Gators, Snakes & Bugs–Oh, Dadblameit!

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[The lovely picture was taken by Susan Price—and then somebody did that graffiti thing.]

This professor was about when I ran into Schwarz Tauptinker.

“Hello, Schwarz,” I offered. But I didn’t offer my hand.

“Hey. Just so you know, I’m really…not happy.”

“Why, Schwarz?”

“Because,” Schwarz answered, “I came here to have a chickit vacation. And there’s gators, snakes, and bugs everywhere! Chickit.”

“Hmm, I see. Well, it’s all in how you’re looking at things. For instance, what don’t you like about the gators?”

Schwarz was honest. “I think they walk weirdly.”

In truth, this professor was expecting a different answer. I was thrown off-balance, but only for a slight division of a second.

“Well, Schwarz,” I tried to explain, “everything walks weirdly, don’t you think so?”

“I guess. But nothing walks as weirdly as a snake does!”

At that moment, Bud Parker walked up. “Bud, snakes don’t walk, they slither.”

“Wish I could slither,” I remarked.

“I don’t,” Schwarz answered.

Parker laughed. “Whatever, buds.”

“And what about all the bugs here?” Schwarz asked. “I hate bugs.”

“You know, bud, Fats Henry says I’m a bug.” Parker clicked.

“Does he try and squash you?” I asked.

Parker nodded. “Oh yeah, bud.”

And then Schwarz—for no apparent reason—yelled at Parker:

“Well, it’s no fair that you want to be a bug when we have so many of them around!”

Schwarz stormed off.

I followed.

“Schwarz,” I said, “you should go to the beach. You’d have a great time there, for sure.”

“Yeah, maybe. I should just go back and brave the tornadoes. Vacation is worse—tell you what!”

And this, Punchy Family, is the lesson that the professor learned:

Lesson: When you think you have it hard, don’t flee, or you might get it harder.

Isn’t that a fair assumption?

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219 Responses to “Gators, Snakes & Bugs–Oh, Dadblameit!”


  1. 1 Susan P May 28, 2014 at 16:18

    Well, that is an interest.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke May 28, 2014 at 18:36

      It might be scary when one stops and thinks about it.

      • 3 Susan P May 28, 2014 at 19:01

        I’m retired. I don’t think. ;)

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke May 29, 2014 at 12:40

        I’ve suddenly retired too. It’s freeing.

      • 5 Susan P May 29, 2014 at 13:58

        Retired from doing the video for instance?

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke May 29, 2014 at 17:45

        Ooo, how wicked! Actually, we’re jumpstarting a couple brand new things.

      • 7 Susan P May 30, 2014 at 12:59

        Fascinating. Very interesting.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke May 30, 2014 at 13:09

        And scary!

      • 9 Susan P May 30, 2014 at 14:59

        I refuse to flinch.

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke May 30, 2014 at 23:52

        Rats.

      • 11 Susan P May 31, 2014 at 18:43

        Do your worst, sir. And beware!

  2. 12 bardictale May 20, 2014 at 10:20

    The devil you know, huh?

    • 13 Professor VJ Duke May 21, 2014 at 12:37

      Aha, I see! And it’s a wonder, huh?

      • 14 bardictale May 21, 2014 at 19:52

        Sure seems like it.

      • 15 Professor VJ Duke May 22, 2014 at 15:48

        For sure, sir.

  3. 16 British Chick May 16, 2014 at 00:09

    Agreed! I tried running away once… Didn’t work, I just had to face it all when i got back there – much better to spend the money on storm shutters and ride it out at home ;)

    • 17 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:18

      Yes, I think you’re absolutely correct. Unless you’re the professor. Then you’d hide in a basement all day.

  4. 18 L. Marie May 14, 2014 at 13:01

    Oh my. Perhaps Schwarz should have researched a bit before going on vacation. What am I saying? Of course he wouldn’t.

    • 19 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:20

      *laughing* He certainly should have. It is a mess.

  5. 20 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 11:43

    Reblogged this on The Curious Introvert and commented:
    This is yesterday’s story on The Punchy Land. Yes, Florida does harbor a good many creepy-crawlers.

    • 21 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:19

      Thanks Susan! (I think the professor is a creepy-crawler.)

      • 22 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:32

        How many legs does he have? It’s hard to tell from your photo under the sea.

      • 23 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:28

        Only two, I fear. Yes, I don’t rank too high on the list, I suppose.

      • 24 Susan P May 15, 2014 at 12:46

        So the rest is just window dressing?

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 14:50

        Hmm…that doesn’t sound too good, does it?

      • 26 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:11

        Not terribly so. :D

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:26

        I was set up!

      • 28 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:33

        DS got you, did she?

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:37

        *laughing lots* That’s awesome.

      • 30 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:53

        *curtsies*

  6. 31 InfiniteZip May 14, 2014 at 11:38

    Are they really big scary snakes?

    • 32 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:19

      Like a cobra? I’m not sure.

      • 33 InfiniteZip May 14, 2014 at 14:52

        Or coral snakes, or water moccasins:)

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:33

        Now a water moccasin sounds like a water shoe.

      • 35 InfiniteZip May 15, 2014 at 13:05

        Oh, such funny words so early in the am:) chuckling:)

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 14:57

        *laughs* Oh dear. I’m being a silly again.

  7. 37 Julie Harris May 13, 2014 at 21:00

    Yes, the grass is always greener on the other side… until you get there!

    • 38 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:17

      Then you notice there’s no grass!

  8. 39 The Dancing Rider May 13, 2014 at 20:24

    It most definitely IS a fair assumption … and often true! (Poor Schwarz….)

    • 40 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:17

      Yes, I feel for him a bit. Just a bit, mind you.

  9. 41 weggieboy May 13, 2014 at 19:39

    Out of the frying pan into the fire, yes!

  10. 42 Simply Skeptical May 13, 2014 at 18:28

    There really is no perfect destination you know. Just focus on what is positive. Getting away from the monotony is for sure good. :-)

    • 43 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:32

      The beach is the perfect destination imho. Unless there is a hurricane. Even so, you can always see people trying to surf during the hurricane If you watch the Weather Channel.

      • 44 Me, Myself and DIY May 14, 2014 at 10:31

        Oh yes Susan P, I don’t even like to swim in the ocean, but I’ll choose the beach any day! Oooh, maybe I just hit the theme of this right on the head…no? ;)

      • 45 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 11:27

        It might could be. :D

      • 46 Me, Myself and DIY May 14, 2014 at 11:29

        You might could be from the South. ;)

      • 47 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 11:30

        Except I’m not. I’m just clever about picking up the local lingo. :)

    • 48 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:09

      I like monotony!

  11. 49 Painting Pundit May 13, 2014 at 17:00

    That’s a dadblame fair assumption. Didn’t care for gators myself, though technically, I am one. The problem with gators is that I was always having to protect my Twinkie dog to keep him from being eaten by one. It was very annoying. I prefer tornadoes to hurricanes. Unfortunately, we still have the snakes, even if we don’t have the gators. Bugs, too. I think I’ll join Schwarz with the complaining. He may have a few good points.

    • 50 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:33

      Ah well, live is what you make of it.

    • 51 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:09

      *nods* Oh dear. He should have went to a park. You’re a gator?

      • 52 Painting Pundit May 14, 2014 at 13:25

        Yes indeed!! Chomp! Chomp!

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

        And oh dear!

      • 54 Painting Pundit May 14, 2014 at 17:01

        Yes. A graduate of Gator U!

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:36

        *laughing* Oh, I see!

  12. 56 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 13, 2014 at 15:45

    He’s in a mess down there. Tell him to cogo home. Weather is easier to deal with than bugs. I cannot stand bugs.

    (How many times does Parker need to say Bud in order for you to feel satisfied? Done teasing me yet? I’m sorry!! *laughs*)

    • 57 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:36

      Weather is never easy to deal with. But I will say that the bugs are over the top here in FL. Several species of mosquitoes, scorpions and Texas walking sticks (they can blind you if they spit their venom in your face. And that is only the beginning.

      • 58 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 13, 2014 at 19:54

        You need a large zapper, Susan!! Yuck!

      • 59 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 20:01

        You got that right, Audrey! I don’t have any. I try to avoid going out at sunrise and sunset. Skeeters are worst then. Other than that, I watch where I walk and stay out of the high weeds. Once I was sitting by the river and saw a pair of gator eyes just above the water.

      • 60 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 13, 2014 at 20:11

        Same issues here in Houston, Susan. Our summers are like living north in the winter. Sometimes it just isn’t worth going out, unless you have your force field with you. They say carrying dryer sheets in your pockets helps with the mosquitoes. It actually helps. Now there is something about my fair skin skeeters adore….I lose a battle daily with them.

      • 61 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 20:14

        We must be related. All I have to do is THINK about going out of doors and the mosquitoes start selling raffling off tickets. Hmmm…dryer sheets. I don’t normally use them, but maybe a small box would be good.

      • 62 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 13, 2014 at 20:24

        Haha. Yes, me too. Give them a try. Seems better than the spray…stinky stuff.

      • 63 Simply Skeptical May 13, 2014 at 20:07

        What about bed bugs? That’s the biggest draw back to travel for me. Bed bugs supposedly are on the rise in the US since banning DEET in pesticides due to health related issues. I heard hotels are one of the best ways for bringing these little darlins home. Yikes! It gives me beyond the creeps.

      • 64 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 20:12

        And head lice. The thing is that most insecticides no longer work well. The bugs have become immune. Advantage no longer controls fleas well.

    • 65 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:09

      I must agree about bugs. Though I like some of them.

      Well, dadblameit! How would I know? I don’t make up his words! *goes off cursing*

      • 66 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 14, 2014 at 19:52

        Friends with bugs, too?

        I think you’re finally yelling at me…
        *walks with you and takes notes*

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:41

        Yes. Friends with Giant Japanese Hornets.

        *sings something obscene*

      • 68 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 15, 2014 at 13:44

        Sounds horrible!

        *takes notes faster, not afraid of obscene*

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:05

        Oh dear… Not even professorish obscenity? Look what you have me saying, madam!

      • 70 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 16, 2014 at 19:16

        *shocked* Tisn’t like you to yell so loudly, Duketh. *checks your heart rate*

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:13

        I bet it’s skyrocketed!

      • 72 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 16, 2014 at 23:45

        Yes. I bet you know that already.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 19:50

        I’ve always be aloof of such things.

      • 74 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 17, 2014 at 21:28

        Aloof to what things, Duke?

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 21:49

        Heartbeats, I think.

      • 76 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 17, 2014 at 21:53

        Oh, that’s really too bad, Duke.

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 21:54

        It’s weird.

      • 78 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 17, 2014 at 22:00

        I suppose, it is.

  13. 79 erinkenobi2893 May 13, 2014 at 15:09

    Ohh… poor Tauptinker. :-P He sounds stressed out.

    • 80 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:37

      It is never good when one does not do some research before they travel….just saying.

      • 81 erinkenobi2893 May 13, 2014 at 19:06

        I don’t particularly like travelling in any case. :-/

      • 82 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 19:30

        I like vacations where I go and stay for a whole week. Travel takes a lot out of you.

      • 83 erinkenobi2893 May 13, 2014 at 19:32

        It does!
        Though I suppose it might be better when I go to visit my friend after she moves…

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:15

        Me too, Erin!

      • 85 erinkenobi2893 May 15, 2014 at 14:57

        It can be fun, I guess, but it’s also very tiring.

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

        Very true.

    • 87 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:08

      He does. You should go and help him, I think.

      • 88 erinkenobi2893 May 15, 2014 at 14:56

        *brings ice cream*

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

        I hope it’s cherry.

      • 90 erinkenobi2893 May 16, 2014 at 17:09

        *brings cherries as well* Fresh ones. I don’t like canned ones. :-)

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:07

        Awesome! Fresh are good.

      • 92 erinkenobi2893 May 19, 2014 at 12:53

        Oddly enough, I love fresh cherries, but I don’t like preserved ones, or anything cherry flavored. (It tastes like medicine to me.)

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2014 at 14:54

        Well, Huff-Hum to you!

      • 94 erinkenobi2893 May 19, 2014 at 16:17

        It’s probably genetic as well. :-P

  14. 95 Bethy May 13, 2014 at 14:25

    Poor Schwarz. I wonder what he actually expected? There aren’t very many perfect weeks in Florida. This month is love bug month and even though the Princess constantly reminds me that they just tickle they don’t bite I still don’t like them one bit.

    • 96 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:38

      Well, they cotton-pickin’ take the enamel off of the cars.

      • 97 Bethy May 13, 2014 at 18:40

        And they do tickle.

      • 98 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:45

        *giggle*

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:10

        And it’s a wonder.

      • 100 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:20

        I wonder why it’s a wonder.

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:24

        Well, because they take the paint off!

      • 102 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:35

        As long as that is all they take off.

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:29

        True. Unless it’s red paint on a nice car.

      • 104 Susan P May 15, 2014 at 12:48

        Convertible?

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 14:52

        Oh no. Only girls drive those.

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

        Girls and aging men who are looking for young girls.

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:27

        So! It is a well known truth. Aha!

      • 108 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:35

        LOL

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:38

        I had thought so!

      • 110 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 16:02

        *twinkles eyes*

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:00

        There it is!

      • 112 Susan P May 17, 2014 at 13:57

        *smile*

    • 113 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:08

      I was there once during that season. And the professor was extremely surprised! I bet there’s billions of them!

      • 114 Bethy May 14, 2014 at 15:34

        Yes, there are. And they tickle during picnics!

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:34

        You should import the giant japenese hornet. Maybe that would fetch them.

      • 116 Bethy May 19, 2014 at 14:16

        erg. I don’t think we need any additional bugs in Florida, thank you very much.

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2014 at 14:57

        That’s a good point, too.

  15. 118 Debbie May 13, 2014 at 14:19

    I totally agree with the professor’s conclusion. Grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side of the fence. And bugs, snakes, and gators don’t add up to much of a vacation!

    • 119 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:07

      Right on, Debbie! A real vacation is resting on one’s couch. *laughs*

  16. 120 walt walker May 13, 2014 at 13:25

    Tip: Sprinkle Gatorade on the gators to ward them off. The sizzle displeases them and they will scamper away.

    • 121 Symphonist Sepperl May 13, 2014 at 13:28

      That brings to mind… wasn’t something unflattering in the news about Gatorade’s affect on humans?

      Walt are you sure Gatorade is bad for gators? I always imagined it more like reptilian first aid.

      • 122 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:39

        I don’t drink Gatorade. I mean, who wants to give aid to Gators?

      • 123 walt walker May 14, 2014 at 03:23

        I thought it was more like Raid for gators. I don’t kow. Maybe I’m wrong.

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:18

        That’s what I always thought, Walt.

      • 125 walt walker May 14, 2014 at 03:29

        Here is an “n” I just found like a left over screw from furniture assembly. Not sure where it goes.

    • 126 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:38

      Haha, Walt. Not so much.

    • 127 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 12:57

      I had no idea! What a wonder, for sure. I’ll have to try it with the purple stuff–which is the worst flavor.

  17. 128 FictionFan May 13, 2014 at 13:03

    Poor Schwarzy! He’s so right – gators do walk weirdly. He should have come to Scotland – Nessie has a glorious walk…

    • 129 Professor VJ Duke May 13, 2014 at 13:04

      Everyone knows Nessie is a dadblamed stick! BUS told me.

      • 130 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:42

        O Professor! You sound a bit testy. Manners, sir, you are addressing a lady.

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:11

        *goes skipping off*

      • 132 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:22

        That’s right. You and Schwarz.

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:24

        Oh…I forgot that Schwarz did that.

      • 134 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:37

        Time to give your brain a rest, I guess. The older you get the more rest it needs.

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:29

        And the professor is very old.

      • 136 Susan P May 15, 2014 at 12:50

        Yes, I know. I met with you on the beach. I thought I was going to have to carry you back to the parking lot you were that wobbly.

      • 137 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 14:52

        *laughing* Hmm…did you know sometimes what I say comes back and bites me?

      • 138 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:17

        That is not unusual with Multiple Personality issues.

      • 139 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:30

        *laughing lots* Hey!

      • 140 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:36

        Busted!

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

        You’re supposed to forget such things!

      • 142 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 16:05

        Forget what? Heh?

      • 143 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 16:06

        I has selective memories.

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:01

        This isn’t fair. But I’m still an enigma!

      • 145 Susan P May 17, 2014 at 01:08

        And ever shall be I don’t doubt, she said enigmatically.

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 19:56

        *laughing* Now I’m doubting it. *give the Susan look with the squinty eyes*

      • 147 Susan P May 18, 2014 at 20:54

        *twinkle eyes*

    • 148 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:41

      I think Mr. T should visit Scotland, too. I love to see a man in a kilt.

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:11

        A kilt is like a dress, I think.

      • 150 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:21

        You should never say that to a Scots man. It might be the last thing you ever remember saying.

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:24

        But if I roared, that would fetch anyone.

      • 152 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:36

        Doubtless. But do you want to do that?

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:29

        If under attack, yes!

      • 154 Susan P May 15, 2014 at 12:49

        I should think you would need a leetle more than a roar. You should add a huff and a hum.

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 14:52

        Okay, then! Huff-Hum and ten roars!

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

        Ah! Much better.

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:28

        *proud face*

      • 158 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:35

        *pats him on the back*

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:38

        *hands you the shield* Just hit me on the head.

      • 160 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 16:05

        *shocked* I will not never ever do such a violent act. I’ll leave it up to DS. :)

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:00

        *grabs shield back* And he’d do it!

      • 162 Susan P May 17, 2014 at 13:58

        *giggling*

  18. 163 PorterGirl May 13, 2014 at 13:01

    Good observation, certainly. Never flee from anything, I should think. I feel sorry for Schwarz, though, I was hoping he would enjoy his vacation! And gators and bugs aren’t so bad. I think I should like them more than tornadoes.

    • 164 Professor VJ Duke May 13, 2014 at 13:04

      Even flesh-eating gators? You’d have to be armed to go there! Do you suppose I should have thrown Schwarz in the lake?

      • 165 PorterGirl May 13, 2014 at 13:08

        Haha! I think Schwarz is more dangerous to the gators than they are to him. He might not mind being thrown in the lake, once he gets used to the idea ;)

        Flesh-eating gators do sound scary. Probably best to distract them with polite conversation then slip away quietly :)

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 12:54

        *laughs* Indeed! I think I might like to get thrown in a lake–now that I think about it for a bit, bits, and little bits.

        For sure. That seems more than sensible to me.

    • 167 Symphonist Sepperl May 13, 2014 at 13:10

      I suppose we are showcasing the best of America’s nature this week. You don’t have tornados over yonder, do you?

      • 168 PorterGirl May 13, 2014 at 13:13

        No, not usually! Our climate is quite moderate and dull, which is probably for the best. No gators, either.

      • 169 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:43

        Actually, tornadoes are a given during hurricanes.

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:11

        Aha!

      • 171 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:22

        Mmm-hmm

  19. 172 Symphonist Sepperl May 13, 2014 at 12:48

    Bug Parker has a certain ring to it.

    • 173 Professor VJ Duke May 13, 2014 at 13:03

      *laughing lots* Symph, my man, that’s rather naughty. I think Parker would laugh if you told him that.

  20. 174 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 12:35

    Very good observation, Professor. And a true one. “Better the devil you know than the one you don’t know.” But why does Schwarz always complain so much? It only makes it worse.

    • 175 Professor VJ Duke May 13, 2014 at 13:03

      Schwarz was disappointed, I guess. Would you like to slither, Susan?

      • 176 Susan P May 13, 2014 at 18:44

        I believe that I’d prefer to swim. In a gator proof pool. At the beach.

      • 177 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:11

        In a pool at the beach. Tis a wonder.

      • 178 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:22

        How is it a wonder?

      • 179 Professor VJ Duke May 14, 2014 at 13:25

        Well, if there’s no sharks, there’s no sport, I suppose.

      • 180 Susan P May 14, 2014 at 13:38

        The sharks of one sort or another thrive.

      • 181 Professor VJ Duke May 15, 2014 at 12:30

        True. Sharks can be found even in the professor’s office.

      • 182 Susan P May 15, 2014 at 12:51

        You haven’t come across any loan sharks, have you?

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

        Not as of yet, I think.

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

        Gotta stay away from those – they kill you slowly.

      • 185 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:29

        Certain breeds of professor do that as well.

      • 186 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 15:36

        Like Professor Lecter?

      • 187 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 15:38

        Yes…but I don’t know if I like him…

      • 188 Susan P May 16, 2014 at 16:05

        I have no doubt that I do NOT like him.

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke May 16, 2014 at 23:00

        We should put him to death.

      • 190 Susan P May 17, 2014 at 13:58

        Easier said than done, I fear.

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke May 17, 2014 at 21:42

        Not for the professor, dadblameit!

      • 192 Susan P May 18, 2014 at 21:09

        How would you do it without coming under his weird powers?

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

        They only work on the weak-minded!

      • 194 Susan P May 19, 2014 at 16:24

        Rats and a heifer. I’d like to see it – on a video, not in person.

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

        The professor vs. him!

      • 196 Susan P May 20, 2014 at 19:37

        right then. gopher it.

      • 197 Professor VJ Duke May 21, 2014 at 12:44

        What’s gopher mean?

      • 198 Susan P May 21, 2014 at 13:45

        It’s a mangled word.

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

        Mangled…oh…

      • 200 Susan P May 22, 2014 at 11:40

        The Professor seems confuzzled.

      • 201 Professor VJ Duke May 22, 2014 at 15:54

        I am!

      • 202 Susan P May 22, 2014 at 17:51

        Spending a week in Florida will do that to you.

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

        But I wasn’t there… *cries*

      • 204 Susan P May 23, 2014 at 15:09

        Just exactly who was that in the green who walked the beach with me then?

      • 205 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2014 at 17:11

        Oh, I forgot. Was I wearing green?

      • 206 Susan P May 25, 2014 at 19:14

        For certain you were wearing green. Kind of a sea green. In fact, it was just that color when that storm blew up.

      • 207 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2014 at 12:54

        Oh! I probably had my green hat on.

      • 208 Susan P May 26, 2014 at 14:36

        Yes! And a green pipe to match!

      • 209 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2014 at 19:37

        Goodness! why green, do you suppose?

      • 210 Susan P May 27, 2014 at 10:42

        Well, I’m sure I don’t know why. You should talk to the Professor. He’s the one who was wearing it.

      • 211 Professor VJ Duke May 27, 2014 at 12:54

        But aren’t I the professor?

      • 212 Susan P May 27, 2014 at 14:22

        Ah, but I’m on to you. You can’t fool me with those doppelgangers that hang around.

      • 213 Professor VJ Duke May 27, 2014 at 16:00

        So, you think it’s a pen name of sorts?

      • 214 Susan P May 27, 2014 at 16:14

        No, I just think you have a few lookalikes meandering around. I mean, seriously, only one person could not possibly cause all of the incidents in the PL.

      • 215 Professor VJ Duke May 27, 2014 at 16:15

        *laughing* You’re not supposed to think like that! And more incidents occur. I only tell you what I see.

      • 216 Susan P May 27, 2014 at 16:21

        More???? I feel a little faint.

      • 217 Professor VJ Duke May 27, 2014 at 20:50

        It’s really a lovely place…

      • 218 Susan P May 28, 2014 at 11:28

        Except for all of the dadblamery going on.

      • 219 Professor VJ Duke May 28, 2014 at 12:06

        Well, it becomes commonplace after some time, I suppose.


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