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BS: Tavern Rites of Spring

Lonesome EJ 20 Mar 01 - 02:22 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 01 - 02:28 PM
Allan C. 20 Mar 01 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 20 Mar 01 - 02:45 PM
MMario 20 Mar 01 - 02:53 PM
Allan C. 20 Mar 01 - 02:56 PM
Lonesome EJ 20 Mar 01 - 03:02 PM
Kim C 20 Mar 01 - 03:05 PM
Bert 20 Mar 01 - 03:08 PM
Amergin 20 Mar 01 - 03:10 PM
Lonesome EJ 20 Mar 01 - 03:17 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 01 - 03:29 PM
Hollowfox 20 Mar 01 - 03:30 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 01 - 03:34 PM
Noreen 20 Mar 01 - 03:38 PM
MMario 20 Mar 01 - 03:40 PM
Lonesome EJ 20 Mar 01 - 03:54 PM
GUEST,GUEST Chester 20 Mar 01 - 03:57 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 01 - 04:03 PM
Amergin 20 Mar 01 - 04:05 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 20 Mar 01 - 04:22 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 01 - 04:35 PM
Morticia 20 Mar 01 - 05:20 PM
Kim C 20 Mar 01 - 05:26 PM
Matt_R 20 Mar 01 - 05:35 PM
Bert 20 Mar 01 - 05:42 PM
gnu 20 Mar 01 - 05:53 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 01 - 08:52 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 20 Mar 01 - 10:08 PM
hesperis 20 Mar 01 - 10:34 PM
Lonesome EJ 20 Mar 01 - 10:38 PM
alison 20 Mar 01 - 10:52 PM
Lonesome EJ 20 Mar 01 - 10:58 PM
Amos 20 Mar 01 - 11:46 PM
Matt_R 20 Mar 01 - 11:52 PM
Big Mick 21 Mar 01 - 12:34 AM
Peg 21 Mar 01 - 01:50 AM
alison 21 Mar 01 - 06:53 AM
Noreen 21 Mar 01 - 07:53 AM
SINSULL 21 Mar 01 - 08:52 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 21 Mar 01 - 08:59 AM
Jeri 21 Mar 01 - 09:23 AM
Allan C. 21 Mar 01 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,Matt_R 21 Mar 01 - 11:21 AM
MMario 21 Mar 01 - 11:41 AM
SINSULL 21 Mar 01 - 11:43 AM
Morticia 21 Mar 01 - 02:37 PM
SINSULL 21 Mar 01 - 03:02 PM
SINSULL 21 Mar 01 - 04:03 PM
Matt_R 21 Mar 01 - 04:18 PM

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Subject: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:22 PM

The snows have melted back into the trees surrounding this mountain meadow. Several springs, newly filled with melted ice, join here to re-create the brook that flows down the flank of the mountain. Alpine flowers are peeking from the greening grass, and the trees are filling with the shoots of leaves. The world is being born again in this meadow, as it is everywhere across the land. And so begins the Rites of Spring. Hi, I'm Bacchus. I'll be your host.

I see that the forest denizens are emerging after the winter's hibernation, and soon the air is alive with the music of drum and pipe. Several Centaurs, including the ones known as Roger the Skiffler and Katlaughing, are stacking amphorae filled with white wine in the arbor. The Satyrs, among them Catspaw and Big Mick, have arrived, attempting to stir things up with the nymphs. Pegasi float down to the ground through bright sun and rising mist.

Fill your cups and fill the meadow with music! It's Spring, and the earth is alive again!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:28 PM

Hey! You with the scarf! Nijinski! Knock it off! Or at least go behind a tree! Damn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Allan C.
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:44 PM

Whew! That was close! A whole flock of dryads were trying to repossess my guitar! Is there enough comfry and dock around to make a good spring tonic? If so, I sure could use a noggin of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:45 PM

Nice to be the Centaur of attraction for once! (My amphorae are filled with Greek brandy!).
Bacchus, peel me a grape! The fauns are coming from the bakery: I can hear the pitta of tiny feet!
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: MMario
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:53 PM

Allan - you'll find the dock over by the hickory...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Allan C.
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:56 PM

You mean right over there where Greenhaus is standing?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:02 PM

Alright! That's about enough hickory dickery, Doc!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Kim C
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:05 PM

Pass the Jameson's please.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Bert
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:08 PM

Altogether now!

Ninety Nine Amphorae of wine on the wall...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Amergin
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:10 PM

hmmm, I would have figured Katdarling and Spaw to be imps....not centaurs.....so who are the nymphs?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:17 PM

We're open for volunteers on that one, Amergin. I think we can count on Alison, though.

Allan? Peel you a grape? Sorry, never touch the stuff in solid form. I will have another brimming goblet of that Greek brandy. And one for my donkey, too! Help me get this side of mutton on the spit, mMario. Man, that fire is hot. Makes it tough to apply this olive oil and garlic baste.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:29 PM

TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! ooops. sorry. too soon...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Hollowfox
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:30 PM

RtS, this is the wrong time of year to have your wine in pill form, peeled or not. Can you teach me how to stack amphorae? Oh, the empty ones..it pays to be tidy during Spring Cleaning. I'll help; it's just part of exercising our rites. Why yes, thanks, I'll have another thimbleful of...yes, whatever it's called.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:34 PM

Nectar. Ambrosia comes later with dessert.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Noreen
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:38 PM

I thought I saw Dick over by the bay tree? Well, he was sitting by the dock or the bay...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: MMario
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:40 PM

EJ - helps to apply the baste with a brush - and don't stand in the fire while you do it! *sniff* rosemary in there too, eh? But why did you leave the little tag around it's neck? what's it say?

"Property of Marsa Matrouh District Municipal Police, Sidi Barrani, Egypt"


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:54 PM

Well, ok, Mario. It might be a camel, I'm really not sure. Some sheep have humps, right?

The handle on this basting brush is too short. Let me load up this turkey-baster and see if I can hit it from here.....OOPS! Sorry there, Sinsull.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: GUEST,GUEST Chester
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:57 PM

Eye'll hev a hicory daquiri, Doc. Thanx.

Oh, nebber count de bubbles
When dar's water in de spring
Dar's no one who hez trubbles
When he hez a song ter sing

Everbuddy sing:

Ring, ring de banjar
I like dat good ol' song
Come away my true luv
Oh whar ya been so long?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 04:03 PM

OUCH! That's hot. EJ - I am here 5 minutes and I'm covered with grease! Don't even think about it Spaw - I'll rinse it out myself, Thank You. No. Club soda will take it out, not red wine. Great, now I'm covered with grease, red wine, and drool. Excuse me - time for a wardrobe change. BRB.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Amergin
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 04:05 PM

Well, Sins, it could be worse...it could be Cletus' drool...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 04:22 PM

Tra la la la laaaaaaaaaa, la la la la , hee hee hee *hic* tra la.........
Here I am, a nymph of luvverly springtime, all dressed in my daffy-down-dillies, ready to join in with wild, uh, ambanfdfgg, er, abumdom, abannndonnn, hee hee hee...........
Whatchall drinkin'? Could you just hold my goblet steady and pour me some?


I reeeeeeeeeeeeally need this fantasy right now, with the snowstorm in the weather forecast and trouble on my mind. Thanks, Leej!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 04:35 PM

cAREFUL, aNIMATERRA! tHE CENTAURS ARE CHEWING THE DAFFY DOWN DILLIES OFF YOUR -uh tOO LATE. mY SPARE IS A LITTLE MESSY BUT YOUR WELCOME TO IT. Funny how we always end up running out of clothes every year...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Morticia
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:20 PM

Ok, I've got a delivery here for 15 sets of pan pipes, two barrels of bisodol, extra jello and a copy of THE LAW AND YOU, someone want to tell me where to put them?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Kim C
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:26 PM

and what about this boatload of feta cheese and kalamata olives? (pass the Jamesons again, please)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Matt_R
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:35 PM

I'm gonna go be a satyr with Spaw & Mick (hey, I DID run against Big Mick as Secretary of the Sacred Fertility Rite, but losr). BTW you know what they call us satyrs? Cuz we're the only one who can satyr.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Bert
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:42 PM

Hey SINSMELUV, did I tell you about my encounter with red wine and Club Soda?

I was on this British Airways flight, all dressup for the vacation in this new pair of off white pants. The flight attendant brought 'round the wine (It was complimentary in those days - GAWD all you get now is peanuts) and managed to spill it in my lap. Of course she was horrified. A nearby passenger said tha Club Soda would get rid of it. The flight attendant was delighted - she said AH! we've got club soda, and rushed off. She came back with a can, popped the top and poured it all over the stain, which as you remember was in my lap. Trouble is - it was straight out of the ice chest.
Bert.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: gnu
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 05:53 PM

Did anything pop ? Did she get it off ? Did it come out ? Details, details !

gnu


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 08:52 PM

Bert,
Did you figure out that she was coming on to you when she offered to rub it until it was warm?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:08 PM

Uh, *puff* Sinss- erm- thanks for the offer, but this is a little *oof* tight- *Whew!* But it'll do! Now, where's the nectar and ambrosia? And isn't anyone going to sing?

We'll pipe and we'll sing love,
We'll dance in a ring, love,
As each lad takes his lass
All on the green grass....


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: hesperis
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:34 PM

Ninety nine amphorae of wine on the wall
Ninety nine amphorae of wine
Take a swig, dance a jig
and it's ninety eight amphorae of wine on the wall!

Must be small amphorae...

Well, I am some kind of forest creature, that's for sure. I have my own pan-pipes, though, as you might see if you get the calendar! (End shameless mudcat calendar plug.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:38 PM

Bacchus/LEJ bounces to his feet, his laurel crown covering one eye, swinging his donkey by the forelegs

When the flowers bloom on Mount Parnassus
The boys and girls all fill their glasses
When Spring arrives on Mt Olympus
How the dancing nymphs do temp' us
And with the wine all fast dispersing
How my rhymes get worse and worsing

Falls down


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: alison
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:52 PM

Hey boys..... over here..... outside in the beer garden......

some jerk chained me to this big rock.... and there's a nasty looking monster over there seems to think I'm lunch.....

HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rescue me and I'll be VERY grateful *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:58 PM

Hey where are those bolt-cutters! We've got a nymph-in-distress!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Amos
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 11:46 PM

Persephone!!! Retzina!! Tune up your Bazouki!! Strum!! Dance!! Glink!!

Now, Fair One, we'll have you out in a jiff...but don't cry!! We'll give you a Pasiphåe! I always did say good native dance music beat rolling rocks --

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Matt_R
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 11:52 PM

Persephone? More like Andromeda!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 12:34 AM

The door flies open and the biggest damn Mick you have ever seen.......dressed rather oddly in a thong with Greek symbols running down the ........... you get the idea.......comes running out.........quick as a flash he pulls this giant spud out of his back pocket..........you get the idea..........and hurls it mightily at the ogre cathing it between the eyes........the creature faints dead away either from the concussion or the smell, testing will determine which........

There you go, FAIR ONE, let me get you out of those chains...........wait, let me think this through..........Never have gone for the whips and chains thing but this is .............. Never mind, Mick breaks the chains, but saves them for later......LOL. Come on, good lookin', let's go try some of that wine. Do you think they still have the vile black stuff, though..........you know just in case????


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Peg
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 01:50 AM

In mud-dappled skirts I come,
My ankles perfumed with rising sap
My hair henna'ed with the juice of maple buds
Around my hips a sash of pussy-willow,
braided with daffodils and storm-drenched moss...
Across my shoulders a shawl of wisteria
In my hands, a wineskin full to bursting
In my ears, a forest melody tinged with feverish dreaming,
In my feet, unlearned and unforgotten dances,
And in my eyes, a misty fragment of landscape, mountains of madness and merriment, the path before me, winding upwards, a fresh cloven track, the smell of musk and hyacinth sharp upon the air...

Aw, heck, how's about some lilac nectar?

Peg


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: alison
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 06:53 AM

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww........... my hero!!!!!!!!!........

now about that being VERY grateful................ hahaha ........

grab a few amphorae and lets sneak off into that olive grove........ nobody will miss us for a few hours.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Noreen
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 07:53 AM

...a glimmering girl
with apple blossom in her hair
who called me by my name and ran
and vanished in the brightening a...
Though I am old with wandering
through hollow lands and hilly lands
I will find out where she has gone
and see her lips and take her hand...

Trainee nymph wanders off humming, accompanied by strange rustling and rattling sounds from yonder olive grove…


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 08:52 AM

Cloven hooves??? Do Centaurs and Satyrs have cloven hooves? Hate to rain on your parade guys but no eating the centaurs or satyrs without a health certificate.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 08:59 AM

EATING the Centaurs? When they invited me for dinner no one said I was on the menu! If I have four feet does that mean I put them "in it" more often?
RtSkiffling Centaur (with only foot in mouth)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Jeri
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 09:23 AM

There's a hidden world just waiting.
Where snowdrop and crocus grow -
In a crystal faerie kingdom,
Under several (&#%*ing) feet of snow...

Tree sprite here. Unfortunately, most of us are still napping. I'm a maple sprite, so I'm sort of awake, but pretty tapped out at the moment. Feeling kind of sappy, if you know what I mean...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Allan C.
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:15 AM

And Mick, he broke locks
And Mick, he broke bolts
And Mick, he broke all that he came nigh,
To rescue our fair Alison,
And gratefully she spread ...er...thanked him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:21 AM

And all I got was this lousy shirt!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: MMario
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:41 AM

But underneath that rough outer surface we all know the maple sprite is sweet...

HEY!

OUCH!

Jeri just hit me for no reason!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:43 AM

Don't worry Matt. You are soon to be the center of attention. Bacchus is looking for a virgin to sacrifice and so far, you are it! The position includes a laurel wreath crown, clean white toga, and all the wine or grape juice you can handle. The sacrificial lamb murdered the shepherd assigned to bring him to the party (see Song Challenge) so we're improvising.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Morticia
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 02:37 PM

Come fillup your glasses, and let us be merry For the moon it is shining all over the hill
As we roam through the valley
Where the lilies and the roses
And the beauty of Kashmir lays down his sweet head
Come on lads, hit that top note with me and hang on to your toga's. Enter nymph with attitude and boots on,scratching disconsolately at her laurel wreath and swigging intermittently at a large amphora of best bitter.She belches in a melancholic fashion and can be heard muttering...." Paradise be buggered.Bucolic scenes of pastoral innocence and revels my left sandal!I wanna go to a night club, I wanna go and vomit on a taxi driver...I was promised, I was....next Macdonalds would be mine!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 03:02 PM

Hey! Bacchus. This party sucks. Everybody's bitching. Nobody's having fun except Mick and the fair one - and they're having their own party. Bad puns, bad poetry, bad costumes...and no sea shanties! The sheep (camel) is blood rare and LonesomeEJ is well done. Hesperis is down to 54 amphorae - if she takes one more swig or dances one more jig she'll be decorating the wall with recycled wine. MMario thought it was a Renaissance theme party. He's tickling the boys with that damn feather and goosing the girls with his lute. Bert's totally confused. One hornful of wine and he's passed out under a fig tree rambling on about "the mile high club". Next year, hire a caterer. Now, get back here and get this thing organized!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 04:03 PM

More trouble! Zeus just found out about Big Mick letting Allison loose. He's chasing him around the lower forty with a potato masher. At least this is interesting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tavern Rites of Spring
From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 04:18 PM

Isn't it time for my virginity-losing ceremony?


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