A Firesign Chat


Special appearance by
Phil Austin

||||||||| Catherwood re-enters the Waiting Room and explains "This is the main discussion room which is logged each night."
||||||||| Catherwood announces, "The time is 4:33 AM - I now declare Thursday's chat log for December 25, 2003 officially open!"... and then, he retires back to the vestibule...
||||||||| Catherwood announces "It's 8:36 PM; let's see who falls in through our celebrity trap door!" -- he pulls a lever, and Phil Austin plummets onto the oriental shag rug.
Phil Austin: Evening and merry xmas to all
Phil Austin: I see I'm early and it's the innapropriate time of the year of all time
Phil Austin: ah well, little dorrit. Let's scrooge around and see if anyone shows up.
||||||||| It's 8:50 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| Phil Austin - dead from the fiddlers
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Phil Austin strides in at 8:55 PM with Danny Vanilla badgering him for an interview; since he has no badgers, Catherwood forcibly escorts Danny Vanilla out the door.
||||||||| Catherwood strides in with a trumpet, plays a fanfare, and proclaims "Nine PM on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - I now declare alt.comedy.firesgn-thtre's chat officially open!"
||||||||| 9:08 PM: Fardel jumps out of the hall closet saying "I've been listening to all of you talking about me for the past hour!"
Fardel: Howdy and Good Holidays
Fardel: And the terrible news drought continues........
||||||||| It's 9:10 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| Phil Austin - dead from dengue fever
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
Fardel: Maybe I can type better if I get this chip out of my ass..?
Fardel: I hope it's the The Holiday Reaper!
Fardel: BRB...more coffee..
Fardel: coffee's hot and a chocolate chip cookie,...OK
||||||||| A time machine materializes at 9:22 PM and Merlyn steps out, carrying a grape from ancient Greece.
Fardel: Howdy Merlyn
Merlyn: hey fardel, looks like Phil was here
Fardel: Looks like the Reaper got him
Merlyn: Yep; maybe he'll come back
Merlyn: you new here?
Fardel: In various names, yes... and no
Merlyn: you just saved me a lot of investigative work
||||||||| Phil Austin strides in at 9:24 PM with Danny Vanilla badgering him for an interview; since he has no badgers, Catherwood forcibly escorts Danny Vanilla out the door.
Fardel: It's a name that can be used for both good and evil
Phil Austin: I'm going to be in and out tonight, I'm at a festive holiday party with thousands of people
Merlyn: Third time's the charm, eh phil?
Merlyn: any names you can drop?
Fardel: Good to see you , anyway
Phil Austin: maybe no one else will b here
Merlyn: Falwell? Linda Tripp?
Phil Austin: Hey merl, he fardl
Phil Austin: hey, fardel
Fardel: Howdy Phil
Merlyn: People were planning to show up tonight, but maybe later than usual.
Fardel: Spoor//
Phil Austin: It's the wrong nite of the year, that's for sure
Phil Austin: I'll be in and out this evening, due to the social obligations
Merlyn: It's just every thursday, so it always hits thanksgiving and misses easter
Fardel: Colon Bowel , maybe,..
Merlyn: You can log in & out, or use the pulldown for 'I'm away'
Fardel: Fewer people but it's all the lines you don't see that are in your head...
||||||||| Catherwood enters with Woody One close behind, mutters something about disrupting his 9:30 PM tree-stunting plans, and runs off to the Aviary.
Fardel: Hey Woody
Woody One: Good evening and Merry Christmas
Fardel: Merry so far
Woody One: Hi Phil. Happy Holidays. Hey Fardel.
Phil Austin: hey, wood one
Woody One: Me too. In & out.
Woody One: Phil. I see that you're playing at UCLA., That's great!
Phil Austin: I know. We have so manyh people here,
Phil Austin: wood. we're not there we
Phil Austin: we
Phil Austin: we're just in the audience. The ac;tual performing is goodman, louis drefuss and hessman et al
Phil Austin: don't ask me, I wasn't consulted
Woody One: Really? 4/1? You're kidding.
Woody One: There are tickets on sale for Firesign Theatre.
Woody One: Hey Fardel, Merlyn.
Fardel: Howdt there
Woody One: Still there?
Fardel: Somewhat..
Merlyn: hello
Woody One: Is Phil serious about that concert?
Merlyn: phil said he's at a party, so he may get pulled away at times
Merlyn: Yes, it's bizarre that they don't have FT doing FT
||||||||| Catherwood steals into the room, and intones "Announcing 'c ease', also known as 'Nancy' -- the time is 9:36 PM" -- then he slowly retires back into the vestibule...
c ease: hey
Merlyn: Check out http://uclalive.org/Event.asp?Event_ID=67 for details
Fardel: Be nice to see Firesign with an overview of the UCLA thing next year
Woody One: Really? Someone else doing FT?
c ease: merry scroogemas
Fardel: Hey cease
Woody One: J. Louis Dreyfuss & J, Goodman, huh?
||||||||| Catherwood steals into the room, and intones "Announcing 'llanwydd', also known as 'Nancy' -- the time is 9:38 PM" -- then he slowly retires back into the vestibule...
Woody One: Scrooge us all!
llanwydd: Evenin folks. Mary Christine!
Fardel: Scooge us all into a small space so we can fit in this conversation
||||||||| Outside, the 9:39 PM downtown bus from Funfun Town pulls away, leaving Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto coughing in a cloud of diesel fumes.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: oi
Woody One: Spending the first year without Dad. Died 2 months ago. Putting things into perspective.
Fardel: Hey Yam, llanwydd
llanwydd: oi to you too
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Yello
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: and oi
c ease: all the best to you, woody
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Yeah
Woody One: Thanks, folks.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: It's a hard thing to deal w/
llanwydd: I see Phil's here. Great to see you again.
Woody One: Yeah. We're celebrating his peace.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: y
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Great to see you again for the first time
Fardel: Keep the thoughts in your heart and remember well
Woody One: Oh yes.
Woody One: Phil's in the other room getting a Tin & Gonic.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: aha
llanwydd: I can't help remembering the time I invited a friend here and he signed in as Phil Austine just to confuse everybody.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: my luck they never come into the hills
Fardel: I thought it was wine soaked bourbon in a cup
c ease: does red mean cred?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I'm surprised anyone's here
Woody One: Good to see you're all here tonight. Just broke away from the tube.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: ow
c ease: too painful to watch lakers lose to houston
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: watch for glass
Merlyn: May 22, llan
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I've been updating my palm databases
Fardel: How much eating and celebrating can you do until you need a diversion?
c ease: its cbc on how to avoid holiday depression or interviews with soldiers on most channels
Woody One: Went back & forth 'tween The Terminator & Bing Crosby on Larry King. Yeah. A lot on.
c ease: or singing. shut up already
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: joy to the world
Fardel: They're bringing the war back home.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto is listening to the Bob Florence Big Band
c ease: larry still carrying those ghosts around, like scrooge?
Woody One: Sing it Miss Lolene.
llanwydd: Larry must have been a tot back then
||||||||| Catherwood ushers klokwkdog into the room, accepts a grimy quarter as a gratuity, mumbles something about 9:45 PM, then departs.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: klok
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: oi
Fardel: hiya dog
klokwkdog: hi everyone
Woody One: Well, the Crosby fam.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Catherwood has copped to the meth I see
Merlyn: Phil is at a party and may be away at times
llanwydd: hey klok
Merlyn: Oops
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Like now
Fardel: Phil has a wireless?
Merlyn: Meant to put it up top
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I'm here and they NEVER come into the hills
Woody One: Yeah you guys. I almost bought tickets for Firesign Theatre at UCLA. Now, they're not performing the stuff? I'm slow. From Indiana-a sprout.
klokwkdog: it's not allowed
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: no?
Merlyn: But FT will be there
c ease: partying with irc. who would have thunk it?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: What a wonderful future. BTW is my hovercar done yet?
Woody One: OK. That's what Phil said. He said he wasn't consulted. LOL.
Fardel: Just another keyboard type..?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Is that bridge built yet?
Woody One: No and it won't be.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: he's fadin fast
klokwkdog has green hands now
Fardel: Yeah, it's built,... toll in only one direction
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: What happened to the bridge to the 21st century?
klokwkdog: why inkjet ink runs like mad when it gets wet on paper, but on hands, it's like magic marker; won't come off.
Woody One: That'll teach the South goers.
klokwkdog: out, out damned spot!
klokwkdog: it lost a trick, Yam
Fardel: Virtiual mistake by the River Dept of Wet Water
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: This diversion by way of the 19th century is taking way too long
klokwkdog: how dare you cast aspersions on our empire!
klokwkdog: those people in Iraq really want us there and our helping hand
Fardel: The HEad of the Empire says we are all Safe from evil surreal monster and corner dust!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I cast asparagus on yr empire! Have at you!
Woody One: I'm on one line folks. Need to get for a bit. See you in an hour. "Peace & Love live there still, in that mansion on the hill." -Neil Young
c ease: change the name from us to haliburton plus
llanwydd: they seem to don't they
klokwkdog: later, then, woody
Merlyn: c ya
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: y
c ease: by wood
Fardel: Later on Woody
Woody One: Slater!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: ?
||||||||| "Hey Woody One!" ... Woody One turns, and sees Bradshaw approching with the handcuffs, and is dragged away, screaming "it's only 9:53 PM, I don't have to go yet!"...
klokwkdog: christian?
klokwkdog: fletcher?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto is Slater in another life
Phil Austin: 9austin is back
||||||||| Outside, the 9:54 PM downtown bus from Funfun Town pulls away, leaving Woody One coughing in a cloud of diesel fumes.
||||||||| Woody One runs out the back door as Mayor P'nisnose blasts through the front door holding a shotgun and shouting "Where's Woody One?! It's 9:54 PM and my ballot boxes haven't been stuffed yet!"
c ease: but ate austin still front?
Fardel: How's the PArty, so far?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: in and out
klokwkdog: 8austin having been retired for the night?
Phil Austin: Had roast beef AND HAM and potatoes brioche by ooooona
Phil Austin: still eating
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Save us any Horses Doovers?
c ease: wow
Merlyn: no green eggs?
klokwkdog: two meats for Christmas? a bounteous year for y'all then!
c ease: more, sugar?
Phil Austin: evening, all
llanwydd: sounds like a GREAT combo
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I had breakfast for Xmas dinner
Fardel: Do they have Blue Moss Dressing on a salad?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: oi
llanwydd: just once I'd like to have goose on Christmas. See what it was like
klokwkdog: hello Phil. merry Christmas, or what's left of it here on the right coast...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: It's okay
c ease: gives a whole new meaning to Let's Eat
llanwydd: good to see you again, Phil!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: rats I already used my line
klokwkdog: TV announced Providence Journal would report on local Jewish tradition for today: dinner at Chinese Restaurant and then a movie. Now, that's my kind of holiday! ;-)
Fardel: brb, ..more coffee
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: More Sugar w/that Coffe Warden?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I've seen the Glatt Wok in Hasid land in Sullivan County
Phil Austin: now the green beans and the ham have dissappeared into my stomach
llanwydd: A lot of Jews go for Chinese. In fact I've seen several kosher Chinese restaurants in New Jersey.
Fardel: How about Ulster?
Phil Austin: there are at least twenty p[eople here, related to me in bizarre ways
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: There are bunch up my way, too
Phil Austin: Meeeery Christmas to all, and to all ,,,,,, whatever ......
klokwkdog: a crowd for christmas! even better than chinese!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Mostly Sukllivan and Orange Counties
klokwkdog: it puts things over the work function for truly magnificent food!
Phil Austin: and, of course, happy Holidays, and Happy Everything.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Sure!
Phil Austin: It's the short light time of the year, and we all need every damn bit of good luck we can acquire
llanwydd: bizzare relations. Interesting
Merlyn: happy in toto
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 10 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
c ease: very true, phil
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I like the day after Xmas when all the candy goes on sale
Merlyn: and toto too
Phil Austin: that catherwood is a real cut-up , isn't he?
klokwkdog: those people in NY need to fix their clocks
Fardel: Best to you, Phil and Oona and the Dogs, of course
Phil Austin: the Next Day is oooooona's and my special actual christmas day
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Hey MY clock is okay
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: tIt's atomic
Phil Austin: Hey, companero dude. Merry everything and a half to you and yours
Merlyn: boxing day
llanwydd: Catherwood just wings it. He's usually wrong
c ease: the national holiday in your nation of two
klokwkdog: speaking of dawgs, has there been any word on the Beagle lander?
c ease: not yet
Fardel: Small time warp with Catherwood
Merlyn: nothing yet, kwd, second attempt failed
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Snnopy's piloting that then?
klokwkdog: that was Jodrell Bank or another orbiter pass?
Fardel: I think he left one in the grass
||||||||| Bubba's Brain sneaks in around 10:03 PM, trying to avoid Catherwood because of last week's "unpleasant incident."
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Bubba, oi
Bubba's Brain: Greetings all!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Police Navidad
Fardel: How's the Brain?
llanwydd: hey bub
c ease: Snoopy's been high on redbarons and yellows all day. Boy, is he squeaky
Phil Austin: Just wanted to make sure that all of you regulars are hugely appreciatedc by at least his one-fourth of fst
klokwkdog: it's going to be a pretty grim time for the first astronauts landing there, what with all the unfortunate prehistory of Mars landers...
Phil Austin: this
Fardel: THANKS muchly, Phil
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: We thank you for your gratitude
klokwkdog pauses in his confused state to parse the previous sentence, reminiscent of Bilbo's farewell party speech...
llanwydd: We do appreciate that, Phil
c ease: its a new universe Every Time
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I personally appreciate your efforts over the many years
Fardel: Keep the spirit, friend!
Phil Austin: It's a warm Christmas. The little lights are on full here, now that it's dark
c ease: we feel its warmth from here
Phil Austin: Been raining but now clear, big clouds, temps in the fortys
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: About thesame here
Fardel: The Mystery of the Night...?
Phil Austin: going away now, be back in a wh8ile
klokwkdog: very similar in RI, Phil, except a bit chillier
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I'm hoping for good weekend weather
llanwydd: It's been raining here in the Eastern Time Zone as well
c ease: have the best of times, phil
klokwkdog: a relief from digging out of feet of snow a couple weeks ago!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: indeed
Fardel: More good food, I hope
llanwydd: see you soon
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Hardly any snow left here
Fardel: Maybe an early Spring???
c ease: lol, far
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I'm hoping the weather holds so I can do a photo shoot on the Cross Westchester Expressway for my site
llanwydd: we still have plenty of snow in the Adirondacks but my driveway has turned into a skating rink
c ease: i have japanese road pix to send you, yammy, whenever i get your address
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: mr_yamamoto at m$n dot com
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: fire away
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Yhe Yamamoto Experience, NY, Arkansa, The Dakotas, Japan
Phil Austin: austin back, full to the brim
Phil Austin: blorko plorko. belly replete
Phil Austin: Huge ol' belly, big ol' boy
Merlyn: at your sister's place, phil?
Fardel: back, safe and sound and not hungray
Bubba's Brain: Christmas -- the major Food holiday.
klokwkdog: bringing them all back home?
Phil Austin: merlL sister in law's place. Ooona's brother lives next door to us here on the Island
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Which Island?
klokwkdog: yes
Fardel: Probably the one surrounded by water, I bet
Phil Austin: Mystery Island, Island of Mystery
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: aha
Merlyn: the isle of lucy
klokwkdog: before the last storm, known as Sand Which Island...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Isle of Langerhans
Bubba's Brain cues the organist.
klokwkdog: and now, like Hatteras, looking strangely bifurcated...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: The freeway junction list for which is on page 666 of my site
llanwydd: Mystery Island. Sounds like Bermuda
klokwkdog: ? sounds like Disneyland
Merlyn: mystery meat from mystery island
Phil Austin: All islands are mysteries
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Comes in Shorts and Quarts
Bubba's Brain: you'd be mad too, if you were a cow.
c ease: in what sense, phil?
llanwydd: Or Monster Island
Phil Austin: mad cow mystery
Phil Austin: mad monster mystery
klokwkdog: and some islands are all too blatant
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Actually, I managedto work the Monster Island line into a page
Merlyn: mad monster party
Fardel: This is where Nick solves all his cases or gets new ones..?
c ease: island too small, everyone goes mad
Phil Austin: some islands are just too damn mysterious
Phil Austin: mad Island
klokwkdog: yeah, like Oak Island
llanwydd: cool, Yammy
Merlyn: is your island skull-shaped, too?
c ease: but Sane Huxley
Fardel: Feed the Monster and all is well!
Merlyn: I suppose it could be, depending on the skull of the person you compare it to
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Alas poor Yorik
c ease: of Oxnard
llanwydd: Anything like Rhode Islam?
Phil Austin: Has anyone here ever heard of Eliz\jah Kellog, weird author of Elm Island mysteries?
klokwkdog: not me
klokwkdog: but now i have ;-)
Phil Austin: Elijah Kellog, that is
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: sorry to say, no
c ease: the name is a mystery
Phil Austin: It's a Maine thing
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: aha
klokwkdog: nothing is like rhode island
c ease: your old school?
llanwydd: I love a mystery! I'll have to check out Kellog
Fardel: Is Wallace Berry your neighbor?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I need to do a maine thing
klokwkdog doesn't even read Stephen King
Phil Austin: I inherited a bunch of his books. From the 1870's or thereabouts
Phil Austin: Grew up on them, in fact
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto almost bought the DVD set of The STand
c ease: that's almost Before History
Phil Austin: going back to the party for awhile. Be back
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: ok
c ease: or front
llanwydd: Maine thing? I'll bet he's a friend of Stephen King
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: that's my line!
c ease: no, that's Swamp thing
klokwkdog: he's probably dead now
llanwydd: Well not if he's from the 1870s
c ease: but lives on in Steerio HIgh Fi
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Stephen King?
Bubba's Brain: no, he just smells funny.
Fardel: They sunk the Maine, didn't they??
klokwkdog: no, Kellog
klokwkdog: nobody sank it; it blew up all by itself
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: The best to you each morning
Merlyn: I don't remember the maine
llanwydd: My favorite 19th Century mystery author is M.R. James
klokwkdog: if he wrote mysteries in 1870s, he's probably long gone now
Fardel: The Best to you each morning K-E-double L- O-G
klokwkdog: well Poe is the gold standard for that era
llanwydd: James wrote only short stories
Merlyn: jaque futrelle wrote a holmes-like character; he died on the titanic
c ease: the purloined letter, sherlock holmes and crime and punishment for me
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Mysteries mystify me
klokwkdog: mysteries didn't really get interesting until the 1920s and got less so after the 1970s
Phil Austin: Back now, been doing the rounds, talked to nieces and boyfriends and mother's in law and neighbors and neighbor's relatives and sister in law's relatives and their kids and ...
Bubba's Brain is tired, and just wanted to stop in to say Merry Christmas, y'all!
||||||||| At 10:23 PM, the lights go out! Rocky Rococo's voice pierces the inky darkness: "I've got you now, Bubba's Brain!" Shattering glass is heard, and then the lights come back on...
Merlyn: I spelled his name wrong, but even though he died on the titanic, he has his own official web site: http://www.futrelle.com/
llanwydd: I've read almost all of Poe. He's one of my favorites. So is Doyle now that I think of it. I've read all of Sherlock Holmes
Phil Austin: so long bub
klokwkdog: so Phil, did these mysteries influence you, warp you, what?
klokwkdog: or are they just treasured inheritances?
llanwydd: thanks for the link Merl. I'll check it out
Phil Austin: klok: I like mysteries. do you remember a story called the Celestial Omnibus?
klokwkdog is embarassed to draw another complete blank
klokwkdog: (but suspects that Phil isn't playing fair! ;-))
Phil Austin: I went to the same college as Nat. Hawthorne and have been profoundly influenced by him
c ease: the cosmos will always be a mystery
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Ah, roomate, eh?
klokwkdog: LOL
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: What did he Letter in?
Phil Austin: Well, Franlin \Pierce was my actual roomate, but close ....
llanwydd: That would be either Harvard or Yale I would assume
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto never went to school
Phil Austin: Phil is away at times, buyt may be at a party
Phil Austin: Bowdoin College, actually
klokwkdog: that's in Maine!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: ha!
Phil Austin: Brunswick, Maine. Ah, the old alma mater. The old Polar Bear
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: It's all so clear now!
klokwkdog: so you knew Joshua Chamberlin?
llanwydd: Bowdoin. I'll bet I got in within 100 miles
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: and bllody cold too
Phil Austin: It wasn't clear at the time, believe me
c ease: a veritable Fresno of memories?
llanwydd: guess I wasn't even close
Phil Austin: But it was cold, god knows
klokwkdog was stuck in Maine in the winter, and agrees
klokwkdog: just try and find a restaurant open on Thanksgiving, too
Phil Austin: cat man: Indeed, weird going from warm ?Fresno to cold Brunswick. (It was a big deal, believe me)
klokwkdog: thank goodness for Campobello Is.
c ease: i now, i moved from sherman oaks back to saskatchewan in january.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: FDR did, I hear
Phil Austin: I was renowned for my short time at Bowdoin as the "guy from California"
c ease: know, not now.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I haven't been in a warm place in 20 yrs
Merlyn: wore a coat in 60 degree weather?
klokwkdog: so your dorm room was a glass display case?
Phil Austin: Yamo: You need to turn up the heat
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I take off my coat when it hits 40
||||||||| Catherwood steals into the room, and intones "Announcing 'Rotonoto', also known as 'Nancy' -- the time is 10:30 PM" -- then he slowly retires back into the vestibule...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Not in this apt-I run the fan all yr
Fardel: Howdy Roto
c ease: north van is the coldest i ever care to experience again
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: It's about 80 up here now
llanwydd: hey Roto!
c ease: hi roto
Phil Austin: On Mystery Island we only have a woodstove for heat. It sobers you.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: oi roto
c ease: meet yamamoto, toto, phil...
Rotonoto: hi guys
klokwkdog listened to a Xmas Eve radio show from Auckland and wept every time the weather was announced
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I libe in a 2nd floor apt, and get all the heat
Phil Austin: weeping is good. it heats you up
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Then I have multiple cats
Phil Austin: phil may be away at times, but the party is all family. I'll be back
klokwkdog: 3 cat night?
llanwydd: Furthest north I've been is London but it doesn't get very cold there for some reason
c ease: for when sclerosis is Not the answer
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: 5 cats
klokwkdog: water
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: and a rabbit
klokwkdog: Seattle was pretty grim in winter; it's so humid that 40 degrees just sucks the heat right out of you
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I was in bremerton one year in Jan
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: liked to froze to death
c ease: you and mark twain
klokwkdog: i was there and in Albany where it's regularly -5, -10 in winter, and Seattle can be very unpleasant
Rotonoto: yeah, plus now they are getting angry cow syndrome out there
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Unhappy Hamburher
c ease: too much coffee
llanwydd: for a year in January? Serious?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: For like 3 mos
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: in the navy
klokwkdog: it's constantly walking around in a cold, wet fog. yech.
c ease: but it's so Tolkeinian!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: pretty gloppy
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: bah @ that
Phil Austin: Unhappy Unburger
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Hell, it's colder there thatn -20 in the San Luis Valley in Colorado
klokwkdog: inland places get far colder, hotter. nice to have water nearby until tidal wave time
Phil Austin: Yammomoto: What town are you in the San Luis Valley?
llanwydd: Where I live now is the coldest place I've ever been (northern NYS.) but it does get hot for a few weeks in the summer
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I was in La Jara a lot
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I worked as a circuit-rider nurse there
Phil Austin: Yamo: what larger town is La Jara near?
klokwkdog hiked up on Giant Mt. upstate. Only 5K ft., but the trees give out at about 3500, can't take the winter.
Rotonoto: Is that good or bad (vs. hospitals, etc>)?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: About 15 mi south of Alamosa
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Right on US 285
Phil Austin: circuit rider nurse meaning you nursed judges?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: no, I treavelled as temporary staff
Rotonoto: well, that too, Phil- but he had to drive around a lot :o)
c ease: judy?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I have an umber of areas I vcan work in
Phil Austin: Klok: wow, out west we're used to trees going awa;y at ten or eleven thousand feet
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Medical Surgical, Psych, Ferentology
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Ger
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Frentology
Phil Austin: omigod. is ferentology having something to do with ferrets?
Rotonoto: What? You help people find missing Ferents?
Phil Austin: how can this be?
klokwkdog: yeah, it's brutal in the winter. skiing is an ordeal. i was amazed by the powder and the 30s temps in Utah, it was wonderful
c ease: ben franklin, you stupid frent
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: No ferrets presently, I have nough cats for years
Phil Austin: klok: ah, skiing. Now you've got my attention. About to start, Crystal mountain on the slopes of Mt. TAHOMa
Rotonoto: Ken has a ferent o)
Fardel: Ferrets and Cats???...hmm?
klokwkdog only X-C skis
Phil Austin: I love to ski. It's addictive.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I stay off Skis, I just fall over
Phil Austin: I like the downhill slide. I've never x-ced
c ease: you're no fun
klokwkdog: it's good healthy exercise, but i must say that western powder is just wonderful stuff (until one falls)
Phil Austin: I fell right over
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: I have no depth perception, I'd prolly crash into a tree
Phil Austin: Powder is good. Ice is bad
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: y
klokwkdog: x-c is for us uncoordinated idiots. it's one step up from snowshoes
llanwydd: I've only water-skied. I like that a lot
c ease: that's fun
Rotonoto: I have no depth- I'd probably be mistaken for a lamp at a big party
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: You may end up needing some of the stuff I deliver
Phil Austin: Has anyone heard fr0om Mr. Muckle lately? speaking of the Great Northwest
Fardel: Fudd Law of Downhill Gravity
c ease: was he here recently?
Phil Austin: llan: water-skiing is my downfall. I've never really gotten up.
klokwkdog: don't recall seeing him here recently; anyone else?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: not that I can recall
llanwydd: It takes work
Merlyn: Muckle hasn't been here tonight or last week, but was the week before, I think
Phil Austin: I hope Muckle's health is good
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: not in the last few weeks anyway
llanwydd: I've never done it barefoot
Phil Austin: Hey, cat. How's Fumiyo's dalmation injury, by the way?
c ease: and the bears are thankful
klokwkdog: water skiing requries too much equipment and support team...
Merlyn: but then he just logged in without saying anything
Phil Austin: klok: and it's weird how it's being replaced by jetskis
c ease: shes just came back from walking icy
klokwkdog: everybody see that one of Princess Anne's dogs ate one of the Queen's corgies?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Those things are dangerous
c ease: she uses the cain a bit less these days and regular phisio, when the holdays dont interfere
Rotonoto: no-really?
klokwkdog is wary of jet skis and snowmobiles, but thinks them acceptable vs ski lifts and 40 HP power boats...
Phil Austin: klok. We';re babysitting a corgi named Gizmo here at the moment. I better watch him with other dogs
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: you're kidding
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: ate him?
klokwkdog: search google news; hold on; I will
Phil Austin: ate him?
klokwkdog: well, severely damaged him so he had to be put down
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: tbummer
Phil Austin: This is too good to be true. Sometimes Comedy comes too easily
Rotonoto: well, corgis are high energy, can be very annoying to other dogs and paople
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Comedy occurs naturally, I swear
klokwkdog: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/25/1072308630695.html
Phil Austin: I'm going back to the party.
klokwkdog: The Queen's Christmas has been blighted by a fatal attack on one of her cherished corgis by an English bull terrier owned by her daughter, Princess Anne.
Merlyn waves
klokwkdog: enjoy
Fardel: Party On, Dude!!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: jesuus
Rotonoto: royal huntmaster suspended with pay, pending investigation
klokwkdog: well, the thing to do is Bull Terrier Steak on the Christmas table!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: yep
klokwkdog: the thing is, Anne's terrier previously had attacked children in a park
llanwydd: this is a morbid exploitation of the freshly dead.
Fardel: There's a whole dead dog in every can of Dead Dog Catfood.
Rotonoto: as well there should be...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: They should have put the dog down then
klokwkdog: suggestion is that the corgi had antagonized the terrier and may have deserved the attack
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: prolly, they're antsy little buggers
klokwkdog: no, it's still possible for royalty's pets to eat a few commoners now and then
c ease: one has to have more control over one's dogs
Rotonoto: "I was blindsided- I thought they were only having rough sex" says distraught huntmaster
c ease: our new dog is immense, but we're not going to let him eat small dogs for dinner
klokwkdog: LOL
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: bwhahahahaha
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: The Bulldog bites, the Bulldog Chews it......
klokwkdog: in direct contrast to egalitarian Norway: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/25/international/europe/25NORW.html
Rotonoto: cat- large dog blus petite woman = potential for injury (my mother 'held on' to the leash one time and was pulled over and broke her hip- around age 65)
c ease: i know, roto
Rotonoto: did something like that happen to you guys? If so sorry to hear it. Best to just let go of the leash...
klokwkdog: ...or extreme contrast to the US's armored limo for soldiers: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/25/business/25humvee.html?pagewanted=all&position=
c ease: no, Fumiyo's injury caused by being hit by another dog in the knee, never by our dog
Merlyn: everyone reading about norway?
llanwydd: I lost my left side years ago. I'm all right now.
Rotonoto: ouch! sorry
c ease: is it going away?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: not yet
Rotonoto: so that's why you are always listing to starboard
klokwkdog: well, it's interesting versus English royalty getting away with their pets biting children
klokwkdog: that the N'way PM can't have a slightly overweight armored limo
Rotonoto: no, they love their royalty too much to ever drag them thru the legal system
klokwkdog: or the US President's rich corporate friends not getting prosecuted for you name it, they've been doing it...
Rotonoto: money = power
Rotonoto: power = immunity
c ease: an anagram
klokwkdog: and power = work over distance
llanwydd: und arbeit = frei
klokwkdog: what I want to know is why, having captured Saddam, mastermind of 9/11, why we are on orange alert??
Rotonoto: actually, many woikers are not willing to be circuit riders, even if the do get to judge nurses
klokwkdog: macht
c ease: cuz its prettier than black alert
Rotonoto: yah yah-vas ist das 'code orange'?
llanwydd: we need an electric blue alert
Fardel: My dog gave me a YELLOW alert in the snow once.
klokwkdog: we need some security that got a clue...
Rotonoto: hey brian- they got a lotta good intel outa the guy about inside iraq, anyway
klokwkdog: which guy? you mean Chalabi?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Chianti?
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: The Fava Bean Magnate?
klokwkdog: yeah, he gave us some priceless crap...
Rotonoto: no saddam hussein after capture- led to roundup of many more fighters in-country
Fardel: Bombardillo??
llanwydd: Chill out, Chalabi!
Rotonoto: yah, go hang out by the wall of masks in La Bomba Shelter
klokwkdog is skeptical, wonders if Saddam made up that list from real losers or people he didn't like
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto mew doubts saddams real importance in the scheme of things
Rotonoto: one gets the impression the US believes it is getting some of the current actors militarily
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: The cat typed that
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: ergo the mew
Rotonoto: likely story! arf! arf! pant panr pant
klokwkdog: there is an endless supply of perpetrators. we can arrest the whole country and more will come visit...
Rotonoto: true enough
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 11 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Hey all those pallokas wanna go 3 rounds w/the great stan
klokwkdog: they need to get the oil going, just for the gasoline and propane for local use, and they can't do that. not even close
Fardel: Bomb them back to the Stoned Age
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: That's afghanistan
c ease: did that end?
klokwkdog: we ain't getting significant support, and we are pouring money into that place like no tomorrow and -- hello! -- Osama is over in Pakistan cooking up new atrocities. Still.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Bomb the rubble into rubble
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: WE HAVE ALLIES!
klokwkdog: Yeah, wonderful allies like Pakistan!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Gotcher Allies Right Here
Fardel: We've got aliens, too!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Burkino Faso, The Marshall Islands, Togo
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: US über Allies!
llanwydd: Osaba Balaba is in Casaba.
klokwkdog: Attacked Indian Parliament. Just about started a nuclear war over Kashmir. Hiding out Osama, but my gawd, they are our best buddies and we'll overlook that they gave nuclear bomb help to N. Korea and Iran.
klokwkdog: but Syria? Axis of EVIL
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: w/friends like that
Rotonoto: just about guarantees it will all go nuclear some day
Fardel: Trying to keep them from crossing our Designer Borders and Embroadered Fringe
llanwydd: I'll bet Cuba will be lumped into the "Axis" before too long
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: If it goes nuke, we'll all be irc ing about it in the Next World
klokwkdog: well, at least that'll make people think twice about shipping US jobs to Bangalore...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: not
c ease: indeed
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: $$$$ über alles
Rotonoto: too late, we already lost all our jobs
c ease: no body's workin
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: We can greet each other in Wal Mart
klokwkdog: the scary thing is if there is a revolution in China. they are making stuff so cheap that the entire world supply of some things comes from there. and not just TV sets and toys.
klokwkdog: as in we don't know how to make some of it anymore
klokwkdog: and there is no other source for that much of some things
c ease: thats happened a lot in history
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Now THERE's a "National Security" issue
Rotonoto: you sure that's not a bit overstated? seems we *can't afford* to make it, not that we forgot how
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: We could afford it at one time
klokwkdog: how long would it take to set up to make disposable syringes?
c ease: same reason china brought back its navy. it couldn't afford it
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Not really that long
Rotonoto: yes, back when china and japan sent us cheap bamboo doodads- how long did that last?
klokwkdog: there are all sorts of training and quality control issues beyond making all the machinery and injection molding dies
klokwkdog: now we're losing chip design expertise
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: true, but once it's going, you're okay
Rotonoto: principles are well understood over here now, though asia adopted the practice way before us
klokwkdog: there is no work for Americans, so they're not learning how anymore, and it takes 6-8 years to make a halfway decent engineer
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: 1960=Made in Taiwan=crap 2010=Made in US=Crap
Rotonoto: US workers can sue for exposure to toxics in claen rooms, asians can not- they simply get fired
Rotonoto: clean
c ease: japanese folks told me the same thing. they're losing it to china
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: It's called the free market
klokwkdog: no, this is beyond that, the EEs that sit and design the devices themselves
Rotonoto: no surprise, cat
Rotonoto: much higher living standard- expensive labor
klokwkdog: yeah, it's tragic to lose the jobs, but we can't replace 'em if the whole place over there goes up in mushroom cloud
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: If you can get it for free and sell it for a lot.....
c ease: i think the japanese economy is based on building new buildings and then tearing them down, and replacing them
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: It makes work
klokwkdog: it'd take years. ditto billion-dollar chip fabs. they take 18 months to build and then they have to be staffed with experienced workers.
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Japanese have a huge public sector
c ease: where there's smoke...
Rotonoto: brian- there would certainly be a lengthy lag before the US could reacquir e such capabilities if need, not good
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Smokes is expensive in Japan
klokwkdog: we are letting that all go offshore, but to unstable regions
llanwydd: Japan won't be around much longer. They're cleaning it
Fardel: Pass the oil beer...
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: Gimme 2!
klokwkdog: no more lead smelters in the US -- too dangerous. so we can't make car batteries w/o shipments of basic materials
c ease: i had forgotten how good the food was. and i eat japanese food here all the time
c ease: but the ingredients are better there
llanwydd: I love sushi
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: y
c ease: i don't eat it
llanwydd: but I like sukyiaki best
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: if you new Sushi....
klokwkdog: interesting writeup about a Chinese restaurant in Melboune in NYT Wed, Cat; they had just the opposite view of their Chinese food compared to mainland or HK or Taiwan
c ease: you gotta have it in japan.
Fardel: raw - raw-raw
c ease: they don't export the Good beef
c ease: no country exports its best stuff, unless maybe my stupid country
klokwkdog: yeah, all we can get here now is beef well past its go-mad-by date
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: We don't export anything anymore
klokwkdog: oh, c'mon Yam -- our culture!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: what?
klokwkdog: our Army
llanwydd: Shogun in Rome, NY had the best sukyiaki.
klokwkdog: our Air Force
klokwkdog: our cluster bombs
klokwkdog: our cruise missiles
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: oh THAT culture
klokwkdog: our political will
c ease: tom cruise or cruise missiles, your choice
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: not MY political will
klokwkdog: sorry -- our political George Will
c ease: george will? your check from mr. black seems to have bounced
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: cat: None of The Above
klokwkdog: (without reference to the corporations or individuals he's working for)
Fardel: Punch that Chad, George!
klokwkdog: OK, then pumpkin point hath arrived. Cheers to all and to all a goodnight.
c ease: by klok
Rotonoto: nite...
Fardel: Take Care, klok
klokwkdog: Many happy returns, holiday cheer, pass my thanx on to Phil for braving the family fest long enough to chat with us some
klokwkdog: perhaps the Beagle has spoken...
Merlyn: bye klok
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: yes
klokwkdog: goodnight!!
||||||||| klokwkdog departs at 11:20 PM, singing "Toad away, toad away; toad away, toad away! Where do you go when you're toad away?"
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: buy Clocks!
Merlyn: steal time!
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto: bah
Rotonoto: share time
llanwydd: I had a strange dream last night. I saw Clint Eastwood in an extremely violent film. All blood and guts. I'm lucky it was in black and white.
Fardel: and the holiday news drought continues......
||||||||| Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto is defenestrated just as the clock strikes 11:21 PM.
Rotonoto: lets all go in on a big block of it
||||||||| A time machine materializes at 11:22 PM and El Yamamoto Volante steps out, carrying a grape from ancient Greece.
El Yamamoto Volante: I always get defenestrated
Rotonoto: I'm a little filagreed at the moment
El Yamamoto Volante: h
El Yamamoto Volante: a
El Yamamoto Volante: that was weird
llanwydd: what about the decaf?
Rotonoto: ornamental openwork (as in wire)
El Yamamoto Volante: None of that for me
Rotonoto: decaf is for sissies :o)
Fardel: Don't get volante on nocaf
llanwydd: I filagree with you, roto
El Yamamoto Volante: nope
El Yamamoto Volante: you just fall over
Rotonoto: I also embroider some tales I tell...
Fardel: only resting?
c ease: like totem poles
Merlyn: you old sew and sew
El Yamamoto Volante: Phil must be Philling up
c ease: or filing down
El Yamamoto Volante: or filagree
llanwydd: Fardel, I recognize your name from a line in "Hamlet". I've never heard it anywhere else
c ease: ham? let me. who stole my danish?
Fardel: I got it from a dictionary: burden
llanwydd: aha!
c ease: sat on your pipe, monsieur malgrot?
Fardel: I was Inane but became serious with Fardel
El Yamamoto Volante: That's not good for a pipe sitting onit
El Yamamoto Volante: if it were lit you'd get a burningsensation
Fardel: I have had a Spamlet once..
c ease: is that like burning man?
El Yamamoto Volante: yeah, man
llanwydd: I told a joke a while ago that I hope no one misunderstood. I didn't really lose my left side. Don't get it? I lost my LEFT side but I'm all RIGHT now. I'm not sitting here in a wheelchair folks
El Yamamoto Volante: Spamlet, Prince of Minnetonka
c ease: good for you, ll
llanwydd: nobody seemed to get it
El Yamamoto Volante: ll-i got it
El Yamamoto Volante: I just didn't say anything
c ease: what's real here has a fluidity, as it does in all firesign
llanwydd: good
Fardel: The White Buffalo
Rotonoto: we got it :o)
c ease: hey white buff, hello!
El Yamamoto Volante: I'll have a white buffalo burger
c ease: cominig up, mr native american.
c ease: stand back....
llanwydd: I've had buffalo burgers
El Yamamoto Volante: Wet cleanup on asile 3
Rotonoto: don't touch my moustache!
c ease: sound of art the buffalo puking from An Armenians' Paw
Fardel: And Buffalo Wing on the ground
llanwydd: Better than beef but similar
El Yamamoto Volante: I should try one
El Yamamoto Volante: They have adverts for em in all the local jernts, grown on a ranch in Quebec
llanwydd: There's a buffalo ranch about 25 miles from me
El Yamamoto Volante: Imagine a quebecios cowboy
c ease: easier than i can a white ishikawa
llanwydd: You live near Montreal, Yammy?
El Yamamoto Volante: not really
El Yamamoto Volante: Between Albany and NYC
c ease: friend of mine from quebec was from family horse farm,
Fardel: Kingston or Rhinebeck??
El Yamamoto Volante: Highland
llanwydd: You're not too far from me, then
Rotonoto: must be nice place to live- but too much work with horses- a rather expwnsive hobby
llanwydd: Along 87?
El Yamamoto Volante: Close-actually along 9W
Fardel: or Rt. 9a ?
El Yamamoto Volante: Naer the 9W 44 JN
llanwydd: I'm on 9N
El Yamamoto Volante: ok
El Yamamoto Volante: 9A's the other side of the river
El Yamamoto Volante: bout 15 mi s
Fardel: Oh, The Catskills of Self Defense!
El Yamamoto Volante: actually Peekskill's about 40 fro here
El Yamamoto Volante: I'm by de ribbah
El Yamamoto Volante: about a half mile walk
c ease: that;s RIVER
El Yamamoto Volante: oh sorry
llanwydd: I've gotten lost in Catskill. Ran out of gas
Fardel: Close to Rhinecliff?
El Yamamoto Volante: IAbout 13 Mi south of Kingston-nearer Poughkeepsie
El Yamamoto Volante: I'm about 1 mile from the Mid Hudson Bridge
El Yamamoto Volante: and I can't type
llanwydd: Rhinecliff is right on the train route to my hometown
El Yamamoto Volante: That's a cool little burgh, Rhinecliff
c ease: sounds like a place in europe
El Yamamoto Volante: I turn up at Northern Dutchess Hospital now and again
Fardel: Used to have a friend that lived there
c ease: a disney europe
llanwydd: but many people have heard of Rhinebeck and not Rhinecliff
El Yamamoto Volante: Too expensive for me
Fardel: there about two miles apart
llanwydd: Cease, NYS has a lot of towns with Dutch names
El Yamamoto Volante: I've been to both
c ease: cliff beck and the jefferson rhinos
El Yamamoto Volante: often
El Yamamoto Volante: Cat if you ever read Gore Vidal, he knows this area well
c ease: ive read a vast amount of vidal
El Yamamoto Volante: I read Burr and I knew alll the locations mentioned
c ease: his old new york place, eh?
El Yamamoto Volante: y
Fardel: I've drank a little of Vidal Blanc
El Yamamoto Volante: He used to live in Dutchess Co IIRC
c ease: it iwas on one of the tv shows i saw on him.
llanwydd: I live in Ticonderoga. You know that place?
c ease: i have never been to any part of ny than nyc but would like to take that train from montreal to nyc
llanwydd: But I'm originally from New Jersey
El Yamamoto Volante: This is an interesting area to linger in lots of history
El Yamamoto Volante: llan-y
c ease: and that's just white people's
El Yamamoto Volante: yes
El Yamamoto Volante: sadly not much native history
llanwydd: The indigenous people are into oral history
El Yamamoto Volante: true enough
c ease: as opposed to...
llanwydd: opposed to written
Fardel: Well, there is always Woodchuck and Bearsville
Rotonoto: hmmm- as opposed to written (contrived, politically-driven) history
El Yamamoto Volante: Yes Hippieland :)
El Yamamoto Volante: Woodstock has a fantastic Jazz Club
El Yamamoto Volante: Then there's Maveric Concerts in the summer
Fardel: Joyous Lake?
El Yamamoto Volante: I cant recall the mane it's a little hole in the wall on Tinker St
El Yamamoto Volante: Just past the square
Fardel: ahh, Route 212
El Yamamoto Volante: y
c ease: to evers to chance street?
llanwydd: Well, I must be glowing. I cannot stay, I came to say I must be glowing. I'm glad I came but just the same my eyes are closing. Gud Knight foakes.
El Yamamoto Volante: Iyes. It's getting latr
c ease: by ll
Fardel: Later llanwyd
El Yamamoto Volante: llater
Merlyn: bye ll
Rotonoto: nite
||||||||| With a theatrical clearing of his throat, Catherwood pipes up: "11:54 PM and late as usual, it's Dave, just back from Billville."
c ease: hey
Fardel: Dave is HERE!
Dave: late, hell yeah, not what I meant to be though, was watching a movie, anyway, hope I'm not interupting
El Yamamoto Volante: you are, you are SO RUDE
Merlyn: hey dave, phil austin is on but goes away to attend a real life party
Fardel: Just a small news drought, that's all
Rotonoto: open the pod bay door, dave
El Yamamoto Volante: Well we need to make some news up
Dave: do the pod bay door thing, I just gave a friend of mine a copy of HCYB, it's nice to see reactions of the bewildered type or the humored type
Rotonoto: why- the real news is far more unlikely than anything we'd ever dream up :o)
El Yamamoto Volante: you have a point
Dave: a pointed stick?
c ease: stick to the point
Fardel: A good cattle prod?
Rotonoto: nilsson's point- say there ain't nothin' pointless about this gig, see?
Fardel: harry?
||||||||| It's 12:00 AM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| llanwydd - dead from The Plague
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
Dave: a point to be made about the pointless points that were pointed
c ease: you killed llan. you bastards
Rotonoto: yes, harry nilson I think
Rotonoto: "me and my arrow, straighter than narrow..."
El Yamamoto Volante: I see your point and raise you 200 angels on the head of a pin
||||||||| Catherwood walks in wearing his pyjamas, yawns, and mumbles "It's midnight here in New York city"...then he falls over and starts snoring loudly..
c ease: that's no pin, that's my...
Merlyn: the reaper found he was an 'emeny combatant', cat
Dave: I've wondered, an arrow is thin, isn't that the same as narrow? so...how does that work, maybe I'm being stupid but...
El Yamamoto Volante: No thin is 3 dimensional, and narrow is 2
c ease: narow is 2 dimentional
Dave: thanks yam, see, not being able to see dimentions might have something to do with it,
c ease: "you're a credit to dementia" quoth lisa simpson to michael jackson wannabe
Fardel: It's all surreal anyway
El Yamamoto Volante: Kinda hard to operate w/o a point of reference
c ease: 2d could be like brail. a difference in textures, 3d anything you could hold in your hand
Dave: so who here ate too much at dinner? oh but it was soooooo good
El Yamamoto Volante: I have a limited perception of the third dimension, and don't at all care for the 5th dimension
Dave: thanks Mr. ease
Dave: good anology
c ease: but their laur nyro interpretations were so Gooood
El Yamamoto Volante: yes
El Yamamoto Volante: They sold out to Jesus
c ease: on his birthday? how crass
Rotonoto: nyro- only the good die young...
El Yamamoto Volante: Well, it's the American way
c ease: no that's uh...
c ease: billy joel?
El Yamamoto Volante: yes
El Yamamoto Volante: ctually
El Yamamoto Volante: Not a half-bad songwriter
c ease: cthons for christ
El Yamamoto Volante: not great, but does in a pinch
c ease: travelling prayer i thought particularly good
c ease: problem was he seemed to compete with elton john for that kinda thinig and not favourably
El Yamamoto Volante: I don't know, conventional religion doesn't do much for me
Rotonoto: yep- and not for a lot of others, either...
c ease: no convents?
El Yamamoto Volante: Nor does Elton John
Dave: oh yeah, that's a good one, I'm fucking tired of piano man though, hmmm...I'm singing a song for voice lessons called "and so it goes." it's ok
c ease: where will the sisters live?
Dave: one of his
El Yamamoto Volante: Get the to a nUnnery!
c ease: you know bruce hornsby's early work, dave? he was sort of where both elton and billy wanted to go
Fardel: Get thee to a Funnery, quick!
El Yamamoto Volante: Bruce Horsby was the guy w/the stove
c ease: havnet heard anything from him since his dead daliance, long ago
Dave: oh yeah, I like songs like "mandolin rain" and "that's the way it is." always liked his songs, haven't heard much
c ease: yeah that's what i meant. i'm an old vince guaraldi fan and when i got home from work one night in tokyo, my daughter had taped thats the way it is for me cuz it sounded like guaraldi
El Yamamoto Volante: well, I'm getting a little long in the tooth here, I'm gonna cop a snooze
Dave: oh but I did just order from the library a set of Miles Davis' complete recorded output at the Montreux jazz festival, 20 discs of electric Miles, I like that period, but love the acoustic periods too, I like it all, I know you probably don't care but I'm excited
El Yamamoto Volante: later all
Rotonoto: nite guy...
c ease: offf you cop
Dave: bye
El Yamamoto Volante: Be excited, Dave
c ease: revel in the excitement
Fardel: Take Care Yam!
El Yamamoto Volante: Enjoy the hell out of it
El Yamamoto Volante: llater
||||||||| Around 12:11 AM, El Yamamoto Volante walks off into the sunset...
c ease: all the best, yam
c ease: i yam what i am
Dave: oh yeah, it's the wait that's hard, then it's musical soaking that happens, oh yeah anyone know of a good audio version of On The Road?
Phil Austin: Back for only a minute. Got to go now, but Merry Every;thing to Everyone
Merlyn: not me dave
Phil Austin: night, Dave
Rotonoto: merry merry phil...
Merlyn: you too phil, see you next year
c ease: best to you too phil and vast family
Phil Austin: Nite, Roto
Dave: later Phil, you have a good one
Phil Austin: Next Year to all and to all ... a good last year
||||||||| Around 12:15 AM, Phil Austin walks off into the sunset...
Fardel: Later on Mr A!
c ease: wasn't that wondrous?
c ease: a present for the faithful
Rotonoto: 'tis a season of good will- and humour
Dave: yeah but I'm part of the young faithful, that's still faithful, right? ;o)
c ease: any faith that is full is more than enough, dave
c ease: though that's usuallly ful of it
Rotonoto: faith comes at all ages, especially as to FST humour
Dave: true, I've just fucked up
Dave: I'm, not I've, can't type
c ease: you are far too young to have fucked up very much, dave
Rotonoto: to err is human- to really screw up requires a computer
Fardel: With practice, you'll mess up with the best of us!
Dave: oh I can't wait!
c ease: no, make original mistakes dave. doing other people's is no fun
Fardel: It took me this long to fall on my face and you think it was easy?
c ease: are you a bowling pin?
Fardel: Fudd's Law??
Dave: I've made plenty of original mistakes man, they grow by the second
Dave: ah yeah I'd forgotten about fud's law, genious
c ease: keep them from killing you or anyone else and you'll probably Be OK
Dave: I'm trying
c ease: and obviously succeeding
Dave: I just finished watching the movie Office Space, great introduction to corporate America
c ease: havnet seen it
Fardel: aka Bad Boys Two
Rotonoto: I don't want to see it
Rotonoto: too many bad memories
Dave: weird but funny, subtle humor
Dave: ah excellent! Spike Jones' "love in bloom" just started playing, one of my favorites
Dave: sorry...just typing whatever comes to mind
Fardel: free association,...good.
c ease: greeed...is goood
Rotonoto: nite all, my eyelids are getting heavy...
c ease: by roto
Fardel: Rot on Roto!
Rotonoto: happy happy youse guys, see you soon...
Dave: later rodo
Merlyn: bye roto
Rotonoto: get your hands off me- I'm a newsman- I gotta find out- Reeeebussssss...
c ease: sale on sail on sailor
||||||||| At 12:30 AM, Rotonoto vanishes mysteriously -- just as Nino the Mind Boggler predicted!
c ease: so now we know. phil likes mysteries
Fardel: He's always been in Danger, right?
c ease: right up his alley
Dave: I'm afraid I missed most of tonight
c ease: with a dagger
c ease: be not afriad, said the angels
Dave: oh yeah he was Nick
c ease: and then won the wolrd series
Fardel: Just in Time
c ease: not newsweek?
c ease: Justin's time is done
Fardel: That Was The Week That Was
Dave: one of my fave lines from that whole thing was, "it had been snowing in Santa Barbara ever since the top of the page ..."
c ease: exactly, dave
c ease: that is essence of firesign
Dave: and '65 was the year that was, thank you Mr. Lehrer
c ease: make us aware of the man behind the mask
c ease: i am in search of freshly baked shortbread
Dave: oh now Spike's "I'm in the mood for love" is on, god I can't stop laughing
Dave: my sister is making a fruitcake, yay! with rum!
Fardel: Drain the cake!!
Dave: yeah I hope it turns out allright
c ease: i can never hear the word rum without associating it with the pirates of the carribean ride at disneyland
Fardel: If she made it with loving care, it wouldn't last a week
Dave: I know, problem is, it's gotta sit for like a week, there's some other term for it
c ease: ferment?
Fardel: saturate and preserve
Merlyn: gesticulate
c ease: how very thoughtful of you, mr. tut
Dave: well think I'll be going
c ease: off you go
Dave: have a merry one guys, see ya later
Fardel: Ditto with me also, Happy and All of that, Take Care, All!!
c ease: you will
||||||||| Dave departs at 12:44 AM, singing "Toad away, toad away; toad away, toad away! Where do you go when you're toad away?"
Fardel: Bi
c ease: off we split
||||||||| Fardel rushes off, saying "12:44 AM? Mark Time is almost on! Where's a radio?"
Merlyn: bye cat, if you are still reading...
||||||||| Merlyn says "Catherwood, call me a cab." After the obvious joke, Merlyn exits at 12:47 AM.
||||||||| It's 12:50 AM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| c ease - dead from the fiddlers
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Catherwood enters, and announces to all and sundry "It's 4:32 AM, time to change the log file and clean out unused rooms; please exit the chat room for a minute or two. Thank you for your patience."

The Evening's Participants:
Phil Austin
Bubba's Brain
c ease
Compañero Señor Dave Yämamøto
El Yamamoto Volante
Woody One
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