those who develop biological weapons that may have the potential to kill billions of people somewhat indiscriminately. We hire them and support their research through our taxes, and wander off thinking all is right with the world.

People handle grief in ways that may seem strange to others, but it's their grief.

I recall vividly when my grandfather died. I was 12 at the time and I sat and rocked back and forth saying "No, no, no . . ." for hours and hours. I did the math on it once and it came to over fifty thousand repetitions of the word 'no'. It changed nothing of course. My grief was inconsolable. After that day I spoke not one word for over six months--not at home, not to friends, not at school. Looking back 47 years I still don't understand it. I expect to die still not understanding it. We all of us handle our realities in ways that may not be understandable to others--and sometimes not even to ourselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 01:10 PM

Don, point well taken-I didn't giggle. I was just amazed that someone would do that. I just can't shake off the creep factor.

House Cat,
Wish I had an interesting neighbor like that. My neighbor (german born) keeps watching the history channel when Hitler is on a rant--I told him - no matter how many times you watch it-Hitler does not win.

Liz You Are A Sketch!


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 02:43 PM

{{{{{{Peace}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Scoville
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 02:56 PM

I've learned that everyone is crazy if you just get to know them well enough.

Seriously. Everyone has something about which they are completely inexplicable. It's just a case of finding out what it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 03:10 PM

Not me! I am rational and logical in everything I say or do. YOU might have a problem following the logic, but I'm fine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 03:48 PM

lol, Rap. I understand you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 03:56 PM

You have not seen "strange" until you have witnessed Jacqui in Alpha Male stance growling at any dog, including Rottweilers and Pit Bulls, who dare to intimidate Seamus. I just pretend I don't know her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:09 PM

lol- Sins, I visualise you joining Jacqui.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: MMario
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:22 PM

Sins - what is strange about that? perfectly normal and practical behavior as far as I can see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:24 PM

I don't find the reading to someone's left behind shell odd at all...just touching and probably a more honest way of dealing with grief than some people I know. Also, like Little Hawk said, his spirit may have been hovering, esp. drawn by her last act of kindness to him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Don Firth
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:27 PM

If you want "Truly Strange People," I just read through a couple of political threads started by some pretty paranoid folks (GUESTs, incidentally) that I can direct you to.

Whoo-Weeeee!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Becca72
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:31 PM

I don't want to be there when said pit bull challenges her authority...yeesh!


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Wesley S
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 04:40 PM

My sister is an emergency room nurse. She worked with what apeared to be a normal doctor if there is such a thing. But every time he touched someone he would go into an empty exam room and wash his hands with the lights off. Always by himself and never with the lights on. But that's not strange - just an obsessive compulsive disorder.

I'll bet every town has one of these. In south Ft Worth there is a dilapidated house along a well traveled road. It's covered with stuff. Bits of black plastic trash bags, tin foil, crosses, you name it. I can only assume she's trying to keep out the "signals" being beamed into her house. By "them".


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 05:29 PM

Mickey, you can't blame singing to your chops on me. I simply won't allow it. It's quite quite OTT.

Now, what shall I say to the broccoli? Is there a song to sing to dying broccoli???? And the pasta! Pobre pocita La Pasta!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 05:41 PM

What Scoville said. We're all crazy in some respect or another.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 05:51 PM

I can cope with Jacqui growling at pit bulls, it's the way she insists on treating the fire hydrants I can't get....

I'm not crazy.. I do have a problem where I feel all wrong-footed if I don't tread on similar road surfaces with both feet - for instance, where there's a red asphalt surface for the cycle lane that crosses the pavement I'm walking on, I have to tread even steps on it, and will actively shuffle up to make sure it comes out even. I have to take the same number of steps on both sides of the road and if I tread on the white line, I have to do it again with the other foot...

But I'm not crazy.

















Mad as a box of frogs though!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: 282RA
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 05:59 PM

Sometimes weirdness can be a sign of genius. Look at Tesla. Talk about a weird cat.

He wouldn't eat from serving cup whose cubic capacity was not evenly divisible by 3.

He wouldn't touch the hair of another person's hair because other people's hair disgusted him--even women's.

Hated to pass under bridges because, he said, the air pressure was greatly increased under the bridge causing his scalp to hurt unbearably.

He continued to send checks to his friend, Mark Twain, three decades after the man's death.

Stonewall Jackson was weird. Among his many idiosyncarasies was his habit of walking with his left hand (could have been his right, I forget) held up in front of him as though greeting someone. He claimed this was essential for his balance. As a boy, I once saw Confederate paper currency that showed Jackson topping a wall as Union soldiers opened fire on him. Jackson had his saber drawn in one hand and the other was raised similar to the way Hitler would return a Nazi/Roman salute--arm bent at the elbow, palm flat facing forward, fingers extended straight up. It looked like Jackson was greeting the soldiers that were trying to kill him and I never understood that etching until years later when I read about his weird walking habit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 06:24 PM

Stonewall Jackson also sucked lemons which were sent to him by someone, nobody knows who, in Florida.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 06:36 PM

I talk to crows. That isn't weird. I also do the steps thing Liz does. And it really bugs me if one foot is on a different surface than the other one. Say, grass and concrete.

I also hold up one hand when walking with hot pizza. It is supposed to stop people from running into me, and me dropping the pizza. God knows it wouldn't help. Pizza and pans are nearly 500 degrees F. Like I'm going to catch it???? With one hand even????

I don't sing to my chops tho.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 06:53 PM

Every now and again I bring myself up short because I have found myself obsessing on something. For instance, left sock first (fast foot, you see- right foot is stronger thus making the other foot faster. lol) or when I went walking, going down the alphabet inserting beginning letters. (for instance, 'ale'; bale, dale, gale, hale, male, pale, rale, sale, tale, vale, wale. Or 'ark', bark; dark, hark, lark, mark, park) That way lies madness. So I stop.

Perhaps it has to do with when I was a kid, in a very religious household, and I noted that my prayers often resulted in the opposite outcome. So I started praying for opposite what I wanted (For instance, if we kids were told that "if it didn't rain on Saturday, we'd go to the Coast" I prayed for rain. If there is a personal god he must mourn his children.) *g*


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 07:56 PM

Not all the nuts are in the nut house it seems. You've all hidden your weirdness rather well.

My cousin told me the other day that he cannot stand rain on his hands. Drives him crazy. Never heard of that before. He may be the only one with that affliction.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 10:23 PM

An ex-relative surrounded herself with some very strange misfits. The best was a guy who was convinced that the cable company was watching him through the modem which he therefore kept covered in aluminum foil. When I laughed, said relative became very angry screaming "Sure. Laugh. But if you're watching them they are watching you!"

I keep trying to tell Jacqui and Kendall that I am the most normal person in my family but they don't believe me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 10:27 PM

When I was a girl, I had a friend who was terrified of birds. And this was long before Birds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 11:36 PM

I had a friend with a normal enough ten-year-old son who was terrified of....get this....












......butterflies!

I have no idea why, but he was. He was not afraid of other insects or animals, just butterflies.

As for me, I talk to any and all animals. I bark back at dogs. (it drives 'em nuts...very funny!) I chitter back at angry squirrels in the trees and make rude gestures at them. (drives 'em nuts too...even funnier) I meow at cats. They are surprised, because I do it quite well. Sometimes they come over and get acquainted. I yell back at crows. (they get upset and fly away, raising a big ruckus about it) Why do I do this? Well, it's fun, that's why. I figure they can dish it out...but can they take it?

I have been known to stop the car on country roads, roll down the window, and moo at cows. I get the impression it annoys them. Sometimes they moo back, but usually they just stare stolidly.

I only regret there are no chimps around here to imitate, except for Chongo. Just think of the possibilities. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:02 AM

Little Hawk, have you considered that your dogs' neuroses may not be that illogical? *G*


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:08 AM

Oh, and when I see a spider lowering himself from above on a line of webbing, I intercept the line with my finger and hoist him a bit higher. He lowers himself further, I hoist him higher. He panics and lowers himself really FAST!!! I hoist him up even faster! At this point the spider usually decides it's time for an emergency crash dive or a complete bailout...in which case he generally reaches the ground and makes a run for it. I don't know how they go about severing the line in the case of complete bailout, but they're quite good at it.

The above also works well with certain small caterpillars who lower themselves from high tree branches on a silk line. Their reactions to being given "the hoist" are very similar.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:11 AM

Interesting point, Ebbie. ;-) I bark back at them a lot. Most dachshunds are pretty neurotic regardless, but I may have contributed to it some.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:50 AM

Your dachsies may have been a couple that were *not* going to be neurotic. You'll never know...


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: M.Ted
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:23 AM

Years ago, when I lived in Ann Arbor, there was a guy that used to stand out on the Quad making fervent speeches.

He behaved exactly as if he had a thousand rapt listeners, and often paused while they laughed, applauded, or cheered something he had said. He resembled Joe's friend, though tended to wear slacks and a white or sport shirt--he never made eye contact, and looked past you if you tried to make eye contact.

Never knew who he was, and have always been curious--


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: akenaton
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 02:58 AM

I'm not strange at all...which is very strange.

I loved Ebbie's post of (14 Jun 07 - 06:53 PM)..Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:19 AM

OOOoooh!! I remembered something else.. it was the alphabet thing that reminded me... All those even steps I'm having to make? I count 'em.

I count my steps.

I count stairs and the steps I take up them.

I never count further than 20 though. That's just about enough to get me across a junction (intersection) unless I'm going diagonally across a crossroads.

I don't do it all the time - I managed 6 miles on Sunday without counting... I don't know what triggers it, why I do it or if it's considered strange, but I do it unconciously until I find myself at around 6-7. Then I'm aware I'm doing it and carry on to 20.

I once told a psychologist this. I haven't seen her since and that was about 5 weeks ago. I hear she's been in hospital...

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 07:37 AM

ROFL


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 07:48 AM

There are people who are terrified of clowns.

Once found a whole webring devoted to people's web sites about that...


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 08:48 AM

I don't think my family is strange, even though

* My brother once had two canoes, two cannons, and a coffin in his garage. Since he sold the coffin at a yard sale he only has one canoe (the other fell apart, but he has the parts), two cannons, and a trailer-mounted grain mill. AND grandpa's personal still (the sheriff busted up the commercial one).

* My uncle stored 120 rolls of toilet paper against the Y2K meltdown.

* Another uncle moved a log cabin, piece by piece, from Missouri to Illinois.

* The "TP Uncle," who lives in a small city, grows and cans most of his own vegetables. He also shoots one deer a year for meat, which he butchers himself. He's 80.

* My other brother makes wooden cooking tools, knives and (muzzleloader) guns. He also owns a beheading sword and two switchblades.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Becca72
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 09:05 AM

I feel less strange the more of this thread I read. I have just a touch of OCD (it apparently runs in the family). The icecube tray is my biggest focus. I have to use even numbers, always right to left and always across from each other, so that everything is even all the way down. If I use ice at another house and it is taken out willy-nilly I have to fill the tray and start over. I also wear my clothes in the order that they're hung in the closet, though I'm getting better at this. Now I just do it with the pants (pants on one side, tops on the other) and can find a top to go with, rather than having to hang in the order of outfits on laundry day.

The "mooing at cows" comment brought back a memory for me that made me laugh out loud. My father used to have a '39 Packard (I'm pretty sure it was a '39..he'll correct me if I'm wrong) with a "bull horn"....a horn that sounded like a cow mooing. Every field we'd pass he would stop and sound the horn. There is just something very funny about a field of cows looking up with that "WTF???" expression...


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 09:20 AM

Son used to roll the window down, stick out his head (at 65 mph) and scream LOPER GOATS at the antelope herds.

People nearby have a herd of ostriches. When they are along the fence I honk at them. Ostrich have a pretty cool WTF look too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 10:23 AM

Some of you need to review the topic. It's about truly strange people. Phobias don't count. Lots of otherwise normal people have them and they are usually treatable. Yelling something at a herd of antelope is somewhat odd but certainly doesn't qualify as truly strange unless the herd yells something back.

Truly strange is like someone I once heard about who, after reading a page from a book, tore it out. So if he read "War and Peace" it would be confetti by the time he was done with it. And you couldn't lend him your books unless you didn't care what condition they were in when you got them back. Libraries in his areas banned him. That type of behavior is inexplicable, usually nobody else does anything that weird, and it generally isn't treatable. These people were born weird and will die weird.

People with phobias know they have a problem (fear of clowns is actually a very common phobia and EASILY treatable) and it interferes with their daily lives and they don't like that. Truly strange people, otoh, think they're the only ones who are normal and it is the rest of the world that must change its ways to suit their idiosyncrasies and not them. They have no intention of changing their ways and wouldn't know how if they wanted to and they never want to--it never occurs to them because they don't think they have a problem no matter how weird they act.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: JennyO
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 11:07 AM

When I was a child, my grandfather used to like annoying sheep. He would pick a flock near the road and blow his car horn to make them run away. We thought it was terribly funny at the time. I'm sure the sheep didn't. He also used to like driving through a tunnel just as a train was going over and he got us to all yell and scream at the height of the noise. That was rather liberating. It was almost a 'barbaric yawp' - long before I'd ever heard of them.

I can see some signs of the obsessive compulsive in myself when I make my detailed little lists of how much petrol I've used and distances I've travelled, and how much I've spent and how much I think I'll have at the end of next month etc. It's always a challenge to see how close I can get to my predictions.

When I put socks on, I usually hold them up to see if one is slightly longer, and I put the one I think might be longer on my right foot, and usually first. I prefer to start sleeping on my right side, and if I am feeling a bit cold, it's more important for my right side to be warm, otherwise I feel unbalanced.

So now I'm living in a house with somebody who lives in total chaos, hangs his clothes on the floor, delights in wearing socks that don't match, scatters stuff on every available surface, never organises anything, and never throws ANYTHING away - wrappings, envelopes, empty tins, scraps of paper, mountains of wood - AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHH! I think the universe is playing a giant joke on me! Obviously I'm meant to learn something.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 11:16 AM

Rap - Your family is in the lead so far with strange behaviors. Aren't you proud? At this moment I have 68 rolls of toilet tissue in my cartrunk. I'm not strange thou--just a canny shopper.

Years ago we had a male neighbor who was about 40 & unattached. His Mum would drive him up from NYC. Lots of times she would drop him & head immediately back. He would stay with only a two wheeler for transportation. Instead of hearing a tv or music while we were gardening or sitting on the patio. we'd hear train whistles. Once in a while we'd hear "All Aboard-Toot Toot."

I spotted him one day riding his bike in a town 12 miles away--he had earphones on whilst peddling away. He came home & I offered him ice tea & for the first time he came over. I asked what kind of music he was listening to. He explained the tape was " wonderful & exciting" it was from his collection of Baltimore & Ohio train whistles approaching Penn Station. He also had _other_ great whistles too. He handed me the earphones-I Said:"Thanks but no--my heart couldn't take that much excitement." I think I hurt his feelings.   

Now I know why Mumsy would drop him off & head back to NYC.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 11:27 AM

For years I have read phrases such as "the dog jumped through the tornado fencing" and then checked to see if it was divisible by three, four or five. I add the letters up (they come to 36, so three or four works)) but I then note that adding the dots from the i and j brings the total to 38 which works for none of the numbers. I have NO idea why I do that. It bugs me at time, especially when I am watching films that have subtitles. I have missed more movies that way. ("Uh, did you enjoy the movie?" "Why, yes, thank you, it was a perfect five!" Sheesh . . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 11:27 AM

My father had in his shed, when he died, tool boxes containing:-

15 screwdrivers, of which only 8 were in any condition to use

8 hand saws of varying size

11 hammers in various conditions (can it still be a hammer if it's lost half the head?)

28lbs of assorted screws

2 WD stamped (army issue) petrol cans dated 1952 (oddly enough, the year he married my mum)

31lbs assorted nails from panel pins to 8inchers

5 cold chisels (big ones for removing tiles, splitting wood ect, not woodworking)

3 rasps

1 pair pincers, rusted shut.

12 spanners, ranging from tiny bicycle to 12" adjustable tank spanners.

And that was AFTER the major clearout he'd had.

I'm so glad I don't take after his side of the family.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 11:41 AM

My grandfather had a drawer that contained 153 (or it may have been 157) decks of playing cards. Some marked, some 'brailled', some shaved, some closed but previously opened and stacked in certain ways, some with certain cards shaved, some just normal, etc. That man was a master at card tricks, and he was also one helluva bridge player. He could recall every card that was played and by whom. Of course, for a man who spoke about twelve languages (he didn't, but he had me convinced he did), a man who met Thomas Crapper, William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Ralegh, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Elizabeth I and II, various members of the Han Dynasty and John the Baptist, remembering 52 cards was not even a mild mental workout for him. I don't know that he was strange, but he sure was different.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 11:52 AM

I never considered it strange, but I guess some people would. At 7:00 PM EVERY evening, he would announce in a loud voice, "I'm going to take a crap, Mary." (Mary was my grandmother, his wife.) And off he would go for between 20 and 30 minutes with crossword puzzle in hand. He did that for all the years I knew him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:14 PM

We did a thread on roughly this topic awhile back....in it you can read MY favorite story to which this is the direct link.

Don't some you have a 'Lucien' in your past?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:20 PM

Ah Bruce--Now I see where your humor comes from. Good Genes! Sounds like a real regular guy.

What time of day do you make YOUR announcement?


Liz, That sounds like my Dad's tool shed. His motto-save! You never know when something might come in handy. Funny-last Sat. I went thru my in house tool box. Had the usual 3 or 4 of everything, so I gathered my nerve & gave all excess to a neighbor. Felt good too. My Dad once made a window fan for his shop out of a metal garbage can lid & an old engine. It could cool a morgue. It worked great-but looked soo weird.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:26 PM

Liz...I'm not sure which compulsion is stranger...his saving all those things or your detailed documentation of them...*grin*

Having a home workshop myself, I can attest that the basic rule is "The only way to be sure of having enough, is to always have a bit too much."


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:32 PM

I received FOUR dozen flatpicks from a friend at Christmas. I cannot find ONE now. BUT, I have four old part-sets of used strings.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:45 PM

Four dozen? All missing? You don't suppose the local mice now have a lovely plastic condominium inside the wall?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:46 PM

Liz, you should have seen my dad's lifetime collection of stuff. Similar to your dad's, but before the major clearout! He saved everything, even the dust on the shelves. Hundreds of old tools, metal parts, lumber, screws, nuts, bolts, fasteners, caulking, plastic sheet, fiberglass, plumbing accessories, books, magazines, bottles, a kite, old skis, boating hardware, shaving accessories, shelf objects, coat hangers, plastic bags, wooden dowels, metal rods, electrical boxes, rolls of tape, burnt-out fuses (mixed in with a few good ones), old cans of paint, solvents, metal shaping machinery, very dull hand saws, engineering manuals from before WWII, framed paintings, a Dallas newspaper from Nov 22, 1963 (he was there in Dallas on a business trip the day Kennedy was shot), old letters, bric-a-brac, pieces of drywall and panelling, unidentifiable whatnots, and total absolute irredeemable junk.

I have hauled away uncountable vanloads of it to the dump.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:54 PM

Sorry. FIVE part-sets of used strings. And a thin flatpick that I don't use.

I have wondered that myself, Bill.

I still have a Biology book from 40-some-odd years ago that says humans have 24 chromosomes. Just thought it might come in handy someday. SOON, it goes to the dump. Next twenty years or so.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: JennyO
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 12:59 PM

You people who know how many tools you have are very lucky. I know I have a blue toolbox with some assorted things in it, a set of screwdrivers in their own box, and a rather incomplete set of assorted pliers, sockets etc that fit in another box. All fairly normal I think.

However, I keep a very close track of them, because John has rooms, outdoor benches, floors, back of the garage, assorted big and little boxes full of tools all mixed up with rubbish, bits of wood, metal, plastic and god knows what else. If I lend him any of my tools, which he might want because he couldn't possibly know where HIS things are when he needs them, there is a good chance I'll never see them again.

Not only that, but he leaves a lot of tools outside in the weather, and of course they rust. After last weekend's wild storms, I discovered his large toolbox full of quite good things sitting outside with the lid off. When I said "your tools are underwater", he tipped some of the water out and left the box where it was. We've had more rain in the last few days, and last night I reminded him of his tools out there, and he said "Nothing much I can do about that", and did nothing. They are still there. Drives me nuts!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: HouseCat
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:01 PM

Weird neighbor update:
He has taken an electric sander and sanded a huge cross into the paint on his front door. I wonder who he's trying to keep out now.
HC


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:17 PM

I have, and use, tools that are 60 to 100 years or more old. You never know when you might need a gun worm, for example. And my collection of nails has moved from Ohio to Indiana to Kentucky to Idaho -- I bought them in Ohio about 30 years ago.

And being a fencer I sometimes practice outside on the patio under the deck. Golfers give someone stabbing with a sword at ball hanging from a string very odd looks. Actually, just walking around with an epee in your backyard causes you to receive odd looks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:20 PM

"Actually, just walking around with an epee in your backyard"

You have just solved the barbeque skewer problem for a meal with ten or more guests.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: JennyO
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:21 PM

Tomorrow when I have a bit more time, I'll tell you about one of my former flatmates. We called her 'Mad Margaret'. A lot of my ex flatmates were odd, but Margaret was the oddest of all.

LH, your dad saved things. So do I. I have a large collection of things. John doesn't save, his things just sorta pile up and never leave. Put it all together and what we have here is not a collection - more of an accumulation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Gulliver
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:29 PM

When I was living in Naples I visited a Poor Clares (as we call them) convent on Ischia in the Bay of Naples. I visited a room there where the dead nuns were placed. When a nun died she wasn't buried but was propped up on a metal stool with a bowl, something like a toilet, in this room. Every afternoon the nuns gathered in the room in the presence of the corpse for a few hours, to meditate on death and the afterlife. The corpse would be left there until it decayed and the bones fell into the bowl.

I found that pretty strange.

BTW, there was a Poor Clares convent near where I live until recently--I wonder whether they had the same tradition...

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:35 PM

Well, I can tell you that using a sword makes it a lot easier to pick up paper and trash in the yard. And since it's my yard, I don't care HOW people look at me. They get too annoying and my vorpal blade goes snicker-snack.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 01:57 PM

You are truly mad, Rapaire. Thank God you don't live in Blind River. It wouldn't be good, eh? ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 02:07 PM

By the way, I have told Denny, the talking Hadrosaurus, who accompanies me wherever I go, not to mind the fact that people keep ignoring him. "They're simply in a state of denial, Denny. They think dinosaurs are extinct, so they WILL not acknowledge your presence. Don't be offended." Denny takes it all with good humor. I normally order an extra serving for Denny whenever I eat at restaurants. He's vegetarian. Good thing. He specially likes hanging his head out the passenger window when we're out driving.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Don Firth
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 02:40 PM

Handsome creature, Little Hawk. But you must have a fairly large automobile.

Don Firth

P. S. Ever take Denny to Denny's?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 02:55 PM

My family prefers to think of itself as "charmingly eccentric" instead of agreeing with the opinion of the rest of the world: "They're nuts!"

As my niece once said about my brother, he of the coffin and the cannons, "Dad's different, but he's never dull." Of course, this is the same niece who was taken on a deer hunt at the age of 10, and when the time came to field dress a deer...with her older brothers certain that as soon as the body cavity was opened she'd get sick...said, "COOL!!" and went on to get a degree in biology.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bert
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 03:15 PM

Er, am I the only one who howls at the moon???


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 03:16 PM

"with her older brothers certain that as soon as the body cavity was opened she'd get sick...said, "COOL!!" and went on to get a degree in biology."

Took lots of guts to do that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 03:26 PM

Nothin' strange about that. Not in my world.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 03:35 PM

No Bert, you're not. Am I the only one who dances outside in rainstorms - not always fully clothed...?

Bill D - I know exactly what you mean. I have what must be amounting to several hundred skeins of embroidery thread. Have I got the right colour for the pattern I want to work now?

Answers on a skein of DMC 3846 or 340 to........

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 03:51 PM

*grin*...Liz...almost 30 years ago, I lived alone for 2 years in a house with a huge yard, surrounded by high bushes. On several occasions I went out into warm Summer rains, just because I could! And one Winter, there was something like 20 inches of snow dropped on us....I couldn't get to work for 3 days, and I was bored, so one afternoon I went out and jumped naked into a snow drift...just to see what it was like. It was, like, cold...I guess I stayed there all of 7 seconds. Warm rains are better. I haven't lived anywhere that was really safe to do since then.

(Across the street in a park, a bunch of guys crazier than me played football for an hour in 20" of snow...but they were fully clothed.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:07 PM

Yes indeed. And the deer was one for the record books -- a true gutless wonder.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:27 PM

Taking Denny to Dennys is a fabulous idea, Don. Thanks! We'll do it ASAP. He is fairly small for a Hadrosaurus, I think. Perhaps he is the rare pygmy Hadrosaurus...or maybe he has some growing to do yet. I'm not sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:47 PM

Liz asked:
Am I the only one who dances outside in rainstorms - not always fully clothed...?

Is that when you count your tits, Liz?


I've heard from the local bi-KNOCK-ular dealer that his business has doubled since the rains came.Maybe you should ask for a cut?


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Mickey191
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:51 PM

From Mickey, The titless wonder: In my neighborhood black curtains are moving like hot cakes!!! Guys are giving their telescopes to the Salvation Army!   

Oye Vey!


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Subject: RE: BS: Truly Strange People
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 04:52 PM

No, I count my tits from the back bedroom or from the back door. I get a better view of them from there.

LTS


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