PL Times, E19

The PL Times
The Official Punchy Lands’ Newspaper
Monday, January 27, 2014
Edition 19
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Section A. Punchy Proverbs:

All proverbs—unless otherwise noted—are written by V. Shnodgrate.

(1) Fear is an important emotion—it tells us when something is dangerous.

(2) Without fear, death would occur more frequently.

(3) Fear nothing that is out of your control.

Favorites, PF?

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Section B. Something you should know about the professor:

The professor would like to meet Hector of Troy, but I’m not sure he even existed. Did he?

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

A short conversation:

SMILES RIOT: Suppose you cry out for help in the night.

THE VEEZLER: Do you know why the Punchy Lands must pay?

RIOT: Crying never brings anyone who cares. I know. I’ve tried.

VEEZLER: It’s because when I was young, I was dipped in tar and stuck to the backside of an angry water buffalo.

RIOT: So, if you cry out in the night, it’s completely useless.

VEEZLER: What makes you think I’ll cry out in the night?

RIOT: The sun is shining.

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Section D. Breaking News:

Professor VJ Duke visited England—and it was quite an adventure! More about this trip Thursday.

Fats Henry is throwing a beach party on his island (suspended in the air over England). The funny thing is that there’s no beach.

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Section E. Featured Story: Mark Malone
by J. Freedwoppen

Mark Malone—retired secret agent—is running for Mayor of New York City.

“He won’t make it, bud,” Parker said. “He’s too pretty. It’s definitely not a job for a dandy.”

Even though Malone’s past is shady, many believe that he is, in fact, a tough guy.

“Of course he’s tough,” Daddy Salami said. “He was a secret agent, wasn’t he? I’ve tried ta get Ruber ta do that—but he’s rebellious. That’s why I call him Ruber Rubellion! Hehaha!”

“If he wins,” Parker said, “I’ll be an amphibian.”

And in a few months, Bud just may find himself to be an amphibian.

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Section F. Ask a PL’er a question:

Any questions for a specific PL’er? Ask here!

Last week, Susan P asked a question, for any PL’er that could answer: What is a Veezler?

Many PL’ers chimed in:

Daddy Salami: He’s no good. I think he wants to kill me baby boy, Ruber.
Mr. Magi: Definitely one to be shunned.
Fats Henry: He holds some kind of grudge against the world—which is really, splendidly stupid!

For more unbiased info, check out The Veezler’s page, here.

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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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248 Responses to “PL Times, E19”


  1. 1 Hazy February 5, 2014 at 13:12

    I think I like (3) the best. It makes an excellent point! (Fear seems to be the proverbs theme today… Did someone scare Shnodgrate or something?)

    Yes! Hector existed (at least in my mind). I still dislike Achilles a bit for dragging him around. And I still blame Paris.

    Haha, I loved Riot and Veezler’s conversation. I think it’ll be fun to have a chat with them over tea or something. I might fit right in. :lol:

    Was there a beach ball? Then I suppose that counts. :D

    I kinda like Mark Malone. Mainly because he used to be a secret agent. Once a secret agent… always a secret agent.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke February 5, 2014 at 19:39

      I’m not sure why Mr. Shnoddy was thinking about fear.

      Yes, yes, me too. In the PL Hector killed Achilles. :)

      :lol: And the professor.

      No, unless you think Henry is the ball.

      I bet Weatherly would like him, too.

      • 3 Hazy February 13, 2014 at 05:30

        Oh, way to go Hector! Show Achilles who’s boss. But why the professor as well?! :lol: I reckon you have some nice fighting moves that rival Hector’s.

        Henry as the ball… that’s quite an image. :lol:

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2014 at 14:46

        Yes! Well, I don’t like Achilles for the same reason you don’t! (And I think I’d fit in that discussion. :) )

        :lol: It sure is!

  2. 5 authorlisaadams February 2, 2014 at 02:15

    Oh, and I love your blog. You are my secret hero.

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 14:12

      The professor is honored! Hero?

      • 7 authorlisaadams February 3, 2014 at 17:51

        Yes, for boldly going where no blogger has gone before.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 18:58

        Where’s that?

      • 9 authorlisaadams February 3, 2014 at 19:28

        The land of great imagination, creativity, and unique thought clearly combined with a good knowledge base of classic literature.

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 00:02

        Well, thank you!

  3. 11 authorlisaadams February 2, 2014 at 02:14

    I have some deep intel for you that has been hidden for decades, centuries even…Hector of Troy is actually named, Fred Okee Pomegranate, and he hails from Tuba City where he lives with his wife, Eliza, in an adobe pad with a cactus garden. He secretly blogs and enjoys a post-apocalyptic romp in Worlds of Warcraft and Halo every now and again to the chagrin of his son, Dweezl who just can’t get any quality t.v. time anymore.

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 14:12

      Aha! Thrilled to hear this. So, does this mean that he actually killed Achilles?

      • 13 authorlisaadams February 3, 2014 at 17:49

        It is possible, although Agamemnon is also a likely suspect. He always objected to Helen’s cross dressing as Hector.It make Menelaus look bad and greatly reduced the supply of good fabric throughout the land. Hector, it seems, had a taste for purple silk.

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 18:58

        Poor Hector. Did they laugh him to scorn?

      • 15 authorlisaadams February 3, 2014 at 19:26

        As you may have already deduced, he was a very pretty boy given Helen’s reputation and all. He had a hard time, especially when he wore yellow – not his best color – there was heckling in the market. Menelaus sought counseling but could never quite pull it together and cope with Hector’s issues. It was a sad affair.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 00:01

        Is this true, do you know?

      • 17 authorlisaadams February 4, 2014 at 00:36

        Not directly…but Pheme has a big mouth and blabbed it all over town.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 21:07

        Who is Pheme?

      • 19 authorlisaadams February 4, 2014 at 22:51

        Pheme is the goddess of gossip from whence the term “fame” comes. She is the original town crier. See, Homer, Odyssey 24. 412 ff :”Ossa (a.k.a. Pheme/Rumor) as herald was speeding hotfoot through the city, crying the news of the suitors’ [of Penelope] hideous death and doom.”

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke February 5, 2014 at 00:51

        Wowawee! You sure do know your Greek History!

  4. 21 Bethy January 28, 2014 at 15:05

    I am not sure about this week’s proverbs…
    That conversation between Smiles and Veezler…it sounds vaguely familiar…like I’ve had one like that before!
    I want to go to England too! Oh and you don’t need a beach to have a beach party. I have picnics all the time without going outside, so a beach party on a floating island without a beach sounds terrific!
    I’ve learned not to make blanket statements like Bud did. “Jazzy Couldren Laughed!”

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:19

      :lol: With whom?

      Then I think Mr. Henry’s beach party will be stellar indeed.

      He did indeed! (That should be the answer.)

      • 23 Bethy January 28, 2014 at 19:47

        Sometimes with the Princess recently. Back in the day with some friends. :D
        Are you going to the beach party? There aren’t any masks involved are there?
        Of course it is the answer! :D

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:02

        :lol:

        No, I don’t think the professor will be going. (I shan’t ever wear a mask again!)

        :D

      • 25 Bethy January 29, 2014 at 23:46

        Oh well there will be more parties! (Glad you learned your lesson!) :D :D

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 01:04

        It was dadblamery–looking back.

      • 27 Bethy January 30, 2014 at 15:22

        Isn’t it always dadblamery when you look back?

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 21:17

        I think so, yes.

  5. 29 Lesley January 28, 2014 at 14:02

    About Hector of Troy….I saw this movie “Troy” in which Hector died, and I felt so sad. I kinda liked him a lot. Now, if you tell me he actually existed, and Achilles did kill him, I will be so sad.

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:27

      Yes, me too. But in the PL he killed Achilles! Now isn’t that cool?

      • 31 Lesley January 28, 2014 at 14:36

        Really?? Now that is awesome!!!

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:13

        Isn’t it? Hector dispatched him without batting an eye!

      • 33 Lesley January 28, 2014 at 18:30

        Ok now I’m curious. Do you have the scene written up somewhere??

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 00:56

        No, I actually don’t. But, Lesley, you should write one!

      • 35 Lesley January 29, 2014 at 04:50

        Haha I’ll see :)

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:04

        Thanks, Lesley. :)

      • 37 Lesley January 29, 2014 at 20:55

        :)

  6. 38 Painting Pundit January 28, 2014 at 05:00

    Good to know what a Veezler is. Now what is a Salami?

    • 39 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:27

      That’s the question of the ages, isn’t it?

  7. 40 Anja January 28, 2014 at 01:33

    Why so much fear talk? I don’t believe fear is what alerts you to something being dangerous. That would be instincts kicking in. You shouldn’t fear anything….

    • 41 Lady Pinkrose January 28, 2014 at 02:37

      Here here, Anja. Foot stompin’. Yes. True!!! There is only fear to fear itself. And nothing more.

      • 42 Anja January 28, 2014 at 02:43

        *curtseys* Thank you. :)
        I thought that was something we all have been taught.

      • 43 Lady Pinkrose January 28, 2014 at 02:45

        Hmmm….Perhaps some need remindin’. And you are welcome. :)

      • 44 Anja January 28, 2014 at 02:46

        Guess PL is lucky to have us around for that. :)

      • 45 Lady Pinkrose January 28, 2014 at 03:06

        Come to think of it, Anja, PL is DARN lucky to have us around to REMIND them that there is no such thing as fear ONLY LOVE. HA! I do tink I will write about that on my blog. Good idea, Anja. And I will say “Thank you, Anja” ’cause if we didn’t have this convo I wouldn’t have said what I said. Hmmmm…..Hear that PL??? Only LOVE exists and I just proved it. If there is only fear to fear itself, then all that IS is LOVE. Hehehehehehe Yippeeeeee!!! I just proved what everyone has been trying to prove for the length of time. Gee, we girls are SO smart!

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:27

        The PL is very lucky to have you, ladies–even if you laugh this poor professor to scorn.

      • 47 Lady Pinkrose January 28, 2014 at 15:33

        Oh, no, Prof, we would not dream of lauging at you. We are educating you, that is all. :)

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:22

        Well–the professor needs much of it, I suppose.

  8. 49 bardictale January 27, 2014 at 21:01

    I think the first encompasses the other two. For if it’s dangerous- you’ll make sure to avoid the death, and if you recognize the danger- you can dispel the fear.

    • 50 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:08

      Bard, a great point. Can you teach the professor how to have good point too?

      • 51 bardictale January 28, 2014 at 16:58

        I believe he already knows how to, sir.

      • 52 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:23

        Well, many thanks, but you’re much better at it, I feel.

      • 53 bardictale January 28, 2014 at 18:46

        I get much practice at my work place, is all, though I thank you for the complement.
        You could join me for a work day, perhaps ^^

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 00:56

        :lol: I should!

  9. 55 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 27, 2014 at 20:17

    I like #1 but also it tells us when something will be amazing. #2 makes me thankful for fear and #3 is what I have to remind myself of daily.

    I like when you want to talk of myths, Duketh. Of course he was real…real of sorts.

    I know who Veezler is!!!! I have it figured out now! One down two to go…I like Riot, I do know that. I thinketh…but he may not be the best one.

    How nice to get away! A beach party with no beach..hmm.

    The Mark Malone story has me thinking…Does Bud like the water?

    Veezler…does he have a girlfriend of sorts?

    Or this is all just wrong and I’ve decided I’m too stupid to fall along so Mondays on the PL should stop for me. :)

    • 56 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:26

      (With regards to #3, me too. I’d perish without it, Audith.)

      And did he kill Achilles? You don’t know how sad that whole scenario made me.

      Who is he? I must needs to know! :)

      I know it’s a bit weird. But I’m sure you’d enjoy it and make everyone laugh.

      You mean swimming?

      Why do you ask? (I’d need to see.)

      Nothing’s wrong! You’re doing great, Audith. Are you confused about something?

      • 57 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 27, 2014 at 20:38

        (Yes, Duketh. I’m glad we have that in common.)

        You have no idea how many times I’ve asked professorish professors to explain why. Dadblameit dadblameit dadblamit!!!!!! (I don’t even care if I spelled that wrong!) Ugh! Yes, he did. Okay?

        I’m waiting. You drive me nuts!
        :lol:

        I always enjoy and always in charge of making everyone laugh.

        Yes sure, swimming.

        Just wondering if he keeps a lady captive until Spring… :)

        I’m just trying to be a bit smarter around here…I feel a bit torn at figuring the PL out.

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:08

        ( Me tooeth!)

        :lol: You got it right. :lol: We all know Hector one–hands down. The brat from Greece would never win!

        For what?

        Maybe he does keep a lady captive…would be kinda cool.

        Really? Well, if you have any questions, just ask. (We’re working on putting together something to help.)

        Susan says it took her around a month to figure everything out. :D

      • 59 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 28, 2014 at 15:07

        I’m waiting to see how it all plays out. I’m not up for eating my words when I find out I’m way off. Best to just sit back and enjoy.

        No, I had made a leap when thinking of Veezler and thought of Hades and Persphone. That was the reason for the girfriend question. I blame Hector for my leap in understanding. :D

        I’ll ask for sure. And Susan is much smarter than I.

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:20

        Audith is never further off than the professor!

        That’s rather cool. Have I told you that we need to throw a party for Hades?

        And me.

      • 61 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 28, 2014 at 18:25

        Yes, we’ve discussed this once before if you recall.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 00:55

        Yes, it seems familiar. Sorry!

      • 63 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 29, 2014 at 06:25

        I’m letting you off the hook.

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:04

        :D And I’m grateful.

      • 65 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 29, 2014 at 20:07

        :) (where’d I put the other guy who liked to talk of such things? Have you seen him?)

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 00:53

        No? Where?

      • 67 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 30, 2014 at 01:07

        He’s around here somewhere. Thinking he’ll turn up at some point.

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 01:10

        Who? Who?

      • 69 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 30, 2014 at 01:14

        An Owl has landed, Duke!!!!!

        Well I thought it was you who like to chat of those tales.

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 14:14

        :lol: :lol: I’m actually an arctic fox.

        I love chatting.

      • 71 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 30, 2014 at 15:08

        Sly…yeah I can see that.

        Just not remembering…. :lol:

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 21:14

        You like picking on me…

      • 73 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 31, 2014 at 03:50

        I kinda do. I’m not sure why…

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 16:04

        Me neither… :cry:

      • 75 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 31, 2014 at 16:07

        *she laughs* and *looks at the groud* You’re so pathetic, Duke. :lol:

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 16:11

        :shock: Now I’ll get my katana!

      • 77 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 31, 2014 at 16:12

        FINALLY!!

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 18:47

        And a roar!

      • 79 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 31, 2014 at 20:13

        Have you stopped crying?

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 00:11

        I never cry, madam!

      • 81 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 1, 2014 at 19:28

        :(

      • 82 Lady Pinkrose February 1, 2014 at 20:39

        Oh, but tears are good. They clean the heart. They wash the soul. When one is all full of tears, the sinuses get all stuffed up and then asthma starts and before you know it, the heart vessels get all blocked. Oh my. You MUST cry, Professor. It is GOOD for your health!

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke February 2, 2014 at 00:00

        Really? It’s unmanly, though. MM would get cranky.

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 23:59

        Don’t look sad!

      • 85 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 2, 2014 at 20:48

        :( x 2

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 14:22

        Can’t you laugh a bit?

      • 87 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 3, 2014 at 16:51

        I’m looking for my laugh its here somewhere.

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 18:53

        You’ll find it. :)

      • 89 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 3, 2014 at 20:46

        :) Thanks

      • 90 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 00:02

        :)

  10. 91 Lady Pinkrose January 27, 2014 at 20:10

    A-HA! So this is what you have been up to. Writing. LOL I think I’m getting the hang of things here. I like the proverbs. I’m partial to that since LP has much wisdom indeed.

    Right now I just don’t even have a witty comment to make. I am up to eyeballs in trouble over at that darn barn. Between aggressive males and coons that won’t stay in hybernation and one poor female to five males (who is having a nervous breakdown…the female that is) and oh let see, a possum too, ….. all fighting for the food. And then the real owners it turns out not putting out enough food to begin with because they thought I was feeding the cats. DANG!

    So you see, Prof, my brain is quite drained. I don’t know what to do. I wish Cherish the horse could step in and chase the coon away, but that’s not gonna happen, and I wish this one aggressive male cat would stop harrassing, and I wish the real owners would bring the cats in that they kicked out in the first place.

    And these yes are ALL real characters. Believe it or not.

    There you have it. I’m in quite a funk. So when I am out of the funk, I’ll come back and read this more carefully. (sigh) Yours truly, Lady P

    • 92 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:23

      And the professor needs much wisdom, I fear. (That’s great your getting a hang of things. It takes a little time, you know.)

      Wowawee! What a dadblame problematic problem! Is everything getting better?

      You know what, get a katana and destroy all those who are vexing you.

      • 93 Lady Pinkrose January 27, 2014 at 21:17

        First all, I don’t know what a katana is. LOL No, Prof, the problem remains. When it comes to the care of animals, my heart is really in it. If only this coon would hybernate and if only this aggressive male would back off. And if only these owners would do the RIGHT thing and bring this poor female cat back into the house again. People vex me, Prof, they just do. They sit on their brains! I’m sure you understand that. (sigh) Now you have ME sighing…..

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:10

        A katana is a super cool, totally professorish, weapon of justice! :D

        Well, some people were born to vex others. You should tell them that they’re dadblamery!

      • 95 Lady Pinkrose January 28, 2014 at 15:39

        Well, things are getting on track. They were told by me that coon, number one, needs to go and this morning I see a trap all set. GOOD! Step two…..now I am making sure the cats are getting enough to eat. And we go from there. …..

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:23

        Good! Sounds to be clearing up the vexing smoke!

    • 97 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 23:53

      No problem, Lady Pinkrose. Feel free at any time to elucidate upon random topics. One never knows what one will find here from one day to the next.

      • 98 Lady Pinkrose January 27, 2014 at 23:57

        And this I am beginning to understand. This Punchy Land is just the medicine the doctor ordered. It’s GREAT!

      • 99 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 00:14

        I love visiting the PL. It took me at least two weeks to figure out what in the world was going on – seemed so flippin’ busy. Then it took another week to stop feeling weird. Then, the fourth week I realized that I didn’t feel weird, I AM weird, and I have found home! LOL

        Anyway, if you want some fun, look at the top of the page where is says MicP Studios, hover your mouse over it and you will see the bios of the characters who help make this PL so much fun.

      • 100 Lady Pinkrose January 28, 2014 at 01:03

        Susan, I laugh SO hard when I come here. Honestly. Some of what is said has tears come to my eyes. I’m still kind of figuring things out and when I get a chance, I’ll scoot on over to the top of the page where it says MicP Studies. Something very good is happening here, and everytime I see the Prof at my site, I grin. All it takes is seeing him in my email box or his gravatar and I grin. Can’t help it.

        I nicknamed him Prof Frown. Take the “r” out of frown, think of ONE word and what do you get? (and add a d to that word) That is how I see the Professor. It’s a perfect play on words.

        Call me Amy. Please. Lady Pinkrose sounds so formal. I sometimes feel like I have an alternate personality at times. hehehehehehe

        Thanks for the info. I’ll be back!!!!

      • 101 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 14:45

        I will be delighted to call you Amy. Alternate personalities are a good thing unless you start blaming them for your mistakes all of the time! :D

        Some good things ARE going on here. I expect the Professor to take over the world any day now! ;)

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:13

        The world?

      • 103 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 20:09

        At least …

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:04

        Ooo, what does it mean? Sounds interesting.

      • 105 Susan P January 29, 2014 at 16:23

        It means you may be working with Pinky and The Brain.

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:14

        :lol: I could be!

      • 107 Susan P January 29, 2014 at 21:18

        I knew it! :D

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 00:56

        :lol:

      • 109 Susan P January 30, 2014 at 20:43

        :D

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:25

        :lol: :lol: Truly medicine for the professor!

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:24

        Yes, I love it when the PF does…

      • 112 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 14:54

        Yeah – it’s kind of like the light parade at Disney only more random and much more fun.

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:17

        It’s great, and Punchyish! :D

      • 114 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 20:13

        It is indeed! :D

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:06

        :D

  11. 116 weggieboy January 27, 2014 at 19:39

    Nr. 2 for me!

    • 117 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:21

      For sure!

  12. 118 Jackie January 27, 2014 at 19:26

    I and 2 makes sense but I’m not sure I agree with 3. Veezler seems lost in his own world and Smiles is not really in sync either. It seems their conversation is a bit discordant.

    • 119 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:20

      :lol: It sure does! I think they’re a bit silly in the head, you know.

  13. 120 Sonya Solomonovich January 27, 2014 at 19:25

    It looks like the introduction of Smiles Riot and the Veezler brings a more disturbing aspect to the punchy lands, judging from their dialogue. I think Smiles Riot and Schwarz could probably find common ground as Smiles is overly intelligent and Schwarzy is so dumb that both their speech sounds like nonsense.

    Hahaha I liked DS’ s comment about Ruber Rubellion!

    • 121 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:20

      :lol: You’ve got a point there, Sonya.

      Do you think Mr. Riot is good overall? And the Veezler?

      It always goes back to his son.

      • 122 Sonya Solomonovich January 27, 2014 at 23:14

        It’s hard to say… I don’t yet know enough about him but Smiles may be overall good. The Veezler, definitely evil.

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:24

        Yes, I think I may agree with that assessment, for sure.

  14. 124 Debbie January 27, 2014 at 19:04

    Once again, I’m kind of iffy about this week’s proverbs. Especially #3. It seems to me, dear Professor, that the better part of prudence might be to fear anything that’s outside of one’s control!
    Hector of Troy was a myth. Not real, despite your desire to meet him.
    So you went to England, huh? Do tell us more!

    • 125 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:19

      Well, I see. Too bad you can’t do anything about it, though.

      Are you really sure? I was hoping he lived.

      Yes, I did. More Thursday!

  15. 126 Tonia January 27, 2014 at 17:09

    lov your newsletter and your amazingly ability to craft the most unusual character names.

    Yes, i too wanna hear about England. that is my dream for next year.

    Veezler…hmmm, how about a person who is a visionary but also a hog at sharing his wisdom ..whether welcome or not. :)

    as for Daddy Salami..he reminds me of me… i would be Mama Salami…cuz i’m a porky…ha ha !! :)

    • 127 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:09

      Many thanks, Tonia! (But they’re all real, you know.)

      Really? Where would you go in England?

      :lol: That sounds like it could be right…

      :lol: But can you laugh like Salami!

      • 128 Tonia January 27, 2014 at 18:19

        Perhaps you know these characters in real life…in your world or real in your imagination…

        :)

        England: def to visit some of the homes/museums of the great writers …Keats, Hardy, ..and Ben Franklins home which is a newer museum…on Craven St.

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:08

        Well…the professor…well…

        That sounds really cool. You must promise to take pics!

  16. 130 Angeline M January 27, 2014 at 16:36

    I find all of the proverbs quite worrisome, will not pick a favorite on that basis. The short conversation about crying out in the night between Riot and Veezler is also quite worrisome. Possibly I need to have more coffee before I can see the lighter side today. You went to England?

    • 131 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:07

      But didn’t you feel a bit bad for Mr. Riot?

      Yes! Now how cool is that?

  17. 132 portergirl January 27, 2014 at 15:29

    I like number 3, but the others are good too.

    I’m not entirely sure about Hector, but he did pop up in Homers works, so he might have been real. I hope so, he was cool.

    Poor Smiles. I feel quite sorry for him. Although, if he has escaped from a mental asylum maybe we shouldn’t take all that he says at face value. Could be the ramblings of a madman. I rather like him, though. Veezler is disturbing! But fabulous :)

    • 133 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:04

      Awesome!

      He was! And I know you know that he, in fact, killed Achilles. Not the other way around!

      I know. Mr. Riot makes one feel bad for him. The Veezler…shudders!

  18. 134 L. Marie January 27, 2014 at 15:13

    Number 3. Would love to hear about your trip to England. I agree with Lady Cheetah. The enigmatic conversation between Smiles Riot and the Veezler makes me think something horrible is happening or will happen.
    Hector of Troy? He was the best thing about the movie Troy.

    • 135 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:03

      This Thursday. :)

      Did you like Mr. Riot?

      I’ve never seen it. I hope he was manly.

  19. 136 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 15:00

    I think it’s #3 for me. Yep. The other two are halfway into the Twilight Zone.

    The Veezler seems to be an all-purpose ambiguous nuisance. But thank you for the more information on this, erm, creature. Kind of reminds me of a family member…

    Was it his own buffalo that he got stuck to or someone else’s? Because I have heard that everybody has a water buffalo.

    As for Hector, he is mentioned in Greek mythology. So, he is real in mythology. Does that help?

    Smiles, it isn’t raining in the Sunshine State. How do you get around that?

    • 137 Bethy January 27, 2014 at 15:47

      Everyone DOES have a water buffalo. Mine is fast and yours is slooooow!

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:05

        But where’s mine? :lol:

      • 139 Bethy January 28, 2014 at 14:58

        It probably ran off with your baby kangaroo!

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:19

        And my devils. I have a few.

      • 141 Bethy January 28, 2014 at 19:44

        Are they pink and blue?

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 00:59

        My devils? They’re tasmanian. :)

      • 143 Bethy January 29, 2014 at 23:44

        Ooo! My favorite!

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 01:03

        They’re awesome! (But don’t tell anyone. I’m not allowed to own them.)

      • 145 Bethy January 30, 2014 at 15:21

        really? Is it because of where you live or just because of the trouble they cause?

        We have a stuffed one that makes all kinds of noises and jumps around…we used to scare the Princess with it.

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 21:16

        I think it’s both. I’ve tried to buy them…

        :lol: Now she likes it, I bet!

      • 147 Bethy January 31, 2014 at 14:41

        Tried to buy them. Now that would make an excellent story!! :D

        Of course she does! Something along the lines of, “Again! Do it again!”

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 16:08

        I could probably get arrested for the story…

        :lol:

      • 149 Bethy January 31, 2014 at 16:20

        Well…that’s happened before right? Just another day for PVJ Duke! :D

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 18:48

        :lol: We should forget about that! :lol:

      • 151 Bethy January 31, 2014 at 19:31

        Oh fine! :D

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 00:05

        :D

      • 153 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 00:18

        Where they them come from nobody knows.

      • 154 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 00:20

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:25

        :lol: That’s the professor and FEF, I think.

      • 156 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 14:56

        That sounds about right! But at least you now know where to look for your water buffalo. :D

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:18

        :lol: That saying actually came from VT.

      • 158 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 20:14

        VT? Vermont?

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:06

        No, no. VeggieTales. One of the professor’s favorite shows, you know.

      • 160 Susan P January 29, 2014 at 16:29

        I thought you might be acquainted with the talking vegetables. My favorite silly song is the one about the veterinarian.

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:14

        Don’t know that one. I’ll have to take a look.

      • 162 Susan P January 29, 2014 at 21:19

        –last line of it: If you go a little loopy better keep your nurse well paid.

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 00:57

        The professor made up his mind: I need a nurse.

      • 164 Susan P January 30, 2014 at 20:45

        To take care of you when you go loopy?

      • 165 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 21:23

        Well, I’ve already gone loopy, but yes, that’s the idea.

      • 166 Susan P January 30, 2014 at 23:29

        giggle :D

      • 167 Lady Pinkrose January 31, 2014 at 00:17

        Who would have guessed the Prof went loopy? Not me. (crossing fingers) I don’t lie, I really don’t. You be the best, Prof. Really.

      • 168 Susan P January 31, 2014 at 00:19

        That’s two!

      • 169 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 16:00

        Two what?

      • 170 Susan P January 31, 2014 at 17:56

        I think you know.

      • 171 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 19:00

        I don’t!

      • 172 Susan P February 1, 2014 at 17:24

        You say that now…

      • 173 Lady Pinkrose February 1, 2014 at 17:38

        That Professor has multiple personalities and he doesn’t even know it.

      • 174 Susan P February 1, 2014 at 21:37

        Do you really think he doesn’t know?

      • 175 Professor VJ Duke February 2, 2014 at 00:00

        Yes, I do.

      • 176 Susan P February 2, 2014 at 16:57

        Well, I bow to your superior knowledge.

      • 177 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 14:19

        I don’t have any.

      • 178 Susan P February 3, 2014 at 14:55

        I beg to differ.

      • 179 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 18:40

        How possibly?

      • 180 Susan P February 3, 2014 at 19:14

        How could it not be possible? It’s unlikely you know everything, but it’s entirely likely you know a great deal more than I do when it comes to electronics.

      • 181 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 00:00

        I’m very bad there. The professor, in truth, is not much good for anything.

      • 182 Susan P February 4, 2014 at 19:39

        Now that certainly is not the truth.

      • 183 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 21:37

        I’m good at being professorish.

      • 184 Susan P February 4, 2014 at 23:32

        Simply marvelous at it.

      • 185 Professor VJ Duke February 5, 2014 at 00:58

        Only sometimes! :lol:

      • 186 Susan P February 5, 2014 at 13:26

        Like when you are awake?

      • 187 Professor VJ Duke February 5, 2014 at 19:47

        That’s a bit broad…

      • 188 Susan P February 6, 2014 at 02:31

        :D

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 23:57

        “No, I said that then. Today is not then, it’s now and I’m not saying anything.” :D :D

      • 190 Susan P February 2, 2014 at 16:53

        :D

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 15:58

        Do you think the professor is loopy, Lady P?

      • 192 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 15:57

        The professor can’t giggle.

      • 193 Susan P January 31, 2014 at 17:50

        You might substitute DS’s chortling…

      • 194 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 18:58

        But I can’t laugh like him either…

      • 195 Susan P February 1, 2014 at 17:20

        Well, then, we are truly blessed.

      • 196 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 23:55

        I thought you done liked it!

      • 197 Susan P February 2, 2014 at 16:48

        DS’s laugh? I love it.

      • 198 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 14:17

        So do I :)

      • 199 Susan P February 3, 2014 at 14:51

        :D

    • 200 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:03

      Isn’t the Twilight Zone fun, though?

      :lol: It does? How interesting! I kinda like the Veezler.

      Really? The professor hasn’t one!

      Can I visit him?

      That would stop him right in his tracks. It’s snowing here. Constantly.

      • 201 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 18:54

        Apparently, you can do whatever you like! :D

      • 202 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:14

        I’m actually trapped by professorish limitations.

      • 203 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 22:05

        Professors have a reputation for being quite mad. What kinds of proffessorish limitations trapped you? And absent-minded. http://www.disneymovieslist.com/movies/details.asp?mov=absent-mind-professor

      • 204 Lady Pinkrose January 27, 2014 at 22:35

        OH yeah, don’t I know. BORING cherry cake? JUST cherry cake? Yet I must admit you did allow for the cherries and peanuts on top so you are breaking out of your limitations. How about that? Stick with me, kiddo, and you’ll be skipping through the tulips in your bathing suit. Hehehehehe As in my case, it would be roses, but take care you don’t run into any thorns.

        Susan, I just couldn’t help myself buttin’ in here. My hands just jumped right on the keyboard all of their own volition and I just stared in amazement at how they hijacked my puter. Sorry.

        On Monday, January 27, 2014, The Punchy Lands! wrote:

        > Susan P commented: “Professors have a reputation for being quite mad. > What kinds of proffessorish limitations trapped you? And absent-minded. > http://www.disneymovieslist.com/movies/details.asp?mov=absent-mind-professor > “

      • 205 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:11

        :lol: He doth not look anything like the professor, you know!

      • 206 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 14:47

        Perhaps not, but we have no way to evaluate it.

      • 207 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:15

        We could guess.

      • 208 Susan P January 28, 2014 at 20:11

        We could. We might. However, that is as chance may.

      • 209 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:05

        The professor knows. :D

      • 210 Susan P January 29, 2014 at 16:26

        I defer to the Professor’s knowledge.

      • 211 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:14

        But there is none!

      • 212 Susan P January 29, 2014 at 21:19

        I don’t believe that for a moment. Anyone who enjoys silly as much as the Professor must have a boatload of wisdom and knowledge.

      • 213 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 00:57

        :lol: That’s what I always tell one! (But I’ve got no proof.)

      • 214 Susan P January 30, 2014 at 20:44

        :D

      • 215 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 18:56

        The original Twilight Zone is amazing. Visit him at your own risk.

      • 216 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:15

        I think so, too. I like the one with Anthony.

        The professor could beat him in a duel!

      • 217 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 22:07

        There’s a thought. Headlines: Professor beats Anthony in a duel. When Mr.Magi arrested him, Professor said he did it because he could.

      • 218 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:12

        :lol: Perfect headline! And I would say something like that, too. See? You just surprised me. But that Anthony did deserve it.

  20. 219 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 14:30

    Is Shnoddy having a bad day? He’s even more miserable than usual! #2, if I must pick one…

    Yes, I’m pretty sure i met him one day in a skirt shop.

    :lol: and also :cry: – that was such a sad little conversation! Tell Smiles we do care if he cries out in the night…and is there a video of The Veezler being stuck to the buffalo’s backside?

    The Professor visited England and didn’t pop up to visit me??? Huff-hum,sir!

    A pretty dandy? Hmm…I think I like MM2…and Bud’s always been a bit frog-like. Rebbit, rebbit!

    The Veezler sounds most intriguing…

    :lol: :lol: Love this week’s tags, Mic Duke!

    • 220 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:01

      What?? You should agree with all of them. A true lady would…

      You’ve never been to a skirt shop, since they don’t exist!

      You felt bad for Smiles? Sadly, no. You wouldn’t be allowed to see it, though. Too brutal, I’d imagine.

      You were 600miles away! (And I don’t think you’d want me to stop in anyway.)

      :lol: Nice sound effects, FEF. I know you like MM2.

      He definitely is! Have you ever seen Batman?

      Just showing you how ridiculous it is! The names don’t even fit together.

      • 221 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 18:44

        I can agree with 1 and 2, but 3 is beyond me. Say a massive asteroid is hurtling towards my head – I can’t control it, but are you saying I shouldn’t fear it?? Even if I’m not wearing a helmet??? I must just not be a true lady…

        They do in Scotland – but only for the men.

        I did! Crying out in the night and no-one cares? It nearly made me weep! But then the idea of The Veezler and the water buffalo cheered me up again.

        400. And you would be most welcome! (But be sure to phone first… ;) )

        He’s :cool: – and we don’t get to see enough of him.

        Yes, but Batman doesn’t have lanky blonde hair, nor does he wear a weasel costume…

        I think they have a certain ring about them, VJ Pencilpoint! I may have to start calling you C-M-M…

      • 222 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:10

        Well…can you do aught about it? Then you might as well enjoy it!

        The professor is highly skeptical.

        I think those two might get on, you know.

        :D Then I’d come! (I think the professor would just pop in.)

        What more do you want?

        Who wears a weasel costume? :lol:

        You’re impossible, dear!

      • 223 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 22:57

        I am puzzled at the equanimity the Professor shows when contemplating my imminent splatterment…

        The Professor should know FF never lies http://www.nicolsonkiltmakers.com/

        Which two? The V and the WB?

        :D I’ll keep a little stock of cashews just in case…

        What more do I want? Hmm! A skit involving MM2, Schwarzy, chocolate, the Professor and a character with a Scottish accent… (Well, you did ask!)

        The Weasler, of course!

        :lol: Thank you, Chicky-Mic-Mic!

      • 224 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:21

        And mine too. Just think, we could laugh together as it comes at our perfect powerlessness. :D

        :lol: Okay–that’s a bit weird!

        Who’s WB?

        :D

        The professor? You can’t be serious. I’m part of the team, you know.

      • 225 FictionFan January 28, 2014 at 21:24

        Oh is it going to hit the Professor too? OK, I’ll laugh… ;)

        Bet that’s where Hector gets all his skirts.

        The water buffalo…

        Actor-managers are quite common – the Professor could play the character with the Scottish accent.

      • 226 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:12

        The professor will sit in his lawn chair, with his pipe, and laugh too.

        Bet not! Bet Paris makes them! :P

        Haha, no. I meant the Veezler and Mr. Riot.

        I have a rotten accent, and I can’t change my voice at all, I fear.

      • 227 FictionFan January 29, 2014 at 16:29

        Oh, well, Mic can play the Scottish character then! Especially since the laughing Professor is about to be flattenified by an asteroid…

      • 228 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:15

        Haha. Mic isn’t a voice actor either.

      • 229 FictionFan January 29, 2014 at 23:21

        Looks like you’ll just have to hire Sean Connery for the gig then…

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 01:00

        Oh, he’s no good!

      • 231 FictionFan January 30, 2014 at 02:17

        I tend to agree. Rab C Nesbitt, then…

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 14:16

        Never heard of her.

      • 233 FictionFan January 30, 2014 at 14:55

        Yes, you have – he was the drunken Glaswegian in the youtube clip the other day.

      • 234 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 21:09

        :lol: I like him.

  21. 235 The Dancing Rider January 27, 2014 at 14:29

    Definitely proverb #3! :) But the others are true.

    I’m not sure on Hector of Troy having existed. I want to think he did. of course you would want to meet him! That would be awesome!

    Ok, that “conversation” between Smiles and Veezler was vexing, to say the least. :/

    Ah, the FH beach party. They can be had anywhere, so I’m with him on this one! I’m sure he will create a great “beach atmosphere” on his island.

    Will be fun hearing about the professor’s England jaunt.

    Would not ever count MM out. I fear Bud Parker may be a frog, or perahps a salamander, soon.

    Well, from the sound of it, Veezler does have a grudge – and wants the PL to pay!

    • 236 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 17:59

      The first one this professor found interesting.

      It sure would! And the professor is positive that he killed Achilles!

      Wasn’t it? Two crazy people having speaks. Awful. Shudder inducing.

      That’s true. Sometime it’s just better to look at the water anyway, huh?

      It was a trip!

      :lol: Me too. And it would fit for Bud.

      Yes, indeed.

  22. 237 ladycheetah7 January 27, 2014 at 14:27

    #3 is the winner proverb this week.
    What an odd conversation between Veezler and Riot. You would think they were talkijg to themselves instead of each other and as for DS, he shouldn’t throw stones in glass houses. We all know he is a PL sociopath. (Evil laughter)

    • 238 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 17:58

      I like that, too.

      Did you feel bad for Mr. Riot? He’s a bit silly in the head.

      DS may be a sociopath, but isn’t every PL’er?

      • 239 ladycheetah7 January 27, 2014 at 19:53

        Strangely enough (I guess) I never feel bad for any of the Pl’ers and if Mr. R is a bit silly in the head he probably needs a vacation, drink, or head doctor.
        No DS is in a class all by himself. Dude past the normal line a long time ago.

      • 240 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:22

        :lol: DS must be your favorite, then. I bet he’d wear those shorts, you know!

      • 241 ladycheetah7 January 27, 2014 at 20:24

        I don’t do sociopaths and if he were to wear those shorts I might be the one who would need therapy.

      • 242 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:27

        :lol: And if the professor wore them.

      • 243 ladycheetah7 January 27, 2014 at 20:28

        Wouldn’t you like to know….

      • 244 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:04

        Yes, I would, but I don’t think you’ll tell me–which is quite unfair. The professor is always honest.

      • 245 ladycheetah7 January 28, 2014 at 14:09

        Please tell me the master of evasiveness is not pulling the honesty card….

      • 246 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:28

        This professor? I’m just sweet, that’s all.

      • 247 ladycheetah7 January 28, 2014 at 15:15

        Uh huh.

      • 248 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:20

        I’m glad you agree, Lady!


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