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  1. Here is today's LA Times take on Thresa May's recent comments on Brexit.
  2. James, that's exactly how I react when I read most anything. Ideas spring from little incidents like that one. The more realistic the scenes are, and the more that's left to the reader's imagination, the more new and divergent situations occur to me. From such stuff, stories can be built. Thanks, guys. I liked this story, and I'm glad you share that sentiment. I was unhappy, seeing the short story segment of this site being ignored. I'd love to see all you fellows adding to it. C
  3. I've read a few more than half the posted chapters at this point. I usually don't start serialized stories till they're finished; I like to read at a pace that isn't possible when having to wait for new chapters to go up. But, as Douglas is the author, I'll admit to a weakness of character. I simply couldn't wait any longer. What a glorious experience this is! Not only do we get a sterling adventure, we get it presented to us in the style of the times! The writing is period writing, complete with capitalizations and punctuation that were in the vogue at that time! What research this must have taken. What patience! Incredible stuff. And that doesn't say anything about the story, which keeps building and building, slowly, temptingly. I'm going to run out of chapters to read long before I want to. This is what good writing looks like. And, interestingly enough, even though this is written to suggest it was created in the late 1930s, it still has Douglas's fingerprints all over it, the identical style he effected in Gang of Five. Is it any wonder I'm loving it so far? C
  4. So many characters to develop and so little time! I like that trio a lot, but I'm already planning another story and alas, they're not in it. But there's always hope. I still like the idea of the One Summer in Georgia characters being reprised. I liked those guys a lot. Thanks, Pedro! C
  5. I just finished reading it. Can't say I'd recommend it to anyone. It certainly was peculiar, and I didn't find it very satisfying. Very difficult for me to see why it would be a best seller. C
  6. They're my heroes, too! Thanks, R. C
  7. Thanks, R. Both couples are certainly vulnerable. It's part of what makes them so attractive. C
  8. Here're the full lyrics, for those interested. Yeah, it as a great song, and quite controversial for its time as, even though it isn't shown in this lyric, on the stage its final two words were, "Fuck you!" GEE, OFFICER KRUPKE TIGER (spoken) (imitating Officer Krupke) Hey, you! RIFF (spoken) Me, Officer Krupke? TIGER (spoken) (as Krupke) Yeah, you! Gimme one good reason For not draggin’ ya down to the Stationhouse, ya punk. RIFF (sings) Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, Ya gotta understand-- It’s just our bringin’ upke That gets us outta hand. Our mothers all are junkies, Our fathers all are drunks. Golly Moses -- natcherly we’re punks. ALL Gee, Officer Krupke, we’re very upset; We never had the love that every Child oughta get. We ain’t no delinquents, We’re misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good! RIFF There is good! ALL There is good, there is good, There is untapped good. Like inside, the worse of us is good. TIGER (imitating Krupke) That’s a touchin’ good story. RIFF Lemme tell it to the world! TIGER (imitating Krupke) Just tell it to the Judge. RIFF (**to Snowboy) Dear kindly Judge, your Honor, My parents treat me rough. With all their marijuana, They won’t give me a puff. They didn’t wanna have me, But somehow I was had. Leapin’ lizards --that’s what I’m so bad! SNOWBOY (imitating a Judge) Right! Officer Krupke, you’re really a square; This boy don’t need a judge, he Needs a analysis’s care! It’s just his neurosis that oughta be curbed-- **He’s psychologically disturbed. RIFF I’m disturbed! ALL We’re disturbed, we’re disturbed, We’re the most disturbed, Like we’re psychologically disturbed. SNOWBOY (still acting part of Judge)(spoken) Hear ye, Her ye! In the opinion Of this court, this child is Depraved on account he ain’t had a normal home. RIFF (spoken) Hey, I’m depraved on account I’m deprived! SNOWBOY (as judge - spoken) So take him to a headshrinker. RIFF (to Action)(sings) My Daddy beats my Mommy, My Mommy clobbers me, My Grandpa is a Commie, My Grandma pushes tea. My sister wears a mustache, My brother wears a dress. Goodness Gracious, that’s why I’m a mess! ACTION (as psychiatrist) Yes! Officer Krupke, he shouldn’t be here. This boy don’t need a couch, he needs A useful career. Society’s played him a terrible trick, And sociologically he’s sick! RIFF I am sick! ALL We are sick, we are sick, We are sick sick sick Like we’re sociologically sick! ACTION (speaks as psychiatrist) In my opinion, this child does not need To have his head shrunk at all. Juvenile delinquency is purely a Social disease. RIFF (spoken) Hey, I got a social disease! ACTION (spoken as psychiatrist) So take him to a social worker! RIFF (to ARAB)(sings) Dear kindly social worker, They tell me get a job, Like be a soda-jerker, Which means like be a slob. It’s not I’m anti-social, I’m only anti-work. Gloryosky, that’s why I’m a jerk! ARAB (as social worker) Eek! Officer Krupke, you’ve done it again. This boy don’t need a job, he needs a Year in the pen. It ain’t just a question of misunderstood; Deep down inside him, he’s no good! RIFF I’m no good! ALL We’re no good, we’re no good, We’re no earthly good, Like the best of us is no damn good! SNOWBOY The trouble is he’s lazy. JOYBOY The trouble is he drinks BABY JOHN The trouble is he’s crazy. ARAB The trouble is he stinks, MOUTHPIECE The trouble is he’s growing. ACTION The trouble is he’s grown! ALL Krupke, we got troubles of our own! Gee, Officer Krupke, We’re down on our knees. ‘Cause no one wants a fella with A social disease. Gee, Officer Krupke, What are we to do? Gee, Officer Krupke -- Krup you!
  9. Thank you, Jeff. And I'm loving your story! C
  10. Yeah, I did know that. Great musical. C
  11. I was but a wee youth when exposed to this: My father is a bastard, My ma's an S.O.B. My grandpa's always plastered, My grandma pushes tea. My sister wears a mustache, My brother wears a dress. Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess! I didn't know what the 4th line meant, and when I questioned it, I was told 'tea' was shorthand for marijuana. So, quite obviously, there is a longstanding connection between 'tea' and pot.
  12. I didn't get the impression from the article that this guy was any sort of activist. I kept looking for the word 'lawsuit' and never did fine it. c
  13. Oh to be that young again. And that crazy. C
  14. Hijacking is one reason this forum is so entertaining. We never know where we'll go or what we'll get. I hope that never changes. C
  15. Very, very different from here. We do have Little League and Pop Warner Football, but it's a small fraction of boys in the general population who participate in these very organized groups. Most athletic enterprises are in the schools, and most kids stop when they're done with those or don't make the cut on the various teams. Fascinating to read about the differences. Do you know if it works the same way in New Zealand than in Australia? I think many of us here see New Zealand as an extension of Australia, but I know they're much different. C