Space Dock-ing

They say you need fear to be courageous. This is a lie. You need only love.

V. Shnodgrate, Renowned PL Poet

UntitledSo, the professor was going on vacation.

Rather, the professor was on his way to vacation.

See, that part is always left out, isn’t it?

Depending on the circumstances, sometimes the vacation isn’t worth the pain and dadblamery it takes to get there.

Dost thou agree?

Of course you do.

You can’t disagree with that, or you might be a bit wormy.

Anyways and some.

This professor was off.

In a plane.

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Planes are fun. And a bit tiring.

So, this professor leaned back–with a book on my lap, see–and closed my eyes for a few winks.

(I had a book there just so I looked like I dozed off while reading. It’s a thing, see. Academics are always dozing off while reading. Sometimes I fancy myself one.)

“Look, the only reason I hate you is because you enjoy what I don’t.”

That startled me.

The bury fellow next to me was speaking up.

I should’ve mentioned that this professor was smashed in between two people, see. Wasn’t lucky enough to have the window seat and wasn’t lucky enough to have the aisle seat.

I was betrayed.

Abandoned. But I was making the most of it.

Till the burly fellow on my left yelled at me.

“Say again?” I asked.

He shook his head. I think he was cranky about having to say it again. His ragged, stringy beard looked ferocious, too.

“The only reason I can’t stand you,” he said, more slowly this time, “is because you enjoy what I hate.”

And he indicated the book I was reading.

It was Shakespeare.

You know, that odd English guy with the earring.

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Now, here’s the thing: that Shakespeare book is one that the professor carries around sometimes. It puts you to sleep extra fast.

Promise.

Perfect cure for insomnia right there.

I should get lots of money for telling this cure, now that I think on it.

#ProfessorPatent #ProfessorCure

So, the chap said that. About Shakespeare.

And this professor didn’t say anything at first.

I was shocked.

‘Cause it was shocking. What didn’t he like? The earring, I bet. Me too, though. So.

But before I could say anything, explain that I only read Mr. Earring so that I’d fall asleep faster, the lady on my right spoke up:

“You bearded moron,” she said, to the burly chap. “Shakespeare takes sophistication to understand! Something that you obviously don’t have, but which this gentleman–“she smacked me in the arm here–“does. So, shut-up.”

“Oh is that right?!” he said, leaning over me. “I don’t care! Ya hear me? I don’t care! I’d smack a woman!”

“Look here,” I said, pushing them into their respective seats. “Why don’t we just stop?” I looked at the fellow. “The sudden, I don’t care if you hate me or not.” Then this professor looked at the lady. “Thank you for your sentiments, but I don’t really read the brute,” I said, tapping the book. “He cures my insomnia.”

“Well!” she said, tossing her head and going back to her business.

“Hahaha!” the burly one said. “Apologies! I misjudged you.”

Then there was peace for our time.

Goodness. I needed to get some rest, see. Once this flight was through, I had to navigate the Space Dock. And that was always nearly impossible, double-see. You think airports are bad? Space Docks are worse.

International flights compared to Intergalactic flights.

Yup. The fear was real.

And, yes, in case you’re wondering:

The professor was heading to outer space.

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The Punchy Lands is in the Honi Galaxy, see.

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163 Responses to “Space Dock-ing”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 June 18, 2016 at 14:41

    Oh dear! That was a bit of a confustication!

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 21, 2016 at 13:18

      Wasn’t it, tho. Don’t travel in space, Erin.

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 June 21, 2016 at 18:01

        Too late! *jumps out of the TARDIS, trailing a scarf and a fez tied to it*

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke June 22, 2016 at 21:02

        *shoots blaster*

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 June 24, 2016 at 15:44

        Watch where you’re pointing that thing!

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke June 26, 2016 at 17:28

        Whoops. Sorry!

      • 7 erinkenobi2893 June 27, 2016 at 18:24

        There should be a rule. No prodding or shooting Time Lords jumping out of TARDISes.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke June 28, 2016 at 13:26

        The Sith wouldn’t listen, you know

      • 9 erinkenobi2893 June 28, 2016 at 14:37

        True, but I’d probably kick them.

  2. 10 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister May 26, 2016 at 21:27

    The Honi Galaxy is beautiful. Most of this is far beyond my intellectual capabilities. Hope you made it back safely.

    • 11 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:52

      I’m still out there in that story, I think. But I do forget.

  3. 12 Jackie May 20, 2016 at 19:25

    Have you returned or are you still floating in space?! I’m totally confused.

    • 13 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:23

      Oh, I’m always here. But I’m traveling right now. I shall update you soon, many promises.

      • 14 Jackie May 23, 2016 at 13:24

        Wonderful!

      • 15 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:26

        Unless I fall from space, mind

      • 16 Jackie May 23, 2016 at 13:29

        That would not be good.

      • 17 Professor VJ Duke May 24, 2016 at 12:41

        I’d have to have a parachute

      • 18 Jackie May 24, 2016 at 12:55

        Yes! I think everyone should carry a parachute in case of emergencies.

      • 19 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:05

        You never know when you might fall, after all

      • 20 Jackie May 25, 2016 at 13:15

        Yes sir!

      • 21 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:21

        Well, that is sorted now

      • 22 Jackie May 25, 2016 at 13:31

        Yes sir! Glad it is all sorted out. I think it’s gonna be a good day.

      • 23 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:03

        It’s shaping up as one. Why, I’ve got lots of confidences, the sudden.

  4. 24 Lady Dunamis May 19, 2016 at 00:21

    Give Loki and Thor my regards.

    • 25 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 13:00

      That’s right. You like Loki, don’t you?

      • 26 Lady Dunamis May 19, 2016 at 16:56

        Loki is totally coolio. Thor is cool though.

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:27

        They’re both gram crackers.

      • 28 Lady Dunamis May 20, 2016 at 14:32

        😳

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:35

        I wish I could put an orc face down…

  5. 30 walt walker May 18, 2016 at 00:26

    I like that picture of the Honi Galaxy. Looks inviting.

    • 31 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:15

      Doesn’t it make you want to go and space float for a bit?

  6. 32 A. Mouse May 17, 2016 at 23:23

    I admit to using Shakespeare as a lullaby, as well. But making such assumptions was terrible on both the other fliers’ parts. Sticking their noses where they don’t belong – phah!

    Have fun in space!

    • 33 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:14

      Do you suppose I should’ve smacked them around a bit?

  7. 34 Simply Skeptical May 17, 2016 at 22:52

    No wonder you find travel exhausting who wouldn’t consider the distance you travel. Wow! And just how long does it take to get to where you are going anyway???

    • 35 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:14

      I’m not even sure. Maybe a few days? But the space ships are nice. Lots of food and stuff. And cherries, even.

  8. 36 John W. Howell May 17, 2016 at 20:34

    Another exciting adventure. How exciting!

    • 37 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:14

      Well, I’ll have you know I’m planning to relax, you know.

      • 38 John W. Howell May 18, 2016 at 19:51

        I don’t think so.

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:57

        Hey! Look at you and your negative ways.

      • 40 John W. Howell May 19, 2016 at 13:13

        Ha ha ha.

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:16

        Have some wine and cheese.

      • 42 John W. Howell May 20, 2016 at 20:54

        Good idea.

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:24

        It’s so relaxing, I hear

      • 44 John W. Howell May 24, 2016 at 01:11

        Very

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke May 24, 2016 at 12:44

        *gets some*

      • 46 John W. Howell May 24, 2016 at 15:24

        Share?

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:12

        Absolutely. *splits it with John*

      • 48 John W. Howell May 25, 2016 at 13:15

        Thank you. :-)

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:22

        Hey, you’re taking too much cheese.

      • 50 John W. Howell May 25, 2016 at 18:35

        Uh uh. Just what I’ve earned.

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:20

        You’ve earned it? Wow.

      • 52 John W. Howell May 26, 2016 at 14:39

        Yeah, just by doing nothing.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:39

        We’re all privileged, after all.

      • 54 John W. Howell June 6, 2016 at 21:00

        We are.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:20

        More so than we should be. *gag*

      • 56 John W. Howell June 7, 2016 at 14:45

        *Urp* Excuse me.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:20

        *urps too* Only polite, see.

      • 58 John W. Howell June 8, 2016 at 16:34

        I agree.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke June 9, 2016 at 17:08

        I’m polite every so often.

      • 60 John W. Howell June 9, 2016 at 17:56

        With special attention to” every so.”

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke June 10, 2016 at 13:32

        Haha. Quite right. Maybe once a week.

      • 62 John W. Howell June 11, 2016 at 00:58

        Might be more like once a day.

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke June 12, 2016 at 14:52

        If we’re lucky, you know.

  9. 64 Susan P May 17, 2016 at 17:51

    I think you should always take a hammer when you go along to a strange planet.

    • 65 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:12

      Like Thor might?

      • 66 Susan P May 19, 2016 at 14:12

        Quite. Now you are getting the idea.

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:16

        I’m quick sometimes, you know.

      • 68 Susan P May 20, 2016 at 19:05

        Quick with what?

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:22

        With…mostly everything!

      • 70 Susan P May 24, 2016 at 13:14

        Especially when girls in red dresses are chasing you.

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:06

        Oh. Does that happen? Goodness.

      • 72 Susan P May 25, 2016 at 13:20

        So I’ve heard. Next thing you know Little Red Riding Hood will be in Grandmas bed.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:23

        She scares me, she does

      • 74 Susan P May 25, 2016 at 14:12

        What about the BIG BAD WOLF?

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:05

        I always liked him best in the story. I just think he’s misunderstood, you know.

      • 76 Susan P May 26, 2016 at 14:25

        Kind of like DS?

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:32

        Exactly. Just needs someone to step in and help him out.

      • 78 Susan P May 26, 2016 at 18:16

        That is a joke. He does what ever he wants. When he wants, and how he wants.

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:46

        I wish I could do that… *sighs*

      • 80 Susan P June 6, 2016 at 16:44

        It gets old.

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:18

        Like the professor.

      • 82 Susan P June 7, 2016 at 14:04

        Older.

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:11

        I’m the oldest around here.

      • 84 Susan P June 8, 2016 at 13:56

        Age is overrated .

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke June 9, 2016 at 17:01

        I say! You’re quite right.

      • 86 Susan P June 9, 2016 at 18:14

        Well. Something we agree upon.

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke June 10, 2016 at 13:33

        Aha. See? This is good.

      • 88 Susan P June 10, 2016 at 13:35

        A rare moment.

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke June 10, 2016 at 13:46

        even special

      • 90 Susan P June 10, 2016 at 17:52

        Have some nuts.

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke June 12, 2016 at 14:49

        Cashews?

      • 92 Susan P June 14, 2016 at 12:47

        I already live with some. No more room. Try again.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke June 14, 2016 at 13:12

        *laughing lots*

      • 94 Susan P June 16, 2016 at 14:12

        What are you going to do?

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke June 16, 2016 at 14:43

        Um. Nothing?

      • 96 Susan P June 17, 2016 at 21:32

        That will surely cause more problems.

  10. 97 desertdweller29 May 17, 2016 at 16:20

    I want to go where your background is! It must have costed a fortune! You’ve come into so $, have you? Flying with dead, famous people is pricey.

    • 98 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:11

      *laughs* It cost so much. More dead neurons than anything else, tho. Isn’t that spectacular? Let’s go! It’s a city or something.

  11. 99 Heartafire May 17, 2016 at 16:17

    Enjoy your interglactic voyage. I’ve been meaning to head that way myself, please let me know if there are any decent and reasonably priced space stations up there. Will cook for food. Downright genius to bring the bard along with you, he’s always good for … drowsing.

    • 100 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:11

      I’ll give you my Bard book. It’s awful. You might like it, tho. If you want to go to sleep. Haha. Can you cook Chinese?

      • 101 Heartafire May 18, 2016 at 13:44

        A Bard book is such a great conversation starter, one must make an effort to stay awake and look captivated. I can cook ramen soup…yummy!

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:53

        *laughs* Ramen noodles! I love noodles. have I ever told you that?

      • 103 Heartafire May 19, 2016 at 13:34

        Yes, I think I wrote that down somewhere …ok, I am lying. I love Ramen noodles. So quick, so slippery, so salty!

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:16

        And so…yum! Let’s have some. With cherries.

  12. 105 FictionFan May 17, 2016 at 15:51

    Space! How exciting! The final frontier – you’ll be exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilisations! In fact, boldly going where no Professor has gone before!! And, even more excitingly, going somewhere where surely you’ll be unlikely to bump into Clara!!! But I expect you’ll just flirt with the alien women instead… *shakes head* I bet you were actually memorising a few of Shakey’s love sonnets to use as ammunition…

    Love the new background, BTW!

    • 106 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:10

      Did he write love sonnets? The black heart. Anyways, tho, the professor does not flirt, see. Women flirt with him. I hope to find a good restaurant first. I’m sorta very hungry and cranky, see.

      Thank you! Don’t you wanna live there?

      • 107 FictionFan May 18, 2016 at 15:33

        He did! Well, I do hope you eat soon – chocolate is excellent for crankiness.

        Depends – on the cuisine, the weather, the music. Perhaps a visit first…

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:56

        How about cottage cheese? I’ve heard that’s good for protein.

        Good point. What if the music is awful? That’d just be…awful.

  13. 109 bardictale May 17, 2016 at 14:29

    Space rocks!

    • 110 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:09

      Doesn’t it? You should come along, Bard!

      • 111 bardictale May 18, 2016 at 20:07

        I’d love too! Do you have a teleporter?

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:58

        Sadly, not. But I do have a space dock close by!

      • 113 bardictale May 20, 2016 at 13:03

        What are the coordinates?

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:34

        *mouth drops* I…umm…I don’t know…

      • 115 bardictale May 21, 2016 at 17:36

        Then…how will I get there?

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:25

        Don’t you have a tracker one me or something?

      • 117 bardictale May 24, 2016 at 08:06

        ….you weren’t supposed to know that.

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke May 24, 2016 at 12:45

        *mouth drops* I’m going to…tackle you!

      • 119 bardictale May 24, 2016 at 12:49

        Well, you can’t. You are in a flying tin can.

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:03

        I’ll do it as soon as I get back

      • 121 bardictale May 25, 2016 at 22:32

        You sure you’ll have the money to refuel?

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:26

        Good point. You might maybe maybe?

      • 123 bardictale May 26, 2016 at 19:37

        Why would I pay for you to return, just so that you’ll tackle me? Makes no sense.

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke June 6, 2016 at 14:48

        But you want to be tackled, I think.

      • 125 bardictale June 7, 2016 at 09:32

        I’m pretty sure that I don’t.

      • 126 Professor VJ Duke June 7, 2016 at 13:22

        Hm. I can’t really argue with that, you know.

      • 127 bardictale June 7, 2016 at 20:28

        Indeed I do. Cookie?

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke June 8, 2016 at 13:24

        Yes, please.

  14. 129 Debbie May 17, 2016 at 14:21

    Professor, I love your new background — very space-y, you know! And you, sir, are showing your warrior side by including your photo these days — well done!

    I wish I, too, were off on a vacation, though I don’t envy you the actual getting there part. And sandwiched between these two doesn’t sound pleasant. Wonder what they’ll argue about when the food rolls around??

    Happy journeys, Professor, and safe ones, too!

    • 130 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:09

      Isn’t it great? Haha…well, that’s my orc picture, Debbie. See, it’s very scary. But I’m glad I’m seeming more warrior-ish!

      Probably white bread vs wheat bread. Or something like that. I think I’ll smack them both in their respective noses, you know. Don’t you wish you could just appear on a beach? Now, that’d be spicy.

  15. 131 Freakishly Fangirlish May 17, 2016 at 13:53

    I always doze off when reading, too, especially when in class

    • 132 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:08

      They deprive us of sleep then wonder why we sleep

      • 133 Freakishly Fangirlish May 18, 2016 at 13:50

        That is so true! I am at school from seven to six… that’s much too long to go without a nap

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:54

        Wow! That’s a very long day. But you must be out soon.

      • 135 Freakishly Fangirlish May 20, 2016 at 02:02

        FOUR MORE DAYS BABY WAHAOOOOO

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:30

        *fist thingy* Yo. Almsot over

      • 137 Freakishly Fangirlish May 20, 2016 at 14:35

        BIG TEXAS HECK YEAH

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:37

        Hahahahahahaha. A Texas “Heck yeah” is way more powerful, too.

      • 139 Freakishly Fangirlish May 20, 2016 at 16:46

        Our Texas whooyahs literally shake the ground. *nods* It’s rather terrifying.

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:20

        You must teach me!!

      • 141 Freakishly Fangirlish May 23, 2016 at 13:58

        Oh dear, I am sorry but… I’m afraid it is something you have to be born with..

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke May 24, 2016 at 12:41

        Seriously? That’s what you’re going to say? That’s your excuse? Bah

      • 143 Freakishly Fangirlish May 24, 2016 at 17:27

        So sorry, dear (not bwahaha)

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:16

        *gets a water balloon ready*

      • 145 Freakishly Fangirlish May 25, 2016 at 13:42

        *gets out frying pan*

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke May 26, 2016 at 14:04

        Dang. So not fair.

      • 147 Freakishly Fangirlish May 20, 2016 at 14:36

        She is female after all…

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:38

        Who?

      • 149 Freakishly Fangirlish May 20, 2016 at 16:47

        Mother Nature XD

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:20

        I refuse to believe in her

      • 151 Freakishly Fangirlish May 23, 2016 at 13:59

        tsk tsk

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke May 24, 2016 at 12:42

        *still refuses*

      • 153 Freakishly Fangirlish May 24, 2016 at 17:27

        stubborn child

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke May 25, 2016 at 13:16

        That’s me!

      • 155 Freakishly Fangirlish May 25, 2016 at 13:42

        XD

  16. 156 PorterGirl May 17, 2016 at 13:14

    The Professor shares my feelings on the Bard, it seems. A deathly dull fellow who wouldn’t know decent joke if it bit him on the bum. But very good for getting to sleep quickly. But space! How wonderous. Maybe you will end up on the Starship Exercise… (I can only hope…)
    My, Schnograte is philosophical today. Not like him at all.

    • 157 Professor VJ Duke May 18, 2016 at 13:07

      I don’t know…I always feel mean about it. But his stories are dreadful as a piece of white bread. I hates them to many deaths.

      *laughs* The starship exercise! That was, like, 10 years ago, it seems. I shall get up to all sorts of dadblamery in space.

      • 158 PorterGirl May 18, 2016 at 13:37

        Well, the guy is dead anyway so who cares. Plus it is his fault for being crap. I have loathed him since I was forced to read his nonsense in school. The bugger.
        Of that I have no doubt. Space. Well.

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke May 19, 2016 at 12:51

        *laughing* Right? If they didn’t force him down our throats, we wouldn’t care half as much, but… And he never wrote about Hector! Now, you tell me, why is that??

      • 160 PorterGirl May 19, 2016 at 15:55

        Because he is a beast and a charlatan. And his hair is dreadful. No one should read anything by someone who has hair like that.

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke May 20, 2016 at 14:23

        And look at that earring! That’s, like, a Will Smith earring!

      • 162 PorterGirl May 20, 2016 at 15:25

        *laughs* That is such a descriptive definition of earring type.

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke May 23, 2016 at 13:17

        Haha. Isn’t it? I think it def is.


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