Belated Blatherings: Breakfast and Hungry Dogs

Two instances, I believe, should be shared.

Firstly, the alarming anecdote of my breakfast. I had the misfortune of getting an ill-formed (for lack of a better word) egg. The egg seemed quite itself on the outside, but when I took the toast and tried to break the yolk…it was quite impossible. The egg must have had a steel barrier or something. After several unsuccessful attempts to break the yolk (I didn’t want to get too wild in public), I rammed the toast into the yolk with great force. Still the yolk would not break. Now, it was war. The yolk had declared it; and I had accepted. After the toast had disintegrated into crumbs, I took up the fork. “This,” I thought, “will end the war!” I brought the fork down with such vigor, with such loathing, with such indignation! The yolk barely budged. I brought the fork down again. Ahh, success! The war was over! The fork was dull, and somewhat bent, but I had won! Of course, by this time, my appetite had disappeared almost completely. So, in a sense, I had lost the war.

Secondly, this is what happens when training is over, and the dogs no longer have the ball.



27 Responses to “Belated Blatherings: Breakfast and Hungry Dogs”

  1. 1 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister June 21, 2014 at 23:46

    Duke, you make me laugh. The poor egg! Which is which…your dogs seem adorable. *winks* Umm, nice teeth… *laughs* Seriously, they look so happy. How often are you training them? Or maybe you’ve finished?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 22, 2014 at 19:17

      I forgot all about that dadblame egg!

      *laughing* They’re not that vicious. I caught them wrestling on purpose. (They do it all the time.) The black one is Rommel and the other is Freya!

      Well…I don’t train them that much. I just beat them about. You know, every dog needs beat about the ears.

      • 3 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister June 23, 2014 at 03:46

        *laughs* It was a nice thought, you know, wanting to eat the egg.

        *giggle* I really like the pictures, Duke. They are too cute. (Adorable) Rommel is so handsome! Freya, yeah, she’s my girl. They have great names…

        Duke!!! You’re teasing….

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke June 23, 2014 at 13:35

        Haha, it was dadblamery!

        Oh, thanks! Yes, the names are creative, I’d say.

        Yes, overall, that is! I love their ears.

      • 5 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister June 23, 2014 at 15:48

        I can’t imagine what was wrong with the egg.

        They are! Beautiful names.

        I enjoy the ears of a dog, too. Love rattling them up and scratching them. I have a thing about sliding them through my fingers.. soothing.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke June 24, 2014 at 00:14

        It is soothing! The egg declared war, and I won. That was a battle, too!

      • 7 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister June 24, 2014 at 05:19

        *smiles* I know…Oscar loves it. So you beat an egg in war??? You are so strong and brave…how did you manage? *laughs*

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke June 24, 2014 at 13:49

        You’re laughing me to scorn!

      • 9 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister June 24, 2014 at 16:05

        I love laughing with you..

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke June 25, 2014 at 12:01

        *laughing* Me too!

      • 11 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister June 26, 2014 at 06:25


  2. 12 sknicholls June 15, 2013 at 17:18

    What a rough start to your day…i do hope things have improved a bit :)

    • 13 Professor VJ Duke June 16, 2013 at 00:43

      Yes, I decided not to have an egg for lunch.

  3. 14 safia June 15, 2013 at 11:10

    This bothers me a great deal. Firstly, please confirm that this was in fact a boiled egg. Secondly, you mention you were on public view. Now, I know the general scattiness and eccentricities of academics are usually tolerated by those who recognise they are in the presence of genius, but really – are you trying to tell us you actually ordered a boiled egg in some café advertising ‘breakfast’? Please – never, ever do it again. The precision needed for the perfect boiled egg (a scant 3 minutes using the Oggy method) is only achievable at home. Don’t thank me – my favourite historical period is The Enlightenment. PS. Should anyone need advice on the Oggy egg, please leave a note below. I’ll probably be popping in here every day.

    • 15 Professor VJ Duke June 15, 2013 at 15:52

      Actually, the egg was over easy. And I wouldn’t necessarily call the professor a genius…

      • 16 safia June 15, 2013 at 18:23

        Ah, I guess the fork was the giveaway! Please ignore the previous witterings on boiled eggs. You have my deepest sympathy.

      • 17 Professor VJ Duke June 16, 2013 at 00:43

        The egg should probably have your sympathy…

  4. 18 Redo You Project June 14, 2013 at 18:23

    Sometimes our burdens are heavy, as are our yokes! Sorry, it’s just a “yoke joke.”

    Good to see your visit and “like” on Seuss. Have a great weekend.


    • 19 Professor VJ Duke June 15, 2013 at 15:51

      :lol: Isn’t that true?

      • 20 Redo You Project June 16, 2013 at 21:19

        Are you any luckier with say…pancakes? I knew a guy who got in trouble for making a batch of pancakes…he was arrested on “BATTER-ery” charges!

        That’s as flat as a flap-jack. Sorry!


      • 21 Professor VJ Duke June 16, 2013 at 23:35

        Jeff, that made me laugh! Thanks!

  5. 22 Pragmatic Ace June 14, 2013 at 18:00

    Perhaps just perhaps you should have given the egg to the dogs! Now I believe that would have definitely been a win/win situation for their appetite would not have been effected. ;-)
    Great Post! Funny too! I think I might have “run” (no pun intended) into an egg like that before.

    • 23 Professor VJ Duke June 14, 2013 at 18:12

      You’re right: I should have! Dear me, this professor…mental problems…

  6. 24 FictionFan June 14, 2013 at 15:30

    You should have got Bob to deal with the yolk…

    • 25 Professor VJ Duke June 14, 2013 at 18:12

      *gulp* You’re right: I should have. I fed him late today. Do you think he’ll forgive me for both grievances?

      • 26 FictionFan June 14, 2013 at 18:47


        PS I keep meaning to mention that I love your tagging system… :)

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke June 15, 2013 at 15:50


        Thank you!!

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