Wise Old Sayings That Are Stupid

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Confucious

The Misanthrope

 

I am a misanthrope. I have a general distrust of humankind. At least right now, today, lately. I feel old, crotchety, irritable, bitter, and, well...misanthropic. This is not my normal state. People expect of me the happy guy, quick with a smile and a wink and a funny joke. But not today. Not yesterday. Not for a while. I can explain. I only have to tell you one thing and you will instantly understand. If you live in the developed world, you will nod your head sympathetically and commiserate with my misanthropic miserableness. It is, quite simply, this: I have been without hot water for 3 weeks.

Think about that. No hot showers. No convenient washing of dishes. This makes Chris angry. This makes Chris cynical. This makes Chris refer to himself in the 3rd person. The first repair company tried to charge me $3000.00. Not only am I without hot water, apparently I am perceived as a super-moronic rube that just fell off the turnip truck (albeit a rube with three grand in his pocket). So I got my regular repair company in. They need a part. A little elbow-pipe with a rubber thing on the end. It'll be fixed tomorrow. And tomorrow, and tomorrow, and here it is, three weeks going on four.

And so this is my therapy. There are no wise sayings for me right now. No proverbs packed with truth. No feel-good adages that make you want carpe the damn diem. In fact, if you really analyze them, they can be pretty stupid. Here are some of my half-baked, imbecilic, simpleminded favorites.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

 

I've always wondered about this wise saying. Does the early bird really catch the worm? What if the worm oversleeps? It's true that birds get up awfully early. I can hear them right outside my bedroom window, sometimes as early as 4:00AM, and one of these days they're gonna catch something else - like a beak full of buckshot. So I investigated the matter. Ok, some birds eat worms and some do not, but they eat lots of other stuff too. Who knows if they even like worms that much? Maybe eating worms make them want to puke their little birdy guts out. And what about Owls? They're hangin' out at clubs and partying all night, swooping down on rodents, and sleeping off a hangover the next morning. And Owls are WISE, right?

And here's the other thing: Early in the morning isn't even the best time to catch worms. 10:00 at night is about the best time, and the best way to get 'em is to pour a bucket of soapy water on the ground which causes the worms to come up to breathe. Or if you're really a hardcore worm catcher, you pound a couple of re-bars into the ground and hook them to your car battery. Rev your engine and then grab the little two-headed, hermaphroditic freaks and toss them into a bucket with some damp paper towels - or eat them. I don't know about you, but I haven't seen any birds hooking up jumper cables to my car lately (there was that one time, but that's a long story). Nope, this one's stupid. This one's better: The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Having their cake and something else too.
Having their cake and something else too.

You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

 

This is so idiotic that I hardly know where to begin the beguine. Firstly, what the hell's the point of having a cake if you can't eat it? Secondly, how can you eat a cake that you don't even have? You can pretend, but that's called pantomime, my friend, and you can only imagine it tastes sweet and delicious. What is this? Some kind of Confucius thing? Like What is the sound of one hand clapping or Man who go to sleep with itchy butt wake up with smelly finger?

Ok, ok, I get it. The dude is saying you want to keep the cake around to look at how pretty it is and you want to eat it, but you can't do both. I say eat the damn cake before it gets stale. Your little kid isn't going to appreciate having an imaginary birthday cake like in some opium-induced Alice in Wonderland scene. Naw. What they really meant was you need two cakes, one to look at and one to eat, so they should have said: Two cakes in the hand is worth one in the tush. Now that's killing two early birds with one stone.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Everyone thinks that Benjamin Franklin said this appalling apothegm, but it's actually an old Scottish saying. Maybe this is where the common misconception about Scots being cheap comes from. This is very unfair to Scots. Scots are nice people, unless you cross them, and some of the guys have the balls to wear kilts. No, what Ben Franklin said was, "Tis a well spent penny that saves a groat." Like anybody even knows what the hell a groat is anyway.

So you find a penny on the street. You pick it up. That doesn't mean you earned a penny. It means you're a cheap Scottish bastard. Let's say you do this for years and years, until you have this big thing filled with pennies totaling a whopping $37.62. Now, just try to cash them in. Banks won't even take them. Or you have to sit there at your kitchen table carefully stuffing them into little paper rolls and it only takes you 6 hours. You just hired yourself for $6.27 an hour. Congratulations T. Boone, you're a wealthy man. Nope. Afraid not. This one really gets my groat! The verdict? Stupid is as stupid does.

Tis Better to Have Loved and Lost Than Never to Have Loved At All

Awww. How sweet. How romantic. How friggin' STUPID!  Might as well say, "Tis better to be dumped than never to have been dumped before," or "Tis better to be hit by a train blah, blah, blah." I know what Tennyson was up to when he came up with this one. He was trying to get laid, that's what. He'd be at a party sipping on a hot buttered cider punch and spout this tripe to the chicks. It was a pick-up line. And the chicks were all, "Oh, forsooth, Mr. Tennyson," and "Really, but you flatter, Mr. Tennyson," and "Kindly assist me to the fainting couch, Tenny."

The fact is, when you lose love it hurts like hell. You mope around. You feel sorry for yourself. You start drinking too much, then you start smoking crack, then meth, and you grind your teeth down to the nubs, and after a whole lot of misery, you're dead. Kaput. Finito. I, for one, would rather to have never loved at all than be six feet under feeding the worms that eventually feed the early birds. Go ahead. I'll visit your grave once a month, not to leave flowers, but to pour a bucket of soapy water on you and catch some bait.

Actually, it turns out it was Tennyson who said this. Well, well, well. Screw him too!

Jacob Haafner/Wikipedia Commons
Jacob Haafner/Wikipedia Commons

Better Three Hours Too Soon than a Minute Too Late

Old Bill Shakespeare penned this one. I guess he was a stickler for promptness. But there's an old Roman Proverb that goes, "Better Late Than Never." Ok. So which is it? Maybe Bill and some Romans should lock themselves in a room and not come out till they've reached a consensus, something like "Being One Minute Late Ain't Too Bad."

They had messengers back then. Why not send somebody ahead and tell the expectant party that you were held up in foot traffic, or there was a chariot wreck and the palanquins were backed up for miles? Better yet, postpone the meeting; claim their dog Barkus was sick and they had to go to the Sacrarium and offer a sacrifice to Goddess Diana - Mother of Creatures. Then blow the whole day off, go to the coliseum and watch them throw Christians to the lions. This old saw just doesn't hold water anymore. It should be changed: Never Do Today What Can Be Postponed Until Tomorrow.

The Cold Goes On

Ok. I feel better now. Soon, my hot water heater will be fixed and this will all seem like a bad dream, and hot water will once again pulse against my body, refreshing me, invigorating me, keeping me off the head-shrinker's couch and renewing my Irish wink in the bathroom mirror, a proverbial "top of the mornin'" to myself. Perhaps I'll feel the need to write another one of these some day, like in a month when it's really starting to get cold outside and my furnace explodes, but for now, I am calm. And so I leave you with one final proverb. One final idiom that eclipses all others, beautiful in its truth, simplicity, and its inarguable logic:

Live Everyday As Though It Were Your Last...And Someday You'll Be Right.

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

All's well that ends well.


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

I don't know whether to laugh or cry, so maybe both.  You are so funny, yet I detect a bit of temper mixed in this one!!  Life does that to us, yes?  Sayings come from experiences and rarely any of them are conjured up without a price; I loved your analogies and counter sayings!  

You made me laugh/cry today.  I thank you/not.  I loved it/didn't.  I'm all mixed up.  Here's a saying that I conjured up one day in the throws of my bitterness about something:  "Happiness is getting rid of what you thought you wanted when someone else had it."

=))  thumbs up, Chris!!  good luck with the hot water, but may you always stay out of it.

(I couldn't bring myself to vote on your pic, the baby one is quite startling...sorry, I liked your tipping the hat one...sigh, but what do I know? I'm always in the minority.)


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Em Writes 7 years ago from Upstate NY

You wrote: "They had messengers back then. Why not send somebody ahead and tell the expectant party that you were held up in foot traffic, or there was a chariot wreck and the palanquins were backed up for miles?"

Ummm... because somebody in that expectant party might shoot the messenger? Just a thought.

Funny stuff, as usual, Christoph. Hope that water heater gets fixed soon!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

And I thought it was Wall Street that was OFF!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hey you guys get up to mischief when I turn my back!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Uninvited: It hasn't ended well yet.

Mariesue: That's just me playing a character. I'm not all that put out with humanity. My wife says my patience is remarkable under the circumstances. On the avatar thing, you were not in the minority, at least until they mounted a "vote for baby" campaign. You should have voted. Oh, well. I can get rid of it this Tuesday at 6:00 PM Central time (not that I'm keeping track.)

There's no real anger here. Hope you didn't cry on account of me, unless it was me making you laugh so hard. Playing villians is the most fun for actors. (But really, that Cake one has always bothered me!)

Thanks for writing and your kind comments (or not - I'm getting confused too). One thing is sure: You're a peach!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Em: I know they say that, and it will make a good one for my next crotchety old man hub, but did you ever stop to think that they didn't have guns back then. They probably stabbed them.

Thanks for writing and the comment.

Ag: You knew I was off. What did you expect us to do? Go into seclusion until your return? Glad you're back.


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Em Writes 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Ooh, good point. I never was all that strong in history. :)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, That was incredibly funy. But I have come to expect nothing less from you. I am sorry about your water heater and hope it gets fixed soon, but on the bright side you got a funny hub out of it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Em: I have one question: Are you an aunt, and if so, do your nieces and nephews call you Auntie Em?

Gwendy: Yea. Someday I'll write about the time I went for 4 weeks without a toilet. That was worse. Much, much worse.

Glad your found it funny. I try.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

oh, christoph, hope you had some pampers then. I always find your stuff funny, your brilliant.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I didn't have pampers. I had papers, as in news, and a nearby quick shop.


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Em Writes 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Nope, not an aunt. My parents and the occasional misguided coworker are the only people to call me Em. I'm really not even sure why I used it for Hubpages.

I do believe, however, that there's no place like home. (Except, of course, when the water heater has crapped out, in which case, there's no place like the Hampton Inn.)


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

No I really knew you were in character...and I was just pointing out how you would bring in a saying that was opposite...very good strategy!   --  I really liked the history you gave while cutting the saying to pieces.  very coool.  I like your sarcasm - well done!!  =))   And thanks, peaches are good, right?   =))


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Can't you use your stove to heat water?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Nothing like chattering teeth and freezing tooties to make one wax philosophical. Where the heck is that Joe the Plumber when you really need him!

In your case, Christoph, the saying "a watched pot never boils" seems to apply to your hot water heater. In fact, you seem to have tough luck with pots in general, given your dismal 4-week stint without a toilet (a watched pot never flushes...).

Honestly, I don't think you could have written a funnier hub if you'd stayed at a Holidy Inn Express last night (which I was going to suggest -- they do at least have showers there:-). MM


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

"Why not send somebody ahead and tell the expectant party that you were held up in foot traffic, or there was a chariot wreck and the palanquins were backed up for miles? Better yet, postpone the meeting; claim their dog Barkus was sick and they had to go to the Sacrarium and offer a sacrifice to Goddess Diana - Mother of Creatures. Then blow the whole day off, go to the coliseum and watch them throw Christians to the lions."

Ok, first of all, I laughed so hard at this I started choking and now I'm all red-faced with those little prickly-pin-prick thingies in my face and neck and even sweating a bit. God damn dude. I mean, I was ok just laughing my freaking ass off with the chariot wreck and backed up palanquins, but when "Barkus" needed help, I just freaking lost it... I'm laughing again just trying to write that crap. Jezus that was awesome. Wow. breathe.

Ok, I'm good.

So, anyway,

lol @ Barkus /chortle and laughing again

God. You seriously need help or something.

Anyway, what I was trying to say, is that my Dad used to try to use that stupid ass "early bird gets the worm" crap on me when I was in Jr. High and after telling him repeatedly that I was neither a bird nor interested in worms, I finally came up with a counter that, "the early bird gets eaten by the early cat," to which he told me to STFU and get dressed, it was time to go to work. But hey... I'm with you on that one.

Ok, I should stop now, because this will get too long, but, dude, totally hilarious and, in total honesty, I have not laughed as hard at anything in the last month (or more) as I did at that stupid ass Barkus crap. LOL. God that was funny.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Em: Hampton Inn! Ha! You sound like my wife. Are you sure your not her?

Mariesue: Well, thanks again. And peaches are very good!

Misha: Gee, thanks! I hadn't thought of that! I could put a big giant kettle of water on the stove top, then carry the hot water into the bathroom, set it next to the shower, stand in there, pour the hot water over my head, get all soaped up, shampoo my hair, pour more hot water over my head, carry the pot to my sink, put some hot water in the sink, shave, rinse the hair down the sink with some of the now warm water, and pour the remainder in the shower to clean that out a little bit! Damn! Why didn't I think of that! And it'll be so easy! Glad you came by!

Mighty Mom: I almost included the "Watched pot" saying, but there's so many sayings, I might have to write more of these occasionally. No motel for me. I'd rather stay here and bitch and moan and engage in martyr-like behaviour. Thank you for having a read and taking the time to comment. Glad you thought it was funny! Thanks!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Three weeks huh? That's an awful lot of sponge baths...

:)

I cracked up at Barkus too...shades of Mel Brooks or something like that.

So question...you are an actor...your wife is an actress...which of the two of you gets to be the drama queen?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shades: You have me laughing. That's a good response to the "bird - worm" thing. Wish I had thought of it. Glad you think it's funny. It was one of those where I got the idea, collected a bunch of old sayings, and thought "this isn't going to work." But I started anyway, and it kind of wrote itself. I wish they were all like that. Thanks for the compliment.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Oh, Spryte, after reading this, you don't already know? This little traumatized boo-boo boy is all wah-wah because he can't get his bath on. Please. As if there's any doubt.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

My wife isn't really an actress anymore (come to think of it, I don't act very much any more either). Anyway, she's the drama queen, I'm the sulking, angst-ridden artiste.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Shade - true...tsk. Just look at his ungracious response to poor Misha. Poor guy just trying to help and Chris bites his head off because he can't figure out how to poor a pot of water into a tub, add a little cool water and a rubber ducky. Geesh.

I hope Mr. Crankypants gets some hot water soon...

:) /flee


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

OH..Gawd! Here we go again. Why does this always start after Spryte shows up?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*wide innocent eyes*

Dunno...probably cuz I'm following Shade? I wouldn't dream of having an original thought of my own...so it must mean he's the instigator.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I think Shades has a crush on you and he wants to impress you.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I think you need to check out the hubnuggets forum page that Ryan just put up :)

...And you think so? I thought it was YOU he had the crush on. I mean Barkus is pretty damn funny and all that...but don't you find his enthusiasm just a wee bit out of proportion?


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

You'd be surprised, but this is exactly how they did it before hot and cold running water :D

It's not that hard, really, and does not take too much time. A couple of gallons are enough to "take a shower". You just need a big pot or two, and a small pot with long handle.

They cut off hot water every summer for three-four weeks in Russia, so everybody back there are fairly proficient in this...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Why should I check that out? Is one of my hubs on it? I doubt it.

Misha: Thanks. The point was, of course I know this. That is actually what I do every day. I'm surprised that you really thought that I would not have thought this. I didn't know you were being serious. I thought you were being funny. Well, if I hadn't thought of it, it would have been a good thing you told me, otherwise Spryte would be going around making "sniff sniff" jokes about me. Thanks.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL Chris, I am never completely serious ;)

I did suspect that you know this - but just in case :)


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Hmmm..."sniff, sniff" jokes...probably a lot more fun than those knock,knock ones. :)

I'm gonna be real nice now...good as gold...at least until you get your hot water back.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Dang, my son was holding the computer hostage ( something about wanting to be fed and cared for) and I missed all the fun.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

You didn't miss anything. Glad you're back though?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, is that your hub or Shades on the hubnuggets? I am glad I am back too. I probably can't stay on for long as, I took my sleep medication and it is kicking in faster than usual, I haven't been sleeping very good the last few days. I have kids in the morning also, so sleep is necessary when dealing with preschoolers.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I don't know about hubnuggets. I better go look. Sorry about your sleep not being good. I know what that's like.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'm not on hubnuggets and none of them look like Shades' to me either.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Dammit, I was going to make snide or depraved comments to someone, Reilly, Spryte or Gwendy, and now I am forced to go look for hubnuggets first.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte is still around. Gwendy took a pill.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Well, she'll either sleep well or won't get pregnant.  So, I guess that's great.  Um, yeah, so I checked the hubnugget thing, nothing of mine either.  I don't think I write the kind of hubs that make it onto that very often.

Although,I have to say, the hubmob thing for this week I do have an idea that I could write that will be boring as hell, but might be an opportunity to learn some SEO evil-ninja stuff.

I need to con like Mark knowles, Maddie or Hal Licino into adopting me for a hub and helping me set it up.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Oh, and you need to hurry up and finish with that baby thing... I swear, I'm actually starting to regret my victory. LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That sounds like a plan. I'll give it some thought. Not really what I'm used to either, but I don't feel like doing a satirical one: been kicking that horse too much lately.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'd be happy to smother the baby early, if everyone agrees.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

You can't force Thalia to serve you anyway.  I wish I could force Maddie, Mark or Hal though. Just once. Make them come to my house, drink my beer and food, sure, but, have to advise me on the stupid ass SEO crap that I just can't wrap my head around reading techno-hubs by people who already think like that. Someone like me needs to write one, but, nobody LIKE me knows how to do that, so they can't write a hub to people like me. /sigh

I guess I just have to wait till they have an SEO "capsule" so I can just like, say, "duh, F- something, beer, blah blah" and BAM, I'm all over the internet.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

One of them will probably help you, or else they'll just say, "read my hub blah, blah, blah".


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Chris,

Just for once you're looking forward to getting into hot water! LOL I've always wondered about some of those sayings too, like the really contradictory ones:

'Absence makes the heart grow fonder'

'Out of sight, out of mind!'

Some of those old sages should have stuck to being herbs! I hope your boiler gets fixed real soon.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Mark would give you links (so would Misha), Hal would never know you asked because that dude is a machine, and Maddie would probably help but her answers would be short and to the point and therefore totally beyond me.  /sigh

I need one of them to become suddenly homeless and need to stay at my house for a week.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Oh my god...that's this week's topic huh? Hmmmm...

Well, I guess Christmas IS coming up and everyone is scurrying all over the internet hunting down those ideas for presents...


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Yeah, Spryte, they are forcing us into compliance with the capitalistic machine. I either have to write something for the purpose of selling (therefore whoring out my gifts) or I have to come up with another Excrement.inc.

I do have a friend who has a company I have helped before though. I just don't want to waste time writing it if I can't get a zillion views per day.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Yeah throw the baby out with your dirty bathwater, go on I dare ya!

SEO do you really think anybody knows about all that stuff?


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

What's SEO?


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Dude, Hal Licino gets hubs to the top of the hot hub list in like 17 seconds after publishing them and has 0 comments. So, yeah, people know how to work that stuff.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Shades, SEO and hot hubs list are two completely different animals :D


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Not in my world, Misha. Don't impose your facts and knowledge on my ignorance and bitterness.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Well...I suppose I could promote my Mr. Bunny...but it might survive the edit cut.

Still....there has to be some way to make it interesting without loss of artistic integrity. C'mon...it'll be like that time I did aerobics with a pina colada in one hand and a cigarette in the other at club med...

I may have to sleep on this...


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

The inevitable outcome of further and aggressive product research, I'm sure. I respect your dedication.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*evil thought*

We could market ourselves? Or each other...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Amanda: Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Both of those are on my list, possibly for future hubs. I may do one every once in a while. Thanks again.

Shades: I'll tell you, I know something about it because I write that stuff on another site, and they have editors and shit and they are very strict about that stuff, and they lay out specific guidelines for doing it right. Not saying I'm a guru or anything - I mean I'm pretty new to it too - but I understand the fundamental. I have read their explanations about it and they are confusing. The people, I mean. Even I don't know WTF they're talking about, except I do cause I already know it. It's not near as complicated as they make it sound. I'll be happy to share what I know, which you will be able to understand because I do and we think alike, and I can tell it without being all obtuse and "keywords on the first part stringthened in the subtitles and reinforced with title maximization for SEO acuity..." God. It's enough to give a person a headache. It doesn't have to be like that. I just don't write articles like that here on hubpages. I write them on that other site and it's boring, boring, boring. Anyway, say the word and I'll write you an email about it.

Spryte: I'm thinking along those same lines. A very good idea.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Ok, I wrote that BEFORE you started talking about Mr. Bunny. I'm referring to Xmas approaching and writing sometning relative to that.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Shoot me an email then, and I'll tell you about my friend's company (I already did one for him).  If you get really bored, check out my Arc Flash hub.  I got that thing picked up by a trade magazine, so, I can speak the language well enough to write something else (even if it ain't me at all)... but I want to get searched 100 times a day.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Maybe it would help if people suggested products for each other to write about (?). For example, Mssr. Misanthrope here could write about on-demand water heaters. Gwendymom could write about sleeping pills. Spryte, how about exotic vacation destinations, perhaps ones that are pet friendly (you could even write yours in the voice of Mr. Bunny...).


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Well, I said it million times probably, and I can repeat it one more time - you don't have to change your writing style or do some boring pages. But YOU HAVE TO DO KEYWORD RESEARCH first, and use its results in your writing. I mean whatever keyphrases you come up with, you have to actually use them at least once in the text and title - and that's it for on-page SEO. :)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Misha, do me a favor then... go to www.dolphins-software.com and find me a keyword that I can use to write an article that will get searched a ton and drive traffic to his site (assuming my writing is decent etc.).

I'll even trade you a proof read or edit on something big that matters to you if you want. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, that's simply a matter of getting listed at the top of the search engines and writing about something that lots of people are looking for. E.G., This hub, if you google "Stupid wise old sayings" or any combination of those 4 words, my hub comes up 1 and 2. And there is compitition too, if you can believe it. But, how many people are looking for that, and I'm not selling anything. If I wrote instead about "Thingamajigs" and titled it "Everything you need to know about Thingamajigs,", and I get the top spot on google, AND hundreds of people want to know about thingamajigs, and I'm selling thingamajigs, then I'm going to do pretty well. If I can get "Stupid sayings" at the top, then I can get "thingamajigs" pretty well-placed on Google too.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

I'll take a look tomorrow, I am off to bed now...

Night everybody :)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

No, I get that, Christoph.  I have hubs on the "top" too.  I even joke post about being top with my "plant racism" hub on last weeks thing.  I have the google tools and stuff for key word searches.. but when you look them up they talk about how people buy them and placements and stuff. 

I tried really hard to read that crap but my eyes kept rolling up into my head and, frankly, I heard the spirits of Henry James, Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde calling to me, saying, "No, stop reading, you will destroy yourself."  So I did.

And, Misha, I'm serious. I will trade you seriously hardcore editing for some SEO skills in trade.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mighty Mom: Thanks for the suggestion. I'm done writing about water heaters for now though.

Ok. Well maybe Misha can help. Don't worry. All will become clear. You'll see.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

We'll both learn something. I don't really know much about keyword research, so I need to figure out how to do that too.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

It hurts your anus, but apparently it pays well.  I'm going to chill until he checks out my buddy's site.  Hopefully, I can learn something...

It's like that awesome line I always go to from the beginning of the movie Riddick (one of the greatest and most culturally/philosophically deep movies of our time, despite how many people miss it)  that basically pointed out how some evils are so complex that "good" can't defeat them, and that some evils "require a different kind of evil" to bring them down.  Evil that becomes good.

(Spryte has my back on this one, btw.)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yea. I'll start thinking tomorrow. I'm done thinking tonight.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Say "goodnight Gracie!"


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Goodnight, Gracie.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Awwww poor Chris! I sure hope you have hot water soon, like yesterday! Geeze!

'No feel-good adages that make you want carpe the damn diem'. LOL this line cracked me up, too funny! Even though you are currently miserable, this was an excellent hub, filled with cynicism and humor. Sleeping worms, partying owls and Barkus, this was great and gave me my first laughs for the day. I'm just sorry it was at your expense.

I can relate to your predictament. Two winters ago when we had below 0 degrees, I was without heat for three days. I chose to weather it out because of my cats. Ok, it wasn't weeks, but it sure felt like it.

I had another wonderful experience the summer before last. I decided to buy a new stove. I'll condense this here, but basically, they didn't show up, and I had to reschedule. Then they finally come, and I was excited because they made me their first stop at 8 am. As they are unloading the truck, I notice they brought the wrong stove. I ordered black, they brought white. So, another screw-up. The day finally comes and they come in to remove the old stove. Without going into a lot of details, when the kid pulled the stove from the wall it wasn't far enough out, he gives it one more tug, and poof! flames shoot out of the top of the stove. Talk about panic! There's more to this story, but I'll stop here and just say it was eventually resolved.

Another quality hub Chris, thanks for sharing!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Trish: Thanks so much for having a read. Glad you found it funny. I'm not all that bad off. Just playing a part to set up the rest of the article, mostly. I AM a little annoyed, but who wouldn't be? You point out some of my favorite parts which makes me feel like I did something right.

Sounds like you've had some appliance experiences. There could be a bunch of hubs there: When Good Appliances Go Bad!

Glad I started your day off with a laugh. Your ending mine with a good feeling. I'm going to catch a few winks, so we're those ships passing in the night. Thanks!


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Another wonderful, funny hub, Chris!!! Reminds me of the time I was visiting my sister over New Year's and her furnace went out. Middle of winter in northern IL, and we had no heat!!! Boy, was that a lot of fun!! LOL! I think I will go take a nice warm shower now. he he he


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Roflmao over and over! :D Thanks for the laughs Chris. I do hope that hot water thing gets fixed soon. :(

Hubnuggets? I am a bit hungry. Are there any left? *snort*


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Chris you think you've got it bad, we have planned electrical outages here. so no amount of repairing will fix your hot water problem. Then there was the burst water main problem. 4 days without water and once it came back on it turns out that the heater element in the geyser has burnt out still no hot water!. Thank god I can go to the Gym to shower.

Great hub. The hilarious the traffic problem in ancient Rome was just too much but you should see modern Rome. It has to be seen to believed. A one hour sightseeing orientaion trip took 3 hours and we almost did not get back to the criuse ship on time!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Well guys, I did not pregnant, How do I know for sure? My husband is on his yearly hunting trip, and I have been fixed. I didn't change my behavior like my husband thought it would though. I'm still moody, and run around town (shopping). I guess it doesn't work in humans as it does for dogs. He'll have to try again, maybe a shock collar or something, I guess he's not too worried about it, as he left me home alone and unsupervised.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Anna: Howdy! Thanks for the comment. Always nice to know you've read something of mine. That sounds cold in Northern Illinois. Now, go enjoy your hot shower, you.......

Pam: Thanks for being here, and glad you were Roflyao and that I helped. Now we just need to find you a new ass.

No Hubnuggets in these parts, I'm afraid. You're on the wrong side of town for those. Thanks!

Sixty: Thanks for coming by. Let's see...you are in South Africa? The planned power outages don't surprise me, living out in the jungle like that with the Chewy Chewy Tribe, head hunting and shrinking heads and stuff. Ha! I've seen the Roman streets on travel shows and it looks hidious.

Gwendy: Your husband left you unsupervised? You're not locked up or anything? Wow! The shock collar sounds like a good idea. I think I'll get one for my cat!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I am not locked up, He must have lost his mind with elk fever. I would like to be a fly on your wall when you attempt to put that shock collar on your cat, or even better the first time you use it. Hmmm, christoph spaghetti.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Actually, the cat and I are getting along much better now. He's changed to a degree. He's no longer trying to kill me (just put me in the hospital for a few days!)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Funny stuff, as usual, Christoph. Hope that water heater is fixed by now! I'm not sure but your small intsy winsy tiny little temper tantrum might have blown of your hat, your avatar looks a bit different... I can't put my finger on it... unless you were trying out my anti wrinkle facial cream formula on your whole body... Might I suggest maybe a little more around the eyes

Super great hub regards Zsuzsy


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Zsuzsy: Yes! It was your anti-wrinkle cream. My lawyers will call your lawyers and we will be seeking 1/2 of all your adsense wealth! (That would be the most I ever made from adsense!) Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!


pgrundy 7 years ago

What a crack up! You are too funny.

My reply to that "early bird gets the worm" thing was always, "Who the hell wants a worm?"

Our electricity goes out at least 6 times a year (thanks, crumbling Michigan infrastructure), so you have my total sympathy about the lack of hot water thing. I hope by the time you read this it is back.

I am SOOOOOO on the same page with Shadesbreath about SEO and keywords and so forth. I try to pay attention to that stuff and within seconds my eyes start to glaze over and I lose big chunks of time like people who are abducted by aliens. Then when I come to, I can't remember what keywords I'm supposed to use or why. I know I am missing the boat because I can't even find the harbor, what harbor, where? I think I'm at the train station...

On the up side, I am currently 11 cents away from my first Google payout. Yes!

It only took ten months.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, Can I get your help on something? I feel pretty stupid asking but i really need the help, and I don't think you would laugh too much at me, at least not in public.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Pam! Thanks for coming by. How much is the Google minumum for payout? 100? Hey, that's great. It looks like I'm years away.

I've been working on the SEO thing. Last night and today I've been doing keyword research and changing my keywords according to the popular keywords. It's not hard, but I'm only seeing a small difference so far in the ones I've changed. But then, look at the crap I write about. Not the most popular topics (but they interest me so screw 'em!) Anyway, I'll see how it works out. I think it works better if you look up the keywords first and then write the article to include those keywords. I'm going to try to do one "by the book" for this weeks hubtopic and see if it works. Give this a try: Google "google keyword research" and go there. You come to a page where you can either enter the URL for the article you want keywords for, or you can enter the important keywords from your title manually (I like this second way best). It's actually interesting. It will then show all variations on the keywords you entered, how many people search those keywords every month, and how much competition you have from other sites using those keywords. Harder to explain than it is to do it. Just go there and it will explain itself. I would put the link up to get to google keyword research, but I'll lose all this typing if I leave the page.

Thanks for the comment. I really have to start selling some writing work. I'll be doing some of the things you suggested in your hub.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Of course. I'll be happy to help if I can (of course I'm now waiting for the joke that makes me look stupid...but I'll play.) Shoot.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

No really, No joke. Ok I am wondering how to put links in my paragraphs, I have tried and it doesn't seem to work for me. see, I told you it was embarassing.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That's not embarassing. You mean have a word that's highlighted and when the reader clicks on it, it takes them to another page or website?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

yes. That's exactly what I mean.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Open the edit text box, highlight a word, and you'll see the little chain link icon on the edit text window light up. Click it and it opens a new box that you paste in your URL, and it attaches the link to the word for you.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Shades, Thanks! And you didn't even laugh at me in public!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

The first thing to do is get the url to the page/site you are going to link TO handy, so what I do is open a second screen on my computer and go to that page. Now, in the screen where you have hubpages open, Go to your article that you want to do this this to, and Click on Edit, so the whole thing is in Edit mode. Now go to the paragraph were the word or phrase is that you want to turn into a link, and open that capsule into the Edit mode. Now, On the page that you are going to link TO, click on the URL and copy it (we're just doing a copy/ paste thing here). Now go back to the hubpages screen and HIGHLIGHT the word or phrase you want to turn into a link. Then, at the top of the text edit capsule, select the link function (it's in the action bar with scissors, bold, italics, etc., 4th from the right - the chain next to the broken chain). Now a window will come up. Paste the URL that you copied (or you could write it in if that's easier for you) into the panel for the URL, and then click on done or finished or whatever it says - I forget. Easier to do than explain.

Hope that helps. Let me know!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, you are my hero!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Or just do what he said.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I am glad you took the time to walk me throught the whole process, that's what I need. Someone to take my hand and say this is what you need to do. I guess that goes back to that follower thing. Again many many thanks.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Puh-lease! Your not a follower. There's nothing wrong with asking someone to explain something to you. I do it all the time and I don't feel embarassed by it. That's why I know so much! Ha! But seriously, I've learned a lot from asking people to explain things to me. Speaking of wise sayings, there is one that is true: There are no stupid questions, just stupid people that don't ask questions.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

One more thing if you don't mind? I was wondering about posting links into products that we have found and how many are considered appropriate and how many would be too much? Maybe this is a question for the forums but I don't know If I have the time to wait.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

I think they say only 2 links to one place in a hub.

And Christoph, dude, that Banksy hub is really good.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Thanks Shades! You guys Rock! what banksy hub? what did I miss?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

never mind, I found it. I will have to read it later.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yea. I think two is right. That's what I remember, anyway. Thanks for the Banksy comment. It's a perfect example of the dichotomy of this stuff. I worked my ass off on that, and it's getting like, zilch for traffic, and then this thing is doing really well. Oh, well. I knew it would be so but I wanted to write it anyway.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Hi Chris,

I agree things like this are annoying to say the least. I just wanted you to know I sent up a little prayer to the hot water fairy, and she told me you will have hot water before this weekend :)

Hmmm, hubs on appliances. That's a thought. I had another highly recommended plumber once to come in and replace my 2-zone furnace. To make another long story short, I had no heat downstairs whatsoever, but upstairs? Let's just say all you needed was a kiddie pool, a little beach sand and you could have gone swimming it was so hot! Grrrr!

Ships passing in the night? You're giving me more food for thought. I have several tales I could tell about my outings with my hubby on our little boat now that I think of it. Like a lot of these other folks, I'll have to sleep on that :)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Just watch Christoph, you'll start getting Google traffic on that Banksy one.  I have four or five hubs I wrote as "serious" if you will, and they got a few comments at first,  seemed to die after the first week, but have steady search traffic now.  The stuff that got lots of traffic (like this one maybe, and your avatar one... they seem to die totally after awhile.  Nobody will search "Christoph's avatar" or "Excrement, Inc." but they'll search Banksy for years.  Write a thousand Banksy hubs and you're golden parachute opens right up.  So, I think the effort pays off long term when you can make yourself do it.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Hey, Shades, I sent you email about your site. Let me know if you received it :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Nice hub on old sayings. I also wondered "It's the early bird which catches the worm" But if I am on the side of the worm I wouldn't like to be early. Infact as worm I would be stupid following this saying "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man(worm) healthy, wealthy, and wise" ...hehe


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Good point, countrywomen. I wonder if worms have sayings? "What you don't know won't hurt you." That's another one not true of worms (or humans either, for that matter.)

Thanks for coming by. Always nice to see you!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Not yet, Misha, I just looked.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

This reminds me of that Confucious email forward that was going around with all the really lame "quotes". I do feel for you on the water heater, though. Do you live right in town, or in the country? Up here in lovely MN, when it gets to -60, our pipes freeze up so bad, we can't take showers or use the toilet for days on end. Try going without a shower for two weeks.

It. Is. Not. Pretty.

Or try having your heater break, then having your dad forget to stock the woodstove in the evening. I've woken up with frost on my eyelashes before. And that is why I am now the one who stocks the stove at night. :-P

But alas, I have gone off topic! lol Hmm. I never did like the early bird one. Mostly because I'm generally a logical thinker, and I came to the same conclusion you did about worms coming up at night. And it would seriously piss off the mater. xD This was nice. I needed a smile real bad. Thank you, Chris. :)


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Christoph I loved your hub, made me laugh. And I know people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, but I ain't as ugly as your avatar. And I had to say it cause, well it's darn ugly and every time I get onto your hubs I struggle to stay glued in case you respond. And that ugly thing staring at me...... gods it's tough.

I think you're a darling, but I even think the Divine head honcho is wondering where he went wrong! And I suppose you're going to torment me now and enlarge it or something.

And I'm with Shades. Get a bucket, half fill it with hot water from the stove, put in your lovely soap then put the cold in. Voila. You're all ready for some bucket washing using a wash cloth. You know that's the most sensuous way to have a tub, using a bucket, outside, standing on a large rock with the sun shining on your naked body. Ooops, that's another time and place.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Kika: Thanks. Glad you had a smile. Yea. I've had all those problems too. Didn't have any heat in NY for a week. It was cold, but not Minnesota cold, that's for sure. Never had frost in my eyelashes (or icesickle's' hanging from my nostrils either.) Good to see you!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Christoph,

Well I agree for certain things what we don't know doesn't hurt us(Ignorance is a bliss). But then for most of the people living in civilized societies the general understanding is Ignorance of law not excusable( Ignorantia juris non excusat). I don't know if worms have a saying then what do I know I am not a bookworm....hehe


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

You too!

I've never had icicles hanging from my nostrils. That's just naaaaasty. But I have had tears freeze in mid-air. Craziest thing ever. o_O Made me stop crying real fast so I could check out the little frozen salt crystals. My curiosity > any depression. :-P


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I'm still VERY happy!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

jewels: Glad to see you! Who says your ugly? I'll kick their ass! No, the avatar will be gone tomorrow at 6 PM, so don't be scared any more. Yea, I do the bucket thing everyday, except I use a big old pot and stand in the shower dumping big tumblers of hot water on my head. Now the outside thing is interesting, coming from you. I don't believe you however, and must see this for myself. Kindly inform me when and where I might observe this curious behaviour first hand. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you with the desired information. Sincerely, Perve....uh....Chris.

countrywomen: With all the dumb sayings, I have enough information to write these hubs for a long time. I dig your Latin, babe!


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

Thanks for the laughs, Chris!

My dad used to say "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry, and I'll give you something to cry about, damn it." Of course, I no longer fear his retribution since he's dead as a door nail, but he'd have been confused about whether to laugh with me, or slap the crap out of me, while I read your Hub!


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

Spryte: I can see that, hun... Why are you so happy?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Kika: Tears freezing from your eyes! That's wild!

Now Spryte, did you bring a vicodin for everybody? Hmmmm?

Tom: That's funny! Your Dad sounds like he was a riot. Glad you got a laugh out of this. Thanks for taking the time to leave a message.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*smiles at Christoph* How about a nice slice of lemon meringue pie instead?

Kika: Vicodin. Thanks to my husbands roto-rootering of my sliver, which extracted nothing, my foot was in excruciating pain. It isn't anymore.


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Lazur 7 years ago from Netherlands

LOL Chris, fun hub!But now I'm not able to take a hot shower without thinking about this for a while..


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Well that's a comment begging for a reply from Christoph about how he might actually need a cold shower now...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Lemon Meringue Pie sounds good.

Lazur: Thanks for stopping by and the interesting comment. Glad you found it fun!

Spryte: I think I'll take the high road for now.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Very noble Chris :)

So why do you stay up so late anyway?


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Lazur 7 years ago from Netherlands

Well spryte,without the little pipe with a rubber thing on the end it won't be hard.... :D *still wondering what that rubber thing is*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: My schedule is screwed up in a major way, plus I only sleep about 4 hrs anyway, so. It is usually about now I go to bed and read a little. Your turn.

Lazur: I tried to be a Gentleman, but you just won't let it go. Now...about that shower, the pipe, and the rubber thing....


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

it's 12:01...I'll probably be going to bed soon, but I have a nice cup of coffee in front of me and I'm winding down with a few rounds of spider solitaire. I have nice hours at my office...in at 9 ish, so I can indulge my inner night owl.

As for the shower, pipe and rubber thing...it sounds like a really bad prison flick.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Prison flick? You mean like, "Girls from the Netherlands behind bars?"


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

No...more like "Babies Behind Bars: The Bubba & Christoph Story"


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Lazur 7 years ago from Netherlands

Prison bars? I just know how to handle a pipe:D *with or without the rubber thing*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Ouch!

Lazur: Mmmm! I'm sure you do. I've often thought that of you.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL!!!

I'm not saying a word.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'm hitting the hay. Night Spryte!


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Lazur 7 years ago from Netherlands

Goodnight, I won't say more either:P I'm going to hit the road:D


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Nite you two! Sweet dreams... :)


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trish1048 7 years ago

hmm, ok, don't answer me :(


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

I suppose and appropriate sayonara would be:

"You don't know what you don't know"


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Lazur 7 years ago from Netherlands

Nite? It was just morning for me.:D*LOL* I truly hit the road in my car. If it wan't for these crazy trafic jams I would be back at my own place a lot sooner than it took me now.I rather handle a pipe.:P But I guess you're all asleep now;)


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

"Thanks for being here, and glad you were Roflyao and that I helped. Now we just need to find you a new ass."

Thanks, but don't bother, my ass found me. I've tried lmao in very remote places then running like hell and covering my tracks, but it always finds me. lol ;)


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Can't wait until 6:00 p.m. today. Would that be central time? Seriously, I actually avert my gaze from your avatar, quite the opposite of what I used to do with the original. I know what Jewels means...whenever I open a hub of yours these days, I put my hand over the screen up in the right-hand corner before I click. Can't wait to get that dashing gentleman back.

Oh, yeah, great Hub, of course! :)


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cflynn 7 years ago from Ireland

funny stuff

you obviously "don't suffer fools gladly" !! (that one bothers me! i mean who does???)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Trish: I did answer you but I guess I didn't hit post. Sorry about that. What I said was that your appliance fairy forgot to talk to my repair people, because I just found out that the wrong part came and they had to order again and it will be another week (of course, that was yesterday). You know I would answer. Don't I always? Thanks for pointing it out so I could rectify the situation. Your pal, CR

Sixty: Yea, that one IS pretty stupid. Duh. Thanks for the comment

Lazur: Thanks for sticking around last nite. You were fun and it's a special treat to see you at my hub. Hope you have a great day, with a pipe or something.

Pam: You have a Donkey? Cool! Reminds me of that children's poem:

Pammy had a little ass, it's skin was brown as dirt; And everywhere that Pammy went, her ass would get there first!

Now that's just funny.

Sally: Yea, I can't wait to change it, and even the people who campaigned for the Ugly Baby are sick of it and wan't it to change it too (and yea, that's central time). Thanks for reading this. Hope it brought a smile to your face.

cflynn: That's a good one! I would suggest that anyone who DOES suffer fools gladly, it is because they themselves are a fool! That one is going in my book. Thanks for coming by and getting into the spirit of it!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

28 minutes and counting.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally: I was a little late. Should change any second. Yay!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thank god. I can sleep well tonight. Now what are you going to do about Rielly?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That's a good question, Sally. I think Shadesbreath will probably take it off eventually. Thanks for checking in and your support during this horrible ordeal. Without you, I might have given up hope and my desire to live. XXXOOO


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Sorry, I didn't have time to read all of these comments. Did you ever get your hot water back? Cuz I gotta say, you really sound like a glass half empty kinda guy, here.

By the way, I've always wondered why you humans needed hot water heaters. If it's already hot, go take a damn shower and quit bitchin'.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Christoph is back! Yeaaaaaaaa!

I know you always answer, and I figured you just skimmed over my comment since you are really being swamped with comments :)

In fact, you should check your fan mail.

I'll have to take up my chat with the fairy tonight, sounds like I'll have to go over her head! So sorry for yet another delay, you poor thing :(


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

BT: Nah. Not for another week I'm not really that pissed off. Just a character to set up the article (without the irascible guy, I don't think it would be as funny - but what the hell do I know about funny). Good point about the water already being hot. I think I'll write a hub about how that pisses me off.

Trish: It feels good to be myself again! Please DO take that up with your fairy. I would like some action and I hold her completely responsible.

Why? Is their mail I don't know about? I'll go check. Thanks!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thanks for the kisses and hugs. YOU are the drama queen, and we love you for it.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

great hub Christoph - really enjoyed it! especially seizing the damned day!

Re old sayings I had a great aunt who used to say - well and truly pre-pill of course "no doee no gettee!"

Earlier you commented that you couldn't go find a url because you didn't want to lose all your writing - well maybe this will help you in the future - what I do is just cut the words out, go find what I want and then come back and paste my earlier words back into a new comment - seems to work ok. cheers.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally: Thanks. I don't know about the drama queen though, but thanks anyway.

ajcor: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. Your aunt sounds like a gas. My computer won't give me the option of cutting here (when I right click). So I've tried that and it doesn't work for me. Just tried it again, but still no luck. Thanks though.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Guess what Christoph, I need your help again. actually I need your opinion. Would you mind helping me?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

No. Go ahead.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Crap, I thought you were gone, so I just now asked Spryte. OK, well I've started this hub and want an opinion before I publish it. I can only think of one way to do this. If I gave you my password real fast on here and deleted the message before anyone could see it. I guess. I don't know of another way to do this.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ok. Do it. I'm ready.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

did you get it?

 


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL!  *falls over laughing my ass off*

If he didn't I did.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

got it. Go.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

it's fun new products

 


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Spryte, you can have a peek too, The more critique the better. I trust you guys. I am just not sure if I might insult someone or didn't do enough writing.

 


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I'll wait a bit...I think if too many of us log on as you it will cause a problem.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

holy hell...how did that happen?

:) I didn't think it had worked cuz my puter locked up. And then I was you...and wow...that was weird.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I'll log off for a min.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I don't know which I'm supposed to be looking at. Fun new products?


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

If you ever get stuck leaving your work to find a URL the best thing is to miniaturise your existing window, open a new window and search or go to the URL, as normal. Right click on the URL, copy, then go back to your main window and paste. Works for me :)


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Hey, Gwendy, why can't I look at your new work and have your password (sulks and pouts) ?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

lol, yes, it is fun new products in my non published hubs.


just me 7 years ago

Hey, who is me right now, and Misty you can see as soon as they are done.


just me 7 years ago

Hey, who is me right now, and Misty you can see as soon as they are done.


just me 7 years ago

ooops, sorry bout that.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendymom: That's hysterical! It's really funny. I had several huge belly laughs, and I think everyone will enjoy being part of it! Of course, now half of us will have seen it already, but it is definitly a winner!


just me 7 years ago

Thanks Christoph, do you think I did enough writing? I feel like I didn't have much to say.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

just me, are you also gwendymom by any chance ???


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

glad to be me again, I guess Spryte is still me, This body swapping thing is crazy, but fun.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Yep, it's me misty. As soon as spryte gets done you can have a look if you want but it might spoil the surprise.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Can't wait, but will if you insist. Sounds great from the feedback so far :)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

It's up to you misty, I don't mind either way. I hope it's ok.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, I think you could write more, if you have something funny to say and you wanted to, but I wouldn't worry about it. (Now I don't know how that affects rankings and stuff). It would be nice if the picture always lined up with the writing about that product, which you can do by having each person in there having their own capsule, but then you NEED more writing cause their won't be enough for the photo capsule to hold on to (I know - I've tried it.)

In terms of funny though, i think it's fine. And it IS really funny!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Okay, I shall wait patiently like a good girl. Need to go to bed soon anyway as it is now 03.25am here in Guernsey and Hubby is snoring like a goodun in our bedroom downstairs. Can't wait for the Hub though, so please publish it soon :) :) :) Need some cheering up after Sunday!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Thanks Christoph. I really wanted to write more but I am just not inspired lately. I don't know what's wrong with me.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Misty, I will try and get it out tomorrow. Good night and sweet dreams.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I thought of something else. You might make a "white" picture - nothing but blank white - and put it in between the two picture, thereby pushing the second product picture down and more in line with it's writing. I can send you a blank picture if you want to try this.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

;)) Now that is great!! I loved it and I'm not gonna say anything until you publish it cuz I don't want to ruin the surprise...but how did you know Mr. Bunny was purple? Hmmmm?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Where is Spryte? Did she get lost in my mind, I know there is a lot of room in there but dang. Go towards the light Spryte!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I have had an experience with mr. bunny too Spryte, he gets around.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL it did take me a while to find it in the list.  Dang girl...you have a lot of unpublished stuff...don't worry, I didn't peek at anything else.

BUNNY...not rabbit.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I know I get random thoughts that I just don't find the proper ending to.

Christoph, sure you can email it to me. They did seem to align a little bit when I hit preview except for one that was giving me hell. 


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

hahaha I changed it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yea. I was like, "Woah". I didn't peek neither, but I will later after you're asleep. (he, he)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

guys, my son is breathing down my neck to have the puter so I will have to go and work on it later. Thanks guys for your help and critique, I really do appreciate it.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

guys, my son is breathing down my neck to have the puter so I will have to go and work on it later. Thanks guys for your help and critique, I really do appreciate it.

Oh, well Christoph, that won't be the first time someone has peeked while I was asleep.

Maybe you guys will still be on when I get back, Thanks again!!!!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I emailed you the blank white picture. See ya!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I just finished writing my piece...now I have to go and find some pretty pictures. Be back later once it's up.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Wow, what a relief to see a familiar face instead of that ugly baby!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ok. I'm off to write tool

Misha: It's good to be back. Hey, thanks for answering my question in the forum yesterday. You were a big help....NOT.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Damn handsome man. I slept well last night knowing that thing would be sent back to the swamp.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, I did not see your email and I just checked it. I did see one from sender fake breasts and I wondered but figured you probably didn't give yourself that name.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL I had to dig through hubtivity to figure out what question did I answer so unsatisfactory - but I found it - Chicks per Mister! :D


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gjcody 7 years ago

Truthfully now Christoph Reilly …”I would take the Holiday Inn ..instead of a few pots of boiling water” Oh …I know ..you guys like to ruff it!

Good Hub ...Funny!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Jewels: What a nice thing to say. It sure beats, "Get that ugly thing out of here," which I also hear quite often.

Mightymom: Damn. I forgot to attach it. I'll do it again.

Misha: From now on it stands for Creepy Misha Input.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

gjcody: Hi. Nice to meet you. Thanks for leaving a comment. Yea, but I'd rather spend two nights at the Ritz than a month at a Holiday Inn (that probably costs about the same).

Glad I brought a smile to your face.!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph I have made some changes but am adding a new one for ananta. So if you want to check it out again you can but give me a moment to add that one. I did the pictures a little different.

Did you just call me mightymom?


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I started reading this hub about an hour and a half ago. It's taken me so long to read through the comments, that I forget what the hub was about. Something to do with SEO and keywords, I think. :)

This is a hilarious work that you've written, Chris! I guffawed aloud several times. I don't normally guffaw, so it's proof that this hub is special.

I wanna know what moron thought that, 'what doesn't kill ya will make you stronger' would make a comforting phrase.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Ok, I realized you can't send attachments through the hubpages contact. So I would need a regular email address (which you can email to me to keep it private) or I can replace a picture on the Avatar hub for a minute or two, and you can copy it from there. Or you can say, "screw it."

Shirley: Thank you so much for the kind words! Very nice to call it special, kind of like what the school board called me when I was a kid. But really, you guffawed? What? No snort?

You're right, that "makes you stronger" one is ultra stupid. I literally copied pages of these wise sayings and could only pick 5 cause of length, but I may write more of them from time to time. Thank you again. You are a sweetheart!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

CR, I rearranged things so I think it looks better but I still don't feel like it is close to finished. I just can't come up with anything to write about.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Yay! I'm done!! And also watched Boston Legal (love that show) and ate some mac & cheese. Oh...and I'm back.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendymom: Then don't worry about it. it isn't necessary. It's good.

Spryte: I didn't know Boston Legal was on. I like that show too. Did you publish? (I had spaghetti with homemade sauce with spicy sausage. Mmmm.)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I had mushroom jack fajitas, Yummy! I didn't want to feel left out.

and thanks Christoph, I really value your opinion.

oh btw I have to box up you and shades for shirley.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I love Mac & Cheese and Fajita's too. We sure are eating tasty things tonight.

What to you mean, gwendymom, box us up for Shirley?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Chris - Boston Legal was actually on last night...but we TiVo it so we can enjoy it at leisure.

I love spaghetti...but I'll pass on the sausage. Mmm fajitas. Now you are talking.

Yep...all published if you want to look, m'darlin' cowboy.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Mac & Cheese fajitas?  That sounds awful.  And as for that boxing thing, Christoph: Gwendy, Spryte and Shirley have taken to discussing Sven and Tvelve as if they were mere objects of desire rather than thinking, feeling humans with dreams and aspirations, treating them as if they were not people who have goals that go beyond being worshipped for their rippling abs, incredible stamina and physical prowess.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Reckin I'll mosey on over and have a read while I water my horse, then.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

CR, you'll have to look at shades hub 5 tips for shopping with your man to find out. Eat well because you are going to need your energy.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I like the way you kinda slipped in that worshipped idea...

The only ones that would be yelling "Oh my god" would be Sven and Tvelve.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shades: Oh. I should have figured. I better go catch up. Oh, and Spryte had Mac and Cheese, and Gwendy had fajitas.

gwendy: I will...I will.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

lmao, shades, don't make me get out the whip.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Christoph: Hmm, well, Americans will eat anything.   Maybe I just invented the next "deep fried twinkie" with that little mix up.  I'm writing a letter to the marketing departments of Chili's and Chevy's right now.

Gwendy: Yeah, I won't make you get out the whip and afterwards, you don't throw me an that briar patch, ok?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Psst...that was Christoph.

/duck

And...uh that's Shadesbreath right there above me now. He snuck in.

I heard they were doing something new at the AZ Fair this year...deep fried m&m's on a stick.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

No, it was shades. He is being a very bad boy, and should be punished for saying we are demeaning him. I think I better let you dole out the punishments Spryte. Being that you have some experience in that department.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Nah...I'm really bad at punishments. I'm a sucker for that big eyed, oh I think you broke my nose look and I can never carry through...


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

She can have at Christoph first.  Be intersting to see if Spryte plays naughty or gets all Mel Gibson's, _Passion of the Christ_ on his ass.  She's edgy, that one.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Damn Spryte, don't damage the merchandise too much, they still have to work, just break their spirited a little and try not to break any bones.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL!  What a great image!!  Nahh...I couldn't hurt Chris...unless he wanted me to.

Gwendy - So I can make them whimper and beg and all that...just as long as there's no PHYSICAL damage?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

yep, you have free reign. Is that right?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Ok Guys, I am about to pass out, Have a great night! Sweet dreams to you both.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Bring it on, you two!


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rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

Hey Christoph, I just about died laughing at Barkus. It gave me another Bugs Bunny flashback. I remember a goofy looking dog, in a Centurian outfit.

On a more serious note, I once broke my shoulder into a dozen little pieces. The physical therapist took great joy in stretching it into positions it had been unable to achieve even before it was broken. While doing this, he would say "Relax. Pain is just weakness, leaving your body." How's that for a stupid saying?

I really wanted to punch him in the neck, and ask him if he felt any stronger. I settled for pointing out that pain is a tool that your body uses to let you know that you're probably doing something stupid, and it would be wise to stop. From that day forward, I started each appointment with my own wise old saying. "I hope it won't be necessary for us to hurt each other." He was pretty careful, after that.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Hi guys I really cant keep up. I sleep, you guys chat, and swap passwords, Pass Hubs, and pictures to each other. Sulks, I feel left out!

BTW why not suggest the following new hub features

A closed group to view semi published hubs.

A means to swap pictures perhaps in the vein of the closed user group.

Just a thought then your "puter" won't seize (Spryte) and others.

Perhaps a hub on body swapping and sharing experiences and even a little more about Gwendy and Spryte sharing purple Mr Bunny.

BTW (2) This hubmob has got me stymied perhaps a hub on the cruise experience. That's retailing (sort of)?


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Hey, sixty! I'm out of the loop, lately, too. Maybe we should team up on a "Nobody Loves Me" hub.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

rmr: You gave me a great laugh to start the day!! Yea, I remember that centurian, but wasn't there one that was like an alien? About your shoulder, that is hands down to dumbest saying I have ever heard.

"I really wanted to punch him in the neck and ask him if he felt any stronger" is hysterical. The only thing that could have been better is if you had done it!

Your daily warning, however, is destined to become a classic! Thanks for stopping by and the very entertaining comment.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sixty: I think those ideas for the users group are excellent. The only thing - as this subject has been discussed some lately - someone pointed out that whatever hub this behaviour is taking place on gets a little bump in page views and comments, which would not happen with the group area. Not that that was an idea killer, just an observation.

I think Cruises can be considered a product. Why not? They compete against each other for your purchasing money, they offer features and benefits that come with your purchase, heck, even a hub on why it can be considered a product would work.

B.T. Just because you weren't here to feel the love, doesn't mean you aren't. If you haven't seen gwendymom's hub on gifts yet, you should go have a look. Talk about feeling the love. Hey, thanks for writing.


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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

Haha this is hilarious! 

PS sixtyorso I also thought of clubs that could view semi hubs. I thought restrict it to your fans and warn them.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Hot: Thanks for reading and glad you found it funny. Thanks for the comment.


Writer Rider 7 years ago

Hi Reilly, you write really well. I'm bend over in laughter reading your hubs! As for the Scottish being cheap, not all Scots are cheap-but quite a few. I don't think it has anything to do with greed but being overly practical.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Writer Rider: Thanks so much for visiting my hub and leaving a comment. Glad you found it funny. Thanks for clearing up the Scots thing. I was wondering. Appreciate it!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Gwendy - I'm glad to see that you're protecting the merchandise!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Easy ladies! There's enough Christoph for everybody!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Hah! That's what you think...you should ask about what happened to the LAST cowboy on the hubpages...

I like the idea of a hub chat space...if it could be incorporated into the hubpages, AND I also like the idea that talking to all of you on various spots gives a little boost to the ratings. But I tell ya...some nights I sit here scratching my head trying to run the round of hubs to keep up :)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I think Sirdent tried to start a chat room but I don't think it went over very well. It's is the forums.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Yeah...he tried that for a while (and for a long while) but not everyone could get to it. Then for a bit some of us tried mIRC...but that didn't last long. I KNOW you can put a chat feature into a website...so why not one here? You just click a button and voila!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

That would be nice Spryte, but then I guess it would cut down on comments and then they would figure less internet traffic. I don't know, I'm just throwing that out there.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Yeah...I can see your point. But that doesn't mean I like it...LOL!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

me either, maybe they think with IM and myspace people get in touch like that. Who knows.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Alright. I'll rope that steer. What DID happen to the last cowboy on Hubpages?

There's another thing about the chat room. Anybody could do it, right? Although that is the case now (I mean with us carrying on multiple conversations on multiple topics on multiple hubs) it somehow SEEMS more private. And if it were live chat (I assume that's what we're talking about here) there would be lots of gawkers perhaps, or people I didn't care to chat with.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

possibly. If the chat was on HP wouldn't it the same as it is now, only not having to do it in comment boxes.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Not necessarily.  With mIRC, you can create a room and only those with the particular password can gain entry.  And lest anyone thing you are an elitest...you can be in several rooms at once.  It's a rather good program.

The only problem with having a separate program running was that a few of us were spending time just sitting there waiting for others to show up...so it wasn't a lot of fun.

And as for the last cowboy...there wasn't enough of him either.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yeah. But I'm saying, now it is maybe 5 or 6 of us, but then there might be 20 or more, and you might not know half of them. Are we going to have the same conversations we have now (some of which are pretty racy). Plus, the hub owner is the ipso facto moderator. Anyway, I'm just sayin'.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Oh, well. If you can set up different rooms, that's different. I thought you meant one room for everybody.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Hell no...& call me a snob, but I'd rather have our own little basement bar somewhere with just those that aren't offended and have a cool sense of humor...or at the very least just gaze at us adoringly. There's a lot to be said for that last one.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

They aren't so racy we have been kicked off HP, although I wonder everyday if that will happen.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I keep hoping they'll say..."Will you guys just get a room...oh, wait...here we made one for you." :)


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Before SirDent started his chatroom, there were several attempts to convince HP to create one on the site. They did not receive much following, so it is probably a losing proposition...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Well THANK YOU for sayint it. That's what I want, but didn't want to come of as being selfish (but I am! I want you all to myself and I don't want to share!)

Gwendy: What Spryte is talking about, if it required a password, I don't think we would have any problem there. We could say whatever we wanted.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Maybe we better heat things up a bit. or maybe not, I don't know how much more heated it could get.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I can't keep up. I have jumped to 6 pages in the last minute I think. Where am I?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I think Misha has a point. Especially if we say, "We want a chat room but only for us!"


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Misha - If you've noticed, Shade is really good at rallying the masses...perhaps things could be different this time?

*winks at Christoph*  I don't mind sharing...

Seriously though...we could sell it as a tool for generating ideas on the spot.  Maybe call it "The Writer's Block"

Nahhh we promote it for everyone...but the program should have the ability to ccreate smaller rooms for smaller groups too.

There could be a help room...and a room all about SEOC...or whatever that acronym is...


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

I personally like chatting on hubs more :)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Go Shades!!!!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I don't mind sharing either. rrrr.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*makes a note to tie up Misha and leave him in the back room during the campaign to get a chat venue*


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Spryte, you know he will just like that don't you?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

You know Gwendy....I did think about that briefly and wonder why I was doing it...but then I figured, if he's happy then that's just a bonus :) LOL!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LoL you have to get here first. And make me lose a card game to you :P


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

i could kick your ass at cards Misha! No problem.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Now it's starting to sound like the forums - only live.


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jdeschene 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Brilliant hub! Thanks so much for sharing.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

jdeschene: Thanks for the kind words. Nice to have you here!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Gwen, you mean you girls are coming together?! Oh that really makes things interesting. Only tieing, or you know other tricks, too? ;)


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

What game did you have in mind Misha *smile*


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

I see the logic potentially in HP not wanting a chatroom for the reason of reduced traffic / reading on hubs, but then, HP is more about search traffic anyway. They'd probably feel obligated to have someone monitor the rooms though. (I'd do it... for a fee. LOL).

And we haven't said anything racy enough to get asked to leave yet. I haven't even approached my normal raunch on here, so to me these hub chats are PG-13 at best. I think we've been entirely circumspect in our bawdiness.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I do the cards and Spryte can tie you up, I think that we both have experience in those fields.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Actually I think we've been very well behaved as well...probably because we're damned good at innuendo and know a lot of big words.  :P

And uh...gwendy...what exactly do you mean by you'll "do the cards"? Just so I can be clear... lol!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

LOL, spryte, talk for yourself cause I am not a big word kinda girl. But I'm learning. I want to know if we can get this started, It would be a lot of fun.

I mean I will kick his ass at a game of cards, and you got the rest. He said yo would have to beat him at a game of cards, I don't think old maid is going to cover it.

Hey Misha, ever hear of a poker game called pimp guts?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misha thinks you can get it started, the sooner the better.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Spryte, I think it does not matter what game, it matters with whom :)

Gwen, and that's all you promise? Umm, well, sometimes one has to make sacrifices - just for you :)


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Misha - Oooh, what a  charmer you are!  LOL!  I feel compelled to warn you though that just because you are a man, it doesn't mean I'll make it easy for you.  If you are going to win...you'll have to work for it. 


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Oh Misha, you just don't know who you are dealing with mister.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Winning only confirms what we already know about the game. Losing teaches us something.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

So what are you saying, you wanna be my twinkie?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Oh my, I must have taken these pills too early, I can't understand a thing. Maybe Shades has had too much beer?


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

lol Nope. Two martinis and I'm good for tonight. I have a lot of writing to do tomorrow. Don't want to be rummy or sleep too late.


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

Christoph, I totally sympathize with your plight. I've been there. The longest for about a week. It's not only inconvenient, it truly is frustrating. My boiler was brand new and made in Italy and no one in the States knew how to fix it. I came very close to postal.

The hub was great, but I suggest that you get that heater fixed at any cost. If you keep writing like this, you'll be on your way to stand up comedy-and from that my friend, there is no return. Good luck!

Oh, and here's my "old saying" contribution. It was originally said by Robert Reed on the Brady Bunch, trying to get a point across to Jan.

"Where ever you go, there you are!"


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

K girls, it's 1 am here, I'd better hit the sack if I want to be able to deal with you tomorrow. When do you come?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

A martini sounds good. Did you have olives in it?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Only after foreplay Misha, so get your rest you'll need it.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

2 of them, Christoph :)

Nite, Misha (even tho I'm not a girl) (I mean, I wish I was a girl, how fun would that be?)(Except I wouldn't be in to guys.... I mean, that wasn't my point about it being fun, because that would make me gay, which I'm not, even though I was/am a girl.)(In this hypothetical conversation I mean.)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Rocking Joe: Thanks for the compliment. Yeah. Mine is only 5 years old (which is not old in water heater years). I appreciate it. Glad you stopped by, too. Thanks!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Night everybody. :)

And personaly to you Shades ;)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

ok, too many martinis, that's my verdict.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Night Misha.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Probably not enough is what's throwing you off, Gwendy. lol.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL Gwendy - I caught your remark you baaaad girl.

Umm...okay Christoph I'll bite. I know dogs have 7 years to a human year...and I think cats have the same thing. So how many human years is a water heater year?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Who me? I am never a bad girl. Well without reason. Ok, that's a lie. I'm always a bad girl, I can't help myself.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I can see that fake innocent look in your picture...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Do you really think 2 martini's is too many? You must be a lightweight.

Spryte: I didn't say in human years. Just in water heater years. Like, they should live as long as a dog (except bloodhounds, which only live for around 7 years. Isn't that sad?)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I am a true lightweight, I don't handle alcohol well. It's fun while it last for me anyway, But I can get a little out of control sometimes. so I try to keep it a minimum.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Me too Gwen. But luckily it really depends on WHAT I drink too. Vodka makes me a happy drunk...Peppermint schnapps makes me beat up short men...and Tequila makes me do things like kiss women that I barely know...


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Tequila is awesome like that.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I am not a schnapps person but tequila, don't even get me started. I love that stuff and just don't know when to stop. I was buying groseries one day and this girl walked up to me and said hey Gwen, I haven't seen you since that New Years eve party, you are frickin awesome. I don't know who she was but she knew me. Tequila is wicked stuff. Oh, and I won't keep my clothes on either.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Bartender...a Cuervo for everybody! (make that girl's a double.)


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I remember once in college...the girls across the hall had a tequila and 7-up party. Then one whipped out a letter she had received from some guy where he had uh...outlined his stiffy...and when we were good and drunk, we went to the pay phone and called him. We were brutal.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

lol, I am really a bad girl.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: That's just mean. Of course, the guy was a moron for doing it.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Yeah and that wasn't the half of it?


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Once again I see the hread has moved. I agree that it is great to bandy ideas about in comments but I was thinking more of pictures and uncompleted hubs, where we would elicit comment prior o publishing..Besides comments generate hub traffic.

When are we gonna have that Tequila party?


john 7 years ago

lol happened to me as well, during those awesome days. funny though...


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Fun hub, Christoph.

Sixty, make that spiced rum and I'm in!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Agvulpes: That was a good one! (I mean the joke, not the thing that was drawn.)

Sixty: I'm all for a tequila party. Vote tequila party!

john: Thanks for having a read and the comment.

Constant: Ok. Spiced rum for you.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, I think I was banned from drinking tequila.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yeah! That's why we want you to drink some! Yee-haw! No, but seriously, you can have whatever your little ol' heart desires.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

hmmm, I detect alterior motives here Christoph.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

I'll bring Herradura and Corzo. Let's fire it up!


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I suspect there is a wild woman lurking beneath that Head Shot photo she presents to the public. I hear she is legendary around the Madris Gras circuit. Just a rumor? Hmm...


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

who me? (batting her lashes and trying to look innocent)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sounds like we've got a party brewing.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I'll bring the sketch pad and the pencil...in case any of you feel like outlining anything...


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

...Need I say more?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey guys, I just came across this site called chatzy. It looks like we can make a chatroom there and only people we invite can enter. I'm not big on this technical stuff so somebody with more experience in this ind of stuff might want to check it out.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Is in one of those large artists pads, like you get at art supply stores?

gwendymom: I'll leave the chatroom stuff to someone else. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I'll give it a try though, sure.

MY SCORE HIT 100! Yea, me. I don't know how to take a screen shot either. Poo.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL Christoph...braggart!

Ummm...couldn't you do a right click/save image as?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Somebody has to brag on me - nobody else is gonna do it.

Aside from the fact that it is too late...No, that doesn't work. I have read how my computer says to do it, but that does not work either.


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516Ads 7 years ago from Long Island

Chris,

I'd like to add ...

"Sticks & Stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me".

to your list of dumb old sayings. - Thanks, David


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Christoph, there may be other ways to do screenies, but here's how I do mine:

1.  With the browser window showing whatever you want, hit the "print screen" key on your keyboard.

2.  Open microsoft Paint

3.  Under the Edit menu, hit Paste  (if it doesn't work, go back and hit cntrl/print screen, I think some computers are different, or try shift/print screen)

4. Save file as Blahblah (Or cut off a section of it, and make a new Paint file and paste in just the section you want, then name it.)

5. Go to a dummy hub (I use one I never finished) and put the photo in a photo capsule, and hit ok, and done editing.

6. Now right click that photo in the unpublished hub and you'll see a menu come up... hit Properties.

7.  Copy that URL.

8.  In the Forums, there is a thing at the bottom of your post that says BBCode.  It shows you how to do the [img] pasted url [/img] thing.

That's it.  Sounds wayyyy harder than it is.  Go try it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

516Ads: Thanks for stopping by. You're right. That is a dumb one. I could've gotten some mileage out of it. Thanks.

Shades: Thanks. I'll give that a shot.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shades: That did it and it WAS easy. Thanks for telling me.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey Christoph, what's up?


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I only have a laptop. It took some online research to find out that I have to click Fn + prt sc for a screenshot.

HP told us awhile back that we couldn't have a chatroom on this site. Sir Dent set one up (vsixc), but it ended up that usually somebody would be there hanging around hoping somebody else would show up. Different time zones and priorities.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Well here's the deal...I just talked to my husband, the Network Architect (can you tell he's standing right over me as I type this?) and he's promised to build us a web-based chat room off one of our servers. He won't tell me how long...one week...two weeks...before the end of the year...he gets more vague the more insistent I become upon a time frame.

It won't be ultra fancy with a lot of toys...but we'll be able to chat in real time. It will be password keyed. And that's all I know for now...

Does that sound like something you all would be interested in...or no?


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Sounds great to me :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Wass up with you?

Shirley: Thanks. Actually, mine worked just as Shades explained it above. Thank you for thinking of me, though.

Spryte: That sounds good, but would your husband be irritated if he goes to all that trouble and it goes bust, like with the problem Shirley suggests?

Misty: Hi Misty!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey Christoph, I didn't think anybody would be on.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Christoph - He would probably be irritated...but not at any of you. It would be me...and he's always irritated at me for doing something or not doing something...so I'm an experienced ignorer. :)

Don't worry about it...he's thrilled to have a project to do. I'm sure it will be used for something.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I think that would be great Spryte.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'll give it a shot.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Okies...I'll let you know when it's up and operating. Passwords will be emailed or perhaps I could just flash one up here and then disappear it using the "Gwendy Method". :)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

lol, thanks, I need the laugh.


sherlynavia 7 years ago from United States

This is an incredibly useful resource.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I never thought that the gwendy method would be the term for disappearing comments. LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sherlynavia: Thanks for stopping in to read and leaving a comment. It is very appreciated. Are you sure you want to use it as a resource?

Gwendymom: That's good. When you have an obnoxious comment someone left, you can gwendy it (ie, get rid of it before anyone else sees it.)


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

lol. I hope that chat thing gets up soon, I am just dying to try it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I left a nasty comment on (name's) hub, but after I read it, I gwendied it.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

rofl. Your crazy!!!!! But with looks like that it's ok.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Goodnight Christoph and Spryte if you are still out there. Maybe I'll see you guys on here tomorrow.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Aww. You're going to bed already? Ok. Good night.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

I heard something about a chatroom? Why not just use like, AOL chatrooms or Yahoo chatrooms or something like that? They're already there, and you don't need a password to get into them. But if everyone would prefer a special HubPages chatroom, why not talk to management about it? I think it'd be really cool. It'd be a great way to get to know more people, and it'd be faster than leaving comments on hubs/forums. I could just be biased, though. I learned how to type fast and well on AOL chatrooms. xD


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hey don't go to bed yet Iv'e just got here .Lets party!!

Oops I might just have to gwendy this!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Kika: Management has already nixed the idea in the past. We WANT a password. No people just dropping in off the street, you know?

Ag: You didn't gwendy that! Do you want me to gwendy it for you?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

No it's ok I just got tangled up chasing you guys around Hubpages.

You know how it is, when you lose the slipstream its hard to catch up!

I'd be in that chatroom idea,let me know if I can help in any way?

I think I might just feint/faint!


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

Oh, I see. Why'd they ixnay it? It'd be wonderful. :D Just think, a chat room full of us! xD

Wait, I think I see why they said no now...


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

LOL, I am a catch phrase. Yes! My dreams have been realized!!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Stick with us, kid. That's just the beginning of your dreams coming true. (Now THAT should be gwendied!)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

That sounds so delightfully ephemeral... to be a phrase... it's poetic, really. Not just a phrase, but one to be caught, like a butterfly.

Now, see, if that's too sappy, I can just gwendy it. Or if I really don't like it, I can gwendy it with more emphasis like, "gwendy the shit out of it."

And technically, you're not only a catch phrase, you are a VERB!

Verbs are the cornerstone of poetry. Without action there is only objects sitting isolate in space. At best they accumulate adjectives, but, beyond two or three, what's the point.

A flower (n).

Fine. Whatever.

A pretty flower.

Ok, and your point?

A pretty yellow flower.

Well, that's nice. And?

Um.. a tall, pretty yellow flower?

/yawn

See, we need a verb or this noun has nothing. You are a verb, you should be happy.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

a verb too, I have hit the jackpot!!!


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

This reminds me of the musical Wicked, where Galinda attempts to "Galindafy" Elphaba... And then goes to sing the song Popular... And then I start singing along, because it's just so catchy! o.o


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

As they say in the movie "I'll have what ever Shades is having!" He's floating on air!

We could also turn you into and Expletive deleted:-

" What the GWENDY is that" or wtg?

You like? 


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Spryte (catching up from the rear again as usual about 20 comments and half a day ago ago) But what if hubby reads our secret hub???? He might not like your secret Spryte-like life Or not ?

Hubby (if you read this) we love Spryte but she is so sweet and innocent. Husband mode OFF


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

sixty: The love fest has moved along. Try Mighty Mom's "How to treat a man" or Spryte's "Ken" hub. I have a feeling there will be a lot of hubbub on Sprytes new hub, "Interview with a Muse" today, so get up to date! I know how hard it is to catch up once you fall behind. It moves so fast!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Now I'm behind. I need to quit my job, so I can be a full time commenter (or is it commentor?). I just wanted to stop by, and drop off one of my favorite dumbass sayings. "You can catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar". WTF does that mean? When I first heard it, I wasn't even trying to catch flies! And if I thought my merits were judged by whether or not I attracted large quantities of flies, I would probably be using a dead possum. They attract WAY more flies than honey.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

@ BT I would guess that after a swim in the Cess Pit you would attract more flies than you can handle. But, of course, I would prefer to attract chicks, not flies, nor those of the zip variety either.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I have just read through some of the comments, and I am intrigued by this gwendy as a verb idea. "To flash one...then disapear." Why am I now picturing gwendy, running around in a trenchcoat? Can peeping gwendies be far behind?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

B.T.: I forgot all about that one. I think I heard the punch line, "but you can catch the most with a pile of s***. Stop by anytime and share your wisdom with us humans!

sixtyorthereabouts: We can't always attract what we would prefer.

BT: That's OK. Lots of guys picture gwendy doing exactly that.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Christoph-Can you give a guys perspective to solve the problem that misty\cindy is facing. http://hubpages.com/hub/How-Can-You-Reason-With-So...

(Please excuse me for intruding like this but felt maybe an understanding guy could give some suggestions to help Cindy\Misty)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

countrywomen: Hi. I have already read the hub. I am surprised that you think anyone would be interested in my perspective. I'm afraid I don't have anything unique to add to the comments already given. I also feel I don't understand the whole situation or have enough information to give advice about it. I have nothing valuable to say, and so I remain silent. Thank you for asking though. It shows that you care about other people. Thanks!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Christoph- The reason I asked you was we are (mostly women) thinking what we should do as a wife but you being a husband would give a perspective of what if (God forbade) you had a similar problem then how you would react to your wife or what approaches you would prefer your wife to take. Yes I am concerned too since shortly I will have to get married and maybe who knows if I was in a similar situation (again God Forbade) what should I do? From your writings I can feel you are capable of easily putting yourself in different shoes and coming out with a practically viable approach (from a guy's perspective).


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ok. I gave as much advice as I could (and that was reasonable - based on my limited knowledge of the whole situation). Thanks.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Thanks Christoph. I agree we need to have more information and also she is the one who is in best position to "know" what approach to take.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thank you for asking.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*peeks in...smiles at Christoph...and tiptoes back out*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

"wakes up...wonders if someone was just in his room, decides it was just a dream...a wonderful perfumed dream...makes sure the gun is loaded...and goes back to sleep with a smile on his face"


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, I have been missing out here. I didn't know I was a flasher now. Wow, I have been busy. And I only peeped once.


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Christoph,

I know exactly how you feel. I was once a poor college student sharing an old unit. Our water heater was perfect but some pipes went. So, cold showers for 4 weeks. We learned the trick that you wouldn't notice the cold shower half as much if you shower and sing, or run and shower, or run and shower and sin. Try any these combinations to see whether they would work for you.

cheers


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Yes, you have been scarce and we are all the poorer for it. As you have noted, you were here in our thoughts and you HAVE been busy. I think I detected you wrote a new hub so I'm off to read it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Benson: Thanks for stopping by and the advice. I think I'd rather stick with heating water on the stove and pouring it over my head. Glad you left a comment!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Aww Christoph, I have missed you much. How is the water heater thing going btw?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

The saga continues. Still no hot water. Someday. Someday.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Christoph, dang, I cannot believe that you still do not have hot water, you can always come here and shower, I'll only peep once, ok maybe twice. But that's all! I promise.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Unbelievable, isn't it? Ok, but I'm modest so I'll have to wear my speedo.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

No speedos in my shower mister!


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

Chris - my only comment on the water situation is local swimming pool! My least favourite stupid old saying is "neither a borrower or lender be" - on the other hand maybe that's not so stupid....


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Actually I like Benson's advice...especially the last part about "sin".  I probably wouldn't notice that the water was cold that way either :)

I bet when you finally do get to take a real shower again, you'll be very appreciative of it. 

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder!"


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Spryte, where have you been. I have been able to get on here tonight and you guys aren't here, just me, ag, and aj. We need to hijack a hub.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

I think you highjacked this one Gwendy?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

not yet ag, but I'm working on it.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

So OK someone up there mentioned "absence makes the heart grow fonder" all right lets just say that it does. The question I ponder is how long is the absence before the heart stops being fonder and becomes, ho-hum,lets look around?

Would it be exponential. linear, J curve. Can someone answer this vexing question?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

There should be some little avatar or something like they put on Hubmob hubs that indicates a "hijacked" hub -- that way people who want to go and play with hub terrorists like gwendymom (for example -- I'm truly not meaning to single you out, Gmom) know where people are. Just a thought.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Oh, I see how it is, now I am a terrorist. Roflmao, Guess it could be worse, I'm not sure how though. That would be a good idea though, Sixty is always saying he tries to find out which one we have been to the night before so that he can catch up.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

We could play pin the pin on a Hub. Your it for the night?

So gwendy what does the trendy terrorist wear these days?

Especially one's that rofltao?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Right now, just pajamas ag, otherwise when I am taking care of kids I wear the mom uniform, T-shirts, capri pants, and flip flops.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hm pajamas, not a real good look for a terrorist, don't really think that would frighten Maddie. We'll have to work on the image a bit?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Ag, I would wear a turban but it would mess with my hair and I just can't have that.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey everybody!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey Christoph, bout time you showed up.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hey Chris how u been?

You been over to gwendy's taken a shower?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Gwendy , at a guess I would say a turban is not your style, unless of course it had HUGE diamond in the centre! I would go more for the Rambo look.

Head band: encrusted in jewels of course

Ammunition belt over shoulder with ermine (imitation)trimmings.

And for the guys (of course) a T-shirt.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Liz: Thanks for stopping by and the comment. I don't know what the temp is there in Australia, but it is too cold here for swimming (and all the pools are closed, including the one in my back yard.) Thanks for trying to help though!

Hi Spryte, Gwendymom, Mighty mom, Agvulpes: I am pleased to be the hijacked hub tonight.

Mightymom, I think the "hijacked" icon is a great idea. Let's get Paul Deeds to drop everything and get to work on it!

Spryte: You're right, Bensons Sin in the cold shower is a great idea, except for "shrinkage". And oh yes, I WILL enjoy my next shower. I will make up for all the water I havn't wasted for 5 weeks!

Gwendymom: Sorry I havn't been around either. I've had some work to do. It's nice that you are here though.

Ag: "Absense makes the heart grows fonder." I guess it all depends. What about "When the cat's away, the mice will play?"


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

LOL, I am afarid of what that eadband might do to my hair too, how about a tiara, every girl should have one, but I'll still take the ammunition belt an t-shirt. can I also have some cool shoes?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

What, no mention of pants?

I'll work on the shoe's, how about rambo boots with the toes cut out, way cool?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gwendy: Yes it is. It is also about time that when I DID show up, there were other people (by "people" I mean us, as those others aren't people at all).

Ag: No. Gwendy and I are currently negotiating my attire in the shower. She says I can't wear my speedo, as she wants the full monty. I wonder, Gwendy, suppose we compromise and I wear a jewel-encrusted thong?

Spryte: You still around? Have you published the top secret hub yet?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Your right Chris cold water and sins in shower don't go hand in hand!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Ag, I need pants, at the very least some shorts, I like the boots.

Christoph, I will think about it. I have been here all evening. Andyou caught me when I was about to go to bed.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I understand. Dont you worry about little old me. Nope. I'll be just fine. You go get a good nights sleep. Don't worry about me, no sir. Me and Ag, maybe we will just sit here and play a nice game of cribbage.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

OK now Iv'e got the camera its over to gwendy's place take photos of Chris in his jewel encrusted thong. Rush back to hubpages and publish. I'll make a fortune.Hawwhaaaaa

OK gwendy its gotta be shorts. Sex sells!

Ah cribbage 15,2 15,4 One for his knob!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

LOL, not with these legs it doesn't. You might want to do some editing, and don't worry about rushing over here to get Christoph's pic, I'll have the camera ready before he gets here.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

So now that's all set up how about say 60-40.

I do have an air brush for the photos.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I practicing smiling for my photo op!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Its not your smile we will be photographing!

We might start you out on a new career/thong model?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

sounds good, and I didn't think hub pages was going to pay off.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

It never does. I feel like such an object.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Pay off, I think they'll pay us a fortune to disappear!

Poor Chris thinks we are turning him into an object, do you think we could give him, say 5%?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Good point! I hadn't thought of it that way.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I guess, but only 5%, he needs to know what it's like to be just an object, for acting purposes you know.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Now there's a saying that still holds true to this day, and being a cat lover you have probably used it: "Theres more ways of killing a cat  than ......." no I better not!

gwendy ok 5% it is. So its 60 me 35 you 5 chris Ok


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Ok guys, I have to get to bed, have a great night and maybe I will see you guys tomorrow. 60 me, 35you, and 5 CR.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sure. The talent always gets the shaft. You won't believe this, but I actually did a strip-o-gram for Jaques Cousteau's daughter in New York. i did a comic strip-o-gram, of course, and it was a hoot, but I never did it again. I though of it because of what you said, "for acting purposes". That's exactly what we told ourselves when we did stuff like that.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

yes thats what I said 60me 35you and 5chris.

Have a good weekend guys my turn to cook, catch ya later!

Just read your last comment, you are very brave I could not do that in a million years, but maybe just maybe a million dollars :-(()

Are you and extrovert by nature?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

See ya later!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I was just thinking...


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

so what were you just thinking? hmmm


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Nothing. I had a double post and I had to put something in there.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

Ooh! Ooh ooh ooh! So, I've been busy with life and all, right? Well, at Gap, we got these coupons to give out to friends and family for the Give and Get event, which is where we basically give people close to us our employee discount. We get 25 card coupons to hand out, plus (essentially) unlimited email discounts, and 5% of all the proceeds we raise from our individually handed out coupons go to one of the six charities we get to choose from.

Well, I was thinking, since I have all these online coupons and a rather small email address book...

Would anybody like coupons? :D 30% off all Gap brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, plus our online shoe store called Piperlime which I've never checked out but have heard good things from coworkers, and it includes outlet stores and a one time use for the online sites [not sure about Piperlime, though]) that can be used as many times as you want (except online) from November 13th to November 16th. Dead freakin' serious, I'll gladly send them to you guys. Heck, I can even mail you one of the paper ones I have, if you would rather do that. Though I don't think you'd want me to do that. :-P Then I'd have your home address, and I'd be able to track you down... And we all know I'm a crazy muffafuffa (this word was invented by my best friend James).

So yeah! I have no life, and a crap-ton of coupons! If you want them, send me an email and I'll add your email to my list. On the website it said it wouldn't spam inboxes with other Gap emails, but I haven't had the chance to prove that yet, so I can't entirely guarantee no-spams. :-\

Concluding this segment of Kika Has No Life, what's up? I've been a little busy lately, if we haven't guessed.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Actually, none of us have been around too much lately. Too busy. I don't think I want a coupon, but other people might. Good to see you. I've got to hit the hay myself. Good night, Kika.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

I don't know why you wouldn't, unless you don't shop at Gap or Old Navy or whatever else we've got. Did I mention some of the money spent by people with MY coupons go to a charity of MY choice? Because seriously, that's like the only reason I'm bothering to hand them out to like, anybody and everybody.

Meh. I like Gap Outlet clothes. They're cheaper than the normal Gap (I compared prices today at the mall while Halloween costume shopping; I'm gonna be a smexy pirate tonight!) and they last for like, ever. I swear they do. I got pants I bought there about 5 years ago that are still in near-perfect condition. I only say near-perfect because I had to roll up the bottoms so my shoes wouldn't scuff holes into the back of my pantlegs, and now there are permanent creases and still scuff holes which make the pants look a little odd when unrolled... Anyway, I like working there, too. There's this lady named Donette who is just so awesome to work with! Seriously! She's like the big sister I always wanted. Too bad I'm the only girl with three brothers... :( Ah well, at least life gave me a good insight to the male psyche. xD

Good night, Christoph! We'll have to chat it up later or something. ^_^


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*peers in before calling it a night*

Sorry I missed the fun tonight but I just finished my Christmas hub and I'm emotionally drained. Hopefully I'll have my top secret hub up this weekend. I haven't had time to work on it without being bothered by a certain man I adore to "look at this honey!" or "check this out babe!" and I barely got this one in tonight. I had to snap at him finally and tell him that he was getting on my nerves.

He's flying to Seattle tomorrow for work though and that means I will have blessed peace in the house to write tomorrow night...or until he calls from Seattle because he needs to tell me something that can't wait until he gets home. :) He's so wonderful...but I still want to slather his mouth in duct tape sometimes.

Anyone else have that issue at all?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

not really


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Flashes in flashes out says hi and dissapears back into his hidy hole.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Kika: Smexy pirate, huh? I don't exactly know what that is. make sure you get a picture of yourself so we can see it. I have to make sure your not dressing too "smexy".

We're sorry we missed you too. Awww, your hubby loves you. I wonder what he's going to say when he calls from Seattle? I can hardly wait! I've stuck duct tape, I've wrapped duct tape, I've applied duct tape, but I have never "slathered" duct tape. How do you do it?

Ag and Sixty: Uhhhhh...Hi, By.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*grins at Christoph*

Come to Phoenix and I'll show you what "slathered" duct tape is all about *evil laugh*

Btw...Happy Halloween everyone


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Ooh, ooh, I just had a thought. How about we slather Christoph in duct tape for his shower at G-mom's?

Spryte -- I want to go read your Xmas hub. Back soon! MM


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: "By the ti - me I get to Phoenix...she'll have ducttaaaape!"

Mighty Mom: You are so creative...yes you are. Yes you are!

Actually, all this duct tape "slatherin" is starting to sound painful -- getting it off myself anyway. We were talking about some good, clean shower fun. Now it's turning into a Sado-masochism thing. If that pleases my partner, then I don't mind, except I GET TO PLAY THE SADO!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

And theres the classical cowboy song "Don't tape me in"

How does it go "I'm the rootin tootin son of a gun from Arizona" or something like that?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That's a good one. I only know how the "don't tape me in" part goes.


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

... Smexy is just Sexy with an M in it. :P I would've thought that'd be obvious...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yea, I get that it is Sexy with an M in it, so what's the difference between a sexy pirate and a smexy one? I think it's a pirate chick with smegma all over her.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Christoph...it's up. No! Not that...the hub. Go check it out.

http://hubpages.com/misc/Sharing-My-Vulnerable-Sid


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Kika Rose 7 years ago from Minnesota

There isn't a difference, really. I just felt like being silly. :P

Anywho, I'm really sleeeeeeepy, so I'm going to bed. Good night guys! <3


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Good Night everybody.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Slathered duct tape sounds like something that might have helped form Hannibal Lecter's character. Fava beans marinated in slathered duct tape!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Hi Sixtyorso. Have you seen Gwendy's hub called "one word" where we define other hubbers with a single word? It's fun.

But I'm glad you brought my attention back to this hub. Earlier tonight I was texting my son with preliminary excitement about election results. He texted back, "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."

Well, it looks like the chickens not only hatched... but came home to roost!

Hannibal Lecter definitely is the product of too much slathered duct tape. Duct tape and beans. Mmmmm.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

MightyMOM- Where have I heard those words before "chickens not only hatched... but came home to roost!" (I sure hope Jeremiah Wright has a reason to be proud of America now). God Bless America.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

OMG, Countrywomen! If I inadvertently quoted Jeremiah Wright, I certainly didn't mean to! But yes, he should have reason to be proud of America now. Michelle Obama should have reason to be proud of America now. We ALL should have reason to be proud that we have broken a huge racial barrier in electing an African American president. It's about damned time!!!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

MightyMOM- Well those were the words that echoed in my mind when I read that quote. I always say this and even say it now (It's not about the race of a person but more about the person. May the elected leader be the right man for the right job). I do like Barack irrespective of his experience he certainly has cool temperament.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I had no idea you guys were over here talking. Hi Sixty, Countrywomen, and Mighty Mom. How are you doing?


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Christoph- We were here earlier and left, when you decided to play with dolls instead of with us..LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thats the problem with guys who play with dolls. They miss out on spending time with some great gals.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Your charm will get you anywhere (esp to any girls heart)...hehe

Sure have a great time with dolls. Gals will have to wait till you get tired playing with the dolls....LOL


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Actually...the atmosphere is a little less toxic over here...

*ducks in to take a fresh gulp of air before the next comment*


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

WOW!! You have such an amazing ability to create visions with your magical words....hehe

Sure go ahead take your Oxyzen puff before heading out to greener pastures...Ofcourse from now till Jan 20th it's a duck season (lame duck session)...LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

It is less toxic. There's an air of Indian Spirituality here. I don't play with dolls countrywomen. I was referring to those who do.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

*looks at Christoph*

Will I go to hell if I admit that I'm close to losing my temper with the guest currently in the other hub?

Country...anywhere you are is always a breath of fresh air. This place is the greener pasture... :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'm surprised you haven't. i'm surprised I haven't.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Now I have to write a poem for spryte & christoph

Where ever there is spryte

that place is always bright

in her comments there is light

leads us to think right

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If you have a flair for spiritual

then you can follow this ritual

talk to an enlightened intellectual

instead of following a manual

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Thanks guys for the encouragement and this was a small effort to bring comfort (those suffering with toxic air)...LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That's nice countrywomen. Thank you. Time for me to go to sleep. Good night to you.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Adios Amigo Christoph.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Hello and goddnight. i did not realise that this hub had come alive again.

Have a lovely sleep you guys, wake up refreshed!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Good morning!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Good morning again!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Howdy!


thequestfortruth 7 years ago

Hah! I sympathise with your misanthropism......I have to hold mine back, theres just too much to be angry about GODDAMMIT........GOD DAMN... DAMN DAMN DAMN, oh.......(drat).

Anyway. i used to get confused over the one hand clapping thing myself, but it seems to mean for some things to happen you need two bits. there is no sound of one hand clapping. Am i being obvious? Took me a while, maybe Im dim, I always thought it was much more deep and profound.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

thequestfortruth: I know a kindred spirit when I see one. Glad you stopped by and left a comment. As for one hand clapping, I have sought another path towards the answer. When people climb to the top of my mountain and ask me, "Master, what is the sound of one hand clapping?" I raise my right hand, and rapidly close and open the fingers, slapping them against the palm. This makes a clapping noise (go ahead...try it). Then I say to them, sagely, "Now get the f**k off my mountain!"


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

For once...I am at a loss for words. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

You? A loss for words? That is bitter-sweet.


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bladeguy 7 years ago

How about "a stitch in time saves nine"? Five or six, sure, but nine? That's pushing it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

bladeguy: Yea. Besides, one stitch is not going to do anything. Thanks for the comment.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Chris I immediately thought of this Hub when I heard the following comment on the 6 oclock new tonight. Mind you this was after a minor tornado or something like that and about 24 inches of rain overnight so we wont be to harsh will we.

When asked how bad the rain was she replied:-

"It was so loud I couldn't hear myself think"


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ag: That's a good one. I forgot that one, though I have used it myself and have heard others use it. I like that one. It's got a Yogi Berra quality, like, you know, "nobody goes there anymore...it's too crowded."


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Hey that's a good one too. lol


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I've been thinking about doing a hub on Yogi Berra sayings. He's got a million of them and claims he doesn't make them up, but just says things and they come out like that.


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jdh351 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

I will never forget when I was young, we had a bag of fortune cookie at home. There was about 500 individually wrapped fortune cookies in that bag. For some reason I used to get the same fortune over and over again. The fortune read: "A fool at forty is a fool indeed."

Not much of a fortune for a twelve year old boy. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

jdh: Wow! That is weird. I am assuming they weren't all the same. Those fortune cookies must have been really trying to tell you something. Ha!


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jdh351 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

Yeah they were all different fortunes except for the one I mentioned. I have yet to hit forty so I don't know if it is true.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

jdh: Well, that's a stupid fortune. I mean, "A fool at 40 is a fool indeed?" How about "a rich guy at 40 is a rich guy indeed." You could say that about anything. I miss the good fortunes, the one's like "you will meet a mysterious stranger" and stuff like that. Thanks for checking this hub out and your comments!


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JazLive 7 years ago from Decatur

Dead Ringer - back in the day, ocassionally people were actually buried alive. Bells were placed inside of coffins, so in the event a thought to be dead person awoke in his/her tiny room ~ they would ring the bell. If locals heard it, they would dig up the grave and let the person out.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Jazlive: That's a good one. Makes the way we use the term today kind of obtuse. Thanks for the comment!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Chris,

"I've been thinking about doing a hub on Yogi Berra sayings. He's got a million of them and claims he doesn't make them up, but just says things and they come out like that."

Will you please do that hub because I don't believe I know Yogi Berra.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Wow. I'll look into it. maybe I will.


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Gold Writer 7 years ago from Colorado

I loved it! Hilarious and witty.


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DrJim 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I guess you can't make a purse out of a sows ear(I have no idea what that means) .............but you sure do write some funny stuff


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gold Writer: thanks for stopping by and your nice comment! I appreciate it!

Dr. Jim. Thank you for the compliment. Glad you stopped by and took the time to comment. Thanks!


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DrJim 7 years ago from Oklahoma

You are welcome. Keep writing, we need all the sage advice we can get.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'll do that. Thanks!


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denise mohan 7 years ago from California

You must b a crazy man:)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

denise mohan: Certifiable! Thanks for visiting me in the asylum and leaving a comment!


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

hahahah. Very Interesting hub and catchy title. You made your point and I like it. I was expecting a bit of humor, sarcasm and truth and I got it all.

Shacks, lucky me, Now I am your fan! :)

Cheers!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sheenarobins: Thanks so much for stopping in to have a read. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Thrilled you got the multiple aspects of this writing. Thanks!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hi Christoph!  I had good fun with this hub, thanks!

My personal fave in terms of stupid saying is "Love means never having to say I'm sorry".  And, by all means, don't let me get started on the reasons!  Laugh!


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Ken Devonald 7 years ago from Edinburgh

I have always preferred "The early worm gets caught"


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Elena: Glad I could share in your fun! I agree: Love means having to say you're sorry over and over and over and....

Thanks for the comment.

Kevin: Indeed, he does! Thanks for writing!


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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

OH. MY. GOD, you seriously had me laughing from start to finish. You are entertaining as hell, and well.. youre just awesome and you know it now dont you? ; ) Well you are, just in case you didn't know


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Melanie: Well...if I'm awesome and I know it, it's because you just told me and I'm taking your word for it because you seem like an exceptionally intellegent, perceptive person.

But seriously, thanks for coming by and the kind words. I haven't seen this article in a long time, so thanks for getting me to look at it.

I'll stop back by soon to say "howdy." Have a good night!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

"Like anybody even knows what the hell a groat is anyway." I do! It's a 4p coin in pre-decimal English coinage. I found an Edward III groat once, in Kent.

Whenever my Dad (and irritatingly early riser) says "The early bird catches the worm", my mother replies, "but the second mouse gets the cheese".


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

LondonGirl: I had to look up "groat" when I first wrote this (of course, I had to figure it was a coin or amount of money.) I'm wondering if the groat you found was valuable? Are they rare?

Glad to know your mum was on the cutting edge of "wise old saying" cynicism when she replied to your father's use of the old "early bird" saw.

Thanks for the visit!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

It was one of quite a few we found - mostly pennies, half-pennies and farthings, but one groat. They range in date from King John to Elizabeth I. I don't think they are particularly valuable. But very interesting!


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kittyasmith 7 years ago from Florida & Tennessee

Very funny, but I can't get my mind off of $3000.00 for a water heater!

And then I think "3 weeks for a part"!?!

I coulda installed a new one in a day for $800.00............ but then I would not have been so thoroughly entertained for the past half hour.

It's better this way.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

kittyasmith: I know! They must have thought I was the biggest sucker in the world. My friend and I installed the one I have, it only took about 3 hours (that's counting going to Sears and buying one) and cost less than $300 bucks.

Would you believe it ended up being about 6 weeks before the part came in and I had hot water again? The thing is, in the beginning it was "we'll have the part in a couple of days," and then it was "tomorrow," and then "tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow," until by then, I had invested so much time into waiting that I couldn't make myself bail out. If I had, then all my martyrdom would have counted for nothing, so I was compelled to keep waiting, nay, suffering.

Anyhow, it's all better now. Thank you so much for stopping by. Glad you were entertained. Thanks, too, for your comments!


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Nozkin 7 years ago

reading this made my day and many thanks to you sir!

One thing i must add:

The early bird gets the worm, but what happens to the early worm? He gets eaten by some bloody great tapdancing bird with an apparently superior internal clock to his feathered brethren. Stupid worm should have stayed in bed


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Nozkin: Thanks for stopping in and the comment. And you're right I never looked at i! from the worms perspective!


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The Lost Dutchman 7 years ago from Flanders (Belgium)

You really are funny... The concept is, and you've worked it out like any online comedy writer should!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks, Dutch. I appreciate you reading my work, as I am enjoying yours as well. Thanks!


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Lifebydesign 7 years ago from Australia

Don't you love how some hubs are just meant to be unearthed, like uh worms, 3 months later and they're just as good. Ah yes 'tis better to have read this hub than never read it all...! (I'll be blown if someone's written this already - I just scrolled right down here to say 'hi' Chris)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

LifebyDesign: Hey! Thanks for coming by. Your statement that it was 3 months old made me go look. Gosh, it seems recent to me, but there it is...3 months. I like people to read my stuff no matter when I wrote it, although hopefully I get a little better as time goes on.

And no, no one has said that before and I'm tickled pink that you unearthed it like worms! I hope you didn't have to use the shock method, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks so much for your comment! A nice pick-me-up for me! I must return the favor.


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