Sunday, January 01, 2006

Starting out

I got a blog, you got a blog, all God's chillun got blogs...

Everyone else seems to be blogging, why not me? The trouble is, of course, that it's like being asked to tell a joke - every joke you ever knew immediately vanishes from your mind except that terribly vulgar one you learned in eighth grade. Still, let's try. It's the first day of a new year, a good time to start something new.

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. (I have no idea where I originally read that.)

I'll be posting opinions, links to articles I think are weird, links to other sites I think are interesting. All opinions here are mine unless specifically attributed to someone else.


  1. Anonymous1:46 PM

    hedera, does the eighth grade joke begin with: There was a young girl from Corvallis? - because I think I remember that one...

  2. No, cooper, I didn't start collecting limericks until rather later than 8th grade... and I don't think I know the one about the girl from Corvallis.

  3. Anonymous2:07 PM

    Hedera, this is a B-I-G 2006 resolution, right? You go, girl!

    You must know most of the limericks based in Nantucket, though?

  4. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Very good. I'll add this to my other favorites. Good luck!

  5. Noah was a paid-up member of the Shipfitters Union. He might have been the ONLY member, but that just meant he held all the offices and collected all the dues.

  6. Thanks to all of you for dropping by! I don't expect to be able to match Adam's standard, but every so often I feel the need to vent...

    Linkmeister, Shipfitters Union indeed! As you describe it, it sounds terribly incestuous; which actually matches the Ark pretty well, now I think about it.

  7. Anonymous9:30 PM

    Hey Hedera! I just had to pop in and say hey.

    So I did.

    So there.

    Sorry, I'm horrible with jokes. None to offer here.

  8. Anonymous3:57 PM

    hedera, the limerick about the girl from Corvallis is suitably crude and juvenile. I ran across it 30-35 years ago, as I was perusing Playboy for its famously thoughtful and well written articles. However, since we're all adults here...

    There was a young girl from Corvallis,
    Who used a dynamite stick for a phallus.
    They found her vagina in South Carolina
    And the anus? It landed in Dallas.

    See juvenile...

  9. I never should have brought up limericks. Since cooper has revealed a relatively crude one, I'll put out my all time non-PC favorite about:

    ...the faggot who lived in Khartoum
    Took a lesbian up to his room.
    They argued all night
    Over who had the right
    To do what, and with which, and to whom.

    We aren't supposed to use ANY of those words any more...

    Thanks for dropping by, ice weasel.

  10. Anonymous7:11 AM

    ice weasel, you win, hands down. I declare myself out of the dirty-limerick-remembering Circle of Hell.

  11. Anonymous7:14 AM

    Okay, hedera, Dashiell Hammet? The books are WAY better than the movies.

  12. I agree with cooper and ice weasel. Let's lose the limericks.

    Dashiell Hammett was the first of the "tough guy" detective writers, predating the iconic Raymond Chandler. I have most of his novels and some of the Continental Op short stories. In general I think books are better than movies, Hammett's included. I've seen the Maltese Falcon, but if you read the book, which describes Sam Spade as "resembling a blond Satan", you'll find watching Bogie in the title role a little confusing. The Hammett novel I really like, and reread regularly, is the Dain Curse, not the Falcon.

    One of my favorite current detective series is Laurie King's Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes series; Laurie King has brought Holmes brilliantly into the twentieth century, and she likes to give certain "historical" figures cameo roles in the books: in the latest one, Locked Rooms, the cameo is... Dashiell Hammett himself, circa 1924. ("Historical" is in quotes because in at least one book, the cameo figure is Lord Peter Wimsey...) King's other books are too modern and realistic for my taste but I like the Russell-Holmes series so well I buy it in hardback as soon as it appears.

  13. Anonymous10:00 PM

    OK, I'm an anonymous. Thank you, Leslie.

    Now on to the other posts.