Three Things That Vex The Professor

There’s three things that vex this professor, and probably vex him rather badly.

(1) I haven’t been out to the knife target in too long. Doesn’t it look super lonely?

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This is how it should look:

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(2) The professor likes his odd-looking ring, but it slips off when I put soap on my hands. I’m thinking of either forgetting about soap altogether, or just taking off the ring before I wash.

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(3) I’m not sure why these two brutes are in my private swimming pool, any guesses?

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240 Responses to “Three Things That Vex The Professor”


  1. 1 L. Marie November 7, 2014 at 15:09

    I thought I commented on this one, but I guess I didn’t. Yes, the knife target looks lonely. Its loneliness reminds me that I need a knife target for my throwing knife.
    Perhaps the brutes in your swimming pool heard you had a lonely knife target and were coming to visit.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 20:02

      Yes, maybe they had come to throw at the boards? Tell you what, maybe you can try and throw from your house? MM would try. I’m not sure it would work.

  2. 3 Catherine November 7, 2014 at 02:52

    Those are some lovely pictures! I’ve always wanted a knife target. Are they fun to throw things at?

    I think taking off your ring is the better idea.

    Someone should tell those brutes to leave! (Maybe they couldn’t find another place to swim?)

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:58

      Oh, super fun, Catherine. You should get one. They’re heavy though. Very heavy. And it’s hard to get things to stick…

      Yes, but what if I forget to put it back on?

      Ooo..do you suppose they were already kicked out of somewhere?

      • 5 Catherine November 9, 2014 at 23:33

        That’s a downside, I guess.

        You could write a note for yourself and put it right next to the sink! (but it would have to be waterproof)

        I wouldn’t be surprised!

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:13

        Yes….but throwing knives is so fun…

        That’s an idea! I”ll put the note in my pocket. I’ll have to remember to take it out, though.

        Well, that makes me feel a bit bad for them, overall.

      • 7 Catherine November 16, 2014 at 23:51

        It is! I threw a knife once, and broke it. But it was fun while it lasted.

        Sounds like a good plan!

        Maybe they deserved it. They were trespassing, after all.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2014 at 17:10

        *laughs* Well…some knives just like to break, it’s odd, you know.

        Then they should be thrown out again!

      • 9 Catherine November 22, 2014 at 21:27

        I suppose that knife was asking for it, volunteering to be thrown and all.

        I agree!

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:33

        Of course it was! The devilish little thing!!!

      • 11 Catherine November 26, 2014 at 17:47

        Maybe no one told it that falling apart was a possibility.

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 20:44

        Sure. I bet it didn’t know it was committing suicide!

      • 13 Catherine November 30, 2014 at 00:45

        Poor knife.

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2014 at 20:02

        I hope you had a funeral.

      • 15 Catherine December 2, 2014 at 04:53

        *looks embarrassed* I may have…sort of forgotten that part. I was sad, though. Does that count?

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:16

        *laughs* I say you’ve got it quite covered. I would have taunted him about it….while he lay dying, that is.

      • 17 Catherine December 4, 2014 at 04:44

        But that’s mean! *clucks tongue* Have you no heart, professor? *remembers that, no, the professor does NOT have a heart because he lost it in a battle* I suppose that’s a good excuse.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:15

        *laughing* It makes this professor proud that you remembered! The knife would deserve it anyway!

      • 19 Catherine December 7, 2014 at 00:02

        *laughs*

  3. 20 erinkenobi2893 November 6, 2014 at 13:50

    In re. draft feedback: I was planning to add more, but I’m not quite sure what to add… any suggestions? ;-)

    • 21 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:57

      Well…yes, how about talking a bit about the test, and maybe helping me out. You see, I don’t deserve an F. So, remember, that Fats and Amelia are in the class. And a few other persons as well.

      • 22 erinkenobi2893 November 6, 2014 at 16:30

        Okay. :-P And sure!

      • 23 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:53

        Great! Let me know when you’re finished.

      • 24 erinkenobi2893 November 7, 2014 at 20:49

        Setbacks…. I will have to see what I can do… :-S

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:45

        I have faith in you!

      • 26 erinkenobi2893 November 9, 2014 at 12:46

        Thank you. :-) I genuinely appreciate it.

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:10

        *bows*

      • 28 erinkenobi2893 November 11, 2014 at 18:26

        :-P
        Great, now I’m stuck for what to post next. Again.

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:47

        Rats. Me too. Isn’t it hateful?

      • 30 erinkenobi2893 November 23, 2014 at 18:54

        Indeed… *sigh* It is suckish in the extreme. I hope to get more of my stories up soon…

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:33

        You’re busy, it’s understandable.

      • 32 erinkenobi2893 November 24, 2014 at 13:45

        :-/ I think I have this week off… so maybe I’ll be able to post more. ;-)

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 22:00

        Perfect! I’ve missed them.

      • 34 erinkenobi2893 November 25, 2014 at 00:08

        :-) So have I.

      • 35 Professor VJ Duke November 25, 2014 at 14:05

        You get to work, then, young lady!

      • 36 erinkenobi2893 December 2, 2014 at 13:24

        It just sounds so odd and funny when you say that… :-P

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:18

        But why?

      • 38 erinkenobi2893 December 2, 2014 at 22:17

        Because… humor, I guess. :-P And it’s sort of funny when you do the lecture thing. :-P

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:42

        *laughs* It’s the professor in me, you know.

      • 40 erinkenobi2893 December 3, 2014 at 21:21

        Yup. ^_^ I wish you were teaching my classes… it would be such fun!

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:02

        I would redefine things!

      • 42 erinkenobi2893 December 4, 2014 at 22:23

        Yes!!! :-D And we could pretend to lightsaber duel to freak some people out! :-P

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 19:52

        I’m in. That would be way cool.

      • 44 erinkenobi2893 December 8, 2014 at 12:00

        X-D

  4. 45 Angeline M November 6, 2014 at 05:22

    Perhaps you could take your ring off, then practice your knife throwing in your private pool.

    • 46 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:52

      That’s an idea. Do you suppose it would be easier to throw under the water?

  5. 47 Lady Cheetah November 6, 2014 at 04:18

    You must commence the knife throwing sir. It is excellent therapy and the third pic was hilarious. Who knew you had a pool that big. :-P

    • 48 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:46

      I know. The pool is quite shocking when it’s first seen. Those ugly beasts ruined the beauty of the whole thing.

      I know. I should post a pic on the board, huh?

      • 49 Lady Cheetah November 6, 2014 at 13:48

        Yep.

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:56

        Whose?

  6. 51 Debbie November 6, 2014 at 00:18

    Professor, you really MUST make time for your knife-throwing — one can’t stay sharp if one fails to practice, you know!

    I like your ring. Have you lost a bunch of weight, or is it sized wrong? If so, perhaps Ring Snuggies (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Snuggies-Assorted-Pack-Of/dp/B004U39CC0) would help??

    Gee, are those kites in your pretty swimming pool??

    • 52 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:45

      Yes! I know… I’ll lose my assassin skill and that’d be awful.

      Aha! Thanks so much. I’ll take a look. The ring fits, I think. (I’m such a bad judge of things like this.)

      *laughing* Vicious ones, I think!

  7. 53 Susan P November 5, 2014 at 22:47

    What you need is to have a contest and make them practice regularly before the contest commences. As for the ring…you could always hang it on a chain around your neck. And be careful with those knives.

    • 54 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:42

      Now, what could possibly go wrong with the knives? Did you know I once shot myself in the head with a BB gun?

  8. 55 The Lite Rider November 5, 2014 at 22:31

    A throwing partner, standing in front of the board, would be exceptional! How about someone from the studio?

    Soap and rings can be a problem…..the ring must come off whilst washing. Or be downsized, in which case soap might come in handy….

    Laughing SO hard, Professor! I love those guys in your pool. Shocking!

    • 56 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:40

      Nick?

      Aha! To get it off…should I just wear it in the pocket, do you think?

      It is! How did they get in?

      • 57 The Lite Rider November 6, 2014 at 21:51

        Um, I’m not saying, but maybe.

        Pockets can lose things!

        Perhaps they entered through a wormhole, and just suddenly appeared….. ;-)

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:56

        Oh, that’s okay: he deserves it! *laughs*

        That’s true. I always do have holes in my pockets. It’s professorish that way.

        Nice! Wormholes are fascinating.

  9. 59 mountainess November 5, 2014 at 22:05

    That knife target looks fun, it also looks like the perfect surface to sharpen my claws….

    • 60 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:39

      *laughs* Oh dear! Are your claws usually sharp?

      • 61 mountainess November 6, 2014 at 21:19

        Always Professor.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:55

        *fist pump* That’s awesome. Do you fist pump?

      • 63 mountainess November 8, 2014 at 00:52

        I will for you Professor!!!!

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:52

        *bows* That’s very nice of you, Mountainess.

  10. 65 erinkenobi2893 November 5, 2014 at 21:28

    I want to go to the knife target too!!! Though I might break it… That would be bad. I would fix it, though. I think you should take off the ring rather than foregoing soap… for safety’s sake. And the brutes in the swimming pool, I think the Japanese wasps must have invited the dadblame things.

    • 66 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:31

      Nah, it won’t break. Too dadblame hard. Can you throw knives a bit?

      *nods* Very good point. I must wash my hands. Mustn’t give that up, yet.

      No! Aha! Now doesn’t that make sense? Something needs done.

      • 67 erinkenobi2893 November 5, 2014 at 21:34

        Probably not very good at it. :-P I’d love to try it, though.
        We could catch them in nets then throw them into the ocean with a catapult!

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:37

        It’s all about the revolution, which is very tricky, but I’m sure you’d get it. Since you’re a Ranger.

        Yeah! I’d love to have a catapult.

      • 69 erinkenobi2893 November 6, 2014 at 13:44

        Eventually. ;-)
        YES!!!!!!! Let’s build a catapult!

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:56

        Awesome! First person we send off: Anakin.

      • 71 erinkenobi2893 November 6, 2014 at 16:30

        Ohhhh, yes!!! X-D He loves to fly. :-P

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:53

        *laughing lots* Poor soul.

      • 73 erinkenobi2893 November 7, 2014 at 20:49

        Yup. Obi-Wan doesn’t like to fly, mainly because Anakin is horrifying sometimes ;-P

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:44

        Yeah…I remember. He scares me, too.

      • 75 erinkenobi2893 November 9, 2014 at 12:45

        He’s just the sort of public danger that occurs when someone is singularly insane.

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:10

        And stupid.

      • 77 erinkenobi2893 November 11, 2014 at 18:25

        Nah, he just doesn’t think before he acts.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:47

        Which is the trademark of a fool.

      • 79 erinkenobi2893 November 23, 2014 at 18:53

        Indeed. Which brings up the curious question of how otherwise intelligent people can be fools…

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:33

        Like the professor.

      • 81 erinkenobi2893 November 24, 2014 at 13:44

        I don’t think you’re a fool… You DO think ahead after all. :-P

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 22:00

        *smiles proudly* Well, thank you. That must mean you like Sith.

      • 83 erinkenobi2893 November 24, 2014 at 23:56

        Nah, any Sith can think ahead. It’s a mere attribute. Like an allele or something.

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke November 25, 2014 at 14:04

        Hmm….

      • 85 erinkenobi2893 December 2, 2014 at 13:21

        I read Gregor Mendel. :-P

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:17

        Don’t believe it!

      • 87 erinkenobi2893 December 2, 2014 at 22:16

        You don’t? You should, because I *do*. :-P

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke December 3, 2014 at 15:41

        Well, rats, then.

      • 89 erinkenobi2893 December 3, 2014 at 21:20

        Nope. Peas. :-P

      • 90 erinkenobi2893 December 3, 2014 at 21:20

        And hawkweed, but that’s a different story entirely.

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:02

        That sounds cool. What is hawkweed?

      • 92 erinkenobi2893 December 4, 2014 at 22:22

        It self-pollinates, basically. And it’s a wildflower or wayside weed, depending on who you ask.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 19:52

        I’m sure Sid would have different ideas about it.

      • 94 erinkenobi2893 December 8, 2014 at 11:58

        Yeah. Rather than looking at how nice it looks, he’d just zap it with Sith lightning.

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:46

        I might do that, too, now that I think about it.

      • 96 erinkenobi2893 December 8, 2014 at 14:47

        That would make a mess.

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:49

        I admit it probably would.

      • 98 erinkenobi2893 December 8, 2014 at 16:22

        And messes are to be avoided, correct?

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 21:01

        Unless, it’s a Jedi mess.

      • 100 erinkenobi2893 December 9, 2014 at 17:02

        Jedi clean up after themselves. Well, except for Anakin, until Obi-Wan lectures him. :-P

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke December 9, 2014 at 21:48

        I always clean up after myself.

      • 102 erinkenobi2893 December 10, 2014 at 12:36

        Maybe you do… but other Sith don’t. *makes face* How often have I had to run around after Darth Horeck, kicking his rear around and cleaning up after him–gaaaaaaahhhhh.

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 15:28

        He was always a mess! Even before his Sith days!

      • 104 erinkenobi2893 December 10, 2014 at 16:11

        Meh. But he was more of a mess after.

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 20:42

        It can’t be proved!

      • 106 erinkenobi2893 December 11, 2014 at 02:42

        Yeah, it can be. Because maybe he made less messes, but that was only because Palpatine was keeping him on a tight leash. Otherwise, he would have just rampaged aimlessly across the galaxy, randomly destroying things!

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke December 11, 2014 at 19:16

        He was just having fun!

      • 108 erinkenobi2893 December 12, 2014 at 13:33

        I don’t think there was anything REMOTELY fun about that time in galactic history.

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke December 13, 2014 at 18:07

        That’s the Jedi in you speaking!

      • 110 erinkenobi2893 December 15, 2014 at 16:40

        Heh, there were a couple of times where it was fun… *grins madly as she thinks about pranking Dooku*

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke December 15, 2014 at 21:20

        You got away with that?

      • 112 erinkenobi2893 December 16, 2014 at 14:04

        You’d be surprised. ;-P

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke December 16, 2014 at 16:15

        I definitely am.

      • 114 erinkenobi2893 December 17, 2014 at 04:51

        X-D

      • 115 erinkenobi2893 December 17, 2014 at 13:17

        It was such fun! X-D

  11. 116 Simply Skeptical November 5, 2014 at 20:56

    Oh my goodness! Professor what a pool! I didn’t think the Professor so selfish a being. There seems to be plenty of room for all. :-) About the ring…maybe the Professor needs to put on some weight. A trip to PL’s Candy Store may be in order. And no knife throwing it may burn too many calories. There my 2 cents worth or should I say 2 dimes? Inflation you know…

    • 117 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:28

      *laughs* Now, hey! No one should purposely get fat…and I’m not skinny. And I’m not fat. But I’m old, now that you bring it up.

      But what if those beasts eat me?

  12. 118 John W. Howell November 5, 2014 at 16:50

    The rays in your pool are an easy answer: They thought you were hosting a pool party with a theme of come dressed as you are.

    • 119 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:22

      *laughing* Oh…but…how did they get there, John?

      • 120 John W. Howell November 5, 2014 at 22:45

        Your man showed them in when they presented an invitation. Seems simple doesn’t it. The bigger question is how come I wasn’t invited to the party?

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:41

        Oh…well…rats. Did you want to come?

      • 122 John W. Howell November 6, 2014 at 14:06

        Not now.

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:41

        Rats and a Heifer! You’ll be the first I invite…to the next party!

      • 124 John W. Howell November 7, 2014 at 20:12

        Of course, that Ray couple are not the nicest guests. They never engage in conversation, cruise the pool like they are looking for something and gobble the sushi.

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:42

        That’s a good point. But I didn’t invite them, remember. Do you suppose bug spray would get rid of them?

      • 126 John W. Howell November 9, 2014 at 13:57

        Underwater version.

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:12

        *nods* I must needs get a bottle, then.

  13. 128 InfiniteZip November 5, 2014 at 16:39

    You need to take your katana and scare off those brutes!!! And quickly !

    • 129 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:21

      *nods* What if they eat me?

      • 130 Susan P November 5, 2014 at 22:48

        Never happen – you’re too tough.

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:43

        *laughs* I think that was a compliment.

      • 132 InfiniteZip November 6, 2014 at 10:22

        They won’t, they will be afraid of your magic ring…

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:54

        Aha! Is it magic?

      • 134 InfiniteZip November 6, 2014 at 16:34

        Every little thing you have is magic….sting sings to us all :)

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:53

        Ooo! Isn’t that cool?

  14. 136 Alastair Savage November 5, 2014 at 15:44

    It’s time for a manta man chat about those things in your pool, professor. They’re filter feeders, so maybe they keep the water clean. You can’t argue with the photographic evidence.

    • 137 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:21

      Is that what they are! But…don’t they appear to be joy swimming? Not working, I say!

  15. 138 sonmicloud November 5, 2014 at 15:22

    You’re more dangerous than you appear Professor. The knives are superb! The ring is quite beautiful and the two underwater table cloths are those I brought along for an aqua picnic of course.

    – sonmi upon the Cloud

    • 139 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:20

      *laughs* But…Sonmi, now they’re wet! How can we have a picnic on wet tablecloths? Or, are you washing them a bit first?

      Yes…I’m warrior, see?

      • 140 sonmicloud November 6, 2014 at 00:20

        A warrior, yes, sword, knives. I have been a warrior, but at present keep to the shadows and Clouds. One might say I’m a Cloud ninja *laughs*.

        The tablecloths don’t seem wet under water, that’s the trick, but soup is definitely off the menu.

        – sonmi behind the Cloud

      • 141 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:45

        A cloud ninja! Cool…do you care knives?

        What’s on the menu?

      • 142 sonmicloud November 6, 2014 at 14:09

        Knives yes – stilettos, garrotes, and pins. Lots of pins.

        On the menu this evening we have soup of children’s tears, Scotch Mist Casserole and Apple from The Tree of Life Pie to follow.

        – sonmi beside the Cloud

      • 143 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:42

        *amazed* Nice…pins too? Are they for the eye?

        *laughs* Umm…maybe…I”ll fast.

      • 144 sonmicloud November 7, 2014 at 20:01

        For the eye yes, dipped in vinegar. But rarely necessary *laughs*

        – sonmi upon the Cloud

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 20:03

        *shivers* Goodness…who have you done that to?

      • 146 sonmicloud November 7, 2014 at 20:23

        Spies.

        – sonmi beside the Cloud

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:43

        I”m a spy.

      • 148 sonmicloud November 8, 2014 at 21:00

        I know.

        – sonmi under the Cloud

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:04

        *shocked face*

      • 150 sonmicloud November 11, 2014 at 13:11

        Fret not, I shall tell not a soul, and, as you have at present been naught but courteous towards sonmi and her Cloud…..no pins shall adorn your peepers. *smiles reassuringly*

        sonmi upon the Cloud

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:30

        *sigh of relief* Thanks, Sonmi! I should invite you to tea.

      • 152 sonmicloud November 11, 2014 at 13:31

        You should. I have excellent table manners. *laughs*

        – sonmi upon the Cloud.

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:43

        Aha. Does that mean you don’t eat the cake too much?

  16. 154 Farah November 5, 2014 at 15:19

    I wish I had some words of wisdom to offer you but all I can say after reading this post is that I really want a knife target… and I also hate it when unknown objects invite themselves in to my private swimming pool. The cheek of those things.

    • 155 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:19

      *laughs* Yes…imagine…do you suppose they sorta drifted in from the air?

      Knife throwing is absolute fun. Would you put some sort of picture on the board?

      • 156 Farah November 6, 2014 at 12:29

        They may have done but they look like stingrays… Which makes me wonder why stingray like organisms are in your private swimming pool…

        I think I’d probably put up a picture of a wasp. I despise those things.

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:54

        Yes…do you think they snuck in, or is some joke, do you suppose?

        *shivers* Me too! Have you seen any in real life yet?

      • 158 Farah November 7, 2014 at 09:26

        I reckon they did it to annoy you.

        Ooh yes, too many! I’m glad Winter is approaching so they’ll get less in number :)

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 20:01

        Should I do something to them, or let them go? Such professorish decisions!

        Yes, and…die out!

  17. 160 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 5, 2014 at 15:11

    The target is very lonely and for the record you promised to go throw knives a while back. Liar. Those may be the most gleaming knives ever. How pretty. Sharp!

    Don’t give up soap, professor. Then everyone else will and it’ll get dicey for sure. Maybe Amelia will wear it for you? A nice ring you have there, Duke. I miss seeing it about.

    I love your pool! Does it snow there?

    • 161 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:18

      I know! I’m thinking about that promise everyday. “Audith will be so cranky,” I say to myself. I need to get out there. *hands head in shame*

      Wear it for me? *starts to growl* She’s not allowed to have it, double-dadblameit!

      I’m not sure. I don’t think so…wait, it does. In the winter. And then I go iceskating.

      • 162 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 6, 2014 at 05:04

        First, I’m glad you think of me everyday. *sparkles* Second, yes, I’m cranky about it. *starts pounding dough* Thirdly, go do it. You love it so… *frowns*

        Maybe I should hide your ring for you…seems thoughtful of me.

        Must be the best of tropical places if you can have snow, too. I must find this paradise. I bet the two soft fish want to be your friend.

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:52

        *laughs* Well, I did tell you that I’d do it…but…but…but…but…but…

        *hides it first*

        Oh yes. I didn’t think on that. But it’s not a lie! Dadblame manta rays.

      • 164 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 10, 2014 at 03:47

        But……you’re going to tell me you finally did?

        Picks it up.

        You can’t fool me.

      • 165 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:17

        Umm…well, I played tennis?

        Oh dear…

        Not even a little bit?

      • 166 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 11, 2014 at 21:08

        *annoyed* Not the same. With Amelia? I hope she beat you.

        You should really have better hiding spots.

        You know that you can fool me all day long. *smiles*

      • 167 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:50

        With Nick! And we’re so terrible we don’t have a real game.

        Yes, say that again. *looks around*

        *laughs* I bet not, though.

      • 168 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 12, 2014 at 21:16

        Maybe you two need a coach.

        Maybe you should have a better hiding place. *picks it up*

        *serious eyes* Yeah, bet not. Sure of herself.

      • 169 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2014 at 23:05

        We definitely do. But we’re getting better–a bit.

        I should. But where?

        Good way to be!

      • 170 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 14, 2014 at 04:47

        I’m glad you’re playing tennis.

        Well, probably…I don’t know. Swollow it?

        Pfft!

      • 171 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:21

        Many thanks! I think.

        Eww!

      • 172 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 17, 2014 at 03:27

        Oh, it isn’t that bad of an idea!

      • 173 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2014 at 17:12

        *holds ears*

    • 174 Susan P November 5, 2014 at 22:49

      I agree…he shouldn’t give up soap.

      • 175 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 6, 2014 at 05:06

        Yes, listen to Susan, Duketh. We prefer you clean.

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:52

        And why?

      • 177 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 10, 2014 at 03:47

        Because we aren’t a fan of flies swarming you, I suppose.

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:17

        *laughing lots*

      • 179 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 11, 2014 at 21:09

        But maybe you like flies about your ears.

      • 180 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:50

        As long as they don’t bite.

      • 181 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 12, 2014 at 21:17

        The type that swarm smelly people bite.

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2014 at 23:05

        *laughs* Now, I’m a garbage sort of fellow.

      • 183 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 14, 2014 at 04:49

        If you decide not to use soap? Possibly… I’d hate that fate for you, Duketh. I didn’t mean to write you into garage. ..

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:21

        Yes…how did this happen? *laughs*

      • 185 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 17, 2014 at 03:26

        Took a wrong turn somewhere…

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2014 at 17:12

        I bet it was a right turn.

      • 187 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 18, 2014 at 21:00

        I have no idea. I wasn’t looking at the time.

      • 188 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:43

        And why not?!

  18. 189 FictionFan November 5, 2014 at 15:02

    You could put a giant-size picture of Darby’s face on the board to encourage you to get out there.

    You could wear the ring round your neck on a chain and pretend it’s a medallion.

    Are you sure that’s not a picture of Nick and Bubbles? Would you like to borrow my harpoon?

    • 190 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member November 5, 2014 at 16:37

      I’m hoping that when you say Nick you’re not talking about me.

      • 191 FictionFan November 5, 2014 at 17:36

        No, no, of course not!! As if I’d say such a thing about you!!! *crosses fingers behind back and tries to look innocent*

      • 192 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member November 5, 2014 at 21:40

        You aren’t fooling me. I’m wise to such tricks.

    • 193 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:16

      Oh, I wouldn’t want to do that to him…would I?

      That’s an excellent idea. Can it be a thick gold chain?

      *laughs* It is! Aren’t they something? And, yes, please.

      • 194 FictionFan November 6, 2014 at 15:01

        Hmm… wouldn’t you? You mean, you’ve realised he’s too gorgeous to spoil? *nods understandingly*

        Yes! That would be so… cool!! *sobs a little*

        I thought I recognised them!

      • 195 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:47

        No…of course not! It’d just make FEF rather unhappy. Aren’t I sweet? Actually, don’t answer that!

        *laughs* Okay! As long as I have your permission…

        Yes, rubber-like.

      • 196 FictionFan November 8, 2014 at 00:14

        Awwwww! OK, I won’t then. (But you are! Sometimes. A lot of the time. Most of the time. Nearly always!)

        *gulps* If it makes you happy then I’m…happy. *sad face*

        And oddly-shaped… *hides*

      • 197 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:48

        *laughs* I still hear the parentheses stuff, you know!

        Maybe I’ll make it into an earring then?

        I agree!

      • 198 FictionFan November 9, 2014 at 00:21

        You do??? Dadblameit, I’ll need to be more careful in future! (Still so sweet, though…)

        That would be much better! Though what about when you wash your ears?

      • 199 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:07

        *bangs head on desk about four times*

        Yeah…see? A problem. I’d better just get rid of it.

  19. 200 LadyPinkRose November 5, 2014 at 15:01

    LOVE the face in the clouds, Professor!!! Hehehehehehe As for the objects in your pool ….they look basically harmless, just floating, minding their own bees wax. As for your ring, you must wash your hands with soap cause if you don’t the jeeber bugs will get you! Take your ring off when you wash your hands or you could perhaps put the ring on a chain and wear it around your neck. That way it will always be out of the way when you wash your hands. Lastly … (notice I reversed the order in which you wrote as I address what you wrote) LadyP would kindly ask for an invite to play with you with the knives so she can imagine some um “stuff” she is throwing the knives at. Now that would be FUN!!! Cordially yours, LadyP

    PS IF YOU KNEW THE ALL THAT I WENT THROUGH JUST TO POST THIS DANG COMMENT, YOU WOULD KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

    • 201 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:15

      *bows* Many thanks. I think that’s me looking out, wouldn’t you say?

      *laughing lots and lots* LadyP! Thank you, then! You know the professor…loves you too! Right?

      The chain for the ring is a perfect idea. Just perfect.

      But who would you throw the knives at?

      • 202 LadyPinkRose November 5, 2014 at 21:18

        I would draw faces on that knife board and with all I got, throw those knives to hit the mark. That would be very safisfactory, I think. Good outlet for stress. Don’t you think?

      • 203 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:29

        Very good outlet for stress, I say. But…but…whose face would you draw?

      • 204 LadyPinkRose November 5, 2014 at 21:30

        Not yours. Next comment I started ….. Keep going …

      • 205 LadyPinkRose November 5, 2014 at 21:20

        For starters there would definitely be a WP on that board and a picture of an apple with ONE bite out of it. That is to start out with. I am sure I can think of some more. :-)

      • 206 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:30

        *laughing* WP and Mac been vexing as of late?

      • 207 LadyPinkRose November 5, 2014 at 21:31

        With me? Um, you could say that! *red in face*

        Let me see. Another face. Deer. Who eat my roses! Another one!

      • 208 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:32

        Perfect! I like this list you’re starting. The deer need to go, I agree…how about a frog?

      • 209 LadyPinkRose November 5, 2014 at 22:17

        Nah, what harm do frogs do? I like them. How about a rat?

      • 210 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:39

        Rats are sweet, dadblameit!

      • 211 LadyPinkRose November 6, 2014 at 14:00

        If they are so sweet snuggle with one. I dare you!

      • 212 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:41

        Umm…can I change the subject on you without you realizing, do you suppose?

      • 213 LadyPinkRose November 7, 2014 at 20:31

        Now why would you do that? Supposin’ ….

      • 214 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:44

        Because it would be sneaky, and isn’t the professor sneaky?

      • 215 LadyPinkRose November 8, 2014 at 21:24

        *shakes head vigorously* I agree!

      • 216 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:05

        Maybe I’m a snake, you see.

      • 217 LadyPinkRose November 11, 2014 at 16:37

        No, you are a shark. Plain and simple.

      • 218 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:46

        With lots of teeth?

      • 219 LadyPinkRose November 12, 2014 at 15:23

        Like razors.

      • 220 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2014 at 23:01

        Yes!

  20. 221 PorterGirl November 5, 2014 at 14:20

    Those knives look rather big. Do you use them to chop up vegetables as well or are they just for throwing? You should get an assistant to stand at the board and you could throw knives at them.

    Wash your hands in alcohol instead, it is quite sticky and will kill germs. Unfortunately you might smell like a tramp, though. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I like tramps.

    Those things look like sheets that have escaped from a washing line. Or maybe you could ride on them. Nice pool!

    • 222 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:10

      *laughs* But what if I miss? *maybe shudders* No, they’re just for throwing. It’s the balance thing. Like a regular kitchen knife is too heavy on the backend–like a hippo, if you will.

      *laughing more* Do tramps even use alcohol? But it’s a great idea. I should. I used to, but my bottle ran out.

      Thank you! But I don’t swim in there. Too scary.

      • 223 PorterGirl November 6, 2014 at 08:33

        Oh yes, if you miss things could get quite messy. Only use assistants that you don’t like, in that case. Or ones made of stone or something. I very much like hippos and wish I was one.

        Goodness knows what tramps get up to but I hope they use something in place of soap. Maybe they just drink the alcohol. I feel a bit sorry for tramps.

        It does look rather scary. Those things might nip at you as you swam. Eek!

      • 224 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:54

        You want to be a hippo? But you’d have to live in mud pools then…

        *nods* Me too. The professor is a tramp!

        Yeah! I should harpoon them, like FictionFan said.

      • 225 PorterGirl November 6, 2014 at 14:14

        I don’t mind mudpools. I would enjoy having a huge mouth as well. I could eat a million things at once, then *big grin*

        Hurrah for tramps!

        FF speaks a lot of sense. I shall fetch the harpoon…

      • 226 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:43

        *laughing lots and lots* I should have thought about that! Plus, you’d be very strong–stronger than one of those dino lizards!

        *nods* Yes, please do.

      • 227 PorterGirl November 7, 2014 at 20:10

        I would rule the world if I was a hippo… probably.

        Shall do…

      • 228 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2014 at 20:42

        That’s an interesting thought.

        Hey, Lucy, have you ever been to the NAMM show in Anaheim?

      • 229 PorterGirl November 10, 2014 at 08:19

        I have never been to such a show, but it sounds very interesting indeed

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:18

        I’ve never been either! I think it does sound rather cool.

      • 231 PorterGirl November 11, 2014 at 14:43

        We should go!

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:44

        We should! I think I’m going this January. Trying to, at least.

      • 233 PorterGirl November 12, 2014 at 14:24

        Super awesome. I’m going to Google it

      • 234 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2014 at 23:00

        Yes, it’s quite an event, I hear.

  21. 235 walt walker November 5, 2014 at 14:15

    It would look less lonely if your assistant were standing up against it waiting for the knives to be thrown.

    You mustn’t go without soap. You must take off the ring. But you must consider how that will affect you. Will it make you visible? Vulnerable?

    I don’t know, but they don’t seem brutish. They look rather sleek. Perhaps they are just lost. Have you asked them?

    • 236 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2014 at 21:08

      But I fear I don’t have an assistant. How much do they cost to acquire?

      Very vulnerable, but at the same time, the ring is what proves I am who I say I am.

      No…to be honest, I’m nervous around them. They might eat me, you see.

      • 237 walt walker November 6, 2014 at 04:51

        I hear the good ones are cheap, and the not so good ones are free. Of course the ones who stand still will cost you.

        If I wore the ring, would that prove that I am who you say you are?

        I don’t think they will eat you. Their bellies look smaller than your hat, for one thing. Just make sure you point your hat at their mouths when they start to eat you and that should fill them up.

      • 238 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2014 at 13:47

        Maybe I’ll get a cardboard one?

        *shocked face* Never thought on that…but how would you get it?

        *laughs* That’s a good point. But I don’t want them eating my hat!

      • 239 walt walker November 6, 2014 at 15:10

        That’s a good compromise.

        You could FedEx it to me? Or I could get a 3D printer…

        I don’t want that either. You should get a fake hat for them. Make it out of cake. They should please them.

      • 240 Professor VJ Duke November 7, 2014 at 19:51

        *nods happily*

        But what would you do with it? I mean, would you chew on it at all?

        I wonder, now, if they have any food allergies.


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