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  1. Merkin

    Scurvy Dog

    SO GLAD to see this fine tale revived for us in this month's "Picks from the Past." One never tires of rereading a story by Cole Parker, and this one is very special. http://www.awesomedude.com/cole-parker/scurvy-dog/scurvy-dog.htm
  2. I am a bit mystified. Surely whether, when, or how Mike responds to inquiries from John Lloyd is his business?
  3. Good question. The link at the top of this thread still works, however.
  4. That calls for an equal-opportunity reply. Not all blonds are babes: A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, "Wanna hear a blond joke?" In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something. Our bartender is blond, the bouncer is blond. I’m a six foot tall, 200 lb black belt. The guy sitting next to me is six foot two, weighs 225, and he’s a rugby player. The fella to your right is six foot five, pushing 300, and he’s a wrestler. Each one of us is blond. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?" The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times."
  5. This is a wonderful story. I had to read it twice since my eyes got so blurry the first time through. I wish every shy boy, gay or straight, could have an experience like this. http://www.awesomedude.com/alan_dwight/summer-camp/summer-camp.htm
  6. On the U.S. news we see images of people so concerned over their 'rights' that that they form into mobs and demonstrate for freedom to ignore the virus and infect everyone.
  7. Paris in the spring! I'd settle for just one more glimpse of those magnificent trees, facades, cobblestones, boulevards...
  8. I thoroughly agree. Plus "The Aquittal" a perfect tale for this period of seclusion, for it will pull you in and swoop you up for 27 intense chapters, and then you realize the story is nowhere near over so you go on to part two, "The Empty Spaces Between Us" for 41 more wonderful chapters. A great read from a writer well worth following.
  9. I barely made it through the watching of this. It brought back so many memories of these and other similar discoveries after the war. We must never forget such horrors; they color our present, they foreshadow our future—unless we can somehow learn to transcend the brutality that seems to lie dormant within us all.
  10. Here's hoping you read it before, Cole. Catch those glitches. Then we can all read it after. When, that is. Or was it then?
  11. I know the feeling, Nigel. At my age I have a memory like a sieve, and as I worked my way through The Golden Portifer I found myself thinking, ‘Wait, wait, did that just explain the reason for what happens in that story about Henry…’ but then of course I couldn’t remember which story. I kept tripping up on events that occurred in Portifer that appear to lay the groundwork for much of what occurred later on in “modern day” Rothenia, but as you say, it looks as though I’ll have to go back and reread the series right from the start. Sigh. Thankfully each time I do it is wonderful all over again.
  12. I share your pain, James. Up here in Virginia the pollen is piss yellow, not lime green. However we won't see spring for a good while yet if the current trend continues.
  13. Agreed. Some very inventive interning situations indeed. I shall have to speak to my own primary care physician about getting with the program. A great read: http://awesomedude.com/cole-parker/on-the-job-training/on-the-job-training.htm
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