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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Amos 30 May 07 - 12:46 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 May 07 - 12:46 AM

I almost had a heart attack
I thought that Mom had fallen slack
And dropped right off the bottom row
Into the darkness deep, below!
My hair stood out in sudden fear,
I heard my heart pound in my ears,
That Mom -- our truest,m staunchest friend
Should meet such an untimely end!

But then I blinked, and vision cleared,
And though the thread-list still looked weird
I saw with lightening relief
There were no grounds for shock and grief,
Mom -- still the brightest thread in town,
Was nestled there, 'bout half-way down
And so I thought, "Let's bring her up
Back the top, my butter cup!"

So posting merrily, I wrote these lines
To Mother's altitude refine
And saw her lifted to the top once more,
Newly triumphant, as she was before.
So now, at peace, I go to get my rest,
Knowing I've helped keep Mom the best.

Beaver Cleaver
Age 11
Mrs. Womrath's 5th Grade Home Room


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 May 07 - 09:03 AM

Dere Mom,

I'm goin off agin. To Illenoise, this time, cuz my nefew Danny is gonna gradyate frum Hi skool. On Fryday. So's I mite not be postin mush hear for a wile. If I kan I will, butt it aint reel likely. Ill bee bak on the fith tho.

Yur fave rave kid,
Rapaire


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 May 07 - 09:06 AM

Iyam glad sumone in thet klan is gonna gradyuate from high school.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 May 07 - 11:18 AM

Boy's got a danged good chance of succeeding in the Idaho Legion, Amos. 'Course, he'll have to unlearn a bunch of stuff first and mebbe kill off a bunch of neurons and synapses with alcohol first, but I reckon he's up to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 May 07 - 12:38 PM

Man!! A highsckool DI-ploma and a career in thuh Legion? Who could ask for more?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 30 May 07 - 01:01 PM

retirement with full pension at 22? That'd be nice (or would have been when I was 22)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 May 07 - 01:25 PM

Retirement and a second career--Olympic slacking.


Just the thing. But the Canadian competition is pretty, um, stiff.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 May 07 - 02:11 PM

The boy kin do it! Hafta git him in an aksellerated training program, but he won't let the ol' family honor down. 'Course he's gonna have ta go some to whomp his brother, who's talkin' 'bout goin' into physical genetics er somethin' like that.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 May 07 - 03:39 PM

It rained again today. "Rinse and repeat" seem to be the instructions barcoded on my roof this spring.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 May 07 - 09:24 PM

Hey MOM, I found some soap that says it will stop the itching from my poison ivy! The package says "99.5% all natural." If you ignore that pesky .5% that isn't natural then you're set!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 May 07 - 09:36 PM

That last half a percent is a real dilly, though! :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 31 May 07 - 12:59 AM

Hey, guess what!? It's RAINING again!

I'd better check my GPS unit. I couldn't sworn I lived in North Texas, not North Seattle. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 31 May 07 - 01:00 AM

Proof read Proof read Proof read, even the little ones

Could've


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 31 May 07 - 09:37 AM

Another day, another dollar.

Looks like rain.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 May 07 - 12:35 PM

Ya know, Stilly, you need to work a bit on your inspiration level. We need top-drawer BS in these hallowed halls; we have, after all, a reputation to uphold!!! I'd like to see an unleashing of untrammeled, technicolor, multidimensional, cross-cultural, high-voltage chain-fission BS in your next post...


Mom.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 May 07 - 12:47 PM

Seventeen, seven and TWENTY!
Of BS that sure must be plenty!
But it is only one datum
Not truth ultimatum
And it's never too late to re-penty!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 31 May 07 - 09:17 PM

You'll hear about technicolor and plenty more if I get hit by lightning at the Scottish festival this weekend. I'm planning to go, and it is planning to rain and thunder (isolated).

The kids are gearing up for their A-KON anime convention in Dallas. I'll drive them over in a little while. Moonglow downsized her plans some since she has been a little tired, but I think they'll still have plenty of fun. And I'll have the house to myself for two days! I'm awaiting the unveiling of this year's costumes. Now that's where you get the technicolor!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 02:21 AM

Though perhaps not technicolor, I must report that on my large looping road trip this evening from southwest Fort Worth into the south end of Dallas, intersecting the city on the major north/south interstate highway, then exiting the far north end via a different interstate highway headed back west and following a leisurely "S" swoop through downtown Fort Worth, that there were lots of colorful lights. [Five extra points on your test if you correctly diagram that sentence.] The State of Texas has finally gotten serious about the drivers who race past highway work crews. Not only are the signs clearly place indicating "double fines when workers are present," they now sent out a auto armada, a fleet of Fords, perhaps even a bevy of Chevies (yeah, I know. . .automatopoeia failed on that last one. . .sorry, I couldn't resist. . .) but they put flashing strobes and blue and red bars on top and yellow blinking arrows and fully-flashing police vehicles to chase down offenders. There were lots of these crews out. And if you were so fortunate as to be in an area free of the Ford Flotillas, then you were in the land of Barnett Shale and the many and sundry gas wells springing up like toadstools on the landscape. Tall very brightly lit towers, each rising from broad base crouching on the crushed stone bed they prepared for it.

And now that I'm home there aren't blinking lights, but it is 1am in the morning and there are foxes singing their yipping song and a mockingbird going hammer-and-tongs trying to indict some poor other bird with the charge of disturbing the peace. It always gives him away as a mockingbird when he does the car alarm. The grackles can't do alarms nearly so well.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 03:44 AM

Poetry, grammar,local excitement AND a travelogue -- most impressive!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 11:17 AM

Did I mention that it looks like rain?

My kids are in Dallas until Sunday. I'm going to work today, a funeral tomorrow morning, then I'm going to go listen to Mudcatter Jed Marum at the North Texas Scottish Festival. I'll try to log on occasionally to see if Mom needs a boost. I hope that since Rapaire is home he'll stop collecting golf balls in the back yard occasionally and go check on MOM.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 11:35 AM

so - do you think it's gonna rain? It's been threatening for three days here - and barely a sprinkle have we recieved.

got to get the car inspected saturday - I'm late.....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 10:17 PM

I need to get my head inspected. . . 90 minutes later I finished my front yard and the next door front yard (they're out of town). I must say, when you actually intend to grow Bermuda, and you fertilize and water it, that stuff is dense and hard to mow. My homogenous mix of broadleaf little green things in with the bermuda and wild grasses is much easier to push the mower over (and it wasn't easy this time, what with the more than adequate rainfall). I did volunteer to mow. But I should have rented a heard of goats instead.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 10:19 PM

Ah, dang, have you "herd" the one about the spell check and the "submit message" button, and how the "aw, shit!" impulse hits just the moment after you hit send and see the syntax typo?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Jun 07 - 12:23 AM

Don't let him get you goats, Still. You'll end up with a lot of dinga lings and bambalam and ram-a-ram-a-dingdong you don't know what to do with!

(Just kidding....:) )


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Jun 07 - 12:44 AM

Dear Mom:

I am leaving for Vegas, land of Fear and Loathing, at the crack of dawn.

Make Rapaire do his homework and wear his galoshes, if it is raining, if he hasn't hocked them for cigarette money.   Don't let Stilly get you any goats. Keep MMario from getting wet in the rain. Feed everyone. See ya Monday!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 02 Jun 07 - 09:48 AM

Hey MOm, I'm leaving. It rained again last night. Rapaire, hold down the fort.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 02 Jun 07 - 10:05 AM

Ode to Rain
Rain is wet.
fin


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 02 Jun 07 - 10:08 AM

Ode to Wet
Wet is filled, soggy, saturated, dreams.
fin


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 02 Jun 07 - 08:51 PM

Rustic, good to see you, sorry you came through when no-one seems to have been home.

Rain is good, but when you get it every day in what is usually a dry climate, it starts to do strange things. At the festival today, it had the composting smell like a barnyard because the turf is beginning to rot. There was standing water everywhere and mud and the chairs were sinking, so the audience in the various tents were trying to not sink with their chairs into the quagmire.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 03 Jun 07 - 12:43 PM

Well SHIT, Mom! I rained again last night. I mowed a little bit of the back yard, as much as I could (tough pushing and the mower kept almost stalling out) before it got dark. I hoped to do a little more today, but it rained, and blew hard enough to knock over the patio chairs.

Calling Seattle:
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR WEATHER?
Please retrieve it from North Texas
ASAP!

Thank you!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Jun 07 - 05:56 PM

Dear Mom,

Here I sit in Valporaiso, IN -- drove in a bit ago after seeing the nephew graduate and visiting with the other brother outside Springfield, IL. I'll be flying back to SLC tomorrow evening, so this might be my only post for a couple days. Maybe. But as soon as I get back I'll explain about the graduation and how the tuba player drowned.

And how my brother ripped up his rotator cuff unloading a riding lawn mower.

Your fave rave son,
Rapaire


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Jun 07 - 06:10 PM

Oh ow ow ow ow. My commiseration to poor bro. BBW is still recovering from her rotatorcuff surgery. Nothing awry but a lot of pain in thehealing.

Rustic, you are a breath indeed and of freash air too!

Stilly: have you considered SOuthern California? We never get floods.

MM: hope things dry up for you!! :D

One thing I can tell you: the Mojave Desert is very, very dry and so is Las Vegas.

The party was great. We rolled out this morning at 0630 and stopped at a casino outside of town for breakfast about 7, and the damn machine-hall was still riddled with hypnotized people throwing money into the hole. Just an amazing sight.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 12:49 AM

I've never been partial to Las Vegas. I've had to spend time in the airport between flights, and find it so odd to find all of the one-armed bandits in full use. As you say, throwing money away.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 08:13 AM

There are large parts of the town that have no odor of the gambling hell about them, with very pleasant homes and a whole economy based on other things than gambling. But understandably the thing that sticks in memory is the gigantic monuments to human avarice and whacky tatse. We had breakfast in an outlying casino called Whiskey Pete's which for reasons known only to the designers is builot to look like a large castle, with masonry turrets and crenellations all over; but the theme is the hard-wock miner, who probably never saw a castle. The attached hotel is excellent in the high-volume all American 20th century sense, but the giant hall, like so may others is a bizarre snakepit of flasing and gonging and tired croupiers and dealers, mirrors and blinking lights and row after row of the electronic equivalent of the one-armed bandit. And everywhere, at every hour, the sorry, hypnotic souls drift from machine to machine, dreaming of jackpots. Most bizarre.

The big ones on the Strip itself are even worse. But, as I say, we weree visiting real folks away to the north end of town, and had a lovelyy time far outside the miasma of avarice and megabling.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 08:22 AM

The only time I was in Vegas was in the early 60's ; was nothing like it is now.

But all the gas stations crossing Nevada had one arm bandits. And my Dad got us each a Silver Dollar minted in the year of our birth. (Made the poor guy go through umpty rolls of silver dollars to find them)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 08:28 AM

"a Silver Dollar minted in the year of our birth"


US Silver dollars were not minted between 1936 and 1963. And a '64(Denver only) is both illegal to own and very valuable! None from 1965 to 1970, either.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 08:39 AM

forgot a word. that should have read "year of our grandfather's birth" - 1890.


I never claimed to have functional brain cells.

It finally rained Sunday evening - light soak for about 1/2 hour, followed by quite heavy - and then soaking rain again overnight.

We needed it - one of the nearby towns has flood warnings AND a water restriction going at the same time.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 09:27 AM

I think it might have drizzled last night, but my guage in the morning is a glance out the window at the wooden fence out back. It could simply be the soggy wood is wicking up water standing on the ground. At this point the amount of rain is beyond ridiculous and it's making everyday tasks difficult. I offer as evidence the thread about the North Texas Scottish Festival. Those of us in this area had to mow before we could go. We all know that it if gets any taller and any wetter we'll never get through it. You take your opportunity to mow when you can.

On the other hand, my vitex in the front yard is having a marvelous spring. It is a good xeriscape plant, but has tolerated the extra moisture and is in full blue bloom. Every day I have people stop their cars and ask me what it is. One guy was so interested I told him I had dug up a couple of small ones out of flower beds that I was going to sell in a garage sale soon. He bought them on the spot--and a real bargain. The area nursery would probably charge him 5 times the price. I just wanted them to go to a good home. "Give them good drainage and don't plant them too deep!" was my only advice. I wonder if I should have pointed out that he should wait until the ground dries a little. Anything transplanted right now will probably rot in the ground. The low spots in the neighborhood are beginning to take on a kind of "eau de compost" aroma.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 09:48 AM

There is hope. We'll soon go from being miserably wet to miserably hot. This was in the paper this morning:

No, seriously, it'll stop raining

Our recent almost-daily rains bring to mind a song by Texas-born bluesman T-Bone Walker: Call it Stormy Monday, But Tuesday Is Just As Bad.

This Tuesday, however, we just might get a break, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain early today and a 40 percent chance this afternoon. Then the now-tiresome stormy skies should lighten to partly cloudy for the foreseeable future.

High temperatures are expected to hit around 90 degrees Tuesday and through the weekend. Nights are expected to get slightly warmer, with a low of about 69 degrees tonight and Tuesday, followed by about 75 for the rest of the week.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 08:49 PM

Mom, what'chu doin' clear down here at the bottom? No one been by to visit today while I was at work?

Maybe John Hardly will come by and tell you all about his teeny tiny dogs and dog house pots. He could make a set for you to keep on the kitchen window sill.

(And in case you were wondering, yes, of course, it rained again today. . . )


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 01:26 AM

Big mosquitoes out there in the yard today. Really big. Like the photo Peace linked to in the mosquito thread. They're big and lazy, they aren't subtle, they just plop down on your arm, regardless of whether you'll feel it (they're usually sneakier) because if you manage to swat this one you'll probably miss the next one.

My poor pooches. Probably getting eaten alive out there.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 11:36 AM

Man, I tell ya...swampy ground, boiling temperatures, God's own humidity, and a hotbed of bizarre political figures...I kinda wonder about Texas. I mean I love Texas, big-minded and independent and sassy, and big. But when you guys traded Ann Richardson for GWB, it kinda gave me reservations, if you know what I mean. Now this... I dunno, Still, are you sure you haven't been sent on into Purgatory and never noticed? I understand that can happen sometimes...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 12:50 PM

I never traded Annie! GWB tricked a lot of gullible people, with his old pal Karl running sneaky and false whisper campaigns, but I wasn't one of them. I kept my Texas map with Governor Richards until late last year until I'd finally gotten lost enough times on roads that weren't built back then that I had to ask for a new one with Dubya's hand-picked successor Perry. But this way I managed to skip over all of the Bush years.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 05:53 PM

So, has everyone gone somewhere again today? Mom looks a little lonely out there on the porch, swatting mosquitoes and drinking iced tea.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 07:33 PM

I...have returned. I...will post more after I eat dinner. I...just woke up from a nappy=poo. I...was/am pooped. I...do not want to see the inside of an automotive vehicle again until tomorrow morning when I drive to work. And I...have to do some laundry.

(Mom: note the dramatic pauses. I put them in because I finally got the tee shirt! Yeah! The one for "Death of a Salesman" -- you know, the one that got my brother yet ANOTHER "Best Actor" award last year? And you remember, Mom, that scene on closing night when Biff says some thing like "Damn it!" and my bro, as Willy, replied, "That's enough! There'll be no cursing in this house, goddamit!" and nobody except the actors caught it and they had to stay in character?)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 08:40 PM

Moonglow and I went to see Little Miss Sunshine in a theater that was sparsely populated. When the first few philosophy jokes came up, we were the only two laughing. The others gradually caught on that it was a comedy. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: John Hardly
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 09:00 PM

Seems I've left little bits of my consciousness laying about (something most of my consciousness likes to do most of the time) and misplaced.

If any of you run into bit of my consciousness, would you kindly sweep them into a box and send them back to me? I'm having trouble getting by without them.

Make sure to punch "breathe-holes" in the box. I don't want to get my consciousness back together, only to find it short of breath.

Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 09:00 PM

Hey, Mom!! Aren't you glad Rapaire is home, now?

This afternoon I got a little more painting in the eaves done. I came down off my ladder and found myself face to face, about three feet away, with a rattlesnake. Most unusual. I behaded it with a shovel and cleaned up the bloodstains and put it in the trash. It was young -- only 1 1/2 spheres on his rattle -- a Western Diamondback, I think. Anyway, I hope Buddha will forgive me, but I couldn't bring myself to capture it by the neck and throw it into a neighbor's yard. Wouldn't a'been neighborly, like...

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 09:31 PM

When I worked at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona I realized that many of the visitors were from Western Washington, my neck of the woods. And we have no venomous snakes there. So I took time and care to find good illustrations and made posters to put in the campgrounds with snake identification information.

The very day I finished it, I was standing in the back door sunshine, and stepped out to see a small western diamond back stretched out also enjoying the sunshine. My poster worked--I could identify it easily. But there, we had people with snake sticks and buckets who catch them and moved them, so this youngster had to find a new patch of gravel to enjoy.

This morning I saw some consciousness-raising mushrooms in a soggy flower bed beside my back door. I wonder, if we threw a couple of those in the box with John's missing bits, would that revive him in case there aren't enough air holes?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 10:29 PM

So, Mom.

There we were at Danny's graduation. Naturally it was held in the football stadium since there were like 500 kids graduating. The weather was "iffy" but we were seated way up in the nosebleed seats, but under the overhang from the press box and we had an umbrella.

So the high school orchestra plays a few things -- stuff like Rodger and Hammerstein and even older music -- and the music wins, as usual. Then the graduates, resplendent in their gowns of white and blue (white for the of-course virginal girls and blue for boys) marched to their chairs to the strains of Elgar's "Poopin' Circumstance:" da dada da da daa, da dada da deee...over and over and over and over until every bit of pity I had went out to the musicians, who I knew had grown to had Elgar and everything he stood for, his family, his ancestors, his descendants, and everything and everyone associated with him.

Finally the grads were seated and the thing began. Speakers spoke, the Salutarian saluted and the Valedictorian maledicted and in general the grads were told that a chapter of their life had closed and new chapters were opening to them and that whatever they did in the future would reflect back on the Good Old High School Where They Spent The Happiest Days Of Their Lifes. That some were going into the military and some to college and some to McDonald's (not in QUITE those words, but get my drift).

Anyway, after it all was over the last grad walked onto the stage and received her diploma...assisted by two BIG boys, for she has cerebral palsy and this was only the second time in her life she'd walked in public and the applause was a standing ovation.

So the show was over and the field filled with family and friends taking pictures and the band was playing some 1970s rock stuff when the rain came.

We were under the stands, so we didn't get wet. But in Western Illinois the rain can REALLY come down, and this was not just a cloudburst or a frog-strangler, this was like God turned on a firehose. It didn't last long, but it was tragic. The tuba player and two oboists drowned when their instruments filled with water -- the tuba player couldn't drain the stuff via his spit valves fast enough. The funerals were yesterday and they will be buried under the Band Room at the High School later this week.


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