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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: Acme
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 12:51 AM

Ms Moonglow is duly delivered to campus for the start of school tomorrow. She panicked a little and called me (I was 10 minutes from my house) and asked where I was. Turned out she thought she'd left a textbook in my pickup truck, but I'd seen her put it in a box and told her where it was. Disaster averted! I gave her two last words of advice on the way up. "Pace yourself."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 06:33 PM

As ye fry, so have ye been fried -- nothing like unrelenting over-temp crankiness to mottle your judgment.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 05:13 PM

I just fried a friend's web pages. He is going to go ballistic until they're replaced. Arrgghhh! Darned technology. A little FTP program did a Put to a site it has never before visited and in fact was not supposed to "put" to. Who knows what is there now, but I can't log onto it. Bummer. I wrote to the tech guys, they should have a backup in place in the morning.

Tomorrow is the first day of the semester. It's bound to be busy. So if I have to take a day off to replace web pages, I'll be real busy, but I can do it. (I have them backed up in my computer, so it won't be too difficult, except I hate the design he is using now so should redo it).

Mom, just let the rain fall on us, please. I'm sure that will help a lot! Crankiness will evaporate as the precipitation precipitates.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 03:50 PM

I hear thunder! Now cross your fingers that I hear rain on the roof! (Too bad I'll have to get out and drive in it, to take Moonglow back to campus this evening. Classes start tomorrow morning.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 03:31 PM

Hi, Mom.

I'm back.

The Marriott is very stylish, a bit sterile. The roof lounge crawls with 20-spomethings craving to look hip ion the evenings. The few from the roof is magnificent. The GasLamp District is beautiful, rich with excellent food and fine entertainment. We saw a comedy and drank Guinness in an Irish Pub with a real shit-kicking Irish group called the Whooligans. Catch them if you can -- they operate out of Long Beach CA. We had a lovely time and I am glad to be home.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 11:44 AM

As predicted, Ernesto's bullseye has been moved eastward. Now, instead of being on my house it's on my stepson's house in Tampa.

Maybe he'll get to see if those expensive hurricane shutter thingies he had installed on his McMansion a couple of years ago really work.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 10:08 AM

Ernesto is a hurricane now. Maybe it will be a really odd one and will cross over Mexico and up the Gulf just to nail Amos this year. Wouldn't that be a surprise!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Aug 06 - 02:34 AM

Don't you have any ancient trees or old sheds you want removed or rearranged on your lot? Maybe another hurricane would be useful for a little housekeeping about now?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 11:32 PM

Hi, Mom!

Ernesto is coming to visit!

Yes. it's true! Current path predictions for Tropical Storm soon-to-be-Hurricane Ernesto have the bullseye painted squarely upon the roof of my house!

But that's okay 'cause the bullseye was on Galveston Bay yesterday and it'll probably be shifted even further east tomorrow. Gonna be awful wet and windy someplace about a week from now, just dunno where yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 11:45 AM

We need to celebrate Moonglow's birthday also, but I won't be abandoning you for any fancy-schmancy hotel, MOM. We're waiting until next weekend and then we'll do something to celebrate my birthday as well (she was born exactly one week ahead of mine. I almost used the pronoun "me," but then that would imply that my daughter was born a week before my birth. A tough thing to do, under any circumstances.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 26 Aug 06 - 03:54 AM

talent can be construed as a left-over meat loaf.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 Aug 06 - 07:50 PM

I have tried. I really have. I know I have given Rapaire grief, but he's me bruvver and it was all in fun. I have lifted and toted and strained my brain and quads raising Mom up when she fell low.

But now I am away for the weekend, to stay in a large grand hotel even here in San Diego, just to celebrate BBW's birthday. Which is tomorrow.

So, Mom, I ask that you stay up by drawing on other talents, and I will return on Sunday night.

Adieu, chére Maman de Tout Merde.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 Aug 06 - 04:18 PM

Oh...ADD kids, not ADA....ADA is a military programming language, I guess. Wanna go ride bikse?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 Aug 06 - 11:15 AM

I still have some left-over breath mints from my last experiment with fissionable fizzy drinks. (Google "Mentos and Pepsicola").

But Rapaire, I believe that the reason we have not reached heights of renown OR heights of criminal stupidity is that while brilliant, all MOABITES except freds are generalists.

Question: "How many ADA kids does it take to change a light bulb?"
Answer: "...Wanna go ride bikes?"


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 25 Aug 06 - 09:40 AM

Naw, you just content yourself with having the whole roof torn off of the buildings you inhabit.

Freds, what's the problem? You want to hava nagila?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Aug 06 - 09:29 AM

I dunno. I'm going to Bozeman and won't be back until Sunday. How about the level of intelligence of MOABites v. the denizens of CERN or the Lawrence Livermore lab? Here's something to thing about:

MOABites have never, as far as I know:

* tried to create a black hole;
* lab tested nuclear weapons;
* field tested nuclear weapons (although, years ago, if I could have gotten enough fissionable material...);
* created the WWW;
* been knighted (benighted, perhaps);
* lab-tested cold fusion;
* lab-test hot fusion.

I personally HAVE field tested various home-made rocket fuels, pyrotechnics, and engaged in chemical experiments that could clear everyone out of a building because of the odor. But that was long, long, long ago and I haven't done anything like those in, oh, three or four weeks at least.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 Aug 06 - 09:04 AM

This thread is wobbly. What we need is a really good new topic, one that will take the discussion tot heights of spatulas and beyond.

Spinnerets? Gneiss? Multiple personality disorders? Population curves as a function of temperature amongst prairie dogs? Components of irresistible low-riders?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 10:39 PM

It is a small creature covered with fur, found deep in the woods of Illogic, and related by DNA to the Tsena. The hora is a later stage of the same organism.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,freds
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 03:15 PM

Please, what is a "nagila"? What is a "hora"? We seek to understand our sources of protein.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 02:01 PM

It takes hundreds of them to make one Nagahyde couch anymore. They grew bigger before the human race had such an impact on the nevironment.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 10:55 AM

one should always have more then one nagila - they are very small.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 10:54 AM

They had a nagila, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 09:35 AM

I heard that the parents did a little dance before they went their separate ways. A bystander was heard to mutter "The Hora, the Hora."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 08:38 AM

He doesn't have any relatives. Never had any. Seems like when his parents first saw him they fled in disgust and lived out their lives in a cloistered, very strict, monastery (for him) and a similar nunnery (for her). Before they took vows of perpetual silence they said, "The horror! The horror!"

NQBD was left on the doorstep of local dog pound with a note that said, "Please euthanize our little Dwight. Making him wasn't any fun either."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 12:56 AM

He should have consulted with his lost twin brother, Bright Dwight. But he probably isn't sure how to reach him, since BD moved to the DC area and took up with the Diebold crowd....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 10:46 PM

No, not at all. Turned out it was diphenylaminechlorarsine, or Adamsite, or DM.

Also called vomiting gas.

And he dropped it before he could load it.

The Hazmat team was called and cleaned everything up. NQBD was last seem running over the top of Kinport Peak, a horde of extremely distraught Legionaires on his trail who were stopping only to throw up as necessary.

Apparently the meeting was quite interesting tonight. I'm glad I didn't go.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 10:35 PM

And opening a balloon just lets out warm air, but if you filter it through a librarian it becomes Fancy Rapaire?

I do apologize, it was irresistible.

So is the Legion in tears tonight?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 09:33 PM

I'm not at the Legion meeting. That's because Not-Quite-Bright Dwight (or NQBD as he's also called) found a shell left over from WW1 in his barn. NQBD wasn't in WW1, he wasn't even in the military, but his great-grandpa was in the AEF. The shell is for a "75" and there's one of these outside the Legion Hovel. NQBD plans to load 'er up and fire away as a salute to the flag. I noticed that the shell was marked with one white band and the following lettering: "_P_CIAL GA_". Now all I can say is that I think that the shell was originally marked "SPECIAL GAS" and the gas was of a non-persistent type, probably tear gas. And I want nothing to do with this.

I'll let you know what happens.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 06:35 PM

My mother used to say that opening a can of Dinty Moore was just stew, but if you put in some wine it became fancy ragout.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 03:17 PM

Tweed, I understand your sentiment perfectly. I, too, enjoy the wine as you describe. But I have gained a few pounds in the last couple of years and have had to cut back on the glass of wine in the evening. When I do get a bottle, I put it to a number of uses in order to "spread the wealth," to have the enjoyment but let the calories work harder before they are ingested. If you've never tried red wine in beef stew you should--it gives it a marvelous extra flavor. And a good dollop of it in homemade tomato sauce--it becomes gourmet dining when it comes out of the freezer later in the year for use over pasta or in a lasagna or over veggies (I love it over sauteed yellow bent neck squash with a little Italian sausage and mozzarella and parmesan cheese mixed in).

In the news this week comes the news that 50-year-olds, even just a little bit over-weight, run far more health risks that was realized before. So wine as a regular thing stays out of the diet until the weight comes off. Which it is doing, slowly, now that I figured the reason it crept on in the first place (the bottle of HRT was out of kilter).

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Tweed
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 01:49 PM

SRS...intrigued by the gentle aroma of wine and her first thought is
"Gee, We haven't cooked anything with wine in a while!"

Wine in stews and so forth is fine but it should also be enjoyed in it's raw form, room temperature, in stemmed glasses or right out of the bottle. I have a kitchen drawer full of corks. Most of the wine I get never makes it to the skillet or pot though. My intentions are good but I fear I am easily sidetracked.

BTW, is Bee-Dubya out of prison yet? I saw where he was touring several institutions recently.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 10:43 AM

Dylan (age 14) and I were at the grocery store the other day when a woman put wayyyy too much trust in their plastic grocery bags and tried to carry a 2 liter bottle of pop AND a 750ml bottle of wine out in one single layer bag. BASH!!! we hear behind us, and she is standing in a purple puddle surrounded by shards of glass. I was concerned that she not slip in her flip flops and land on the broken glass, but she was sure she could stand there. I fell in a pair of them once, so I know how fast it happens, and I was near a simple wet spot, not near a jagged patch of glass. Anyway, Dylan's first remark was "that smells good," and I had to resist the temptation to pick up a piece of her shattered bottle to read the label, because I had the same thought. We haven't cooked anything with wine for a while (one could make the case that I haven't done much cooking at all in months, it has been so hot.) That particular type would have been a great aromatic addition to beef stew or some thick tomato sauce for spaghetti or lasagne. And a glass on the side. This is the kind of reaction I want from the kids, an appreciation of wine so they have a little defence against the wholesale abuse of it once they get to college. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 09:03 AM

SRS, my neice carves wood. She was an art major. Knives were forbidden in the dorm. She had a problem.

So she got permission to keep carving tools in her room. This included the sheath knife she uses for camping and several pocket knives as well as her carving stuff. I even shipped her a rifle stock (for a flintlock) to carve -- I did check with the head of her department before I did that! I understand that several visitors to her room were, shall we say surprised?, to walk in and find her carving a gunstock.

What do the kids who take oenology use to open their study materials if corkscrews are forbidden?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 12:13 AM

I figured one was sugar, but hadn't puzzled out the potassium one (I didn't bother to go look them up, but in any case, I don't trade in bat guano. It's too hard on you if you breathe in any of it).

I'm back from my trip. She is so cute in her room! The nesting instinct is strong. When we first went up on Sunday, my son and I made her bed (a high-wire act if there ever was one- these are like bunk beds with no lower bunk). Next to her pillow I left a couple of her favorite little stuffed toys and a little single cell AA battery flashlight to get around in the dark (it's a doozy of a first step out of bed!) Since then she has enjoyed her new sheets, her comfy pillows, and her stuffed toys are still in with the sheets. Her computer desk is set up beneath her bed, and she has organized her dresser and desk to be very efficient. I left a bag that had been my father's with her on the first trip. It was his "picnic bag," with two sets of some nice plastic plates and mugs, some flatware, and the usual things you might need on a picnic, a can opener, a cork screw, napkins, etc. The plates and cups have already been put to good use since there is no food service until Monday (she asked for a dish rag and dish towel for washing them) but she didn't know how to use the can opener. This evening I showed her the trick to it (it was one of those tiny ones you perch on the edge of the can then pinch together). I brought the cork screw home because they aren't allowed to have drug or alcohol "paraphernalia" in this zero-tolerance world. We figured a cork screw was in that category (though one dorm resident in another room already borrowed it from her. . .)

Geez. I'd better be careful, or I'll be like Kathy Lee Gifford, reporting the exploits of my children for national entertainment.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 10:39 PM

As regards KNO3, Wikipedia kindl;y advises that In England, the privilege of manufacturing explosives had been in the hands of the family of John Evelyn, the celebrated diarist, as a crown monopoly since before 1588.

KNO3 is potassium nitrate, made from bat dunk, bird guano, old sewage, or what have you until the process was industrialized by Haber.

I think Rapaire meant C12H22O11 -- table sugar. Or maybe citric acid: C6H8O7. The later melts at 153 °C, the former at 186°C. He might have meant ordinary cellulose (C6H10O5) or perhaps even dronabinol ( C21H30O2).

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 07:50 PM

In Boy Scout Camp we used to sneak M&Ms or broken Wintergreen Life Savers into bottles of Coke and quick give them to someone. Foam all over.

But for rockets we either used rockets made from matches and alumninum foil or made our own solid fuel. Take KNO3 and C6H22O11 and melt it (carefully!) together...well, the least said the better.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 06:15 PM

Nah -- they just make giant spouts of cola into the air for a few minutes and then fizzle out. Tell him not to stand under it unless he wants ants in his clothes....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 06:14 PM

Well, Mom, I gotta drive north to take supplies to Moonglow. Most of which she can get at Target there in town, but the few things in her closet she wants tip the scale. But I'm going to take her over to the bus map this evening and point at the way to get to Target. Then we'll go out somewhere and eat, probably.

My plans messed up my son's plans to test a rocket made of CocaCola and Mentos--he was going to hang out with friends at his dad's house but I brought him back here. I've heard about those rockets. This isn't going to disrupt Gluon's universe, is it? They'll set them up tomorrow after school down at the elementary school.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 01:32 PM

I heard about his process of writing out his answer in a 400+ page book on the news this morning.

This caught my eye this morning. Interesting. These obits stick around as links for about 4 weeks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 11:15 AM

Grigory Perelman of St. Petersburg, Russia. The Field Prize. Check it out.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 10:50 AM

Want to see a neat, unretouched, unenhanced, picture?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 10:07 AM

Dats wot youse gets fer bein' on the lam, see? Messin' wit minors is inaPROpriate.

Shoulda stuck to ewes, youse.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 08:54 AM

I'm on the lam, see? I offed Big Piggie George of 'Frisco's Fuscia Gang and both the coppers and Big Piggie's friends want me. Seems like Big Piggie was payin' off the Chief Copper to lay off Big Piggie's Bathhouse when I offed Big Piggie. BP was runnin' a numbers racket outa the Bathhouse and the Chief was usin' the squeezeola to pay off his yacht. Anyway, one day Big Piggie comes onto me and I offed him. One right between the eyes, ya know? And now the cops and BP's friends want me bad, real bad. So I'm hidin' out here in Idaho, layin' low, sayin' nothin', and keepin' my gat closer than I keep a blonde. If Big Piggie's friends catch me it's curtains and if the cops catch me is San Quentin, maybe the gas chamber. And I can't go to prison. I'm too good lookin'.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 07:29 AM

How do they know Prision is ahead for you? You might not have done anything wrong. I know that's an unlikley prospect round here, but it is theoretically possible...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 09:58 PM

No, in Illinois it gives the prisoners something to do, making those "Prison Ahead -- Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers" sigsn.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 09:12 PM

Hi Mom!

No, I haven't been in prison. I've been in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. I saw a lot of prisons. They like to build them within plain view of major highways (like the one in Ina, IL). Maybe they think having highly visible prisons promotes good citizenship. Or maybe the land abutting interstate highways is dirt cheap since nobody really wants to live there.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 07:39 PM

I wouldn't know, Amos. Here in Idaho we're kinda in the technological backwaters. Why, every day when we want to connect to the Internet we have to crank up Maisy and tell her to plug in the modem so we can connect. Helps a lot if we bring her some cookies now and then. Soft ones, 'cause Maisie ain't got a whole lot of teeth.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 06:42 PM

Yeah, life was a lot harder in the old days, before the Internet.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 06:20 PM

Back a few years ago (about forty, actually), Centennial Hall, a women's dorm, had a visitor they called "Centennial Sam." The dorm was built in a U-shape, and ol' Sam would stand in the middle of the U and expose what passed for his masculinity. This was not appreciated by the women in the dorm.

So one night Sam did his thing and the young ladies did theirs. They turned the fire hoses on Sam. His was hit with a drenching of cold water from front and two sides (two hoses per side per floor for a total of twelve streams of water from the sides). It was January. The temperature was -12F.

Sam did not return. His love was not enough to keep him warm.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 05:06 PM

Just so he keeps his paring knife away from the girls' dorm!


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