PL Times, E11

The PL Times
The Official Punchy Lands’ Newspaper
Monday, November 18, 2013
Edition 11
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Section A. Punchy Proverbs:

(1) The past isn’t the key to the future, it’s just the roadmap.

(2) Hesitate, and you may miss the moment; turn away, and you’ll never know.

(3) If only I could stop this incessant blinking. Ah, then I would see much, much more.

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Section B. Something you should know about the professor:

The professor has never signed his name in his blood, but thinks it might be fun.

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Section C. What the PL’ers have to say:

A short conversation:

MERLIN: Voices in your mind is a sure sign of a healthy mind. And I hear lots of voices.

PARKER: Bud, that can’t be.

MERLIN: Why not, kid?

PARKER: Because it’s obvious you don’t have a healthy mind.

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Section D. Breaking News:

Audrey (whom the professor calls Aud, and is more commonly known as The Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister) saved the kids in Daddy Salami’s daycare.

A round of applause for a hero!

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Section E. Featured Story: Under Construction
by J. Freedwoppen

The Punchy Lands site is under construction, so hold on to your bootstraps.

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Section F. From the professorish mind:

This professor would take snow over rain any day, wouldn’t you?

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Section G. Hearing from the PL Family

PL family, if you have any questions about the Punchy Lands, characters, or anything Punchy, feel free to comment below.

The Punchy Times principal reporter, J. Freedwoppen, would be more than glad to cover or investigate your query. (Make sure to clearly indicate your question for Mr. Freedwoppen.)

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Until next time, this is the PL Times!

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232 Responses to “PL Times, E11”


  1. 1 Hazy December 7, 2013 at 10:51

    Been away from PL in a while. I have a lot of catching up to do!

    I like (2). You’ll never know until you try, no?

    I’ve never signed my name in blood either… would you use a quill to do so, or just your finger?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke December 7, 2013 at 20:30

      Don’t feel pressured, though. Read only what you want.

      Exactly right!

      I’m not sure…maybe a stone?

      • 3 Hazy December 8, 2013 at 03:57

        Not at all. I want to read everything because they’re all worth reading! (and I missed the PL while I was away) :)

        Signing your name in blood with a stone sounds a bit hard. A stone with a pointed tip?

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2013 at 14:59

        That’s so nice of you to say, Hazy! The professor is honored.

        Yes, but you could be right about it…

  2. 5 krugthethinker November 20, 2013 at 04:14

    I love the first proverb! And I think I would also prefer snow over rain, but beggars can’t be choosers in LA–rain is a gift from heaven when we get it! I also always thought it would be fun to sign my name in blood…but I think mayhaps it would be kind of messy…

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 15:03

      I think the key is just a little cut, very small. :) Snow is fun, but rain is cool too at times.

  3. 7 MissTiffany November 19, 2013 at 17:52

    I’m noticing a theme with this week’s proverbs. Has someone been pondering the future, or regrets of the past?
    I hear voices too. So is my mind healthy like Merlin says, or unhealthy?
    Three cheers for Aud!

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 18:24

      Haha, I think Shnodgrate is dwelling in the future and past–you’re right. He must be a bit depressed.

      Well, it’s all how you look at things. I think the professor hears voices too, so we’re together on this one!

      *cheers*

      • 9 MissTiffany November 21, 2013 at 17:19

        Tell Shnodgrate to eat some ice cream (I recommend chocolate) and watch a good movie. That always helps when I’m depressed. I usually watch Labyrinth, but David Bowie and his glitterly Goblin Kinglines isn’t for everyone.

        Well good. I like my voices.

        :D

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 20:53

        Could scare some.

        :cool:

  4. 11 sknicholls November 19, 2013 at 16:53

    #1 or #2. Mostly #2…NEVER miss an opportunity :)

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 18:23

      But what about #3?

  5. 13 portergirl November 19, 2013 at 13:52

    Hello from the UK, Professor! (And MM, of course). #1 is very clever. And important. Learn from the past, don’t live in it. As for writing your name in your own blood – I have never tried this, either. I feel I’d rather write my name in someone else’s blood! I am off to experiment milking things, using the technique suggested. Do wish me luck.

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:42

      Hello, my dear! Exactly. Now if the professor could only do that!

      Someone else’s? Goodness. Who?

      MM’s going to get you in trouble, I think!

      • 15 Jazzy Couldren November 19, 2013 at 18:07

        You mean you’s gonna use my technique

      • 16 portergirl November 20, 2013 at 12:35

        The best thing about getting into trouble, Professor, is all the associated fun of getting out of trouble!

        I wouldn’t write my name in the blood of someone who didn’t give it freely. I am not squeamish, you see, except at the sight of my own blood.

      • 17 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 15:05

        That’s true. But the professor always gets deeper in trouble instead of getting out, and I don’t know why…

        You mean you’d sign your name in the professor’s blood?

      • 18 portergirl November 21, 2013 at 13:57

        Only if the Professor offered his blood merrily. Or begrudgingly, but in the spirit of adventure.

        Getting out of trouble is a fine art, one I have been practicing for many a year. It’s sort of an occupational hazard when you are me!

      • 19 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 16:31

        Well, the professor has the spirit of adventure…

        You really must teach this professor.

      • 20 portergirl November 22, 2013 at 12:40

        I would be only too happy, dear Professor

      • 21 Professor VJ Duke November 22, 2013 at 22:36

        :cool:

  6. 22 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 10:59

    We don’t get too much sow here, so for exoticness sake, I’ll take it. But only if I don’t have to drive in it.
    Are voices the sign of a healthy imagination or an unhealthy mind..?

    • 23 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:41

      It’s really fun to drive in. Did it last week. Can hardly see…very fun.

      I’m not sure. Must be healthy imagination, since the professor has them, and he’s quite normal and sane.

      • 24 Jennifer November 20, 2013 at 11:21

        Of course you would find it fun, it’s normal to you. And I hear voices too, but cannot believe it’s my imagination..”

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 15:04

        Maybe you hear professorish voices.

      • 26 Jennifer November 20, 2013 at 20:23

        I hope not…

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 22:54

        Why? They’re very nice.

      • 28 Jennifer November 20, 2013 at 23:36

        Just yanking your chain… (Pulling your leg, teasing)

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 02:07

        Haha. You can yank away once you send a devil.

  7. 30 Painting Pundit November 19, 2013 at 01:23

    #3 definitely–There is much more to see
    Blood is over rated unless you have vampire tendencies
    Merlin’s voices sound very interesting
    Snow is wonderful!! We get so little here, it is a major event.
    Yea! for Audrey!
    Have fun with the construction!!

    • 31 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:38

      Awesome! The professor likes 3 too.

      But Tom Sawyer did it, I think.

      Maybe he is crazy…?

      I do hope one of the beams don’t fall, though…

  8. 32 sonya solomonovich November 18, 2013 at 22:34

    I like proverb 3! You’ve got to be able to keep track of things as a swashbuckler, and blinking is a huge impediment.

    • 33 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:00

      Haha! Good, good. :) I think I agree with this assessment.

  9. 34 The Dancing Rider November 18, 2013 at 22:28

    Proverb number three is my favorite. It reminds me of an old Jackson Browne song “Dr., My Eyes” where some of a line is: “Dr., my eyes …. was I unwise, to leave them open for so long.” So, perhaps blinking solves some of that. Even if you could see more without blinking all the time! LOL!

    As for the Professor never having signed his name in blood, neither have I. But the Professor is correct. It might be fun. Better than, one thinks, wearing a vial of someone else’s blood, ala’ Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton. Yuk. At least signing one’s name in blood implies a pact of sorts.

    Merlin and Parker are hysterical. But the state of Merlin’s mind is only Parker’s opinion! ;-)

    Thank God the kids were saved. Kudos to Aud! :)

    Ok, I will hang on for the under construction stuff.

    As for rain or snow, having lived in each, I’ll take rain. When I was younger I didn’t mind dealing with snow. Pretty, but ….

    • 35 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:59

      :lol: DR, the professor is thrilled. You’re the first that liked 3–and I do too. It’s definitely the most humorous. JB had some nice songs.

      Do they really wear someone else’s blood? How strange.

      You like Merlin a bit, don’t you?

      *applauds*

      Could get bumpy.

      But snow is very creepy at times.

      • 36 The Dancing Rider November 18, 2013 at 23:29

        I do like Merlin. :)

        (Yes, they did wear these little disgusting vials of each other’s blood – until they broke up! UGH!)

        I hope not too bumpy!

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:32

        :)

        (How awfully weird!)

        Me too!

      • 38 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:33

        How is snow creepy?

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:39

        Well, sometimes it’s so…quiet.

      • 40 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 20:05

        :D

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 21:57

        :cool:

      • 42 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 20:05

        “Whose wood these are I think I know
        His house is in the village though.”

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 21:57

        What is this?

      • 44 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 22:17

        Robert Frost.

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 01:46

        Ohhhh…the professor–such a misinformed creature.

      • 46 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 02:57

        A dear sweet person.

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 14:58

        What did Robert Frost do to make him dear and sweet?

      • 48 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 16:45

        Not RF, the Professor.

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 19:43

        :blush: I don’t know what to say…but the professor is wicked.

      • 50 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 19:51

        Yes, yes. All of the above.

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 19:57

        Well, maybe…

      • 52 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 21:56

        May bees don’t fly in December.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 23:00

        Well…it’s a good thing it’s not December, dadblameit!

      • 54 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 23:06

        It won’t be long now.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 02:01

        Too sadly true.

    • 56 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:31

      It’s not a good idea to blink. In fact, Don’t blink.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:39

        I do really wish I could skip it.

      • 58 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 20:05

        Why don’t you just go build a snowman?

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 21:57

        Because professorish snowman look ugly.

      • 60 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 22:17

        You’re making that up.

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 01:44

        No, they’re dead ugly. Mismatched and mis-formed!

      • 62 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 02:57

        I don’t believe that. *blink*

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 14:56

        *double blinks* But it’s true.

      • 64 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 16:44

        The professor knows from personal experience that it is true? *blink* X 4

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 19:43

        :lol: Yes, yes!

      • 66 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 19:50

        Well, the professor is the expert. I’m only the minion.:D

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 19:57

        The professor wants to be a minion, dadblameit! You be the expert!

      • 68 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 21:56

        Too late. Minion work is all covered.

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 23:00

        Rats!

      • 70 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 23:05

        You can try in a month – some of them may be ready for a break.

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 02:00

        Well, let me know. I’d like to try.

      • 72 Susan P November 21, 2013 at 12:18

        Right. I will send a ProfessorGram.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 16:29

        :lol: Yes, do that.

  10. 74 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 18, 2013 at 20:58

    Seriously???? (blushing a thousand shades.) Doesn’t a respectful call before hand seem the polite thing to do before shocking me with my name on the PL Times? (I’ve been smiling all day.)

    So it’s official, I am envious of Freedwoppen! Why does he get to spend all this time with Shnodgrate and I don’t?!! Boo! 1 & 3 make me think, yet #2 took my breath away.

    I think you need to be sure you know which knife you want to use before hurting yourself, Duke. If you must, then a small slice of the finger, only.

    Merlin seems much more interesting to talk to, Bud should get busy doing something about the yard. Maybe the firewood. :D

    Oh me, oh my! Thank you for the applause. Goodness. I only did what had to be done and my swat, well they listen to every word I say. Ruber was very sweet.

    Okay, I’m just going to sit here and wonder now. Don’t mind me…I’ll just be waiting and waiting and waiting. With my cowgirl boots on, I do live in TX, you know. We do a lot of waiting with boots on. (How exciting is this?)

    SNOW!!!!!!!! Rain is okay, too, especially if you have an umbrella and boots. Oh but snow….SNOW!!!! (Say it’s so!) (Let me find my gloves, I have the sled. You can’t bring your ice cubes!)

    • 75 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:57

      :D But you deserved the shocking honor!

      You really do like Shnodgrate, don’t you?

      I’d use a very small knife.

      :lol: Interesting, but I agree. Merlin, though, can be frustrating.

      Ruber gave them right up, did he? DS will be cranky.

      The professor love TX. Great place, though I’ve never been there. Why were you rooting for the Cardinals, though? Yes, big changes on the move. Very scary.

      Definitely snow. The professor loves the white, fluffy stuff. Baseballs?

      • 76 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 19, 2013 at 01:17

        No, not really. I was shocked. I had to read my own name twice. I thought, the professor knew two Audreys for a minute.

        I do. He makes me think harder. Not many do that.

        Good, still seems messy.

        Who can’t be frustrating? The professor is at times, I’m quite sure.

        Oh yes, when you see a gaggle of children being lead by a crazy red head, you tend to appease her. Sparks were flying, yet they all fit into my car nicely, like clowns.

        I don’t love TX. I love the Midwest. I am a Cardinals fan because when I was younger and impressionable, they had a first basemen named Mark McGuire, and I loved him. Although, I grew up closer to KC, no one is a Royals fan. Yet, it’s the pitchers, because they’re thinkers, that keep me invested in the game. It is a beautiful game. If you can’t find me here, I’ll be at the ball park.

        Best of luck on the changes, professor.

        Definitely. Each and every time. Baseballs? Are you jockeying for Shnodgrate’s spot? Oh, you want to throw those now do you. Hmm, I don’t expect you to remember, but I did warn you already that I’ve got a sweet curve ball.

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:34

        The professor is a humdinger, you know.

        That’s great.

        The professor? Never!

        Haha, I can picture this. I suppose it’s a good thing DS wasn’t there…

        The professor agrees. The pitchers…! I do wish I could play.

        Oh no! The professor remembers, but you’re not allowed to have any!

      • 78 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 19, 2013 at 15:09

        Well, I was humdinged, then wasn’t I.

        Yes, you are!

        DS was working on his tree house at the time. He heard I liked them.

        Yes, the pitchers. What? I can’t play either, but I love to watch.

        Not any? Then what will I do? Run for cover? Poor Aud.

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 18:19

        And isn’t it tasty?

        When, dadblameit?

        Maybe DS would listen to you…

        But you have a wicked curve ball!

        No, your wicked curve ball makes it fair, I think.

      • 80 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 19, 2013 at 21:08

        Tasty, it seems shocking actually.

        Umm, everyday, I’d say.

        I’d like to think so, but then again, he may convince me to listen to him.

        I do have a wicked curve ball, it’s very curvy.

        I need to get a helmet then, too. I can handle a challenge.

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 22:00

        That’s what people usually say when they’re humdinged.

        Oh no, that’s called professorishisms.

        Haha, I think that could happen.

        :lol: Sounds like the professor.

        No helmets allowed.

      • 82 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 20, 2013 at 01:17

        But they don’t say it as well as I do!

        Oh, now that’s a word, mr. word professor.

        Oh good! It does? Sounds like your curve ball? Or Curvy sounds like the professor… :lol: :roll:

        Tis fine then, I probably couldn’t find one to hold all these flappin’ curls anyway. I’ll be the one behind trees.

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 01:54

        Maybe…

        Aren’t the professorish words just fabulous? (Yes, I am the word-professor. Fancy you knowing that.)

        :lol: I think…both?

        You could always cut the curls off.

      • 84 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 20, 2013 at 01:57

        Fancy, since you told me. Goodness…

        :lol:

        (Shocked, I’m just shocked!) The horror!

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 14:49

        I did? Goodness me, says I.

        Then just cut them half way off.

      • 86 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 20, 2013 at 21:03

        (No comment) :( :lol:

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 22:56

        Ooo, I was naughty!

      • 88 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 20, 2013 at 23:25

        Yes…. (Waiting….)

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 02:04

        What are you waiting for?

      • 90 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 21, 2013 at 03:11

        ….

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 16:28

        Periods?

      • 92 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 21, 2013 at 23:44

        No.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke November 22, 2013 at 00:09

        :cool:

  11. 94 Anja November 18, 2013 at 18:20

    Mmmm I enjoy number 2!

    Uhhh what if you live where you very rarely get any kind of snow?!?!
    But hoping for a white Christmas when I go north where I grew up :)

    • 95 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:47

      Well the professor didn’t.

      Then you should create fake snow, I think.

      • 96 Anja November 18, 2013 at 22:48

        You didn’t? Why?

        I am okay not having snow. :) I typically get it when I go back home and that is plenty.

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:02

        It didn’t make any dadblame sense.

        You have cool beaches.

      • 98 Anja November 18, 2013 at 23:03

        It made sense to me…….and it was sensible? oh my

        I do have an awesome beach!!!

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:12

        Well, that’s okay. Perhaps there’s a problem with the professorish mind.

        :cool:

      • 100 Anja November 18, 2013 at 23:13

        Nah, I think your mind is just fine. I think

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:16

        Oh yes. If you say so.

      • 102 Anja November 18, 2013 at 23:17

        I know so….I am the organizer.

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:17

        Very true.

      • 104 Anja November 18, 2013 at 23:19

        :D

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:26

        :cool:

  12. 106 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 18:15

    “The past isn’t the key to the future, it’s just the roadmap.” Methinks this is incomplete. The past is often the roadmap of where not to go.

    • 107 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 18:20

      I’m with Merlin. The voices in my and and I are on the best of terms.

      Fantastic, Audrey. I’m so glad someone did that.

      I think I agree with the Professor about snow. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any.

      As long as it is your blood you are using to write your name. I mean, are you quite certain, dear Professor? It seems terribly violent and possibly dangerous to someone. And the wild animals that it would attract.

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:46

        Yes, that’s what the professor thought to.

      • 109 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:06

        snort, guffaw.

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:15

        Whatever for?

      • 111 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:20

        It seemed like a good idea at the time. I think I got stuck in a Punchy valley there.

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:36

        Haha, the professor understands. Every so often, he wants to say, “Huff-Hum.”

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:46

        The professor loves snow!

        It would attract sharks, I suppose…But wouldn’t it be rather neat?

      • 114 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:06

        What? A snow shark?

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:15

        I think you’re laughing the professor to scorn.

      • 116 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:20

        Never. Not ever.

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:36

        :D

    • 118 ladycheetah7 November 18, 2013 at 20:17

      Yes Susan I absolutely agree. I thought it was incomplete as well.

      • 119 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 20:45

        What do you think we should do about it?

      • 120 ladycheetah7 November 18, 2013 at 20:52

        Write what you wrote. Lol!

      • 121 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 20:54

        :D

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:55

        We shouldn’t contradict Shnodgrate, should we?

      • 123 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:10

        Oh feel free to contradict anyone you like.

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:16

        But he gets cranky.

      • 125 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:25

        He needs to get over it. Or else. Writers have to get used to constructive criticism. :D

      • 126 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:38

        I know, but Shnodgrate doesn’t like it at all.

    • 127 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:45

      But is that always the case?

      • 128 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:05

        Not always, no.

        btw, that book by the same author of that trilogy came in at the library. I had to hide it from myself because if I hadn’t I would get my work done. The first sentence had me.

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:13

        Awesome! Let me know as you read it your thoughts!

      • 130 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:26

        I will tell you about it.

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:38

        Awesome! Can’t wait to hear–even if you rip it!

      • 132 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 20:02

        I am not ripping it. I’m (trying) to (in 1000 words) give the sense of the part of grace and mercy in the story.

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 21:54

        Sounds good. Are you writing a review?

      • 134 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 22:11

        I’m not sure what to call it. Trying to get 513,000 words into two 500 word blog posts seems … the impossible dream.

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 01:43

        :lol: You’ll do it, I’m sure!

  13. 136 ladycheetah7 November 18, 2013 at 17:00

    #2 is the winner.
    Writing your own name in your own blood? Sounds like you might want to audition for Twilight.
    Merlin is mad and Parker is brilliant. We have enough Merlins running the earth and the all look normal. Glad Parker pulled the plug on Merlin’s “brilliance.”
    Snow? Nope! When it rains I get a free car wash. When it snows cleaning the car and driveway is like a part time job. Congrats for Audrey for saving the kids. She might need to go under the witness protection if DS finds out.

    • 137 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 18:03

      The professor would have picked it, if he understood it. But it makes no sense to me.

      What’s Twilight?

      Don’t you think Merlin is smart in a way, though?

      :lol: It is like a free car wash. But snow’s nicer to look at.

      I bet Ruber was the only one home at the time. DS was probably out. We can only imagine how Ruber broke it to him.

      • 138 ladycheetah7 November 18, 2013 at 20:21

        OMG! #2 is a no brainer and spot on. Unless this proverb is too close to home. Hmmmm
        And yoy don’t know about the movie Twilight with all the cool vampires? Oh my. =-O
        Anyone with more than one voice in their head is cause for concern.

      • 139 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:52

        Do you think the professor is an enigma?

        Never heard of it. Sounds creepy. I suppose the vampires are literally cool, since their dead.

        The professor is a cause for concern, then.

      • 140 ladycheetah7 November 18, 2013 at 23:02

        Wow! And I thought I was out of the loop because I don’t have cable. The fact you never heard of Twilight is enigmatic. Stephanie Myers wrote the Twilight series.

      • 141 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:11

        Hank Myers sounds better.

      • 142 ladycheetah7 November 18, 2013 at 23:13

        Who is that?

      • 143 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:17

        I’m not sure, really. Thought you’d know.

      • 144 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:28

        We haven’t had cable for quite some time, and we live out in the woods so there’s no signal.

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:39

        The professor likes the woods.

      • 146 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 20:02

        These woods are full of wonder. The place where The Yearling was filmed is not far from where we live.

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 21:54

        Now that is something!

      • 148 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 22:12

        It’s an amazing place. There’s a wee graveyard. And a huge sinkhole. Turtles, snakes, bugs…

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 01:43

        Turtles? The professor loves turtles.

      • 150 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:29

        I’ve heard of Hank Williams.

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:39

        He looks like a cowboy.

      • 152 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 20:03

        Yes, he does. How DID you know?

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 21:54

        The professor knows all sorts of things. (We knew each other.)

        Why would you suppose I wouldn’t know about the beast?

      • 154 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 22:16

        Uuummmm – dunno.

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 01:44

        The professor is very old.

      • 156 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 02:56

        Susan is older.

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 14:55

        How do you know? The professor is ancient.

      • 158 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 16:43

        Susan just knows.

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 19:41

        I don’t see how…

      • 160 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 19:47

        Only the Shadow knows…

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 19:56

        And the Shadow is the professor.

      • 162 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 21:55

        I don’t think you are supposed to give it away.

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke November 20, 2013 at 23:00

        Woops. And oh dear.

      • 164 Susan P November 20, 2013 at 23:05

        Tsk tsk.

      • 165 Professor VJ Duke November 21, 2013 at 02:00

        Huff-Hum.

  14. 166 Debbie November 18, 2013 at 16:59

    A round of applause for Aud, being all heroic and stuff!

    I think I gravitate to Proverb #2. I’m not sure the past is always a road map (unless one can use it for what NOT to do!)

    I’ve never signed my name in blood either. And don’t intend to, especially if it’s *my* blood!

    Snow over rain? Well, that I don’t know. One has to shovel snow — backbreaking work — but rain brings mud and that’s messy. Gee, can’t we just have sunshine instead?!

    • 167 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 18:01

      Yes, yes!!

      Very good point, very good point. What do you suppose #2 means, though?

      Tom Sawyer did once!

      I suppose so. Doesn’t Dallas like the snow?

      • 168 Debbie November 18, 2013 at 18:37

        Dallas LOVES snow — that’s why I call it messy. Quarter-sized snowballs cling to his furs, and he brings them all in when he comes. They melt in the warmth of the heater and Voila! Messy, wet floor.

      • 169 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:48

        That’s true, but snow’s just glorious. It’s worth all the pain–especially if Dallas likes it!

    • 170 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 18:22

      Eventually, snow brings mud and mess, too, if I recall correctly.

      • 171 Debbie November 18, 2013 at 18:39

        So true, Susan. So true. But when it first falls, before the animals track over it, why, then, it’s quite beautiful. And it helps beat the drought, to boot!

      • 172 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 19:48

        I miss the seasons, and I miss snow. I’ve thought of how cool it would be to get the season’s provisions and hiding out in a cabin on a mountain for the winter. With books. But I repeat myself.

      • 173 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:51

        You sound like Mark Twain! How perfectly glorious!

      • 174 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:08

        Oh dear. Mark Twain? A favorite author whose humor I adore, but really?

      • 175 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:15

        What?! You couldn’t possibly have a problem being like MT!!!

      • 176 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:22

        Well, as long as I don’t look like him.

      • 177 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:36

        The professor might look like him, you know.

  15. 178 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 16:32

    Oops, sorry, forgot that pesky reply thing again! Do delete this one, dear Prof – I’ve posted it again in the right place!

    Thanks in advance!

    • 179 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 18:00

      Problem none! I’m quite handy at deleting things.

  16. 180 technophile9 November 18, 2013 at 16:18

    I can’t beside between #1 and 2! As for the site, what’s going to be changed? Or are you referring to a new website? And snow over rain any day. :)

    • 181 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 17:56

      What do you think 2 means? The professor is unsure. Well, some structure, and maybe a few new things are going to be added. It really depends. I think I’ll keep the same website.

      Of course! But what about a sunny over a snowy?

      • 182 technophile9 November 18, 2013 at 20:52

        #2 is basically saying try, or you’ll never succeed.

        As for weather… I’m not sure… it depends on the circumstances.

      • 183 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:54

        Ah, ah, I see!

        Snow all the way, my man.

  17. 184 omtatjuan November 18, 2013 at 15:55

    They want us to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.. What if you don’t have any? I like all three proverbs.

    • 185 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 16:16

      Well, do you suppose something else would work, then? I’m not really sure what to recommend.

      Great! But you must pick a favorite!

      • 186 omtatjuan November 18, 2013 at 16:19

        #2 then…

      • 187 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 17:57

        What do you suppose it means?

      • 188 omtatjuan November 18, 2013 at 17:59

        If you don’t go for it, you’ll never know….?

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 18:04

        I think you’re right. It just seems a bit confusing. Flows nicely, though.

      • 190 omtatjuan November 18, 2013 at 18:05

        This too will pass… I like your insight.

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:44

        :D The professor is honored.

  18. 192 L. Marie November 18, 2013 at 15:43

    I also would go with #2.
    Glad Aud saved the kids. But how was the saving done? Did it involve swords or knives?
    As for snow or rain, they have their pros and cons. I live in an area where heavy rains sometimes cause flooding (thank you, archaic drains; you have ruined more lives . . .). Also one winter, I went outside to discover that my car was buried in a snow drift. My neighbor and I had to shovel it out. Took over an hour. We had six-foot drifts that winter.

    • 193 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 16:13

      But what does it mean? That’s the question. I’m not really sure.

      I think it could have. She said she went in with her swat. I’m sure DS fought a little bit–if he was there.

      Wow! How horrid. I think you have fair reasons to hate both rain and snow. Would you prefer a sunny day then?

      • 194 L. Marie November 19, 2013 at 13:59

        I like the sun, but I don’t have to have it incessantly. I like a nice, neat snowstorm where big, fluffy flakes gently land on the ground and obligingly melt the next day. I also like a nice, neat rainstorm that washes the bird poop off my car.

      • 195 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:42

        The professor agrees with you overall. Besides, I do like snow to collect on the ground.

  19. 196 Angeline M November 18, 2013 at 15:42

    I like proverb #1, but #2 is my real real favorite!
    Signing your name in your own blood does not sound like it would be fun to me.
    I do not even own boots, maybe I should go out and purchase a pair today so that I can hold on.

    • 197 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 16:12

      That one seems to have hidden meanings, doesn’t it? What do you suppose it means? I must confess that Shnodgrate confused me.

      You mean you wouldn’t want to? Tom Sawyer did it, you know.

      Sandals would work, wouldn’t they?

      • 198 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 18:25

        Tom Sawyer did sign his name in blood. He also got lost in a cave and it nearly did for him. Are you going to get lost in a cave next?

      • 199 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:47

        Wouldn’t that be swell? The only problem is, though, nobody would come looking for the professor.

      • 200 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:07

        Oh I expect that the PF would send out an SOS to DS and he’d get up a search party. As long as he stays away from the pink stuff he should be all right. Oh, and take a lot of power bars with you so you don’t starve.

      • 201 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:15

        I’m sure DS wouldn’t look. Maybe MR. Magi, though.

      • 202 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:21

        You are right! I’m having a Punch Monday!

      • 203 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:36

        Which is a good thing overall, I think.

  20. 204 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 15:13

    Oh dear, he’s having one of his funny turns again, isn’t he? OK, I’ll go with 2.

    That’ll be why you can’t catch those dadblamed worms – you’re not a proper member of the Magnificent Order of Hunters (Giant Worm Branch)…

    I’m with Bud.

    Applause. (Though I still think Ruber ate them…)

    My boots don’t have straps. Whatever will I do??

    Only if I can stay in and drink hot chocolate…

    • 205 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 15:34

      Yes, the professor found them strange too. That’s why I didn’t pick one, but you must. And I’m glad you did.

      :shock: Didn’t know one existed… Must join quickly.

      Well, I’m with Mer!

      Yucketh! How could you think such a thing of the sweet Ruber?

      Haha. Come to think of it, neither do the professor’s. Just wear sandals then, like Darby does.

      No sledding?

      • 206 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 15:53

        I think it’s only fair that the Professor must pick one too…

        Of course, it means you’ll have to wear the special uniform – I think you’ll look great in lederhosen…

        That comes as no surprise…

        Sweet? ‘Tis only his incompetence that stops him from being a murderer!

        Darby DOES NOT WEAR SANDALS!!!

        Well…maybe…and a snowman…and one snowball fight…but then home for the hot chocolate…

      • 207 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 16:16

        Fine. #2, then. But I don’t know what it means at all. Do you?

        Is that something used in a garden?

        Merlin’s a great guy. :)

        Well…what about Schwarz, hmm?

        Oh, how do you know? He might have. And I bet he wears a baseball cap too.

        That sounds fun. But snowmen are vexing to build, and I can’t make snowballs. (Or throw them.)

      • 208 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 16:31

        Well, obviously, it means…er…well…um…well, it’s very profound!

        :lol: Did you google some images?

        I’d like to see him do some magic – unless he’s not a real wizard like Harry Potter…

        But Schwartzy really is sweet! Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, he is!! So ocassionally he’s a bit wicked but that only adds to his charm…

        Darby DOES NOT WEAR A BASEBALL CAP!!!

        Oh, I like building snowmen, but we don’t get enough snow very often to make much more than gnome-sized one. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who can’t make a snowball before, and I find it deeply worrying that someone who can’t throw one throws knives for fun… ;)

      • 209 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 17:59

        Haha, that’s what the professor forethought. It sounds nice, though.

        Goodness! The professor would actually look good in that–which is a wonder. How strange.

        Do you find him adorable? Another PFM just said something like that.

        He has no class, then, and should be beat about his ears.

        Haha. It is interesting, isn’t it? The snow just never sticks together right. I do think the professor throws baseballs rather well.

      • 210 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 19:16

        Which other PFM? Tell her to get her grubby hands off my Schwarzy!!

        Do I assume from that that the Professor wears a baseball cap? I’m not sure if it will go very well with the lederhosen…but perhaps the Professor’s glorious walk will help him carry it off…

        I refuse to have a snowball fight with you if you intend to chuck baseballs at me!

      • 211 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:50

        :shock: Simply: Goodness. You must really think he’s…yummy.

        Not usually. I don’t like them too much. I prefer one that goes all about the head. More professorish. Glorious? Haha, not at all.

        Well, the professor can’t fight a lady in a snowball fight! What would Mr. R say?

      • 212 FictionFan November 19, 2013 at 00:49

        Oh, he’s way beyond yummy – he’s scrumptious!

        Doesn’t that make seeing difficult?

        Oh, I’m a lady again now am I? I was just getting into the role of being ‘sir’ too… (Wouldn’t it be fun if we both hid behind a wall and splattered Mr R with snowballs? I’ll make them – you throw them…)

      • 213 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:31

        Huff-Hum.

        No, but it hides the professor’s eyes.

        Sometimes, FEF is a lady. (That’s an awesome idea. I’m sure he’d enjoy it!)

    • 214 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 18:27

      Yeah, I want to see the Professor in lederhosen.

      • 215 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 19:17

        Me too! I wonder if he can yodel?

      • 216 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 19:49

        Play the Alpen horn?

      • 217 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 19:55

        Milk goats?

      • 218 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 20:44

        Yes. Milk goats. And sing songs from The Sound of Music.

      • 219 FictionFan November 18, 2013 at 22:19

        “Tea, with cherry jam and bread”

        Which somehow makes me want to say “Doh!”

        PS Remind me never to let MM1 cat-sit…

      • 220 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:57

        Did someone say cherry?

      • 221 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:54

        The professor may be a bit like Christopher Plummer.

      • 222 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:10

        Do you ride on the top of the bus?

      • 223 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:16

        Always the bottom.

      • 224 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:24

        Alas, Poor Christopher who used to ride the top of the bus…

      • 225 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:38

        Did he? He knew Oscar Peterson.

      • 226 Jazzy Couldren November 18, 2013 at 20:02

        Manliness can milk goats. All you gotta do is squeeze their head until milk come out. :}

      • 227 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 20:44

        I actually have milked goats, and squeezing their heads has nothing to do with it.

      • 228 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 22:53

        :lol: MM!

        Ladies, you’re definitely letting you imaginations run wild. The professor isn’t even sure what an apple horn is.

      • 229 Susan P November 18, 2013 at 23:10

        Alpen, sir, as in Heidi.

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2013 at 23:16

        Heidi who?

      • 231 Susan P November 19, 2013 at 01:23

        No, that’s Doctor Who. Heidi lived in the Swiss Alps with her Grandfather.

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke November 19, 2013 at 14:37

        :lol: Did she see any bears?


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