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Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)

Peter T. 27 Dec 99 - 10:25 AM
Dave Swan 27 Dec 99 - 10:31 AM
DonMeixner 27 Dec 99 - 10:47 AM
MMario 27 Dec 99 - 10:48 AM
Margo 27 Dec 99 - 11:04 AM
Mbo 27 Dec 99 - 11:10 AM
DougR 27 Dec 99 - 11:49 AM
Neil Lowe 27 Dec 99 - 12:00 PM
Paul G. 27 Dec 99 - 12:03 PM
Big Mick 27 Dec 99 - 12:18 PM
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MMario 27 Dec 99 - 04:44 PM
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DougR 27 Dec 99 - 06:20 PM
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Subject: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Peter T.
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 10:25 AM

Although I am a quiet haunter of the Tavern, I am faithful to its stained countertops (the walls are something else). There have been a blizzard of Tavernas, Cantinas, Schooners, and what not, but perhaps a return to the old stamping ground is needed for a post-Xmas, mid-Boxing Week, pre-post Millenium small drink. LEJ? bbc? Anyone for a pint?
Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave Swan
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 10:31 AM

Nothing like the haven of a familiar old tavern. Well done, Peter. A pint of Anchor Christmas Ale if you please. Time for just a quick one. Did you notice the truck with the bobbing antlers in back sitting in the parking lot? The sign on the side says Knute's Racing Reindeer. I'll check this out and get back to you. Cheers, E.S.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DonMeixner
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 10:47 AM

The old tavern has changed since it was built some time ago. I have always wondered if the shine on the pine walls was from Man'O'War clear spar or Bailey's Real Tried Lard. The smoke in the air is more often a puff back from the Round Oak in the corner than from the line of stoagies at the bar. The bar tender hasn't changed either in so many years. "I'll have a cup of coffee Henry, and a shot of iron back." I never worry that Henry will have candy coffee ot Hazelnut. Just the black kind from the red can.

The same guys come and leave at the same time as jobs end for the day or are about to begin as the case may be. The farmers pull up in a harvester when the season is on and someone is alway grilling something outside at the gas grill that is chained to a locust tree year round. Checkers, poker, and darts are the only games ever played and they don't cost a dime unless you are foolish enough to bet against the house hardies. There is a space in the back where an old guitar leans in a corner. Its unknown lineage is unimportant because the strings are new and the action is good. Anyone is welcome to play and it doesn't matter what you play as long as its music. There's a couch that is old but solid. A haven for the cat and the birthing place for her kittens about twice a year. I'm the guy with the coffee and Iron at the back corner. Stop back and say hello.

Don


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 10:48 AM

Theme nights are fun, but the good-ol' atmosphere of the Tavern is nice too.....

My family got me the jumbo size discount CO'D for Christmas, so I'll dust brew mysev a dea, with honey and a fivth of scotch....thangs....


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Margo
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 11:04 AM

Guiness, guiness, guiness, guiness. Extra stout. Four pints will keep me going through the entire performance of Shanghaied on the Willamette. And NO HANGOVER the next day. Ah, guiness. It's just two guys playing, but they fill the place with music song after song. And I know all the words, so I'm up front singing away! (Between swigs)
Margo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 11:10 AM

Wow, it's been a while since I was in the tavern. The walls have been given a fresh lick of varnish, so shiny are they, either that or someone's been licking them again. Howdy folks! Since I'm relatively new around here, I'd like say to those I have not met in previous locales--pleased to make your acquaintances! Hello, Don, how's everything? Mind if I play ye old guitar? Ooooh--like these strings! Hmmm...I just heard this great folksong by Paul McCartney called "Little Willow." Shall I venture?

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 11:49 AM

Peter T: Great idea to open the Tavern! A Guinness, if you please! Christmas was great, but I'm ready to put the holdays away for another year.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 12:00 PM

I passed a fellow wanderer once, going in the opposite direction.
"Where are you going?" I asked.
His simple reply said it all. "Further."

..hell, for old time's sake, I'll raise a glass to the boys by the window, who's restless spirits haunt me still. I should still have a dram of absinthe left from last time - a treasured gift from the original proprietor that I've been saving for a special occasion. This seems just such an occasion.

Here's to all those who still haven't found what they're looking for. May you never find it, for the unmarked path takes you places you never thought you'd go.

Regards, Neil


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Paul G.
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 12:03 PM

Perfect timing, Peter. Gawd I could use a drink too. The holidays were warm and family filled, but they produce their own set of stresses. Kay and I bought ourselves one of those little pop-up campers to drag around the country as we travel to make our music...so we should be able to stop by here more often. Sorry that we now take up 2 spots in that patch of dirt out front that passes, when dry, for a parking lot. I'll share a cup of that coffee with Don, but kindly drop a double shot of Southern Comfort in it for me.

One of the many thought at the forefront of my mind as we drink our way towards the new century is, jeezus, I'm glad you all are here...

Paul G.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 12:18 PM

AAAAAHHHHHHHHH............home again. Anyone seen THE FAIR ONE? I would sing her "The Hiring Fair" as soon as that fella with the nice voice is done. Barkeep, you know the drill.........a jar of the vile, black stuff for me and whatever THE FAIR ONE wants, on my tab. In fact, I will buy the house a round now, before it gets to busy. Even those rather vague looking fellas by the window. Hello, Peter, nice to see you. Swanno, can't wait for June, hello Doug........leave THE FAIR ONE alone, she's with me tonight......LOL.........I love this place........


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 12:20 PM

I haven't had time to stop in since the first Tavern thread. I'll take a bottle of Sam Adams Winter Ale and just sit by the fire and listen to you-all banter and sing. Maybe I'll join in and harmonize if I know the song!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 01:04 PM

Ah what a pleasure to be back............Racing Reindeer? I can hardly wait...........Joint looks good though.....flamingos are doing well I see..........Leej is probably stocking and the Skiffler needs to bring a load by.........Hey Mario my man. Gotta' funny story for you later......Dougie!!! Gimmee a triple Jack my friend, hold the coke...........Still the same jello pit...bag of spuds in the corner, coupla' thongs hangin' on the wall.....Somebody ought to scour it out but what the fock........Beebs going to be serving up later or is she elsewhere? Don't see her...Probably out fixing up David....(THWOMP)....geeziz, I guess she is here..got an arm ain't she? What the hell did she throw at me, hurt like hell?.....oh....some kinda' petrified shellfish thing.........HEY!!! WOW, that's just GREAT>>>THE DOOR<<....FLING.....uh,huh...that's still bland alright......Maybe Kat will show up too and the whole gang.......Mick I think pigged out over Christmas so his thong's a bit tight..well not in the codpiece, but the waist is a stretcher.........And where's BB and Jeri......They hung out together in Toronto so maybe they'll share some hooter stuff like Jeri's dragonflies and BB's coconuts...that'd be great, a QUADRUPLE THREAT!!!........aw geez, not again Cleigh....I wish you hadn't eaten with Cletus, Paw and the Reg boys....kinda' runny too, but at least you did it in that bodhran.........Well, I gotta go, be back later...............oh gawd Cleigh, in the tiple too?..............................oy....................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 01:30 PM

seems silly to come into the Tavern carrying your own booze,,,but hey!! the company is good, and it'd a great place to sit and wait for the year clock to turn over!...I'll bet the fireplace and tap is Y2K compliant...

but today I am having nips from my Christmas present from Lorraine and her husband George,,,who went to Ireland this year and brought me back a bottle of Connemara Irish Pot Still Single Malt...(lightly peated)..not your standard Irish, but still wonderful! Anyone wanta taste?..I'm pouring...

and soon I'll have to get off the machine so Ferrara, bless her competant number-crunching mind, can work on taxes...(hmmm..if Y2K DOES knock out the URS..perhaps......)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Metchosin
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 02:00 PM

Ahh Bill! As a fellow fan of the single malt, feel free to pour me a wee dram, I am in desparate need of the "hair of the dog". Even an Irish one, as I am rather catholic in my taste.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Bert
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 02:53 PM

Well I'm glad 'Youze Guys' are all back from your sailing trip, it's been lonely 'round here. No Kat, you don't need to put the shirt back on, you can be our figurehead in here as well.

No, that head on the wall with the fine set of antlers is NOT Rudolf. Despite the fact that Cletus painted it's nose red.

Pour a couple of inches of that dark rum into my mug and let's start singing the old songs that Ma & Pa used to sing.

Oh Mister Porter what shall I doooo....


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 03:14 PM

I'm done now, Mick. You can play "Hiring Fair" now. Good Song. To accompany, I brought my old classical guitar (as opposed to my new one) and have turned the low E string down to low A, an octave below the 5th string--and voila! A classical guitar with built in bass! BTW those buzzy noises the slack string makes sound funky!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: paddymac
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 03:28 PM

Jeez, Mick, thanks fer the pint. I was just coming through the door when I heard you speak up and bu the round. It's a grand thing you do, lad, fer yer fellow man. Hi, Bill. I'll take ye up on you offer of a wee dram o that Connemara stuff. Last time I went through Shannon duty free I politely chastized the fair lass for encouraging people to buy Irish whiskey made in obvious imitation of Scotch whiskey. Mind you, I do enjoy the occassional bit o scotch, but why try to emulate an inferior product? I mean, the Scots are decent folk, but hey burnt that first batch and apparently got hooked on it. Well, the wee lass put me straight in a hurry. She said, oh so politely, and wid a smile that would melt an Orangeman's heart, "Sir, 'tis true that customers rarely ever ask for this by name,but we sell tons of it to people who seem to at least think they know something about good whiskey and ask for a single malt. Rather than sell them a bottle of Scotch, we sell then a bottle of Connemara. It satisfys their want, and keps the money in Ireland. Now, I ask ye, what the hell was a gintleman to do but buy a bottle himself. Here it is. We've two bottles of it now. That should get us through the night. Hey, Big Mick, come on over and sit a spell. I need you to tell me about James Connolly writing poetry and songs.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 03:41 PM

Connemara Dew? the passed out fella on the floor in the corner would be me mates. Someone be kind enough to throw a blanket on the old fella when you all leave. If by some chance I wake up and start singing bawdy sea songs, just put some steak and kidney pie in front of me with a pint, and I'll stop singing real fast. Wouldn't want to upset the ladies. Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:10 PM

paddymac..(pouring a generous dram)..I'll confess, I DO prefer my Irish to be classic..(Tullamore Dew, if possible...and in the crock!)...but this stuff is not half bad, and that is a fine story!..now let ME tell one....

many years ago I was in Los Angeles, Cal, for a meeting, and after the meeting a group of us went to a 'daylight' bar in this fancy hotel..(wide open, lighted...lots of potted plants)...and up comes this waiter in a red jacket..a distinguished fellow with white hair and an English accent....and enquires what we woild like to drink.."Ahh.." says I, "I don't suppose you have Irish?"..

"Well, not really, " replies the VEDDY formal fellow, with a slight twinkle in his eye..."..we have Bushmills.."

so I grinned at him and ordered a brandy....


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: bbc
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:24 PM

Hi, all,

Just dropping by for a few hugs. I'll be home most of the week, trying to catch up on my life & perfect a couple of new dip recipes for the 31st--spinach feta & portabello caviar. If they're good, I'll add them to my homepage. Christmas was great, but I could do w/ a little "down" time. I think I'll get myself a glass of house white wine, find an empty chair, & just watch for awhile. I'm due hugs from Mick & Doug, at least. Spaw, stop bad-mouthing me! You know I'm nice as pie & never give you the hard time (you deserve)! ;)

best to you,

bbc

P.S.--Those of you who've sent me resources stuff the last week or so, I really hope to get up-to-date this week. Sorry for the delay; Christmas took precedence in our household.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave Swan
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:25 PM

O.K., here's the deal. I just spent some time with Canute of Canute's Racing Reindeer and he's in a slack period in the racing season. Says he'll match his beasts against anything that moves, and he's willing to lend us a sleigh and harness. So, we start small, put a few bucks on the bar. First we race Cletus driving Catspaw's Wiemaraner and my Dalmation, they tangle the harness, dash off into the woods and cross the finish line well behind Canute. Further establishing ourselves as rubes, we up the bet and enter Catspaw and MMario driving a brace of opossums. Nothing happens. For a long time. Canute picks up the cash by default and is feeling pretty smug. We roll the bet way up on our last go. Now we enter the secret weapon. Alison, dressed in jockey's silks driving Big Mick. Picture him in harness pawning the snow like some read-headed Sasquatch as Alison toys with her riding crop. At the last minute we snatch Alison out of the driver's seat and shove in Koko. Mick, looking back over his shoulder one last time sees Koko, spooks, and in his blind panic to get away from her sets a land speed record. Bingo, we're in beer money for a month. I kind of hate to spring Koko on Mick again, but he has got Alison to defend him.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:44 PM

ehem.....Swanno? Secret plans ain't very secret when you post them in a public forum....or Cannot Canute read?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 04:53 PM

I think Koko will be out for the count when Mick turns and realizes its her and blows the spud out his ass which gives her concussion.

Spaw (and THAT was some of the funniest shit you've ever written man.....The "Nothing happens" line was classic!)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 06:20 PM

Big Mick: I learned a long time ago not to pursue the ones that were destined for somebody else. It's obvious you and The Fair One were meant for each other and I'd never try to ... Aw, you know. Compete.

bbc, love, I hope your Christmas was a wonderful one and here before God and every Mudcatter in sight is that hug you requested! I'd caution you though, Babe, don' be hard on Spaw. He means well.

Peter T., If you're still pouring its about Vodka on the rocks time out here on the desert. If you please!

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Llanfair
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 06:41 PM

Hullo, I haven't been in here for ages, but I need a short respite from my beloved family. Wall to wall relatives, all hungry, and me with a streaming cold. Mulled wine would be ideal, but, failing that, I'll have a coffee with something seriously alcoholic in it, please.
i was going to post in the "Mistletoe" thread, but was a bit shy, I don't know anyone well enough to be sure that they like 6 foot tall blondes, 'specially ones with middle age spread!!!!
I'll go and find a quiet corner, I love to hear "The Hiring Fair". Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 06:48 PM

I'll give you a kiss, Bron, if you don't mind short young red-headed guys with prickly royales and glasses! Whoa, I'm getting better with my chanter. On Christmas Day, I couldn't play anything, now I'm playing "Molendinar," "Mo Ghile Mar," and "Gardyne Castle"! Wheeee!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Llanfair
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 06:58 PM

Cheers Mbo, and here's one for the new year. Bron.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: bassen
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 08:40 PM

uh, Spaw, as a pro you know that trimming racing reindeer for speed entails crushing their testicles between two rocks, but does Mick? Nobody ever asks why Rudolf's nose is all shiny like that...

To get in touch with a Pro Reindeer Speed Shop, try getting in touch with these guys

bassen


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: TheMuse
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 10:01 PM

Soooo glad to be back at the Tavern! Good place to be to ride out the rest of the winter. Mick, I hope the offer still holds . . .I'll have a. . . . double hot chocolate with a shot of Kahlua. How's that for daring? Anyone for a game of darts? Heads up everyone, I have never played darts! :-)

TheMuse


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 10:36 PM

Hey, darlin's, give me a shot of something guaranteed to put me to sleep for the whole night, willya, please? And, Bert, if ya don't mind, I covered the rose as I really don't want it to get frostbitten! Whew! It's been a while since I've been in here. Peter, thanks for opening. I was thinking about opening the old Mountain Lodge, over LeeJ's way, no skiing, just a roaring fire in the huge, granite fireplace, soft, comfy, oversized chairs and a bar that doesn't ever close. Got upstairs rooms with feather beds and down comforters, heated towel bars, oh and there is a mineral hot springs, piped into the hot tub out on the deck off the bar. But, that'll have to wait for a while. All the staff went home until sometime in January; they expect those college-time vacations, ya know?

So, El Swanno, whadya wanta bet yer oxen could beat those reindeer??!! Just got to motivate them, man! Oh, thanks, Peter, here goes, I hope I am out like a light in two seconds flat. Lift one to the Tranzac, tonight, folks, where Rick, Jeri and the other Torontians should be having a grand time. G'night!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 12:25 AM

LEJ stomps a crust of snow from his gaiters n' boots, bangs his slats against the moss-rock hearth to loosen the ice, then leans them near the crackling spruce fire Alright, dammit, I'm ready for a turn behind the bar! Mick, Doug, Alison...still Guinnesses(Guinni ?) for you all? Spaw that'd be a giant Jack rocks? Hell,yes! Just came down through the trees where the powder's three feet deep, litte crust on top from a warm day yesterday and a cold one last night, but when you bust through, the crystals shatter and blast around you like little stars of light. I won't lie and say I made the run stone sober, because I had the bota full of warm cider and whiskey under my down vest. At the bottom of the Mountain, I could see the Tavern- little blue plume of smoke drifting from the chimney, sun shining warm on the comfortably indolent phoak soaking up sun and umbrella drinks on the deck. And who's the new waitress in the Santa Claus bikini?

Anyhoo, saw Cassady,Kerouac,Neil and seed smoking a giant Mexican ratweed splif under an enormous Ponderosa pine, so naturally I had to stop and...umm.. scold them (lotta good it did, lot it'll ever do), then I continued my leisurely ramble down to this hospitable abode, my altered consciousness causing the occasional crossing of my ski-tips which only once resulted in a quite refreshing face-plant.

Bottom line is HELL YES it's good to be among friends, and I will treat myself to a Carlsberg and a large juicy cheeseburger, all the while wheeling and dealing drinks to my loyal,hilarious,and quite enetrtaining clientele. And Spaw, NO- THE POSSUM MAY NOT BUY A ROUND! It's just an excuse for you to get double Jacks, and Bert still gets stuck with the tab...where the hell is Beebs? I can't sling all this hooch on my own!

And Lowe, you quaff that Absinthe with a clear conscience...I have reason to believe that Kesey has a litre stashed in the box marked Medical Supplies on the bus.

The once and future LEJ


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 12:37 AM

Oh, and Katlaf Darlin', here is especially for you one of those deliciously tart sloe gin/brandy alexander/kahlua concoctions of which you are so inordinately fond...note the little magic umbrella sticking out the top? You finish your drink and you can use that umbrella as shield against any sudden and unprovoked outgushings of certain notorious downspouts known to frequent these premises..:>)Put your money away, it's on the house. Well, on Bert's VISA anyway. Hey Bert! Good news! We just got your credit limit raised again!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: alison
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 07:49 AM

Thanks but no thanks LEJ...... I never touch that vile black stuff.... I'll just sit here in the corner and try to stop laughing at El Swanno's race..... good plan.... now where's that griddle of mine 'til I sort Koko out!!!

doug.. you pay that bid Irish eejit no mind.... my back and shoulders need a good massage......

something tall and cool for me thanks alice, (nice bikini!!)... and I'll just relax and listen to the "Hiring fair".....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 11:02 AM

Catspaw, it is way to cold out to wear my coconut bra at this time of year. How about a very tight knit sweater.
Unfortunately I missed the Gathering for Jeri last night. I felt burned out and need time to regenerate. Jeri and I were able to get together the day before. She is a lovely person. I very much enjoyed her company.

BB


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 12:37 PM

Ah, LeeJ, it's amaretto and sour, darlin'...never had any of those others you mentioned, and having been a bartender, can't imagine all of them mixed together, but there ya go, to each his own taste, eh?

Bonnielass, hope you're feeling regenerated today. If not, I am sure LeeJ could fix you up with something. Have a sit and relax, maybe over there by Alison, we can watch the race in safety!**BG**


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 12:47 PM

Ol' Two-ll's here will take a tall one of the Guiness- it's just about thick enough for watching the race and cozying by the fire. If you all knew what a flirt I am in real life you wouldn't believe how reticent I've been here at the Tavern- my brain is disconnected from my mouth, so in real life I spout just about anything you please, but somehow my fingers get in the way when the spirit would otherwise move me!
There's plenty of room here on the couch- and how about some tunes? Nobody's sung a thing since "Hiring Fair"- and that ws yestiddy! No one wants to hear my fiddle playing yet, as I started a few weeks ago, but let me warm up by singing harmony and I'll regale you with a song or two in a bit.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 01:43 PM

Can I interest anyone in singing "All For Me Grog"?

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 02:07 PM

Lonesome L.J.: Another Guinness will do fine thank you. I got a job to do! The Fair Alison's back and shoulders is all knotted up and it's Doug to the rescue! Drat! Where did I put that WD40!!!??? If big old Mick comes nosing around Alison, I'll give him a shot of WD40! That ought to slow him down a bit.

bbc, my love, where art thou? And Miss Alice from the Big Sky country? Long as I got the WD40 out ...

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Alice
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 02:18 PM

Well, Doug, save the WD40 for the hinges on that door. I need some suntan lotion rubbed into these pale shoulders. A bikini in December... well, ok, I'm game, but I need to get out to whichever door leads to the BEACH!!

-alice


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 02:22 PM

ALICE! I GOT TONS OF SUN TAN OIL! Come on over here and sit down by Alison. You're next!

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 02:33 PM

Here you go, the latest door from Catspaw Industries (Can, Ltd.)! Be sure and wear heavy, heavy sunscreen.DOOR TO BEACH!!
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 02:38 PM

Looks like Peter T will go to any length to get Alice into a binini, don't it? Well why not? I'll slather some of this suntan oil on you and you can have a go at it Alice! I KNOW, Peter T., YOU want to apply the suntan oil, but that's a job for an old man!

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Alice
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 02:46 PM

Ahem, um, well... thanks very much Peter, but I was thinking more along the lines of this BEACH

alice


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 03:00 PM

Ya know Dougie, I think Allison (Animaterra) with 2ll's could maybe get off on one of your foot massage thingys......and while we're waiting Allison, how about I sit down here with you and you can tell me about how the school year and your group and your son are all doing and we can watch El Swanno's Reindeer Races.......didja see where bassen has once again proven truth is stranger than fiction..............Hey Leej, bring Allison and I another round on Bert......say what?......well hell man just get ANOTHER extension on his limit........I gotta' think of everything?.........Hey Cleigh, I don't think Allison needs your possum butt on that outfit she's wearing..go play with the flamingos until Mario shows up with Dido.....damn possum trying to beat my time here............nah, I'm just enjoying your company Allison.....too old and too married, but you are one of my favorite 'Catters........Which makes me think what a great place this is and how many fine friends we have here, know what I mean............ah, another year, century, millennium....I dunno what to think sometimes...........'Course right now I think that El Swanno shouldn't have fed his team that cabbage slop he made up.....Hey Leej, make sure El Swanno washes up before he comes in here! He's really a mess.......I can hardly wait to see what's next................Hey bassen, I think I see Garg coming down the path for the races...go ahead and try the brick trick on him...worked before.......never saw a man suck up 39 gallons of water in 3 seconds .......might make him tha dark horse winner in the races...................Where's Skiff?....Supplies are gettin' low here...he's bringin' the Y2K staples in a tanker....................Beebs, another round for us over here please and tell Doug to get his carcass in gear too....hit him with one of those shellfish things.........ya'know, she's got one whale of an arm on her....the other day I just casually mentioned David and ..(THWING)....YEEOOWW....Stop it Beebs, or should I call you Toots?...(THWAP)....ENOUGH ALREADY!!! Just bring the drinks..............geeziz.........Maybe Kat and WW the MB will be in soon and join us.....and where the hell is Seed?...................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 03:14 PM

Thanks Peter....All proceeds from the sale of this fine work go to the worthy and needy beneficiaries of "Catspaw Industries Benevolent Fund"...a non-profit organization, unfortunately. A list of all recipients of this largesse is available and all reside in Bremen, Ohio.

Its great to have friends as whacked as yourself.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 03:16 PM

Mbo - I'd sing "all for me grog" but my Christmas Cold has my range down to about one croak and a gargle...and those are both off key...(more off then normal, I mean) I lost my upper range Christmas eve, and the rest of it has disappeared in the days since. Hoping they will recover SOON....[\xx xx/] see? all fingers crossed on both hands!

Sorry Cleigh, Dido didn't come out today...she muttered something about "gonna sleep 'till spring" and "only stone waterspouts should go out in weather like this"


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: paddymac
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 03:43 PM

Did I hear mention of sloe gin? A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, on the ice planet Hoth.... well, actually it was january in Korea, and we were up to our arses in snow, living in tiny two man tents and surviving on left-over WW II C rations. The item in the rats that we could always bargain for was powdered hot chocolate. But even that, after a time, lost its appeal. Then one day, I managed to acquire a bottle of a locally produced nectar said to be sloe gin, or a least an honestly attempted facsimile thereof. Awful tasting stuff. But with a bit of ingenuity, necessity the mother of invention, and all that, I discovered that the stuff made a marvelous addition to hot chocolate. It results in a concoction that tastes a great deal like chocolate covered cherries, with a suggestion of raspberry in there as well. Under the circumstances, it was heaven-sent and absolutely delicious. To this day, I find it thoroughly enjoyable on those cold, cold nights, and at any other winter-time gathering of decent folk, especially where there's at least the prospect of snuggling against the chill. Hmmmmmmm! Delicious!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 03:51 PM

Did somebody mention foot massage???!!! Now I'm feeling warm all over- sure, I'll join in on "All for me grog", tho' my capacity for harmony is getting a little shaky with each passing round (thanks, Bert- or 'Spaw, rather!) BTW, 'Spaw, as one old-and-married to another, as my sweet old Auntie-in-law Mame (really!) always sez, "Just because you're on a diet, don't mean you can't look at the menu!"


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 04:23 PM

Whoa! Sorry missed it on the other thread! Doug, my last name is Richards, and I'm from (a relative term) Jacksonville, North Carolina. As a former military brat (as of this year) I've been everywhere, but since my mother & father and 98.5% of both families are from Philadelphia, PA, I consider Philly my home. And we got a rocking hockey team this year! Are you possibly a descendant of the Pennsylvania coalminer Richards too? :}

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 05:08 PM

Holy rusted tanktraps and exploding bangoleers,PT! I can't believe you'd set poor little bikini-clad Alice down in the middle of Omaha Beach... Saving Private Flynn indeed!"Look out,Hans! Zey are using zee most powerful zecret veapon in zer arsenal...a half-naked voman from Montana! Vot is next? A giant Union Organizer in a thong?!?"

Catspaw,can you not keep that possum from eating everybody's peanuts? He's got a practically full bowl of crickets over in the corner. I swear, if that varmint wasn't a Holy Mudcat Icon I'd kick his little musical butt outta here.

Somebody give me a hand with these Millennium Eve decorations. Oh, and RTS... we'll need a couple trucks of Guinness and Jello in case the grid goes down.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 05:15 PM

Mama Kat, I feel burned out. Does LeeJ make anything spiked with spirulina? I hope Alison doesn't mind if I put my head down on her lap and nap for a bit.
Catspaw, why is Cleigh, always so wet.

BB


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave Swan
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 05:33 PM

Catspaw, has that damn possum of yours been in the men's room again, eating those great big mints ?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 06:41 PM

Spaw! Hey, Sssssppppaaaaawwww!!!! I am over here!!

Sheesh, ya got those dark glasses on again!?? Wot's a Kat gotta do to git yer attenshun!??

There, there, Bonnie, darlin', just rest here a bit, I'll have ole LeeJ mix you up a power shake with lots of berries, rice milk, protein powder, and some cracked ice. It won't put hair on yer chest, but it'll get yer blood sugar going and perk ya right up there, sweetie. LeeJ, if ya would, please?? We got a young-un here what needs a little pampering.

How 'bout singing something calm and quiet now for a few minutes, phoaks?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 06:57 PM

How about one of mine own? "Habbanan Beneath The Stars" was a favorite of my Composition Class teacher, and is purported to have a quieting effect on people. Let me get at that guitar again...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 07:24 PM

Mbo: 'Faid not, MBO, my Richards line ended up in Texas after landing in Boston, MA from Ireland, then on to Alabama, Tennessee and finally Texas. I thought, too, there might be some connection since we both have an affinity for folk music.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: alison
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 07:28 PM

you rest away Banjo Bonnie... I've got Doug working on my shoulders and hopefully who ever is doing the feet massage will do mine soon.... I'm not moving anywhere in the near future.......


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 07:35 PM

Ahhh...British Isles Richards. Folks always think that my last name has some sort of BI connection, but my Richards relatives were German. I read in a book about German immigration that "Richards" was often an Ellis Island change for the name "Reichartz." It's sad, no one knows when they came over, exactly where they were from, or what their original name was. But music can create relatives sometimes stronger than blood! Let's play! Where was I? Oh yes. "In Habbanan, beneath the stars, where all roads end, however long..." Is this working, Bonnie?

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 07:54 PM

Mbo, did you say something about once upon a time beneath the stars? I just feel sooooo relaxed ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Oy, my body is in ecstasy. You guys are the best!
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

BB


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: TerriM
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 08:42 PM

Right then,lads, if someone would just remove the possum from where he has attached himself ( which is not at all the sort of area a well-bred young mammal should be) I will be reaching into my pockets for the next round, what's it to be?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 08:48 PM

Spaw! Tend that possom! He's getting out of hand (and into regions he shouldn't explore?) Alison: Don't you worry about the foot massage. As several Mudcatters of the female gender can attest to, I am an EXPERT when it comes to feet too! Just relax. The best is yet to come!

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 09:04 PM

Is Big Mick sick or something? I can't imagine him standing placidly by while The Fair Alison receives so much attention from Mudcatters (even though their intentions may be as pure as the drifted snow as mine are) without charging in with a big club!

Mick? Are you okay?

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 09:28 PM

Caitrin, wherefor art thou! I need someone to banter with who knows what I'm talking about!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Susan A-R
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 10:21 PM

Ah, same old tavern. Nice fire, nice music, nice neat whiskey. Mmmm, my kind of place, and lots of nifty Catters here too. Say Doug R, how long is the line? Oh and Llanfair and BB, I've brought a couple pairs of fuzzy slippers and a few walking sleeping bag bathrobes (someone gave me one for Christmas, and it's great. I look like a penguin in it, but I don't care, it's warm and at this time of year, that is a priority.) Oh, and I've brought a few Kahlua Chocolate Chip cookies, and some Spinach tiropitas (I know, it isn't steak and kidney pie, but I have a reputation to maintain out there)

Now for that neat whiskey and a nice spot at the end of the massage line. Oh, and I'd love to sing Seven Bridges Road if anyone is up for a bit of harmony on that one.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 10:28 PM

The door flies open and the biggest damn Mick in the village comes in, snow covered and kicking the ice of his boots. His mustache and beard are filled with ice crystals and he stands his cross country skis in the corner..........AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH........nothing like a cruise around the Hidden Lake trail to get the blood moving........and speaking of blood moving, who are these faux layabouts that are rubbing THE FAIR ONE'S feet and shoulders. Perhaps we need to go for a walk and discuss this...........what THE FAIR ONE?..........OK,OK, put the griddle down, he can finish....Yes, Yes, I know that if I had been in here taking care of business then I could have been.......shit, DougR, please continue on.........huh?......get in the traces?????........Now you know that I would do almost anything for you, but I saw that Koko is going to be behind me........The griddle?.......I am deathly afraid of an Irishwoman under full sail with a griddle in her hand, but it will take a pistol to get me in those traces with Koko....FAIR ONE, where the hell did you get that pistol???????????..........shit, I want to go back to the Castle............


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 11:59 PM

Big Mick! I'm delighted you're still alive and kicking! Fear not, I've only improved the Fair Maid's circulation with my sensous massaging techniques. And Susan A-R, you will never have to wait in line for my services. Sidle on up here and prepare yourself. Big Mick is here and he won't abide my laying a hand or hands on Alison from this point on. He's TERRIBLY jealous! Don't know why. I'm just an old guy ...

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 12:09 AM

Yeah, right...with MAGIC FINGERS!!!!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 12:14 AM

and rumour has it you don't even have to feed him quarters to keep him working....

this place is killing me....too much to learn and not enough time to do it!!!!! If DonM drops by, give him a round on me....but warn him, he's gonna end up having to listen to me sing since he posted The Mother's Kiss....

MMario


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DonMeixner
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 12:21 AM

Sing it MMario, I'd love to hear it done by someone other than me in place other than the car.

Don


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 02:28 AM

Quick! Guiness and a place by the fire!!!!Just got through having it out with Knute in the parking lot, seems he's been nailing little cleats to the reindeer's hooves in an effort to get better traction for the next go round. Can't have that. Seeing as I'm a lass that's fit for a rumble, what say we talk the possum into covert action? Promise him a few more of the mints from the men's room, and see if he'll slide into Knute's parka for a tango. More Guiness! Ta to Susan for the bathrobe, penguin or not, you cut a dashing figure. Forget the santa bikini dear, leave them something to wonder about. Here's to Knute, and prayers that he's had his shots updated. Elle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 04:27 AM

Habban Beneath the Stars was lovely...I've finished my pint and now I'm spoiling for a wee rumble. I found the possum, he was rolling in the jello pit with the cat. (The next batch of kitties on that couch are going to look awfully strange) He's agreed to go along with the plan so long as there is a foot-rub in it for him when he gets back. I told him the bloke on the floor would do it when he woke up. Sorry, but there isn't enough protection in the world for ME to do it after what I saw in the jello. Now for the distraction....I'm thinking a rousing "Night the Old Dunn Cow Caught Fire". I'll sneak out to old Knute, unzip the penguin get-up just a wee bit, and give the guy a glimpse of lily white shoulder, then on your first "MACINTYRE" I'll send in the marsupial. Should be smashing. Spaw, get the grin off your chops and do something useful. Write a few verses of "Possum Protruding from My Penguin Pajamas" and I'll be back in time to sing in the chorus. Elle.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 10:04 AM

The millenium is coming, Hold onto your hat!
Light a piece of holly, a pudding and a cat
Sing a song (or twenty) while wrestiling in the pit
And watch the lights go out when the Y-2-K bug hits!
I think someone slipped something into my tea'nhoney...


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 12:21 PM

Who started singing "When the Old Dun Cow Caught Fire" Sorry I woke up and flung water on yer mates, (I hope it was water and not beer) scared the hell out of me. Would the owner of this possum, kindly retrieve it before I make "possum pie" out of it. The only thing that'll share my blanket is a pretty lass, or a new bottle. Any Volunteers ladies?? thought not, pass the bottle boys and lets have another song.....Cheers! Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 12:24 PM

*sniff? sniff?* Who's roasting beef? Is there enough for everyone?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 01:27 PM

Lookit here Dave me lad....That's no ordinary possum! That's Cleigh O'Possum, a sometime pain in the ass, but full time MUDCAT ICON so have a little respect! Now you're more than welcome to go out and catch one, but if you do I'd suggest something more along these lines instead of pie..........Leej, set me up with a triple Jack and don't give Cleigh anything else to eat, he's still got the runs..........Uh, sorry about your pants there Dave....Just Cleigh saying how much he likes you.........(gawdammit Cleigh, you gotta' stop that)...................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 02:00 PM

(comes in singing) Fifteen men turned on by a lovely woman's scent,
yo, ho, ho! and a bottle of crème de menthe.

Leej, are you still tending bar ? Mix me a bloody mary, if so. If you aren't could you at least lead me to the bar so I can mix my own ? The sun on the snow was so bright I can't see in here.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 02:54 PM

Yo ho ho! I just finished writing a song called "Molly Asthore" and it's going to make it's debut right now! It's a 6/8 waltz-like melody, so anyone who has instruments (including vocal chords)--just join on in! Then I'll wrap up with "Isn't Life Strange"--a beautiful song by The Moody Blues. It makes me want to cry...

--Mbo


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Subject: Lyr Add: YE MARINERS ALL / YE MAR'NERS ALL
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 04:14 PM

Friendly little "bugger" that possum (no pun intended) he seems to like Black Bushmill's so he can't be all bad.

Ye mariners all as ye pass by,
Come in and drink if you are dry,
Come spend my lads your money brisk,
And pop your nose in a jug of this.

Oh mariners all if you've half a crown,
You're welcome all for to sit down,
Come spend my lads your money brisk,
And pop your nose in a jug of this.

Oh tipplers all as you pass by,
Come in and drink if you are dry,
Come in and drink think naught amiss,
And pop your nose in a jug of this.

Oh now I'm old and can scarcely crawl,
Aye a long grey beard and a head that's bald,
Crown my desire, fulfill my bliss,
A pretty girl and a jug of this.

Oh when I'm in my grave and dead,
And all my sorrow are passed and fled,
Transform me then into a fish,
And let me swim in a jug of this...............


Pass the jug boys and where be them lasses?
Yours, Aye. (Looking fer a dance) Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 04:23 PM

Arrrr, yer right Davey-O! It ain't no fun AYtall to play luve sangs to a bunch o' rowdy blokes. Bring on the ladies!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Timbrel
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 04:53 PM

Aye, indeed, and the ladies are here. A pint of Guiness for me as well, please, and in fact I'll have a half of Harp while I wait for the pouring to be properly done! Oh dear...it appears I've only a few coppers left in my pocket after this extravagant season...but I'll return the favor, PROMISE I will, and you shall have it back, 3 times over. And I'll help myself to a few of those peanuts, if you would...(free protein!)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 05:00 PM

I'll share your blanket Dave, as soon as you get the "essence o'Cleigh" off'n your trousers. How's about a little "Star o' the Bar"?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 05:01 PM

Timbrel - don't worry about it....we charge everything to Bert's Visa account anyway. He's got a symolian card.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Timbrel
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 05:02 PM

Thank you, kind sirs!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 06:39 PM

Shaved, shorn, washed and changed, running back to the tavern in me best togs and tie; aftershave (Pussers Rum)sloshed on. Come on JenEllen, we'll sing a round of On The Banks of Newfoundland and South Australia to brighten this Tavern up All ye shellbacks dance the hornpipe with me come on lads ...Then we'll have a few of the best singers, sing the Mountains of Mourne and Come By The Hills; so Jen and I can enjoy a chat and a cuddle. Aye, this place is grand, I might just drop anchor and stay ashore, give up sailing and take a farm. Yours,right tiddley Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 06:44 PM

Here I come!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 08:37 PM

Love the aftershave Dave, and the razor didn't hurt you any, ay now did it? Believe I'll have another pint and try to remember my sailor's knots.....how's about some whales and sharks havin' their larks ten thousand miles away? Elle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 08:52 PM

Knots are entertaining lass, but it's the bends and hitches; not to mention the odd splice or two, that are the most fun to a sailor. "My bonny lies over the ocean, my bonny lies over the sea, my bonny lies over the ocean, oh bring back my bonny to me" Now if ye wantto know the naughty version of that one, pull alongside real close so I can whisper the words to ye; cause I'm really quite shy an afraid I might get kicked out of this fine Tavern. I been kicked out of much worse places in my time but I'm really fond of this place...Yours, Aye. (covertly) Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 09:06 PM

More covert operations???? Be still my mischevious lil heart! Well....you DID shave, it's the least I could do to let you whisper in my ear. And don't worry about getting kicked out of the tavern, if they let a possum in, chances are they'll forgive even you. Elle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Susan A-R
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 09:38 PM

Keeping 'em guessing isn't half of it JenEllen. With this luxurious robe, you are never sure how many people are inside. Neat trick that.

I believe I'll have a nice stout and warm up on a few shanties so that I can sing Come By the Hills in the sweet style it requires. NO Cleigh, you may not have a sip. Spaw has cut you off, and I quite agree. Besides, I now have a clay bear whistle of me own, and a bear outweighs a possum any day, so mind your manners.

Thanks much for the massage DougR. No one who gives back/foot rubs like that is harmless. Mostly harmless perhaps, but . . .


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Dec 99 - 09:50 PM

*SIGH* I feel lowzy. I've been kicked a bit on the Mudcat today. Nothing I say seems to be right. Oh well. Can someone sing me a sad song? I'm feeling in the mood for something depressing. Does anyone know "Closer" by The Corrs? I think I'll just sit in the corner over there...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 12:35 AM

"OH, the weather outside is frightful..."

Sorry phoaks, I know it's cozy in here, but I need every able-bodied man, woman, and possum to yank on their mucklucks and give me a hand. Roger the Skiffler just radioed to say he was stuck in a snow drift with a semi-load of Guinness, Bushmill's, Carlsberg and other assorted Y2K essentials, about 200 yards down the road. But before we go out on this errand of mercy, line up at the bar for your choice of cognac, scotch, bourbon or peppermint schnapps. We'll kindle a little fire in your hearts that'll last til we dig the Skiff out of his predicament.

"...but the fire is so de-lightful"


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 01:33 AM

Guiness in trouble? Sweet mother of mercy, sign me up! I'll have to get out of this penguin suit long enough to toddle off to the loo for a sec, but I'll be back. Dave! Wake up man! What a doll, not even so much as a puddle of drool on my shoulder...I'd hate to have to prop him up on the possum for any given length of time. I don't know any Corrs I'm afraid, but I'd be willing to balance a bowl of peanuts on my head and sing Flower of Scotland if it would make you feel better. Gotta go find my mucklucks. Elle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 02:01 AM

uh Leej.....I just passed the tanker and I think the Skiff will be OK..........I left Cletus, Paw, Buford, and the Reg boys down there to help out........they have weak minds, but strong backs and the Skiffler can handle them...He's done it a lot at the Neil Young Center for the Terminally Screwed.....gawd knows they been there enough...............yeah, I know, but if they get the truck here do you REALLY care if they steal the radiator to make Shine?........So Meebo..tough day huh......Leej, give this boy a mason jar of that Rockcastle stuff....and,uh, gimmee one too.........Thanks...Don't worry about it, I'll watch him..........Here ya' go Meebo, some crystal clear good for what ails ya'.....OOOOOOO MAMA...so smmooooootthhh..........whaddaya think Meebo?......uh Meebo?.........Where'd the boy..oh, I see......Hey SusAR, you're experienced at this, gimmee a hand gettin' Meebo off the floor here will ya'?..........Thanks.......You OK man?.......This ain't that pissant Irish stuff.....ya just SIP it and let it flow........Here, take a sip.....See?..........just keep sippin' and relax here with me and SusAR......She and I will do a little "Dear Companion"....do it with this here dulcimer too.........You just relax and keep sippin' and tomorrow gonna' look a whole lot different.......................one way or another...............Do some harmony with me Suze..................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 10:37 AM

(Sound of C-130 and Labrador helo's in background )Avast heaving, Belay there, make room, I just tasked the Search and Rescue Squadrons to rescue the boose. Now the bad news there might not be enough cargo left by the time my boys get it to the Tavern. Order some more boys just in case! Join in the fun, but watch them songs boys; the Lads and Lasses here are civilized, so mind yer tongues mates. I'll be responsible for their safety too! so mind ye behave. ( Dave going off to get the makings (cat of nine tails) just in case) Lonesome EJ don't hesitate to call if anyone else gets stuck out there with boose in the back. (Dave looking for a bottle of Black Bush) Yours, Aye. Dave

Sad Song For Mbo.

She's like a swallow that fly's so high, she's like a river that never runs dry, she's like the sunshine on the lee shore, My Love My Love, but love is no more.

Twas down in the garden this fair maid did go, plucking the beautifull primerose, and the more she plucked the more she did pull, until she had here apron full.

Then of these flowers she made a bed, a stoney pillow laid at her head, and she lay down not a word did she spake. until this fair maids heart did break..........................

Sob, Sob, sorry mates, this one always breaks me heart when I sings it Dave Boo Hooing running away embarrased (ruined image of tough guy, disgraced hairy arsed sailor)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Bert
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 10:52 AM

Breaking news about the Black Vile Stuff


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 11:02 AM

So when you see the Space Station....think BEER!!! Who pays for this?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 11:14 AM

Bert. Who else? That's why he knew first.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mikal
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 01:22 PM

(A weary looking man enters, brushing the snow from his black Stetson and shaking loose from his black leather duster. His right hand hovers over a bodrhan slung at his hip. His left hand holds a bulging gunny sack. His long hair is tied back to walk in the storm.)

So this is where you all go when I can't find you! Pubman! A Guiness, if you will, and a dram of Drambuie to carry the flag! It's been a rare holiday, boys. Haggis for twenty and the family game o' spoons. What, you don't know how to play? Well you shuffle two decks o' cards and give each fool at the table five. Then the dealer draws one and tries to make three of a kind. If the card is not the one he needs, he passes it left. First to make three o' a kind picks up a spoon. Of course there's one less mouth-shovel than players don'tcha know. In my clan we plays with knives…The stitches look right fine, don'tch think?

Anyway, We were tryin' to choke down th' haggis, (tall tumblers of single malt help!) when me dear sainted mother says, "sing fer us Mikal." An' bats those nearly lashless eyes at me. What is a poor man to do, eh? So I stand and deliver in good fashion, runnin' a fair beat on the old skin-box here. I whirl my way through "Mary's Wedding," and do a good turn on ""The Wren."

All this time I see that I have been singing', the family has been packin' away the haggis to beat the band! If I am a man o' even simple brains, I figure I need to sing a bit longer, and they will have eaten all mine too!

What? You've never had haggis, girl? Imagine the stomach of a sheep, stuffed with oats and all the parts of the animal no human and few dogs would eat! Boil it in the stomach for an hour or so, and serve it grey and quivering on a platter with whiskey to drink. It's Scotland's revenge on all of us who came here instead of staying home in the highlands where we should have.

Anyway, I think I have it made! I decide one more song and I will not have to eat this stuff for a whole 'nother year. Then bang! I did it. What should come out of my mouth but "Some friends an' I in a public house, were playin' dominoes last night…" (Sorry, didn't mean to make you all run fer cover like that…I won't sing it, I promise!)

You guessed it; Knives went flyin'. Th' game o' spoons was delayed until all the sharps could be re-assembled and the bleeding could be staunched. An' to top it off, I had to take all the leftover haggis. It's in the gunny sack there, if you've a stout stomach…

Pubman! A liter of Guiness this time. I've a wish to sing. Anyone here know the fiddle part to "Colonial Boy???"

Mikal


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: TerriM
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 02:00 PM

Somewhere about my person I have a hip flask of atholl brose which should go nicely with left over haggis ( yum, my favourite!) Dave, come back, no-one minds a good sob in a sing around, it shows the songs are working! By the bye, who's gonna rescue the booze AFTER Cleetus et al have rescued the booze?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 02:19 PM

HOOOOOOAAAAH! Don't ever do that again, 'Spaw. Ye tryin' tae kill me, man? I feel sad for George Harrison--let's sing one of his songs. Does anyone else know "If Not For You?" Bob Dylan wrote it. Anyone got a harmonica. BTW nice to see you back, Mikal!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: MMario
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 02:30 PM

Mikal! Good to see you. Hope the holidays were filled with good memories for you. Put the haggis down o'er by the jello pit, the flamingos will probably polish it off.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 04:11 PM

Sheepishly looking round the corner to the bar, Haggis and Chips mates? Athol Brose? well shiver me timbers I'm back munching on the goodies..........Yours, (with a deep manly Aye) Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 05:03 PM

Barkeep..a brandy, no, no umbrella this time, afraid I'll put an eye out.

Stand aside now, must have a look at Mikal's stitches, professional curiosity. Ummmm, and all could have been avoided by singin' yer sainted ma something sweet and Burnsy? Oh well, it can't hurt having some scars to keep the lassies guessing. Your ears are warm, and your nose is cold and wet, I'm thinkin' you'll live.

Have to go find Cleigh and give him an early auld lang syne smoochie. I'm in no mood to stand in line later. Leftover possum is just as bad, if not worse, than gray quivering haggis.

Now to get my blanket back and get the layabouts off the couch. Anyone know anything to rock a lassie to sleep?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 05:18 PM

Sure...can I get some help in singing "John O' Dreams"? Did you know the melody that Bill Caddick & Tchaikovsky used is an old Southern Italian lullaby called "Piva Piva"? Hmmm...my great-great-grandmother might have sung this to her little ones before they took ship from Naples to America..."Home is the rover, her journey's over..."

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 05:25 PM

John O'Dreams sounds lovely. Better than what Cleigh had to offer...someone needs to get the little guy some chapstick. Warm spot by the fire, here I come.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 06:47 PM

After Cleigh, have to wish Mbo, Emily, Victoria, Dave, Margo, Susan, Annap, Okie, and all a prosperous year. Oh yeah, and whoever's buyin' the next round. I'm climbing on the back of the couch to sing you a song...

I'm sittin' here rockin'/ In front of the fire/ Watchin' the flames as they dance/ Sippin' a glass full of old Rock'n'Rye/ Drinkin' a toast to the past

Here's to the people and places I've known/ Here's to the love and the pain that is gone/ Here's to the joy and the sadness I've seen/ Here's to the unfinshed dreams/ Here's to what memories mean/ Rock'n'Rye/ Sitting here rockin' with tears in my eyes

I'm sittin' here rockin' in front of the fire/ Thinkin' of things as they are/ And how all that I am is just pieces and parts/ Of the memories I've gathered so far

Here's to the goodness and kindness I've shown/ Here's to the people that I've treated wrong/ Here's to mistakes I wish I could change/ Here's to the pride and the shame/ And the growin' that comes with the pain/ Rock'n'Rye/ Sittin' here rockin with tears in my eyes

I'm still sittin' here rockin'/ In front of the fire/ Thinkin' of things yet to be/ How the presents a doorway that leads from the past/ To a future that I've yet to see

So here's to the girl that I was in the past/ Here's to the girl that I am now at last/ Here's to the woman that someday will be/ Here's hopin' she's better than me/ Just because of these old memories/ Rock'n'Rye, Rock'n'Rye/ Sittin' here rockin' with tears in my eyes/ Sittin' here rockin' with tears in my eyes......


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 07:01 PM

WoW, that's great JenEllen! Did you write that? BTW do you want to be called JenEllen, or Jen, or Ellen? And a fine bountiful new year to you too! Did I pick up a bit of a Scottish accent?

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: DougR
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 07:38 PM

Susan A-R: Thanks for the kind words. An old codger like me appreciates the fact that his efforts are appreciated. Kat, I think it's about time you experienced these "magic fingers" again. It's been a spell. Meanwhile, to bolster my energy a bit an nice cold Vodka on the rocks, a teenie splash of water and a large green olive would suit me nicely if Bert's card will stand one more charge.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 08:07 PM

Here's a tab for the bar (hoisting a sack of gold pieces of eight and smacking it in front of the bartender) let me know when these run out; I've another bag I've been savin for a snowy day. "All Hands to the bar here, fer a drink to good cheer" 2000 and I'm on duty New Years Eve, this is my last drink till the 3rd Aye join me one and all in a Toast. May we progress in wisdom as much as we have in time and technology. Best Wishes to One and All, Yours, Aye. Dave (sober till next week) Hopefully:I will be awarded an "I Survived Y2K t-shirt" by the Queen, for my dedication to Sea Shanties)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 10:01 PM

Again with the wishes, this time the drinks are on Dave. Mbo, the song is an old one a friend and I adapted. A little alcohol, a little fire, and it just flows. No fear of the Scots coming after you, you can borrow Dave's t-shirt and they'll not suspect a thing. Elle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Susan A-R
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 10:17 PM

So has Cleetus shown up with the beer yet? I would dearly love the black vile stuff, mysterious bubbles and all. Spaw, I certainly can harmonize on something for that nice Mbo. I could even play the dulcimer if it isn't hammered (I don't have the hand eye coordination for those beauties, but love the mountain variety.) Dougie's Until We Meet Again works well, and is a nice one, might even take the taste of haggis out of my mouth. I prefer mealy puddings any day. At least you can drown those suckers in butter.

What? still no beer? Maybe we should cast off our penguin suits and go out and deal with this situation. Alison, Wyo Woman, Kat, JenEllen, C'mon girls, let's go GET THE GOODS.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mikal
Date: 30 Dec 99 - 10:49 PM

Bah! I'm down to rum again. What use is a pub without Guiness?

Next we will be pouring out Ripple or Rosie O'Grady! Pubman, have you anything resembling a stout or a porter in the place? And mind you, I have a bodrhan, an' I pretend to know how to use it!

(He reaches beneath his coat, and brings out a small bit of pewter wrapped in cloth tape.)

And if I don't get a good beer soon, I swear, I'll use my swazzle on ye!

Mikal


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 31 Dec 99 - 12:08 AM

I'm with Susan. My faithful, albeit brainless, hound is strapped to the dogsled out front, what say we make a run? I won't be able to get back to sleep knowing there is Guiness freezing in a snowdrift somewheres. It should be in this tav, and have my wee warm mitts around it. I fear they'll be no rest 'til it's so.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 31 Dec 99 - 12:21 AM

The women have gone to dig out the truck. Wow! What would this world be without women, I have to wonder for at least the fourth time today. Thanks for the bag o' gold Dave,Aye, the Ancient Mariner,Esq. Cool! These doubloons have little pictures of Wyowoman on them. You sure they're real? I found two of these jammed in the coin slot of the juke box yesterday.

Now we aren't entirely out of beer altogether. I found this moss-covered cask of something in the cellar under Banjer's hammock, and anybody who has the courage is welcome to step up to the plate and take a swing at it.

Oh,yeah. Two guys in trench coats were in here asking a lot of questions earlier. Anybody happen to know who stabbed George Harrison?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Dec 99 - 01:00 AM

Well, not all the women went looking for the vile black stuff! It's too damn cold out there for the likes o'me! My roses would freeze right off! DougeR, come over here, darlin, an' I'll take ya up on yer offer....I am always ready for magic fingers.(laughing softly)

Mikal, you are a tall drink in a cold storm and a sight for sore eyes, BUT, PLEASE keep that vile haggis-shite away from me! If that's my highander ancestors' revenge then they can stay in their graves unknown, unsought by me, the family archivist! Ugh! No offense, ya ken?

DavetAM-Ayeman, glad to have you aboard, you'll hafta share some more of your Newfie stories with us. Some of those highlanders of mine wound up in Nova Scotia and still some distant relations are there to this day. "tis always good to hear of what it might've been like for them.

What's that I hear? Sounds like a pack of howling hounds, no, wait a minute.....more like a pack of howling men, yeah, I think they women are under full sail with iron skillets! DougeR, darling, I'll be right back, don't move your fingers, sweetie, okay?

Dancing across the floor in double time, she flings open the door and is bowled over by Cletus, Paw, Reg, Reg, and Reg, hands clapped over their heads, crying out that there are wild banshees on their tail, quick let them in!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 31 Dec 99 - 01:08 AM

You bet your sweet arse under full sail! Ever faithful hound drags the sled all the way through drift and dale to find yon booze. And what do we find when we get there? Cletus, Paw, Reg, Reg, and Reg helping themselves to the lot. I heard tell in the bar that they were allowed to have the radiator, but no one said anything about the coolant!!! And YOU try telling "Angus the Faithful" that he can have no dregs of his lassies beer. Fearsome sight.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 05:38 AM

Wow, I go away for a few days and the Tavern gets busier than ever [no coincidence? Must be the wrong aftershave Eau de (Odour) Metaxas doesn't work, huh?]
Still refreshed from listening to the Gary Davis, Leon Redbone and Etta James CDs Santa brought me I'll fight my way to the bar for a small 3-star.
Traveller's tip for music lovers: Island to avoid next summer: Ikaria in early September! Must get a hard shell case for the kazoo!
RtS


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Susan A-R
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 11:40 PM

Well, I'm glad to see we saw justice done, and got the beer safely here. Now I can stop tavern/schooner/livingroom hopping, and can just concentrate on the other two. No Reg, and I don't care which one you are, you may not have just a little keg of guinnes. THWACK! I said NO.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Caitrin
Date: 06 Jan 00 - 07:24 PM

Ah, the Tavern is back! Lovely old place, it is. Sorry I've been so absent...school has been keeping me rather busy lately. (Big research paper due in a week or two, big test on Roman art tomorrow). Also, yesterday was my birthday so I was out partying all night. (Actually, I just went to good ol' Szechwan Garden and had some Kang Pao chicken, but that's close enough, right?) Hope everyone is doing well.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: TerriM
Date: 06 Jan 00 - 07:29 PM

Roger, I've always liked eau de metaxis.... and eau de vie come to think of it, although I draw the line at eau de Nile,Eygpt's too far to go for a drink. Cleetus,dear, don't do that. Because it will frighten the reindeer and make you go blind, that's why.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 06 Jan 00 - 08:43 PM

Man, Caitrin, there are barbarians up there! You're still in school? Do they ever give you breaks? ECU lets us have 3 1/2 weeks for Christmas vacation! Since I have to take Art History I next semester, I'll be learning about Roman art. My art history class last semester was supposed to be a general overview, but it was really centered towards more modern art--"Yes, ma'am, that's "Pauline Eleanoire du Brassac du Bearn, Princesse de Broglie" from 1853, by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres..." Good birthday choice. My family always has Chinese food on people's birthdays. Mmmmm...I could really go for some General Tso's chicken right now...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: bflat
Date: 06 Jan 00 - 09:57 PM

I saw the lighton in the Tavern and thought I poke my head in. From the looks of things, and the scent of the air some of you have been here for ten days, without a bath. So this is how it was maybe four milleniums ago. Beasts and babes all for me grog.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Susan A-R
Date: 06 Jan 00 - 10:04 PM

The majority of us have bathed regularly, but the noisesome minority always wins out. Now Mbo, that General Tso's chicken stuff is mighty tasty. Just don't tell all of my hard-core vegetarian customers I said so.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 07 Jan 00 - 04:43 AM

Outta my way, give me a large 7-star. Just heard our friends Yorgos & Irini are letting out their flat above the taverna again and Yorgos has got a new acoustic guitar to replace the old beatup amplified acoustic he used to have. So add to Travellers Tips: places for music lovers to avoid this summer: Emborios on Kalymnos first week in July. First time we've ever returned to a Greek island. I've got a new passport so perhaps they won't notice. I'll take the old kazoo and a bunch of lyric sheets. If you see the goats throwing themselves off the mountain into the sea you'll know I'm at the seven Metaxa stage and switched from Puttin' on the Style to Blue Suede Shoes.
Must check in to the Neil Young Center to get some of the doc's calmin' down medicine
RtS


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 07 Jan 00 - 06:47 AM

Only Dirty People need to wash, aint no dirty people in here mate. Ten days without a bath? ha! not even time to change the linen yet. Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Caitrin
Date: 07 Jan 00 - 10:54 PM

Don't you remember high school, Mbo? one week before Christmas, one week after. We're lucky to get that much, with the way the calendar's been screwed up by all the time we were out because of flooding. And as for your art history class, here's the most important stuff about the Romans: concrete, arches, domes, and vaults. Assume everything is named after an emperor or Caesar.

LEJ, Can I be the apprentice bartender? I've always wanted to learn how, and now I'm actually old enough to! (In my state, at least.)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 07 Jan 00 - 11:32 PM

Sure, Caitrin. Tie this apron on, put on this coonskin cap and get some comfortable shoes. Here's a list of everyone's favorite drinks, and a recipe for Guinness Jello. Catspaw and the possum usually sit at the end of the bar under the Budweiser Clydesdale scale model. There are three barefoot idiot friends of his that come in from time to time, put their drinks on his tab. Keep the possum out of the peanuts. There's more beer downstairs, but Banjer falls asleep on the hatch-door about 11 PM, so get all your goods up before that. If you try to move him he yells "I'm right behind ye Colonel Pickett!" and will nail anybody in range with his rusty saber. A dark-haired kid will come in and act like he owns the place- don't card him. It's Max. Sometimes he crashes on the cot in the office. Oh, and this is Bert's tab, now standing at $4,337. VISA's phone number is at the top, if you need to get his credit limit raised. Don't mess with the guys in the corner booth- can't explain right now, but they're the ghosts of some departed beatnicks. Neil Lowe usually keeps them corralled. The strange guy that looks like Falstaff is MMario- he's always here, so you can leave him on the stool when you lock up. A Huge Red-headed loud guy will burst in on a fairly regular basis. That's Big Mick and he looks like a trouble-maker but he's not. Oh, and if "Koko" calls, he's not here. The guy with the pencil-thin moustache and beret doing a charcoal of annap by candle-light is Peter T. Don't ask him about his acting career unless you've got all night.If "Aye Dave" asks, yes it's alright if he leaves his harpoon in the kitchen while he goes to the bordello down the street. Tall skinny guy named seed, keep on eye on him- always getting loaded and getting up on stage with the band. Oh, and it's OK for the distinguished gray-haired guy to give massages to all the ladies. Name's Doug R and he's OK. If Wyowoman comes in, naked except for some bubblewrap, just make sure you hide the thumbtacks.

That's about it. BBC can help you with the rest. Good luck!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 08 Jan 00 - 02:18 PM

Yeah Caitrin, I know all about those arches & domes, barrel vaults, groin vaults etc...Sorry, I don't know about high school, I didn't go. I dropped out of school at the end of first grade, and was home-schooled until it was time to take the GED when I was seventeen, and started college a few months later. Home-schooling--the greatest thing to happen in my life--if I hadn't been, I would have been a seriously different person. AND DO I LOOK LIKE I HAVE SOCIAL PROBLEMS, HUH?!!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Mbo
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 12:06 PM

Hey, let's have a toast to the ECU Pirates! WHOO! Beat William & Mary (Black Billy Grimes & his Old Lady) into the ground. The general atmosphere is going to be great when I go back tomorrow! And for Dave, lets "Pour, oh pour the Pirate sherry, fill, oh fill the Pirate glass, and to make us more than merrier, let the pirate bumper pass!"

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 02:26 PM

Crawling back into the tavern, sluggishly climbing up to the bar. Barkeep another rum and Bushmills pleeeeeese and pass me that bastard dog that bit me last night,I'm gonna bite him back...Arrrgh.. hair of the dog? anymore of that Rover and ye'll be skinned laddie.....If I start singing I am the monarch of the sea, just throw me outside again mates. Yours,(alive,just)Aye Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Alice
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 02:38 PM

Dave (the ancient mariner), the shower is right this way... just follow me... it's very "refreshing".

alice


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 02:59 PM

Raining again Alice me love? why do I need a shower? I had one last month. How do yer spronounce B.A.T.H.? All hands to the pumps, these women are going to scrub me down mates; even though I told then about my shower last month. Strange creatures these women, always dhobeying and warshin things. Don't they know it's bad fer yer skin? Like it or not here I go. Hey watch out for that hose pressure Mbo I ain't on fire you know...Brrrrrrrrg cold and fresh! hey you know, this reminds me of the storm last week. Easy with that yard brush mates the bristles are a bit sharp..... Okay? can I go back in now ladies? I got me aftershave (pussers rum) on? You know I don't smell as bad as that damn Possum Cleigh.... Yours, (drippin wet)Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 06:18 PM

Dat ain't no pencil-din mustache, LEJ mon camarade, dat a smudge from de charcoal from de explose of de artistic Montmartre Can Can flooze exciteness due to de painting of de bonbon Mme. annap O naturelle, along de lines of along de lines. 'Ow I got to be O naturelle (blood type more maple syrup, you bet, honhon) can't bring into de 'ead. But de art is long, you bet. Yours, BlackJack Shellac.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 07:35 PM

Caitrin dear, a pint to wrap my wee warm mitts around please. You're a damn sight easier on the eyes than the last barkeep.

Has BlackJack been drawing on the walls of the men's room again? No wonder Cleigh spends so much time in there...art appreciation, and a chance to look at normal toilet seats, I'm sure.

Aye Sparkly Dave, looks like you got the business end of a scrub brush whether you liked it or not. Scent of Pussers Rum again? No fear, have a pint on Bert and it will all be just a faded memory by morning.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 08:06 PM

Nope! it wont fade by morning and it will take a bloody lot more than a pint to make the memory of that brush go away. You guys are really cruel, even me floggings did'nt hurt that much. Elle don't you dare come near me with that syringe again! It's not a vet I need, just more rum (actually after last night a cocoa and early to bed) Yours, (little Goodnight whine) Aye. Dave!!!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: JenEllen
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 08:19 PM

...AAAWWWWWW...she says joining in the chorus of "Poor Baby's" coming from the bar....Put your rum on Bert's tab then, iffin you want to be spiky about it. Don't blame me for your predicament. I tried to talk them into filling the wash sink for you. Even had little plastic boats and bubble bath that smelled of rye. Alice wouldn't hear any of it. I think she likes the effects that a blast of cold water will have on a gent...That's all right. If you feel the need to pout some more, you can have a syringe free spot by the fire, and a warm blanket you can curl up under and give us all the look of death. Okay? Elle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat Tavern (Some Number, Who Knows?)
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Jan 00 - 08:55 PM

This place is still just so 20th century. On yer bikes!!!21st Century Tavern Presents....


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