Paraprosdokians

By: ycd0108 , 2:57 AM GMT on November 16, 2011

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My favourite Paraprosdokian was not on the list.
Mom worked as a psyche nurse in Hamilton, On. as WW11 was gearing up. Dad was there for Radar Tech School when his brother who I am named after was killed in training in Britain - maybe '42. They were from the same small B.C. town but she had a boyfriend who went to fly over there and never came back about the same time.
For a comparison: I graduated in that town in 1965 with 41 others. 39 boys from that town did not return from that conflict starting in '39.
Mom had been good friends with Dad's younger brother so I guess they had lots to talk about when the news came. They were soon married and Dad went off for four years. Older twins showed up so Mom went back to the hometown and stayed with his parents (actually Grandpa did not survive the loss of my uncle for long).
The Point: Oh yes - Mom worked in the psyche Ward there and one night shift an inmate came to her and asked for a cigarret. Though both of them knew Mom smoked at that time Mom stated that she had no cigarrettes - the lady who asked was prone to swallowing lit cigarrets and staff were forbidden to give them to her.
The lady's comeback line became a family ikon:
"I always did like Liers. You, however, suit me too well!"

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32. ycd0108
5:10 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
Mornin Pat:
You sure have a way with music videos. Young also. I guess you either love it or hate it, though. Herself and I lived in one of them "communal" houses in Vancoocoo and one guy played Young's stuff to the nurse he was courting quite a bit. We just called it the "House" and it had about 6 or 8, depending on the evening, horny nurses living there.
'Course I moved in and other guys would come and go (oops).
Anyhoo, Herself hated anything by Neil till about 25 years later we found a blues bar in Chaing Mai highly recommended and when "Tak" eventually showed up and started the intro to his first piece we recognized: "There is a town..."
She accepts Neil now as one of her own.
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31. Patrap
4:32 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
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30. ycd0108
4:29 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
Mornin Ylee:
Actually most of the time I was there, about 6 months, a cease fire held together. I hear more gunfire here in a week than I heard there in the whole stint. I don't think there is an official rifle range near my place but folks like to get out in the "Bush" and blast away. I have done that myself so I should not bitch but just now I'm dog sitting Jupiter and he ain't a good huntin' dog. If he doesn't run away he comes up to the computer room and crawls under the desk. Halloween is a tense time for him.
The driver who delivered me back to the border needed about $200 in local currency to buy a generator for the bar he was planning to open. I happened to have a wad left so I gave it to him. He wrote later that "Ken and Kena's" had opened and there was a cold beer waiting there when I got back. "Course the war was not over and I think the bar was trashed (and my beer drunk). Kena was "Clotheslined" by a cable across the road which flipped the NGO vehicle he was driving and he came to in an hospital in Cote d'Ivoire.
We are thinking of a trip there because I did promise I'd come back once they got things back on track and the country was beautiful even though badly shot up.
Back in the day someone else paid my air fare, though.
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29. Ylee
7:49 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
"Bogie" is a little closer, as in "incoming!".
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28. ycd0108
6:58 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
You bettcha, Ylee!
When I signed up to go in to Liberia the guy who built the little Back Hoe said:
"Remember: when they say "Get Down!" over there, they don't mean "Boogey"!"
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27. Ylee
6:05 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
I reckon any landing you can roll away from is a good one!
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26. ycd0108
4:41 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
YCD (Nanaimo airport) weather:

-3°C
°C
°F
Freezing Fog
Feels Like : -
Wind : 0km/h
Sunrise : 7:31
Sunset : 16:30
Relative Humidity : 93%
Pressure : 101.12 kPa
Visibility : 0.8 km
Ceiling : unlimited
Took the little Backhoe to it's home yesterday. I miss it already but it's good to get it back in working condition. Also if the snow does show up the owner/builder should have the buggy available there to clear paths and such. Hauling the machine on a trailer is not a good idea once the snow starts to stick.
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25. ycd0108
4:30 AM GMT on November 19, 2011
My truck was parked at Brown's Bay just north of Seymour Narrows where they blew "Ripple Rock" in the '50s with the largest non nuclear explosion up to that time. Made "Life" magazine. I'm going home from a three week stint in the bush and the first leg is on a DHC "Otter". The pilot looks at the water and tells me the currents are too strong for him to dock the plane. I agree. He says he will give me one pass as close as he can get to the finger and I should get off because he will be "putting the hammer down" immediately. I get my bag out on the port float and as he comes close I toss the bag and roll on to the dock - the other piece of advice was the tail of the plane was going to swing over me on the dock so "stay down!". That is why they call these planes STOL - he is in the air before he reaches the breakwater.
Some people run down to ask me if I'm alright. Yup!
Goin' Home!
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24. ycd0108
7:42 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Hi there Ylee:
It was a lady on the other end of the "seance".
The whole experience here is interesting me. One thing: How long can it last?
I have taken to spending an inordinate amount of time reading and pecking away here - I enjoy the process. When the power goes out I can read a book but for now I am hooked.
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23. ycd0108
7:35 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Mornin Todd:
It is brightening up a bit and the drops are now liquid. Still a skiff on the ground, though.
The good news is, I guess that I now have three 4x4 vehicles in the yard: My old Chev, daughter's Merc and SIL's Rav4. I took them to the airport yesterday and they left the cars here. I prefer the old Chev, actually: If I totalled it it would cost less than a busted tail light on the other vehicles.
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22. Ylee
7:28 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Hey ycd, that was some crazy phone call you had last night! I bet the guy on the other end freaked out for a moment.

The little homemade tractor may have its issues, but I bet it's still handy!

The blogs are like the workplace: good or bad, people come, and people go. It is what it is; we all just get along the best we can!
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21. toddluck
7:19 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
howdy
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20. ycd0108
6:19 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Light snow falling just now. Maybe 1/2 inch sticking. I went out and filled the bird/squirrel feeders but don't feel up to standing around in the unheated shop sorting tools and empties around the vice. My orders were: "Start a fire in the basement." (not to be taken literally - I think she meant in the furnace) and "Feed the birds."
Local forecast is for warm up to about 4 C. but it will have to start soon or this stuff will stay.
Jupiter, my daughter's dog who I'm babysitting, loves snow - he's an Husky cross with BIG hair.
I was reading over at Dr. Master's place and as usual the main entry is well written and informative. Some of the comments are current and contain worthwhile information. I can even get a chuckle from the screwy comments referencing Fox "Science" articles.
But really!
Most of the old commenters seem to have moved on to their own blogs or found something better to do with their time. I would not be surprised if most still read any recent post by the Doctor, though.
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19. ycd0108
12:06 AM GMT on November 18, 2011
Mine too Ylee!
I am barely capable of working with it safely. In fact most machines are not "safe" but this one moves in some very strange ways even when all controls are working and when the steering breaks off all bets are off. Luckily both times it happened to me I was on level ground.
So far if you can get off the controls completely fast enough it settles down.
"Hands (and feet) Clear!
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18. ycd0108
11:55 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Spookey!
While I was returning Ylee's comment the phone rang with a local number on display but the number was unknown to me. Quite often I let people I don't know leave a message even if I am here.
Hello
Hello, is Kim there?
No, I just put her on a plane to Calgary.
Pause
I'm sorry, who is this?
Oh,chuckle, (I've figured it out) I'm Kim's Dad and we both have the same initial for our first name but she is listed in Nanaimo.
Long pause
I think I have the wrong number.
Yes, but I can give you Kim's even though she is now probably in the airport in Vancouver and won't answer.
No, I mean I really have the wrong number: I had heard that the Father of the Kim I'm trying to reach just died.
I patted myself and there I was so I had to chuckle again.
Maybe this new technology will make this possible in the future but as far as I can tell you have the wrong number.
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17. Ylee
11:46 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
It looked kinda homemade, but I wasn't sure. That guy did an excellent job in making it!
As for making it, well, let's just say that it's way beyond my skillset! :)
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16. ycd0108
11:34 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Ylee: The "Tractorous" is basically home made. Hydraulics from Princess Auto, Honda 14 hp gas runs the pump and each wheel driven with an hydraulic motor. Lots of welded steel plate and pipe. It is handy but like all machines you want a bigger one. In fact I have to get it out of my shop. The main project was to ditch and backfill water and power to our greenhouse and well and that is pretty well done. With snow in the offing the guy who built it should have it home to clear driveways and such. I'll miss it though.
I talked about it on earlier blog posts and might be able to source the plans if you are interested
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15. Ylee
6:46 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Hi, ycd!

What kind of tractor is that? Sure looks handy!
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14. ycd0108
5:55 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Hi RenoSoHill:
I can't think of what to do with that picakepi except to square it (into byte size)
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13. RenoSoHill
5:36 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Just kinda though it fit your mix!
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12. ycd0108
5:18 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Mornin BFOTR:
The snow did not stick but it whitened the ground for a couple of hours before it turned to rain. We winter here just at the freezing point so you never know what will happen. The worst set up is: cold high pressure over the mainland and an off shore low. Then we get "Outflow" wind from the inlets which comes west over the Salish Sea and picks up "sea affect" moisture. When this stuff meets the Gulf Islands it dumps the moisture - quite often as snow.
The best book I have seen on local weather is: "The Wind Came All Ways":
http://www.starpath.com/catalog/books/1818.htm
The book is easy to read and includes reproductions of Emily Carr's poetry and art including the title.
The concept of "pressure slope" applies to the complex influence of the channels and inlets on weather patterns.The book is very specific to this coast but I wonder if the idea could have broader use.
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11. Barefootontherocks
5:51 AM GMT on November 17, 2011
Hi, ycd.
Did you get snow?
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10. ycd0108
2:46 AM GMT on November 17, 2011
Guess what Fishless: the jet boat in my shop is the M.V. "R Billy". Buddy of mine told me that would be the name of his next boat so I could not use the name.
He went on by his own hand in about '88 so I figured I could use the name.
Thanks for stopping in and for your blog
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9. fishless
12:53 AM GMT on November 17, 2011
Thanks for visiting the happy blog ydc0108
!
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8. toddluck
10:29 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
nope its sitting at work ....
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7. ycd0108
10:16 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
Bogon:
I was reading that thar and this here Paraprosdokian showed up:
Hope only makes sense when it doesn’t make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.
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6. Bogon
9:45 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
ycd, thanks for the tip about Paul Hawken. Haven't had time to do more than initial introduction to Monbiot yet. Found this nice address from Hawken.
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5. ycd0108
4:57 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
Mornin Todd: Is your new ride in the yard yet?
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4. toddluck
4:54 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
mornin sir
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3. ycd0108
4:30 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
Mornin Ylee.
2 degrees C. here and big red "Wind Warning" on the CMC - hints about "Snow", maybe today.
I'm arranging to get the little tractor hauled back - it takes up most of one bay in the shop and the boats take up the other so the pickup full of tools has to sit out in the weather with a scruffy tarp over the box.
It occurs to me that this internet conversation is another "natural phenomenon": We have to check in and read the posts and sometimes go to another comment to figure out what is being covered at the time.
Most of the members are (shall we say?) Mature - at least in terms of human life span. Women seem to outnumber the males - at least amoung the posts I tend to read. I'm guessing that is partly due to the fact that they are longer lived than us. Most male friends here don't spend any time on the computer or they use it for specific work related information.
I actually value conversation highly. I grew up with a family that socialized at the kitchen table and competed for the "feather" - the deafer they got the more they could "hold the floor"
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2. Ylee
7:47 AM GMT on November 16, 2011
Ah, I just read Shore's blog. Got it!
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1. Ylee
7:33 AM GMT on November 16, 2011
ycd, what does paraprosdokians mean? Never heard of it.
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