Month: May 2014

Questioning

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If it’s Thursday, it must be… Hold it — I’ve never responded to a daily prompt on a Thursday before. I think. But whatever. Ben asks: A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you? My first thought is “Only three?” But three. Okay. The first question I wouldn’t want to hear is obviously “How are you?” I hate being asked […]

Eyeing

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Men and women are not the same. You may have noticed this — a lot of people have. Heck, noticing it and commenting on it has maintained the career of many a comic.  Many of these comics use or embrace or exploit stereotypes — and there are a lot of stereotypes to use. If done well — if the joke or story or vignette or whatever is well-told — it might be entertaining or funny […]

Pricing

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I have almost nothing in common with Sam Carter. Sam Carter is (Or was, I suppose — she’s only around in reruns these days. Do you know the appropriate verb tense for that situation? I have no idea.) — a character in several TV shows (at least three) whereas I’m a real person (as far as I can tell; I think I’d know if I wasn’t). She’s the smartest person on the face of the […]

Caking

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Today’s ‘daily prompt’ was very odd: You walk into your home to find a couple you don’t know sitting in your living room, eating a slice of cake. Tell us what happens next. but something leapt to mind, unbidden and almost fully-formed. It’s something of a departure from my usual drivel; I have no idea if it’s any good. In the last twenty months, I’ve touched on several different topics/themes/subjects/whatever. I’ve talked about curling. I’ve […]

Slashing

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Ben asks a simple Friday question — a little thing designed to tease the palate and make misanthropic houseplants use wildly inappropriate metaphors. The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick? Well sure — nothing like throwing together a quick dissertation while I’m waiting for the floor to dry. (My last […]