135 Responses to “THE PL Newsletter IX”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 December 18, 2014 at 13:56

    The first proverb is sheer brilliance! :-D
    So, Sandra went missing, but she has been found playing chess in that tower? It’s so odd to be reading these backwards. Like Merlyn in “The Once And Future King.” (No relation to Merlin of the PL.) ;-)

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke December 18, 2014 at 20:19

      *laughs* But you do get an unique perspective. DS and Sandra playing chess. Good pastime, I say.

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 December 19, 2014 at 01:44

        P-: .eruT
        Chess is awesome. I keep trying to beat Cap and Obi-Wan at it, but I’m not very good, so I can’t beat them yet. :-P

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:44

        Have they played?

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 December 21, 2014 at 14:01

        They do play. They’re both really good. So is Horatio… It’s a strategy thing.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:21

        Aha.

      • 7 erinkenobi2893 December 23, 2014 at 14:19

        Yup. Though, a couple of them prefer games with a human element rather than those that rely on pure logic. (Steve and Obi-Wan are especially good at those–Steve has this sort of instinct about people, you see.)

  2. 8 Catherine November 14, 2014 at 01:57

    Ooh, the proverbs keep getting better each week! I’ll say #2. There’s a lot of truth in that.

    Oh no! Is anyone looking for her?

    Whoa, that’s a really complicated sounding word…what does it mean?

    • 9 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:18

      That’s great! You pick proverbs so easily, you know. Some PL’ers just won’t pick a favorite!

      I’m not. Should I?

      You know, I actually do forget?

      • 10 Catherine November 16, 2014 at 23:49

        Oh, why thank you! (I always thought I was one of the slower proverb-pickers. They’re super hard to choose from.)

        Only if she wants to be found.

        It’s okay then, since I probably would forget, too, once you told me.

      • 11 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2014 at 17:09

        Yes, that’s what I hear. I’ll tell Shnod to put some rotten ones up once in a while.

        That’s true. And since she’s not here to ask…well…we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and go off to find her–just yet.

        *laughs* Which should make us wonder: why does the word even exist?

      • 12 Catherine November 22, 2014 at 21:24

        There can be rotten proverbs?

        I think that’s wise. Especially since she might not want to be found and brought back to her adopted home.

        Haha! I really don’t know…that’s a good question!

      • 13 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:32

        *laughs* Don’t tell Shnod I said that!

        Good point. Plus I’m a bit lazy–the sudden.

        *laughing lots*

      • 14 Catherine November 26, 2014 at 17:44

        I won’t! *laughing* Don’t worry.

        Laziness is never good. You should do something about that!

        Maybe we could petition to replace it with a more useful word.

      • 15 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 20:43

        Thank you!

        I know…but what?

        Yes, that is an idea. But we’d have to come up with a word.

      • 16 Catherine November 30, 2014 at 00:43

        Maybe doing some pull-ups would help? Then you’d think everything else is easy after that. And then you wouldn’t mind doing it right away.

        Hmm. That’ll be tough. Any ideas?

      • 17 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2014 at 20:01

        Ow! I so hate those things! *arms begin to ache just thinking on it*

        It should start with a ‘k’.

      • 18 Catherine December 2, 2014 at 04:50

        Yep, they’re pretty bad…but they’re good for you.

        I like that idea! Not very many words start with ‘k’.

      • 19 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 20:15

        I know…that means I should keep doing them, huh?

        True! K…and then a Z.

      • 20 Catherine December 4, 2014 at 04:39

        Probably. Unless there’s a better (and easier) thing.

        Ours will be a very unique word, I can already see.

      • 21 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 19:14

        Which there isn’t, dadblameit!

        *laughs* That’s my fault, and that’s the end of the word right there.

      • 22 Catherine December 6, 2014 at 23:59

        *laughs* Pull-ups it is, then!

        I like it, though! Now we just need a meaning for “Kz”…

      • 23 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:30

        Nooooooooooooo!

        An element of professorishness?

      • 24 Catherine December 10, 2014 at 02:46

        Yes! You can start with one, too, if you’d like.

        It does rather sound like an element! I like it.

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke December 10, 2014 at 15:25

        Rats. And not quite fair.

        Great, then. Nice.

  3. 26 Susan P November 12, 2014 at 22:14

    The Perfesser must be on walk about again.

    • 27 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2014 at 23:07

      Yes, but where to?

      • 28 Susan P November 13, 2014 at 23:26

        Hanging out with Crocodile Dundee?

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:15

        Nah, I’ve never met him.

      • 30 Susan P November 15, 2014 at 19:27

        What a shame…how about Bruce Lee?

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke November 16, 2014 at 23:16

        He was my personal trainer.

      • 32 Susan P November 17, 2014 at 15:24

        And Chuck Norris? Now that is one scary dude.

      • 33 Susan P November 17, 2014 at 15:27

        Chuck Norris died 20 years ago, Death just hasn’t built up the courage to tell him yet.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2014 at 17:18

        *laughing lots* Why do people do that to the poor fellow?

      • 35 Susan P November 18, 2014 at 19:21

        He’s a scary dude. He’d make your katana beg for mercy.

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:27

        Would not!

      • 37 Susan P November 24, 2014 at 15:12

        You talk bravely.

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 22:08

        That’s because I have two swords and an ear!

      • 39 Susan P November 25, 2014 at 00:37

        Two swords? Like samurai?

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke November 25, 2014 at 14:08

        *nods* Yeah!

      • 41 Susan P November 25, 2014 at 21:03

        You are not going to commit hari-kari are you?

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 13:57

        What’s that?

      • 43 Susan P November 26, 2014 at 14:14

        I spelled it wrong. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hari-kari

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 20:25

        Ew!

      • 45 Susan P November 26, 2014 at 20:40

        But…you like swords…

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 20:49

        Yes…but…

      • 47 Susan P November 26, 2014 at 21:23

        No ifs buts or other distractions.

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2014 at 19:43

        Rats!

      • 49 Susan P November 30, 2014 at 21:01

        Nope. Rats are a distraction.

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke December 2, 2014 at 19:57

        Just like the professor.

      • 51 Susan P December 2, 2014 at 20:24

        Yes, you understand.

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

        Rats!

      • 53 Susan P December 3, 2014 at 18:38

        tosses him a chocolate covered candy.

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke December 4, 2014 at 18:57

        Thank you!

      • 55 Susan P December 4, 2014 at 19:22

        Pitches the box to him and walks away.

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke December 6, 2014 at 19:48

        *follows*

      • 57 Susan P December 6, 2014 at 20:27

        *Picks up pace*

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:26

        *sprints*

      • 59 Susan P December 8, 2014 at 14:34

        “Starts a game of leap frog”

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke December 8, 2014 at 14:47

        Never played, I fear. Therefore, I shall just watch.

  4. 61 Me, Myself and DIY November 11, 2014 at 12:46

    The proverb about the dirt. Even though I am not a person who tends to lie there.

    • 62 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:29

      *fist pump* Good for you! Not even when searching for worms?

      • 63 Me, Myself and DIY November 11, 2014 at 13:46

        I don’t search for worms. Sometimes I feel like laying there but what good is that? *dragging myself up by a tree branch* LOL.

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

        *laughing* That is the spirit! You know, that’s the spirit of a warrior!

  5. 65 Simply Skeptical November 11, 2014 at 12:01

    #3 is my favorite. There is more wisdom & depth in it than first meets the eye. What a word. What’s it mean?

    • 66 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:29

      I forget! *bangs head on desk* Can you believe I forget?

  6. 67 The Lite Rider November 10, 2014 at 22:14

    Proverb 2 wins. But nothing in people can follow from it.

    Well I hope nothing untoward has happened to Sandra!

    I didn’t know what to think about King Arthur’s instructions. Of course I can’t see the letter. I hope for L’s sake there WAS an address on it……

    What on EARTH is that word?!

    • 68 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:29

      Yes, I’m not sure either way. Do you suppose Shnod meant it to follow to people?

      Me too! But we can’t be sure.

      It makes me doubt, too, that there was! Poor L.

      I forget! But it’s something that makes sense.

      • 69 The Lite Rider November 11, 2014 at 21:41

        With Shnod, can we know? It’s very Zen-like, and certainly can’t be applied literally…..to people…..

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:52

        True. Who knows what the beast has in mind?

  7. 71 Lady Cheetah November 10, 2014 at 22:12

    Sandra has disappeared. Why am I not surprised.
    Proverb #3 is too deep for me but I shall choose it.

    • 72 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:28

      Well, maybe DS took her on vacation?

      Yeah, me too. I think there’s something more there.

  8. 73 Louis from VA November 10, 2014 at 21:52

    People disappearing… sounds a little scary.
    Proverbs: I like the first one. I once read though that the answer is “why not?”

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

      That is a rather good answer isn’t it? And rather good answer are rather good. But…do you suppose it takes things in a circle?

      • 75 Louis from VA November 13, 2014 at 23:47

        Hmm… I suppose it might. In the end I guess one simply has to trust one’s intuition without a good reason why or why not.

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:16

        That’s a very good point. It’s a bit muddling to the mind, though, wouldn’t you say?

      • 77 Louis from VA November 18, 2014 at 22:19

        Yeah… like a riddle. :)

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:29

        And we all like good riddles.

  9. 79 weggieboy November 10, 2014 at 18:41

    I like the Zen feel of Nr. 2, so chose it.

    • 80 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:26

      Zen! Aha…of course I know what this means.

  10. 81 John W. Howell November 10, 2014 at 18:37

    I like number one and offer the following: In the end, we must ask the question why not?

    • 82 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:26

      Ahh! That does up the proverb so much. It’s a scary question overall, isn’t it?

  11. 83 walt walker November 10, 2014 at 17:16

    Number 1 is the best this week. I’m not sure about the trees in number 2. And number 3 is often due to intoxication of some sort.

    • 84 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:25

      Haha! Well, that’s quite true. But…is ‘why’ always the question you ask?

      • 85 walt walker November 11, 2014 at 14:18

        No mine is usually do I have to.

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

        *laughing lots* That’s a good one. I use that a bunches too.

  12. 87 Angeline M November 10, 2014 at 16:03

    The question is, WHY has Sandra Salami disappeared.
    Can you guess I like proverb #1? One can find out many things by asking that.

    • 88 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:25

      *laughs* Unless one asks that question to the professor! Yes, why. Why do you suppose?

  13. 89 Debbie November 10, 2014 at 15:26

    Sandra has disappeared — oh my! Was it by choice, or did someone drag her off against her will? Do tell, Professor!

    I think it’s going to be a challenge to choose a favorite proverb this week. Sometimes it is, you know. Hmm, let’s see — I’ll pick #2, though not all trees grow tall. #1 doesn’t work because “Why” isn’t always the beginning question (sometimes it’s “who” or “what”); #3 doesn’t work because only pigs *want* to lie in dirt!

    • 90 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:24

      I’m not sure yet! It is a wonder! Do you suppose DS took her somewhere?

      *laughing* That is a few good points on the proverbs, for sure. A few great points. But…don’t you like the dirt? When one is hunting for worms, I mean.

  14. 91 Julie Harris November 10, 2014 at 15:13

    Interesting proverbs….#3 is my favorite. Lying in the dirt is no fun…but standing up requires effort and change. I hope Sandra is found soon…

    • 92 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:24

      Unless you’re hunting for worms. do you ever hunt for worms?

  15. 93 Susan P November 10, 2014 at 15:04

    “I. To begin, we must first ask the question: Why?” I like this one because I’ve always thought that.

    It seems that Sandra disappearing is a bit sinister.

    King Arthur is back in play…I bet he has something to do with the disappearance of Sandra

    • 94 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:23

      Nice! Does that question ever get answered, Susan?

      Yes, doesn’t it? Do you suppose it was DS?

      And it’s definitely a possibility. I always thought he was sweet.

      • 95 Susan P November 11, 2014 at 21:58

        Sweet like lemons.

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:53

        Now that is a good point.

  16. 97 L. Marie November 10, 2014 at 15:03

    Forgot to choose a proverb. I use the dartboard method: pin them up and see on which proverb the dart lands. Let’s see . . . number 3 is coming up!

    • 98 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:23

      Hey! *laughs* You know…that doesn’t seem too fair to this professor.

      • 99 L. Marie November 11, 2014 at 15:23

        It’s the only way to be totally partial.

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

        *laughing* Okay, fine! the professor will let you slide, ’cause it’s Christmas time.

      • 101 L. Marie November 12, 2014 at 13:36

        Um, make that impartial.

  17. 102 L. Marie November 10, 2014 at 15:02

    I think Sandra ran for the hills when she finally realized the kind of family she has. Or perhaps she ate something Ruber cooked.

    • 103 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:22

      And died?! That’d be so awful. Oh dear. Maybe she’ll come back.

      • 104 L. Marie November 11, 2014 at 15:21

        Maybe she didn’t die. Schwarz has eaten Ruber’s cooking and survived. Perhaps Sandra has a cast-iron stomach.

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

        *laughs* Which would definitely help her with that mess.

  18. 106 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 10, 2014 at 14:50

    I like the first proverb, Duke. One of my favorite queations of all time, plus the word why always keeps the conversation going. I think it has a fine job.

    Maybe Sandra is studying under a tree near a cave. That is where I would go, if I were her.

    Letters are nice. Hope it makes it.

    Oh, just another word I don’t understand. Must be Monday.

    • 107 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:22

      You know, very true. Without the word ‘why’ conversation might lag a bit. Unless, you’re like the professor. I usually just laugh a lot. That’s a good conversation filler, you know.

      You could be absolutely right. Hopefully she didn’t go alone, though! Bears, you know.

      I hope it does, too. Letters are nice, when one has a sword to open them.

      *nods* Yeah, you know, I forget what it means now?

      • 108 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 11, 2014 at 21:19

        I laugh a lot, as well just before asking why. *smiles*

        Hopefully, Ruber is out hunting her down right now. Bears should be no problem.

        That would be so cool to do. I want to try. Sounds like something the vampire would do in this book I’m reading. He’s very brave.

        Oh! Just tell me!

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:52

        I bet Ruber is going to do something. Or maybe MM.

        Vampires? You are not! Are you?! Dadblameit!!!

        I forget!

      • 110 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 12, 2014 at 21:25

        Someone should. Maybe you should find her.

        I am!! It has me invested now and there’s no turning back until it is over. Why are you cursing, Duketh?

        Duke! Spill it.

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2014 at 23:07

        Nah! I’m not that heroic.

        Because you’re reading another vampire book! What’s it called?

        *knocks the pitcher over*

      • 112 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 14, 2014 at 04:59

        Funny. Why do I see you that way then?

        Tee hee hee. I am. I totally am and I don’t really want to apologize for it, Duketh. But this book is way better. This vampire used to hang out with the chaps from the School of Nigh…it is called The Book Of Life…last of a trilogy.

        *giggles a while lot* I love that you did that! Not what I meant!

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:22

        I don’t know! Why?

        Is there lots of love in it? Or lots of blood?

        *smiles proudly*

      • 114 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 17, 2014 at 03:33

        A romantic heart always sees the good in another, I guess. Your fault for living up to it.

        Not much love, actually. I mean he does fall in love with a witch, but he’s a trained killer, scientist and writer, he cannot love too much, he’s far too busy. They are in search of a very important book, you see.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke November 18, 2014 at 17:13

        Hmm…I’m heartless remember. And a brute, I bet.

        *laughs* Imagine falling in love with a witch.

      • 116 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 18, 2014 at 21:03

        Heartless Brute, indeed.

        *takes her book and goes home*

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 13:29

        *laughs* Yes, yes. I only want to read your book.

      • 118 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 24, 2014 at 20:51

        *giggle* You’re wicked.

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke November 24, 2014 at 22:14

        Nuh-uh!

      • 120 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 25, 2014 at 02:47

        *whistling dixie*

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke November 25, 2014 at 14:13

        *hands Audith a banjo*

      • 122 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 26, 2014 at 06:03

        *begins picking* Since you don’t.

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 14:08

        How do you know I do?

      • 124 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 26, 2014 at 16:51

        I don’t know anything. You know this by now.

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke November 26, 2014 at 20:34

        You know more than you let on!

      • 126 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister November 26, 2014 at 22:26

        All I have are dreams and fairytales. Nothing else is concrete!

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke November 30, 2014 at 19:46

        Dreams are important.

  19. 128 PorterGirl November 10, 2014 at 14:48

    The proverbs are tough this week! I like the one about the tree. I quite like lying around in the dirt, depending on the type of dirt. Dusty dirt is alright, muddy dirt can be acceptable (depending on the worms) but dirty dirt is not so nice. Bugger it – one is my favourite.

    Oh no, what has happened to Sandra?! DS must be very worried. I hope Ruber is out looking for her. If she doesn’t come back, DS can have me as a replacement daughter.

    That is a super word. I do it all the time!

    • 129 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2014 at 13:20

      *laughing* Bugger it! Such a great expression. I agree all the way about dirt. Now, do you ever pick up worms just to inspect them?

      And that’s a very nice offer, I’d say. But who knows what the DS might do…or has done! He could be behind it, you know. Maybe some father daughter time?

      *laughs* Me too…

      • 130 PorterGirl November 11, 2014 at 14:45

        I do like to have a look at worms, actually. Creepy crawlies freak me out a little bit, but that’s because of all the legs. Worms have no legs and feel nice. Slugs are alright, too.

        Oh dear, I hadn’t thought that DS might be behind it. I had warmed to him so much I forgot he could be dastardly at times. Or, maybe he has taken her on a nice holiday. The suspense is killing me!

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2014 at 13:45

        Yeah, they’re just slimy. So you don’t like ants then? I’ve always figured they were semi-sweet.

        True. DS wouldn’t just kill off one of his children. He’s extremely protective.

      • 132 PorterGirl November 12, 2014 at 14:25

        Actually, ants are fine. Not the flying ones, though, they give me the shivers eek! And a good, sturdy beetle is okay too. You know where you are with a beetle.

        Ooooh but where can she be?! Ruber must be missing her

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

        That’s true. Beetles never do anything that surprised anyone. Except those beetles from The Mummy!

        I bet he isn’t, really. Ruber isn’t the sentimental type, you know.

      • 134 PorterGirl November 14, 2014 at 08:21

        Those beetles were surprising indeed! But in general, they seem like friendly fellows.

        Oh dear. I do hope all will be well…

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2014 at 16:24

        I suppose they do. Just don’t touch them.

        I like when things are stirred up!


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