About the Professor—And the Professorish Armory

NOTE: Before today’s post, I must make something dreadfully clear. I know the professor said Smiles Riot was my nephew, I was in error. He’s my cousin. I simply got confused. (They’re the same things anyway, dadblameit!)

Audrey Dawn (the professor just calls her Audith) nominated me for this great award a few times back.

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The professor is the dragon in this one and Audith is the lady:

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Definitely check out her blog. She’s a great friend and writes fabulous poetry! You can find it here.

Now, the professor must tell you seven things about himself. Oh dear…

1. I’m not the normal type of professor.
2. Mic and the professor are quite different.
3. I think I’d take headphones over monitors.
4. Finale is the most vexing program on earth.
(This counts because Finale almost gave me a heart attack the other day.)
5. I used to be young.
6. The professor is only wobbly at the knees every so often.
7. Most of what we believe is not true.

Hope I did that right. Thanks again, Audith!

Now…my armory. I did promise, I think.

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The katana…

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The battle-ax!!!

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300 Responses to “About the Professor—And the Professorish Armory”


  1. 1 Ms. Vee March 6, 2014 at 23:25

    Congratulations Professor! :)

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:57

      Hi, Ms Vee! And thanks.

      • 3 Ms. Vee March 7, 2014 at 14:01

        Hello there. You’re most welcome. Thank you. :)

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 14:06

        And thank yous back!

      • 5 Ms. Vee March 7, 2014 at 14:08

        :) TGIF!

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 20:51

        For sure!

  2. 7 Hazy March 2, 2014 at 12:51

    Interesting things about the professor. I don’t think I know of “Finale”… is it some kind of TV show?

    Nice armory! Weatherly keeps nodding his head in approval. He thinks your katana rivals his.

    The battle-ax looks fantastic. Is that the strat? It would be great to hear the professor wield it (maybe you and harper nightingale could jam together someday).

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:19

      No! :lol: It’s actually a music software. :D

      The professor is so proud of that! Tell Weatherly he must come over and try them out some time.

      It is! :lol: Harper Nightingale?

      • 9 Hazy March 16, 2014 at 14:06

        :lol: Oopsie. Silly me!

        Weatherly says thanks, he would be delighted and honored!

        Harper is the singer person from Shoddyville in Hazy’s Tales On A Whim. :D

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke March 16, 2014 at 19:20

        Oh, that’s right! I think the professor knew that. :D

  3. 11 The Reading Girl February 27, 2014 at 22:58

    congrats! I have been very behind on awards..I think I might nominate you :). That is, if you are ok with it :D

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:34

      Thanks! I’d be honored. You’re too kind!

  4. 13 L. Marie February 27, 2014 at 14:01

    Congrats on your award!! You have quite the arsenal there. Very impressive.
    I used to have more knives than I do. Unfortunately, I forgot that I had my Swiss Army knife in my purse. That was confiscated at the airport. :-(

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:12

      Thank you! Really? How horrid. You should have declared for that. (Good thing you keep an armory too, though.)

  5. 15 Bethy February 27, 2014 at 11:46

    Your note at the beginning made me giggle. :D

    I love the dragon pictures! That’s awesome.
    The armory is pretty cool too. It looks vaguely familiar too like there might be some of those kinds of things around my house. My husband likes knives and swords too.
    We don’t have a battle ax though–drums are more his thing. :D

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:11

      I felt I had to set the matter straight. I mess up like that all the time.

      Nice! He must be a warrior then, too. Nothing like some sharp objects.

      Drums are great. I don’t have the coordination necessary to play them. :D

      • 17 Bethy February 27, 2014 at 20:52

        You probably mess up like that because you don’t pay your secretary enough to keep up with your details! :D

        He is a warrior! He has a vast collection along with some sticks that don’t have points.

        I don’t think I have coordination to mess with drums either. But it is awesome watching those that do have that coordination thing going for them.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:14

        I need a secretary! I should get one, I think.

        That sounds so cool! I bet he has an awesome collection. Sticks are great. I collect them too, you know.

        It sure is!

      • 19 Bethy February 28, 2014 at 14:26

        I think I could tell you didn’t have a secretary. People who don’t have one think they don’t need one until they get one and if he/she is worth their salt then they wonder what they ever did without one!

        I didn’t know you collected sticks too. Coolio! Yes, his collection is very coolio. I even talked him into using some for decorations in the living room.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:23

        Yes, I should get one. If only he/she could keep up with my dadblame mind, though!

        That’s nice. Usually they get broke, though, when I try them out. They must be strong, you know.

      • 21 Bethy March 1, 2014 at 19:49

        You would need someone with unique skills. :D

        What are you doing to break them?? My husbands look like they would likely break heads before they would break.

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:54

        And a professorish mind…

        I hit them against trees to test them.

      • 23 Bethy March 3, 2014 at 14:57

        Are people with professorish minds common? Is that anything like kindred spirits?

        Um…okay. I guess that lets off some steam in addition to breaking sticks.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:35

        Not at all, sadly.

        You should try it! Good for the muscles.

      • 25 Bethy March 4, 2014 at 16:10

        Maburnit.

        Um…I might find a different way to strengthen my muscles thanks though.

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:40

        :)

        Oh well…

  6. 27 themofman February 27, 2014 at 01:42

    Good stuff, and congratulations! I’ll definitely check out Audith’s poetry.

    Are there any other classic Japanese weaponry in your collection?

    • 28 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:24

      That would awesome, and thanks. I can’t write poetry to save my life, you know.

      No, the katana is about it. Should I get something else?

  7. 29 Anja February 27, 2014 at 01:35

    hmmmm…..I am reminded I was supposed to finish a piece about a guitar….

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:24

      Yes! A classical guitar please. I didn’t want to bother you, because you seemed busy. :D

      • 31 Anja February 27, 2014 at 10:24

        I have a draft and will get to that and other story once I can. :)

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:04

        :D :D Awesome! Thanks so much, Anja.

      • 33 Anja February 27, 2014 at 23:07

        Don’t thank me until it’s done. lol We have to see how it turns out.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:34

        We both know you’ll do amazingly no matter what. You already did a katana. And it was beautiful.

      • 35 Anja February 28, 2014 at 02:03

        Thank you for the confidence. Will try!!!

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:15

        Awesome!

      • 37 Anja February 28, 2014 at 21:37

        Although I need to do some acoustic guitar research…

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:34

        I hate research. Good luck.

      • 39 Anja March 1, 2014 at 16:49

        It is hard to write about an instrument I do not play…..may morph a bit but I will try.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:50

        Morphing is just fine!

  8. 41 The Dancing Rider February 26, 2014 at 21:41

    Awesome things about yourself, professor. I think #7 is so true! :)

    Hmm, not sure which I like more: the katana, or the axe! :)

    • 42 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:18

      It is! I hope you’ve learned more about me. :)

      Me too! I think I’ll go with the axe!

  9. 43 Veronica February 26, 2014 at 20:12

    Ooh, there’s something about those knives that are just a turn on..,and that guitar. Sexy.

    • 44 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:16

      I know! Doesn’t it just turn on the warrior drive? (Does it make you want to battle?)

      The guitar is sweet. Would you like jazz or rock on it?

      • 45 Veronica February 27, 2014 at 02:26

        Bring on the warrior I say! Then depending on my post warrior mood, either would be good, probably jazz. Rock for pre- warrior definitely.

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:30

        Yes, time for chariot fighting?

      • 47 Veronica February 27, 2014 at 02:48

        Hmm, I wasn’t thinking quite like that, but it’ll do. And you up on yours with that guitar! Now that would be cool.

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:57

        Wouldn’t a chariot fight be cool, though?

      • 49 Veronica February 27, 2014 at 19:53

        Oh absolutely. And it finishes with you and your guitar playing some amazing rock solo.

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:08

        What about playing something on classical guitar?

      • 51 Veronica February 28, 2014 at 02:22

        That could work, what are your choices of song?

      • 52 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:16

        A Canarios?

      • 53 Veronica February 28, 2014 at 21:58

        A what?

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:35

        Well, it’s a song.

      • 55 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:52

        Maybe a guitar and a banjo and some Deliverance.

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:59

        Definitely, Susan. ;)

      • 57 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:45

        :D

  10. 58 Sonya Solomonovich February 26, 2014 at 19:29

    Nice armory, professor! Are you well versed in the martial arts of the samurai?

    • 59 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:15

      Thank you! Oh yes, the professor comes trained. Is that cool? :D

      • 60 Sonya Solomonovich February 28, 2014 at 19:19

        Very cool! :D

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:27

        :D

  11. 62 walt walker February 26, 2014 at 18:59

    Ah, the infamous battle axe. With that and your other weapons the Punchylands should be quite secure.

    Interesting that the Professor’s age has come up. I’ve been puzzling over that one myself.

    • 63 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:09

      Yes! Do you like the color?

      What do you think on the matter?

    • 64 walt walker February 28, 2014 at 02:58

      Which matter?

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:16

        The age of the professor.

      • 66 walt walker March 1, 2014 at 01:19

        I’m sure it’s into double digits. And I’m sure it won’t be revealed!

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:36

        Maybe it’s in the triple digits?

  12. 68 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 26, 2014 at 18:18

    Hey! Surprise surprise!! I’m so glad you accepted the award, Duketh. I am very fortunate to call you my friend. :) I just love this picture of us. :D (You surprised me!)

    Now those pictures are impressive and, quite frankly, show us how serious you are about your interests.

    The knives, Duketh…..wowawee!

    I have never seen a finer batttle axe!! I want to hear you play someday. Wow.

    I like my headphones, too.

    Thanks for the sweet words, my dear. :)

    • 69 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:31

      :D :D Don’t you just love surprises? (Me and my dull mind forgot for a long while! I do apologize.)

      What interests exactly? I do like both pics…

      :D Aren’t they coolio? You must have a favorite!

      The professor’s been known to rock it out, but it might surprise you that classical guitar is where his heart lies.

      Headphones are great, aren’t they? They help me concentrate.

      Thank you for the nomination!

      • 70 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 26, 2014 at 21:04

        No not really… :lol: (I’m still waiting for your rolling eyes.)

        That you are frighteningly scary owning all those or super cool. Not sure which… the battle axe is my favorite. Or all those little black weapons. What do you need them for beside killing trees? The katana is BOSS! ;)

        Stop…that is pretty fantastic, Duke. I’m wowed.

        Me too!!!!!!! Always…..

        Of course! :)

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:18

        Only girls roll their eyes!!!!

        The professor needs to protect hiself, you see. I hope it makes me super cool. I’m a friendly sort of chap.

        Really???

      • 72 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 27, 2014 at 04:39

        True…I just did. :lol:

        I think it makes you super duper cool. A bit scary and powerful seeming, in truth. :)

        Really to what…the headphones? Yes..I even write most everything on paper first. The computer much too disturbing til print.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:03

        :lol: I knew it…

        The professor, scary? :D That’s funny, you know.

        No, I meant to the classical guitar…

        I agree about that. But I just can’t write fast on paper.

      • 74 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 27, 2014 at 20:56

        :lol: You don’t get to know everything, Sir!

        Why is that funny…look at what you have, Duketh. You’re either scary or down right a man of intrigue. ..

        Yes, of course I mean it! I wrote you a guitar poem last night..as a thank you for the shout out. Titled…Perfection :) Since its been on the PL mind and all.

        I didn’t say I was fast…lol

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:18

        Doesn’t the professor know all?

        But which one, Audith? Both sound nice. Can I be both?

        I must find it! Can’t believe I’ve missed it…

        Faster than me!

      • 76 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 28, 2014 at 05:25

        He tells me he does…he shows us a lot of the time, as well. :)

        They both have their appeal, I must admit. Yes, Duketh you should be both!! I think you are already both…

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:18

        Well, that’s a bingo, then. :D

      • 78 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 28, 2014 at 17:55

        Can I call it out???? Hold my dobber…BINGO!!!

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:20

        :lol: That’s awesome.

      • 80 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 1, 2014 at 17:22

        :)

  13. 81 PorterGirl February 26, 2014 at 17:35

    Nice guitar ;) I am fond of the weapons also. I have never used notation software, I imagine it to be very troublesome. ProTools is about my limit, I’m afraid :(

    I used to be young once, too. I’m pretty sure everyone did. But I have been known to be wrong, on occasion. It is always nice to learn more about you, Professor :)

    • 82 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:28

      Thank you, Lucy. It can be, yes. ProTools?! Good for you. It’s the industry standard. Do you record a lot?

      How old do you think the professor?

      • 83 PorterGirl February 26, 2014 at 18:32

        I do a bit of production here and there (Episode 4 is a big musical number!)

        I hadn’t really thought about your age, Professor. Sometimes I think you are rather elderly (because of your wisdom) then other times I think you are fairly young. I change my mind every day :)

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:34

        Ooo! I can’t wait. Now, if I saw things right, someone you are related to wrote the theme? (When is episode 4 coming?)

        Does that make me an enigma? :)

      • 85 PorterGirl February 26, 2014 at 18:40

        An enigma is good! I think you are an enigma, yes :)

        You did see correctly – it is very useful having a record producer in the family (how observant you are!) Episode 4 will be filmed this weekend and I expect to get it online by the middle of next week :)

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:08

        A professorish one.

        That’s so cool that he’s a record producer! I really can’t wait. Are you in it?

      • 87 PorterGirl February 27, 2014 at 18:24

        I am indeed! But in a very different guise!

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:05

        Man, I need to see this!

      • 89 PorterGirl February 28, 2014 at 12:28

        All being well, it should be up middle of next week :)

      • 90 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:19

        Nice!

  14. 91 desertdweller29 February 26, 2014 at 17:13

    1 and 5 gave me a laugh; 7 got me thinking. :)

    • 92 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:28

      :D Did you learn something new about the professor?

      • 93 desertdweller29 February 26, 2014 at 20:41

        Indeed! Although my curiosity is piqued as to the kind of professor the professor would categorize himself as….hmmm. However, I like a little mystery.

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:17

        Well, how would you categorize the professor? :D

      • 95 desertdweller29 February 27, 2014 at 06:06

        Hmm… Mysterious.

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:03

        Ask me any question you have, and I’ll give you a professorish answer.

      • 97 desertdweller29 February 27, 2014 at 18:48

        What is the Professor’s favorite book? (You can tell a lot about someone by what he/she reads, no?)

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:07

        You’re definitely right…well… My favorite non-fiction book is…probably Prince and the Pauper. Robin Hood’s good, too. And I love the Princess of Mars. What do you make of this?

      • 99 desertdweller29 February 28, 2014 at 03:25

        You’re a classy guy. :)

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:16

        Aw, thanks!

  15. 101 bardictale February 26, 2014 at 16:49

    Indeed you did! What a wonderful armory you have.

    • 102 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:27

      Do you like the katana?

      • 103 bardictale February 27, 2014 at 16:32

        Absolutely!

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:19

        :D

  16. 105 weggieboy February 26, 2014 at 16:13

    I live, happily, with two cats, so I am particularly fond of sharp, pointy things! I see you are, too.

    • 106 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:27

      :lol: Do they poke at you often?

  17. 107 Simply Suspicious February 26, 2014 at 16:10

    #5: Ahh…you’re still young professor; even if only at heart…. As far as your armory is concerned it’s quite interesting; perhaps perfect for dragon slaying?

    • 108 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:27

      Young? I’m older than two and half of you!

      I am a dragon, you see…

  18. 109 Debbie February 26, 2014 at 15:49

    The professor makes a friendly-looking dragon! Oh, I suppose he breathes fire on occasion, but these pictures make him seem quite approachable. As for the weapons, well, I’d prefer a gun over a knife any day!

    • 110 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:26

      Yes, I am rather sweet at times. But it’s cool blowing fire, you know.

      Me too! Aren’t guns fabulous?

  19. 111 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 15:27

    Congratualtions to you and Mic on your award!

    • 112 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:22

      Why and Mic?

      • 113 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 18:40

        Well, we all know Mic is the creative brains of the outfit, while the Professor is merely the charming, good-looking frontman! So it seems only fair that Mic should share the praise…

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:08

        Mic is the studio guy, the professor does the rest. :)

      • 115 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:16

        With all of your aliases, I hope you don’t all run into each other on a narrow bridge over a deep water fall. The world would lose too much.

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:28

        Is this a compliment? I’m just a professor, you know. :D

      • 117 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:43

        If you wish it to be a compliment, it shall be one.

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:51

        That’s a safe answer!

      • 119 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:42

        Dost the Professor believe that Susan might be a diplomat?

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:32

        Are you? :shock:

      • 121 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:59

        I can be…for a certain amount of time…do you need one?

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:24

        What does one usually do with one?

      • 123 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:57

        One sends a diplomat to negotiate a deal.

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:14

        Could you negotiate with DS?

      • 125 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:58

        I could try, but it might require a good deal of the ready.

      • 126 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:53

        Salami usually counts out his money in pennies. He makes Ruber do the counting.

      • 127 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:57

        Well, scratch that plan.

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:30

        I’m afraid so, I suppose. It’s just not worth dealing in money with DS.

      • 129 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:48

        Ezakly.:D

      • 130 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 16:05

        Of course, we could always steal his pennies. Now that would be a roar.

      • 131 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 20:07

        It would be fantabulous. Let’s do it.

      • 132 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:31

        And get Ruber to help us.

      • 133 Susan P March 6, 2014 at 19:46

        Ruber would be an excellent partner in revenge.

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:42

        For sure. I’m certain he’d be willing to help.

      • 135 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 16:53

        Ruber is just waiting for another opportunity to get revenge.

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 21:08

        Which is sad.

      • 137 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 22:26

        But where would the PL be without Ruber and DS playing off one another?

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke March 8, 2014 at 20:48

        That’s true, although they aren’t the oldest characters.

      • 139 Susan P March 8, 2014 at 20:58

        Oldest discovered or oldest by age?

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2014 at 21:39

        Discovered, that is.

      • 141 Susan P March 10, 2014 at 00:45

        How long have you been conspiring in the Punchy Lands?

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2014 at 17:04

        The professor… More than 90% of my life!

      • 143 Susan P March 10, 2014 at 22:04

        I cannot imagine spending that much time there. It would make you very punchy, I think.

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2014 at 01:00

        Horribly so.

      • 145 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 15:30

        Uh-huh! That’s not what Mic told me…

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:15

        You’ve never spoken with Mic.

      • 147 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 21:06

        How would you know? I hope you don’t intercept his e-mails…

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:20

        Do you send a lot to him?

      • 149 FictionFan February 28, 2014 at 16:14

        Yes, we’re in constant contact. He tells me all the Professorial secrets…

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:29

        What’s the most surprising one?

      • 151 FictionFan February 28, 2014 at 19:36

        That although the Professor plays guitar and clarinet, he actually prefers to play the kazoo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC65ufGUvKM He says you’re the one with the moustache.

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:30

        :lol: Is that how you picture me?

      • 153 FictionFan March 1, 2014 at 21:51

        :lol: I plead the Fifth!

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:11

        :shock: It is! Well! I must have another look at me. (Are you searching for the professor, or do you like to watch random kazoo vids?)

      • 155 FictionFan March 3, 2014 at 13:13

        :lol: Why would I be searching for the Professor amongst kazoo vids?? Have I stumbled across one of the Professor’s secret hobbies???

      • 156 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:26

        Never played one. Then why are you searching for kazoo vids?

      • 157 FictionFan March 4, 2014 at 00:23

        :lol: I wasn’t! Well, I was but only once! I tried to think of the silliest instrument I could and kazoo popped into my head. Then I thought the Professor might not know what a kazoo was so…I searched for a vid. Just once. Never before and never again. Never! Really!! I am horrified that the Professor thinks I’m a kazoo vid addict – my street-cred is reduced to zero!

      • 158 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 13:27

        :lol: :lol: All just to laugh me to scorn! (I have to admit, you’re so entertaining.!)

      • 159 FictionFan March 4, 2014 at 16:29

        No trouble is too great to laugh the Professor to scorn! (Thanks…though I think you’re laughing me to scorn…)

      • 160 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:43

        Not at all. I’ll admit: I greatly enjoyed the video. :lol:

      • 161 FictionFan March 4, 2014 at 22:20

        :lol: So did I – but don’t tell anyone!

      • 162 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 00:24

        Our secret!

      • 163 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 20:39

        The Professor didn’t know that? That seems punchy.

      • 164 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:16

        What didn’t I know?

      • 165 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:36

        Well, if you don’t know it can’t hurt you.

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:47

        It can, though.

      • 167 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:36

        I prefer blissful ignorance. Do you believe me?

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:29

        I actually don’t. Am I right to doubt?

      • 169 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:55

        Chikit. Busted again.

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:21

        See, the professor knows!

      • 171 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:45

        The professor has forgotten more than I have ever learned.

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:09

        Which means I was smart at one time but am now quite dumb.

      • 173 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:55

        And where does that leave me?

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:51

        Oh dear…. :lol: I’m sorry!

      • 175 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:53

        Boys.

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:28

        :lol: That’s not fair methinks! Girls!!!

      • 177 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:46

        What’s not fair?

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 16:04

        That you just say that like that! Why don’t you say “Girls” instead?

      • 179 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 20:05

        “Girls” instead. There.

      • 180 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:30

        Much better! :D

      • 181 Susan P March 6, 2014 at 19:45

        No it is not better! How is that better? ;)

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:41

        Well, for one, you’re not picking on me!

      • 183 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 16:55

        When have I ever picked on you? Sheesh.

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 21:09

        All the time?

      • 185 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 22:29

        Cannot be true. I spend a fair amount of time picking on Harry.

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke March 8, 2014 at 20:49

        :lol: And I bet he’s a better man for it!

      • 187 Susan P March 8, 2014 at 21:01

        :D

    • 188 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 21:27

      FictionFan… random question here… have you ever been to the Isle of Man?

      • 189 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 21:32

        I have indeed, though quite a long time ago. I briefly worked for a company that was headquartered there and spent a miserable three weeks in a half-built hotel there…why?

    • 190 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 21:56

      Quite honestly, because I was doing some reading on the British Islands and the name caught my attention… isn’t it an odd name?

      • 191 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 22:00

        Only, you know, if it turns out the Jazzy lives there.

      • 192 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:23

        :lol: What a thingy!

      • 193 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:39

        Word! LOL

      • 194 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:48

        :D

      • 195 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 22:03

        Not just an odd name – it’s an odd place. It’s not fully governed by the UK and has all kinds of weird laws – at least it used to, it might have changed now. And there’s nothing to do there unless you like tramping around looking for Neolithic standing stones. And their cats have no tails. Much better to read about Scotland… ;)

      • 196 Jazzy Couldren February 26, 2014 at 23:34

        Hey, I’s don’t live anywhere. The manliest place is the jungle.

    • 197 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 22:16

      Well, it definitely sounds neat–I mean quaint ;) I’m trying to think if we have any places like that here but I’m coming up dry. The Northwest seemed slightly “out of it.” Nothing to do there either unless you don’t mind being in the car for hours upon hours trying to get the closest attraction.

      Ah, is that where Manx comes from? Uh-oh, you’re making disparaging remarks about the late Bob. And as you know, Bob was an American with no tail. Let’s hope the professor doesn’t see. He he he :D

      • 198 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 22:30

        Oh, and it rains all the time…

        Ooh, you’re mean, Mr Fish! :mad: I would never disparage poor Bob. I hope the Professor beats you over the head with your own femur!!

      • 199 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:23

        :cry: :cry:

      • 200 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 15:48

        I’m sorry, C-W-W. :(

      • 201 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:17

        Thanks, FEF.

    • 202 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 23:26

      Yes. It rains and never snows. The breakfast portions are HUGE though! :D

      Do fish have femurs?

      • 203 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 00:10

        Be careful – it would be too, too sad if you burst…

        If they don’t, I’ll cheerfully lend him mine… :P

    • 204 deanthefish February 27, 2014 at 01:00

      Hmm, sarcasm?? Nah… couldn’t be.

      Be careful you might not get it back! :bursts into hysterical giggles:

  20. 205 Angeline M February 26, 2014 at 15:08

    Glad to see your armory does not include guns. Now I’ve learned something about you…maybe have not been around long enough to know of your musical accomplishments.
    I will not press the issue of Smiles Riot relationship with you, que sera sera.

    • 206 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:22

      What have you learned? :) Don’t you like guns?

      Ooo, what does that mean?

  21. 207 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 14:20

    Do you have Finale 2014?

    • 208 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 14:25

      I use Sibelius and Finale. And is there even a Finale 2014?

      • 209 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 14:27

        http://www.finalemusic.com/blog/finale-2014-is-here/

      • 210 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 14:28

        Would that be it?

    • 211 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 14:40

      Well… I suppose it is! Actually I’m still stuck back in the world of Finale 2009 and 2010. Do you have 2014?

      • 212 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 15:13

        No, I don’t have Finale of any sort.

    • 213 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:21

      I actually decided not to buy that one after talking it over with Mr. Editor. Are you familiar with Finale?

      • 214 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 18:38

        Obviously she is… the apparent question is…. why?

      • 215 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 19:16

        Only what I’ve read about it. It sounds like an amazing tool.

      • 216 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:15

        It is overall. Lovely in most forms. It does get vexing though!

      • 217 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:34

        All electronic “helps” sooner or later get vexing.

      • 218 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:45

        Yes, even the professorish ones.

      • 219 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:34

        :)

    • 220 deanthefish February 26, 2014 at 23:30

      It is. But not as amazing as Sibelius, in my opinion…

      • 221 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 01:59

        How are they different?

      • 222 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:26

        The professor thinks Finale is better. Me and the fish have this debate all the time. Finale’s much better at notation!

      • 223 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:41

        Well, I, at least, learned some interesting things today. My curiosity bone will rest happy tonight.

      • 224 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:50

        What did you learn? The professor must needs a recap. I’ve lost it again.

      • 225 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:40

        About Sibelius and Finale. Did you find it now?

      • 226 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:30

        I think so…

      • 227 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:57

        Either you did or you did not. Are you being slick again?

      • 228 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:22

        Slick? Hmmm…I like that lots. Of course I’m being slick!

      • 229 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:54

        You have to be able to click your fingers while you’re swinging your keychain and walking down the road to be slick. Can you do that?

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:12

        No. Too many things going on.

      • 231 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:56

        As I suspected.

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:52

        So I’m not slick. Rats and a Heifer.

      • 233 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:54

        Huff-Hum and a Roar.

      • 234 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:29

        :lol: Love it!

      • 235 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:47

        :D

    • 236 deanthefish February 27, 2014 at 02:19

      Well it comes down to minute differences. Overall, Sibelius is more intuitive and has much better sounds. Finale, on the other hand is more flexible and can probably do more (even if it is less convenient) from a formatting standpoint.

      • 237 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:29

        Yes, yes. Much better at formatting, which is all that matters, Mr. Fish!

      • 238 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:39

        My dad would have loved all of that electronic magic. He had a recording studio of his own where he edited his reel to reel productions. Once he made a tape loop to wake me up in the morning. How I hated that!

      • 239 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:47

        :lol: That’s so cool! I would love to work with some reels.

      • 240 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:37

        I always thought it was. Except for the loop repeating, “Hurry up, Susan. Hurry up, Susan….

      • 241 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:29

        :lol: Seriously? That’s too much. :lol:

      • 242 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:56

        Apparently, schools have certain time boundaries which they expect to be honored. Who knew?

      • 243 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:21

        Blah to schools, madam!

      • 244 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:47

        It’s not getting any better.

      • 245 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:10

        Of course it isn’t! That’s how it is when schools are involved.

      • 246 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:56

        :)

  22. 247 ladycheetah7 February 26, 2014 at 13:53

    Coolio. Pretty nice looking armory and as for #7 I think you might be on to something.

    • 248 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 14:13

      I agree with you, Lady Cheetah as far as #7. As for the dragon…I somehow thought it might be something like that. And #1 may well be true.
      Two nods, a wink, and an astroid

      • 249 ladycheetah7 February 26, 2014 at 14:23

        Yes. Number one seems to fit him quite well. I must say he is bit of a hard read you know. Imagine this nice fellow but can’t quite tell if the mystery signals fear or amazement. I mean the knife/battle ax collection doesn’t spook me. It’s the guitar that makes me wonder…lol!

      • 250 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 14:25

        Do you think he uses music as a weapon?

      • 251 ladycheetah7 February 26, 2014 at 15:17

        To lure his prey? Yes!

      • 252 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 15:45

        laughing –

      • 253 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:26

        See how you’re laughing me to scorn, ladies? In fact, I’m vicious and mean–like a warrior. Like Hector.

      • 254 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 19:17

        Um. No.

      • 255 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:15

        What are you saying no about?

      • 256 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:35

        About the professor not being vicious and mean–like a warrior.

      • 257 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:45

        But isn’t he?

      • 258 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:36

        Like William Wallace?

      • 259 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:28

        Who’s he?

      • 260 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:54

        That is a question you should present to FF being that it’s a Scottish sort of answer.

      • 261 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:20

        I think I’ve asked her before…

      • 262 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:44

        So, are you hoping for a different answer or have you forgotten? Or do you not want to ask her again because the Scots are a fierce people (Harry is mostly Scottish.)

      • 263 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:09

        I don’t think he has anything over on Hector! (I didn’t know that! How interesting.)

      • 264 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:52

        You didn’t know the Scots are fierce or that Harry has so much Scottish blood?

      • 265 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:48

        I didn’t know Mr. Harry was Scottish. :D But Scots aren’t fierce…leastaways not as fierce as the professor.

      • 266 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:50

        Ah. Take fierce and add to it stubborn and see if you can beat that.

      • 267 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:27

        The professor isn’t stubborn. Maybe I’m defeated.

      • 268 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:44

        I think I wouldn’t like it if you and Harry ever met up. At least if FF wasn’t here to take my side.

      • 269 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 16:01

        Why not?

      • 270 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 20:04

        The stubborn quotient would increase exponentially.

      • 271 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:29

        You’d make the peace. Are you Scottish?

      • 272 Susan P March 6, 2014 at 19:43

        No. I’m what the Portuguese call a mistura de raçes. German, French, English, a little Irish and a little Welsh.

      • 273 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:39

        That’s a bunch of cool nations! I still can’t pronounce Portuguese words…

      • 274 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 16:57

        We’ll just ship you over there for six months and you’ll be doing swimmingly.

      • 275 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 21:11

        I’d probably get killed.

      • 276 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 22:30

        No, but watch out for the Portuguese mamas.

      • 277 Professor VJ Duke March 8, 2014 at 20:50

        Now, why?

      • 278 Susan P March 8, 2014 at 21:03

        Where do I begin?

      • 279 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2014 at 21:40

        I’m not sure. :)

      • 280 Susan P March 10, 2014 at 00:48

        In short, they can be quite fierce.

      • 281 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2014 at 17:06

        Well…I believe it!

      • 282 Susan P March 10, 2014 at 22:05

        But outstanding friends.

      • 283 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2014 at 01:02

        Yes, I’ve gathered that from some of your posts. A real big family. :)

      • 284 Susan P March 11, 2014 at 23:34

        :)

    • 285 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:21

      #7’s dadblamery. I was hoping you’d explain it to me.

      :D Isn’t the armory fascinating? They’re just the sharp blades and batons, you know…

      • 286 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:11

        The armory is fascinating. I was looking for some nunchucks in the mix. And maybe a yari and ashiko.

        Why are you confused about #7? Wait. Didn’t you write down the things about yourself? How can you hope for someone else to splain it?

      • 287 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:27

        Ooo, they’d be nice to get. But the professor is looking at some Hector-like swords at the moment. :D

        I did! It cometh to my mind and I thought, “Susan will be able to splain it to me for sure!” So I wrote it down.

      • 288 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:41

        Well, after a night’s sleep, maybe Susan cam splain it.

      • 289 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:50

        Okay, then!

      • 290 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:41

        7. Most of what we believe is not true.

        It’s possible that much of what we believe is not true.

      • 291 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:30

        It’s inspired!

      • 292 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:58

        What is the difference between inspired and perspired?

      • 293 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:22

        Isn’t it that if you’re inspired you’re alive, and if you’re perspired you’re dead?

      • 294 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:55

        No, that’s expired.

      • 295 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:13

        See how smart I am?

      • 296 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:57

        I can’t see. Nope, I really can’t.

      • 297 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:52

        Oh yes you can!

      • 298 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:55

        Oh, sherbert herbert. No way!

      • 299 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:30

        :lol: :lol: That’s quite lovely.

      • 300 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:47

        :D


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