Ask the professor! Feat. WaltWalker (Part 2)

AsktheprofessorThis is the second and last post in the “Ask the professor” series, I fear. The questions below are Walt Walker’s; and feel free to ask the professor anything! This is when you’ll get an answer! (Not to say I usually don’t answer.)

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1. Where did your oft-used phrase “have speaks” come from? That’s quite original. In that I’ve never heard of it outside of the PL. Where did PL Argot come from? Did you invent it? Or are you just…I mean, what’s up with that? Guess how many questios I’m counting this as? Hey! Questios was a typo but I think it’s good Punchy Argot.

That is good PA! Well, Punchy Argot has sorta evolved with the blog. You see, some of the PF (Punchy Family) are responsible for some of the PA. Have speaks…I’m not sure where that comes from, to be honest. It just happened! The professor loves the fact, too, that the PL has its own speak.
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2. What do you do when you are not chronicling the PL? Are you gardening your tiny plants or playing your battle axe? Also, are you a professor of something other than the Punchy Lands? You don’t have to answer that, but it would be nice if you did.

Well, this professor does a lot of playing his battle axe! And a lot of instruments actually. Not much gardening. You see, I’m really rather horrid at it. I’ve been trying to grow a strawberry patch for a year, and by now, it looks very ugly—sorta like the professor.

baThe professor is not a professor—in the normal sense of the word, but I hope that doesn’t take away from my professorishness. You see, ‘professor’ in my name stands for something quite different than the popular conception of a professor. (I was almost an editor in a music publishing company.)

3. Have you visited a former Soviet buffer state? If so, which one? If not, why not?

I have not, actually. I’m not sure…well, actually, I do have a reason: The professor hates flying; worse than possums and flowers.

4. How do you keep up with the comments? You know what I mean, don’t you? There are so many, and so many conversations. How do you keep track of them all and answer them so quickly without going mad? Or have you gone mad? Also, how do you make everyone feel like they are your favorite? That is the secret to your success, you know. Or do you?

You know, sometimes I do think I’m mad. I’ve never blogged before the PL, but I’d say that WordPress makes it rather easy to stay on top of comments. And I love having speaks with people. In fact, all the people that I’ve met, are my best friends! The PL wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for you, PF!!! So, thank you!pf

5. If I told you I’d written a part for you in my screenplay, would you play it? I haven’t done this. I’m just wondering. Because if you were to refuse, I’d be highly unlikely to do it.

*laughing* Of course I’d do it! The professor would jump at the opportunity.

6. Who is better: Sherlock Holmes or Tarzan of the Apes? How so? And in what way?

of the apes*laughing more* Tarzan of the Apes! It’s more of an adventure, I think. And, plus, the professor is in a deep war—unlikely to get resolved in the future—with Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, my earliest book rippings were Doyle books, I think.

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So, any PL—or professorish—questions…ask now!

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207 Responses to “Ask the professor! Feat. WaltWalker (Part 2)”


  1. 1 walt walker December 9, 2014 at 01:11

    Reblogged this on waltbox and commented:
    Here comes Part 2, the Second and Very Final Part of my hard-hitting investigative report into the Life and Times of the reknowned Professor VJ Duke. In this striking conclusion, tensions flare. At one point I consider overturning a table and gesticulating in frustration, but I think better of it and settle for the eating of an éclair. Through clever editing, you never actually see me with the éclair in hand, but I can assure you it was tasty.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2014 at 21:30

      *laughs and bows* Thank you, Mr. Walker. It was great fun. We should do it again some time.

      • 3 walt walker December 10, 2014 at 15:42

        Agreed!

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 20:40

        Perfect!

  2. 5 Hazy September 14, 2014 at 09:12

    Great job with the questions again Mr. Walker!

    Possums can be quite nasty, can’t they? They have these little sharp teeth that appears they can cause lots of pain! Flowers? Have you encountered a mean flower in the past? Roses can be a bit mean with their thorns…

    Aww, we’re all your best friends?! That’s very nice to hear. *highfives*

    Tarzan over Sherlock! I admire Sherlock’s mind… I wish I were as good at deductions as he. I hear he’s brilliant with the violin too! Tarzan… Hmm… I suppose he is fit and healthy with the swinging and the fruits and all.

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:29

      Oh yes, possums are wicked, I think! Well…yes, roses for one. And then some stink, you know!

      *highfives* It’s true!

      Yes…but one has to wonder about Tarzan’s brain power, if you know what I mean! *laughs*

      • 7 Hazy September 17, 2014 at 12:38

        Good point! But maybe his brain power isn’t too bad… he prolly eats tons of bananas! *laughs*

        Do you think he has many little scrapes & scratches all over? swinging on trees in just a loincloth! Trees and plants can be wicked with thorns and stuff.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 14:34

        *laughs* He probably does!

        I bet he does. And I wonder how he keeps the loincloth on!!!

      • 9 Hazy September 29, 2014 at 12:37

        Two words, prolly: Super glue? Ouch. That would hurt. Or maybe some tree sap… or banana glue, if such a thing exists *laughs*

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke September 29, 2014 at 14:51

        *laughing lots* Imagine that!

  3. 11 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 14, 2014 at 05:40

    I do enjoy the phrase “have speaks”, Duke. You really do have a way with creating new words and phrases.

    Maybe if you changed your favorite fruit to strawberries your strawberries would agree to grow in your pathetic patch, my friend. Nothing worse than knowing you’re second best next to cherries. The plants hear you!

    I hope one day we get to hear you play your instruments. Especially your strat…. *waits patiently*

    My question is can you play the tuba?

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:11

      I think it’s all the PF!

      *laughs* Okay, then…well, but I might be allergic to strawberries, I don’t know. But I’ll still change, just so I won’t be laughable! Gosh, it’s an ugly patch.

      Jazz or rock?

      I cannot! Can you?

      • 13 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 15, 2014 at 13:40

        What a fab group. *smiles*

        Oh, well if you are grow a different patch of something. Don’t start that war.

        Both!!! Come on….you’re killing me.

        Nope

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:53

        It’s a great group!

        I’ll grow a cherry bush.

        And classical?

        It’s a really…interesting instrument.

      • 15 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 15, 2014 at 19:57

        Best of luck with that bush…they are trees I thought, Duke.

        Yes, of course! You know that!

        If you say so. Actually, it is quite pretty with piano accompaniment.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 22:32

        Oh, that’s right… *laughs* I’m so dull. Look what you put up with!

        Oh, okay! I might just share something coming up here…

        Wait! Mr. Warrior plays that, doesn’t he? Does Ms. Warrior play something?

      • 17 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 16, 2014 at 02:34

        Yeah, went right past you… *rolls her eyes*
        What I entertain for you is rather shocking some days, I agree. Why do I do it?

        Don’t be a tease.

        Sure he does, but not well, yet. However, he’s turning a few heads…as many as a tuba can turn. Well, she plays….the piano.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke September 16, 2014 at 13:38

        *laughs* I take full blame for it all. I’m not sure! ‘Cause you’re too nice to this wicked professor!

        *laughs and then runs*

        I remembered! See? Tuba…nice. So…do you know if it’s a C instrument? I bet not. Or maybe it is. And reads the bass clef. I really don’t know! I thought so! I was going to guess that. Now that is a cool duo of instruments, you know. And she sings, I remember.

      • 19 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 16, 2014 at 19:42

        I probably am too nice, but the action suits you perfectly.

        *shouts after you* You’ll never outrun me.

        You had to go digging for that remembering of yours, I bet. C sounds right and bass clef. Yes, but she’s still learning. She sounds better all the time. The duo happens during testing. It amazed me at how nice the two sound together.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 14:23

        I’ll get my chariot, then!

        Did not! I would very much like to hear it, I think. Do they play at church at all?

      • 21 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 17, 2014 at 20:48

        Suit yourself!

        Naw, far too young for that and neither would want to, yet. A tuba at church…imagine that!

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke September 18, 2014 at 14:34

        *laughs* It’s be great at church!

      • 23 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 18, 2014 at 21:02

        *laughs with you* Oh my…it would be funny, at the very least. Tuba solo….nice.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke September 19, 2014 at 17:51

        It would be stellar!

      • 25 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister September 19, 2014 at 19:30

        *laughs*

  4. 26 Bethy September 11, 2014 at 13:55

    What is a strat rat?

    • 27 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 16:02

      Well…did I say that?

      • 28 Bethy September 12, 2014 at 16:14

        It’s in the tags! (I know you never read them, but I think you can probably explain them….right?)

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 19:02

        *laughing* I’m so dull! Well, I was just trying to rhyme with strat which stands for stratocaster. See how weird I am?

      • 30 Bethy September 14, 2014 at 21:15

        ah ha. I do see how weird you are. *grin* It does rhyme though!

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:40

        *laughing lots* That’s about it, though!

      • 32 Bethy September 16, 2014 at 15:03

        Um yeah, but the Princess thinks that’s the most important part of a phrase if you can get it to rhyme.

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 14:10

        *laughing* Princess is right on with lots of things, I think.

      • 34 Bethy September 22, 2014 at 14:56

        She does have a way about her.

      • 35 Professor VJ Duke September 22, 2014 at 19:53

        *laughs* That’s awesome.

  5. 36 lifeconfusions September 11, 2014 at 13:41

    What what what??? Professor gives Tarzan priority over Ingenious Sherlock Holmes??!! O_O
    I’m sorry professor we can’t be friends anymore ! *sniffs*

    • 37 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:59

      *laughing* Oh no! Then I take it back…isn’t Holmes just too smart, though?

      • 38 lifeconfusions September 12, 2014 at 11:58

        Too smart, yes ! But that’s the point. That is why he is able to solve all those cases normal people can’t ! Bit of a nuts he is but works ! :D

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 13:00

        I suppose you’re right in the end. Did you see our rip of The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

      • 40 lifeconfusions September 15, 2014 at 15:05

        Oh no I didn’t…Should I ?

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 22:19

        I’m in it!

      • 42 lifeconfusions September 16, 2014 at 11:41

        If it was on you tube then I would have missed it :(

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke September 16, 2014 at 13:39

        Oh well, tis no problem, Zee!

  6. 44 erinkenobi2893 September 11, 2014 at 12:13

    Have you ever had to negotiate with a possum, Professor?
    (Also, I can’t believe that you are in a war with Conan Doyle! :-O I’m actually writing screenplays for various Sherlock Holmes stories, only somehow the protagonists got gender-swapped. Maybe it’s because my friend Iris and I know so few boys IRL who are actually willing to do anything on stage or on camera. :-P )

    • 45 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:53

      I have not! Is it hard? I’d imagine possums aren’t very agreeable.

      *laughs* Have you ever read The White Company? That started our war. Oh, I see. Screenplays are cool. I’d play the part!

      • 46 erinkenobi2893 September 12, 2014 at 13:32

        It isn’t actually hard. The hard part is getting the possum to understand and agree with you. :-P Not yet, I should read it though… Indeed they are! :-D
        Hmmm… if we ever film it, would you play the part of Sir A. C. Doyle for interviews? :-P

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 18:49

        Aha! Does she understand and a free with you yet?

        I would! That’d be cool.

      • 48 erinkenobi2893 September 12, 2014 at 21:02

        Agree. She doesn’t quite agree yet, but she understands.
        It would indeed! ^_^

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke September 13, 2014 at 18:19

        Now the war starts.

      • 50 erinkenobi2893 September 15, 2014 at 00:27

        What? Why am I fighting a war against a possum again?!

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:43

        She’s invaded your kingdom!

      • 52 erinkenobi2893 September 15, 2014 at 23:55

        No, she hasn’t. I’m fairly certain she is one of my subjects.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke September 16, 2014 at 13:21

        Aha! Then be nice, I say.

      • 54 erinkenobi2893 September 16, 2014 at 20:21

        I will. :-)
        I may not be able to make contact with her tonight. I will probably just have to leave her a note, explaining that I’m sick and had to go to college classes anyway, so I’ll be in bed too early to talk.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 14:26

        *nods* Well, at least, contact will be made.

      • 56 erinkenobi2893 September 17, 2014 at 21:41

        I made contact with her this morning early. She climbed in through my window and we talked. (She’s a big fan of Sherlock, so we talked about that, and also about politics.)

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke September 18, 2014 at 14:37

        Sherlock stole my hat, you know.

      • 58 erinkenobi2893 September 18, 2014 at 15:22

        He did? 0_0
        Well, obviously your hat wasn’t a deer stalker, then.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke September 18, 2014 at 20:24

        No, it wasn’t. Does he usually go after hats?

      • 60 erinkenobi2893 September 19, 2014 at 12:23

        No, not normally. But he especially wouldn’t go after you if it was a deerstalker. He doesn’t like that hat at all. :-P

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke September 19, 2014 at 18:03

        Isn’t that what he usually wears?

      • 62 erinkenobi2893 September 19, 2014 at 20:09

        Not in the BBC series! X-D

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke September 21, 2014 at 19:23

        Is that the younger guy?

      • 64 erinkenobi2893 September 21, 2014 at 20:15

        With the black curly hair? Yeah. :-P

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke September 22, 2014 at 19:43

        Yucketh! He’s…redefined the rule, for sure.

      • 66 erinkenobi2893 September 23, 2014 at 00:18

        He’s not yucketh! You should watch Sherlock, Professor. It’s great stuff and it helps you feel less sleepy when you watch it. It’s sort of intellectual and everything.

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke September 23, 2014 at 14:12

        Really? Well…with that recommendation, I am tempted to try it.

      • 68 erinkenobi2893 September 23, 2014 at 16:34

        Please do! (On the other hand, it is obsession inducing. It will ruin your life, but you’ll be happy about it. ;-P )

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke September 23, 2014 at 19:57

        Okay…next time I see it about…I’ll watch a bit!

      • 70 erinkenobi2893 September 23, 2014 at 20:17

        :-D

  7. 71 Alastair Savage September 11, 2014 at 08:43

    Does Alaska count as a Soviet Buffer state? You could probably drive there from PA.

    • 72 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:45

      I’m not sure! We’ll have to ask, Walt. Drive? Drive that far??? *google professor eyes*

    • 73 walt walker September 16, 2014 at 23:47

      Alaska does not count, Alastair. Sorry.

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 14:31

        Rats and a Heifer.

  8. 75 Sonya Solomonovich September 10, 2014 at 23:03

    Aww thank you, professor! I feel like you’re my best friend too :)

    You haven’t been to a former Soviet buffer state? I’m shocked! just kidding. Is there any country you really want to visit?

    • 76 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:38

      *smiles bigly* Aw, thanks, Sonya! That’s just awesome!!!

      *laughs* Well, I’d like to tour Europe, I guess. And Russia–in the winter!

  9. 77 Susan P September 10, 2014 at 23:01

    I say! This has been a rip-snorter! Professor, I have a question for you. Which of the PLers is your favorite character?

    • 78 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:36

      A rip-snorter! What a great word, Susan. Well, it changes. As of now, Ruber and Mr. Magi. I take it back. Lucini and MM.

      • 79 Susan P September 11, 2014 at 21:41

        And tomorrow?

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 12:50

        Now, now! Don’t be…vicious! I won’t change…

      • 81 Susan P September 12, 2014 at 19:27

        Good. I don’t like change. LOL

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke September 13, 2014 at 18:04

        Not just a bit? I think I like it lots.

      • 83 Susan P September 13, 2014 at 18:25

        Depends on the change. I was going to say that good change is good, but how can we decide if something is good or bad if we don’t know how it ends first?

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke September 13, 2014 at 18:31

        That’s true. Well…what a dadblame thing then!

      • 85 Susan P September 15, 2014 at 14:35

        I blame it on WaltWalker.

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 22:17

        That’s a good point…he probably deserves it.

      • 87 Susan P September 16, 2014 at 00:02

        Well, at least we agree on one thing. What shall we do about him?

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke September 16, 2014 at 13:26

        Well…I’m not sure! The fellow loves dadblamery.

      • 89 Susan P September 16, 2014 at 17:49

        That’s easy. Have a dadblamed party for him.

      • 90 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 14:15

        Parties are great. And they can be scary.

      • 91 Susan P September 17, 2014 at 14:47

        I think he deserves it.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke September 17, 2014 at 20:02

        Now, now. Control your killing instincts!

      • 93 Susan P September 17, 2014 at 23:32

        Is that the same as focusing on them?

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke September 18, 2014 at 14:40

        Dadblameit no!

      • 95 Susan P September 18, 2014 at 19:48

        It’s so hard sometimes to figure out what you mean. Whatever.

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke September 18, 2014 at 20:33

        Hmm…that doesn’t seem fair.

      • 97 Susan P September 18, 2014 at 21:22

        ‘splain!

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke September 19, 2014 at 17:53

        *sticks tongue out*

      • 99 Susan P September 19, 2014 at 20:24

        *drops habaneros on his tongue*

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke September 21, 2014 at 19:25

        Ouch! How wicked of you!

      • 101 Susan P September 22, 2014 at 13:00

        No more so than sticking your tongue out.

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke September 22, 2014 at 19:48

        That’s a good point, I fear.

      • 103 Susan P September 22, 2014 at 20:34

        Why do you fear?

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke September 23, 2014 at 14:04

        Because I had to admit I was wicked.

      • 105 Susan P September 23, 2014 at 17:35

        Coming clean is a good idea.

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke September 23, 2014 at 20:01

        Rats.

      • 107 Susan P September 23, 2014 at 20:52

        Bats

  10. 108 walt walker September 10, 2014 at 20:53

    Yes, WordPress has some helpful features. But PVJ, I still don’t understand how you keep track of them all. The conversations, I mean. In your noggin, that is. I have to track back on some of ours to keep track, and I’m just me, you see.

    • 109 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:35

      *laughs* Oh, I see what you mean! Have you ever thought that there may be 1000 professors? Or maybe 10? If you did, do not! It’s rather wrong. I just…usually remember. Though, I do track back as well on occasion.

    • 110 Susan P September 10, 2014 at 23:01

      Magic. He traffics in magic.

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:37

        *smiles sheepishly*

      • 112 Susan P September 11, 2014 at 21:41

        Baaah!

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 12:51

        *laughs*

      • 114 Susan P September 12, 2014 at 19:29

        Humbug

  11. 115 The Lite Rider September 10, 2014 at 20:11

    Many instruments AND a battle axe. You gotta love it. But my secret suspicion about the professor in Professor could be accurate! :)

    • 116 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:29

      Oh dear! And what’s that, LR? Goodness me, you have me curious!

      • 117 The Lite Rider September 11, 2014 at 13:46

        Why, Professor, it is the professing! What else would it be?!

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 16:01

        Yes, exactly! But…you’re not telling me something, dadblameit!

      • 119 The Lite Rider September 13, 2014 at 20:22

        But I did tell you. It’s the professing, Professor! ;-)

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:03

        *laughs* Well, okay!

  12. 121 LadyPinkRose September 10, 2014 at 19:26

    OH I have questions for the Professor. Why are you befuddled? How many earth years are you? Why don’t you like flowers? *swoons* ….. 5 minutes later …. Are you a flosser or not? On the same subject, electrical toothbrush or not? What’s your fav flavor besides cherry? Do you live in a house or a cave? Oh wow, this is SO fun! I could do this all day, you know, Professor. Since I fell on my head, my brains have rearranged and oodles of question marks I now see. My favorite is WHY? Don’t worry. BE Happy! I’ll think of more questions ……. *whistling Dixie* Love, LadyP

    • 122 LadyPinkRose September 10, 2014 at 19:28

      WOWOWOWOWOWOW! My puter crashed just as I hit post comment! OH Roardy I am SO glad this LONG answer came through. WHEW! Now with that, and with great dignity, LadyP exits with head held high.

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:28

        Didn’t I answer well?

      • 124 LadyPinkRose September 10, 2014 at 22:43

        Tremendously well! Bravo! I am very impressed! Duely so! Don’t get too comfy cause there are more comin’ your way! Tee hee ……. *batting eyelashes* Love, LadyP

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:34

        What’s an eyelash?

      • 126 LadyPinkRose September 11, 2014 at 16:38

        When’s the last time you looked into the mirror?

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:29

        I don’t own one!

      • 128 LadyPinkRose September 11, 2014 at 20:37

        *astonishment clearly is seen on LadyP’s face* Oh deer, that must mean you are a vampire. OH my! OH deer. *twisting hands* *chewing on lower lip* OH MY!

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:41

        Oh no, not a vampire. I’m not pale enough.

      • 130 LadyPinkRose September 11, 2014 at 20:43

        *wiping sweat off forehead*

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 12:47

        *with a bowtie*

    • 132 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:28

      Wow…this isn’t fair. Now, LadyP, am I supposed to answer all of this? Okay…

      I’m befuddled because I hit a tree a bit back. (Some are born drunk, that’s me.)
      Earth years: Must I answer this?
      Flowers: I love flowers, when they’re black and red and attract beetles!
      I love using floss!
      Nah, I had an electrical toothbrush once, but I hated it.
      A house!

      • 133 LadyPinkRose September 10, 2014 at 22:41

        Why MUST I be fair and nice all the time? I can go on you know, as long as you like. I do think you contradict yourself for you do come to Petals and you SAY you like my flowers. Hmmmm ….. tsk tsk, caught you in a lie. Very good answering my questions. You are entitled to plead the 5th on the age answer, for I do as well. Curious minds would like to know what exactly do you DO with floss? Do you make little bows and hang them up as Christmas decorations? And Christmas, are you a bah -humbug or gooey mush mush? I’m SO relieved you live in a house. That means you are not a bat. Whew! I really don’t like bats. And if that be the case, I couldn’t like you, which I do. And what’s up with the beetles? I used to really like Beatles but that is spelled with an “A”. Maybe you are confused, being befuddled and all cause you have admitted you are good in music, therefore you must like music, so perhaps you meant Beatles with an “A”? GOSH THIS IS FUN!!!

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:33

        *laughs* Well, I like LadyP’s flowers, ’cause they’re so beautiful. I actually thought about you when I wrote that. I wanted to see if you’d catch that. *laughing*

        Now…for Christmas. I just relax, usually. Well, there’s always music stuff going on…everywhere! I like bats!!!

        And the Beatles… Yucketh! Not sure how they fooled the world!

      • 135 LadyPinkRose September 11, 2014 at 16:37

        *sigh* You saw through me, Professor, I must admit. I never like the Beatles either, but since the majority of peeps did, I just went along for the ride. Now you know the truth. I’m with you. Yucketh on the Beatles. So now we are even. I claimed you don’t like flowers but you like mine, and I said what I did about Beatles thinking you like them. Ya caught me and I’ve come clean.

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:28

        Well, then, I feel spicy. Should I?

      • 137 LadyPinkRose September 11, 2014 at 20:35

        Professor, you can feel spicy, dicey, feisty, highsty, or whatever else icy you want. T’is your life after all you know.

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:41

        I’ll feel professorish, then, please.

      • 139 LadyPinkRose September 11, 2014 at 20:43

        Ahhhhh, now this is a sound and wise choice! GOOD!

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 12:47

        *bows like a beetle*

      • 141 LadyPinkRose September 12, 2014 at 16:30

        Hmmmm …. I’ve yet to see a beetle bow. Clueless.

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 19:03

        Yes, me too.

      • 143 LadyPinkRose September 12, 2014 at 23:52

        That’s not news to me, Professor. You seem always clueless. Befuddled. Muddled. Ruddled. And then some.

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke September 13, 2014 at 18:21

        Ingenious?

      • 145 LadyPinkRose September 13, 2014 at 19:53

        Yep, That too!!!!

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:01

        *smiles proudly*

  13. 147 Julie Harris September 10, 2014 at 19:24

    Love your q&a!! I don’t believe that you are not a real professor… You have many talents, and your professorishness is indeed one of them!

    • 148 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:26

      Thanks and many thanks! Well…what do you suppose I teach?

  14. 149 Debbie September 10, 2014 at 18:27

    Well, Professor, you know if I’d had more professors like you in college, I’d have had a Dickens of a time choosing a major!! You make even subjects I think I might not be interested in, interesting — that’s quite a success, you realize!

    And Mr. Walt is so correct — you *do* handle your comments in such a fantastic manner, truly making every member of PL feel special and welcome. I’m most impressed!

    I might just differ with you, though, on Tarzan over Sherlock. Perhaps it’s just me playing Devil’s Advocate, but I prefer Sherlock. More cerebral, I think!

    • 150 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:23

      *bows* So many thanks! I gave a speech a long time ago about rocks. (Well, it was more than rocks. Really cool, I thought.) And the judge was surprised that I could make rocks interesting, but that’s because they are! I was really into rocks back in the day.

      Aw! That is the nicest thing to say! You guys make me feel special! And it’s just so fun having speaks with you all.

      *laughing* Definitely more cerebral! But he can’t fight with a katana!

  15. 151 Nancy Loderick September 10, 2014 at 18:04

    Hey Professor,

    You are by far the funniest and wittiest professor I have come across, whether or not you are traditional.

    My question for the all-knowing professor:

    How did you come up with the title, “Punchy Lands?”

    (and I quickly scurry out of the comments, thinking that perhaps you may have answered this elsewhere and I missed it.)

    Nancy

    • 152 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 18:18

      Aw, thanks, Nancy! That is a nice thing to say. *smiles really happily*

      No problem! Feel free to ask anything. Well, originally, the title was the Punchy Wars. It was later changed to Lands. I think it just…well, I’m not sure. It just happened. Which is a wonder, you must admit.

      • 153 Nancy Loderick September 10, 2014 at 18:59

        Hi Professor,

        Thanks for enlightening me. Yes, things just happen sometimes. . .

        Nancy

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:26

        *bows* You are most professorishly welcome!

  16. 155 Painting Pundit September 10, 2014 at 17:32

    Hmmm! Interesting professorial answers. Are you planning to publish a book of the Punchy Language?

    • 156 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 18:12

      That would be very neatio! But, first, I should publish a book, I think, about the PL. Isn’t PA interesting, though?

      • 157 Painting Pundit September 10, 2014 at 20:40

        Definitely! I will be awaiting both books!

      • 158 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:31

        *bows* I bet they’ll be scary!

  17. 159 desertdweller29 September 10, 2014 at 16:26

    You are still quite the mystery Professor — a rather perfect puzzle. How does one almost become an editor in a music publishing company though? Almost famous? What instruments do you play? I was most glad to know you were not a gardener. After seeing that horrid weed/plant picture many posts ago, I didn’t want to alarm you that your thumbs are not green. I am a rather lazy and inconsistent bloggers these days, so forgive if these questions have been answered.

    • 160 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 18:12

      Oh don’t worry about it. Everyone neglects their blog from time to time–and a bit in-between.

      Well, that’s good, I think. I mean, the professor wants to be an enigma. The editor position was a wonder when it happened… *smiles* Is the professor almost famous? Well, the professor plays the guitar. Do you like guitar?

      *laughing* Very good point! My thumbs must be purple or something. I mean, that strawberry patch is ugly!

      • 161 desertdweller29 September 10, 2014 at 18:26

        I LOVE the guitar! I bought one a long time ago thinking I would become Karen Carpenter or something, but I’m ashamed to say I strummed it once and put it on a high shelf. More shameful is that I want to jam out, but not take the time to learn. So now I play that baddest, meanest AIR guitar. I can launch into a riff of Hotel California that would blow the roof off of my mansion. If it had sound. And if I had a mansion. You can see my dilemma… ;)

      • 162 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:22

        That’s just awesome that you love it! *laughing* But…but…you need to take that guitar down–immediately, madam! And play it–right now!!! Don’t wait. It’s really easy to get started. Now, air guitar is awesome. That takes a skill as well, you know.

  18. 163 sonmicloud September 10, 2014 at 15:59

    I enjoyed that question and answer session, the answers were far more than ok *laughs*.
    “And a lot of instruments actually” – enlighten us, which others do you dabble, or excel in? The Tubo Cochleato, The Spectrophone and Parlamonium, or perhaps The Cat Piano? *see Gerard Hoffnung using the Googlatrumph search*

    – sonmicloud

    • 164 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 18:08

      Well, you see, Sonmi, the professor is usually very vague and professorish. I usually tell the truth in a thick fog, you know. But…do you suppose I was straightforward?

      The Tubo Cochleato! Goodness! What’s that?

      • 165 sonmicloud September 11, 2014 at 15:24

        It’s a long maze-like imaginary instrument. If anyone could play it I reckon PL would be the place!

        – sonmicloud

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 16:07

        I bet you’re right! Does it make nice sounds?

      • 167 sonmicloud September 11, 2014 at 17:27

        It sounds like Goose farting in the fog.

        – sonmicloud

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:31

        *tries not to laugh* Goodness! Well…goodness!

  19. 169 PorterGirl September 10, 2014 at 15:45

    Goodness me I really LOVE these Ask The Professor posts. And it is a mark of true brilliance that you make everyone feel like your favourite – and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we feel the same about you.

    Tarzan over Sherlock any day. He might not have a hat but he sure knows how to rock a loincloth. I wouldn’t want to see Holmes in a loincloth.

    • 170 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 18:05

      Aw, thanks! It’s just a great time–overall, I think. See how straightforward the professor was?

      *laughing* You do have a great point there. I bet Tarzan had some muscles.

      • 171 PorterGirl September 10, 2014 at 18:43

        Not quite so straightforward, Professor, but not as wiggly as some might think! You are an enigma in plain sight.

        You would think so, swinging from tree to tree like that. All he needs now is a hat. I think a fedora.

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:26

        *laughs* An enigma in plain sight…that is an awesome expression! I’m a ghost, I tell you!

        Definitely! I need one of those!

      • 173 PorterGirl September 11, 2014 at 07:27

        I do like coming up with phrases to describe you, Professor

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:44

        *laughs* The dullest is a good one.

      • 175 PorterGirl September 11, 2014 at 16:10

        But untrue *winks*

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 16:15

        *bows* You make me feel spicy!

      • 177 PorterGirl September 11, 2014 at 16:26

        Now there’s a thing! So pleased that I do *winks*

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:26

        It is a thingy!

    • 179 walt walker September 10, 2014 at 23:48

      Offensive! (To those in the Holmes camp, that is!)

      Actually, I don’t wish to see either of them in loinsclothing.

      • 180 PorterGirl September 11, 2014 at 07:28

        *laughs* I see your point.

        Holmes would be of little use in the jungle, where as Tarzan might adapt quite well to city life. Like the chap in Crocodile Dundee.

      • 181 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:45

        Oh! That Crocodile Dundee chap has the most awesome knife–ever!

      • 182 PorterGirl September 11, 2014 at 16:10

        Yes!

      • 183 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 16:15

        Aha!

  20. 184 Simply Skeptical September 10, 2014 at 15:04

    Wowawee! The Professor is more multi-dimentional than I’d thought! It is nice to be thought of as family & friend; back at yah Prof.

    The “good” crazyness instead of the same old reality “bad” crazyness makes the PL a fine place to visit – thanks to All the PL folks!!!

    You play instruments, hate possums, flowers and flying? I can understand the flying one since you’re at the mercy of those pilots in the cockpit for your safety, best not to think on it.

    I love Punchy Argon it’s become a pattern of speech dadblameit! (Laughing)

    Never quit being the creative & unique Professor; Professor! (Big Smiles)

    • 185 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 15:32

      *bows*

      And lots of dadblamery goes on all the time!

      Well, you know, I’ve never really met a possum. Or seen one. I do wonder if they’re friendly. They were just convenient to pick on, you see.

      It sure has! A wonder!!!

      I’ll try. But I might!

  21. 186 Lady Cheetah September 10, 2014 at 14:45

    Really? Tarzan? *throws head back* Ugh! I am so done. You find excitement in a man running around thinking he is one with the jungle swinging off of trees than the uncanny brilliance of solving crimes? Tsk, tsk PVJ….

    • 187 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 15:31

      *laughing* You can’t seriously prefer Sherlock! He’s weird-looking and too smart. Have you ever seen Tarzan?

      • 188 Lady Cheetah September 10, 2014 at 15:52

        I prefer the mental escapades rather than running around half naked beating my chest and yell-yodeling in public. *laughing so hard right now*

      • 189 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 18:07

        Haha! You do have a point…but…was Tarzan in public?

      • 190 Lady Cheetah September 10, 2014 at 19:31

        The jungle is public my friend unless there was some private Sahari resort that I wasn’t privy to.

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:28

        *laughing lots* Well, maybe there is! And if there is, I’d go, wouldn’t you?

  22. 192 FictionFan September 10, 2014 at 14:38

    Some more excellent questions from Mr Walker there! And most of the answers were OK too. But it is disheartening to see the Professor still warring with Mr Doyle despite all my efforts to indoctrinate him! I note however that Tarzan also has a tendency to be under-dressed – I think I’m beginning to see a pattern in the Professor’s literary tastes…

    So sorry to hear about the Professorial cold! Get Ruber to mix you up a nice tonic…or perhaps Scientist could give you a potion…

    • 193 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 15:30

      The answers were only ok? I thought they were excellent. I was being see-through. Rats. Yes, well, I haven’t read a Doyle book since. Haven’t you gone off him a bit? *laughing* Now, madam! I’ve actually never read Tarzan. But it is be ERB, isn’t it?

      You want me to die, don’t you?!

      • 194 FictionFan September 10, 2014 at 20:53

        As see-through as custard! The Professor is a master of the art of revealing nothing while appearing as open as…a door. Though I was interested to find out about your flying antipathy – it’s going to be a long and rather wet walk to your castle, I fear. But I can’t say that I was altogether stunned by the revelation of the Professorial madness…

        I’ve worked it out – you don’t like Holmes because his hat is cooler than yours. (This constant jealousy will eat you up one day, just like Phaidor…)

        No!!!! Not yet. *passes the Professor a tissue and a cough drop*

      • 195 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 22:35

        And custard is rather tasty, I hear! Yeah…flying and I are enemies. Yucketh! We’ll view it as a hike through dangerous terrain! We’ll have to wear boots, if it’s wet. And carry swords. You think I”m mad? *cranky face*

        He does have a neatio cap…and cape! (Well, how should I get rid of it?)

        Thank you! I think I’m rather over it now…or getting there. Dadblame germs.

      • 196 FictionFan September 11, 2014 at 13:33

        You hear? Don’t Americans eat custard?? No wonder they’re so rebellious! Claymores…and dirks. And midge spray. Well…but madness can be cute! Especially Professorial madness…

        Aha! I was right! (But…I’m not sure I want you to get rid of it…)

        Good! You should have taken your katana to those pesky germs…

      • 197 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 15:56

        Well, I think I’ve had some in a doughnut… Wait! I take it back. Had some in a cake just this year! At least, I think it was custard. If it looks like mustard but is sweet, then it was, I think. I’ve been mad my whole life.

        You could get me some of that stuff, then! (I thought so, madam!)

        I did…but they’re so small, the eyes are in constant danger from the swinging of the katana.

      • 198 FictionFan September 11, 2014 at 18:18

        *laughing* Sweet mustard – yes, that sounds about right! No wonder! I’d have been mad too if I’d discovered I was American… *runs off, giggling*

        There’s a fantastic shop not too far from your castle that sells all that type of clothing…and fabulous cake! (*blushes guiltily*)

        Aaaaaaarrrrrrghhhhhhhhh!!!! Oh that was just so mean!! You actually made me feel sorry for them – I hope you…you…sneeze!! *wobbles so much she falls down on her…er…posterior*

      • 199 Professor VJ Duke September 11, 2014 at 20:34

        Then I’ve had it! And it’s tasty! *laughs* I actually–this might surprise you–when I was very young, decided I didn’t want to be American. Just Irish–even though I don’t have a drop of Irish blood.

        Yes, I’d like a few capes and hats and staffs. Okay, then!

        *laughing* No, I meant my eyes! Of course, they don’t have eyes! And no falling allowed.

      • 200 FictionFan September 12, 2014 at 14:08

        *laughing* Was there a particular reason for that? Anything to do with… leprechauns? I wanted to be a lion…

        But you’re only allowed to buy them if you admit that Sir Arthur was the master…

        Aaaaaaaarrrrrrghhhhh! What makes you feel that’s better? And how do you know? They might have very tiny little eyes! Otherwise how would they know who to attack?

      • 201 Professor VJ Duke September 12, 2014 at 18:50

        Yes, that, and being born on St. Patrick’s day, I think. A lion? I bet one with a mane, too!

        Okay, I admit he was a master of dadblamery!

        They sniff potential victims out!

      • 202 FictionFan September 13, 2014 at 01:35

        Were you? Oh, belated Happy Birthday then!! Or let me the first to wish you Happy Birthday for next year… (That was so open and revealing of you that I almost choked on my coffee… *coughs a bit and then smiles bigly*) Yes, well I wanted to be a lion mainly (manely?) because of being a Leo…and my name sounding a bit like Leo too. You must be a…fish!!! *open-mouthed with shock*

        *laughing* OK I can accept that!

        Oh! You mean…you smell? I’m so sorry.

      • 203 Professor VJ Duke September 13, 2014 at 18:23

        Thank you for the wishes, I think. I turn 101 next year. (I told you I’m a truth beast!) A Leo… *laughs* That is so funny. A fish? Why a fish?!

        *fist pump* You know you want to!

        Well…everyone does, in a way.

      • 204 FictionFan September 13, 2014 at 23:57

        Really? I shall be 21. (It’s scary though…whatever will you reveal next?) Because you must be a Pisces man – loyal, romantic, generous, creative, compassionate, kind, and sensitive…not bad for a fish!

        *goes for a shower*

      • 205 Professor VJ Duke September 15, 2014 at 13:06

        All sorts of professors things.

        *laughs*

  23. 206 weggieboy September 10, 2014 at 13:58

    I understand possums (they make that creepy snarling sound and show those 1000 teeth!), but not flowers. Did one scare your mother when you were in utero, so to speak since we know it doesn’t work that way? Trapped in a venus flytrap, perhaps, or nipped by a catnip? How about upsied by a daisy? Or garroted by a carrot? How about treated nasty by a nasturtium? Been mooned by a moonflower? I’m just trying to understand, see.

    • 207 Professor VJ Duke September 10, 2014 at 15:29

      *laughing lots* All of the above! And they stink, you know. Except those black ones that attract beetles. Have you ever seen those?


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