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Jun 09 2005 01:38 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 09 2005 04:28 PM

Willets Point:
Trying to return things to "normalcy" around here.

When you're feeling blue, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
"The world is quiet here."

Inside Pitcher
159) Bob Shaw — RP, SP, 1966-
Posts: 3842
(6/1/05 4:57 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
I'll blast some music in my car, and sing along. Which is why I do this in my car, because anyone who knows me knows that I can't sing.

What well regarded singer can't you stand?
This Space For Rent

10) Sid Fernandez — SP, RP, 1984-
Posts: 8186
(6/1/05 9:57 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
Sheryl Crow. Hate her in fact.

What is your Highliter color of choice?

224) Jack Hamilton — RP, SP, 1966-
Posts: 2776
(6/1/05 10:08 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
Yellow. Always yellow.

Were you flipping between the Mets and Evander Holyfield doing ballroom dancing on ABC?

Be honest.

10) Sid Fernandez — SP, RP, 1984-
Posts: 8187
(6/1/05 10:10 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
!!! (hell no)
I am glad you brought that up! Because my next question is

Do you suppose Evander Holyfield has completely lost his mind?

230) Felix Mantilla — 3B, SS, 2B
Posts: 2716
(6/1/05 10:49 pm)

Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
Yeah he's lost it, that happens when you get your noggin beat to pulp over the years, you'd think he'd have made enough money in boxing so it has to be some thing else.

Best song ever to open a CD ,Album....(welcome to the jungle ) is mine.

375) Ron Locke — RP, SP, 1963
Posts: 1262
(6/2/05 1:50 am)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
It was twenty years ago today...Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play...

Greatest female singer ever, any genre?
The Old Mole
of the MoleNet

"It's men like you that make it difficult for people to understand one another."
--Superman, to the leader of the Mole Men

The Big Train
Johnny Murphy — Coach, General
Manager, 1967-1969
Posts: 19395
(6/2/05 7:44 am)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
(Please pause as Rosa Ponselle and Patsy Cline beat each other up in my head.)
Over-analyzing the issue since 1967.

Mets Fan Since 1962
181) Mike Vail — OF, 1975-1977
Posts: 3463
(6/3/05 4:32 pm)
Reply Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
Bette Middler, because she was her own genre.
Best set of pipes (in the non-opera world) Joan Baez

Question: For the folically-challenged folks like me - cropped short or combover?

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies.
The coming Age of the Origin of Species.

Yancy Street Gang
97) Ryan Thompson — OF, 1992-
Posts: 5081
(6/3/05 4:43 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
Never opt for the combover! I've been sporting a bald head for years now and never made any attempt to cover it up. There's nothing unnatural about a man not having a full head of hair.

(I always laugh when I see a combover that looks perfect from the man's "mirror angle" but absurd from any other angle. If they only knew! If someone they loved only had the nerve to tell them!)


What would be worse: to be blind? Or deaf?

Inside Pitcher
157) Alex Ochoa — OF, 1995-1997
Posts: 3897
(6/3/05 5:10 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
Helen Keller said that deafness was worse because it was more isolating. Although in this technological age, I think it's much less isolating than it used to be.

What is the most money you would ever pay for a concert ticket? What act would be worth that much?
This Space For Rent

Willets Point
79) Pete Falcone — SP, RP, 1979-
Posts: 5446
(6/3/05 10:12 pm)
Re: Answer/Ask IV: A New Hope
My limit is $50. Higher than that, it's just not worth for me for couple of hours of music. Might as just buy all the albums if I'm spending that kind of money. Luckily, most of the band/artists I like are still in the $25 and under range.

Name something that is better when it is squishy

Jun 09 2005 01:51 PM

Cold cereal. I love to let it get soggy from the milk.

Question: Do you believe salespersons always give you an honest answer to a product question?

Thanks, Cooby


Willets Point
Jun 09 2005 02:02 PM
Answer/Ask: A New Beginning

Shaa, as if!

Who controls the British Crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
Who keeps Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the Martians under wraps?
Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?
Who robs cave fish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?

Jun 09 2005 03:27 PM

We do.....We do!!!!!!!

Who is the best singer (we're talking about pure pipes here - the best voice) whom you've ever seen live?

Swan Swan H
Jun 09 2005 03:35 PM

Julie Murphy Wells, who is in a band called Eddie From Ohio.

An homage to a thread from the old place - What is the favorite t-shirt you have ever had?

Edgy DC
Jun 09 2005 03:43 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 15 2005 11:03 PM

I had a Pretenders shirt from the Learning to Crawl tour in high school that I loved. I felt deep regret for it's obscure loss year' later when I saw one of the guys in Crazy Horse wearing it on the sleeve of the Neil Young/Crazy Horse reunion album.

I also had a Velvet Underground shirt and a vintage Monkees shirt in high school. I got them both when my sister decided to stop being cool. I guess she stopped dating a cool guy.

When -- in months -- will the real estate bubble burst? Why? What will precipitate it?

Willets Point
Jun 09 2005 03:57 PM

It will probably be precipitated by my soon-to-be-wife and I purchasing real estate in, which we plan to do sometime 12 to 24 monts from now. You know, we'll pay top dollar and the next day the bottom will fall out.

What's your favorite topping on toast?

Jun 09 2005 04:03 PM

I like cinnamon sugar best, with butter to keep it sticking there.

How do you eat your oatmeal?

Jun 09 2005 04:11 PM

With milk and brown sugar.

How come it taste so good?

Jun 09 2005 04:12 PM

Oh, no there's that song again

Haha, soupcan is Mike Stanton

Okay, brown sugar taste so good because it is sticky and sweet and gooey and slow melting the oatmeal is warm so it gets all mixed together

What's that nice smell?

Jun 09 2005 06:10 PM

Clean computer's in my laundry room or my washer's in my computer room. Whatever.

What's your favorite thing to cook from scratch?

Swan Swan H
Jun 09 2005 07:42 PM

I start with garlic and rough chopped onions in olive oil, then before the garlic gets brown I add red and green peppers and sliced portabella mushrooms, plus salt and pepper. Once this cooks to the point that the peppers are soft, but not completely cooked, I add chunks of chicken breast. When the chicken is browned and mostly cooked, I add a can of plain diced tomatoes, with the juice, plus some basil and oregano.

When the juice begins to boil, I let it go for a while, then pull everything back to the edges of the skillet, and let the juice reduce. Every minute or so I stir the chicken and veg back into the juice to pick up some flavor, then back to the sides again. When the juice is reduced out, usually about six or seven minutes, I serve over whole wheat linguine.

You have $7 to spend for lunch, and no access to a kitchen. What do you get?

Jun 09 2005 07:42 PM

Cookies. I make great toll house cookies.

What was the best meal you ever had in your life?

Jun 12 2005 08:54 AM

It was the one just before the pardon came from the governor.

(And on edit, to Swan - I can get a burger and a cup of coffee for $7, which is probably what I'd order even if I had a wad of cash in my pocket...that or bacon and eggs)

Are you going to be Pat Mahomes for as long as Cooby was?

Jun 12 2005 08:59 AM

Willets Point wrote:
It will probably be precipitated by my soon-to-be-wife and I purchasing real estate in, which we plan to do sometime 12 to 24 monts from now. You know, we'll pay top dollar and the next day the bottom will fall out.

Don't laugh, that happened to me when the real estate bubble bust in the late 80's

Jun 12 2005 04:30 PM

You just have to think of it as your home, not as an investment.

Jun 12 2005 04:54 PM

To answer The Mole's quesiton, no. I've already ceased being Pat Mahomes.

Among the nontraditional choices (i.e. excluding chocolate, vanilla and strawberry), what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Vic Sage
Jun 13 2005 12:03 PM

Haagen Daz "Dulce de Leche"

Dulce de Leche is also the name of the drink that Sky Masterson orders for Sarah Brown in Cuba.

Sky Masterson is one of the coolest names for a fictional character ever.

What's one of your favorites?


Jun 13 2005 02:10 PM

Almost anyone from Dickens, but I'll go for Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Pumblechook.

Is it hot enough for you?

Jun 13 2005 02:15 PM

No, I like it so hot that when I get into my car, I get third degree burns on my fingers when I touch the steering wheel. Its now about 5 degrees below that point.

Question: What is the most obvious lie a salesperson has ever told to you?


Johnny Dickshot
Jun 13 2005 02:16 PM

Yup. But I don't wanna be one of those weather-complaining guys.

Q: Give me the name and recipe for a tasty summertime cocktail

Jun 13 2005 03:19 PM
Edited 3 time(s), most recently on Jun 13 2005 03:22 PM

Cappuccino Freeze

1/4 cup instant coffee granules
2 3/4 cups water, divided
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

Whisk coffee granules into 1/2cup boiling water.
Whisk in remaining 2 1/4 cups water and the can of condensed milk.
Freeze mixture and use an ice shaver to finish preparation.

I made this last evening and when I was done it occured to me that it would be good with some vodka or something in it instead of the water.
Oh yeah, but I don't think vodka freezes.

Which do you like better, popsicles or ice cream cones?

Willets Point
Jun 13 2005 03:20 PM


Jun 13 2005 06:45 PM

Ice cream cones--they come in better flavors and there's no stick to deal with when you're done.

I'll go with MFS62's question.....

Question: What is the most obvious lie a salesperson has ever told to you?

Jun 14 2005 09:16 AM

"This car will need rustproofing, and we've already scheduled it, at an additional cost to you"

It said right in the owner's manual, and we got a second opinion from a buddy of mine who did it as a side line, and both said it was already done.
The owner's manual, in fact stated that drilling holes to install rustproofing could lead to rust.

He backed down when we called GM to report him and his dealership.

Do you eat your fresh strawberries as is, or do you like to use them in elaborate desserts (shortcake counts as elaborate here)

Jun 14 2005 09:33 AM

As is. And we go through a lotta strawberries around my house.

Best Michael Jackson song that wasn't on Thriller and wasn't with the Jackson 5?

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 14 2005 09:37 AM

Probably "Rock with You" or possibly "Smooth Criminal" but maybe "Ben."

Q: Best ELO song ever.

Jun 14 2005 09:37 AM


Best Michael Jackson video that wasn't in Thriller or with the Jackson5.


Jun 14 2005 10:04 AM

]Best Michael Jackson video that wasn't in Thriller or with the Jackson5.

Off The Wall.

]Q: Best ELO song ever.

Big ELO fan -

There were so many good ones -

Evil Woman, Living Thing, Mr. Blue Sky, Turn to Stone, Don't Bring Me Down, Telephone Line...

Pick any one of those and I'd agree although I do like Don't Bring Me Down quite a bit.

No Ipswich clams this summer due to REd Tide on the North Shore!

What the hell am I gonna do!!??

Jun 14 2005 10:34 AM

Order the lobster roll instead.

How much is too much to spend on lunch if you're eating by yourself?

Jun 14 2005 12:29 PM

Depends on where you are; if I'm on the road, it's usually just fast food for a couple of bucks. If I'm feeling especially wealthy, I might drop ten or twelve bucks at a Friday's or a diner or the like. Anything more than that and I feel like I'm spending too much.

Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? And, for that matter, who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong?

Jun 14 2005 12:32 PM

The bomp was provided by Tine Turner

The ram was provided by Ike.

What was the first rock and roll song you remembered the words to?


Jun 14 2005 12:45 PM

"I'm Henry VIII I Am" by Herman's Hermits. Not many words, second verse same as the first and all that.

Best band with only one word in their name (no "the" allowed).

Jun 14 2005 12:52 PM


(with Styx a close second)

Who was the first girl singer you had a crush on?


Jun 14 2005 03:34 PM

I'm too old, so my reply shouldn't count. But it was Jo-Ann Campbell, the Blonde Bombshell. I saw her at an Alan Freed Times Square Christmas concert. The part I liked best was when she bent forward to take a bow.

What was the first movie that ever scared you?

Jun 14 2005 04:17 PM

(showin' my age, too) The Vincent Price version of The House of Wax.

Was there a movie that somebodyyou knew thought was scary and you didn't? What was it?


Vic Sage
Jun 15 2005 04:52 PM

the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was not only NOT as scary as friends suggested, it was not scary at all! It was, however, extremely annoying and utterly tedious.

What movie was MUCH scarier than you thought it'd be?

Jun 15 2005 10:13 PM

Night of the Living Dead. I thought it was just another slasher film. I was riveted with terror the whole time.

What's the most scared you ever were in real life over something that wasn't serious?

Jun 16 2005 03:02 PM

I started typing the short version of this story, but there really is no short version, so here's the regular version.

I woke one morning to find blood on my chest. Completely freaking out, I ran to the bathroom to find a two-inch long gash on my chin and blood everywhere. So now I'm ready to pass out, because I have no idea what the hell just happened. I lied down in the hallway, on my back with nothing on but my boxers, and banged fiercely on my roommate's door to get him to call an ambulance.

Sully (my roommate) answered the door to find me half-naked lying on our hardwood floor, blood all over my chest.

"It's no big deal," I said. "Just call an ambulance."

"F yeah it's a big deal!" he yelled. "You're covered in blood!"

The whole backstory slowly dawned on me as we waited for the ambulance: I had been at a ballgame the night before, and I spent the entire game rubbing my eye (I must have gotten a piece of dust under my contact lens, and it was quite irritated). I got home, took my lenses out, and went to bed. I woke up in the morning, went in the bathroom, and must have been so freaked out about my severely swollen eye that I passed out and cracked my chin open on the toilet. I remember getting up from the floor and going back to bed and lying down, but didn't notice that my chin was gushing until I re-awoke a few moments later.

The short ending: I went to the hospital, got stitched up, and in retrospect, it's the dumbest story any of you have ever read. But it scared the bejeezus out of me until I could piece it together when the ambulance guys got there, and it really was nothing. (Although I don't know if I'll ever shave my beard off, because it hides the scar.)

I want to ask some kind of question about your favorite medical emergency, but instead, thanks to the slow reconstruction of ezboard, I will honor aiegjeu and the old Spammers Forum:

With how many different nationality's have you been with?

(Note that there may be only one correct CPF answer to this question.)

Jun 16 2005 03:58 PM


Did seawolf just forget to tell us that he was drinking heavily at the time he passed out and split his chin open, or did he think we'd really believe that he fainted because his eye was red and puffy?

Jun 16 2005 04:23 PM

It's a pretty lameass story. In fact as I was reading I thought "this is a pretty lameass story".

Today is June 16. Do you recall what you were doing on May 16?

Jun 16 2005 04:59 PM

Yes - I was in Charleston. I started the day running on the beach (it was gorgeous!), did some sightseeing, and then flew home to my family.

Who is the best instrumental musician whom you've seen live?

Jun 16 2005 07:37 PM

Probably Sonny Rollins, who played at Opus 40. There's a story about that, which I'll post at Spinoff.

What was the best college course you took that you expected to hate?

Jun 16 2005 08:23 PM

History of New York State


Because that's where I met the woman who is now my wife.

Where did you meet your spouse/ significant toher?


Rockin' Doc
Jun 16 2005 11:51 PM

Biology I class as a college freshman.

Where did you go on your first date with the person that is now your significant other?

Edgy DC
Jun 17 2005 07:34 AM

How much more money than you're currently getting would you need to take that job in Perth?

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 21 2005 09:41 AM

I'll say, 4.5 times.

Q: I need a new pair of brown shoes.

a) But $160 is a lot for a pair of shoes isn't it?
b) But I like 'em. Fuck. What to do?
c) What;s the most you ever paid for a pair of shoes, and... was it worth it?

Edgy DC
Jun 21 2005 09:48 AM

a) Yup
b) What a clothes horse?! What has marriage done to you, you dandy? If you like them so much, find them or their equal online.
c) About $50. And, to be honest (though this is allegedly everything that's wrong with America), if you like them and continue to like them, how much you paid will be forgotten quickly.


What are the top ten Van albums (or as far as you can go)? (See options below.)


What, generally, is he getting at? What is his legacy if he were to pass at this moment? (Heaven forfend.)

Astral Weeks (1968)
Moondance (1970)
His Band and the Street Choir (1971)
Tupelo Honey (1971)
Saint Dominic's Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It's Too Late to Stop Now (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1985)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (with the Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On (1996)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1997)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher's Stone (1998)
Back On Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast (2000)
You Win Again (2000)
Down The Road (2002)
What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)

Jun 21 2005 12:03 PM

What? No "Blowin' Your Mind featuring the Hit Brown Eyed Girl." Anyway, using this (incomplete) list and going only through albums I know (I kind of skipped most of the lat e '70's through the '80's):

Astral Weeks
Tupelo Honey
Veedon Fleece
The Healing Game
His Band and Street Choir
Poetic Champions Compose
St. Dominic's Preview
A Night in San Francisco
Magic Time

His legacy will be as a singer more than a songwriter -- one of the best of the former, up and down the latter. He's written too many songs complaining about how people are always buggin' him.

Best Ramones song?

Willets Point
Jun 21 2005 12:25 PM

Sheena is a Punk Rocker (my favorite at least)

Five best punk rock songs of all time?

Edgy DC
Jun 21 2005 12:49 PM

Wow. In no order

"Pretty Vacant" --Sex Pistols

"Road Runner" -- The Modern Lovers/Jonathan Richman& the Modern Lovers/The Sex Pistols/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

"Search and Destroy" -- Iggy and the Stooges

"Ever Fallen in Love?" -- The Buzzcocks

"Makes No Sense at All" -- Hüsker Dü

Five is tough. Honerable mention of course to a dozen Ramones songs, a half-dozen Bad Brains songs, and "One Way or Another."

The Clash may be the greatest punk band, but none of my favorite Clash songs are prototypically punk. Similar for the Replacements, though "We're Comin' Out" almost made the list.

I guess "Waitin' for My Man" belongs there, but five is, you know, a small number.

A washed-up band is reuniting, but their singer is unavailable and they want you to step in, because you know all the songs and you have the spirit. You throw caution to the wind and hit the road with ... who?

Jun 22 2005 12:39 AM

The Crickets.

What will you never wear again?

Jun 22 2005 09:41 AM

My big round glasses that 13 years ago looked soooo 'downtown' but now in pictures of myself from those years look sooooo freakin' dweeby.

What nervous habit do you have that you'd like to just quit doing but can't?

Edgy DC
Jun 22 2005 09:43 AM

Bouncing my leg under the table until the china is a-hoppin'.

What are the top-ten Peanuts films and TV specials and why?

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003)
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown (2003)
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (2002)
A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)
It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (2000)
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown (1997)
You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown! (1994)
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown! (1992)
Snoopy's Reunion (1991)
Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (1990)
It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (1988) (TV)
Snoopy: The Musical (1988)
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1985)
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (1985)
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984)
What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? (1983)
Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? (1983)
A Charlie Brown Celebration (1982)
Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown (1981) (TV)
It's Magic, Charlie Brown (1981)
The Big Stuffed Dog (1981)
Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown (1980)
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) (1980)
She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown (1980)
It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown (1980)
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown (1979)
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! (1978)
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977)
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976)
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (1975)
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (1974)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973)
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1973)
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972)
Snoopy Come Home (1972)
Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971)
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969)
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968)
You're In Love, Charlie Brown (1967)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Charlie Brown's All Stars! (1966)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Jun 22 2005 10:10 AM

There is something wrong with you.


Jun 22 2005 10:12 AM

Wow, Edgy, do you own all those? If so, I am coming to Washington after all...

Edgy DC
Jun 22 2005 10:25 AM

Just a cut-and-paste job. Feel free to stick with your top five or so, based on what you've seen.

And, when things slow down, enjoy this Jonathan Franzen New Yorker piece on the legacy of Peanuts.

I also read the comic strips in order of reverse quality, so as to delay gratification.

Jun 22 2005 10:29 AM

]Wow, Edgy, do you own all those? If so, I am coming to Washington after all...

There's still an extra ticket if you want it!

Jun 22 2005 10:33 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 22 2005 10:48 AM

Oh, well then....

1) It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (My husband's birthday is Halloween, it's got so much packed into the 25 minutes or so running time)

2) Charlie Brown Christmas (totally love the song "Skating")

3) Snoopy Come Home (saw this for the first time at age 18 when I had to say goodbye to a friend who was quitting his job where I worked to work somewhere else. I never see it without thinking of him. Otherwise, I never think of him)

4)Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Snoopy shuffling toast. That's all you need to know)

5) Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (I saw this not long ago actually. I don't really like it at all, but I sit through it anyway. I can't imagine who in my house was watching it with me, so I must have watched it alone)

6) Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (I can't remember much of this one)

7) Easter Beagle (Reminds me of my Aunt Flo, but also, Snoopy's Easter Eggs are awesome)

8) You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (eh)

What's the first five things you pack when you go on a trip?

Jun 22 2005 10:37 AM

Contact Lens holder/solution
Cell Phone
Tickets (plane, ballgames, etc.)

What is the best way to make things up to a friend after you've totally fucked up?

Willets Point
Jun 22 2005 11:39 AM

Apologize. Give them time. Be a friend.

So you're given the opportunity to have a fling with any celebrity of your choice (and permission from your spouse / SO). Who do you chose?

Jun 22 2005 11:44 AM




Johnny Dickshot
Jun 22 2005 11:52 AM

I'll go with Keira Knightly, just to hear her say something like "My goodness, a right rogering that was indeed."

Q: Most you ever paid for 1 pair of shoes and ... was it worth it

Jun 22 2005 12:32 PM

About $75 or so for some Italian leather ones a year or two ago. They held up well until they didn't. Was it worth it? I don't feel that I didn't get good use out of them so I'll say yes.

Top 5 songs with the word "baby" in the title?

Jun 23 2005 03:40 PM

1. Baby Face
2. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a five and ten cent store)
3. Santa Baby
4. Stepping Out With My Baby
5. Pretty Baby

Top five songs with a place name as the title.

Jun 23 2005 03:58 PM

I Left My Heart in San Francisco
New York, New York
I Love Paris
Arreverdici Roma
Wichita Lineman

List as many lines from songs as you can that contain types of animals.

(My sweet embraceable ewe doesn't count)

Jun 23 2005 04:30 PM

I'll limit myself to 10 and limit myself to Beatles songs:

I am the walrus, goo goo ga joob
He went out tiger hunting with his elephant and gun
You better leave my kitten all alone
Bulldog, standing in the rain
I’d like to be under the sea in an octopus’ garden in the rain
Have you seen the little piggies in their stuffed white shirts
…There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon
With a fish and finger pie
And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz
I dig a pony/where you can syndicate any boat you row

5 favorite songs which begin with the letter V

(yes, I know that Leave My Kitten All Alone was only covered by the Beatles and only released on Anthology 2 but tough...)

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 23 2005 05:07 PM

(edited twice)

Voices Carry -- Til Tuesday
Veronica -- Elvis Costello
VooDoo -- Rachel Sweet
Video Killed the Radio Star -- Buggles
Ventura Highway -- America

Should I keep score at a Cyclones game?

Edgy DC
Jun 23 2005 05:11 PM

It's perhaps more important, since the records of an A-Ball game won't be so easily accessible elsewhere.


Didn't Chuck want songs that were only place names? What are five fine songs that are only place names?

Jun 23 2005 05:24 PM

Memphis, Tennessee (Chuck Berry)
New York City (both John Lennon and They Might Be Giants - different songs)
Galveston (Glen Campbell)
Chicago (Frank Sinatra)
New England (Jonathan Richman)

5 favorite songs beginning with the letter Y (must have different words at the beginning, however, no using "You" alla the time)?

Jun 23 2005 09:38 PM

Five that come to mind -- I don't know that they're the top. But I'm eschewing "You" completely

Young Love - Sonny James
Yellow Rose of Texas - the Michael Martin Murphey version
Yabba Dabba Do (The King is Gone and so Are You) - George Jones
Yesterday - Beatles
Yogi Bear theme

Top five songs that put someone down.

Edgy DC
Jun 24 2005 12:02 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 24 2005 09:32 AM

"Positively Fourth Street" -- Dylan
"One in a Million" -- Guns 'n' Roses
"Day Tripper" -- The Beatles
"How Do You Sleep at Night?" -- John Lennon
"U-G-L-Y" -- Fishbone

Who caught Mientkiewicz's homer?

Jun 24 2005 08:56 AM

Bounced offa sleeveless white shirt guys hands, hits sleeveless Mets shirt guys shoulder and ends up in the pocket of the black guy with the shades.

Excluding beaches or pools, where should I go tomorrow to get out of the heat?

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 24 2005 02:18 PM

I've always been a fan of beneath shady trees. Bring a book and tall glass of icy beverage.

How much did you pay for your last haircut?

Willets Point
Jun 24 2005 02:38 PM

$15 plus tip.

Tell us about your first kiss? Who? When? Where? Under what circumstance? Can you find her/him on Google?

Jun 24 2005 02:42 PM

Alan B, my 6th grade boyfriend. We went to Hebrew school together. I think we kissed one time during the time we were seeing each other. I think it was after seeing a movie together, along with my family. I'll check on the google, but even if I find him I'm not posting the info here - sorry.

On Edit - It's too common a name - I don't think I found him on google, but even if I did, I wouldn't know that it was him.

We met once again during a party when we were both in college, and kissed once again for old time's sake. This was as chaste as you can possibly get <g>

Who didn't you kiss whom you wish you did?

Jun 27 2005 01:20 PM

Pam G. We were friends, and she had something of a crush on me, but I never thought of her as more than just a friend. She ended up getting a bit screwed up (though last I heard, she was doing fine). I kind of felt that if I had reciprocated, things wouldn't have been so rough for her.

What was the stupidest thing you ever did in a relationship?

Jun 27 2005 01:27 PM

In high school, I met N at a friend's party. Nice guy, I was interested, and I checked him out with some mutual friends, who assured me that he was, indeed, a decent guy.

So a few days later there was another party. N, however, was more interested in the host's Atari game than me. N's brother, otoh, was interested. And I thought that if N checked out ok, the brother was probably ok as well. BIG mistake - I dated the guy for a couple of months, and he was MAJOR jerk. After the first month, it was all fighting and angst anyway, but at that time in my life I figured that a bad boyfriend was better than no boyfriend, so I hung in there a few months longer than I should have.

What is the best proposal story that you've ever heard?

Edgy DC
Jun 27 2005 01:57 PM
Edited 3 time(s), most recently on Jun 27 2005 02:25 PM

My schooboy chum friend Fred. Back then a shy lad with less luck in love than me. And that wasn't much. He passed me good.

Fred did all his graduate study in computer programming. The friends he made, rather than being ubergeeks, tended to be foreign students, which he enjoyed and certainly helped him to be worldlier. Whenever he had troubles in school, a friend would be there to say, "Please, I spent 15 years trying to get a visa from the Sinbalaam government just so I could come over here and start studying at UNLV at 42, and get called a raghead by the 19-year-olds to boot. You've got it fine."

So Fred gets close with a Brazillian classmate, and gets invited to go down to Sao Paolo to serve as best man at his classmate's wedding. He gets stuck obviously in proximity with the maid of honor. She no English. Fred no Portuguese. But in their non-verbal communication and blushing, he thought he felt sparks flying both ways. He goes home and starts pounding the books to learn Portuguese. A few months later, he sucks it up and e-mails her something to the effect of (pure speculation here):

Dear Gaby,

Hi. Remember me? I Fred, the greatest of men from the wedding of Antonio and Camila. We fun had. How are you being?

I've been to study the Portuguese. I hope OK I hear to write<?/td>


He gets a quick response

Dear Fred,

You are staying so funny! I too have been learning English after the wedding to know. We can write to each other now in the idiom of the other. And so make better to learn.

We can be glad to be friends!

He proposed in letter three or something. Two kids and two guinea pigs later, they live in Georgia and communicate better.


The publisher calls you up. Buttload of money to create their new suphero. The need a sketch by five.

What's the name?
What are the superpowers?
Male or female?
Age, occupation, background?
How did he or she come into his or her powers.
What color suit?
What's his or her particluar vulnerablity?
What city does she or he hail from? Real city or fictional?
Secret identity or outed?
Who is he or she going to fight in thier first issue?

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 27 2005 02:04 PM

The suspense is fucking unbearable. C'mon Fred! Did she say "yes" or what?!?

Jun 27 2005 02:44 PM

What's the name? Rain Man
What are the superpowers? Has a brilliant methematical mind, used for analysis of data and solving crimes by finding clues not found by other crime fighters
Male or female? male
Age, occupation, background? 28, High School Math Teacher, SABR member
How did he or she come into his or her powers. While walking through a Library at age 10, a copy of Einstein's Theory of Relartivity fell on his head.
What color suit? Typical Teacher's mis-matched chinos and Corderoy jacket with patches on the sleeves.
What's his or her particluar vulnerablity? He gets ill when someone really stupid can't follow his logic.
What city does she or he hail from? Real city or fictional? Seattle
Secret identity or outed? Secret
Who is he or she going to fight in thier first issue? Willie Randolph.

What color hair should my superhero have?

EDIT: typos


Jun 27 2005 03:09 PM

Brown going to black because his head is perpetually wet --- he's Rain Man.

What kept you out in the sun this past weekend?

Edgy DC
Jun 27 2005 04:54 PM

Shopping for a dog for my Edgy-in-Law.

Who is next to retire on the Supreme Court? Who gets their seat?

Jun 27 2005 04:58 PM

You mean after Rehnquist?

Sandy. I believe she's ill as well, no?

Judge Judy babe. She'd kick some ass.

Vanilla Shake, Chocolate shake or a black and white?

Jun 27 2005 05:00 PM

Chocolate. There are no other flavors.

At Friendly's... Fribble or Traditional shake?

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 27 2005 07:06 PM


Ice cream chains: Baskin Robbins, Friendly's, Carvel, Cold Stone Creamery? Pick the winner, and if there's one that beats all 4, tell us who and why.

Jun 27 2005 07:15 PM

Cold Stone Creamery. Gotta love the mix ins and the clever combos. Plus the ice cream itself is very high quality.

You have just been allotted one hour of prime time television on a major network this fall, and you have to come up with an innovative "reality" series to fill the slot. What is your show like?

Edgy DC
Jun 27 2005 07:31 PM

The Dream Team (or some other stupid title).

Six roto-geekin' wanna-be GM's -- necessary diversity of age, ethnicity, and gender, but virtually all passing a telegenics test -- are each given a budget to run a team in an independent minor league. Put your money towards real scouts? Sign former major leaguers who won't give up the ghost? Pull out your spreadsheets and find the real prospects who the show just won't give a shot to? Degrade the game with dozens of fan-friendly promotions that give you more spending money? The strategy is up to you!!

The champion of this made-for-TV six-team league gets to keep his or her team and compete in a real indy league. Future seasons will also cover past winners and how they're progressing against real competition, and as they try and get a kewl job with a big-league organization.

The regular narrative can switch back and forth between the struggles of the contestants and the struggles of the players in this last-shot league.


Will this succeed or succ eggs? Why?

Jun 28 2005 08:15 AM

Of course it will work! And this is why:

necessary diversity of age, ethnicity, and gender, but virtually all passing a telegenics test

And people will watch anything!

Suggested scenarios for would be GMs:

-Figuring out (intentionally) complicated phone system
-Dealing with office situations totally unrelated to baseball (labor relations between secretaries, for example)
-Getting lost in small towns while driving team bus
-Buying team equipment, uniforms, utilities, personnel, etc, on ridiculously small budget

Suggested scenarios for players:

-Stealing each others gear
-Stealing each others supplements (stop it! You know I mean vitamins!)
-Sneaking out to strip clubs
-Stretching their meal money by eating at Wendy's four times a day

Back to ice cream:

Which do you like better, fudgesicles, creamsicles (the orange things) or popsicles?

Jun 28 2005 11:54 AM

Creamsicles are, like, my favorite friggin ice cream bars.

But if the Good Humor truck rolls up I get a strawberry shortcake cause the oppotunities to get one of those are few and far between.


Do you prefer a male or female doctor giving you a physical?

Jun 28 2005 12:24 PM

No preference.

What's your favorite Marx Brothers line?

Willets Point
Jun 28 2005 02:23 PM

I like the song "Hello, I must be going" from Animal Crackers.

What's your fantasy?

Jun 28 2005 04:22 PM

This would be a tie between every kid's fantasy (Game 7, bottom of the ninth, two out, bases juiced, me at the plate and Armando Benitez throwing meatballs on the mound) and playing on stage with one of my favorite bands (Aerosmith, Thunder, etc.).


If you could be a special guest performer, playing one song live on stage... with whom would you play? What instrument would you play? What song would it be?

Jun 29 2005 08:38 AM

This is a fantasy, right? We don't have to choose living guys? I'd being playing piano behind Charlie Parker doing "Parker's Mood" or congas behind Tito Puente doing "Oye Como Va."

What foreign language that you don't speak would it be cool to speak?

Jun 29 2005 08:45 AM


What happened on your most memorable July 4th?

Jun 29 2005 09:21 AM

1986. Saw the Mets win at Shea, then went to Battery Park City for the fireworks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. We went with a bunch of friends - it was spectacular.

What is the best combination of ingredients for the perfect sandwich. Include the type of bread, the type of filling, other toppings, and condiments (include brand names where appropriate).

Jun 29 2005 03:53 PM

Rare roast beef on fresh Mont Pleasant rye bread with Russian dressing and a Ba-tempte half-sour pickle on the side. Ideally, it should be from Hy Sofer's Kosher Deli in Schenectady, but you'd need a time machine for that -- they've been out of business for about 20 years.

What was the first record/CD you ever bought: single and album?

Jun 29 2005 04:45 PM

I got into music relatively late in life and it wasn't until Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger that I can remember actully plunking down my own cash to buy an record.

I do recall early Beatles, Partridge Family, Bee Gees and Chicago LPs being in the house but my best recollection is that my sister bought those.

Are you hot or not?

Jun 29 2005 06:27 PM


Do you have a gas or electric range?

Jun 29 2005 06:27 PM

Gas. Cooking with electric sucks.


Along the same lines... gas or charcoal grill?

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 30 2005 07:09 AM

Gotta have charcoal. I go with the Weber smoky joe for most BBQ-ing, but also have a charcoal water smoker and now the big-ass Chinese box (also charcoal). Gas, schmass.

Q: Investing. Are you active with it, or do you let your banker/finacial planner/retirement plan administrator guy make all the decisions for you? If the former, what was your best buy ever?

Jun 30 2005 07:15 AM


What's your favorite marinade/ barbecue sauce recipe for beef?


Jul 03 2005 03:25 AM

My favorite quick barbecue sauce is 50/50 Dr Pepper and ketchup.

My favorite it-takes-awhile sauce is one part mustard, one part vinegar, one part molasses with the right amount of Worcestershire, granulated garlic and Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy and cook it down till it's thick enough. My ex-husband was awarded a gallon of this in our divorce settlement.

Chili, beans or no beans?

Jul 03 2005 03:52 PM

Beans. No Texan am I.

In the burrito: black beans or pinto?

Jul 03 2005 09:52 PM

Pinto. Refritos.

What isn't just for breakfast any more?

Jul 05 2005 10:07 PM

We eat a lot of toast.

$1000000 or meet Keith?

Willets Point
Jul 05 2005 10:27 PM

I'm not so greedy, but I'm less of a celebrity hound, so I'll take the money.

Why does it have to be like that?

Jul 06 2005 11:50 AM

Because the sky is blue: it turns me on.

What current TV show do you want cancelled as soon as possible?

Jul 06 2005 11:58 AM

Trading Spouses, Wife Swap, Nanny 911 and whatever that other nanny show is called. I could replace all these shows with one that would get quadruple the ratings of all of them combined.

I'm open to suggestions but the working title is 'Darwin's Mandate'. It would be an hour long show consisting of the execution of all of the folks who participate in these shows.


Pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds:

When you buy these items shelled have they been shelled by man or machine?

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 06 2005 12:04 PM

I dunno for sure, but I'd guess they have a machine for that.

Repeated/unanswered Q from above: How active are you in your investments such as 401K? Have you ever made a killer investment and if so, in what and why?

Jul 06 2005 01:04 PM

How about a get-killed investment? I gave my entire life savings to a reputable (I thought) financial planner at the beginning of the boom, for a growth fund which matured in ten years. It matured just before the end of the boom, at which point it was worth...nothing.

But I'll restate Johnny D's question. Does anyone have a happier story?

Jul 09 2005 05:32 PM

Our 401K is worth about 8 times what it was 18 months ago, mostly because we didn't do anything when our stock tanked then.

Do you eat your baked potato skins?

Rockin' Doc
Jul 09 2005 10:53 PM

Most of the time I do.

Baked potato or fries?

Matt Murdock, Esq.
Jul 10 2005 02:26 AM

if its baked, it has to be a sweet potato
if its fries, it has to be from Nathans

if your cooking HDs at home... nathans, hebrew national, sabretts, oscar mayer, Ballparks, or Boar's Head?

boiled, grilled or BBQed?

kraut, red onions, or both?

mustard, ketchup, or both?

what one other thing do you put on a HD that is uniquely you?

Jul 11 2005 10:40 AM

Nathans or Hebrew National. Either one.

Grilled or BBQ. Not boiled.



Baked beans on the side (not so unique but whaddaya want). Oh, the buns must be toasted or grilled.

Name something that you would'nt eat at home or at a restaurant but you would eat if served at someone else's house in order to be polite.

Edgy DC
Jul 11 2005 10:51 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jul 11 2005 11:01 AM

Well, meat.

I want a serious answer. What's the proper punsihment for a teenager who disrupts the world's computers with a virus?

Yancy Street Gang
Jul 11 2005 10:58 AM

Six months in prison and a $250,000 fine, that he'd be responsible for paying over the course of his life.

Should newspapers keep devoting comic strip space to reruns of Peanuts or should they drop it and make room for a current strip?

Jul 11 2005 11:02 AM

At some point, Peanuts has to go. Give it a nice sendoff; re-run a month or two of classic strips, and let it go. It's not even the best dog-related comic strip out there; that title went to Mutts a long time ago.


How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Jul 11 2005 11:52 AM

A woodchuck would chuck just as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.


Best remedy for sunburn?


Jul 11 2005 04:09 PM

Aloe gel with a topical anesthetic. And drink lots of water.

What free sites would you continue to patronize if they started charging a small fee?

Rockin' Doc
Jul 11 2005 07:59 PM

Well, this one comes to mind.

What is the most you have ever paid for access to a site or a premium srevice online?

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 11 2005 08:16 PM -- sporting news archives up the wazoo... I think it was $100 for 2 years or something. Worth it!

Q: Does your office have a water cooler which you can access for free? Don't you think my office should get one NOW?!??!

Jul 11 2005 08:25 PM

Yes we do Widey and we go through a lot of water. When I worked at Mellon Bank, they made us pay for it, can you believe it? Cheapskates.
I think you should tell your employers of the morale boost that free water gives.

Did you have dessert tonight? What was it?

Jul 11 2005 09:13 PM

Hershey bars that I dip into a jar of peanut butter.


How old were you when you got your first brand new car?

Jul 11 2005 09:21 PM

22 - a 1985 Chevy Cavalier that ran great for 179,000 miles until it went out in a blaze of glory when the Mrs. flipped it over.

What was your first car, new or used?

Jul 11 2005 10:04 PM

53 Nash Rambler convertible, The top wouldn't go up.

Is it important to you, in cars, to Buy American?

Jul 12 2005 02:27 PM

I never have bought a car that wasn't an America brand. (Of course, many of them may have had major components manufactured out of the country). But I didn't go looking just to buy American. It just worked out that way. I would buy a foreign brand if the car met my requirements.

The only exception is Mazda. I refuse to even look at their cars until they get rid of the "Zoom Zoom" kid in their ads. He annoys the shit out of me.

Did you ever have a car that was a lemon from the day you bought it? What was it? What was wrong with it?


Jul 13 2005 09:45 AM

No, but my parents once owned an Edsel.

What was the first personal computer you ever owned? How much memory? What were the other specs?

Rockin' Doc
Jul 13 2005 01:05 PM

My first personal computer was a Packard Bell with a 386SX processor with a processing speed of 32 megabits. It had 16 MB of RAM (maybe it was 32 MB RAM, I'm not sure) and a 4800 baud modem. No windows program, it ran on MS-DOS w/ DOS-Shell. What a piece of crap. It was also the most expensive computer I ever bought.

What are the specs of your current home computer?

Jul 19 2005 04:28 PM

I don't know but the hard drive buzzes a lot so it must be very powerful.

Remember Ms. Cleo? I forgot about her but I saw her ad in an old crossword puzzle book I was working in today.

Does anybody know what happened to her?

Jul 19 2005 04:36 PM

I think she was indicted by the Goverment, IRS and all that.

Will Larry Brown coach the Knicks this season?

Jul 19 2005 10:03 PM


Which one of you is Spartacus?

Jul 19 2005 10:09 PM

MK is Spartacus.

Actually, our family joke is that Spartacus should be his name. When D-Dad and I were arguing over what to name him (in utero we just called him 41, ala that Seinfeld episode when George wanted to name a child 7), the name Spartacus kept popping up at us in all sorts of places. If we had the nerve, we'd have listened to those divine signals and chosen that as his name. As it was, we settled for amending his in utero name to 41 Spartacus.

What is the worst name you've ever heard of someone giving to a child?

Edgy DC
Jul 19 2005 10:23 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jul 19 2005 10:49 PM


Buffy's baby doll (Mrs. Beasley) was a baby who was a spectacled old lady at the same time. What was up with that?

Rockin' Doc
Jul 19 2005 10:24 PM

Damn Edgy was too quick for me. So I withdrew my answer to the worst name question.

Edited because I was too slow.

Jul 20 2005 12:39 PM
Edited 2 time(s), most recently on Jul 20 2005 01:01 PM

Not all dolls are babies:

Barbie at leisure:

Rainbow Brite, a doll I found most disturbing:

Chatty Cathy. Little girls in the 50's must have been very hard up.

Mrs. Beasley, was not only not a baby, but married as well!

What was the one toy you coveted as a child, but never received? Was there a good reason for it?

Jul 20 2005 12:55 PM

Omega Supreme. The coolest of the G1 Transformers. It was a base with a motorized car that transformed into the hugest of all the Transformers. And, no, there was no good reason why I never got it. I'm still bitter to this day, and if they weren't way too expensive on eBay, I'd have bought one by now.

What was your favorite cartoon as a kid, and can you still watch it today and get the same enjoyment out of it?

Jul 20 2005 12:58 PM

Damn, that Barbie picture was cute, too

Vic Sage
Jul 20 2005 01:08 PM

The Impossibles, in the mid-60s. They were a rock group who were also super-heroes... Coil-man (he had springs for legs), fluid-man (turned into water), multi-man (made duplicates of himself). there may have been another one, but i don't remember.

Its entirely unwatchable now, though if i were sufficiently stoned it might be worth it.

I've had a similar experience with THE MONKEES tv series.

If you were a super-hero, what power would you have, and what would be its tragic personal consequences for you? [note: forget the "x-ray vision to see thru girls' clothes" thing]

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 27 2005 01:11 PM

(avoiding a car-crash here....)

I'd be The Ant, with the relative speed, sense of smell/intuition and jaw strength of an ant --- I'd pick up stuff many times my weight with my powerful choppers and run with it great distances. I could, for example, foil robberies by lifting the giftaway car off the ground and scooting across town to drop it at the inpound lot at Police headquarters.

My tragic flaw would be that, at the end of my crimefighting day, I'd have to serve a demanding Queen who sits around getting laid all the time and despite my obvious devotion to her, she doesn't love me back. Moments of hilarity and tragic lonlieness ensues.

Q: Fill in the blanks: I subscribe to ____________ magazine. I like it because _______________ but I wish they'd stop ______________ .

Jul 28 2005 08:23 AM

I subscribe to Readers Digest magazine. I like it because they have a lot of different things to read and "do" in it, but I wish they'd stop putting those pasteboard ads for trashy "art" you can send for for a ridiculous price in between practically every page.

I don't feel like going to work. Do you feel like going to work? What should we do instead?

Jul 28 2005 09:02 AM

I definitely don't feel like being here today. If it was a little sunnier, I'd suggest we all get together for the First Annual CPF Wiffle Ball (or Softball, but JD's a ringer) Game and Picnic. But I suppose that's an idea for another day...

Do you prefer rain or snow? Why?

Rockin' Doc
Jul 28 2005 01:14 PM

I generally prefer rain over snow. It's too damn cold when it snows and it is far to disruptive to life (at least it is here in the south). If I wish to see snow, I prefer to go to it, I'd rather it not come to where I am.

Ultimately, I prefer bright sunshine over either rain or snow.

Would you to spend a day outside on a day that is cold (below freezing) and windy or a hot (over 90) and calm?

Jul 28 2005 01:29 PM

That depends on the humidity of that hot day. As a general rule, you can always put on extra clothing to stay warm on a cold day. But there are generally limits of what you can take off (on a hot day) without getting arrested. For that reason, I'd take the cold day.

Do you sunburn easily?


Willets Point
Jul 28 2005 02:00 PM

Yeah, I'm a rather pasty lad so I slather myself in SPF 30 before going outside.

If you could hold any political office (elected, appointed, or inherited) which would you choose?

Jul 28 2005 02:23 PM

Head of the Government Accounting Office. (And I'm not an accountant)

Do you watch more scheduled shows,sports or movies on tv?


Jul 29 2005 09:48 AM

Shows, sports, movies... in that order. I almost never watch TV (except for a ballgame) when my wife's not around. We almost never watch movies, and really never on TV, because we never feel like giving up two hours like that unless it's something we've rented.


Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms, or Ned Nederlander? Why?

Aug 09 2005 03:10 PM

Dusty Bottoms. Because it sounds neat.

What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

(all this waking up talk today....)

Aug 09 2005 03:23 PM

Tell my grandson I need ten minutes more sleep before I play with him.

What was the best British Invasion group, leaving out the Beatles and Stones?

Edgy DC
Aug 09 2005 03:28 PM

Clarification. Does their US debut have to come within a certain timeframe?

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 09 2005 03:28 PM

The Kinks.

Q: name 5 reasons the Kinks were great

Edgy DC
Aug 09 2005 03:28 PM

Dickshot makes my point moot. I'll take his...

Edgy DC
Aug 09 2005 03:46 PM

1) No virtuosos, just rock 'n' roll.

2) Like the Animals, they looked like bloodied schoolyard punks even dressed up for TV.

3) I still sometimes don't know whether I'm listening to "You Really Got Me" or "All Day and All of the Night." I should be offended that they knocked themselves off like that. But they're both great songs and I wouldn't want to toss one.

4) The have like a hundred songs about detachment and ennui.

5) They kept at it long after anybody thought they were cool, actually diminishing their stature like an aging athlete. They didn't care and they still carried on, touring and beating each other up and tearing each other down like they were still rock stars. Good for them.

What does google say the most popular guy and gal in your high school class has been up to?

Edgy DC
Aug 10 2005 10:43 AM

OK, don't cybertstalk then.

What was the best thing about President Cleveland?

Aug 10 2005 10:56 AM

All the voters were calling me
Back where I come from
All thanks to the Mugwumps
I'm back where I belong
I'm a lawyer from Jersey and gov'nor of New York
Grover Cleveland rocks, Grover Cleveland rocks
All the voters love me, they're bring me back, goin’

Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks

Got more popular vote but I don’t care
Should have won in '88
But I won again in '92
'Cause I'm so great
Even those pikers, the Chicago train strikers go
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
I'm livin life grand with my wife named Fran
Goin’ Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks

Cleveland rocks, cleveland rocks, cleveland rocks, cleveland rocks

I got some claims from The Civil War
Deny 'em! That's what I'll do
I'll fix the treasury problems too
Oh Cleveland rocks, yeah Cleveland rocks
I've got my place
You see me twice in this space
And nobody even tries that anymore

Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks
Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks

Three! four!
Three! four!
Three! four!


Who's your favorite dead president?

Willets Point
Aug 10 2005 12:21 PM

I'm fond of Harry Truman.

What can you do?
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do?

Aug 11 2005 08:19 AM

You might consider beating on the brat.


Severus Snape... good guy or bad guy?

Aug 11 2005 09:30 AM

Pure Evil. J.K. Rowling cannot understand how anyone can sympathize with him.

Lemon or Milk in your tea?

Vic Sage
Aug 11 2005 10:25 AM

milk and 2 sugars.
Have you ever tried Thai iced tea or coffee?
It is the nectar of the gods, i tell you.

Favorite Thai dish?

Aug 14 2005 01:24 PM

I do like to dig into a plate of Pad Kee Mow.

Least favorite popular ethnic food ?

Aug 14 2005 01:56 PM

Indian. It's the only one that gives me digestion problems.

If your favorite entertainer called to say that he/she is coming to your house for dinner -

Who would that be; and
What would you serve?

Aug 15 2005 03:37 PM

I guess that would have to be Babs, and I would serve her my famous (at least among my friends) meatballs. Then I would ask her to please sing a few numbers from Yentl.

You're all invited.

I am having trouble coming up with ideas for what my husband might mean when he asks for "something light" for supper. I am about ready to show him "something light" against his backside.

Tell me what you would mean by "something light"

Aug 15 2005 03:40 PM

Something light, to me, is a nice robust salad with some pieces of chicken.

How much would you have to be paid go to Cooby's house to see Babs sing anything?

Aug 15 2005 03:41 PM

I knew this place needed livened up.

Aug 15 2005 03:42 PM

When I want to make a quick, light meal I'll bake some potatoes and let people then put whatever fillings they want on them and nuke them. It can be as light or substantial as you want.

OE - since seawolf beat me fair and square - I'd go to cooby's any time, even if it did mean putting up with Babs ;)

MiniKnight comes up with this question - What is your favorite way to prepare potatoes?

Aug 15 2005 03:51 PM

How much would you have to be paid go to Cooby's house to see Babs sing anything?

There isn't enough money in the world to get me to see Babs sing, but I would go to meet Cooby and try her meatballs....

What (relatively) popular singer would you never go see, no matter how much you were paid to do so?

Aug 15 2005 03:53 PM

What is your favorite way to prepare potatoes?

Boiled, with a big lump of butter.

I'll let Lubitul's question stand..

What (relatively) popular singer would you never go see, no matter how much you were paid to do so?

Aug 15 2005 03:54 PM

Oh ho ho, that is so easy. Celine Dion.

And my favorite potatoes hands down are hash browns. Mmmmm Mmmmm. (done with NO onions, olive oil and Lawry's salt)

When is that last time your lawn was mowed? (in light of the drought)

Aug 15 2005 03:56 PM

Did it last night, actually. Our front yard grows uncontrollably, and is full of all sorts of strange weedy grasses. I wish I could just get someone to come in, clear out all the crap that's overrunning our flowerbeds and our grass, and then let me start from scratch.

Do you do your own yardwork? Or do you have a landscaper of some kind?

Rockin' Doc
Aug 15 2005 11:02 PM

I'm a do it yourself landscaper. I take pride in keeping the yard lush and I enjoy being out in the sun.

What is your favorite flower?

Aug 15 2005 11:06 PM

I love all flowers, my two favorites are lilacs and marigolds, I love the colors, I love the way they both smell.

WHen you buy plants in the spring, do you go to the nursery with something in mind, or pick out what catches your eye there?

Aug 15 2005 11:32 PM

What catches my eye....and tomatoes.

Who says "rock and roll" to you more than anyone else?

Edgy DC
Aug 16 2005 08:25 AM


After paying homage to my parents, I'm driving up to Binghamton (B-Mets for me, classic carousels for her) and then Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum). Having already done much of the Lower Hudson Valley last year what else should we make plans to visit nearby?

Aug 16 2005 08:44 AM

If it wil be going on, the Boonville Fair used to be a quaint place to vist.
And if you're not too fan away, the Brotherhood Winery.


Aug 16 2005 09:24 AM

Edgy, make sure you go to the Petrified Creatures Museum, which is a few miles north of Cooperstown

If you looked out your window right now would you be more likely to see a bird, a plane, or Superman?

Aug 16 2005 09:29 AM

My window is on the first floor, so I think a bird would be the most likely.

You're going to a potluck neighborhood dinner. What dish are you bringing?

Aug 16 2005 09:40 AM

Depends on whatthey need. If its an appetizer, then it would be my almost lethal mango salsa and chips.
If its a dessert, it would be my pineapple, cherry and vodka concoction, which can also be a centerpiece.

What dish do you enjoy cooking most?


Aug 16 2005 01:10 PM

This varies depending on what mood I'm in. Most often I'd have to say spaghetti sauce.

What's your favorite cookbook?

Aug 16 2005 01:42 PM

I don't know that it qualifies as a 'cookbook' per se, but the recipes on the back of the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese box work really nicely for me when I'm babysiting.

Are desparately hanging on to the last bit of your summer or are you ready to welcome fall and winter with open arms?

Aug 16 2005 01:53 PM

Desperately holding on to summer. I hate the 6:45 am alarm clock during the school year.

If you could make a lucrative living playing any sport in the world, which one would you choose?

Willets Point
Aug 16 2005 02:03 PM


If you could make a lucrative living as a model, what product/clothing line would you most like to model for?

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 16 2005 02:07 PM

Masks. That way nobody would have to know that I was a model.

Will Elvisology become a religion? (See 28 years ago thread.)

Willets Point
Aug 16 2005 02:14 PM

It already has!

What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 16 2005 02:17 PM

Kaz Matsui is a good ballplayer.

If I were asleep, and you were my alarm clock, how would wake me?

(bonus points fro getting the correct answer)

Aug 17 2005 02:34 PM

By pouring water on you.

If you won a free car of any kind, your choice, what would you choose?

Vic Sage
Aug 17 2005 03:24 PM

The Mach 5.
That way, i could finally beat Racer X.

What is your favorite Japanimation tv series ever?

Aug 17 2005 03:36 PM

It would have to be the original Transformers, with an honorable mention to Voltron. And not just because I thought Princess Allura was smokin' hot.

Do you hesitate to answer questions in the "Would You Rather..." thread, because you think your follow-up question just won't be demented enough?

Aug 17 2005 03:47 PM

No, demented is easy.

Which could you easily live without, salt or pepper?

Willets Point
Aug 17 2005 03:50 PM

I don't think it's humanly possible to live without salt, so I'll go with pepper.

Off the top of your head what are the ten best covers of songs by Bob Dylan ever?

Aug 17 2005 03:59 PM

Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix - Like a Rolling Stone
White Stripes - One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
Robyn Hitchcock - Visions of Johanna
Byrds- Mr. Tambourine Man
Lou Reed - Foot of Pride
Marianne Faithfull - I'll Keep It With Mine
The Band - This Wheel's On Fire
Shirley Caesar - Gotta Serve Somebody
Los Lobos - On a Night Like This

Best Bob Marley song?

Vic Sage
Aug 17 2005 04:51 PM

I love THE HARDER THEY COME, both the movie and the Jimmy Cliff soundtrack, but as for Bob Marley, being that i'm woefully ignorant about Reggae, i don't know what his "best" song was, but my favorite Marley song is probably "no woman, no cry".

what's your favorite Robert Morley movie?

Aug 17 2005 07:22 PM

The African Queen, even though he only has a small role.

What's your favorite Stewart Granger movie? (there's only one right answer to this one)

Matt Murdock, Esq.
Aug 17 2005 10:25 PM


The best Farley Granger movie?

Aug 18 2005 09:57 AM

That was the right answer.

Strangers on a Train (though I have a quirky fondness for Story of Three Loves).

What significant movie role would you have cast differently? Who would you have cast?

Aug 18 2005 10:07 AM

="TheOldMole"] What significant movie role would you have cast differently? Who would you have cast?

Every 1940's "Let's put on a show" role Judy Garland had. I would have replaced her with Jane Powell.

Question: How would you cast the Nick and Nora Charles roles if the Thin Man movies were made today?


Yancy Street Gang
Aug 18 2005 12:05 PM

I read somewhere that somebody suggested George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and that sounded pretty good to me.

Let's limit this next question to those of us under 50:

If you could sign a contract that would guarantee that you would die at the age of 73, would you sign it? It means you can be sure you won't die before then, but that you won't live any longer than that either.

Aug 18 2005 12:48 PM

I'm glad I'm over your limit for answering that.
That question is a real tough one.


Aug 18 2005 02:47 PM

My mom and dad are both past 73 and both are going strong (my mom, in fact played the part of a 16 year old in a play last week), thank you. They are not only an inspiration to me but also proof that people in their 70's are not necessarily infirm.

What's better, paying down a debt or saving up money?

Aug 18 2005 05:46 PM

Paying down a debt, without question. You'll never get the interest on savings that you're paying on the debt.

What was the best ever feature in Mad?

Aug 18 2005 08:07 PM

The little one-liners in the margins in very small type. (Do they still do that? I haven't seen a Mad for many years.)

Don Martin's cartoons weren't too shabby, either.

Question: (Superman fans only) did you prefer the George Reeves tv series, or the Superman cartoons from the 40's and 50's that show up on tv occasionally?


Vic Sage
Aug 19 2005 02:35 PM

The Max Fleisher cartoons were made from 1941-1943, with Superman voiced by Bud Collyer. Terrific animation for its time and, though the stories were kind of lame and formulaic, still have resonance.

While i have affection for the George Reeves tv series (51-54), as it was my first exposure to the character when i saw the repeats in the mid-60s (my brothers only had Marvel comics in the house), it is a pretty lame show, with terrible effects, writing, acting, etc. Reeves' sly sardonic performance however holds up very well.

I also like the original Kirk Alyn serials, where he becomes an animated character when he flies.

Christopher Reeve brought a sweet tenderness to the part and made the love triangle touching.

Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK) and Tom Walling (SMALLVILLE) are a pair of pretty boys from romance novels.

The best, most well-rounded audio-visual version of the character , however, is probably the most recent animated series, featuring Tim Daly's vocal performance.

Although i kinda love Patrick Warburton's version from the Seinfeld commercials.

I look forward to the new movie with hopeful trepidation, with Brandon Routh (?) scheduled to be the next in line to don the big red "S".

Do you ever feel like your a 12-year old trapped in middle-aged body?

Willets Point
Aug 19 2005 02:52 PM

Pretty much most of the time.

If a doll was made of you with a pull string to make it speak, what five phrases would the you doll utter?

Rockin' Doc
Aug 19 2005 03:00 PM

"Which is better, 1 or 2?"
"How was your day today?"
"I think it's time for a cold beer."
"Let's go Mets!" -- Team designation changes with the seasons.
"I love you."

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 19 2005 03:04 PM


1. You get to eat a lot.
3. You don't have to go to church.

Should we have a right to chose medically-assisted suicide?

Aug 19 2005 03:15 PM


Did anyone here go to a Cindy Sheehan vigil?

Aug 19 2005 05:02 PM

Not me.

Who's Cindy Sheehan?

Aug 19 2005 05:07 PM

She's the woman whose son died in Iraq and who is camping out in front of President Bush's ranch during his 5-week vacation.

What political issue would most prod you into a Cindy Sheehan-esque kind of protest?

Aug 19 2005 05:15 PM

Actually, that one did. I did go to a vigil, and according to, they registered about 100,000 people nationwide. In Saugerties there were about 60 people...I've talked to other people in different parts of the country who reported 200-300. Very orderly, dignified, not like the old days (which were kinda more fun, but then, being younger is always more fun).

What are you going to read when you get around to it?

Willets Point
Aug 19 2005 06:14 PM

Finnegan's Wake. I actually got about a 1/4 of the way through before giving up.

What book makes cyou feel proud that you struggled through reading it from end to end?

Aug 19 2005 07:15 PM

The first two books of Remembrance of Things Past. And I'm gonna read the whole thing, dammit!

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 19 2005 08:03 PM

Do you have a question, Mole?

Aug 19 2005 09:01 PM

Heh heh...forgot...ok, Larry...

How much money is enough?

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 19 2005 10:00 PM

I'd say like, $7. Once you get much below that, you're looking for an ATM.

Q: You've been hired to invent a new TV game show. What's the name of the game, how do you play, and how does the "Lightning Round" differ from the regular game play?

Willets Point
Aug 22 2005 04:36 PM

Muck Brawl. Basically, four contestants face off for two rounds of mud wrestling. The championship round is played in a tub of Jello.

You're the captain of the CPF All-star Volleyball team. Which five CPF members do you select to join you in the starting lineup and why?

Aug 22 2005 04:50 PM

Your CPF Volleyball team:
KC - he's, uh, big
Mom - she can feed the other team so well, they won't be able to get off the ground
OldMole - cunning and guile beats youthful enthusiasm every time
Rat - we nedd a young person to do all the running around
Me- I can really sky. I've proven it by my ability to jump to conclusions.

Question: Who would we be playing?


Aug 22 2005 04:54 PM

I don't do volleyball. It's hell on the manicure!

Willets Point
Aug 22 2005 05:21 PM

MFS, you can pick one more player in addition to yourself.

Aug 22 2005 07:14 PM

Mom, but now you would have an excuse for another trip to the spa.
Oh well, you can be the team caterer, without having to play.
Then it looks like Willets makes the team, because we can always use someone who makes his point.

Question still stands.


Aug 22 2005 10:57 PM

Misty May & Kerri Walsh: We'd get killed, but it would be worth it.

If you could time travel to any year in the last half century not counting years when the Mets won the World Series, what year would it be and why?

Aug 23 2005 08:02 AM

It would have been the year that Microsoft went public. I would have bought a lot of their stock.

What is the worst decision you ever made?


Edit: added my question

Sep 12 2005 09:10 AM

Not going to college. I've never really regretted it, but it was probably not a good decision.

What is the number one thing that annoys you most about your neighbors? And what is the thing that you like most about that same neighbor?

Sep 17 2005 10:18 AM

Wow, this snuck all the way onto the second page.

The guy behind us has a big crazy dog who aggravates us (and Peanut) to no end, constantly instigating bark and growl fights. I'm not saying Peanut's not partially at fault here, but that's it.

That said, the guy and his family are pretty quiet, and they otherwise leave us alone.


What was your favorite toy as a kid?

Sep 17 2005 10:24 AM

My Hopalong Cassidy gunbelt, holster and pistol set.

Is there a toy that someone gave you, that was so off the mark in terms of your interests, that you never played with it?


Sep 18 2005 11:03 AM

My father, when I was away at boarding school (8th or 9th grade) sent me a subscription to a magazine apparently aimed at pre-teen girls (no, not Tiger Beat, I'm way too old for that), which showed up in school mailbox every month.

What was the first present you received that made you feel grown up?

Sep 19 2005 09:00 AM

When I was a little girl, my mom's aunt in Florida took a liking to me, without ever having met me. She sent me some pretty nice gifts at Christmas, Easter, and my birthday every year until she died. Clothes, watches, cars, timeshares. Okay, not really those last two things.

For my 10th or 11th birthday, she sent me a Poloroid Swinger camera. My mom and dad are great folks, but never would have thought of that, cos I was the baby of the family.
The fact that she actually sent me not just a camera, but the coolest one on the market at the time, made me feel pretty grown up.

What did you collect as a kid? (non baseball related, please)

Sep 19 2005 09:20 AM

Postcards. They were easy to find, affordable, and they didn't take up much space. I was a deltiologist.

Where are you going on your next vacation?

Sep 19 2005 10:02 AM

Briefly to California in early November but next family vacay is back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in February.

What company, other than one you might have ever been employed by or own stock in or have any real connection to, is your favorite?

Sep 19 2005 03:14 PM

A little company here called Payne's Automotive. What I like about them is that they only fix what you ask them to fix and they don't insist on fixing other things that happen to be wrong with your vehicle.

Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, where did you go?

Sep 19 2005 03:52 PM

MMYF and I took a cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean ship a few years ago. We left from San Juan and went to about 5-6 islands in the Caribbean.
The ones I remember were best were St. Martins, Barbados Curicao and Martinique. Once we saw each island, we made a decision whether we wanted to go back for a longer stay. We went back to a few of them.

Which cruise destination/ stop was your favorite?


Sep 19 2005 04:06 PM

My father worked on the corporate end of cruise ship companies so I spent a lot of my youth on them. Worked on them during the summer while going to college (hence, I've never been a passenger as an adult).
The one place I'm most glad to have been in was the Strait of Magellen. As far as a port goes, Turkey and Egypt were pretty cool when I was 4 years old.

I said in my answer that after working on a cruise ship the idea of being a passenger on one has no appeal to me. Has a former job sworn you off of anything?

Sep 19 2005 04:56 PM

I was an Administrative Law Judge, and I had jursidiction over tickets issued to food vendors. I'm not comfortable about eating from those carts as a result.

What is your favorite fast food?

Sep 20 2005 08:16 AM

No contest.
It is the sausage and egg on a hard roll at a Connecticut chain called Dutchess.
They make everything to order, and no matter which location I eat it at, that is one very good breakfast.
Coming in a close second is the very messy chili dog they serve.

Is there one fast food chain that's near you, but you never go to? Why?


Sep 20 2005 08:37 AM

They're pretty much all right near me and I don't go to any of them. Why? There's really good food to be had in NYC, why should I eat corporate crap? I used to go to places like Subway or McDonalds because my kids liked them but they won't go to those places anymore either.

Can you name a major restaurant chain which you have never once patronized?

Vic Sage
Sep 20 2005 02:01 PM

no, i can't.
if crap is served, i'll have eaten there.

the one i've been to LEAST is Taco Bell. I had a really bad experience in college that ended in a Taco Bell parking lot that i'll say no more about.

Lets just say, every time i see that stupid dog in that stupid commercial, i want to heave.

What tv commercial makes YOU want to heave and why?

Sep 20 2005 04:20 PM

Any commercial for Fitness Made Simple videos. That can't be his real hair. I can't believe anyone would want those things--typically people want to look like they're in shape, not like some musclebound freak.

What TV commercial do like?

Sep 20 2005 04:23 PM

The best commercial of all time was the Native American crying over how his land was being polluted.

What ad made you actually buy the product?


Sep 23 2005 02:59 PM

Marathon mascara

(thank you, Annie for hating him too)

Which would you rather be a sea captain or a train conductor?

Sep 26 2005 10:40 AM

Sea captain. You have ultimate power and you get to go to different places instead of the same old route which I would think the train conductor would have to go on. That being said, train conductor doesn't sound so bad.

Tonight No Direction Home begins airing on TV. Rank the Dylans from 1-7:

Folkie Bob (first 4 albums)
Thin Wild Mercury (Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61, Blonde on Blonde)
Country Gentleman (JW Harding, New Morning, Self Portrait, Planet Waves)
Rolling Thunder (Blood on the Tracks, Desire, Street Legal)
Born Again (Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot of Love)
Wandering Bob (Infidels, Empire Burlesque, Down in the Groove, Oh Mercy, Under the Red Sky, 2 folk albums)
Grammy Bob (Time out of Mind, Love & Theft)

On edit: I realize this might be too much for most people. Give me your top 3, or 2.

Edgy DC
Sep 29 2005 09:17 AM

Dylan the Post-Christian Spiritual Seeker (Infidels; Oh, Mercy)
Dylan the Snickering Baladeer (Disc one of Biograph)
Dylan the Contempuous Downtown Jerk (Blonde on Blonde; Highway 61 Revisitied)

Is the classic design of the American firefighter's helmet still anything like the most practical, or are we merely foresaking a little bit of safety for a whole lot of pride in tradition? If so, is it worth it? Does bringing that pride in tradition to the job, in the form of the helmet, improve performance to the point where it adds to the safety so much that any impracticalities of the old helmet design are cancelled?

Willets Point
Oct 07 2005 04:29 PM

I think Edgy's trying to kill this thread by asking questions no one here has the authority to answer. So, I'll just answer with an uninformed opinion: If the firefighters like it, it's good enough for me.

What's the most disgusting thing you ever put in your mouth? Things you did as a child count.

Oct 08 2005 11:07 AM

Fried ants from a can.

What's your favorite board game and when did you last play it?

Oct 10 2005 07:29 PM

My favorite Board Game is Life and I played it 3 weeks ago.

What's Better, The Mets losing Piazza or the Mets losing Beltran

i.e. the trade for Beltran

Oct 11 2005 02:16 PM

Beltran, definitely.

Deep dish or crispy?

Oct 14 2005 03:52 PM

Of the two, I prefer crispy. My son always leaves his crusts and I eat 'em later! (Yeah, he's sixteen, I eat off my sixteen year old's plate) (or pizza box, I guess you would say)

Are you making an effort to cut back on your fuel usage yet? That goes for gasoline and heating costs (yes, I know it's not cold out yet, but I mean are you planning ahead).
If so, share some fuel economizing tips.

Willets Point
Oct 14 2005 04:59 PM

Put on a sweater for god's sake! - Everybody's father.

Sorry, I'll leave this question open for someone with a serious answer.

Oct 14 2005 05:04 PM

No, that is actually a good answer!

But more are welcome.

Oct 14 2005 05:50 PM

Make sure your windows and doors are caulked. And check to see if you still have any screens up instead of the storm windows.

Turn down the thermostat during the day if you're away from your house.

Get your furnace serviced/ cleaned. It improves the efficiency.

Lower the temp on your hot water by 5 degrees. (This is tricky. If you have hot water baseboard heat, this means your furnace will run longer to bring your room up to temperature, so you might end up paying more for your electric bill.)

Hope that helped.


Rockin' Doc
Oct 14 2005 06:15 PM
Question please....

Great tips, but we still need a question?

Oct 14 2005 07:31 PM

That's what I'm talking about! That and Willets sweater will keep us toasty all winter! :)

Your question, sir.

Oct 14 2005 08:09 PM

How have you survived the deluge?
Any water in your basement?


Oct 14 2005 08:19 PM

What's a deluge? We barely got half an inch of water from Rita and our grass is still brown.

Raymond Burr as Ironsides or Raymond Burr as Perry Mason?

Oct 15 2005 07:34 PM

Perry Mason. The early, one hour black and white ones with Lt. Tragg, Paul Drake and Hamilton Burger (with a name like that, no wonder he never won a case).

Best James Bond song?

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 15 2005 07:51 PM

I don't know 'em all but of those "Nobody Does It Better" is excellent. She just sings that song so admiringly.

80s bands had ridiculous names. Which of the following is the best band name... and why?

a) Wang Chunng

b) a-ha

c) Duran Duran

d) Kajagoogoo

e) Bow Wow Wow

f) Scritti Politti

g) Men without Hats

h) Tears for Fears

i) Haircut One Hundred

j) Level 42

Oct 15 2005 07:51 PM

Easy, Dr. No. The Theme Song
Best with vocals, probably Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better"

Keeping the Bond them, Daniel Craig as Bond, Yea or Nay?

Oct 15 2005 10:51 PM

He's going to make George Lazenby look like Sean Connery.

And Wang Chung is the best name, for how they used it.

And "Goldfinger" was the best Bond song.

Bond aside, who's the best movie secret agent?

Willets Point
Oct 19 2005 02:26 PM

Not a movie, but I always liked Spy vs. Spy with the gray lady spy as my favorite.

What's the best story you have about the crazy thing your roommate did?

Oct 19 2005 02:41 PM

Since I lived at home when I went to College, my only "roommates" were my barracks buddies in the Army. One Sunday morning, one of them jumped up on his foot locker and yelled in his best evangelist voice:
"Don't bother going to church today. I can save your soul for only $29.95. And there is fucking in my Heaven".

Since were were all hung over, he actually got a few converts IIRC.

Did you ever play a practical joke on your roomie? What was it?


Oct 20 2005 09:56 AM

Not a roomate (tho' he was later one) -- a friend and I knew where another friend kept his key (hidden under a rock I think). We went into his house at a time we knew he and his parents would be gone and rearranged all of the furniture in his room. He figured out immediately who would have done it.

Patti Smith is doing a few shows where she performs her album "Horses" in its entirety, in order. Who would you pay to see perform a particular album in order (no saying something like the Beatles doing "Sgt. Pepper" unless you want subs in for John and George).?

Oct 25 2005 01:58 PM

Tommy- The Who

But they have to act out the parts, too. I'd be curious to see who plays Mrs. Walker.

What are you wearing today?

Willets Point
Oct 25 2005 02:04 PM

I'm wearing a blue lambswool sweater I bought in Dingle, a white dress shirt I bought for the wedding when I wore a kilt, blue JCPenney's slacks that are starting to get threabare, grey boxer briefs, blue socks, black Rockport shoes and my wedding ring.

What's your favorite pizza topping?

Oct 25 2005 02:07 PM


Willets are you of Irish decent?, I thought you were African American....which of course would not rule you out from being Irish.

what's the best thing about days like today ?

Willets Point
Oct 25 2005 02:16 PM

Well, I am "Black Irish." I'm a bit too pasty to be African-American though. My ancestory is thoroughly from Ireland although if you go back far enough I have as much African ancestry as anyone else.

Oct 25 2005 02:20 PM

Best thing about days like today is that there is a World Series game on tonight and the Yankees are not playing.

Are you doing anything special for Halloween?

Oct 25 2005 02:54 PM

The kids are trick or treating and I'm handing out candy. It should be fun.

What's the best Halloween candy?

Yancy Street Gang
Oct 25 2005 02:59 PM

So many to choose from, but I'd never be disappointed to have a Nestle Crunch bar drop in my bag.

What's the worst Halloween candy?

Willets Point
Oct 25 2005 03:23 PM

Mary Janes, edging out NECCO Wafers.

EDIT: This thread was on page #3, so here's an easy one:

What is your favorite baseball team?

Willets Point
Nov 17 2005 12:40 PM


Edgy DC
Nov 17 2005 01:05 PM


Give me, if you will, a good lame Bat-Villian for the Batman TV show. What's his or her name and theme? Does he or she have any super --- or merely outstanding --- abilities? What are his or her henchmen called? What hammy actor (and don't limit yourself to late-60s vintage thespians) would play this villian?

Johnny Dickshot
Nov 18 2005 11:36 AM

The Magnate causes mayhem all over Gotham City because he uses his considerable monies for evil and not good. He's a snotty pompous trust-funder all grown up, who attended the same private schools and runs in the same social circles as millionaire Bruce Wayne. His general plotline is to buy or invest in an Gotham institution, such as a sports team, museum or business, but with the help of his henchmen Preppie, Hedgefund, and foxy henchette Tiffany, uses those businesses as a front to steal from lenders, business partners -- even charities -- and/or deny Gothamites the enjoyment of them to extort money and influence. Whenever he's in tight spot, he'll offer to buy his own safety.

Hammed up by the veteran character actor who played the J. Peterman catalog guy in Seinfeld, he comes off a mix between George Steinbrenner and Ted DiBiase, wrestling's million-dollar man.

Q: The four Rocky villian/opponents -- Creed, Lang, Drago, Gunn -- participate in a boxing tournament. If all are in their primes, who takes Gold, Silver and Bronze? How does the Gold medal fight end?

Johnny Dickshot
Dec 08 2005 12:00 PM

That this question was left unanswered for 3 weeks is shameful cranepooling.

Dec 08 2005 12:10 PM

Good his prime Creed had it all, quick hands and feet, great punch, a suspect chin perhaps but his boxing brain covered for that...Creed beats Drago in the gold medal match.Drago a Slovakian is not your typical east european boxer, Drago has good mobility although his lacks Creeds savvy, he's looking for the big punch and Creed plays with him for 7 rounds before taking out Drago with a vivious combo to the liver then chin.

Lang beats the crap outta Gunn who was always overated.

Q: Do you believe in Evolution or Creationism and why one and not the other?

Dec 08 2005 12:10 PM

Assuming a ladder style type of tournamnent so I can explain individual matchups:

Lang def. Gunn, 1st round, KO
Gunn sucked. He got beat up by old Balboa in a parking lot twice, once AFTER he sucker punched Rocky. He never beat anyone of substance during his pro career. Clubber gives him a beat down reminiscent of the one he gave Rocky in Balboa-Lang I.

Creed def. Lang, 5th round, KO
Plays out exactly like Balboa-Lang II, only takes a little longer because Apollo didn't have Rocky's power

Drago def. Creed, 2nd round, death
Apollo's prime was not so much better than his condition for Creed-Drago, so this match plays out the same way. "THROW THE DAMN TOWEL"

Gold: Drago
Silver: Creed
Bronze: Lang

Are you going to see Rocky Balboa (aka Rocky 6)?

Dec 08 2005 12:16 PM

Irish beat me to it, but I'm not deleting my opinion. I like it. Ignore my question if you wish.
This post had the designation 103) Tom Glavine

Dec 15 2005 02:39 PM

I believe that Sly Stallone may be the missing link; therefore, I'm down with evolution.


My wife and I enjoy "The King Of Queens," because we are Carrie & Doug Heffernan (Leah Remini & Kevin James). What TV sitcom character parallels your life?

Dec 15 2005 03:47 PM

Maynard G. Krebs.

Why doesn't anything work any more?

Dec 15 2005 04:43 PM


How are you getting to work tomorrow?

Dec 15 2005 05:16 PM

abogdan wrote:
How are you getting to work tomorrow?

Very Carefully - we're expecting an ice storm.

How far is your commute to work or school? How long does it usually take?


Rockin' Doc
Dec 15 2005 09:18 PM

Two and a half miles. It takes 5-10 minutes depending on traffic and how I hit the lights.

What mode of transportation do you use to get to and from work each day?

Willets Point
Dec 15 2005 10:43 PM

In the warm weather, bicycle. In the cold weather, bus, subway and shoe leather.

What's your favorite Christmas carol?

Dec 16 2005 08:58 AM

Mine is O Holy Night

And yours?

Willets Point
Dec 16 2005 09:43 AM

O Come All Ye Faithful.

Where would you rather right now?

Dec 16 2005 10:04 AM

I'm guessing you meant where would you rather be right now. Unless it is a reference to Dan Rather, who ate at the same restaurant I ate at for lunch yesterday (Rosa Mexicana).

Where would I rather be? I don't know....a Greek island might be nice.

Who was the most recent celebrity sighting of yours?

Johnny Dickshot
Dec 16 2005 10:43 AM

I literally bumped into Mayor Mike Bloomberg at the Rock Ctr. tree-lighting. He was all about having his handlers cut a path through the crowd so all I got was a pardonmehello.

What do you want for Christmas?

Dec 16 2005 02:06 PM

I just want Christmas to get here and be over with because of the stress.

I guess what I'd like is to go eat somewhere instead of us grilling steaks and eating here.

What are you expecting to receive for Christmas?

Willets Point
Dec 21 2005 01:26 PM

Love ... and lots of food.

A co-worker gives you a $20 gift card to Tower Records, what album(s) do you buy?

Dec 21 2005 01:36 PM

You're sitting on Santa's lap - what one thing do you ask for?

Dec 22 2005 11:31 AM

DVDs of the first two seasons of Arrested Development.

What obscure Christmas song do you wish they'd play on the radio again?

Dec 22 2005 11:42 AM

Not super obscure, but "Someday at Christmas" by Stevie Wonder doesn't get played enough.

What's the best present you're giving this year?

Johnny Dickshot
Dec 22 2005 11:53 AM

My old college roomie is a Navy officer stationed in Gulfport, Miss., which was better than his previous assignment in Iraq till Katrina hit. The base is hosting lots of stranded families. We put together a couple of xmas stockings with toys for the kids and sent 'em down there. They included cool stuff like a nerf football and silly putty.

Q: Standard or automatic transmission. Why?

Dec 22 2005 05:46 PM

I wish I could say standard. You really feel like you're driving and not just steering. Unfortunately, it's been so long since I've driven one that now I don't trust myself. In Italy we had a standard car that the people we swapped houses with left us. I never used it. They never used my (automatic) car either but that was just because they were in NYC. So, automatic.

Christmas presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Jan 03 2006 03:55 PM

I could have sworn Rockin Doc answered this.

Christmas morning.

Don't you just hate it when something's bugging you and you can't quite figure out what it is?

Jan 03 2006 03:59 PM

'Am I buggin ya?'

'Didn't mean to bug ya.'

Who said it?

Edgy DC
Jan 03 2006 04:07 PM

Bono Vox. Just watched Rattle and Hum this weekend.

Cooby, you're describing my brain at virtually all times, so yeah.

How do you rank the actiing performances of these featured players in Purple Rain?

Prince... The Kid
Apollonia Kotero .... Apollonia
Morris Day .... Morris
Olga Karlatos .... Mother
Clarence Williams III .... Father
Jerome Benton .... Jerome
Wendy Melvoin .... Wendy-The Revolution
Lisa Coleman .... Lisa-The Revolution
Bobby Z. .... Bobby Z.-The Revolution
Matt Fink .... Matt Fink-The Revolution
Brown Mark .... Brown Mark-The Revolution

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 12 2006 01:45 PM

Teethmark in the dashboard of this question.

I only got through like 20 minutes of this flick before turning the channel, mostly because I didn't think much of Prince's acting, or, Prince, really.

So we'll put him at the bottom along with Apollonia, just because.

I think Clarence Williams was Linc Hayes on Mod Squad, so he's obviously first. Then, Morris Day, the Mom, then Jerome, whoever he was, followed by the bandmembers in this order:


Q: What is the next appliance you intend to purchase? Why?

Jan 13 2006 12:46 PM

A panini grill.

What is the oldest thing in your house?

Willets Point
Jan 13 2006 12:53 PM

Probably the plumbing. <rimshot>

As to movable objects, I have my grandmother's newspaper collection which goes back to WWI and I have to coins I collected as a kid which go back to the 1860's. I don't think any of the furnishings are anywhere near that old.

What animal was your first pet?

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 13 2006 12:54 PM

We recently received possession of a bassinet that my grandparents purchased way back in the 30s when my Mom was born, then passed along to brother & sister, and passed along to their kids and their kids kids. When Dickshot Junior arrives, I believe it'll be the 24th kid to use it.

(edit: Beaten).

Answer WP's Q above

Jan 13 2006 12:57 PM

I'll answer both.

First pet: Peanut.

Favorite software: right now, I'd say Out Of The Park 6, the baseball game. Addicting fun. If you're talking productivity software, I'd say nothing beats good ol' Microsoft Office. And if you're talking Palm OS software, I'm up to 850,000 points on Prison (a Breakout! clone).

What was your first computer?

Jan 13 2006 01:11 PM

My first computer was a Commodore VIC20.

What (if any) programming languages have you learned over the years?


Jan 13 2006 01:26 PM

#$@*&$* comes to mind, but it usually doesn't help any.

Willets I like your answer, I was thinking "foundation"
And Johnny I love your answer...

What is the one thing you never fail to do on Saturdays?

Jan 13 2006 02:08 PM

Eat, breathe, have a cup of coffee.

Do you have any stories involving you and falling down in public?

Rockin' Doc
Jan 16 2006 08:14 PM

There are several stories that involved my falling down during my college days. Unfortunately, I was generally too inebriated to verify the accuracy of such accounts.

Does anyone have any funny stories, which they can actually remember for themselves, that involve them falling down?

Jan 16 2006 08:22 PM

Yes, I can remember two. But I was at home for both of them. One week, I was all dressed up for church in high heels and pantyhose and a short suede skirt. We had barriers all over the house in doorways to keep our cat out of certain rooms.
I tried stepping over one of the barriers in this tight skirt and got a heel caught on the barrier (just a piece of plywood, really) and fell flat on my face in front of my entire family.
When I looked up at them, they were gamely pretending not to notice, but I said "Isn't anybody going to laugh?"
I mean, what's the point if nobody laughs?

The other time was when my daughter and husband and I were trying to put the winter cover on the pool and I stepped right off the side with one leg and basically was doing a split, one leg in and the other on the side.
The problem is, I can't do a split.
Cracked forearm and lotsa scraped off skin, but at least this time, everybody laughed. Including me!

Have you ever saved anybody's life?

Jan 17 2006 05:33 PM

When I was about 10 or so a bunch of friends and myself went to a beach where we decided to light fires. Group A (not my group) built a sensible fire by making a small wall of bricks and placed burnable things inside. Group B (my group) put a bunch of twigs and paper down and it looked horrible and smaller than Group A's. One kid suggested that he go to his nearby house and get some gasoline that he used for his mini-bike. This seemed like a sensible idea and he returned with a plastic container with gas. He hurled it into the fire, but some of it got on another friend who got lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. I was the one who suggested that we smother the fire with sand which maybe saved his life. Last I heard he (the burn victim) was an executive for a tobacco company. The gasoline thrower is a social worker in Massachsuetts.

What's the closest you've come to getting yourself killed?

Jan 17 2006 06:00 PM

Freeway, California, near Sacramento. Small pickup truck. I'm the middle of the cab, driver to my left, another passenger to my right. Suddenly -- no steering. Truck careens wildly, smashes into guardrail, careens back into middle of highway.

Everything going in extreme slow motion. The truck lands hard on its roof. "OK," I think,"I guess that's that. We've landed upside down, and everything is fine, and I'm still alive."

No,'s not quite over. The truck appears to be still rolling. The passengers' side door opens, and slowly, gracefully, the guy next to me sails out. I watch him go, not particularly alarmed, thinking to myself, "That's very interesting. You know, not that there's any hurry about doing this, but if I don't grab hold of something pretty soon, that's likely to happen to me."

Then I'm flying through the air.

I land in the middle of the highway -- hit my head, but I'm not knocked unconscious. But, I it's over. I've been thrown from the truck, and I'm on the ground, and I'm still alive.

The truck has careened over smash into the guardrail on the other side of the road.

Then I look up. The truck has come back. It's leaning directly over me at a 45 degree angle, and falling fast.

Then I get scared. And then time speeds back up to real tempo, and the truck hurtles down at me.

Fortunately, it's going forward faster than it's tipping over, so it's just past me when the side of it hits the ground again.

None of us were seriously hurt.

This was one of three equally close calls I had with death that year.

Let's do something more cheerful. What's the most expensive meal you ever ate?

Jan 17 2006 06:10 PM

When we were in San Francisco in 2001, we dined from the tasting menu at the Charles Nob Hill restaurant. The chef there was semi-famous for having trained under a chef who competed on Iron Chef. The meal was expensive, but fabulous.

The second most expensive meal was at Morimoto's in Philly the following winter. Chef Morimoto autographed my Iron Chef book that night. One day I'll find someone who reads Japanese who can translate what he wrote ;)

Other than the children you've brought into this world, what is the one thing you've done about which you're the proudest?

Jan 23 2006 07:06 PM

I suppose grandchildren would be a copout.

So I'll go with this.

]Me: "Mr. Belafonte, I'm Tad Richards, and I wrote the piece you just performed. I want to thank you for reading it so beautifully."

Harry Belafonte: "And I want to thank you for writing such beautiful words.

And yeah, maybe he was just being polite, but it's a scene you can play over in your mind a few times.

Who is/was your role model?

Jan 24 2006 09:22 AM

When I was a teen, Admiral Hyman Rickover.

Now, probably Weird Al Yankovic.

What is the one thing you did that you most wish you could do over?


Jan 25 2006 02:36 PM

I think I might have had one more baby.

I did a word search entitled "Wyoming" and one of the words in it was France.

What does France have to do with Wyoming?

Jan 25 2006 02:39 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jan 25 2006 02:40 PM

As far as I can figure, not a f'n thing.

Did you ever throw something out that a short time later you wished you hadn't? If so, what was it?


Edgy DC
Jan 25 2006 02:40 PM

It was purchased, along with much of the American west, from the French.

What do you know about Wyoming?

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 25 2006 03:24 PM

The town called Centennial, Wyo., was named because the population was only 100. I ate an excellent burrito in Centennial Wyoming as well.

Q: Provide us with an obscure fact about your record collection

Willets Point
Jan 25 2006 03:30 PM

The most obscure item in my record collection is probably a cassette by a band called Talking Drums. They are (were?) a band from Weslyan University that played traditional West African music. I bought it when I saw the band play at First Night Stamford when I was a sophomore in high school.

What is your favoritelong song (15 mins +) of all time?

Jan 25 2006 03:36 PM

Gonna have to be "A Change Of Seasons" by Dream Theater.

What's the last item in your record collection that you wish you hadn't wasted money on?

Jan 25 2006 04:20 PM

I had heard the song "On a High," so I bought Daylight by Duncan Sheik. It was a major disappointment - very whiny and poorly produced. Sheik's new CD, White Limousine, is available for preview on AOL. I'm glad that I had the chance to listen to that one before spending any more money on this artist - blech!

How will you celebrate the arrival of pitchers and catchers at Port St. Lucie?

Jan 26 2006 02:59 PM

I won't, but when they reach Kissimmee, I'll have a beer with dinner, as the only time I usually drink beer is at ballgames.

When was the first Opening Day game you attended?

Willets Point
Jan 26 2006 03:13 PM

2001. Piazza and Shinjo hit big homeruns. The Mets clobbered the Braves. Things were looking good. Then the Mets started to suck BHMC.

What's the worse weather you've ever endured at a sporting event (either as spectator or participant)?

A Boy Named Seo
Jan 26 2006 03:35 PM

Crazy enough, it was a Giants/Arizona Cardinals game in Phoenix. It snowed for the first time in a billion years that day and everyone went ape shit. The only thing not out-of-place was the Cardinals losing.

The Passion of the Kanye... Who and what?

Jan 26 2006 03:37 PM

I enjoy Kanye West. He's larger than life; Will Smith for a new generation. It doesn't hurt that he can bring it. I think picturing yourself as a Christ figure is played out and overwrought, but whatever.


Where were you 20 years ago today?

Willets Point
Jan 26 2006 03:42 PM

Home in Stamford, CT watching the Shuffling Chicago Bears paste the Patriots in the Super Bore.

Was Ditka wrong to let "Refrigerator" Perry take the ball for a touchdown thus denying Walter Payton a chance to score in a Super Bowl?

Edgy DC
Jan 26 2006 04:18 PM

(Freaking Japanese Mets always deceive you with opening day homers.)

Rockin' Doc
Jan 26 2006 11:02 PM

I would have liked to see Payton punch it into the end zone. Payton had been "the man" on some pretty horrible teams in Chicago. He had suffered the physical beating that came with being the star running back on a poor team for most of his career. He had more than earned the opportunity to run the ball agains the Patriots goal line defense. I hated that the opportunity was instead given to a "Refrigerator" Perry. Perry was an unnecessary novelty act on offense.

Walter Payton was a truly great player and a class act. One of our most prized possessions is an autographed copy of Sports Illustrated that Walter gave to my wife when we were in Chicago.

What is your most treasured piece of sports memorabilia and what's the story behind it?

Jan 29 2006 10:23 PM

I have this little orange velvet dachsund that my dad bought me at Shea Stadium in I dunno, maybe 1972. It's got a little aqua cap with x's on it and felt eyelashes, and says Mets on it.
We were on a bus trip and had to rush back to it after the game, but we stopped to buy something. I can remember my dad yelling "Mets Pup!" Mets Pup!" over the after the game hubbub at the souvenier stand.

My mom asked me once when she was cleaning my room if I still wanted it, and I looked at her as though she was daft. I think she must have been!

Did you play with all your toys when you were a kid? Name something you had that you really didn't play with, and why.

Feb 02 2006 10:09 PM

Bonus question, just because it's Thursday:

According to the February 2006 edition of Good Housekeeping, if you lower your home themostat by 2 degrees, you can save $40 on your heating bill this winter.

Do you think it's worth it?

Feb 03 2006 09:26 AM

I got an oil paint-by-number set for Christmas one year and I never used it.

No, I don't think it's worth it. But I have a special circumstance. I'm in Houston. There are some days we run both the heat and the AC.

Have you ever seen lightning during a snowstorm?

Feb 03 2006 10:50 AM

Yes, justthis year. And it was weird.

What non-baseball memorabelia do you collest?


Feb 08 2006 09:56 PM

I've got a huge stamp collection, though it's been a while since I've attended to it. They're all over the place, in tins, envelopes, boxes.

It's not as much fun now since they are self sticking.

My son is listening to "Ring of Fire". What's the best Johnny Cash song?

Feb 08 2006 10:20 PM

I think I'd choose "Ring of Fire." But then, I know I posted a thread here a while back on the five best Johnny Cash songs, and while I certainly put "Ring" in the top five, I'm not sure if it was Number One. But I'll go with it for now.

How many Law and Order reruns do you watch in a given month?

Feb 08 2006 10:26 PM

How many Law and Order reruns do you watch in a given month?

70. It's always on-- like white noise in the background.

Which is the best police drama of all time?

Feb 09 2006 07:50 AM

Tie between Hill Street Blues and Homicide. Most underrated -- Crime Story.

What's the best breed of dog?

Feb 09 2006 09:13 AM

The JRT. Are there other breeds of dog? Methinks not.


Sly Stone last night on the Grammys -- your impressions?

Mar 02 2006 07:57 PM

DID we lose the all purpsoe what are you reading thread?

Anynone here read this?

Mar 03 2006 08:49 AM

What are you reading now is in the Book Club forum. A worthy place to spend some time.

Sly Stone's performance was pretty weird. The other acts stunk and he seemed to leave halfway through. I love Sly and was glad to see the Family Stone back together but as a whole it didn't work.

Who do you want to make a huge comeback?

Yancy Street Gang
Mar 03 2006 09:05 AM

="metirish"]DID we lose the all purpsoe what are you reading thread?

Anynone here read this?

Look at that cover. Obviously they weren't able to get photo rights from MLB. It's a model wearing a generic baseball uniform that resembles what the Mets wore in the 1980's.

Mar 29 2006 02:26 PM

sharpie wrote:

Who do you want to make a huge comeback?

New York Mets

What is your favorite spring flower?

Willets Point
Mar 29 2006 02:57 PM

Black-eyed Susan.

Where do you generally keep your keys so you won't have to spend all morning looking for them?

Vic Sage
Mar 29 2006 04:03 PM

A: I always find them in the last place i look for them... always.

Q: Who was fatter... Sid or Mickey Lolich?

Mar 29 2006 04:03 PM

In my ignition. I live in the country.

WHo's the last stranger who made you smile?

Mar 29 2006 04:06 PM

1) Micky Lolich, he was sloppy
2) The waiter at the restaurant I ate at Saturday night

What is the farthest distance you have ever walked, all at once?

Mar 29 2006 04:10 PM

Answer: 20 mile hike - in the Army. (Do you think I would do that voluntarily?)

Question (no,not the rhetorical question above)

What was the most disgusting looking thing you ever ate, but liked it?


Willets Point
Mar 29 2006 04:49 PM

Not a real answer since I never ate dear Ayako's cooking, but I bet it's tasty.

MFS62's question stands.

]What was the most disgusting looking thing you ever ate, but liked it?

Mar 29 2006 04:50 PM

Oh my, I had nearly forgotten that

Johnny Dickshot
Mar 29 2006 05:26 PM

Generally, crabs look like hideous insects of the sea but are quite delicious. We should all get together as a pool and smash into a bushel of crabs sometime. Yumm...

Ever dyed your hair? Why or why not? What color? How often? Etc etc...

Rockin' Doc
Mar 30 2006 07:45 AM

While I was a second year intern in optometry school, I grew my hair out and dyed it dark black with one of those temporary (2-3 washings) hair colors so I could go to a halloween party as Samurai Optometrist.

Do you have any tatoos?

Mar 30 2006 09:22 AM

No, but I was considering having metal teeth put in when I wrote a rap/ hip hop song for last year's parody contest.

Do you have any non-sports superstitions? What are they?


Apr 05 2006 02:24 AM

No, but my dog does. She thinks it's bad luck not to start the day by being scratched on the head for at least five minutes.

What music do you like that no one would ever guess you liked?

Apr 05 2006 10:58 AM

TheOldMole wrote:
What music do you like that no one would ever guess you liked?

Songs in Spanish by artists who usually sing in English- like Gloria Estefan, Shakira and Linda Ronstadt.

Question: How do you like your pizza crust - Thin, Neapolitan or deep dish?


Apr 05 2006 11:34 AM

I like thin and crispy most, but I'm flexible.

What is your favorite time of day?

Willets Point
Apr 05 2006 11:36 AM

Sleeptime. I'm pretty useless the rest of the day.

Other than earning money, what is the point of going to work everyday?

Apr 05 2006 11:37 AM

Because at the end of the day its fun to slide off the dinosaur.

Will they play tonight?

Apr 05 2006 11:51 AM

Neat slight of hand there, soupcan

Apr 05 2006 11:59 AM

Nope, not with snow coming down this hard.

Will they play two tomorrow?

Apr 05 2006 12:10 PM

Not snowing anymore, raining now.

No, they won't play two tomorrow. They'd make it up later in the year if need be.

Have you ever sat out in the snow to watch anything?

Apr 05 2006 01:02 PM

Opening Day for the Columbus Clippers in 1990 featured snow. We hung out to watch the grounds crew--in tuxes--put out the tarp. And have a snowball fight. :)

What's the most unusual outdoor sports-type activity you've ever engaged in?

Apr 06 2006 08:13 PM

Rock climbing, but not as an active participant -- belaying for my 5 year old grandson.

If you were going to change your name, what would you change it to?

Apr 06 2006 08:17 PM

Leslie Gallatin.

No, wait - that's my porn name.

I'll let the question ride - what name would you choose if you could choose your name?

Apr 06 2006 08:21 PM

I always liked the name Sarah Coventry. I know, it's been done. But I think it's pretty.

When you have a whole big pile of paperwork to do, what do you do to get yourself motivated?

Apr 07 2006 08:12 AM

Coffee and music.

What's the first record you ever bought?

Apr 07 2006 08:29 AM

Bernstein Plays Brubek Plays Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein led the NY Philharmonic playing Dave Brubek jazz songs and The Dave Brubek Quartet played their interpretation of some of Lenny's compositions.

Do you keep score when you're at a baseball game?


Apr 07 2006 09:03 AM

I used to, religiously. However, I'm now in my 6th year of coaching Lenny Harris' (the poster, not the pinch hitter) team and I score those games. I get kind of scored out until his season is over, in June. During the summer I pick it up again. Also, depends on who I'm with.

Where are you going on your next vacation?

Apr 07 2006 09:22 AM

St. Louis. To see the new stadium.

If you had all of the choice in the world, what would you eat for dinner tonight and where would you eat it?

Apr 07 2006 09:46 AM

Esther Eng's in NY Chinatown.
That's where I gave my wife her engagement ring, 39 years ago, over the egg roll. That's what I'd have, followed by hardshell crab Cantonese.

Where did you get/ receive your engagement ring?


Willets Point
Apr 07 2006 11:53 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Apr 07 2006 03:03 PM

Boston Public Garden by the Japanese lantern.

Where did you take your honeymoon?

Apr 07 2006 01:56 PM

MF - re Brubeck/Bernstein. I'd like to get that. I think Brubeck is far more important as a composer than as a jazz musician.

Apr 07 2006 02:33 PM

Mole, at this point, you'd have to look for it in a used record store. It was, obviously, vinyl.
Don't know if I still have it. And if I did, I wouldn't vouch for its playability.


Apr 26 2006 12:44 PM

We took a little one day honeymoon in a place called AnimalLand in Wellsboro, PA and a side trip to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon (my husband only had a couple days off)

Thus began a long (27 years!) cooby family tradition of bringing rain to wherever we visit. Even my mom teases me about it.

Later that summer we took a 10 day trip to Ocean City, MD. On the way down, it was 95 degrees, when we got there, there was a thunderstorm and the temperature immediately plummeted to 70 degrees and never got above that for the whole time we were there and the sun never came out.

But hey, we were newlyweds, who cares, right?

I might add that there is no way in hell we could ever afford a 10 day trip to Ocean City MD now.

Tell us about your best and worst vacations ever

Apr 26 2006 02:46 PM

My worst vacation was, coincidentally, to Ocean City Maryland. A friend of mine told me that a friend of his had set up arrangements at some resort/hotel. He also said he set up golf tee times for us. It was only for an extended weekend, and my wife and I weren't looking to go far, so we agreed to go along.

Turns out the reservations were at a some motel that looked like the places they raid in cops. The guy also set it up so that my wife and I were sharing a room with my buddy and his girlfriend (We suspected it was too cheap, but my friend insisted his buddy got a great group rate). It was the first and last time I let someone else handle my travel arrangements. Big mistake.

My best vacation was to Aruba after my wife took the bar exam. It was the first vacation I had taken after starting working, and my wife, as you might expect, certainly needed the break. Beautiful beaches. Lots of sun. I think I was sober about 8 minutes during that week.

On Edit: How do you handle someone stepping in front of you to hail a cab when you are clearly hailing one yourself? How should one handle that? Is there etiquette for this?

Apr 26 2006 02:57 PM

Centerfield wrote:

Turns out the reservations were at a some motel that looked like the places they raid in cops.

Gotta be the Oceanic

CF's question: How do you handle someone stepping in front of you to hail a cab when you are clearly hailing one yourself? How should one handle that? Is there etiquette for this?

Apr 27 2006 08:15 AM

I'm such a wimp -- I generally handle it by letting them do it. There's no real etiquette for handling rudeness, I don't think.

Perhaps the best model is Henry Clay, who encountered Congressional archrival John Randolph on a narrow wooden sidewalk surrounded by mud. Randolph said bitingly, "I never turn out for scoundrels."

Clay replied, "I always do," and stepped into the mud.

What's the best comeback you've ever given?

Apr 27 2006 10:35 AM

It was the last day of Army Basic Training. We already had our orders and were marching back from "graduation". I still had my "squad Leader" temoprary stripes, which have no real value once you leave Basic Training.
Our Drill Instructor was Airborne- Ranger and was counting cadence with their signature "hut haup, hut haup". We were going to be leaving post in about two hours and I couoldn't care less.

He looked at me and said "Soldier, you're out of step".
I replied,
"Sorry Sarge. I can't tell my hup foot from my haup foot".

After he visibly stifled a laugh, he said "Get down, give me 20 (as in pushups), and when you get up, give me your stripes". (I had to give them up anyhow before I cleared post). I'm sure my comeback still gets a laugh at the NCO Club.

Toilet paper - crumple or fold?


Johnny Dickshot
Apr 28 2006 10:22 AM

The crumpling to folding question is dependent on the Buttscrape Factor, which I needn't detail other than to say it's a work/home thing.

I bought a pair of sunglasses on the street this morning (tired of losing and breaking the xpensive ones).

What's the last thing you bought from a street vendor?

Apr 28 2006 10:45 AM

When in Mexico in February I bought some tropical fruit in a cup from a woman who disappeared with my big bill for about 10 minutes to go find change. Last non-food item was probably sunglasses as well.

What's the thing you're most looking forward to doing this weekend?

Apr 28 2006 10:58 AM

Running the [url=]Draft Day 5K[/url]

Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo next week? If so, how?

Apr 28 2006 01:15 PM

I will be celebrating by getting out of the house. My buddies are taking me out for a round of golf to celebrate my (long past) birthday. They asked me what I wanted, and I told them, I want to golf in May.

Question: If the Yankees see you bombing HR's in your slow-pitch softball game and ask you to play for them, what do you say?

1) Go to hell! I'm a Mets fan!

2) Ok, but as soon as I'm up for free agency, I'm bolting across town.

3) It is such an honor to wear this uniform. The tradition of is just a class organization and I am looking forward to playing alongside winners like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

Apr 28 2006 08:57 PM


Do you understand the popularity of Deal or No Deal?

Johnny Dickshot
Apr 28 2006 11:20 PM


Q: Do you ever get the feeling that the story's too damn real and in the present tense? Or that everybody's on the stage, and it seems like you're the only person sitting in the audience?

Edgy DC
Apr 28 2006 11:48 PM

A: Get out of my head.

Q: I recently read that Robert F. Kennedy's bodyguards on the night of his murder were Rosey Grier and Rafer Johnson. Is this true? Is the Internet lying to me again? Why didn't I know that?

Frayed Knot
Apr 29 2006 12:01 AM

Rafer Johnson (decathlete for those who don't know) was in the audience as a guest of RFK that night and was one of those who helped to wrestle the gun away from Sirhan Sirhan but I'm not sure if it was in any kind of official security capacity. I believe Grier was there also and may have been in a similar honorary/entourage kind of deal.

Johnny Dickshot
Apr 29 2006 12:21 AM

Don't forget to ask a question Jethro.

Apr 29 2006 01:38 PM

That's my memory of it. They were both Kennedy supporters, and were in the ballroom. I remember -- a horrifying memory -- watching it on TV, and the announcer actually giving a play by play of Rafer and Rosey wrestling Sirhan to the ground and grabbing his gun.

Still Frayed up for the question.

Frayed Knot
Apr 29 2006 03:22 PM

Oh yeah, a question.

Ummm ... does longevity run in your family?

Apr 29 2006 03:31 PM

Frayed Knot wrote:
Oh yeah, a question.

Ummm ... does longevity run in your family?

Yes, and apparantly ferillity as well. I have an uncle who has two kids post 70!

How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?

Rockin' Doc
Apr 29 2006 05:18 PM


The world may never know.

What is (was) your favorite Tootsie Pop flavor?

May 01 2006 02:17 PM

Chocolate, or whatever that brown flavor was supposed to be.

Have you ever broken a tooth while eating candy or pretzels or whatever?

May 01 2006 02:20 PM

Answering more or less the last two questions -- broke a crown on a Tootsie Roll.

What's the most embarrassing question a child ever asked you?

Yancy Street Gang
May 01 2006 02:23 PM

"Do you remember when you put a jellybean in my heinie?"

Do you wash your hands in hot, warm, or cold water?

May 03 2006 02:01 PM

I like to use hot water if it's available. It just feels right.

Would you classify your car interior as messy, cluttered, neat, or pristine?

May 03 2006 02:24 PM

Disaster zone.

What is the quintessential American song? (other than a patriotic anthem)

Johnny Dickshot
May 03 2006 02:26 PM

"City of New Orleans"

Q: Other than "City of New Orleans, name the best song about a train in history

Edgy DC
May 03 2006 03:01 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on May 03 2006 03:21 PM

Way too hard. Here's ten in no order:

1) "Orange Blossom Special" by Johnny Cash
2) "7:07" by Rosanne Cash
3) "Mystery Train" by Elvis Presley
4) "Mystery Train, Part II" by Steve Earle
5) "Wabash Cannonball" by Roy Acuff
6) "Take the A-Train" by the Duke Ellington Orchestra
7) "Across the Tracks Blues" by the Duke Ellington Orchestra
8) "One after 9:09" by the Beatles
9) "Driver 8" by REM
10) "Downtown Train" by Tom Waits

Who or what does nobody think of anymore by you privately know is about to explode for a huge comeback?

Willets Point
May 03 2006 03:04 PM

"The Wreck of Ol' 97" is pretty iconic.

What's the best song about trucks/truck driving?

May 03 2006 03:45 PM

James Brown's "Night Train", Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and "Slow Train Coming" and the Kinks' "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" should be on any train-song list. There's also an essay floating around on-line that "One After 909" is really a song about a bus ("railman said I got the wrong location", etc.)

Truck song: "Me and Bobby McGee"

Edgy's question: Who or what is going to make a big comeback but only you know about it?

May 03 2006 05:03 PM

sharpie wrote:
James Brown's "Night Train", Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and "Slow Train Coming" and the Kinks' "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" should be on any train-song list. There's also an essay floating around on-line that "One After 909" is really a song about a bus ("railman said I got the wrong location", etc.)

Truck song: "Me and Bobby McGee"

Edgy's question: Who or what is going to make a big comeback but only you know about it?

Folsom Prison Blues should be on your list Edgy

Garth Brooks, just put out a new album, new wife, I can see a return to the country throne in the not too distant future

Question: Keeping the country theme going, do you consider Johnny Cash strictly country, or something else entirely (rock, southern rock, folk, traditional Americana, Americana, ect)?

May 03 2006 09:09 PM

Johnny Cash is an American legend. surpassing categories.

The next great comeback will be Marxism.

What's your guilty song pleasure? A song you love that people with taste are supposed to hate.

Willets Point
May 04 2006 10:47 AM

"Dr. Jones" by Aqua. It's so bad it's good.

What album did you buy years ago that you realize now is total crap but you can't bear to part with it anyway?

May 04 2006 03:02 PM

Leo Sayer, Endless Flight.

Though I think my husband threw it away anyway.

What can I do to stop coughing?

May 07 2006 07:19 PM

I'm hoping you've stopped by now. If not, I suggest a trip to the Swiss Alps.

What flowers do well in a shady area?

May 07 2006 07:34 PM

Impatiens are great for shade and they come in a lot of nice colors.


Real question:

Do you park in your garage?

May 07 2006 08:28 PM

No because thats where we store tonage of utter crap! Our garage and car port looks like it was the set of Sanford & Son! Ba ba da da...


Who is the most famous person to graduate from your High School

May 07 2006 08:42 PM

Billy Crystal - Long Beach HS class of 1965

What's your favorite Billy Crystal movie?

Johnny Dickshot
May 09 2006 10:50 AM

As a director (?) *61

As an actor, prolly Deconstructing Harry, which he was in. He's really made a lot of crap. It's not fun, it's not funny.

Morning radio: Who and what do you listen to?

May 09 2006 10:58 AM

On my radio (and seemingly, most radios), WFAN and WNYC are opposite each other if you flip from FM to AM or vice versa. I usually will listen to Morning Edition in the bathroom but during pledge drives or too-boring stories I might switch to Imus. Sometimes I listen to Imus while getting dressed.

You're in a car and there is no Mets game on. What are you listening to?

May 09 2006 11:02 AM

My CDs. My car is the place where I can listen to my music in relative peace.

What are your Mother's Day plans?

Yancy Street Gang
May 09 2006 11:04 AM

NPR. Or, lately, my Japanese language CD's.

What foreign langauge do you know best? How proficient are you?

May 09 2006 11:07 AM

Mother's Day I'll be coaching Lenny's team. Foreign language: Spanish but I'm terrible.

What major sport are you least likely to watch?

Edgy DC
May 09 2006 11:08 AM

Spanish. Proficiency is about a 3.5 out of ten. It's a lot easier conversing with a DC Salvadoran than a New Yorican. That's some fast Spanish in the streets of New York.

How would you summarize --- briefly or at length --- the last wedding banquet you attended?

May 09 2006 12:26 PM

Catching up:
Sport least likely to watch: NASCAR racing

Last wedding attended:
Friends, not family.
Stuck at the table with the bride's father's business associates.
Food adequate
Food/ bar service good
Music stereotypical
Ugly relatives on both sides.

Did you attend that last wedding/ reception because you had to or you wanted to?


Willets Point
May 09 2006 12:31 PM

The last wedding reception I attended was my own so I had to AND wanted to. And it kicked ass I might add.

What is the meaning of all this?

May 10 2006 11:38 AM

It has profound meaning, little grasshopper, but the way of the Crane Pool is not the way.

If you could be any philosopher, who would you be?

May 10 2006 12:34 PM

I'd like to be a "standup philosopher" like George Carlin. (stealth "History of the World, Part I" reference)

When you are entering or leaving a building that has a door within a door, and someone ahead of you holds both doors for you, do you say "thank you" both times? Or something slightly different? What is it?


May 13 2006 08:03 PM

Actually I have found that when that happens, I end up holding the door open for THEM at the second door. But I would say thank you if they held the door for me twice.

Is the person that delivers your newspaper a kid or an adult?

May 13 2006 08:55 PM

They're driving a car so I assume it is an adult. It happens too early for me to see.

What are you doing for mother's day?

May 30 2006 09:01 AM

Relaxed, got gifts from my kids, visited my folks, had a nice dinner my husband made me.

When you buy a new brand of toothpaste, shampoo, furniture polish, etc, do you finish the old container or start right in on the new stuff?

May 30 2006 10:18 AM

Depends. If I'm buying a new brabd because they were out of my usual brand, I'll use up the old stuff first.
If I'm buying a new brand because I didn't like the brand I'm replacing, I'll start using the new stuff immediately.

Was there any product you really liked but was discontinued by the manufacturer? What did you do?


May 30 2006 04:16 PM

The Studebaker Golden Hawk. Cried.

What was the first brand name you became aware of?

Vic Sage
May 30 2006 05:13 PM

When i was 5, it defined a universe.

What is your personal demarcation for the commencement of summer, (end of school? Memorial day weekend? June 21st? Some other indicator?), and what does summer mean to you, if anything, in particular?

May 30 2006 06:27 PM

TheOldMole wrote:
The Studebaker Golden Hawk. Cried.

That brings back some memories. Teh first car I ever drove was my family's Packard Clipper. A few years later, Studebaker merged with Packard in an effort to save both companies/ brands.
Sadly, it didn't work.

For you kids on the block, if you want to know what a Packard looked like, it was one of the cars at the curb in GF# I when they are on the steps outside the church after the Baptism. (Its the car to the right of the screen)


Willets Point
Jun 02 2006 12:17 PM

When I was a kid I always knew it was summer when those Nair "Who wears short-shorts?" commercials started playing. End of school was always the start of summer and since I work in an academic setting, graduation day when all the maggots are gone for good is still the start of summer.

What's the funniest, incoherent thing you've been told you've said in your sleep or when you were half-awake?

Jun 02 2006 06:55 PM

I don't remember what, but I remember where. When I was young, and teaching in the frozen north of Minnesota, I had a devil of a time waking up for my early morning class. One time, I fell asleep on my feet while I was lecturing, and I know I was talking in my sleep. I never had the nerve to ask anyone what I had said.

What was the shortest date you ever had?

Jun 05 2006 12:53 PM

Shortest date:
I had known a girl for a while before I asked her out. She had told me about her poodle named "MissT" (The family name began with "T").
When I got there to pick her up, I heard the dog scratching at the bedroom door. I was sitting on the living room sofa when the girl said "Now I'm going to introduce you to MissT".
She opened the door, the dog came running out, stood up on its hind legs, put its paws on my knees, and barfed in my lap.

I had to go home to change my pants and we decided to try a date another time. I don't think I ever asked her for another formal date, but we stayed good friends for a long time.

How many dates did you have with your significant other before you asked that person to become your significant other?


Willets Point
Jul 05 2006 02:15 PM

My relationship evolved from a friendship so its hard to pinpoint when and if we were actually going on dates.

Has answer/ask after three years run its course and should it be allowed to retire gracefully?

Jul 05 2006 02:17 PM


Why would you want to do that?


Willets Point
Jul 05 2006 02:21 PM

I don't want to but I have to keep scrapping Answer/Ask off the bottom of the forum and thus got the impression that no one else cares for this thread anymore.

Does anyone else (besides MSF62 & myself) still care for this thread?

Jul 05 2006 02:33 PM

Non ask/answer response.
I think Mole was a regular contributor to this thread,too. But sometimes it gets pushed down by newer threads. I guess that was your point.


Jul 06 2006 12:14 AM

I still like it. A lot of threads get shuffled down quickly because of all the band head-to-head threads.

What's the most thrilling moment you ever saw at a sporting event other than baseball?

Jul 06 2006 06:23 AM

When I walked out into an arc-lit Shea Staduim, packed with fans, on the night of the Jets' first game there. At that moment, I knew the team, and the league, would survive.

Shouldn't those band contest threads have their own forum?


Rockin' Doc
Jul 06 2006 07:37 AM

I'm tempted to say yes, but I suspect that segregating those threads away in a seperate thread would likely kill out the project. The older contests are already being archived into a seperate archival forum. I think the project will run it's course and slowly fizzle out as people run out of bands they care to sponsor and the novelty of the novelty of the concept wears off. Of course, I could be wrong about that. Time will tell, I suppose.

Do you regularly participate in other Mets related baseball forums or is this your primary hang out for Mets discussion?

Jul 06 2006 07:38 AM

MFS62 wrote:

Shouldn't those band contest threads have their own forum?


Definitely - it's annoying to come here and see a million BLC threads at the top, and everything else buried...

Do you think the proliferation of BLC threads have stifled overall discussion in the NBF?

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 06 2006 07:49 AM

No. The disapperance of Cooby is the bigger cluprit.

Q: Give me the first 5 or 6 channels you click on when tooling with the remote looking for something to watch on TV, in order.

Jul 06 2006 08:55 AM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
No. The disapperance of Cooby is the bigger cluprit.

Good point - we should put out an APB.
Johnny Dickshot wrote:

Q: Give me the first 5 or 6 channels you click on when tooling with the remote looking for something to watch on TV, in order.

Disney Channel (Hey, I've got kids)

Same question

Jul 06 2006 09:00 AM

FOX News
History Channel

Geez I'm not even thirty and I have a 60 year old's viewing habits!

Pretty much I hate the current state of network TV and I'd rather watch the DVDs.

Speaking of which

Which TV show DVD sets do you own?

Jul 06 2006 10:28 AM

Star Trek TOS, Seasons 1 & 2.

I'm waiting for Ed to come out on DVD...

What are your top 5 favorite TV shows of all time?

Jul 06 2006 10:35 AM

Hill Street Blues
Arrested Development
The Simpsons
The Dick Van Dyck Show
Babylon Five

What are the five worst TV shows you've seen?

Jul 06 2006 10:38 AM

Sopranos, Hill Street Blues, Star Trek: Next Generation, the Steve Allen Show, Rawhide.

If they were remaking Gone With the Wind today, who would you cast in the leads?

Jul 07 2006 10:50 AM

George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Tony Shaloub has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Actor in a comedy series. If he wins the award,(and if you know the character he plays) should he put on a pair of rubber gloves before he grabs the statue?


Jul 07 2006 12:07 PM

No. He should use tongs.

What TV show was ignored by the Emmy's this year?

Jul 07 2006 12:18 PM

Deal or No Deal - for good reason.

Why do you think last year's Best Actor winner Hugh Laurie (House) wasn't even nominated, but his show was for Best Dramatic Series?


Jul 07 2006 12:25 PM

Because they wanted to give West Wing, Six Feet Under and Rescue Me the usual "shows that ended" round of nominations

Is Two and A Half Men REALLY the best traditional sit-com left on TV considering its the only one of its kind nominated?

Jul 07 2006 01:01 PM

I'd say yes, though my guess is it would do poorly in the ratings if it was on 15-25 years ago.

Name a singer or band that you secretly enjoy and are embarrassed to admit you like.

Jul 09 2006 02:08 PM

Hillary Duff. But I have an excuse. I have a 12-year-old granddaughter whom I don't see as often as I'd like, so sometimes I'll watch a "Rachel movie" -- a movie with a teen girl star, like "The Princess Diaries" or "New York Minute" or "What a Girl Wants," and pretend I'm watching it with Rachel.

Nature or nurture?

Edgy DC
Jul 09 2006 02:23 PM

I will choose free will, with healthy doses of nature and nurture.

Greatest scientific advancement since Newton?

Jul 10 2006 06:43 PM

I'm torn between two:
The computer. It accelerated information and by doing that made many things possible in many disciplines that would not have been possible before it was invented.

The airplane. It shrunk the world.

I'll go with the computer.

Who do you think is the worst actor in a regular network tv series?


Jul 10 2006 08:44 PM

MFS62 wrote:
Who do you think is the worst actor in a regular network tv series?

David Caruso

Who do you think is the best actor in a regular network tv series?

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 10 2006 09:20 PM

Barney Rubble.

No, the guy who plays Dwight on the Office.

Q: You're at a great seafood restaurant and can have any kind of fish, any style. Name that fish and that style.

Jul 10 2006 09:34 PM

When I was in Puerto Rico my GF suggested I try the Mahi-mahi fish, it was amazing, I had it fried I think.

Mahi-mahi fried.

If you could take a vaction anywhere in the world, money no object where would you go?

Jul 10 2006 09:51 PM

Austrailia. I've always wanted to see Australia.

If you were to star in a movie, whom would you cast as your co-star?

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 10 2006 09:58 PM

Mookie Wilson. It would be a Buddy Picture.

You're gonna go out and cruise chix with any one member of the 2006 Mets. Who's your man, and why?

A Boy Named Seo
Jul 10 2006 10:23 PM

Cliff Floyd. Handsome, funny, well-dressed, and more charm than Magnum PI and Han Solo combined. Plus Cliff would be cool enough to throw his wingman the extra chicks he reeled in.

What's your favorite Ben Affleck performance? Seriously.

Jul 11 2006 11:19 AM

The one where Matt Damon played the math genius. It was a supporting role, and he handled it well.

How long could you stand to hang out with Adrian Monk?

Jul 25 2006 04:48 PM

I think it'd be kinda fun. I spent one weird summer when I was in fifth grade walking around with my hands up in the air like a surgeon after I washed them for supper, all because my jack ball rolled under the stove in April and there was an ant button under there, after all.

Don't ask.

My parents were wisely patient about it and sent me to summer camp where there were no sinks handy in the forest and the habit was broken. In fact, I don't think I brushed my teeth all week, either.

Question inspired by last week's scorching hot weather:

Why is it that some drinks are so refreshing (lemonade, beer, Pepsi) and others just make you thirstier? (milk, cream soda, tomato juice)

Aug 02 2006 08:58 PM

Its a plot by the producers of said products for us to buy more!


What was your favorite year as a Mets fan

Willets Point
Aug 02 2006 09:01 PM

I'll go with 1985 the first year I followed the team although 1999 also has good vibes among others.

How are you keeping cool? (style points for creativity)

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 02 2006 11:16 PM

I have given up pants.

Describe your favorite t-shirt.

Aug 03 2006 09:21 AM

It is baseball related.
It shows the different grips used to throw different pitches.

EDIT: (forgot to ask a question)
What's the first thing you do (most days, non-emergency situation) when you get to work?


Edgy DC
Aug 03 2006 10:33 AM

Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late. I use the side
door, that way Kitty can't see me. Uh, and after that, I just sorta
space out for about an hour.

Yeah. I just stare at my desk but it looks like I'm working. I do that
for probably another hour after lunch too. I'd probably, say, in a
given week, I probably do about fifteen minutes of real, actual work.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being "I love to bring my business to these people because of their sense of honorable corporate responsibility" and 1 being "Those exploitative rat bastards will never see a dime of my funds," how would you rate the following multinational monoliths?

General Electric
Ingersoll Rand
The Walt Disney Company
Proctor & Gamble

Aug 03 2006 10:39 AM

Akia - never heard of em. Unless you mean Ikea, the Swedish furniture store, in which case, 10.
Time/Warner - 5. No feeling either way.
McDonalds - 5. A poor man's BK.
Marriott - 3. I'm a Holiday Inn Platinum Member.
Target - 15. Best. Store. Ever.
Exxon/Mobil - 5. Gas is gas to me.
Merck - 1. Drug companies suck ass.
K-Mart - 4. We used to live across from one, and it got the job done, but eh.
General Electric - 5. See T/W.
Ingersoll Rand - Who?
The Walt Disney Company - I have a five month old baby on my lap. 10.
Pfizer - 2. See Merck, but they get a bonus point b/c Uncle Tony works there.
Microsoft - 6. Don't terribly care for them, but Apple seems like a cult.
Proctor & Gamble - 5. I guess.
Honda - 9. We drive a Civic.
GM - 5. Don't care either way, but I haven't bought a GM in a long time.
Cadbury - The chocolate egg people? 1. They're probably not careful enough with nut residue in their products.


To follow up on 62's Q: What's the last thing you do at the end of your work day, before you walk out the door?

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 03 2006 10:42 AM

Leave my sunglasses or phone on my desk, get outside, curse loudly, then return.

Q: Best advertising jingle ever and why

Edgy DC
Aug 03 2006 10:42 AM

Sorry, yeah, I meant Ikia.

Aug 03 2006 10:43 AM

]Leave my sunglasses or phone on my desk, get outside, curse loudly, then return


Aug 03 2006 10:44 AM

Edgy DC wrote:
Sorry, yeah, I meant Ikia.


Edgy DC
Aug 03 2006 10:45 AM

Sorry, yeah, I mean igiega.

IKEA. That should do it.

Aug 03 2006 10:48 AM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
Q: Best advertising jingle ever and why

Burger King's "Have it Yourrr Wayyy".

At last, when I was on the road and wanted a fast food burger, the jungle told me that I didn't have to accept the local custom of whichever condiments they slapped on it.

What ad so turned you off that you swore you would never buy that product?


Aug 03 2006 10:50 AM

I hardly never read this thread, but the last page alone has many well-thought out and amusing answers.

Rockin' Doc
Aug 03 2006 01:22 PM

seawolf - "Target - 15. Best. Store. Ever."

You can shop with the Mrs. and I any time. Target rocks.

Question still on the table: What ad so turned you off that you swore you would never buy that product?

Willets Point
Aug 03 2006 01:28 PM

I don't plan to buy Head On.

What celebrity do you think would make a great regular member of the Crane Pool (doesn't have to be a ballplayer)?

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 03 2006 01:30 PM

How about Tim Robbins?

What celebrity do you think would make a terrible regular member of the Crane Pool (doesn't have to be a ballplayer)?

Aug 03 2006 01:39 PM

Rudy Gulliani (too Yankified)

Do you get your lunch at the same place every day, or try different places?


Johnny Dickshot
Aug 03 2006 02:12 PM

I get it out my fridge most days. When I shop for lunch, I try to mix it up between the local sandwich place, a horrible local Chinese place (when I get the urge) and sometimes, a salad place. Lunch for me ain't about the lunch but what I do during the time (my basic plan is to disappear for a while and do a soduku) outdoors.

]I hardly never read this thread, but the last page alone has many well-thought out and amusing answers.

Answer/Ask is a quality thread and has nearly always been so. I get disappointed when it gets buried for too long.

Q: Tell us about the earliest football game you can remember watching (live or TV, college, pro high-school, whatever). Who played, who won?

Aug 03 2006 11:13 PM

Army vs The Citadel - went down on a bus from Saugerties Junior High. Army won. musta been maybe 1952?

Who's the first Giant quarterback you remember vividly?

Aug 03 2006 11:42 PM

Phil Simms

What was your favorite year of watching sports?

A Boy Named Seo
Aug 03 2006 11:45 PM

Bah, too slow.

Okay, favorite year watching sports... um, 2006 has been pretty good to me. It's the first time I've been single in a long while, so I've enjoyed more Mets/Clippers games this year than I have in the last 4 or 5 combined, I bet.

Now mine.

When you find yourself in a funk/rut, etc., what do you do to snap yourself out of it?

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 04 2006 07:24 AM

Hear that, ladies? Jiggy's back on the market.

Rut? If you can swing it, take a trip somewhere you haven't been before. For day to day sanity, see if you can't get involved in a team sport or something: Try ultimate frisbee: Lots of fun, great exercise, easy to learn, healthy guys and girls -- including a good percentage of non-dykes for a sport -- play.

Q: In addition to your computer screen and key board, what else is on your desktop?

(this one is a godforsaken mess: a camera, photos, magazines, mail, books, coffee cups, a light, a pencil/pen basket, a phone papers, baby clothes for some reason, etc etc etc, two inches deep). Bonus Q: Give me a tip for keeping in uncluttered.

Aug 04 2006 09:18 AM

Let's see - Laptop and monitor (I do the dual screen thing) Mac powerbook G4, Pictures of my kids, my phone, a couple of cards, desktop calendar, and this:

How far do the Mets go this post season?

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 04 2006 09:21 AM

I think they lose in the NLCS.

Are you going to take time off from work to watch Mets postseason baseball this October?

Aug 04 2006 09:33 AM

A: Nah, they'll all be night games why would I have to?

Q: You notice your friend's wife FINALLY got her nasty teeth fixed. Do you compliment her on her nice pretty new set of chompers knowing that doing so is also making her aware that, yes, you always knew she had really nasty teeth but just never said anything so by saying something now you might embarass her


Do you say nothing at all?

Aug 04 2006 09:33 AM

Yancy Street Gang wrote:
I think they lose in the NLCS.

Are you going to take time off from work to watch Mets postseason baseball this October?

Working a 9-5 office job so I'm going to say no. Tivo and some Internet Game Cast for afternoon weekday affairs (probably not, but it could happen) Not sure how many games will be attended with two classes Tuesday and Thursday nights

Whats the most famous game you attended?

Aug 04 2006 09:34 AM

Too late sucker. Now you have to answer the nasty teeth question!


Aug 04 2006 09:53 AM

Say nothing at all. Come on, do you really want THAT argument?

Whats the most famous game you attended?

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 04 2006 10:03 AM

October 25, 1986.

'Nuff said!

What do you think of Mel Gibson these days?

Edgy DC
Aug 04 2006 10:24 AM

Very little, and little more than I thought of him a week ago. Too much of our brain is devoted to our attitude toward Hollywood figures, and not enough to our attitude toward Flushing figures.

When was the last time you looked death in the eye? A cliff hanger? A close encounter with a vicious beast? Won't you tell me about it?

Aug 04 2006 10:40 AM

Last winter. I skidded on ice while going around a curve. I managed to steer (controlled skid is a better term) the car away from the oncoming traffic and took out the side of my car on a guardrail. When the "dust " settled, all I could think about was how lucky I was to have evaded the oncoming cars and trucks.

Multiple part question, to keep folks busy over the weekend: (Or should we restart the answer/ask spinoff thread?)
pizza or hamburgers?

mcdonalds or wendys?

camping trip or fancy hotel?

blonde or brunnette?

movie or the theatre?

africa or australia?

boat cruise or beach?

literature or pulp novel?

fancy restaurant or backyard bar-b-que?

beer or wine?

sex or baseball?


Yancy Street Gang
Aug 04 2006 10:46 AM

pizza or hamburgers?


mcdonalds or wendys?


camping trip or fancy hotel?

fancy hotel

blonde or brunnette?


movie or the theatre?


africa or australia?

Never been to either, but I'll go with Australia.

boat cruise or beach?

Not too interested in either, but I'll say boat cruise

literature or pulp novel?

Literature. I've read and enjoyed many pulp novels, but I've had my fill for now at least. Actually, I prefer non-fiction.

fancy restaurant or backyard bar-b-que?

backyard bar-b-que

beer or wine?

Don't drink either. Make mine cola.

sex or baseball?

In most cases, sex

Which of the above questions would you have answered differently?

Aug 04 2006 11:03 AM

The only one I would have answered differently is the last one.

I'd pick baseball. Not that I'm still not interested in sex, but, as a Mets fan, I've been fukked enough over the years.

OK, cola drinker, Coke or Pepsi? Or something else?


Rockin' Doc
Aug 04 2006 11:19 AM

I'll drink either, but I prefer Coke. Preferably with some dark rum and a small slice of lime.

What's your favorite mixed drink? Doesn't necessarily have to be an alcoholic mixture.

Aug 08 2006 12:56 PM

Favorite mixed drink - a Snowflake - a mixture of vanilla vodka and white creme de cocoa. Its totally clear, and mixed in the proportions of a martini (to taste).

Question: (assuming your favorite is baseball) What is your second favorite sport to watch? To play?


Willets Point
Aug 08 2006 01:10 PM

During the baseball off-season I watch a lot of college ice hockey. I like play soccer and kickball. I also cycle a lot when my bike isn't totally f'ed up like it is this summer.

Who or what made you what you are today?

Aug 08 2006 01:34 PM

My husband did. In any good long term relationship, you will pick up some of the qualities and interests of that other person, and you will also constantly try to keep that other person interested in you.

What kind of vegetables do you grow?

Aug 08 2006 01:54 PM

Nothing this year -- the woodchuck and rabbit got it all. Usually we go for carrots, tomatoes and radishes.

What was the best day of your life?

Aug 08 2006 08:58 PM

The best day I can remember happened in late August, 2002.

First a little background. On August 14, my daughter, as some of you will recall, had a serious bike accident in which she wrecked her bike against the side of a little bridge, and fell over the side 15 feet and landed in a little creek by our house. She had a lot of serious injuries, but happily, has almost fully recovered.

On August 18, my husband's monthly paycheck was to be direct deposited into one of our checking accounts. Unbeknownst to me, it didn't happen...

On that day I wrote a mess of checks, some of them to deposit into other bank accounts (including my daughters). Three days later, all those checks started bouncing and all those deposits started bouncing as well.
It was a mad scramble transferring money from savings into checking, just trying to stop some of the bleeding...oh my, what a mess.

Anyway, on Thursday of that week, my daughter had three surgeries to repair broken bones, and on Saturday, she was due back to Penn State. If you think she didn't make it back, you don't know my daughter.

That same Saturday was the company picnic of the bank where I worked at the time. I didn't figure on going because it was moving in day at Penn State and my daughter was obviously very disabled, but my husband said "Go to the picnic!" I think he figured I'd be spending the day crying anyway and he wanted to get me out of the way.

So, here I was with three overdrawn checking accounts (counting my daughter's), my savings account was frozen because I had exceeded my 24 hour ATM withdrawal limit, and I had $40 to last until Monday.

But I thought, 'the hell with it, I'm taking my son and we're having a good time.'

Anybody who has ever had a 13 year old son can tell you that they are not always the best company, but we did just that. He didn't want to take a friend so it was just he and I. I knew the bank I worked at would provide the food and the ride tickets, so I figured $40 was enough to buy souveniers and play a game or two.

Only problem was the game he liked best was one where you shot at these big tanks floating in a pool (with people inside!) with water uzis and it was $3 for 5 minutes. It didn't take long to go through the $40, but he was having a ball. I tried the ATM at the park around 4 pm to see if it would let me have more play money out of our savings account but no....

I heard the announcement for our company supper but he and I just looked at each other and he kept on playing until he was down to under $3.

We got on the Ferris Wheel with our last tickets and scoped out the park and spotted a Dippin Dots stand, and we split a small bowl for our supper.

On the way out of the park, I was totally penniless and I knew he was thirsty, and I looked down and spotted a quarter on the ground and I said 'Tony, you still have a quarter left, run back in the park and see if you can find a soda for 50 cents for your ride home'. He came back with a bottle of Aquafina and we drank that before we left.

On the way home, on the way past South Wiliamsport, I remembered that it was the final game of the LL World Series, so I looked over to ask him if he wanted to stop for a while (free admission, you know) and he was sound asleep.

So there I was with a daughter leaving to go back to college (in a wheelchair, no less), bouncing checks all over the Northeast (and so was she), I was termporarily totally broke, but I have to say it was the best day I can ever remember spending all alone with my son.

I love thinking about it, and I often do.

Can you name three classic TV characters that smoke?

Aug 08 2006 09:04 PM

Cooby that's a wonderful post, I'll let your question stand.

Aug 09 2006 08:44 AM

Thanks, Metirish, it's a sweet memory

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 09 2006 08:54 AM

Columbo. Lucy Riccardo. George Burns. Archie Bunker.

Do you have a habit that you'd like to give up?

Edgy DC
Aug 09 2006 09:18 AM

Aug 14 2006 01:41 PM

I'd like to give up wearing my baseball glove to Met games. It gets in the way and I'm too old besides. But I just can't do it whenever I have a field or loge seat.

Is Staten Island really a giant garbage dump?

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 14 2006 05:02 PM

Tempted to say yes, but I'll say no. It's a nice pace to live I'm sure for thousands of New Yorkers who'd prefer not to live in Jersey.

Describe the shoes you're wearing: Where'd ya get 'em, what do you like/hate about 'em, how much $$ and would ya do it again?

Aug 14 2006 05:17 PM

Pink slip-on sneakers. I got them at Payless about a year or two ago. I like the fact that they're cute and easy to use, and they're perfect for going to yoga class. I don't like the fact that, when I wear them too long, they pinch my toes. They cost something between $7 and $10. Yeah, I'd buy them again - they were a good bang for one's buck purchase.

What is the ugliest piece of clothing that you own that you could never bring yourself to part with?

Aug 14 2006 11:51 PM

ScarletKnight41 wrote:
What is the ugliest piece of clothing that you own that you could never bring yourself to part with?

Bruce Springsteen concert t-shirt.

A couple of years ago, when Bruce played the 10 nights at Giants Stadium, the merchandising folks saw fit to make a different t-shirt for each night. Same design, just change the date...and the color...for each night.

Anyway, I go to all 10 shows, and wind up with all 10 shirts (fortunately not paying full price). The design was pretty stupid, but since I was there, I somehow felt compelled to have all 10.

The problem was that after they went through the standard t-shirt colors at the first few shows -- black, white, blue, grey, etc.-- they started using colors that nobody should ever wear:

A red so bright it can be seen from miles away, a maroon that looks bad on me, and for the last night, a color that I can only describe as "vomit."

I've never worn most of them, but I can't justify selling them or getting rid of them. In the closet they sit.

Related topic: how many pieces of Mets clothing do you own? Seriously.

Rockin' Doc
Aug 15 2006 08:18 PM

I have five that actually fit (blue hat with orange dot, black hat, short sleeve Tshirt, Long sleeve TShirt, and black jersey) and one that I wore in college (Pinstripe jersey from mid-80's). My daughter wears the pinstriped jersey on ocassion.

What is the most articles of Mets clothing that you can actually recall wearing at one time?

Aug 15 2006 08:22 PM

Five. T-shirt under a jersey, drawers under gym shorts, and a hat. At a game.

Have you ever peed off of a balcony or rooftop?

Willets Point
Aug 15 2006 11:13 PM

Not precisely, but once when I got really drunk in a fort in Bermuda I staggered into an embrasure on top of one of the battlements and peed off that. It's lucky I didn't trip as it would have been a sixty-foot fall on to jagged rocks.

What is something you've done that you realized was far more dangerous after the fact then at the time?

Aug 15 2006 11:18 PM

]What is something you've done that you realized was far more dangerous after the fact then at the time.

Getting 3 years probation at age 13 for breaking into a local pub several times.

Do you ever think about that first girl/guy that you truely loved?

BTW the probation changed me and my brother, a detective coming to the house every week will do that.....thanks to him.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 21 2006 09:56 AM

Who, Miami-area urban planner Lisa Liotta? Nah.

Q: Share five enlightening things about 80s band Level 42.

Edgy DC
Aug 21 2006 10:04 AM

Well, that's not a question but...

1) When listing his favorite music acts once upon a time, Mookie listed four classic soul vocal groups, and "Level 42."

2) Synth bands of the eighties all claimed to love classic American soul, but it took you 50 listens before you heard the connection. It only took 20 listens to hear it on a Level 42 record.

3) "Something About You" has a really smooth transition from chorus to verse, with an intermediate section building toward the chorus. I like that.

4) The primary vocalist (Mark King) had like three distinctly different voices he sang comfortably in. His low chest voice, his high mask voice, and his falsetto. Did he think he was Prince?

5) The band liked numbers, and were at one point going to call themselves "88." They eventually had songs called "43," "88," and the B-side 'Forty-two'.

How'd your big date go?

Aug 29 2006 09:54 AM

Depends on how you define "big date". If you mean my first date, I was a kid, so it was ok I guess.

If you mean my first date with a person I was really interested in, it went great. I ended up marrying her.


Do you find Cedric the Entertainer to be entertaining?


Johnny Dickshot
Aug 29 2006 09:59 AM

I don;t recall him ever making a big impression. I suppose he's OK.

How much did you pay for those shoes you're wearing now?

Aug 29 2006 10:24 AM

I'm casual today - about $40.

Question: How do you feel about belly button bling? Do you like it, or is it a turnoff to you?


Aug 29 2006 10:26 AM

I liked it when I first saw it, now it just looks trashy to me.

Q: Is it time to buy or time to sell?

Willets Point
Aug 29 2006 10:26 AM

It can be very sexy on the right type of belly. Emphasis on that qualifier there.

Who is Michael and why does he have to row that boat ashore?

Aug 29 2006 10:41 AM

]Q: Is it time to buy or time to sell?

Too late. There's no way I could unload my enron stock.

]Who is Michael and why does he have to row that boat ashore?

If you're talking about Jackson, to get a piece of cake, silly. Today is his birthday.

Question: Which one piece of baseball memorabilia/collectable you own means the most to you?


Edgy DC
Aug 29 2006 10:48 AM

Speculative Straight Dope on Michael.

Aug 29 2006 11:06 AM

Edgy, I'm getting a "site not found" message. If you can find it, can you please cut and paste it here? Or, didn't we used to have an Answer/Ask Spinoff thread? It might go there if its still around.


Edgy DC
Aug 29 2006 11:30 AM

Dear Straight Dope:

My hippie-type classmates during college in the 60s used to sing "Kumbaya," apparently in solidarity with the civil rights movement. They also used to sing "Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore." Who was Michael, and why was rowing the boat ashore such a great achievement? --henrich

SDSTAFF Dex replies:

It's not "Michael rowed the boat ashore," it's "row the boat." As mangled lyrics go, this isn't up there with "excuse me while I kiss this guy," but we pride ourselves on precision around here.

"Michael Row the Boat Ashore" predates the Civil War. The history and origins of old Negro spirituals are generally obscure--the slaves didn't usually write things down, and their masters rarely thought slave songs were worth investigating. "Michael" is an exception, since we do have enough references to pinpoint the general origin of the song, if not its precise meaning.

"Michael Row the Boat Ashore" is a rowing song. That's not as obvious as it sounds. "Michael" is the only rowing song we know about that's actually about boats. It was first mentioned in 1863 as a song sung by black slaves in the Georgia Sea Islands. Pete Seeger, in The Incompleat Folksinger, mentions that slaves brought from Africa spent their lives on these small islands, out of touch with mainland life. "The only transportation was small boats and strong arms to row them," he writes. The boat crews from different plantations would have their own rowing songs, each song exclusive to the plantation. "Michael" is mentioned in the letters of some teachers who went to the islands in 1862-63.

Like many spirituals, "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" combines religious expression ("hallelujah") with quotidian detail ("row the boat ashore"). The boat is a musical boat -- the slaves often expressed themselves creatively by starting with their musical instrument ("Little David play on your harp") and the boat was the "instrument" of the rowers. Note other religious images (Jordan River, chills the body but not the soul, milk and honey). Historians of spirituals classify the song as both a spiritual and a work song, and some argue that it is more properly a sea chanty.

Who is Michael and why is he rowing? We've covered the rowing part--to get to the mainland. There are two main theories on who Michael is. The least likely (in my amateur opinion) is that Michael was the name of the oarsman from a particular plantation. The more popular theory is that Michael is the archangel Michael, who is being called on to help when the rowing was tough. Regardless of the origins of the song, I suspect the latter interpretation is why the song became widespread.

The song's popularity soared in the late 50s and early 60s, due partly to its having been sung by Harry Belafonte, and partly to being so easily singable in large groups.

Aug 29 2006 11:37 AM

Thank you.
Worth suffering my technical difficulties.


Johnny Dickshot
Aug 30 2006 12:13 PM

]uestion: Which one piece of baseball memorabilia/collectable you own means the most to you?

Not a memorabilia guy at all. But I still have all my baseball cards, worthless tho they may be.

Q: Tell us about that guy/girl in your office who deserves to be fired but probably won;t be.

Edgy DC
Aug 30 2006 12:20 PM

When my boss's boss is out, my boss comes in an hour late, leaves an hour early, and takes four-hour lunches in between. F'real, yo. I do the work, she steals it.

I'm a fuckin' doormat. But rather than rat her out, I goof off at the Pool, which just kills my moral authority right there.

Who are the top five patriots from the founding-father era and why?

Aug 30 2006 01:25 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Aug 30 2006 01:56 PM

Dating from the founding of the American Football League(and including the subsequent merger with the NFL), the most important Patriots were:

Babe Parilli - the first quarterback to lead them to a league championship game (1963)
Gino Cappaletti - the wide receiver/ place kicker who held the pro football all time scoring record for many years.
Jim Nance - the best power runner of his era.
Tom Brady - Super Bowl winning quarterback/MVP.
Bill Bellechek - coach who led them to several Super BOwl wins.

Question: What is your favorite holiday to celebrate?


Yancy Street Gang
Aug 30 2006 01:43 PM

I think Edgy's question was a good one and deserves a real answer.

Aug 30 2006 01:49 PM

Yancy Street Gang wrote:
I think Edgy's question was a good one and deserves a real answer.

Especially considering that Kyle Brady was not the Brady 62 had in mind.

Aug 30 2006 01:56 PM

Oops, Tom Brady.
So noted, so changed.


Yancy Street Gang
Aug 30 2006 02:05 PM

Sam Adams: I'm not sure what his motivation was, but he was gung ho for independence early on, and really got the ball rolling.

George Washington: Managed to hang in there until the British got weary of fighting. He had the charisma to keep people following him.

Thomas Jefferson: I'm not a big fan of his, but he has to receive his due. He was too impractical for my tastes, and the whole slavery hypocrisy thing bugs me. But he put the words on paper that explained the Revolution to the rest of the world.

John Adams: Not as appreciated today as he should be, probably because of his disagreeable personality. (Where's the Adams memorial in Washington?) But few worked harder at the cause than Adams did.

Ben Franklin: Like Jerry Lewis, they loved him in France. And if France doesn't enter the war, we don't get independence. We'd just be another Canada now with the Queen on our money.

I'll let MSF62's question stand.

Aug 30 2006 02:18 PM

Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. No religious mumbojumbo, just eating food with people you (hopefully) like.

You are given the power to overturn one Presidential election. It must, however, have happened before you were born. Which one do you overturn?

Aug 30 2006 02:44 PM

Probably Tilden over Hayes, since he won anyway.

If the US was changed to a hereditary monarchy, who would you want as the first king/queen.

Aug 30 2006 03:06 PM

MiniWolf. I could run his affairs for the next seventeen and a half years until he's of age, then retire gracefully as the father of the king.


If you were starting up a fantasy football league, and you could have any nine people -- in history -- as the other nine owners in your league, who would you invite into your league, why, and what would they name their teams?

Aug 31 2006 09:39 PM

Well, I'd want to win, so I'd invite the 9 worst decision-makers of all time. Let's see...

Andre Maginot
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan
Carrie Nation
Benedict Arnold
Salvatore Tessio
Lord Cardigan
The Big Bopper

...and we know George W. Bush can't run a sports franchise.

Aug 31 2006 09:40 PM

Oh, and an "ask" -- what's the dumbest decision you ever made in turning a ticket down?

Sep 01 2006 09:29 PM

TheOldMole wrote:
Oh, and an "ask" -- what's the dumbest decision you ever made in turning a ticket down?

Not my decision, but my Dad turned down a chance to go to Game 6 86 WS because he wanted to see a game he knew would happen

Other than a Met related year, what time frame (year or era) in baseball history would you go back in time to watch in its entirety

Sep 03 2006 11:04 AM

SteveJRogers wrote:
Other than a Met related year, what time frame (year or era) in baseball history would you go back in time to watch in its entirety

My dad (may he rest in Peace) told me about watching Negro League baseball. I would have liked to have seen it for myself - from the early 30's (including barnstorming games against White teams with Babe Ruth) until 1948.

What historic event would you like to have been present at?


Sep 03 2006 08:09 PM

MFS62 wrote:

What historic event would you like to have been present at?


Good one...probably 7/4/1776, Philadelphia.

Love to pick Adams', Jefferson's, ect al's brains and see exactly how long they thought this grand experiment would last

Do you think people should be working on Labor Day, since that is what the day was intended to commemorate?

Sep 05 2006 10:09 AM

No, there's enough work in the world. And Labor Day was to commemorate organized labor, not work, wasn't it?

If you could be any artist in history of art, who would you be?

Sep 05 2006 10:16 AM

Leonardo DaVinci. Then I would know what was going on inside his head when he painted the Last Supper.

Do you think "woman" tennis player Amalie Muresmo looks like a man?


Johnny Dickshot
Sep 05 2006 10:21 AM

No, ma'am.

Q: What food can you cook better than the average joe?

Sep 05 2006 10:41 AM

(yep, from that view, I'd say she's a woman.)

Answer: I make a very rich New England clam chowder. My wife doesn't let me make it any more because I once made it for us the day before she took a physical exam. She pegged the needle on her cholesterol test.

Question: Is there one very popular food that you don't like?


Sep 05 2006 11:26 AM

Chocolate. Haven't liked it since I was about 3.

Q: Will "The Price is Right" survive if Bob Barker retires/dies?

Sep 13 2006 04:22 PM

Yeah, Shadoe Stevens will host it.

Will this day ever end?

Sep 13 2006 04:26 PM


If the Dodgers and Giants had remained in NY, which team would you be rooting for now?

Johnny Dickshot
Sep 13 2006 04:26 PM

(edited so as to answer the previous Q: I'd be a Dodgers fan, like my Dad, I'm sure).

Q: Have you ever destroyed something just for fun? What was it? How did you destroy it?

Sep 13 2006 04:28 PM

I agreed with your NO though

Sep 14 2006 09:26 AM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
Q: Have you ever destroyed something just for fun? What was it? How did you destroy it?

A: No. I cherish my posessions, and know that other people feel the same way about theirs.

Q: If a vehicle you are going to buy meets all your requirements, in terms of seating, load carrying ability, two/four wheel drive, mileage, and amenities, do you care about what it looks like?


Sep 14 2006 12:06 PM

To an extent. If I have a choice among vehicles, appearance will play a part. When we had to buy our new van (which is a pretty red color) I told my husband I did not want the one described as "sea blue". It was a nasy grayish greenish blue. I'm sure some people like that color but I'm not any of them.

Do you ever burn incense?

Sep 14 2006 12:09 PM

All the time, I like it better than candles because it makes the whole house smell so good!

WHat's the one thing you never leave the house without? (don't say car keys or wallet)

Sep 14 2006 12:12 PM

="cooby"]What's the one thing you never leave the house without? (don't say car keys or wallet)

MiniWolf. I'm sure Peanut's an adequate babysitter, but CPS frowns on that kind of stuff.

So... do you come here often?

Edgy DC
Sep 14 2006 12:13 PM


Sep 14 2006 01:55 PM

Edgy DC wrote:

Is that your answer, or another question?



Edgy DC
Sep 14 2006 02:04 PM

I come here often.

What's the most dangerous highway in America?

Sep 14 2006 02:20 PM

Here is the list of the nation's most dangerous intersections, as compiled by State Farm Insurance:

1. Pembroke Pines, FL: Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard

2. Philadelphia, PA: Red Lion Road and Roosevelt Boulevard

3. Philadelphia, PA: Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard

4. Phoenix, AZ: 7th Street and Bell Road

5. Tulsa, OK: 51st Street and Memorial Drive

6. Tulsa, OK: 71st Street and Memorial Drive

7. Phoenix, AZ: 19th Avenue and Northern Avenue

8. Plano, TX: State Highway 121 and Preston Road

9. Metairie, LA: Clearwater Parkway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard

10. Sacramento, CA: Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue

Looks like Roosevelt Blvd in Philly and memorial drive in Tulsa might qualify.

The NTSB says "any winding two lane highway" is the most dangerous type of highway.
My personal experience on one of those is the road from Las Vegas to Hoover Dam, a windier, narrower stretch of road (and on a the side of a cliff with no barrier to prevent you from falling) is hard to find.

When a CPF-er reaches 10,000 posts, do they achieve total peace?


Yancy Street Gang
Sep 14 2006 02:28 PM

A. No. Not until you get to 11,000 do you start to feel good. That stretch from 10,000 to 10,999 you're just one of many Tom Seavers.

Q. List all the species of animals whose meat you've eaten.

Sep 14 2006 02:30 PM

That would be a good general thread!

Cow, chicken, turkey, pig, squirrel, rabbit, fish (various), monkey, duck, goose, bug, alligator, deer

Same question

Sep 14 2006 02:46 PM

Cow, chicken, turkey, pig, fish (various), duck, goose, and reindeer. (The last one at one of the Scandanavian places at EPCOT.)

EDIT: and a few things in my Army food that I don't want to think of what they were.

What food(s) mentioned in Cooby's response wouldn't you eat under any circumstances?


Sep 14 2006 02:59 PM

Surely everybody here has eaten a bug

Sep 14 2006 03:44 PM

I've never been a big Fish Fan for some reason

Question: Do you ever consider the building on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing Meadows one of your "Summer Homes"

Sep 15 2006 11:23 AM

SteveJRogers wrote:
Question: Do you ever consider the building on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing Meadows one of your "Summer Homes"

Of course not! Would you want to pay the taxes on that place?

Question: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?


Sep 15 2006 07:06 PM

But we only pay less than 100 bucks every day we go there...

ANYWAY, New York City

Whats the one sports arena that no longer exists that you wished you visited

Willets Point
Sep 15 2006 07:11 PM

Ebbets Field. Or maybe the Polo Grounds I guess it's a tie.

What non-baseball sporting venue that no longer exists do you wish you could have visited?

Sep 15 2006 07:24 PM

The Circus Maximus.

What president should they add to Mount Rushmore if it could be done?

Sep 15 2006 08:39 PM


What't the most annoying thing about your computer?

Sep 18 2006 09:26 AM

My new PC has a small keyboard. Often, the palm of my left hand accidentally hits the "ctrl" key. This wipes out everything I have just typed. It really pisses me off.

What is the first page you go to when you start up your PC every day?


Sep 18 2006 11:59 AM


What's the best age to be?

Sep 19 2006 11:41 AM

Old enough to have seen the entire history of the Mets.

Is there any tv season premiere, or first episode of a returning show, that you feel you must see?


Yancy Street Gang
Sep 19 2006 11:58 AM

Lost. October 4.

If it's on against Mets baseball, though, it'll be TiVoed and watched at my leisure. Otherwise, I'll be watching it that Wednesday night.

What new show this season are you planning on sampling?

Johnny Dickshot
Sep 19 2006 10:19 PM

None really. Though they've been shooting a lotta scenes for a show called Kidnapped in my hood, so I might look just for the scenery.

Q: Do you wear a watch regularly? Tell us about it and why you like or don;t like it.

Sep 19 2006 10:22 PM

I don't wear a watch anymore. I don't lilke how they feel, and I don't like getting that watchband tan line in the summer. I now use my cell phone when I want to check the time.

If money was no object, where would you retire?

Willets Point
Sep 20 2006 08:01 AM

New York City. Somewhere near Central Park. Plus I'd get season tickets to the Mets. If money were no object.

What celebrity would you like as a next-door neighbor?

Sep 20 2006 09:04 AM

I would like to have Paul Newman as a next door neighbor. Westport, CT is a nice place to live. And between his interests in movies, politics and charities, his parties (asuming I'd be invited) would be very interesting.

What is your ideal type of vacation?


Sep 20 2006 11:45 AM

Anyplace that gets me away from this shit-hole town of Westport, CT that I live in.

Why would you assume that an 80+ year-old faded movie star would have interesting parties rather than just a nightly warm glass of milk and bed at 8:00pm?

Sep 20 2006 12:19 PM

I wonder what brought that question to the table? Because more and more people are living past their 90's that 80's are getting close to being the new 60's

Do you think Alex Rodriguez will ever turn into a Reggie Jackson in this town, where despite still being hated by a majority of MFY fans is given beloved status in hindsight by the media and fans too young to remember his Yankee days?

Sep 20 2006 12:31 PM

="soupcan"]Anyplace that gets me away from this shit-hole town of Westport, CT that I live in.
That was funny.

Why would you assume that an 80+ year-old faded movie star would have interesting parties rather than just a nightly warm glass of milk and bed at 8:00pm?

Because I still see him photographed with a wide range of people at public events. He is still active in all three areas I mentioned, and so are they. Again, just my impression.
Back to Steve's question.


Sep 20 2006 01:24 PM

Yankee fans dislike Reggie Jackson?

News to me.

Sep 20 2006 01:54 PM

Revisionist history has Jackson as a beloved MFY

Even after his "Yankee Moment" with the three homers MFY fans still held guys like a Munson, Piniella, Randolph, Rivers, and Billy Martin in higher regard and esteem

Yankee fans still begrudginly accept that he was a part of 77-78 and barely acknowldege that his homer was the "Game Winning" hit of the "Bucky Bleeping Dent Game"

Ask any Yankee fan which retired number should be unretired and they'll usually say Reggie's as he was only there for 5 years and more people associate him as an A, not a Yankee

Sep 20 2006 07:58 PM

Since I pretty much derailed this to the Baseball Forum...

What entertainer were you suprised about how he/she was in person

Willets Point
Sep 20 2006 10:21 PM

Martin Sheen. A couple of years I read that outside his acting roles he goes only by his real name, is an active, devout Catholic, and heavily involved in charity work (beyond just writing checks and making appearances). I guess that jibe with the drunk/high actor in Apocalypse Now although that was 25-years ago.

What Met - past or present - would you like to go out for a beer with?

Sep 20 2006 10:32 PM


What Met - past or present - would you like to go out for a beer with?

Good question...I have given this serious thought..I will go with Mike Jacobs and I would ask him but for Pedro last year would you have that one game and went back to the minors with your bags that were on the bus to never have been heard form again......I think that would be a great conversation.

you are given absolute power - what world problem/disater do you resolve..Darfur,Palestine/ name it.

Sep 22 2006 12:58 PM

Palestine/ Israel, because if I could resolve that one to the satisfaction of both sides, maybe some of the other problems in the world might go away.

Who has been the most important non-relative in your life?


Sep 22 2006 05:41 PM

A few artists.

Donald Finkel and Donald Justice, my great poet-mentors.

Anton Refregier, who taught me about style and commitment.

Howard Koch, who taught me about nobility of spirit and gave me a bar to reach as a writer.

What's good in the new fall TV shows?

Sep 24 2006 03:58 PM

TheOldMole wrote:
A few artists.

Donald Finkel and Donald Justice, my great poet-mentors.

Anton Refregier, who taught me about style and commitment.

Howard Koch, who taught me about nobility of spirit and gave me a bar to reach as a writer.

What's good in the new fall TV shows?

Studio 60 on Sunset Strip looks like it has staying power. The only new show I've had a chance to watch

Do you roll eyes at non-sports fans who think they are missing actual episodes because the network scheduled such "borrish" things as baseball postseason games in their stead, not realizing that they'll end up with more episodes during one of the hiatus for the networks as a result?

Rockin' Doc
Sep 24 2006 04:54 PM

Wrong thread. Moved to the proper one. Sorry for the interruption. Carry on.

Sep 28 2006 11:34 AM

SteveJRogers wrote:

Do you roll eyes at non-sports fans who think they are missing actual episodes because the network scheduled such "borrish" things as baseball postseason games in their stead, not realizing that they'll end up with more episodes during one of the hiatus for the networks as a result?

Not really.
I'd bet some people arrange their schedules around certain shows. And many must eagerly anticipate the first new episodes of those shows each year. If those shows are more important to them than the sporting events that replace them, I can understand how they feel.

What's your favorite brand of cold cereal?


Sep 29 2006 11:11 AM

Raisin Bran.

What's the last poem you read that wasn't for a class?

Johnny Dickshot
Sep 29 2006 11:24 AM

Some Shel Silverstein stuff to the boy.

Q: How do you like your toast?

Oct 05 2006 12:02 PM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
Some Shel Silverstein stuff to the boy.

Q: How do you like your toast?

Very crisp. I like to put wet stuff, like jelly and tuna fish on toast ( not at the same time) and I hat it when the stuff sogs through.

For the guys who wear Jockey style underwear:
Do you use the slit in the front, or move it to the side when you, uh, "wee"?


Johnny Dickshot
Oct 05 2006 12:04 PM

Definitely a pulldowner. I hate it when the thing, you know.

Q: I used to be a boxer guy, now I'm a boxer-brief guy. You?

Oct 05 2006 12:07 PM

I've gone over to the boxer-brief side as well.

How often do you wear a tie?

Oct 05 2006 12:12 PM

Maybe 10 times a year, usually family functions

Would you rather have tickets for games that you know will be played, or be stuck with "phantom" collectable tickets for games never played?

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 05 2006 12:13 PM

In 1988 I had Mets World Series tickets. They were worthless then and worthless now.

Q: What kinda numbnuts would prefer to have tix to a game that wouldn't get played?

Oct 05 2006 12:26 PM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
Q: What kinda numbnuts would prefer to have tix to a game that wouldn't get played?

A very numb one.

Q: Do you like elevator music when you're in an elevator? Or would you prefer no music at all?


Oct 05 2006 12:46 PM

No music. Also, no stupid no-sound TVs with newsbits, weather and ads.

What do you think of the proliferation of TVs in places like post office lines, banks, etc.

Oct 08 2006 01:24 AM

Another sign of the obtrusiveness of the media in our lives and continuing to drive this country into a massive case of ADD

Would you let your child skip school for a day to go attend a postseason afternoon baseball game?

[url=]2000 94-68 2nd NL East, NL Wild Card Winner, NL Champions[/url]

Oct 08 2006 07:09 AM

I would. I have.

If you were the team's GM, would you let the team party all night and fly home in the morning, or would you take the party plane back to Shea?

Oct 08 2006 10:39 AM

Party plane. It worked for Davey.

Anyone change their opinion of Willie this season?

Oct 08 2006 07:20 PM

ScarletKnight41 wrote:
I would. I have.

If you were the team's GM, would you let the team party all night and fly home in the morning, or would you take the party plane back to Shea?

Depends if its a charter.
If its a regular scheduled flight, the Fed ban on bringing liquids on board may still be in force. Bummer.

Mole's question is still on the board.


Oct 08 2006 10:11 PM

Not really, because I thought very highly of him right from the beginning.

Are your leaves turning yet?

Oct 08 2006 11:29 PM

You can't believe how beautiful it is here this weekend. Why doesn't everyone come up to Opus 40?

Hmmm, does that count as an ask?

(Cooby - so did I.)

Oct 13 2006 12:25 PM

I was hoping to take a trip this weekend, but it's not going to happen. I'll be with you in spirit though, Old Mole. One day I'll get him there.

Ever run out of gas? Tell us about it

Edgy DC
Oct 13 2006 03:03 PM

Yes, I have, in the swamps of Jersey. Some car-load of frat boys asked for directions to Giants Stadium. Despite being up a creek myself, I gave them directions. The Grateful Dead were playing. After patiently explaining it to them, I asked for a lift to the nearest filling station.

"Dude, yeah, um, you see, sure, but we're like, totally packed in here."

"No problem."

"No problem?"

"No, I'm sure a cop'll be along any moment now."


"Cool. And fuck you and fuck the Dead."

Of these 16 tracks on The Best of the Rascals, which are the top ten, in order?

1. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
2. Good Lovin'
3. You Better Run
4. Come On Up
5. I've Been Lonely Too Long
6. Groovin'
7. A Girl Like You
8. How Can I Be Sure
9. It's Wonderful
10. A Beautiful Morning
11. People Got To Be Free
12. A Ray Of Hope
13. Heaven
14. See
15. Carry Me Back
16. Glory Glory

Oct 14 2006 01:13 PM

The top three ought to be Good Lovin', Groovin', People Got to Be Free. But that's not an answer.

Oct 17 2006 09:11 AM

TheOldMole wrote:
The top three ought to be Good Lovin', Groovin', People Got to Be Free. But that's not an answer.

I'd add:
I've Been Lonely Too Long
A Beautiful Morning
How Can I Be Sure

But that's as far as I can take it. don't really recall the other songs. I'd have to hear them again.

Time for a new question. Yours has been out there a while.

Which of the original tv Charlie's Angels did you like better, and why?


Oct 17 2006 09:22 AM

I liked Kate Jackson. She was cute and ... relatively ... smart.

Who is the tall dark stranger there?

Oct 17 2006 09:27 AM

TheOldMole wrote:
Who is the tall dark stranger there?

Maverick is his name.
Riding the trail to who-knows-where
Luck is his companion
Gamblin' is his game.

Who had the power to cloud men's minds?


Oct 17 2006 11:26 AM

The Shadow, mysterious creature who aids the forces of law and order, is in reality Lamont Cranston, wealthy young man about town, who long ago, in the Orient, learned the secret hypnotic power to cloud men's minds so that they cannot see him. Cranston's mistress, the lovely Margo Lane, is the only person who knows to whom the voice of the invisible shadow belongs.

Who is the closest animal to you right at this moment, and what is it doing?

Oct 17 2006 12:29 PM

A squirrel, looking for acorns.

Who is number 6?


Willets Point
Oct 17 2006 01:06 PM

Who is the man?

Oct 17 2006 01:11 PM

="Willets Point"]

Who is the man?

Actually, we were in a string of Q/A regarding old TV and Radio shows. I was thinking the character in The Prisoner.

I had tremendous respect for Stan Musial. Your answer is valid. Or was that another question? :)


Oct 17 2006 01:32 PM

TheOldMole wrote:
The Shadow, mysterious creature who aids the forces of law and order, is in reality Lamont Cranston, wealthy young man about town, who long ago, in the Orient, learned the secret hypnotic power to cloud men's minds so that they cannot see him. Cranston's mistress, the lovely Margo Lane, is the only person who knows to whom the voice of the invisible shadow belongs.
Uh, no. The Shadow took on the identity of Cranston, with Cranston's permission. The Shadow's real name is Kent Allard.

Oct 17 2006 01:34 PM

Chuck, are you really sure?
After all, only "the Shadow knows".


Edgy DC
Oct 17 2006 01:39 PM

"The Man" is a pejorative slang phrase used by the counterculture to describe higher authority. This "Man" does not usually refer to a specific individual as such, but instead to the government, leaders of large corporations, and other authority figures in general, such as the police. The Man is colloquially defined as the figurative person who controls our world. The Man is also often used as a symbol of racial oppression.

Will the Guns 'n' Roses linuep that broke through ever re-unite on stage in performance? On record? How?

Oct 17 2006 01:56 PM

]Will the Guns 'n' Roses linuep that broke through ever re-unite on stage in performance? On record? How?

Stranger things have happened,but I'll say no way,

1) I don't think Axl talks to any of them.

2) Steven Adler is in a bad way,last time I saw him interviewed he slurred his speech,IIRC he had a stroke from all the booze and drugs.....can he even play drums anymore?

Can CBGB's be recreated in Vagas?

Oct 17 2006 02:01 PM

metirish wrote:

Can CBGB's be recreated in Vagas?

I'm surprised that someone hasn't tried it already. I think it can, considering all the ex-New Yorkers of that generation now living in that area (some under their own names). Maybe they had to wait for the NY one to officially close.

Question: Have you ever bought anything immediately upon seeing it on an infomercial? What was it? How did you like it when you got it?


Johnny Dickshot
Oct 17 2006 02:16 PM

Since Junior rises around 5 am I've had opportunity to view some great infomercials while feeding him. Most recently, for some kind of swirly mop or broom thing that looked pretty cool, at least, at 5 am.

But I haven't ever purchased anything like that. I mean, they have to suck or they wouldn't be offering you 2 for $19.99. Why would you need 2?

(PS -- I'm pretty sure the Rascals Q came up previously)

Q: It's post-lunch crash hour. What do you do to get by?

Oct 17 2006 02:20 PM

I once bought that thing that sorts and wraps your coins..looks freaking great on TV, lasted about an hour when I used it....I bought the chicken wing-it over the summer after seeing in on great....

Dickshots question stands....


Q: It's post-lunch crash hour. What do you do to get by?

Edgy DC
Oct 17 2006 02:22 PM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
(PS -- I'm pretty sure the Rascals Q came up previously)

Really? Bizarre. It was me, wasn't it?

Yancy Street Gang
Oct 17 2006 02:25 PM

]Q: It's post-lunch crash hour. What do you do to get by?

In a little while I'm going to get a bottle of Diet Pepsi. And after I finish that, I'm going to munch on a Granny Smith apple.

What's gonna be the final score of tonight's Mets-Cardinals game?

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 17 2006 02:41 PM

Edgy DC wrote:
="Johnny Dickshot"](PS -- I'm pretty sure the Rascals Q came up previously)

Really? Bizarre. It was me, wasn't it?

Yes. I recall putting Good Lovin' first for the 1-2-3 call at the beginning.

Final score: Mets 30, Cardinals 1 (don;t pressure me like this).

Q: Tell us something interesting about the person who sits closest to you at work.

Edgy DC
Oct 17 2006 02:55 PM
Edited 2 time(s), most recently on Oct 17 2006 03:21 PM

M.'s uncle Whitey was a kid who used to hang out outside of Fenway, picking up used scorecards and programs and trying to make a few dimes reselling them.

One day walking back from Fenway, a sedan pulled over and offered Whitey and his brother a ride. The driver was the Splendid Splinter, who had seen the two urchins in his comings and goings, his icy heart going out to the.

That lasted about five minutes, as Ted caught Whitey going through the seat pockets looking for loose change and tossed both of them out.

Mars. Will we get there in your lifetime? Why or why not? How far will we get? All the way to Io? Have I asked this already?

Oct 17 2006 02:57 PM

Johnny Dickshot wrote:
Q: Tell us something interesting about the person who sits closest to you at work.

She is a thesis short of a PhD in Behavioral Psychology. Now that I typed that, I understand why she keeps looking over at me.

Question: If you can't finish the Sunday crossword puzzle, do you keep it a week to find out the words you missed the following Sunday? Or do you try to look up the answers yourself before then?


Oct 17 2006 03:19 PM

Hypothetically, I'd just forget about it. I really wouldn't care to bother to look up the answers.

What was your favorite TV show when you were 10, and does it still seem good to you today?

Oct 17 2006 03:29 PM

RealityChuck wrote:
What was your favorite TV show when you were 10, and does it still seem good to you today?

Victory At Sea.

It was documentary films of World War II, with Rogers and Hammerstein music in the background and (I think) John Facenda narrating.

The show lasted two years, and is still sold on DCD today. Yes, it stands up as both history and good television.

Do you like the laugh track in sit-coms or would you prefer they be taped before a live audience?


Yancy Street Gang
Oct 17 2006 03:47 PM

I prefer when there's no laughter at all, and you have to figure out when to laugh.

My Name is Earl does it that way. So does 30 Rock. I think Everybody Hates Chris does, too.

There are probably more that I'm not thinking of or am unaware of.

What's the best new show of the fall season so far?

Oct 17 2006 03:47 PM

It's a trick question: the laughter on sitcoms recorded before a live audience comes from a laugh track machine. Live laughter hasn't been used in sitcoms since radio.

I actually prefer comedies without a laugh track.

What current comic strip in your local newspaper deserves to die a quick, painful death/

Edgy DC
Oct 17 2006 04:04 PM

I have question hanging.

OE: Now YSG does also.

Yancy Street Gang
Oct 17 2006 04:11 PM


Whoever continues this thread has three questions to answer:

  • Mars. Will we get there in your lifetime? Why or why not? How far will we get? All the way to Io? Have I asked this already?
  • What's the best new show of the fall season so far?
  • What current comic strip in your local newspaper deserves to die a quick, painful death?

Willets Point
Oct 17 2006 04:40 PM

]I prefer when there's no laughter at all, and you have to figure out when to laugh.

I can usually figure out when to laugh because the jokes are, you know, funny.

Vic Sage
Oct 17 2006 05:37 PM

]Mars. Will we get there in your lifetime? Why or why not? How far will we get? All the way to Io?

No, because i don't expect to live much longer. Even assuming a normal life expectancy, i don't think we'll bother going unless some corporation or government (same thing) figures out a cost-efficient way to exploit whatever resources it may have.

]What's the best new show of the fall season so far?

toss up between HEROES and STUDIO 60. I prefer the concept of HEROES but prefer STUDIO 60's writing and acting.

]What current comic strip in your local newspaper deserves to die a quick, painful death?

MALLARD FILLMORE should be vivisected with extreme prejudice.

Q: The TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' musical ... a must see?

Oct 17 2006 06:45 PM

I whole heartedly agree about Mallard Fillmore.

Back to the thread.


Willets Point
Oct 17 2006 07:21 PM

Vic Sage wrote:

MALLARD FILLMORE should be vivisected with extreme prejudice.

Or he could be roasted with mango salsa. I started the roast in the comic thread.

Oct 18 2006 12:03 PM

No musical is a must-see, at the prices they charge. I saw "Smoky Joe's Cafe" several years ago, at 75 bux a pop, which wouldn't get you into the men's room these days.

The tickets were a gift. But I sat there, enjoying the show, but at the same time thinking "25 years ago, I saw the Coasters do all these same songs -- better -- at the Apollo for two dollars."

If you could go back and change one thing in your life, but the only thing you could change was not seeing one movie that you saw, which one would it be?

Oct 18 2006 12:10 PM

The original Psycho.
It scared me so much that I had to shower with the curtain at least partly open (so I could see the locked door) for quite a while. And the water all over the bathroom floor really pissed off my mom. To this day, I sometimes think of that movie when I'm taking a shower.

What movie did you see because of great reviews that you thought it was a real stinker?


Oct 18 2006 01:03 PM


What movie did you go to despite terrible reviews and decided it was really pretty good?

Oct 18 2006 01:27 PM

="RealityChuck"] What movie did you go to despite terrible reviews and decided it was really pretty good?

The Halleluiah Trail

Any time you read that a movie is a "comedy western" you wonder how good or bad it can be. This was pre-Blazing Saddles. I was in the Army. It was a Sunday afternoon, and my friend and I decided to go to the movies. That was playing. IIRC, at Army bases at the time, a black and white movie (like Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" was 35 cents. And color movies were 50 cents. So we ante'd up.

It was hysterical, especially the parts where it spoofed the military. Maybe it was the fact that we were still hung over (and probably all the alcohol from the previous night hadn't fully left our systems yet) but we laughed all the way through it. I've seen that it occasionally shows up on TV late at night. Check it out.

Is disco still dead to you? Or do you still enjoy listening to some of those oldies?


Vic Sage
Oct 18 2006 01:44 PM

Hated disco then, hate it now.

And I definitely appreciated the chaotic mayhem that was "disco demolition night" at Comiskey park.

Q: best baseball promotion you ever attended or heard of? Worst?

Oct 18 2006 01:57 PM

Vic Sage wrote:
Q: best baseball promotion you ever attended or heard of? Worst?

Best: One of the first Banner Days at Shea. Still a great idea. Now, all they need to do is schedule some f'n double headers so the parade can be between games.

Worst: I dunno. Some of the give aways at Shea have been pretty shoddy. None of the specifically come to mind - maybe a pencil and Mets pad promoting some bank.

Of course, the worst I've heard about were the Disco Demolition Night in Comiskey and the 5 cent beer night in Cleveland. They both ended up in riots.

Did you ever receive a promotional item that you still use? (I still use the Mets/ Pathmark seat cushions I got).


Willets Point
Oct 18 2006 03:39 PM

I have a Dunkin Donuts Mets mug ca. 1999 with images of Leiter, Piazza, Ventura and Henderson that I still use as my office mug.

What's the most enjoyable between inning activity you've ever witnessed/experienced at a particular baseball game?

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 20 2006 11:29 AM

Taking a whizz without missing a play. I could care less what they do between innings, though I did enjoy when the Mets briefly ('round 99-00) promoting ther Saturday evening games with Don Pardo: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

Q: Recommend a stock.

Edgy DC
Oct 20 2006 11:40 AM

Zipcar isn't public yet, is it? When Zipcar goes public get in. In fact, get in now on companies that have invested in Zipcar. They recently made smart deals with GM and XM Satellite Radio.

Now, don't hold onto it for too long. Zipcars still turns heads when people see them, but GM will ultimately prove to be a bad brand partner, lacking the urban chic of the fleet of VWs and MiniCoops that they launched into many markets with.

How's your tennis game? What's wrong with it?

Oct 20 2006 12:27 PM

Edgy DC wrote:
How's your tennis game? What's wrong with it?

Used to be pretty good. Now its rusty. I haven't played in almost 40 years.

Reason: when I was in the Army, I was on night shift for over a year. So, during the daytime, the base facilities were pretty much always available, including the tennis courts and golf course. I had some pretty good partners. The tennis player had been personally coached by Ron Holmberg and my golf partner (who taught me the game) had caddied at Arnie Palmer's LaTrobe course and had been admitted to Penn State with a full golf schollarship. They taught me a lot, and both games got pretty good.

I had a really good old-fashioned wood tennis racquet. On the day I was ending my tour, I needed a lift to the airport, and one of my buddies said he's give me a lift in exchange for the racquet. I gave it to him.
Later, I felt that playing tennis (and golf) reminded me of being in the Army, so I haven't played either of them (much) since.

Do you play bridge? How good are you at it?


Oct 22 2006 07:43 PM

When I play regularly, I'm not bad. Better than novice. Not so good at knowing how to bid really powerful hands. But I haven't played in a couple of years, probably not in six months even online.

Ever play online poker? How'd you do?

Oct 23 2006 09:58 AM

I don't play any on-line games. And I haven't played real poker for many years. I always preferred the mental challenge of bridge, because communication is important, you can play creative defense, and it is the only card game I know of in which the skill of the player can transcend the value of the cards they are dealt.

Which do you enjoy more, fine art or fine wine?


Vic Sage
Oct 23 2006 10:32 AM

I've spent many a vacation day wandering around an art museum. I could easily live every day of my life that way.

I have no palate for wine. In college, i spent a night drinking everything i could find and ended up puking red wine all over a dorm bathroom.

I'm fine with a good beer, thanks.

what constitutes a "good beer" to you?

Rockin' Doc
Oct 23 2006 11:21 PM


What constitutes a "good beer" to you?

Oct 23 2006 11:23 PM

Such a thing does not exist. It is mythical, like flesh eating zombies, which, coincidently, taste about the same.

If you could visit one city outside the US, which would it be?

Willets Point
Oct 23 2006 11:41 PM

Rome (Italy, not New York)

If you could have any other person's singing voice become YOUR singing voice, whose would you take?

Oct 24 2006 07:21 AM

Willets Point wrote:

If you could have any other person's singing voice become YOUR singing voice, whose would you take?

Billy Joel - he has perfect pitch through five octaves. You may not like his music, but his voice is a magnificent instrument.

What musical instrument don't you play that you wish you could?


Oct 24 2006 07:36 AM

Drums. I can noodle a little (very little) on a guitar, and I kinda know my way around a piano, but I'd love to have a soundproof room in our basement with a big Mike Portnoy-style drum kit set up down there.

If you could go on tour, Deadhead style, with any band, any era, who would it be, and when?

Oct 24 2006 07:37 AM

Tenor sax. And I'd want to play like Illinois Jacquet.

If you could date the lead character from any 50s or 60s sitcom, who would you choose?

Oct 24 2006 09:00 AM

seawolf17 wrote:
If you could go on tour, Deadhead style, with any band, any era, who would it be, and when?
Allman Brothers Band, when Duane was alive.

="The Old Mole"]If you could date the lead character from any 50s or 60s sitcom, who would you choose?
Laura Petrie, of course.

What childhood hero of yours are you now disappointed with?

Yancy Street Gang
Oct 24 2006 09:19 AM

Well, I recently learned that Tom Seaver has been autographing pictures of Betty Boop. Can you sink much lower than that?

I think I've asked this before, but what the heck, I'll ask it again:

Who's the most sexy cartoon character?

Oct 24 2006 09:44 AM

Yancy Street Gang wrote:
Who's the most sexy cartoon character?

Aeon Flux.
She might kill me, but what a way to go.

What was the first comic book that you felt you had to "keep forever"? Do you still have it?


Oct 24 2006 10:44 AM

Mad. My brother and I, who were hicks from the country, found our way down to Lafayette Street, then in the warehouse district, found the Mad offices, and bought up every back issue we didn't have. So we had a complete set, from Issue One. The day my brother left for college, before the exhaust had even cleared in the driveway, my mother made a raid on our room, went straight for the Mads, and threw them all out.

What book first made you love great literature?

Edgy DC
Oct 24 2006 10:54 AM

Novel: Huckleberry Finn

Poetry: "Prufrock"

Drama: Translations

They're not necessarily the best I've ever read, but they each made something click in my head.

How disaster prepared are you?

Oct 24 2006 10:54 AM

What book first made you love great literature?

I had the first four issues of MAD and, alas, they suffered the same fate as yours. Sigh.

As for the question, the first "grownup" books I remember were Treasure Island, the complete works of Mark Twain and the complete Sherlock Holmes. I'm not sure which I read first, and maybe you won't classify them as "great literature", but they got my reading juices flowing.

What was the first movie you remember seeing in a movie theater when you went by yourself?


Oct 24 2006 03:18 PM

All of them would qualify, in my book.

In Australia, when I was nine years old, I went to the Saturday morning kids movies by myself. I don't remember any of the movies, but I remember the serials that came first -- Don Winslow of the Navy, Captain Marvel, and a serialized version of Last of the Mohicans. I even remember the dumb singalong we sang before the movie.

How much of a disaster was your first date?

Edgy DC
Oct 24 2006 03:26 PM

I got elbowed here.

Willets Point
Oct 24 2006 03:32 PM

TheOldMole wrote:

How much of a disaster was your first date?

The first date wasn't so bad, it was just the rest of the time that I spent with that clingy, manipulative monster that was a disaster.

Edgy's ?: How disaster prepared are you?

Oct 26 2006 10:16 AM

Mostly unprepared. Probably shouldn't admit it, but it's true.

What's the most likely disaster that you can imagine happening to you?

Rockin' Doc
Oct 26 2006 10:07 PM

Hurricane and resultant flooding. It seems like we have to ride one out every few years.

What food does your significant other really enjoy, but you just can't stomach?

Oct 27 2006 09:16 AM

Lemon meringue pie. (I don't like it so much, I'm not even sure how to spell it)

Is there a brand of car you would never buy again?


Oct 29 2006 05:43 PM

Yeah, a Mercedes. I'll never be able to afford one again.

What animal or inanimate object is plotting against us?

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 29 2006 06:44 PM

The squid leads a cast of thousands.

Q: Whack new rules require you to go see white musicians perform the following musical styles:
a) Jazz
b) Soul
c) R&B
d) rap.
Which musicians for each style? Why?

Oct 30 2006 10:21 AM

="Johnny Dickshot"] Q: Whack new rules require you to go see white musicians perform the following musical styles:
a) Jazz
b) Soul
c) R&B
d) rap.
Which musicians for each style? Why?

a) Jazz - Dave Brubeck
b) Soul - now, Tom Jones. Earlier, Elvis Presley. I heard a music critic for Rolling Stone call him "The greatest White soul singer ever"
c) R&B - KC and the Sunshine Band
d) rap. - Eminem (even I could not bring myself to answer "Vanilla Ice" to that one)

Because they could.

Who was your favorite actor in horror films? If they played many, for what role?


Yancy Street Gang
Oct 30 2006 10:23 AM

Bela Lugosi as Dracula. It's hard to believe he was actually frightening to audiences in 1931. Now his stilted pronounciations seem absurd, but he's undeniably fun to watch.

"For-give me, Professor Van Hel-sing. I do not like.... mirrors."

Favorite Abbott and Costello movie?

Oct 30 2006 11:06 AM

Since this is Halloween eve, I'd say Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Dracula? Frankenstein's monster? Wolfman? They're all there.

But since this is a baseball board, I have to go with the team's 1940 film debut, One Night in the Tropics. It was the first movie in which their famous "Who's On First" routine appeared. The duo reprised the bit in their 1945 film The Naughty Nineties, and it is that version which is considered their finest recorded rendition. (From Wilkepedia)
Same basic routine, two movies.
I'm torn.

What song makes you want to jump up and play air guitar along with it?


Johnny Dickshot
Oct 30 2006 11:10 AM

And Your Bird Can Sing.

What store did you last shop for clothing? What'd ya buy?

Oct 30 2006 11:31 AM

Kohl's. A pair of shirts.

What was the best Halloween costume you ever had?

Mine was in 1964 -- I wore a Nikita Krushchev mask (he'd just been deposed as Soviet premier -- and a sign "Out of a job."

Nov 04 2006 03:59 PM

1980 -- a new decade's eve party -- come as your favorite character from the 70s -- I came as a Citibank cash machine (they were new then). I gave replies in English and Spanish.

Why don't you go out more?

Nov 06 2006 03:15 PM

Too old, too tired, too broke, too comfortable at home...

DO you still have your Halloween decorations up?

Nov 06 2006 03:38 PM

Nope - they're all tucked away for next year.

What's your favorite non-Baseball sport to watch?

Nov 06 2006 04:27 PM


What was the nickname of your high school sports teams?

Nov 06 2006 04:49 PM

Lock Haven Bobcats.

(purple and white)

What were your school colors?

Nov 06 2006 04:54 PM

High School - Red and White
College - Light Blue and White
Grad School - Red and White (both times)

What kind of exotic pet would you buy if you could?

Nov 07 2006 02:56 AM

I'd like to have a baby hippo.

Do you get down on yourself too quickly?

Nov 07 2006 12:02 PM

TheOldMole wrote:
I'd like to have a baby hippo.

Do you get down on yourself too quickly?
Not really.

What was the happiest week of your life?

Nov 07 2006 05:10 PM

It might have been this week. Went down to Maryland to see my grandkids. Watched my six-year-old intercept a pass and run it back for a touchdown. Had a wonderful, adult conversation with my 12-year-old. Came home to a monster hug from my 6-year-old grandson-in-residence.

Being a grandparent is the greatest experience of my life.

Happy with the elections? So far?

Willets Point
Nov 08 2006 03:42 PM

Eh? More or less. I'm no lover of the Republicans so it's good to see them lose legislative control, but on the other hand the Democrats have approved of a lot of the most disagreeable actions of the past decade or so, so they have a lot to prove to me that they're going to make real, positive change.

You're on death row, what do you pick for your last meal?

Willets Point
Nov 17 2006 05:39 PM

Bump with new question.

Nov 17 2006 05:45 PM

You know, I don't think I'd be all that interested in food at that point, so I probably wouldn't pick anything fancy. A steak, I guess.

What do you think of the new James Bond?

Edgy DC
Dec 01 2006 03:33 PM

I think "Why Not?' I got no stake in Bond. People care way too much about that crap. All hail Sean Connery --- bah. Sure the guy is an engageing actor, but do people who worship these films ever watch them. Some of the most boring action films you'll ever see.

The boss sends you on an emergency mission to get a Jennifer Aniston lookalike for the office party, and, well, you better not screw this one up Flintstone. You don't get to auditon any of them and you don't get to sleep with any of them. All you get is to look at three pictures. Who is the best candidate? Who is the worst?




Dec 01 2006 03:39 PM

Considering all three of them are probably dudes, I'll still take #1. #2 has the haircut but nothing else, and #3 is, well, a dude.

Speaking of dudes, have you ever encountered a transgendered person? Drag queen? Share your experience.

Dec 01 2006 03:51 PM

In college (I was a theatre major) I had a class with a guy named Jeff. The next year, at a class you had to audition to get into, they called Jeff's name and she answered "It's Tania." I later was on a stage crew that Tania was head of and she would say things like "let the men carry that heavy box." Seemed weird. I also was friends with a guy who years later changed sides and my brother-in-law's sister jumped the other way.

What's the big plan for this weekend?

Dec 01 2006 04:22 PM

Taking my daughter to the City to see The Nutcracker. I haven't seen it at Lincoln Center since we moved out to suburbia - I'm psyched :)

What should I order for brunch?

Dec 01 2006 04:37 PM

Eggs Benedict.

How much time do you get off around Christmas/New Years?

Rockin' Doc
Dec 02 2006 08:19 AM

Our office will close around 3:00 PM on Friday, Dec. 22nd and will reopen at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, Dec. 27th. The staff is pretty psyched and for a short while at least, my partners and I are aren't viewed as such miserly Scrooges.

What is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas or Chanukah?

Dec 02 2006 07:09 PM

This would undoubtedly surprise my parents, but my favorite childhood memory of Christmas was a party that my dad's family had.

I think I was probably in sixth or seventh grade, and the day before the party, we kids were allowed to decorate the fire house any way we wanted. There was a bottle of lily of the valley talcum powder there (why? who knows?) and we doused the Christmas tree with it, as snow.

My cousin Jerry, whom I was secretly in love with, was Santa.

We had a bingo game in which I won a pair of cute china skunks, which I still have to this day.

Maybe it's because I was just getting ready to leave childhood behind that that Christmas memory is one of my best. A lot of those folks are long gone, including Jerry :(

I'm starting a thread for this topic, btw, I like it.

Q: What's the weirdest Christmas decoration you can ever remember seeing?

Dec 02 2006 07:15 PM

How about the [url=]Cavalcade of Bad Nativities[/url]?

Who is the all time greatest actress ever? Why?

Dec 10 2006 10:02 PM

I'm sure we all have our favorites, but for me, I think Olivia De Haviland ranks very high. You don't hear much about her though. Sophisticated.

Here is one of my all time favorite movies

My favorite actress of all time is Doris Day, but I dont necessarily think she was the best. I just like her.

What is your favorite old movie? (B/W old)

Dec 10 2006 10:06 PM

Miracle on 34th Street. It still holds up remarkably well. Wonderful acting, and a great script.

Is Rap really music?

Rockin' Doc
Dec 10 2006 10:32 PM

As a genre, I'm not really a fan of rap, but I would classify some of it as music.

Who is your favorite poet of the 20th century?

Willets Point
Dec 10 2006 10:48 PM

Langston Hughes.

Who is your favorite poet of all time?

Dec 11 2006 01:46 AM

John Keats.

Who is your favorite sports columnist of all time?

Dec 11 2006 09:11 AM

Leonard Koppett. He had a feel for how sports was a mirror of society.

What paper's (or papers' ) editorials do you read on a daily basis?


Dec 11 2006 01:55 PM

Just the Times. I used to read ther News when they had Lars-Erik Nelson.

Who d'ya like in the War Against Christmas?

Dec 13 2006 09:18 AM

Last year was different because Christmas and Hanukkah was at the same time.

The ACLU can stick its rantings up its ass.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, to all of you! :)

Don't you love this warm winter weather?

Willets Point
Dec 13 2006 11:15 AM

Yes, I enjoy that I can still ride my bike to work this late in the season.

(In regards to the previous comment I don't recall ACLU ranting on Christmas. All the rants I heard came from Bill O'Reilly and other neocons).

What resolutions do you have in mind for 2007?

Dec 13 2006 06:27 PM

I resolve not to let "imaginary" internet people, other drivers, and anyonelse get the best of me in 2007. Darn it I'm 30 I should freaking act it!

How long did it take you to "break" a New Years resoulution and why?

Dec 18 2006 10:55 PM

I don't think it's a good idea to make New Years Resolutions. If something about yourself needs changed, it should be done right away. You're not getting any younger.

Do you put water on your toothbrush before or after you put on the toothpaste?

Dec 18 2006 11:24 PM


Electric or "manual" razors?

Rockin' Doc
Dec 19 2006 12:23 AM

I'm lazy and I'm blond so stubble is too light to cause 5 o'clock shadow so I use an electric (Braun) razor.

Real or artificial Christmas tree?

Johnny Dickshot
Dec 19 2006 09:07 AM

Real and alive.

We had one for 3 years but it fried up in the heat out back this summer (we really shoulda transplaneted it.

New one this year, we'll plant it this spring, prolly.

Q: So, which socks are ya wearing today?

Dec 19 2006 05:46 PM

red and green ones with Snow men. We had another party today at work.

Which is more important to you, suede or cordoroy?

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 12 2007 10:03 AM

Neither one plays an important role in my life, but as a thing, suede is probably "more fun" than corderoy, so I'll go with suede.

Q: Rank this sublime selection of 1980s movie villians in terms of their evilness, most evil to least evil.

a) Chett Donnelly (Weird Science)
b) Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid)
c) Biff Tannen (Back to the Future)
d) Roy Stalin (Better off Dead)
e) Dick Jones (Robocop)
f) Damon Killian (The Running Man)
g) Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
h) Lord Humungous (The Road Warrior)
i) Stan Gable (Revenge of the Nerds)
j) Principal Vernon (The Breakfast Club)
k) Principal Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
l) Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
m) Professor Hathaway (Real Genius)
n) Walter Peck the Environmentalist (Ghostbusters)
o) Ron Richardson (Mr. Mom)

Edgy DC
Jan 12 2007 10:30 AM
Edited 2 time(s), most recently on Jan 12 2007 10:46 AM

1) Dick Jones (No heart dystopian captialist exploiter.)

2) Damon Killian (The same, though not as bright.)

3) Gordon Gekko (Capitalist exploiter that at least has to come up with a line of bullshit spin in order to live with himself. Women are his tools. Men are his playthings.)

4) Hans Gruber (German mean. Pretended to have a cause but JUST WANTED THE MONEY!)

5) Roy Stalin (Shallow and useless. Losing, rather than triggering his decency, will probably lead to intense cognitive dissonance and an eventual hostage crisis)

6) Stan Gable (Stan will break his leg in an NFL tryout camp and never be heard from again.)

7) Lord Humungous (Redeemable.)

8) Principal Vernon (A sad masturbation addict. The entire town will be scandalized when the bill comes due on his perversions. He'll eiither find Jesus in counseling or die in prison. Little capacity left for evil, but little left for good.)

9) Ron Richardson (Using power to score with women is sad, but someday he'll realize that in day three of rehab and become a generous charitable giver.)
10) Johnny Lawrence (Conditioned for evil from birth, equipped to commit evil, and smug that nothing could stop him. Incredibly dangerous young man with a long life of evil ahead of him. How did Daniel break his heart open in the end? Movie magic.)

11) Professor Hathaway (Schmuck. Hated himself. Tool for real evil.)

12) Walter Peck the Environmentalist (Another guy who hates himself, in this case because he has no dick.)

13) Biff Tannen (Biff hated himself and cried every day about it. In the end, he'll be McFly's most loyal friend.)

14) Chett Donnelly (Chett hated himself more. A woman broke him.)

15) Principal Rooney (Whoah, he really was undone by his perversions. But he's really ineffectual. Jeffrey Jones characters never torment anybody vulnerable, but always go after their betters --- Sherlock Holmes, Ferris Bueller, Thornton Melon, so they really just torment themselves)

Banished! You've been banished from your home country and all other countries you've lived in or visited. Sent away from your home and family and lover, you have to start over again in a land where you've never been. Where would you choose?

Jan 12 2007 10:34 AM

The Greek islands.

When will it snow?

Jan 12 2007 12:41 PM

A. When the atmospheric temperature is at or below freezing (0 Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit) and there is enough moisture in the air.

Q. What food do you want eliminated from all human existance?

Jan 12 2007 12:53 PM

A: Nuts. Peanuts, almonds, brazil nuts... all of em. There's nothing worse than the nut allergy. It totally sucks.

Q: What one food could you eat, at the exclusion of all other foods, for a month?

Jan 12 2007 05:18 PM

Egg rolls.

Do you ever buy higher than the lowest octane gas on the pump?

Jan 12 2007 05:26 PM

I usually buy 89.

Do you favor one brand of gas over the others?

Willets Point
Jan 12 2007 06:09 PM

I like the ones that slip out quietly so my co-workers don't hear it and pop their heads over the cube wall to admonish me for being a disgusting pig.

If you could insert yourself as a character into any comic strip which comic strip would you chose?

Jan 12 2007 09:52 PM

Mr. Natural.

What's your favorite eat-out-of-the-box snack?