PL Reporter–2ndE

PL Reporter

2nd Edition
5 2014

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Segment A
Punchy Proverbs

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

1. Paying an insult is a tricky business; it must be done in such a way as to make the recipient wonder if one was really just presented.

2. Some things are inexplicable; like how time can go so fast when minutes only crawl by.

3. Snakes are hard to spot; especially when they’re wearing suits.

Favorites, PF? The professor really likes #3. Only I wear cargo pants.

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Segment B
Severe Weather Report

weatherIt has been hurricane-ing (new, splendid word) atop Mr. Magi’s cave—which is far below the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. He has decided to hibernate one day longer as a result. The Punchy Lands is bound to get out of order.

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Segment C
Featured Story: The Manly House
by J. Freedwoppen

The Punchy Lands was thrown into an uproar when Jazzy Couldren’s The Manly House (his training studio) opened this past day and some.

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“My house is to make men know how to be manly,” Manly-Man said.

When I asked Manly-Man if manliness was a dying art, he replied, “Yeah, you know it is.”

Already, The Manly House is quite full of eager men wanting to get manly.

The bonus?

Manly-Man is their personal instructor.

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Secrets agents Mark Malone and Lottie Ollie will be watched out for, Manly-Man said.

“We need manliness. Not girly manliness.”

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Segment D
MicP Studios—Behind the Scenes
by Nicholas Warren

The walls were lime green. In the truest sense of lime green. Maybe even limier than a lime. It was bad. That was the first thing I thought upon entering the studio. I turned to VJ. “What happened?”

He didn’t really seem to care. “Well, I asked the Audio Engineers to paint the room. Do you like it? I think it’s rather spicy, but I’m not sure I like it.”

“It’s horrendous. I would imagine they’re more than colorblind. Why would you hire them?”

“Well, I’d supposed they needed something to do. When not engineering, you know…”

“Whatever. Let’s get to work on this project.”

VJ had called me in to work on a particular project he was having a hard time with. Or just wasn’t trying with. He says it was the former. I think it was the latter.

So we got down to work. Two hours later, we were almost finished. Just a few lines to go. That’s when the Professor got hungry and went to make himself soup.

I finished the lines. And then it happened.

And it was the lime green walls’ fault. I never forget.

But this time I did.

I clicked the ‘X’ button without saving. It didn’t even prompt me to save.

I just stared at the screen and felt like roaring.

VJ came in and I told him what happened.

The professor laughed a little and cried a little. Then he winked a whole bunch. “I need to get lunch. Let’s finish this tomorrow.”

And we were done until the next day.

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Segment E
A Conversation

JULLIARD SALAMI: So, you look particularly ugly today.
RUBER SALAMI: Why thank you, Julliard, my rotten cousin.
JULLIARD SALAMI: Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being ugly when you could be uglier.
RUBER SALAMI: Julliard, I feel like harpooning you today.
JULLIARD SALAMI: You don’t even know how to throw a harpoon.
RUBER SALAMI: Well, let’s practice.

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248 Responses to “PL Reporter–2ndE”


  1. 1 Susan P May 10, 2014 at 15:50

    Lime green? Is it edible? MM’s enterprise seems a little sexist. No weemen?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 12:56

      It’s getting repainted! That’s what it’s getting, dadblameit!

      • 3 Susan P May 12, 2014 at 12:58

        Laughing. Harry would have a freakin’ cow, dadblameit, if you tried to paint our house any shade of green.

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 13:03

        *laughing* Doesn’t he like green?

      • 5 Susan P May 12, 2014 at 13:05

        He does not like green. He also does not like Red Sox Read,,,but that’s another story. His favorite color is yellow.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 16:38

        Yellow…for the Pirates! I knew he was a fan of sorts.

      • 7 Susan P May 12, 2014 at 17:15

        Red. Sheesh. No more beach for me. He doesn’t root for the Pirates, either.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 22:59

        Haha. I know! But tell him the Pirates are sweet.

      • 9 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 00:52

        I’ll tell him, but it might cut short some of the molasses cookies.

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke May 13, 2014 at 12:42

        Haha, oh dear!

      • 11 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:54

        What? You don’t believe?

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:12

        No!

      • 13 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:24

        In what? Cookies? Or short commons?

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:26

        Uhh…both!

      • 15 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:39

        Well then. It’s kind of hot this time of year for cookies anyway.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:31

        Never too hot for cookies!

      • 17 Susan P May 15, 2014 at 12:52

        Depends on whether you are baking them or eating them, sir.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 14:53

        Oh, that’s true. There’s these type of roll Christmas cookies. I hear that they’re dadblamery to make, ’cause there so hot when you have to roll them. I just eat them.

      • 19 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:19

        I think I’ve made those in my dark past.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:31

        Oh I bet you have! I think they’re tasty.

      • 21 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:37

        The professor sounds like Harry – if it’s sweet, it’s good.

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:39

        I’m made of fun of frequently for just that!

      • 23 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 16:08

        When I looked at the picture of you under the water, I thought I saw an extraordinarily large sweet tooth. :D

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:02

        *laughing lots* Now I wonder what you’d see if you saw my land pic.

      • 25 Susan P May 17, 2014 at 01:01

        A raccoon?

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 19:55

        No, it’s a shrub that I planted. It won’t grow.

      • 27 Susan P May 17, 2014 at 19:57

        My condolences.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 21:44

        But…I like it still. And thank you. Haha.

      • 29 Susan P May 18, 2014 at 21:11

        I have colony cats that have some kind of grudge against my sage plant. They keep knocking it down, dadblameit.

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2014 at 14:50

        You should shoot them.

      • 31 Susan P May 19, 2014 at 16:26

        The sage?

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2014 at 00:05

        The cats, dadblameit!

      • 33 Susan P May 20, 2014 at 19:38

        Pish posh.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke May 21, 2014 at 12:45

        Now time for a wash. *smiles proudly ’cause he can rhyme*

      • 35 Susan P May 21, 2014 at 13:46

        Bravo!!

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke May 21, 2014 at 19:31

        *smiles bigly*

      • 37 Susan P May 22, 2014 at 11:44

        *wink and a twinkle*

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke May 22, 2014 at 15:55

        Wow…

      • 39 Susan P May 22, 2014 at 17:53

        What can I say? I have skills.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2014 at 14:46

        You do!

      • 41 Susan P May 23, 2014 at 15:11

        :D

  2. 42 Bethy May 7, 2014 at 10:47

    You know…I think I’ve heard the first proverb before somewhere. I’m not sure where though. I do like it!

    Lime green? Really?

    • 43 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 14:20

      It’s a good one! I keep it close and use it about quite frequently. *wicked professorish smile*

      Green enough! Nick may have said things a bit too strongly.

      • 44 Bethy May 8, 2014 at 10:19

        *nods* Yes, I do use it myself a lot. It’s Plumbtastic when you can pull it off.

        A bit too strongly? I don’t think anyone ever exaggerates in the PL do they?

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 14:50

        It is!

        Well, do you suppose the professor does?

      • 46 Bethy May 9, 2014 at 10:34

        Well….I think everyone does sometimes right? I’m just not sure when?
        There was a phrase growing up…”I’ve told you a million times never to exaggerate…”

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 20:41

        Hahaha! I love that phrase. Never heard it before, though…

        Me neither. It’s hard to tell sometimes.

      • 48 Bethy May 12, 2014 at 09:54

        Must have been one of my mom’s special phrases *smile*
        Sometimes it is hard to tell when people are exaggerating.

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 12:59

        It’s a good one, I think.

        Yeah. It’s makes me cranky!

  3. 50 Catherine May 7, 2014 at 04:14

    Proverb number one is my favourite, and number 3 definitely has truth to it! And I noticed that you mentioned your cargo pants. Nice.

    • 51 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 14:19

      Yes! You like cargo pants, huh?

      • 52 Catherine May 9, 2014 at 00:30

        Haha! I guess…I have a brother who used to wear them religiously so I learned to love them.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 01:24

        I think they’re a pretty cool getup!

      • 54 Catherine May 9, 2014 at 23:28

        They are! Very useful, too.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 12:48

        For sure!

  4. 56 Jackie May 6, 2014 at 23:30

    I’m feeling a bit under the weather due allergies and as a result I’m not very talkative. I did want to say though that I really like proverb #3 a lot.

    • 57 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 13:59

      Oh no! Hope you feel better, Jackie. I hate allergies! That’s a goody, for sure.

  5. 58 bardictale May 6, 2014 at 08:15

    Loved the proverbs today. If they were up for adoption, I’d take them all home.

    • 59 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:56

      Awesome! It’s rare that you like all three, Bard.

      • 60 bardictale May 6, 2014 at 17:48

        Well, today they were exceptionally good^^

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 23:03

        Many thanks, Bard.

  6. 62 Simply Skeptical May 5, 2014 at 20:55

    Hilarious! I think VJ’s blinking maybe more like a nervous twitch. Perhaps a vacation is in order. It’s really sweet how cousinly Ruber & Julliard are towards one another; such family devotion. (chuckles)

    • 63 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:30

      Haha! I wish I could be like that with my cousin, Smiles, you know! Blinking? It’s a warrior twitch, how’s that?

  7. 64 Me, Myself and DIY May 5, 2014 at 19:28

    Love the little boxer. I cardio kick box for fun too. My gloves are white. Manly or whatever…that sounds too complicated to me. We are just plain STRONG.

    • 65 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:26

      White gloves! That’s cool. How about the professor?

    • 66 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:26

      Oh, and kick box sounds fabulous. I’m always trying to kick.

  8. 67 PorterGirl May 5, 2014 at 19:02

    Aha – super! I think proverb 3 is the truest thing I ever did hear. I hope Mr M is safe from the inclement weather, I shall fret about him and the welfare of the Punchy Lands, certainly.

    MM’s school of manliness sounds amazing. He is providing a service to all, I am sure. I wish him all the very best with it!

    Things at MicP studios sound of a similar nature to the studios I frequent this side of the pond. I adore engineers but I question their sanity at times.

    By the way, Professor – I attempted to make noodles, cashews & cherries as a dish – it was a disaster! But, my friend Liz and I think it may work with a plum sauce instead. What is your stance on plums?

    • 68 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:18

      The professor shall hold up his end! (If I’m feeling up to it. It is a job, you know.)

      Me too! But I don’t think I shall join.

      *laughing lots* I know, right? It must be all the waves they deal with. I don’t know.

      *laughing even more* I love plums! I think it would be awesome with plums. Was it hard to make?

      • 69 PorterGirl May 6, 2014 at 06:05

        Glad to hear you are holding up your end! (very English expression, that!)

        The dish wasn’t too hard but the cherries misbehaved when I turned them into a sauce. I shall see how the plums get on. Some grow in my garden I’ll use them :)

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:56

        It is? What a wonder!

        That sounds like it will be tasty too. Let me know if it works!

      • 71 PorterGirl May 6, 2014 at 13:04

        I will try it this weekend. Plum sauces are usually pretty lovely :)

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 13:05

        Wow. I wish I could have a taste. Man! Good luck. But I’m getting the sense that you’re a great cook.

      • 73 PorterGirl May 6, 2014 at 13:09

        If only you could taste it! That would be the best. I’m not a bad cook, I suppose. I like cooking because eating is my favourite thing! I will keep you informed of my culinary adventures ;)

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 15:43

        *laughing* I like it, too! Definitely do that! And keep me posted on all the other cool things you’re doing! I’d love to hear about–whenever you want!

      • 75 PorterGirl May 6, 2014 at 15:44

        I shall Professor! Of course I shall :)

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 16:00

        Thank you, Lucy!

  9. 77 Meeinal May 5, 2014 at 18:22

    Minutes go slow….. So true,a big lol to cargo pants professor :)

    • 78 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:14

      They do go slow! Ah, don’t you like cargo pants?

      • 79 Meeinal May 6, 2014 at 01:47

        They are ok….. They just remind me of my son bending and hunting like crazy to find the right stuff kept in the right pocket:)

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:55

        *laughing* I know, right? It can get crazy. That’s why I usually never use the pockets!

  10. 81 desertdweller29 May 5, 2014 at 16:42

    Has Manly-Man been watching Hans and Frans from old SNL reruns? He could pick up some pointers. …#2 is my favorite. Suits are a dead give away when spotting a snake! I actually spotted a whip snake the other day, which was camouflaged on a tree branch. I don’t know how I did it without the beast wearing a suit… You could tell it was quite embarrassed being caught without one. In hindsight, I should have suggested cargo pants.

    • 82 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 17:45

      I’s doesn’t know what you’s talkin’ about. But I’s tell you that I’s don’t need no pointers. :}

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:18

        Maybe a few, MM? Like a few manners possibly?

      • 84 desertdweller29 May 5, 2014 at 21:35

        All right. I’ll take your word for it, MM. But they can really pump you up. Just saying…

      • 85 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 22:13

        I doesn’t know…

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:32

        Doesn’t know much, yes.

    • 87 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:14

      *laughing* Why cargo pants?

      • 88 desertdweller29 May 5, 2014 at 21:34

        Because the Professor wears cargo pants, no?

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:32

        I do! Do you know, I completely forgot saying that up there? My mind is going, you know.

    • 90 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:14

      I’m laughing so hard…

  11. 91 InfiniteZip May 5, 2014 at 15:31

    I see the slithery snakes daily, I see past the suits and I have a card that says it’s ok to be ugly, just ask your mom:)

    • 92 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:12

      Haha! What sort of snakes?

      • 93 InfiniteZip May 5, 2014 at 19:30

        Office bossy snakes:)

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:26

        Aha! The worst!

  12. 95 Angeline M May 5, 2014 at 15:30

    Punchy proverb #1 gets my vote; it is ever so much fun crafting a good insult, leaving the recipient with a mind spinning with wonderment.
    Sorry about your hitting the x without saving your work, that can be ever so vexing.
    Maybe MM can include the art of harpooning at his Manly House training to help Julliard and Ruber?

    • 96 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 17:46

      Maybe I should…

    • 97 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:12

      It shuts down the conversation (if there was one) immediately, huh?

      So dadblame vexing, yes!

      *laughing* Did you know the professor harpooned Moby Dick?

  13. 98 Julie Harris May 5, 2014 at 15:06

    Proverb 3 is quite witty…green is my favorite color, so I say leave the walls as they are!

    • 99 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:11

      But…lime green?

  14. 100 erinkenobi2893 May 5, 2014 at 14:54

    What I would like to know is, does Jazzy Couldren have any hobbies? (If not, he needs one.)
    I like the first and third proverbs, and about the “girly manliness” comment above, I am insulted. *throws a pie at Jazzy*
    I’ve closed documents without hitting “save” before. *sigh* It is annoying.

    • 101 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 17:47

      Manliness is my hobby… :}

      Girlies ain’t included in my manliness mantra… :}

      • 102 erinkenobi2893 May 5, 2014 at 23:19

        No, I meant a real hobby, like fishing, or taking guns out and shooting them at targets or at game like deer and rabbits, or gardening or birdwatching.
        And I’m a Jedi Padawan. So I guess I sort of make my own rules anyway…

      • 103 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 23:37

        I’s like to lift weights, shoot guns, cannons, missiles…all those kinds of stuff. :}

    • 104 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:07

      Well, you know, he’s supposed to be very wealthy.

      Rats! What sort of pie was it? I hope it wasn’t cherry!

      I know! It’s so frustrating…

      • 105 erinkenobi2893 May 5, 2014 at 23:50

        Indeed? I didn’t notice that on the profile…
        It wasn’t. It was a fake pie. I made it out of shaving cream. X-D
        It normally only happens when I’m really really tired though.

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:44

        It should say something there. MM’s real name is Jazzy Couldren–who is sometimes a billionaire, I’m told.

        *laughing* Well, perfect for throwing then!

        Yes, me too.

      • 107 erinkenobi2893 May 6, 2014 at 12:50

        Ah. :-) Makes sense now.
        But of course. I make throwing pies instead of using throwing stars. Less people get hurt than with shuriken, and it’s funnier too. :-P
        But it’s extra annoying then. Hmm. :-/

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 13:00

        I love throwing stars, though!

      • 109 erinkenobi2893 May 6, 2014 at 14:42

        They are fun, but throwing pies are a riot. :-P

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 15:54

        That reminds me of my cousin, Smiles Riot.

      • 111 erinkenobi2893 May 6, 2014 at 18:16

        I should go pie him. :-P

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 23:06

        You should. He needs it.

      • 113 erinkenobi2893 May 8, 2014 at 11:03

        *pies him* X-D
        The other advantage to pieing people is that you can’t be had up on assault, since the police don’t take anyone who says they were attacked with pies seriously!!! :-P

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 14:53

        And that’s a great advantage. I must take up pie throwing.

      • 115 erinkenobi2893 May 9, 2014 at 14:49

        Yes, you should! *pies Arthur as he is in his BBC Merlin incarnation, then runs* *Arthur chases me* *Merlin uses magic to “accidentally” trip him up*
        Fun, this is! :-P

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 20:45

        Haha! Well, I must make some pies now.

      • 117 erinkenobi2893 May 10, 2014 at 13:08

        :-D

  15. 118 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 5, 2014 at 14:46

    I like #2 best today. Let’s do away with minutes all together. Sounds like the right direction, to me. #1…I have a feeling I’m just simple enough to miss most of those. I like my world. #3…I can spot them a mile away. Keep me around, Duketh. Cargo pants have lots of pockets. Tis fun!

    B: Dadblameit!!!

    C: This just makes me laugh and laugh and laugh….you’d better go.

    D: Have I mentioned how much I enjoy this little open window into your day. We all have days like this, Nicholas. I’m not sure how you get much done with the professor around. I wouldn’t get my shoes tied, I’m afraid.

    E: Is a harpoon sharp? *smiles*

    • 119 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member May 5, 2014 at 17:51

      The professor can be relatively diabolical to work with sometimes, I’m afraid. All in all, though, he’s not a bad chap.

      Just strange.

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:19

        Diabolical? I do like the sound of that…

      • 121 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member May 5, 2014 at 19:13

        Bet you do…

      • 122 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 5, 2014 at 19:20

        I don’t believe I’ll feel sorry for you, Nicholas. *laughs*

        Strange, is good.

      • 123 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member May 5, 2014 at 20:02

        Well, that’s what you say. But you don’t know…

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:29

        That’s just wrong, Nick.

    • 125 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:06

      Minutes are just dadblamery. Cargo pants? Explain yourself, young lady!

      Indeed!

      Why? The professor is a warrior!

      Oh dear. Do you suppose I”m that bad to have around?

      It was when I put it through Moby Dick’s heart!

      • 126 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 5, 2014 at 19:26

        Worth cusing over, I’d say! Well, I thought I did? They have lots of pockets…don’t you like digging in pockets?

        Do something about it, Duketh.

        So you stay amazing in MM’s eyes.

        NO! Not bad to have around at all, I think.

        You did that, Duke? Come on! *laughs*

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:25

        They do have pockets! I like them. *laughing* I actually forgot I mentioned them up above. Actually I did!

        I won’t. He’ll have to save himself.

        Oh, but I think so!

        Ahab and I were buds.

      • 128 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 5, 2014 at 23:54

        I like pockets, too.

        How wicked of you! *stomps her feet*

        I don’t care what you think.

        Why does this not surprise me?

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:46

        I am wicked! Lovely wickedly wicked!

        Of course you don’t! Only my analysts do.

        He was bit grumpy.

      • 130 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 6, 2014 at 14:00

        Watches the sight of you all proud.

        Let me talk to those analysts! Why do you have them, Duketh?

        Grumpy can be super cute.

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 15:52

        And an extra “dadblameit” for the road.

        I’m not sure. They’re just there. Too much thought. I can’t keep up on my own, I guess.

        But Ahab wasn’t cute, you know.

      • 132 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 6, 2014 at 19:20

        Catches it and puts it in her pocket!

        Too busy being fantastic, I suppose.

        No, you’re right about that.

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 23:15

        It might burn in there!

        I wish I was fantastic!

        He had a leg of falsity.

      • 134 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 7, 2014 at 00:08

        Probably will.

        *rolls her eyes*

        Do you like that book, Duke?

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 14:05

        I’ve actually never read it, haha. Have you?

      • 136 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 7, 2014 at 19:59

        Yes. Creeped me out from the start, actually.

      • 137 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 23:46

        Good for you! I hear it’s really, really long.

      • 138 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 8, 2014 at 01:53

        It is…I’m surprised you haven’t read it. I maybe don’t believe you, Duke.

      • 139 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 14:39

        No, I never read it. I have it, but I haven’t read it.

      • 140 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 8, 2014 at 15:01

        One of those that sits on the shelf and taunts you…I get it.

      • 141 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 15:13

        It’s too thick to taunt. Every time it tries I laugh it to scorn.

      • 142 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 8, 2014 at 15:17

        You’re just scared of it…chicken.

      • 143 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 15:18

        The professor isn’t scared of anything!

      • 144 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 8, 2014 at 15:27

        Well, you’ve proven scared of the book. I’ve been there, Duke. I understand. Sometimes the book is just too…well much to handle.

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 18:56

        That’s sillier than sand dunes. How can one fear a book?

      • 146 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 8, 2014 at 19:19

        Well, it’s quite easy actually. Maybe the knowledge is what you fear….

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 01:14

        That would make me dull, too… You’re right! It must be it.

      • 148 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 9, 2014 at 02:47

        What do I know… I know nothing at all. Do you think the book could be used as bait? Or possibly to sink a small treasure?

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 20:39

        Bait…but what would it catch, I wonder…

      • 150 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 9, 2014 at 21:04

        Hmm…tree frogs?

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 12:46

        Tree frogs? We don’t want those, dadblameit!

      • 152 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 12, 2014 at 19:29

        What not? They have those cool little feet.

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 23:12

        Sticky feet, you mean!

      • 154 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 13, 2014 at 03:02

        Yes, they cling well, don’t you think?

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke May 13, 2014 at 13:00

        Well…maybe. Maybe, you know.

      • 156 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 13, 2014 at 13:45

        I don’t know…do you know?

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:04

        I’ve never had a clue.

      • 158 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 14, 2014 at 19:49

        Thanks

  16. 159 Painting Pundit May 5, 2014 at 14:40

    Number 3 gets my vote. Hate snakes!! Especially the human kind.

    The Salami’s are their usual selves. They need to be sent to manners school. Is that possible?

    • 160 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:00

      Yes! Rat snakes are rather bad, too.

      Probably not. *laughing* You know, I think DS thinks Ruber has good manners.

  17. 161 Debbie May 5, 2014 at 14:24

    Well, yes, Professor, I agree — #3 is my favorite, but #2 is coming in a close second.
    Lime green walls?? Who could think in such surroundings?
    Mr. Magi has the right idea — hibernating during a storm!

    • 162 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:41

      #2 is rather cool. I think about that everyday. Funny Shnodgrate should mention it.

      He does! I know, right? We’re having them painted tan now.

  18. 163 lindsaycummingswrites May 5, 2014 at 13:57

    I was taking boxing classes for about a year…was I a manly man, then? Now I switched to Zumba…must be a girly man girl :)

    • 164 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:40

      *laughing* You know, I think the professor would probably be a bad judge of it overall. MM has such ideas on the matter. But boxing is cool! Did you like it?

      Zumba…you know, the professor can’t dance.

      • 165 lindsaycummingswrites May 5, 2014 at 23:11

        Glad to give you a chuckle.

        I loved boxing. It was so hard…sometimes too hard. Sometimes I didn’t want to go because I knew I would feel like throwing up.

        Zumba is soooo fun! I’m heading there now:)

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:34

        Yes! Sometimes that’s exactly what can happen. It’s a brutal thingy, for sure!

        For some reason, I think of guitars when I hear that.

      • 167 lindsaycummingswrites May 6, 2014 at 02:31

        strummm, strummm.

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:55

        Indeed!

    • 169 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 17:48

      You ain’t a man…so my little rules can’t done be applied to you. :}

      • 170 lindsaycummingswrites May 5, 2014 at 23:11

        oh…I see. :(

      • 171 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:34

        Just ignore MM. He’s cranky today.

      • 172 lindsaycummingswrites May 6, 2014 at 02:31

        We’re all a little cranky at times :)

      • 173 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:55

        For sure!

      • 174 Jazzy Couldren May 6, 2014 at 13:03

        I’s is always cranky. :}

      • 175 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 13:04

        No you’re not!

  19. 176 L. Marie May 5, 2014 at 13:53

    Proverb 2 really speaks to me.
    I love that Manly-Man is a personal trainer!!!
    How awful about the accidental loss of that file. Um, is it really the fault of the lime green walls???
    Julliard is pretty rude.

    • 177 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:40

      Yes, there’s something about it.

      Me too! Would you like to train under him?

      Well, of course not! We’re getting those redone. But the memory is intact, thank goodness.

      You like Ruber better?

      • 178 L. Marie May 6, 2014 at 11:46

        In the above exchange, I thought Ruber came off better.
        Um, I probably wouldn’t be trained by Manly-Man, since he’s teaching the art of manliness, isn’t he? But watching the process would be fun.

      • 179 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:56

        I suppose you’re right. It would be great fun!

  20. 180 FictionFan May 5, 2014 at 13:40

    No. 1 is so true, and Shnoddy must be such an expert in insults.

    So glad to hear MM is going to return manliness to the PL – I hope the Professor’s and Mr R’s ladies will let them attend.

    What a tragic story! I hope it wasn’t an episode of Star Trek!

    • 181 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:39

      How about the professor?

      How could they stop the mighty professor–if I wanted to?

      Haha, it was, actually.

      • 182 FictionFan May 5, 2014 at 19:43

        Yes, the Professor can be quite insulting at times…*remembers the pug comment*

        Hmm…

        What? Then I hope Mic severely punished you both!

      • 183 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:27

        That was an insult out of…of love! That has to count for something.

        Hmm what?!

        Yes, it was vicious the next day. But I am the boss-overall.

      • 184 FictionFan May 6, 2014 at 01:07

        Awwww! I think that might be the first time I’ve been insulted out of love! (Unless of course the insult was intended for the pug…)

        Just hmm!

        But so’s Mic! Which must mean…!

      • 185 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 12:52

        It was not! It should make you feel…special?

        I sense overtones there…

        No, the studio’s his. I’m the cantankerous one.

      • 186 FictionFan May 6, 2014 at 15:49

        It does, dear C-W-W – very special! But then I always feel special when I’m in the Punchy Lands… *special smile*

        Do you? (Gosh, my Professorial lessons are really paying off now…)

        Why doesn’t he have a little gravatar? Hmm?

      • 187 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 16:02

        Aw! That’s just awesome. I always feel professorish when here, I think.

        I do! And I want to know more at once, madam!

        *laughing* I’ve tried to get more of the team here, but they won’t come! I’ve succeeded with one of the writers and Symph, but that’s all.

      • 188 FictionFan May 6, 2014 at 16:25

        Don’t you feel Professorish when you’re not here? Just occasionally I feel Punchy-ish even when I’m supposed to be doing something serious…its’ most discombobulating.

        *chuckles* Oh, how well I know that feeling, sir!

        Poor Jazzy! So easy to overlook…

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 17:33

        Yes, I do… *laughs* It’s starting to be an interesting problem. This poor fellow…I kinda called him a professorish name a few times ago. It is not discombobulating! It’s fun! I hope…

        It’s a rather pitiful feeling. Have I made you feel it?

        Why Jazzy?

      • 190 FictionFan May 6, 2014 at 20:12

        *laughing lots* Ooh, which Professorish name? I’ve had to explain away a couple of dadblameits, but I fear a Good Noodles is going to slip out any day now…

        Do you think you have? (Hehe! This is fun – no wonder you do it!)

        Because he’s had his gravatar longer than the other two and yet you just forgot about him… *sobs for poor MM* It’s lucky he’s so manly!

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 23:18

        I called him… *hides* …sweet-sauce. I’m not sure he understood. Soon, you understand, this will become commonplace. Nick has said he’d kill me then. *laughing* I love dadblameits! And Good Noodles are fabulous too…

        I’m being picked on. Better go in my hole now.

        He’s one of the few Va’s who actually wanted to participate! Heck, I didn’t even need to ask him!

      • 192 FictionFan May 7, 2014 at 01:07

        *collapses on floor giggling helplessly* *then collapses again!* Oh, how I hope you were talking to the judge! Nick’s solution seems a bit brutal, but you can kinda see his point, can’t you… *wipes streaming eyes*

        You wouldn’t be going to pout now, would you, sweet-sauce?

        No he doesn’t strike me as the shy type…but is he imaginary too?

      • 193 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 14:14

        Yeah! Laugh it up! *laughs in spite of himself* Interestingly, I don’t think the judge would mind. This guy was calling me “bro” and “dude”. So I dropped some professorish on him.

        No, I go to make a video! And maybe pout on the side.

        The professor couldn’t run all the accounts. I’d die of…of…of starvation!

      • 194 FictionFan May 7, 2014 at 16:23

        Well anyone who says “bro” deserves all they get but…I’m pretty sure I’ve seen my C-W-W use “dude” on occasion… *shudders slightly*

        Oh, go and get on with it then! Work hard! Live long and prosper!

        *chuckles* That would be so tragic! OK – we’ll agree MM exists then…

      • 195 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 23:30

        I have? I don’t recall. Nick’s a dude, I suppose.

        And “welcome to the party.”

        I think you’re beginning to think they all exist!

      • 196 FictionFan May 8, 2014 at 01:45

        I’m not totally sure what makes someone a dude – but it’s really a word that only works (if at all) in an American accent.

        What party? (Will there be dancing?)

        Oh no! I’m pretty sure Mic’s the only real one and the rest of you are merely puppets…

      • 197 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 14:32

        Me neither. I don’t like it much. It’s a funny word, if you thinks and thinks about it.

        Wouldn’t you rather…badminton?

        You’re just trying to get at me!

      • 198 FictionFan May 8, 2014 at 17:32

        Tch! Don’t be such a silly, C-W-W! How am I going to be able to play badminton in a ballgown?

        But I can’t do that if you don’t exist!

      • 199 Professor VJ Duke May 8, 2014 at 19:03

        Can’t you come in cargo pants and a t-shirt, or something like that?

        I do exist, dadblameit! I do, I do!

      • 200 FictionFan May 8, 2014 at 21:25

        Oh, is it a fancy dress party, then? Perhaps I should wear a matching baseball cap too…

        Thank goodness we’ve got that sorted! So it’s just poor Mic that’s imaginary then…

      • 201 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 01:15

        Funnily enough, my cap never matches me…

        Not at all! He’s real-er than…than…than…a sand dune!

      • 202 FictionFan May 9, 2014 at 16:13

        But your top hat does…

        Oh no! Don’t tell me sand dunes are imaginary too?! Is nothing real???

      • 203 Professor VJ Duke May 9, 2014 at 20:51

        I wish I could spay paint it red.

        I am!

      • 204 FictionFan May 10, 2014 at 14:06

        I must admit that does sound exceptionally cool. You can get special hat paint, you know…Lizio and the girls were always revamping their bonnets, and Agatha Christie murdered at least one person with hat paint…

        Are you absolutely sure?

      • 205 Professor VJ Duke May 12, 2014 at 12:51

        Revamping bonnets? See what you do to me? It’s no wonder that Amelia…happens.

        Yes!

      • 206 Jazzy Couldren May 6, 2014 at 13:05

        Hey, ain’t no love is allowed around here.

      • 207 Professor VJ Duke May 6, 2014 at 13:06

        Not even a little bit, MM?

  21. 208 walt walker May 5, 2014 at 13:37

    “Paying a compliment!” Number 1 is the best proverb ever!

    • 209 walt walker May 5, 2014 at 13:59

      Oh dear, I said compliment when I meant insult. Tricky business indeed.

      • 210 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:40

        I think that proverb made paying a compliment sound like paying an insult…

      • 211 walt walker May 5, 2014 at 22:30

        That is the genius of it!

      • 212 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:33

        I bet Shnodgrate would like to know that! You should meet with him, I think.

      • 213 walt walker May 7, 2014 at 00:54

        Yes, I would like to do that if it’s somewhere close by. If it is top of the mountain or bottom of the ocean, as it seems to be with some of these other fine folk, I don’t think I will be able to make it until after my trip to the green star.

      • 214 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 14:10

        I think he lives in Scotland in the PL. Oh yes, the green star. It’s nicer on the outside than it is on the inside, you know.

    • 215 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:38

      That’s awesome, Walt! Makes an insult seem like a game, doesn’t it?

      • 216 walt walker May 5, 2014 at 22:31

        Which is proper. If more people saw them as a game, we’d get to hurl them more often.

      • 217 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:33

        And I really wish we could.

      • 218 walt walker May 5, 2014 at 22:33

        Now, just to clarify… I do think number one is the best proverb ever.

      • 219 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:33

        Better…better than professorish ones?

      • 220 walt walker May 6, 2014 at 23:48

        I thought it was professorish. Was it not?

      • 221 Professor VJ Duke May 7, 2014 at 14:01

        Well, it could be. Shnod wrote it, you know.

  22. 222 The Dancing Rider May 5, 2014 at 13:24

    Proverb #3 is really true. But my favorite is #1 — as that is such an important skill to have. Especially when dealing with those depicted in #3!

    I guess Mr. Magi won’t be making any sudden appearances to intervene in PL siutations today then.

    Manly Man had better watch out for Lottie Ottie….. I would not say anything like girly manliness around her. That might result in seeing if Manly Man acted manly, or, say, a bit more like Mr. Ratherquite. It could be fun.

    Ugh, green walls. Professor, what were you thinking?! Does Nicholas have you pegged?! Uh-oh. It seems he may be able to push your buttons a tad… Good outcome though. Lunch is always good!

    . These brotherly conversations irk me! Slaps to each of them! :)

    • 223 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:31

      Yes, I think you’re quite right. Nothing like an insult to shut somebody up fast!

      That’s an idea, DR. This professor should get this two together, huh? Explosives!

      Lunch is awesome. Yeah, I shouldn’t have let them do it. We’re repainting. It’s tan this time.

      DS is probably cheering Ruber on, you know.

      • 224 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 17:49

        Oh yes, I’d show her how manly I’s is.

      • 225 The Dancing Rider May 5, 2014 at 19:22

        Yes, DS is really behind Ruber I know! Though he has an odd way of showing it sometimes.:)

      • 226 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:23

        He does! *laughs* DS is a good amphibian.

  23. 227 ladycheetah7 May 5, 2014 at 13:03

    Proverbs #3 is the winner and as a tip, you have to pay attention to the hissing sound. It can be quite undetectable to the untrained ear.

    Hurricane-ing is a splendid word indeed.

    Bravo to Manly Man for opening a Manly House. Shall he ever be successful in bringing manliness back because as we all know, girly manliness is rather unattractive…wouldn’t you say?

    • 228 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 13:13

      The hissing sound… I shall keep this in mind. I’m now wondering if you can hear a rattle at times…

      I think it could be professorish.

      Yes, I would! MM thinks Mark Malone has that trait. Do you think DS is manly?

      • 229 ladycheetah7 May 5, 2014 at 13:14

        I almost think DS might not be human……. ***blank stare***

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:27

        I think you’re completely right. Maybe a bit Punchy. Am I a human?

      • 231 ladycheetah7 May 5, 2014 at 17:45

        I think so. Unless you are a very clever amphibian. :-)

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:18

        I have been compared to one, you know.

  24. 233 E. May 5, 2014 at 13:01

    I like the second proverb best… also, what constitutes “manly manliness” compared to “girly manliness”?

    • 234 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 13:11

      Isn’t that a wonder? I do have thinks about that all the time.

      You know, I’m not sure? MM would know. What do you suppose it is?

      • 235 E. May 5, 2014 at 13:18

        I’m not sure, because I started boxing classes recently, which is normally a pretty “manly” thing to do, but since I’m female, it could be considered “girly manliness”… I do it just for fun, though.
        The same could be applied to nearly any “manly” activity, though.

      • 236 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 17:29

        Boxing is fun, isn’t it? It’s a great cardiovascular workout, for sure. Is your trainer a guy?

      • 237 E. May 5, 2014 at 17:31

        Yep, I’m the only lady there for now. But it’s a small class and everyone is really nice, which is good.

      • 238 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:16

        I hope you have red gloves. Do you?

      • 239 E. May 5, 2014 at 18:17

        No, they’re blue because I refuse to wear pink, and the only other option was black, haha.

      • 240 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:21

        *laughing* I understand! But black is cool! I’ve actually got blue ones too. My red ones…sorta broke.

      • 241 E. May 5, 2014 at 18:22

        My husband has black ones, and we had to be able to differentiate, otherwise I would have totally gone for black!
        Did they break from punching someone too hard? (Please say yes.)

      • 242 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:13

        Oh I understand then! Actually, yes, they did. I ruined my gloves on my opponent! Rather funny, huh?

      • 243 E. May 5, 2014 at 23:17

        Hilarious! I bet he didn’t look so pretty after that. :)

      • 244 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:35

        We were both fagged! I just actually took a good blow to the face…thrown off my groove as of late.

      • 245 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 17:50

        Hey you know, my little definitions can’t done be applied to girlies…cause they isn’t men…
        So you know…

      • 246 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 18:19

        But you know, MM, sometimes I wonder if you’re a man.

      • 247 Jazzy Couldren May 5, 2014 at 22:14

        I’s not just a man, I’s a manly man.

      • 248 Professor VJ Duke May 5, 2014 at 23:32

        Yes, I know. I really do.


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