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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

MMario 17 Jan 08 - 08:28 PM
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Amos 18 Jan 08 - 12:36 AM
Acme 18 Jan 08 - 01:19 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 08:28 PM

heck - back in the 70's while taking fermentations we had a weekly wine tasting; at the end of one class the teaching assistants confessed that the labels had all been switched on the bottles; it dumbfounded some of the wine snobs in the class - and vindicated those of us who insisted we liked some of the cheap label wines we'd been served.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 08:32 PM

Well there ya go.

Now, the real question is, how far does this go?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:26 PM

...Rapaire might become a pacifist...

Humph. Rapaire IS a pacifist. You don't shoot at him and he won't shoot at you...and if you DO shoot at him he firmly believes that there ain't nothin' quite so peaceful as a dead man (as long as it isn't him).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 12:36 AM

Clearly not as far as it might...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 01:19 AM

Brrrrr! Rapaire, I think some of your Idaho winter leaked out and got all over Texas. You need to come clean up this stuff!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 09:04 AM

It's a gift to you all.

This evening I'm going to West Yellowstone and then into the Park tomorrw. I'll be back Monday, God willin' and the snow don't rise too much. West is expecting up to a foot tomorrow, and high temps in the single digits. But we have warm clothes and heavy-duty coats (my parka is rated to -40F and I'll layer the clothing) and boots (Sorels, with felt liners) so we should be okay.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 10:10 AM

Don't render yourselves while you're there. Stay away from the hot tubs that don't have wooden benches and towel racks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 03:31 PM

The high Monday in West Yellowstone is supposed to be 4F. The high. I'm not going into a hot tub, with or without seats and towel racks!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:06 PM

It's not being in the tub that gets you -- it's trying to get out before your equipment falls off.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:35 PM

It looks so inviting! (I think that's called Paint Pot.) In fact, here are a WHOLE bunch of HOLES to consider for dipping or mudpacks, what have you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 08:04 PM

Quitting time! Three days off! Yeah!

Where's that list of chores? . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 11:11 PM

Rats. I missed my moment for fame and glory.   

My cell phone rang this afternoon just as stood to go fetch my 2:00 client. It was some one with PRI's Marketplace, asking for additional comments to those I had made on a recent on-line survey I had to responded to regarding the presidential candidates and the economy. I didn't have time to talk. She politely asked when would be a good time to call back.

Oh well. Probably that was best. Me write smarter than me talk.

Hey Mom, we might actually get enough snow to go sled riding tomorrow night! I hope Rapaire didn't cadge your woolies for his and Pat's trip.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 12:16 AM

YeehaAA!

Don't worry Janie--if there's one thing PRI has an abundant reserve of, it's various opinions.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 01:06 AM

LOL, Amos!    That is exactly what I thought.   

As I recall, most of what I wrote in that survey was on behalf of the 'little guy.'   Had the call come in 2 minutes before the appointment time with one of my private practice clients, I may have decided to be 5 minutes late with the appointment for the sake of my own ego.    But that 'little guy' in the waiting room of the public clinic has spent most of his life being treated as not important enough to not be kept waiting. It would have been the height of hypocrisy had I chosen to be late with him for a phone call such as this.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 03:07 AM

Good for you, Janie.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 08:24 AM

Envisioning Rapaire and spouse warm and so heavily bundled that they can't move :>)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 11:30 AM

Hell, if that's how they are going to spend their vacation they coulda just gone down to the basement and duct-taped themselves to the heating vents. Think of the money they'd have saved!! :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 01:19 PM

Reminds me of the snowsuit scene in A Christmas Story.

"I can't put my arms down!"

"Put them down when you get to school."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:13 AM

Ohh, Mom, it's growing late.
How silent now, your garden gate.
How still in shadow your porch swing,
Your parlor door and bronzed bell-ring.
Where are your children, Mom of mine?
Have they left you far from mind?
Have they wandered, free but wild?
Alas, the sting of ingrate child,
How sharper, deeper and in truth,
More poison than a serpent's tooth!
Come, sit with me, and share a glass,
Until this sorrow deep shall pass.
Oh, let it pass, this mother's sorrow --
I'm sure they'll all be back tomorrow!
Offering breakfast, and, I guess,
Begging for some of your B.S.


Winifred Doramour D'Ennui
The Rhythm Of A Lonely Night
Collected Poems, 1911-1993
Endless Publications, ed., New York, 1993.5


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 02:35 AM

I've been organizing the books in my front room. Big job. Fifteen feet of wall space six shelves high. I'm up to the letter M now in the fiction authors as I put them back. I've culled about six linear feet of books so far, but I don't know if that's enough to fit everything in here. Amongst other sources of books, I've opened several boxes that have sat it my hall for a while. My sister has been clearing out at her house. I wish I'd opened these earlier--included in there is my father's three-volume set of Child ballads (separated from the rest of the collection at estate settling time). Back home again, finally, with most of his other books. Means I'll have to work on the shelves in my office as well.

It's enough to get them in order. Who has the time to catalog them? Oy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:22 PM

Most books I will read once...and that's enough. The books that I choose to read again and again are extremely rare...I could count them on the fingers of one hand.

And yet I keep ALL those other books. Why? Is it that I like to be reminded of the things I once read but never shall again? Is it that I can't let go of the past? Is it sheer inertia? Is it the desire (like Woody Allen in one of those funny movies) to impress visitors and prospective dates/lovers with my stunning and fascinating collection of books?

LOL!!! Well, it's not that last one, anyway....

Is it the fear that I might someday want to reread various of those books, so if I were to get rid of them now, then I would lose the chance later to do so?

Hmmm.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:28 PM

It's kid of a back-up device for the mnd. You wouldn't want all that input to just vanish, would you? You might lose your mind.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 12:43 PM

Yes, I suppose that could be it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 03:56 PM

Ma lying down on the job again
She'll get up but no-one knows when
Fed the rooster and scared the hens
All the doodah day.

Tweed and Bunn have gone fer good
Rustic hides out in the woods,
Bruce is up to nothing good,
All the doodah day.

King Khandu is never home now
Guess he started out to roam, now,
Sometimes Mom feels so alone now,
All the doodah day.

Pure BS at night!
Pure BS all day!
I bet my money on the MOAB thread,
DOwn where the bad boys play.


Stephanie Foister
Sewannee Melodies Stolen by My Brother
Atlanta, 1894


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 05:41 PM

I hope Mom's size isn't scaring them off.

I've purged a lot more books. Indeed, I'm so sick of looking at books I'm ready to chuck 'em all. So I've quit for a while and will . . . order more books. (For Moonglow, for school.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 20 Jan 08 - 11:16 PM

When I left WV some 20 years ago to move into a pup tent (and then a travel trailer) I chucked all but two boxes of books, and haven't really let my collection exceed about that quantity since then.

Of course, I also don't read books nearly as much as I used to. I suspect that is because from that point, the life I began living became stranger than most fiction:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 02:14 AM

I'm seeing a lot of "perfectly good books" that will be finding new homes, either via eBay or the local half price book store. Lots of duplicates, some of titles I can't figure out why on earth I picked them up (some were in anticipation of grad school, but were never needed. Now they're obsolete--so now what?) I don't do that like I used to--I don't have the time or the money to browse books stores much.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 11:41 AM

Okay, like, I was lookin' threw my littel black book, eh? Like, the one where I keep all the good stuff about my old girlfeinds, eh?

I can, like, honestly say that I'm seeing a lot of perfectly good skanks that will be finding new boyfriends, eh, either on the Net or maybe by eBay or else at the local half price donut shop or maybe outside the Beer Store, eh? Lots of flippin' skankette duplicates, some of which I can't figure out why the flip I picked 'em up in the first place (some was barrely outta flippin' Junyer High skool!) and not one was flippin' in anticipation of grad school, but I guess they was neeeded at the time, eh? Now they are totally flippin' obsoleete--so now what? I ain't got nowhere's with Officer Dana and my flippin' biodegradable clock is tickin'!!! I can't flippin' waist no more time like I used to, eh? I don't have the time or the money to cruise skank flippin' bullevard no more.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 12:13 PM

You could try becoming human...



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 12:24 PM

Major challenge, man! Major. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 05:12 PM

It's a cold, wet day out there mom. Here's some of my homemade chicken soup. I think you'll find it is just what you need to warm you up, despite the nonsense about all sorts of fancy dancy designer foods you hear from Rapaire when he's around here sucking up looking after you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 08:15 PM

Humanity at its finest. Take notes, there, sludge-brain!! Courage, wit, compassion, and grammar all in one post!!!

(Even if she is offering soup to a thread...).

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 10:04 PM

Nous sommes retournee.

It was -22F (-30C) this morning at the Visitors' Center near Old Facefull. When we arrived home (two hours and forty-five minutes after leaving West Yellowstone, MT) or rather, at the restaurant for dinner, it was 0.4F.

We saw bison, bald eagles, trumpeter swans (is there another kind?), elk, snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, and a large, lonely, dog.

All in all we had a nice time.

I have a webspace which I can use for a website; it comes with the Internet package I have. I'll try to post some pictures.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 10:17 PM

Good to see you got back safely. No frozen fingers or toes?

Use Photobucket. It's very easy and you don't have to do any page design.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 11:01 PM

Or, use FlickR or one of those guys.


Glad you are back in one set of attached and still moveable pieces. What should we squabble about?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 09:20 AM

Well, Amos, there's your political neoconservatism. I really don't like your borrow-and-spend economic proposals, and I do think that you should at least consider withdrawing from Iraq.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 09:35 AM

SO sorry, wrong tent. Or ward. You may have had CNS damage from the cold, or something. It is clear you have me confused with your father.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 12:54 PM

MY daddy was a Union Man through and through, and so were my grandfathers and uncles. My parents and grandparents were members of the Democratic Party and supported FDR; my father and my father-in-law both were in the CCC (my daddy served two hitches!).

You obviously have my ancestry confused with your own neo-conservative progenitors.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 03:50 PM

Well, I come from an odd combination of talents. Although my father was a moderate Conservative who supported Ike, my mother was a demonstrating Socialist in her youth, a liberal all her life, and drove the family station wagon to Mississippi in the early Sixties to assist voter registration during the peak of the civil rights movement.

So I grew up respecting individual freedom and dignity and rights, while also honoring the brilliance of good organization, production and management. Sigh. Of course, there is no place in the world for such as I.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 05:07 PM

My daddy he was a moonshine man
A regular sort of feller
He kept Ma plastered for forty years
With the still he ran in the cellar.

I remember the folks who sampled his stuff
The glassy looks on their faces
One day our spaniel inhaled the fumes
And dropped dead at twenty paces.

Us boys we got in the moonshine game
And gave the business new birth:
The oldest is now at Marion
And the youngest at Leavenworth.

But they never caught my father though
And they no longer raid his place
And the revenoors now buy his stuff
For use at a missile base.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 05:32 PM

Your cold is still leaking down here, Rap. I wish you'd get that gap fixed. Brrrr! I picked up a pot roast and have it going in the crock pot for dinner this evening. It'll still be cold outside but that comfort food smell will hit us when we walk in the door from my son's guitar lesson.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 07:07 PM

Dagslabbed Albertans left the gate on the bobwire fence open agin....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 07:22 PM

And you know how cold will get through a bobwire fence when the gate's left ajar.

And when it gets left abucket its even worse...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 08:59 AM

Well, I wish ta heck they'd get it closed! It's 0.6F here right now and it's only going up to 15F today! Can't depend on them Canadians to do anything...unless...unless...

it's part of a plot by Canada to freeze the US solid and then take over!

My God! I've just discovered The Nefarious Plot! I'd best inform the President. He'll want to know, since he hasn't bombed anybody in the last few days!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:04 AM

rolling back the thread a bit - You got to see Trumpeters? I've only seen them in an aviary - almost any swan you see here in the East is a mute swan. (with an occasional black swan - which if I recall is Australian in origin(


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:17 AM

Yes. They were on both the Firehole and Madison Rivers. I even got to some of them doing the "tip-up" -- mooning us as we passed by.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:49 AM

The Tundra (Whistling) Swan has been seen quite a bit in the Puget Sound area of late, particularly in the Skagit Valley. They're in fields along the highway (I think this is the bird I was seeing out there the last time I drove north from Seattle in the winter). Canada Geese are all over the place also. They may have finally officially tipped over into the "pest" category.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 11:24 AM

The Canada Geese are special agents. They are in the front lines of our plan to take over the USA and turn it into several Canadian provinces. William Shatner secretly controls all of them, but there's no way you'll ever figure out how he does it!

Heh! Heh!

You're all doomed!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 11:28 AM

I believe such graceful creatures are special agents, but I do not think you have the first clue as to what it is of which they are agents.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 01:09 PM

We blew right through 21-700 without batting an eye. W emust be getting JADED!!!!!!!!


JADED, I telll you!!!

Wake up, AMurrica!!!



A


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