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BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02

JenEllen 09 Dec 02 - 05:21 PM
artbrooks 09 Dec 02 - 05:29 PM
Liz the Squeak 09 Dec 02 - 05:46 PM
artbrooks 09 Dec 02 - 05:58 PM
Liz the Squeak 09 Dec 02 - 06:04 PM
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Subject: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: JenEllen
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 05:21 PM

Once upon a time in the Mudcat Tavern.....

"It sure is a dusty old place," she thinks to herself as she pushes the door back on its rusty hinges, "but it should shine in a jiffy." In no time, the place was in order: Mistletoe hung over a jukebox loaded with Mudcat music and rigged to accept dollar coins, Aboriginal Artwork from Alison and a stolen VanGogh from Amsterdam hung above the bar next to a 'Birth of Venus' painting of Spaw on a seashell and the spit-wad collage of Alan Lomax, and the behind-the-bar checklist was unearthed for perusal.

The woman blows the dust off of the ancient paper, untucks the pencil from behind her ear and mutters, "Well, there's no gift like the present, I guess.." and proceeds:

Kitchen aired out for MMario and elves? Check

TP in the stalls and napkins on the tables? Check.

Layabout cushions fluffed and big drool bibs handy in case THE FAIR ONE stops by? Check.

Booth in the corner usually reserved for 'saving the world from itself' political banter transformed into a cozy nook for Andres and kin?   Check.

Ad for new help? "Sweet merciful crap," the woman thinks to herself. With Leej doing double-time (can you sing Papa's Got A Brand New Bag?) we'll need a new part-time bartender!   "Should be easy enough," she mutters, "let's see......"

Wanted: Low-Strung/Low-Slung Part-time Barkeep for Cyber Tavern.
Applicant must be of slightly un-sound mind and sounder-than-average constitution. Must be willing to dole out brews like Raskolnikov and Turkey Turd as well as the good stuff. Must be able to memorize Bert's credit card number. Must know at least one tune from "Songs in the Key of Self".   Jello-pit cleaning, go-go hamster wrangling, and possum chasing experience a plus. Good hygiene is preferred, but not a prerequisite for employment. Mudcat EOE.

CHECK!

Now, the tree is set, if a bit naked, all that's needed is for 'Catters to decorate it, and slide cyber-gifts beneath it. First gifts: a damp little ribbon that has "TO THE FAIR ONE" scrawled on it, surrounding a teary recitation of "The Cattle Dog's Death" (can't get through it without crying, sorry, but you made my year by sending it) and an AVOCADO stocking stuffer for the guacamole princess, as well as a hollowed out log for Cleigh to sleep in and dream about girl possums.

Happy holday of your choosing, the drinks are on Bert.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: artbrooks
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 05:29 PM

Scruffy old guy shuffles in. "Did I hear that there was a barkeep position open? I can mix any drink in the world, as long as its a vodka martini...shaken, not stirred. I can pour beer, with or without a head...except I draw the line at Coors light or that awful black stuff that comes over in a tanker ship from Ireland." Getting no reply, he wanders over to a table in back and begins to quietly play air bodhran.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 05:46 PM

So is anyone going to untie me from this blasted stall or do I have to gnaw my way out again?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: artbrooks
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 05:58 PM

Old guy hears a commotion from the back of the bar. Wanders over to see what all the fuss is about, and discovers its coming from the Ladies Room. Look down to check, and just as he remembered, he's a gent. "Can't go in there," he says. "Hope some gal shows up to see what's happening." Goes back to his table and begins to beat out a silent reel.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 06:04 PM

Damn... I'm sure that was some old granny coming to empty her colostomy bag... bet she thinks I'm in the ladies and won't go in..... some of these old folks don't like to be in there with others....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 06:05 PM

Geeziz, the place somehow never changes.......No matter what incarnation, there's always a certain sameness.............The Jello Pit looks good JE!!! I like the Red and Green combination....Very Christmassy........Yeah you pedantic types.....I know it ain't a word, but fuckoff huh?...........Cleigh will be along shortly, he's getting all duded up in his finery from WW....bubble wrap cape and all.   By the way, he's had a bad case of the Green Apple Quickstep so when he shows up, kinda' watch it.....The stuff is real slippery! Cletus, Paw, Buford, and the Reg boys are out on the road somewhere now and I kinda' hope they don't show up....I mean they can wreck a good time pretty quick or get us all arrested. But I kinda' miss them too, especially this time of year becasue it was right around this time when I first met them selling Christmas Trees......If you haven't heard the story, let me kick back with a big glass of Maker's Mark and tell you........Thanks JE..Fine bourbon!!!!... Yeah, well ya' see it was like this.....................................

I had noticed an area on Rt. 664 just outside of our little village being carefully prepared and roped off as I drove by and every now and then there were these three guys working there, building a little shed and driving stakes into the ground about 6 feet apart. It finally dawned on me that they were getting ready to sell Christmas trees. Now I have always gotten ours from the same place for years, but the prices were getting pretty steep so I kept an eye out for new sources. The day they put up the lights, I stopped to see when they'd be bringing the trees in.

As I got out of the van I couldn't help but notice that these three, from all appearances, were a bit "down on their luck" and it made me want to help them out a bit. Cletus came up to me and introduced himself and I asked about the trees. He was glad to tell me all about them in that way which I've since learned to interpret. At that time however all I could seem to understand was that they were "working on them." These many years later, that kind of phrase would set off alarms, but I didn't know Cletus then so I thought it was just an odd hilljack way of phrasing things. Paw came over and I liked the old guy a lot right away. He said he'd seen me before and I remembered something about the sewage plant and the day it exploded. I couldn't place what it was that this guy had to do with it but the correlation seemed quite vivid. I shook his hand and he farted in return.

I had never met anyone who was quite so casual with flatulence. Paw used it almost as punctuation......."How ya' doin'?" (rriippp) "Purty day ain't she?" (bbraawwmmpp)..........Let's say it took some getting used to and made it easy to understand why this old coot could probably not find gainful employment. But for all that, he was a friendly cuss who told me they called him Paw because he was from Paw-Paw, West Virginia. He pointed out the other fellow named Buford who was involved in extricating himself from a string of Christmas lights that seemed to have attacked him. Even from a distance, the unmistakable smell of Iron City brew was pretty strong. I figured he spilled about the same amount on himself as he drank and I later found this to be not only true, but the amounts involved were prodigious.

All in all, I couldn't help but like them even if they were, well, let's just call them odd and drop it right there. They told me the trees would be in and they'd be open for business on Friday at 6 PM. I left shaking my head at the idea of bringing Karen and the kids to "pick out the tree" as was so traditional with our family. What the hell? We could at least check them out.

On Friday afternoon Karen and I were going into Lancaster and as we passed by I pointed out the place, not that it was really necessary to point. I'd never seen anything quite so garish in my life but it was one of those gray Ohio days, very cold and occasionally spitting snow so perhaps it was the contrast......perhaps not. Karen was making comments about the place, but as we drove past we could both see the trees that were now in place quite well. Surprisingly enough, they looked magnificent! All were very full and perfectly shaped and a greener bunch of Christmas trees I'd never seen. Even at 65 mph, Karen saw one on the far end of the first row that she said was absolutely "the one!" Since she and our kids were going to spend the night with Connie and go shopping on Saturday, I promised her I'd stop back and get the tree and forget the tradition for one year.

So on my return trip I looked at my watch and saw that I'd arrive about the time Cletus told me they would open and sure enough, I was the first one there. Cletus, Paw, and Buford, greeted me as a long lost friend. They were really in the Christmas Spirit and offered me some of their "spirits." Friends, there is 'Shine and then there is 'Shine and whatever it was they had in the Mason jars was not. I found out later that this was a homebrew of their own and made not from corn, but soybeans instead, and distilled through an old radiator off a Mack. Luckily I only tasted it, but that single gulp went down like a 4-stage rocket, taking my breath away, and immediately starting to bore a hole in my stomach. After the coughing subsided I gave them the common courtesy line you use upon tasting any 'Shine..........."Smooth!"

They were all adorned themselves with some of the seediest Santa hats I had ever seen and were ready for business. They said I was the first customer and I nodded appreciatively while glancing about at the trees. Even up at a closer viewing they seemed almost perfectly formed and beautifully green and I thought the light snow must be the reason they glistened so under the glaring bulbs. It was dark now and the temperature had dropped to about 25 with a nasty northwesterly blowing in a chill from Alberta. My eyes were no longer crossed from the 'Shine and I slowly became aware that something was odd about the trees. They weren't moving at all. Not a branch, not a needle, absolutely nothing was moving although the breeze was pretty stiff. Paw commented on the weather and let fly an air biscuit as I walked over to the tree Karen had seen earlier. I reached out to touch it and it was positively stiff!

I felt several branches and the whole thing down to the smallest needle was like glass. I put a little extra pressure on a needle and it shattered in my gloved hand. What the hell was this anyway? Cletus came up and asked how I liked them as Paw and Buford tossed wood in a barrel to start a warming fire. I said I thought these were real trees, but they seemed to be artificial. Cletus protested they were real.......and recycled. Once in awhile you hear sommething that is so completely ridiculous that it takes some time before you can absorb the fact that the speaker is completely serious. Recycled Christmas trees. My mind was slowly opening to the sound of Cletus' voice proudly telling the tale of how they collected them last year and then formed them up, glued in branches with rubber cement, gave them several coats of shellac, painted them with spray cans of "Yew Be Green" epoxy, and topped the job off with several coats of lacquer.

I stared at the tree. I stared at Cletus. I stared at the tree. I stared at Cletus. I stared at the tree. I stared at Cletus. Cletus noticed I was a bit pale and pulled me by the arm over to the shed where Paw and Buford had finished filling the barrel and were dumping gasoline onto the contents. Cletus said that I should have another drink and then Paw asked if I was cold. I nodded vacantly, my mind still unable to absorb the insanity which surrounded me. Then I heard Cletus say, "Hey Paw, show him how we light a fire."

With that, Paw bent over pointing his butt at the barrel, Buford held a Zippo to his ass, and Paw ripped a monster of a fart, something akin to a Cherry Bomb in it's magnitude. An enormous flame shot out of his ass and ignited the barrel which flared high in the air. But it was a truly huge blaster and the flames not only ignited the barrel, but the nearest recycled Christmas trees. Coated as they were with such a combustible mixture, they didn't catch fire, they friggin' exploded! Bits of flaming plastic-like shards went flying away on the wind to explode the next tree, and the next, and the next. Within 30 seconds the remnants of every tree was flaming brightly and in less than a minute the flames were gone and 50 smoldering sticks were all that remained. None of us had moved and Paw was still bent over and looking over his shoulder at the charred remains of their business.

The next day when I picked Karen up, we stopped at our usual place and picked out a lovely Frazier Fir. I had told her the story and that I figured that here was a case where a single fart may not have saved the world, but at least did save 50 home fires. We stopped at their place and the boys were cleaning up the mess and told us it probably meant a Christmas that would be a little bleak for them. Karen is a kind soul and right then and there invited them to our place for Christmas Day. She said they should come early and maybe Santa will have left something for them and that they would be welcome for Christmas dinner too. As we drove home I tried to explain that this probably wasn't a great idea but Karen felt pretty bad for them and they had cheerfully accepted her invitation.

On Christmas morning they arrived at 6 AM and the day went downhill from there. But that's another story.

So friends, no matter how bad it is and how you feel, there is always a friend out there for you. Even if you're obnoxious, nasty, and haven't bathed in a month, there is always the chance that if you can light a good fart, miracles will occur.


Yeah, that was day I tell ya'.............and after while maybe I will......... Gimmee another Maker's Mark JE..............make it a triple.......

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: mytoycar
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 06:08 PM

I have breasts give me the job


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 06:22 PM

He's got the squitters? Hell's teeth in a bucket, get me out of this damn stall PLEASE!!!!

I can't be doing with that again, I've only just grown the hair back on that side of my chest.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: artbrooks
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 06:35 PM

Scruffy old gent cringes at the screeches coming from the Ladies can. He reaches into his old gig bag and feels around under the bodhran: "no, that's not it," as he passes by a set of spoons and a shaky egg. "There it is," he says as he pulls out his cell phone. "Hello, Auto Club? Can you get a truck with a winch out here? Where? I'm not entirely sure this place has an address...well, never mind..."


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 06:38 PM

A cloud of dust raised up in the chill morning air outside the Tavern A beautiful low-slung Indian, packing a spring frame and heavily skirted fenders, and a rich 750 cubic centimeter in-line 4 cylinder engine making music like a diesel yacht at midnight on the Med, came sliding through 180 degrees to a perfectly balanced stop. Strapped to the back was a Dreadnought hardshell case only slight younger than the bike itself, layered like an archaeological site with travel stickers, old bumper signs, badges and hand-scrawled slogans. "ALL MY LOVE, FOREVER, JANIS..." was half covered with "Dive the Caves of Xel-ha", "San Francisco Cow Palace", "Newport 1962 -- We Were There! Love, Joanie", "Baby, Come Home!, love Cass", "Welcome to the Ruins of Big Sur!", autographs from Neal Cassidy, old LSD cartoons, "Purple Vibes Coffeehouse -- North Beach", "Heartbreak Hotel -- I've Seen the Original!", and "To a Real Road-Buddy! From Yore Pal, Willie!" competed for display space on the cover and sides. The newest of them, carefully placed next to the handle, was a glowing pink neon creation on a sky-blue background reading "Runamuck with The Best!!".

A lanky stranger stretched his long legs over the Indian's ornate fringed saddle and stood slowly, working out the kinks. From the back rim of his seat, a Cappucin monkey untangled itself from the calfskin fringes which he had been gripping for dear life, and nervously scrambled up onto the right shoulder of his dusty raw-leather riding coat, as the Stranger unstrapped the Dreadnought from the rear fender and picked up a large paper sack with strange bulges in it from one of the saddlebags.

He stood for a while in the doorway, smiling enigmatically as he spotted an old Silvertone banjo leaning up against the stone fireplace, and he pulled up a chair at a small table over by the tree. He took off the weatherbeaten bushman's hat, laid it on the table, and opened the top of the bag.

The monkey started to paw and chitter with great interest, and the stranger smiled affectionately and handed him the first of the lumpy objects inside. It was a tree ornament, shaped like a duck, with yellow bristly hair on its head and a gracefully curved body made of what looked like green soapstone. He handed it to the little feller who scrambled up the tree and strung it out on the tip of one of the branches. It was followed by an array of really unusual objects, all equipped with loops for hanging, and one after another, the monkey grabbed them and ran them to various bare areas on the tree -- a potato peeler, a miniature accordion, a miniature set of what looked like rainbow-hued CDs, a plaster gargoyle with his tongue sticking out in the middle of a friendly smile, an autoharp with tiny little miniature strings that hummed when you spanked it -- there were a dozen or more of them.

When the bag was empty, the stranger looked happily at the tree. THere was plenty of room for more!!

He shambled over to the bar, the dust wisping into the air from his tall leather riding boots, ordered a tall mug of Guinness, and sat down ruminating reflectively on the icons that dangled from the branches. The monkey curled up in front of the fireplace and was soon asleep in the welcoming warmth...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 07:06 PM

A stamping of feet comes from behind the door marked "Do not open in the presence of 'possums" - then it opens, admitting a blast of wintry air and the snow covered figure of a man in caped greatcoat with a strange woolen tophat. clutched in one hand is a large bell.

Happy Christmas He croaks hoarsly. Wind's bitter off the lake - so I thought I'd drop in for a pint to sooth the throat. He helps himself at the bar, humming the 'Huron Carol' as he mans the taps.

better figure out a menu soon he thought to himself - only 15 days or so to prepare.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Morticia
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 07:13 PM

well, in the absence of any one else,I suppose I'd better let Liz out of the stalls.....man, I can't believe we forgot her AGAIN.....she is going to be so pissed! Stand well back, gentleman.....this could get ugly.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 07:17 PM

Hey bartender, won't you set me up with a shot of tequila and a lime please
Put this on Bert's tab for me will ya honey?
Can I have some change for the jukebox. Thanks.

I slide over to the jukebox and put in a couple dollars, Rick Fielding opens the show
I sit back up at the bar with my drink, the music is playing low.
The place is pretty quite, I think, for this time of the day
I look over across the room and Art Brooks is putting on an air-drum play.
This guy they call Spaw was just telling a story
of flames and farts and firey glory.
Jen Ellen just came from the womens room with wads of duct tape in her hands
Liz the Squeak follows soon behind, rubbing her cheeks from the duct tape bands.
Now the party is starting , can you turn the music up?
Come on over bartender and fill up my cup.
I'd like to raise a glass and have a little cheer
for all of you muddcatters that are here
I drink to your health in the bars,
I drink to your health in my home,
I drink to your health so damn many times,
I've almost ruined my own!

I think I feel a little buzz coming on...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: ballpienhammer
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 07:34 PM

...when what to my wondering eyes should appear...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 07:37 PM

Anyone know how long it takes to Barb-b-cue an Aurochs? And do you serve Velociraptor with a white or red wine?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Gareth
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 07:37 PM

In a corner of the Tavern stands a Nativity tableau - complete with Sheep, why is this crowd of short dark hairy guys with funny acents singin "Ar hyd a Nos" clustered round it, and drinking bitter beer - Oh Yes, theres SHEEP in the Manger !!!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 09:31 PM

A woman walks in smiling to herself and lugging Christmas tins. Each is tied in colored ribbons and labelled "Lemon Bars", "Swedish Heirlooms", Tollhouse", "Rice Krispies Bars", etc. One tin is stamped "Adults Only" and has a tag marked "Bourbon Balls". She carefully places them under the tree, adds an ancient gold glass ball to the lowest branch and puts a baby blanket under it "just in case". Then she slips quietly behind the bar and helps herself to a large glass of JD on the rocks with a twist.

"Damn! I hate monkeys!", she mumbles and finds a booth in the back.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 09:41 PM

Aurochs are usualy about thirty days on a side, depending on how you build the pit, MM! :>) Hope this helps!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 09:45 PM

So we don't eat until the Epiphany? Glad I brought the cookies.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: JenEllen
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 09:56 PM

Wait one Gawdamn Minute!!! ART! My stars and garters! You have an AUTO CLUB??? (the woman stumbles a bit against the bar) Does this mean you are a RESPONSIBLE ADULT??? Fer cryin' out loud, man....Here's the keys!

The woman grabs Morticia and heads for the store room. They pull down a box that hasn't been unused long enough to get cobwebs on it again. (keep your allusions to yourselves, folks)
"Shit...You mean she's locked in the ladies again?"
"S'what I hear.."

The two women load up, carrying grappling hooks, duct tape, and a couple of bandoleros filled with Pez dispensers. They then grab their lucky water pistols full of whiskey, don their Indiana Jones hats, and head for the ladies loo to spring Liz.

The woman stops at the bar long enough to top off her water pistol and hand the keys to Art, saying "If I don't make it back this time, make sure someone feeds my dog, eh?" It is all in vain, for Art has about him the glazed look of the Keeper of the Booze. The two women shrug their shoulders and head for the restroom....


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Alice
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 10:20 PM

Alice enters the tavern, years having passed since her last visit. The long stem of a red rose clenched between her teeth, she slides a black net gloved hand along the edge of the bar, barely lifts the skirt of her long burgundy velvet gown to show a black Spanish leather shoe... the rose delicately removed from her lips..."anyone for Tango?" she asks.

"How about a cookie," offers Sinsull.

"Tempting..." Alice replies, "but I was hoping mary garvey would be here with Stevia cheesecake. She promised me the recipe when we were in the Mudchat room. I went out to the food co-op today and bought several types of Stevia just for the recipe..."


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 10:34 PM

The stranger picks up the Silvertone and blows the dust off the strings and tuners. Listening carefully, he detects certain true notes mixed among the shrill giggles and screams of outrage emanating from the Ladies', and uses these milliseconds of precision amidst the chaos to tune the old instrument perfectly, and begins strumming a quiet, cheerful tune....


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 11:13 PM

And the evening progressed.....

More 'Catters arrived, bringing ornaments for the tree: an ocarina, a pair of 0.18 gauge Dunlop fingerpicks, a tuning fork, a pair of hammer dulcimer hammers.... Each ornament was placed with care, a libation was drawn and the new arrivals joined the folks already gathered around the woodstove. A few other pickers pulled out guitars to join the guy with the old Silvertone and they all began singing Christmas carols.

They were midway through "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" when a short male figure walked in through the front door. At first, he appeared to be yet another merrymaker come in from the cold, until he walked up to the bar, pulled his wallet from his trouser pocket and flashed a badge at the bartender.

"Constable Pusslegut, from the license enforcement bureau," he announced, "and you lot are in a world of shit! I count at least four people in here playing musical instruments, five or six more singing, and the rest are vigorously tapping their feet and swaying in a manner that could be construed as dancing. And this establishment has no license for public performances! What do you have to say for yourselves?"

The bartender drew himself up to his not inconsiderable full height, looked the little man squarely in the eye and replied, "I say 'Bugger off, dickweed'."

"What?", the constable shouted in amazement that someone would talk to him in that fashion, "You can't talk to me in that fashion! I'm a representative of the Queen's law."

"Not around here, you're not!", the bartender replied with a knowing smirk. "Your authority is only recognized on one island that only exists in the real world. Not only are you not on that island, you're not even in the real world! You're in the Mudcat Tavern, moron!"

"You mean...."

"Yes, ya idjit! If ya don't believe me just step back through the front door and then turn around."

And Constable Pusslegut did precisely that. He walked back out the front door and, when he reached the parking lot and turned around the Tavern had disappeared.

"Well I'll be damned!", he said as he started to walk away.

It was at precisely that moment that the worthy constable stepped in a very large slimey llama turd, slipped, and fell squarely on his bottom with a resounding thud. The llama turd had lain in wait for just such and opportunity ever since the night a couple of months earlier when some brainless banjo player had mistakenly allowed a circus to set up in the lot behind the Tavern. (Everybody knows the circus belongs in the chatroom, not the Tavern.)

Meanwhile, back in the Tavern, the Mudcatters resumed singing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" just as they had been doing before the rude and untimely interuption.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: artbrooks
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 12:08 AM

In thru the open door stepped a large gent with bright red hair. "Bless me!" he cried, putting a ragged dollar bill on the bar. After quaffing his extra large Irish Coffee, made with thick cream and genuine Kona coffee, in one long, satisfying glug, he stepped forward and said "Here's to Mudcat!" and threw his mug into the fireplace. Satisfied, he turned and walked out into the night. "Who was that?", an onlooker said. "If you have to ask, you don't need to know" someone replied. A hush settled down over the pub.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Matt_R
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 12:14 AM

The chump with the USMC field jacket, porkpie hat and black electric with spiderweb strap plugs in the amp and sing for anyone who cares.

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
It's the time that every Santa has a ball
Does he ride a red nosed reindeer?
Does he turn up on his sleigh?
Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?

So here it is,
Merry Christmas,
Everybody's having fun,
Look to the future now
It's only just begun

Are you waiting for the family to arrive?
Are you sure you've got the room to spare inside?
Does your Granny always tell you
That the old songs are the best,
Then she's up and rock 'n' rollin' with the rest...

So here it is,
Merry Christmas,
Everybody's having fun,
Look to the future now
It's only just begun

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
Are you hoping that the snow will to start to fall?
Do you ride on down the hillside
In a buggy you have made?
When you land upon your arse then you've been slayed.

So here it is,
Merry Christmas,
Everybody's having fun,
Look to the future now
It's only just begun


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 03:56 AM

[MEEBS RIDES AGAIN!!!!!!


Wooooow!!!]


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 03:57 AM

...Sounds of "Silent Night" played (very badly) on the kazoo, waft in from the sidewalk. The door bursts open and the Skiffler is thrown in by some angry charity Santas. "Stop scaring away our custom".
Picks himself up, dusts himself down, with as much dignity as a man with sawdust all over his face can, and lurches to the bar.
"A small glass of Aristotle's Revenge, as it's Xmas, please barkeep, and perhaps a mince pie". Climbs on the stool at the third attempt and watches the antics of the other patrons with an indulgent eye before going to sleep with his head on the bar.
Wakes up with a jerk (no, not you, 'Spaw) and fixes barkeep with a bleary eye. "I've had a bad day". He announces. "I was goin' to write a great novel. I ordered a word processor. They sent me a food processor instead. I lost three fingers trying to write the first sentence....and the crime in my part of town is dreadful. I got fed up of having my car stolen or vandalised so I bought a horse. Went out next morning and found the damn thing up on bricks."
Nods off again despite shower of beermats being thrown at his head.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Chip2447
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 04:37 AM

The rather large, long haired, brindle bearded Mudcatter dressed in the ancient Pea coat hobbles in. Muttering to himself something about the damn cold weather and old tired bones.
    "I'fn there is any of it left mull me up a tankard of that BARBARIAN MAGIC cyser that I left the last time I was by."
    He took his tankard, fed about 20 Sackies into the Jukebox and headed for a booth in the back. Stopping long enough at the Tree he pulled a small object from his coat.
    "Damn, someone beat me to it, I thought I was the official ocarina geek. Ah well, another little one wont hurt." He hangs another ocarina on the tree.
    As he passes by the folks in the Tavern he raises his glass to each and every one, offers a hand to all assembled, an intoduction to all that dont know him, and best wishes for the Solstice to all.
    Shucking his coat, he slides into the booth, turning sideways he puts his back to the wall and props up the bad leg on the bench...
    When his turn comes around he'll play a tune on one of his ocs, something that tells how he feels about this place..."Simple gifts".


Chip2447


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Dead Horse
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 05:06 AM

In staggers a swarthy (love that word, must look it up in my OE sometime) old seadog. He heads directly for the bar, not passing GO.
"I've just come to apologise for last time" he says. After filling his tankard with Smooth Flow Sloe Gin, delivered from a converted soda syphon, he turns to the assembled mob and enquires if anyone has seen his missus. "Clad in purple she was, feet always tapping, never still for a minute - I just popped out for a sec, and she was gone again." Turning back to the bar, he exclaims "What! No peanuts!" "Does anybody know how to make a blue clicky to find some?"


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 06:42 AM

An old guy with beard and glasses stumbles in through the door, he has a back-packer guitar over one shoulder and a bag with a cat's tail sticking out of it over the other. "Gimmee a big shot of shine with a Marmite top" he rasps. The bartender looks through the jumbled selection of fly-blown bottles of Tabasco, Bovril, shrub, ketchup and other strange concoctions piled at the back of the bar - "Cain't find no Marmite" he says. The old man coughs and spits - missing the spittoon and scoring a direct hit on the desperate looking woman crawling out of the ladies bog, "Shite, you'm as bad as the folks at Harlow - try looking over there with the jam". The bartender finds it and spoons a big dollop of dark brown goo into the shine which starts to smoke ominously. The old man takes his drink to a corner table and tries to surrepticiously toss the bag into the ladies bog, only to knock the spittoon all over the woman who has managed to get to her feet and is trying to pull up her draws.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Dead Horse
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 08:12 AM

"I miss that ol' spitton, too. And the peanuts!"
Looks around surruptitiously, still can't see wife. "I'm on the lookout for female rodents"
There is a squeek from behind the bar.
"Aha! And how would you like to make an old Packet Rat very happy, m'dear?"


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 08:53 AM

Would anyone mind if I converted the sauna into a smokehouse? I don't have time to barbecue the aurochs - but if I make sausage of it there's still time to smoke it...

oh - and I'm sorry; I've co-opted the hot tub to do the boiled puddings - (amazing how hot you can get those things if you reset the thermostats!)


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 09:22 AM

Well, MM, people are gonna ask what you've been smoking...but what's alittle embarassment between frineds, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 09:24 AM

frineds don't let frineds smoke sober!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 09:46 AM

"S-h-i-t-e" wails the barkeep, "These godamme townies - Thermostat - the only thermostat we got is how fast you can chop them logs and stuff 'em into the boiler !"

Having managed to restore her dignity (and volumous draws) the woman eyes the old packet rat - "Why didn't you ask earlier, honey" she drawls "It's the first time I've managed to get these bloomers back on for three days an I sure ain't taking 'em off now till they need changin' an'that won't be fer at least a week". She picks up the bag and drags out a dead cat - "Here's sometin fer the stewpot" she shouts an chucks it to the barkeep who commences to skin it. The old man in the corner is heard to say "Why didn't I think of that - I've been trying to get shot of it ever since I left Harlow".

The door opens and in oozes Kate the belle of the bar. She suddenly notices the old packet rat. "Jeezus Ahab" she says "they told me you'd been wrecked - and now that I see you - I can see you still are".


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 10:59 AM

Whiskas a-quiver and with tail held high, the bedraggled tabby slid through the open door and stared at the curious throng within.

'Hey, is that an Aurochs being set to sizzle. I ain't quite sure what that is but it smells like it might be edible one day. Guess I'll just hang around till it's time to eat' thinks she....

The air warms her fur, melting the snow which starts to puddle around her paws. She moves on, slowly, cautiously investigating the Tavern's inhabitants, ears pricked for sudden movements. Humans haven't been the friendliest folks she's known & that monkey has a strange gleam in his eye....

Reaching the cover of the tree she breathes once more & begins to groom, spitting out the twigs and other 'jewellery' she's accumulated on her long cold journey to this place.

She teases a small pine cone from her tail, it becomes lodged among the inner branches of the tree where it will never be noticed.

Dry and warm she allows herself to relax a little in her safe haven under the tree. Curling up comfortably she keeps a watchful eye on the folks in the bar....


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 11:17 AM

Well I thought i'd drop in and see how things were going and.........uh, where is everybody anyway?.........What the hell is up here?.............Ah, Mario!!! ................Geez man, I thought the place was deserted......kinda' weird because I see all these people supposedly around here and yet all I really see when I get here are cardboard cut-outs from these sillyass third person musings!!!! What the fuck is that anyway? ...............Say what? Oh........Well okay..................."The Spaw stands around for a few minutes in third person and leaves................"

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 11:42 AM

As 'Spaw left the bar everyone was holding their noses and their breath. K-e-r-i-s-t said the man in ther corner "That guy only comes in here to fart - at least with two dimensional flatulence you can roll it up and put it on the fire".


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Morticia
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 11:51 AM

NOOOOOOOOooooooooohhhhh, don't try it, he didn't mean it....KABOOOM....oh dear.Well, the moggie doesn't look much worse....sorry, kitty.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 11:53 AM

Hey, was that Spaw I saw leaving? Jeeeze, that guy is downright unneighborly!! So who's tending the bar? Any more of that brown stuff in the back?   Tell ya boys, it has been one helluva year all things considered. Damndest bronc ride I ever took. But it's settling out okay -- we got those CDs out and that seems to be working out okay, huh -- beautiful music. And TGG's back on her feet and has acquired Mandolin skills, as well as her prior art knocking 'em dead on the Celestial Spheres. Hey, who's that hippy with the Indian and the Silvertone? He plays pretty good!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 11:54 AM

*puts a saucer of cream down for the cat*

oh HECK! it's almost Christmas...I'm going to add a real treat...

*puts down a plate of chopped peacock liver*


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 12:05 PM

....as the drunk lifted his head up from the puddle of spilled Guiness and forced his eyes back into focus, he spotted the needlepoint sampler on the wall behind the bar:

So.... We ain't Herman fuckin' Melville and this damn sure ain't Moby fuckin' Dick!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 01:08 PM

In the distance a lone figure struggles against the blizzard. Up close can be heard vile mutterings. "Bloody effing snow. Bloody effing car. Fine time to leave me".

"Just who made the Law about White Christmas, anyway? I'd like to hang Irving Berlin up by the balls."

Her only protection from the fierce blizzard is a fiddle case. It is barely adequete to block the wind and snow from her eyes.

"Basta, what am I going to do if my fingers freeze? Be just my luck that dear Maggie will freeze and split right in two. How in blue blazes am I supposed to earn my keep then? Sing? Nah, nobody lets me sing.....WAIT a minute. I could sing one, then they would pay me not to sing!! THAT'S IT!!"

Through the swirling snow appears a small tar paper shack.
"Well, at least it will be out of the wind if I can make it there" She continues stumbling on near frozen feet. There might be a crack of light at the bottom of the door; the blizzard is too strong to tell. HOPE SPRINGS ANEW!! Only 8 more yards to the Mudcat Tavern.

Alas, she stumbles and falls, fingers just scraping the door of Salvation. Falling, she protects the precious Maggie with her body.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 01:25 PM

Anyone hear something at the door? could someone

*okay - the sausage recipe calls for a head of garlic per kilo of meat - , your average aurochs dresses out about 1000 kilo. Shite! Maybe I can get someone to peel them for me...*


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Amos
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 01:27 PM

THe Stranger strode to the door in three swift steps and swung it open. In short order, the frostbitten newcomer was seated in front of a chortling fire, a tall snifter of five-star brandy in her trembling paw, and her wrists and fingers were being vigorously rubbed by a variety of comely warm-blooded administrators. THe color came back into her cheeks and she actually smiled.

"Hey maybe it's not that bad after all...", she thought, as the brandy began seeping through her blood/brain barrier. Not so bad at all....".

SHortly, Maggie's case was open, and the laughing call of a lively fiddle pouring out a quick-step dance tune was making toes tap and heads nod and jaws grin the length and the breadth of the Christmas Tavern.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 01:42 PM

Being a person of strange and mysterious powers, I knelt down to help the poor fiddler-woman to her feet. The snow melted around us as I filled her with indescribable warmth. I gave her one of my Cheshire cat grins and helped her up the stairs to the door of the mangy looking revellers' retreat. I was tempted to wave my magic wand and tune up the instruments and voices, but then remembered the Venerable One's admonition: Do not mess with the natural order of things...let sleeping dogs lie, shrill voices sing, off-colour jokers abide...snow melting is okay in small areas...brewing up some extra special vile black stuff is acceptable only in an emergency or when you are asked for a miracle. The VO droned on in my head. I knew there was one things I could do without any requests; I could set that mog under the tree up for life. I could also redeem the life of the mog in the stew by making those who contributed to it and ate it sicker than their worst sick dog, worse then their worst hangover, so bad that they would rue the day they ever thought to malign the Sacred Craychures!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 01:58 PM

As the fiddle picks up the tempo everyone in the room breathes again & the tension fades away.

The nameless moggie gets down off her hackles & her fur starts to flatten. Delicately she sniffs the air.... 'peacocks liver, hmmm.... and cream if I'm not mistaken! Wonder if there's any rum or chocolate in it? Those truffles last Christmas were just heavenly....'

As the music soars the stray peeps out from under the tree and judges the distance to the cream. 'Well, I'd better get to it before the monkey gets there first...'


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 02:03 PM

Phew... sure is a relief to get out of that damn toilet.... now.. who's gonna help a girl to a pint of Baileys? And one for my best buddy Morty....

I'd pay myself, but having been tied to the stalls since August, I think I may have missed a few days at work....   Oh, and that last stall on the left? I'd give it a few minutes if I were you.

Hang on... GEEZ!!! Did I miss Spaw? Sure smells like it... and I thought that last stall on the left was bad.. No-body light anything!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: MMario
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 02:09 PM

Hope the cat enjoys the Bailey's...yup - there's still enough left for Liz! Great!

okay - celery seed, sage, marjarom - check, check, check...

dammit - how am I going to keep the WINE hidden until I can add that!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT CHRISTMAS TAVERN '02
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Dec 02 - 02:32 PM

"oooo, where am I? I may not be the Frozen Logger, but I sure am the Frozen Fiddler. Let me see my Maggie darling!! Is she alright?"

"Oh, Maggie, hon, a new set of strings and you will be good as new!
What about me fingers, MissKat? Are they OK? Will I be able to play again? Otherwise, you will all just have to pay me not to sing........"

"Is that roast auroch and mulled wine I smell? Oh, please, could I have some? And what was that vile stuff some strange man was pouring down my throat? Nassssssssty, nasssssssty stuff."


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