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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 06:01 PM

Amos disjointed? Well, he rides motorcycles, so it can't be too bad.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 07:04 PM

A! Ye rides a bike? Whaddya got? My last one was a Japanese sewing machine two stroke. KH500 go fast straight line handle like shit on curves Kowie. Fun at 115mph unless I hit a butterfly or thought about it. even with a steering damper.

A... minds me. Did you ever listen to my uncle's voice file on The Memory Project website? He was a bike dispatch rider in WW2.

http://www.thememoryproject.com/search/?query=Charles Owens


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 08:57 PM

When my FIL was stationed in Wales back in '43 he ran his bike into a stone wall and fractured his forehead. The review board found that it was an accident and no alcohol was involved -- mind you, the best man at his wedding was the chair of the review board.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 10:22 PM

The bike photo - it was taken an instant before that stout rider learned the meaning of "road burn."

Amos, this is for you. No, no thanks necessary. I know the topic is close to your heart.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Mar 13 - 09:24 AM

You guys must be sleeping in today. Is it a cold morning? You're not sticking your noses out from under the covers? Then you'll love this news - next week you need to get up an hour earlier. Yup. It's time for torture - the idiot move to daylight savings time. MOM usually sacrifices an alarm clock every spring by throwing one out the window when that racket starts an hour early on Monday morning after the change.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Mar 13 - 01:06 PM

Can't we just subtract an hour and not change the clocks? I can add and subtract pretty good, at least right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 05 Mar 13 - 05:23 PM

Rap... don't change your clocks. You can do arithmetic so why bother?

SRS... cooool vid! Loved it! I am taken back to my take on it all by a simple video. Black hole in every galaxy... eventually, one black hole... eventually another Big Bang? The cycle of "life"?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 11:11 AM

MOM, languishing at the bottom of the page is not an elegant beginning to the day. Take my hand and lets move back up where there's a better view.

Looks like Moonglow's brother is going to take a Spring Break vacation with Tucson friends this year, not fly home to see his Tejas buddies. The focus is shifting westward, to California. There are lots of reasons to head there - beaches, friends whose families are from there, Silicon Valley and other hot-beds of tech activity. Phone numbers for uncles and aunts in El Cajon and Cerritos will be sent to the tall sprout (yeah, like a 21-year-old is going to go on spring break to visit his parents' sibs).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 08:09 PM

Looks like I'm talking to myself today. I hope Rap isn't laid up with a hernia after moving all of that furniture around the house. And it looks like winter isn't finished with some of our northern friends. Stay warm and dry - and use a dog whistle to bring Gluon running if you want to transform matter to entertain yourselves. Think about transforming the snow bank outside your house into a bubbling hotspring. Don't forget a robe and flipflops to walk across the snowy yard to the pool.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 08:10 PM

Still--thanks! That rocks!!

Rap: It is dfisingenuous of you to post that self-portyrait and imply it is I.

Gnu: No, I haven't! Thanks for the link.

SOmeone let the dog lick up a dinner plate last night when my back was turned and his byproducts were all muchy this morning, with tell-tale kernels of corn in them. No, no, no, no!

I love my dawg anyway, though. She has earned new nicknames every day--Rocket Dog the Ineffable, for one.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 10:13 PM

IMPLY it was you? IMPLY???? It is you!!!!

As for my absence earlier today, I am in a motel in Jackson, WY, having undergone a series of cognition and brain function tests sponsored by the VA.

Know what they found out?

I have normal cognition and brain function. Normal. Normal. NORMAL. NORMAL!!!!

No "ab" and no "near", but normal.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 07 Mar 13 - 09:48 AM

If Rapparee is normal, what are the rest of us?

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Mar 13 - 10:07 AM

I think I start a school to teach normalcy. I'll call it a "Normal School" and make lots of money at it. If you ever manage to pay off your tuition and fees you'll get a genuine certificate stating that you are normal (within the school-defined curve of normal distribution).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Mar 13 - 04:19 PM

Normal, sure, but for what? Normal narcissism is very different from normal paranoia. And you do me a grave injustice with your "fat man on a motorbike" scam, Rapp. Narcissist or not, lying does not change reality.


A recent video clip will satisfy you, I am sure, how grievously wrong you have been, and cause you to crumble in shattered smithereens of self-hatred. It would only be right. And one thing we know about the Normal Few is they dearly love being right. It's what keep[s them normal.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Mar 13 - 05:27 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Mar 13 - 05:47 PM

I like yer uncle, Gnu. I had a Norton Commando in my youth, bored out to 800 cubic inches. Loved that mosheen.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Mar 13 - 11:15 PM

Nay, I am still distraught. My world has been shattered by Amos. I shall fling myself into the river, possibly spraining both ankles and then perhaps he will see his errors, but I doubt it.

And I, I!! Certified just yesterday as normal!!! Whoa is me!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 12:18 AM

Only the being living a lie can be shattered by the truth, dear Rapp. As truth is your deepest and most whole nature, you need fear nothing an you resist not the truth, for it shall reunite the parts of your very being in the universe.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 09:45 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 10:20 AM

Someone impound Rap's pencil. He's leaking some of his crossword letters here at Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 10:30 AM

Dep breaths, buddy. Remember, Mom doesn't allow cross words between her sibs.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 12:45 PM

Wow, Amos! I just watched your "Cowboys are secretly, frequently, etc.." performance on Youtube. Superb!!! You have the trailworn grandeur, humor, and authority of Ian Tyson, not to mention the resonant and convincing voice. Ye gollies! I could swear I was watching the reincarnated spirit of Augustus McCrae, returned to serenade us all.

It's funny how the guy on your right looks so dead serious all through the song. He only cracked a smile once.

I am truly impressed. Damn shame you don't live closer to South Ontario, cos we could use you at the local song circles.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 05:58 PM

Yo, LH... you see this? That there is a Hoochie Coochie Man!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 07:07 PM

Great! ;-D Amos could teach me a whole lot about Blues guitar...I've never been much good at that guitar style. And his vocal is right on the mark. He appears to be playing a Martin D-28...or D-35? It's pretty similar to the HD-28 I've been playing since 2005.

Lately, though, I've been playing the Avalon guitar I bought from Lynn Miles instead, and the Martin's been getting neglected. I love the smaller body on the Avalon, and the Martin dreadnought just feels too big now.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Mar 13 - 10:39 PM

All your talk about Martins and Gibsons and Avalons -- I learned on a genuine Sears and Roebuck 1955 Special! Nylon strings that you had to re-tune ever 15 seconds! A neck that needed a C-clamp to keep it attached to the body!

By God, we learned to play back in those days! Not like your wimpy D-38s and C-4s and P51s or whatever they are. We were REAL guitar players! I could outplay anybody in my fourth grade class, by cracky! Wussies!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 10:44 AM

Plays a Martin Dreadnought
Sings and talks and jokes
Dylan, Baez, Seeger,
Paxton, Jessup, Ochs,
Chords he knows but three but that will hold him for a while,
He's playing there on You Tube
Puttin' on the style.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 11:06 AM

I am not impressed by your grandiose tales of playing the Sears & Roebuck guitar, Rap. I started out on a perfect little bastard of an instrument that my uninformed parents bought for me at some small town music store that specialized in ripping off its customers by selling them worthless junk. I don't remember what the brand name of the cursed thing was, but I do remember other details. It was small. It had a black pickguard. The action was so high off the neck that you had to have the grip of an eagle just to press the strings down and get a single note to sound. The intonation was WAY off, so it was impossible to tune the damn thing so that any chord sounded right. The tuning heads tended to slip, so it was always going flat. It had a tonal quality best described as the sound of "a horseball hitting the bottom of a bamboo bucket".

To play that guitar was to SUFFER! I ended up not playing it much, because it was hopeless. When I later discovered what a decent quality guitar is like, it was like a revelation.

I suspect my father bought that first guitar for me for one simple reason: it was extremely cheap! I hope he gets to play it in Heaven.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 11:14 AM

...for years, and years, and years.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 11:14 AM

Careful now . . . this is bleeding over into some serious music discussion. Don't want to shock the folks upstairs by moving this thread above the line!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 10:15 PM

Of course, I eventually was Enlightened and learned to play The Trumpet, the very instrument of (the) God(s). Now with my trumpet by my side I have achieved satori, nirvana, and dwell in both Fólkvangr and Valhalla. But I usually sit with the Gjallarhorn at my side in my house Himinbjörg, where the Bifrost Bridge meets Heaven.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 10:26 PM

Good. That'll keep us where we belong. Thanks, Rap!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 12:04 AM

Yeah... well, my old man was a crafty SOB! He bought me a Kent electric guitar. NO AMP! He taught me how to play. When I practiced, I REALLY had to listen to myself and he never had to cringe at my mistakes because he couldn't hear them because an electric guitar without an amp sounds like


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 08:18 AM

That was clever, allright, gnu. My Dad was such a workaholic that he wasn't around much to hear me play my guitar. He was busy trying to become the next Henry Ford or J.P. Morgan or Du Pont or something along that line...an objective he never managed to obtain, despite the most heroic efforts.

Meanwhile, I was intent on becoming an idealistic folksinger (a la Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bob Dylan) and a radical socialist in support of revolutionary causes. We agreed on virtually nothing whatsoever...for the rest of our lives...and it was sheer bloody hell most of the way.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 12:54 PM

Thanks for the kind remartks. I also learned on an inexpensive nylon-string--my parents were so proud when I played "Beautiful, Beautiful Blue Eyes" using D, D7, G and A. That was a pretty primitive instrument and a pretty juvenile performance, back in Connecticut in 1955 or so. I have gone many miles since then but am constantly amazed at how many players there are out there who are worlds better nor me. But I don't much mind. I do my thing and the world takes it or leaves it as it cares to.

I was jamming late last night in a coffee house in Lemon Grove, and we had a fine old time. I had to get back home, though, because Maggie was missing me. She goes crazy when I get home--her body does figure-eights of excitement and her tail beats loud enough to bring down the furniture. Nice to be so adored. I could get used to it, biut I guess I better not. Humility is the heart of the happy life, no matter what Rapp says.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 02:50 PM

You are so right, Amos. And humility ain't easy for us mortals! ;-) But anyone who at least takes it seriously enough to try to achieve a measure of it is already halfway there, I figure.

My first real guitar (aside from the aforementioned one my father bought) was a nylon string guitar that I bought about 4 years later...the make was Raven, and it was okay. Within about a year of that I graduated to my first real steel string guitar (a used Martin D-28), and since then I've had so many different ones that I'm not sure I could even remember them all now.

(I know at least one guy who's like that about women...and it ain't me!)


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From: Acme
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 02:59 PM

I've had the dogs sleep in the house in the colder weather, and I toss Cinnamon the pit bull's dog bed on the foot of my bed. I let them in a bit early yesterday because we had a thunderstorm and Poppy hates the lightning and thunder. Cinnamon was on her bed and for a few minutes I lay down beside her so we were nose to nose and I scratched her ears and let her give me kisses on the nose and there was a steady little "tap tap tap tap" of her tail wagging on the edge pillow of the dog bed.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 04:20 PM

Women? Lots. Haven't forgot one that I remember. Only ever found "the one" once. Romeo and Juliette stuff. Family situation cut it like a knife. I still wake up at night when I dream of losing her. Sad part is, I might have been able to "not" but hindsight is usually the view of getting bitten in the arse, eh? I have heard ya gotta 20 outta 20 chance on that.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 04:30 PM

I frankly never did find "the one", though I've known some pretty fine women along the way. I just wasn't meant to spend a lifetime in a relationship with any of them, that's all. I've met a few women I wished I was mature enough...or still young enough...to make me the right partner for them, but not this time around.

So maybe next time. (If I happen to live again.)

In the meantime, I'm putting my energies...what's left of them...on other objectives than the old desperate romantic search for "the one" dream lover who haunted my youth. That search isn't the real be-all and end-all anyway, as far as I'm concerned, though many take it to be (and that's perfectly okay for them, if that's what they want).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 05:38 PM

Never having met a rich and beautiful female nymphomaniac who owned a string of liquor stores and adored the ground I trod (the dream of my long-ago youth), I married Pat forty years ago this coming October. It wasn't a mistake at all.

While I believe that any instrument is better than none and that the trumpet is the apogee, the pinnacle, the ne plus ultra of musical instruments, I have to say that toilet paper over a comb beats a guitar all hollow.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 06:19 PM

Hmm. Well, the dream of my long-ago youth was someone very closely resembling either Joan Baez or Buffy Sainte-Marie, and with basically the same ideals and general approach to life as those 2 ladies, and hopefully who also sang and played music and wrote songs.

Never found her!

I did fall in love with a few other individuals along the way, and they were all quite different each one from the next, but hooking up with any of them on a permanent basis would not have worked out. This is for sure.

The only thing that I've found which has permanence for me is the particular problem and reward of life itself...until it's over.

And then? Well, we'll find out when we get there... ;-) I'm optimistic.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 08:36 PM

Gee, LH, don't you wish you can play like she can?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 09:39 AM

Shamed by an eight-year-old, everyone except moi retires to their beds and pulls the covers over their heads.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 12:12 PM

She plays very well, Rap, but I can't say I like the sound of that musical arrangement much. It grates on my ears.

It's best to start playing an instrument as early in life as possible. The amazing capacity (and time) children and adolescents have to learn something new is an opportunity that shouldn't be passed up. And the body is very flexible then too, which also helps.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 05:33 PM

Trafficking in shame and regret is the earmark of a perverse and tyrannical manipulator, Mister Booke. I feel no shame watching that eight year old "shred". I don't do shread, bei g more interested in harmonious and assonant compositions. But I celebrate her rapid embarkation. Someday she will discover Woody Guthrie and wonder "Why didn't anybody TELL me???!"



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 05:55 PM

I agree. She is fast, but it wasn't a particularly pleasant piece to listen to.

We've been hearing about more and more little earthquakes in Texas. I wonder - does anyone know where Gluon is burying her bones? Maybe she's a tad too vigorous in her placement and retrieval? Is she still being given auroch femurs to chew on?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 06:38 PM

I didn't think ANYTHING was little in Texas.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 11:56 PM

Modesty, Rap. There is very little modesty in Texas.

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 09:18 AM

What would a mouthy, pushy, naked, puny, tail-sucking, poop-flinging, mother pimpin' monkey know about modesty? You couldn't even find Lake Michigan if you walked east and fell into it. You think that the El is a letter following W and that the Wrigley building is made of old chewing gum. You go on about your favorite baseball team the "White Cubs" and your are afraid to go to football games because you think the Bears will catch you. The last time you walked by the Art Institute you screamed that the bronze lions out front were "gonna eat" you, and far worse, you eat your hot dogs with only ketchup on them.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 09:37 AM

Dibs on 47474!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,999
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 12:28 PM

In base 2 binary this is post 1011100100101001, in case anyone's interested.


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