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Song Challenge! - Part 90

Deda 09 Jan 03 - 12:42 PM
Genie 08 Jan 03 - 10:15 PM
Genie 08 Jan 03 - 10:06 PM
SharonA 08 Jan 03 - 12:16 PM
┴ine 08 Jan 03 - 07:27 AM
Genie 08 Jan 03 - 01:13 AM
Amos 08 Jan 03 - 12:56 AM
Genie 08 Jan 03 - 12:28 AM
Amos 07 Jan 03 - 11:42 PM
Genie 07 Jan 03 - 11:15 PM
Amos 07 Jan 03 - 06:49 PM
Genie 07 Jan 03 - 04:33 PM
Amos 07 Jan 03 - 01:02 PM
┴ine 07 Jan 03 - 12:16 PM
Genie 08 Nov 02 - 11:16 AM
Amos 08 Nov 02 - 09:22 AM
GUEST,B.L.O.B. sub again 08 Nov 02 - 09:00 AM
GUEST,the B.L.O.B. substitute 08 Nov 02 - 08:51 AM
Genie 07 Nov 02 - 07:26 PM
Amos 06 Nov 02 - 09:59 PM
Genie 05 Nov 02 - 02:13 PM
SharonA 05 Nov 02 - 01:51 PM
Genie 05 Nov 02 - 08:34 AM
mousethief 04 Nov 02 - 11:20 PM
Genie 26 Oct 02 - 03:02 PM
GUEST,Nacho Chick* 21 Oct 02 - 06:34 PM
mousethief 19 Oct 02 - 03:31 PM
Genie 18 Oct 02 - 11:46 AM
Genie 17 Oct 02 - 11:35 PM
mousethief 17 Oct 02 - 11:20 PM
Genie 17 Oct 02 - 08:35 PM
Amos 17 Oct 02 - 05:07 PM
Genie 17 Oct 02 - 03:38 PM
Amos 17 Oct 02 - 10:26 AM
mousethief 17 Oct 02 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,Sonja 16 Oct 02 - 07:38 PM
MMario 16 Oct 02 - 11:37 AM
GUEST,Sonja 16 Oct 02 - 11:25 AM
Amos 16 Oct 02 - 01:28 AM
Genie 16 Oct 02 - 12:22 AM
Amos 16 Oct 02 - 12:05 AM
Amos 14 Oct 02 - 11:37 PM
GUEST,Nacho Chick 14 Oct 02 - 11:32 PM
Amos 12 Oct 02 - 11:51 PM
GUEST,Nacho Chick 12 Oct 02 - 12:43 PM
GUEST,Nadja Chick 12 Oct 02 - 12:17 PM
GUEST,Sonja 12 Oct 02 - 04:34 AM
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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Deda
Date: 09 Jan 03 - 12:42 PM

I don't care what she's called, I'm just delighted that she's back. Welcome back to our remote little corner of the Milky Way galaxy, whatchamacallit -- long may you reign!

Cura ut valeas! (Take care that you should be well / strong)


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 10:15 PM

Sharon, FWIW, Aine's name in your post showed up on my screen as "┴ine," -- the same way it does in the Subject line on these threads.

Hi, "┴ine," "šine," "Áine," "Źine," "Aine," "Gaelic Goddess," "Hey, you!," etc. Thanks again for the BLOBS and Chips!

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 10:06 PM

Sharon, that IS the way I type it. And it looks fine in the preview. And if I post it into "Composer" and then copy the HTML code from "Page Source," the code looks fine.

Nevertheless, folks tell me (often, but not always) that it comes out as "Źine."

This thing is most perplexing.

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: SharonA
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 12:16 PM

Genie: If you're using a Mac, try Option + e (note that that's a lower-case "e"), and then type the capital A.

┴ine: Thanks for the chip! Can't wait to see what your next Challenge story is!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: ┴ine
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 07:27 AM

. . . I keep tellin' y'all -- you can call me anything, just don't call me late for supper! *BG*

BTW, Genie, you can just type 'Aine' with no accent whatsoever and I'll be a happy camper ;-)

. . . what is for supper, anyway?

-- Áine, Aine, TGG, etc. ad greeneum


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 01:13 AM

Well, the funny thing is that the second one was done using a procedure
I commonly use (one that you and Daly taught me for using Composer), yet
often when I do Áine's name that way, folks tell me it comes out
as "çine."



This gets more confusing all the time.

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 12:56 AM

The first one is the one that makes the cedilla -- the others all look right to me!
BTW, my ┴ is made with Option+Shift+Y. If I press Option + A I get ň or
┼.

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 08 Jan 03 - 12:28 AM

No, Amos, I see your top entry as that upside down exclamation point used in Spanish (which is also the way Aine's name appears in the "Subject" line of forum threads (as of about 9-12 mo. ago).

Your second entry shows as a capital A with an acute accent.

The thing I don't understand is this:
Since both the "Insert Symbol" in MS Word and the "option + e + "A"" command on my keyboard produce the HTML code that I showed you above, why does it appear to you folks as a cedilla?

Let's see what happens when I type that same HTML code for Aine's name directly. Here goes:

er ..., Wait a minute! What appeared in my preview for the post above was the HTML code for Aine's name -- not her name itself with the acute accent! Now I see that in my last post, that HTML code got translated (preview notwithstanding) and it appears on my screen just as Aine's name does in your post when you spelled out the HTML code.

Let me try 4 things, and you tell me which, if any, of them, look right.

1. šine (typed directly using "option +)
2. Áine - typed with same procedure in Composer and copied from "Page Source"
3. Áine - HTML typed directly into the message box
4. Áine - "Aine" typed in Composer with the acute accent, using the "option +", then HTML copied from Page Source, pasted into Composer again, and copied and pasted from there.

BTW, they all four look the same in my preview.

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jan 03 - 11:42 PM

Yes. To do it you type an ampersand, followed by the letter A, followed by the word "acute" or "grave", followed by a semicolon. You don't use "insert Symbol "in MS word I thik, because it puts in a high ascii code, which I think must get badly translated. I suspect the same is true of the option key command. I duno enough about the detailed levewl to say where the thing goes wonky on ya but a lot of the time what displays is a cedilla instead of a Capital A with an acute accent.

This is A +Option: ┴
This is spelled out using HTML as described above: Á

Lessee if they come out the same....Preview shows them the same. Everyone else see them the same?

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 07 Jan 03 - 11:15 PM

Amos, the HTML code looks just like it's supposed to, so I don't know why it doesn't work. Funny thing is, it DOES sometimes. (I've checked it with some other Mudcatters and on Windows machines, and sometimes it looks the same to the others and to me on the Windows machines as it does on my Mac. And it doesn't seem to matter whether I used the "Insert Symbol" command in MS Word or the "option +" keystrokes directly. Obviously, sometimes it doesn't come out right on the other end.)
Here is the HTML code, as it shows in Netscape Composer's "Source View":

Áine

Isn't that what it's supposed to be?

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jan 03 - 06:49 PM

Genie, ya gotta learn the HTML for those special chars -- the option version from your Mac doesn't translate right!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 07 Jan 03 - 04:33 PM

Whadda way to start out 2003 -- two (count 'em), TWO COW CHIPS from The Gaelic Goddess!!

Gonna be a good year, I think.

Welcome back to the Challenge!ing Realm, šine!

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jan 03 - 01:02 PM

Wow!!! I just LOVE it when the GG shows up in a burst of creative fury-de-menthe and lays about like that!! :>)

Thanks!! On to the virtual mantelpiece it goes!

Ya makes me grin some, fer sure!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: ┴ine
Date: 07 Jan 03 - 12:16 PM

THAT'S RIGHT -- THE AWARDS HAVE BEEN AWARDED AND THE SONGS HAVE BEEN POSTED AND ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD AGAIN!

Happy New Year, Challenge!rs, and here are your long awaited Golden Cow Chips to start 2003 off with a splat:

Winners of the Golden Cow Chip with Shamrock Cluster (The Shamrock Cluster is awarded for a very high level of imagination, imagery, and/or creative use of language in a song):

An Emu Is Comin' To Town by SharonA
Das Emu by Genie
Emu Bird Thrill by Sonja
The Guy Who Escaped From The Zoo by Deda
It Ain't Me, Bird by Nadja Chick

Winners of the Golden Cow Chip with Harp Ribbon (The Harp Ribbon is given for being able to make The Keeper of the Book fall on the floor laughing OR make her short out her keyboard with tears):

Ain't It So by Jeri
The Hamburg Bird-ler? by MMario

Winners of the Golden Cow Chip with Guinness Crest (The Guinness Crest is awarded for causing both Harp Ribbon conditions within one song):

The Peeler And The Emu by derrymacash
Spinster's Love Song To The Emu by Amos

Winners Of The Golden Cow Chip Award With Memorial MMario Silverplated Spittoon (The GCCWMMSPS is awarded to the Challenge! entry which evokes an instantaneous bubbling up of frothy mirth from out of the lips of the Keeper of the Book and onto her monitor screen):

Great Emu Bird by Genie
Helga And The Emu Man by Clifton53

Winners of the Golden Cow Chip with Super Special Sandstone Sheila-Na-Gig Ocarina Award (The Super Special Sandstone Sheila-Na-Gig Ocarina Award is given to the Challenge!rs who warm the cockles and create a special warm and fuzzy feeling in the heart of the Keeper of the Book in a song):

Lady I'm An Emu by mousethief


So, get your crayons dusted off and your TP pressed for the First Song Challenge! of 2003 . . . it's comin' soon . . .

All the best, Áine


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 11:16 AM

Thanks, BLOB Sub! (Can we call ya "BS?") *BSEG*

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 09:22 AM

Wow! A BLOB Sub!! Amazing -- like, kinda, a TGG Miracle! Wow! I am IM-pressed!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,B.L.O.B. sub again
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 09:00 AM

To Nadja Chick: a B.L.O.B for:

Go fly now from the ledge, Bird,
...Er,...run across the ground.
I'm really not your type, Bird,
Ain't got no feather-down.
At first I thought you were a man
With a big, bare, hairy chest
And dark brown eagle eyes that seemed
To pierce me to my breast,
But then I saw those knees, and I cried "Fowl!


To Genie ien B.L.O.B for:

"Oh, mein Gott!" cried Fraulein Helga!
"Was ist peekin' in mein Haus?
Ist ein Herr mit kein Schirtz on?
Ist ein Flascher? Ist ein Louse?!"


To Mousethief goes ablob for his disclaimer:

Lady I'm no honcho
Lady I'm an Emu
Tho' I look just like a naked German
Lady I'm no honcho
Lady I'm an Emu


And to SharonA a big B.L.O.B for:

With little thick brain
And feather-filled bum
Neck that can stretch
And legs that can run
An emu is comin' to town.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,the B.L.O.B. substitute
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 08:51 AM


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 07:26 PM

Well, personally I prefer Guinness, too. Glad to hear you be on the mend, šine, albeit slowly.

Gotta watch these immortals, folks. They keep trying to fly, even when their wings have been singed.

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 09:59 PM

BULLETIN FROM MOUNT MINT



The Gaelic Goddess wishes it to be communicated to all Bards and Bardesses, songsters, skylarks, tribbles and furbelows of her Songster Realm that she is broadcasting green blessings from afar and will be among us at an auspicious time in the very near future. In the meanwhile, she wants it known she is receiving all Song Challenge suggestions and other communication although she is quitew deep[y engaged in resolving a terrible conflict on far Larynx, the thirteenth planet outward from the yellow star Descant in the Diva system. As soon as she can return to her favored Green Groves of Earth she will come again to the Mudcat Shrine to bestow her blessings in person...

(Translation: Soccer Mom tried to be Super Woman, and has just now graduated from Codeine to Guinness as a means of pain suppression in dealing with the consequent setback to her cervical musculature or something of that ilk.).

She further announces unto all loyal Songsters that there will come among us a New Prophet, armed with the Green light, who shall bestoew blessing in her Name across the land, who shall be honored as she is honored and bears her Charter and Blessing.

(Translation: I dunno what she meant by that part. Could be the codeine wearing off?? :>))\

Hang in there, Challengers!!

He'p is on the Way!!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 02:13 PM

Welcome back, Sharon! ("Feather-filled bum," my a**!) *G*

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: SharonA
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 01:51 PM

Hello! I'm here, or back, or whatever. Sorry to be away from the lighter side of Mudcat for so long.

I still have a song put aside that I "otter" finish... but here's something I dashed off quickly for this Challenge, with the recent Secret Santa threads in mind.


AN EMU IS COMIN' TO TOWN
(Tune: "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town")

You met a large lout
With big-white-dot eye.
His chest "hairs" stick out
But he ain't no guy:
An emu is comin' to town.

Escapin' and missed,
A chicken king-size
Wants to hide out
But can't hide those eyes.
An emu is comin' to town.

He sees you when he's peeping
Through windows he might break.
His nose is tappin' glass and wood
So he could a good mess make!

So you better watch out
Your window so high.
You better not doubt
That fella is nigh:
An emu is comin' to town.

With little thick brain
And feather-filled bum
Neck that can stretch
And legs that can run
An emu is comin' to town.

With burly big men
Who come from the zoo
Chasin' him 'round
With nets and ropes, too:
An emu is comin' to town.

The birds in Perth and Queensland
Are glad that Aussie's free
They'll celebrate their bonzer mate
Who is still an escapee!

So you better watch out
Your window so high.
You better not doubt
That fella is nigh:
An emu is comin' toooo townnnnn!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:34 AM

šine, I do hope those "vexacious disharmonies amongst the polytonal harpoid of Glottus 13, out there in the Mixylodian sector" are on their way to being resolved and that you will soon be back among us mortals.

Mousethief, Nacho Chick, and I are among the B.L.O.B. deprived, and, anyway, we hate to think of our Goddess going through hell in Texas due to back problems. (Whereas hell in Texas politics is to be expected.)

To paraphrase John Prine,
"Come back to us, Gaelic Goddess,
Hare Krishna, Beauregard."

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: mousethief
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:20 PM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 26 Oct 02 - 03:02 PM

Sharon A, we still haven't heard from you on this one. Where've ya been?

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Nacho Chick*
Date: 21 Oct 02 - 06:34 PM

* not my real name (just a "handle" appropos this particular avian song challenge)

Thanks for the kind words, Amos. I'm sure you will hear from me again ...that is, if the lady who does the challenges and gives out the birdseed ever gets well enough to sit at her computer again.

Hope you are better, Aine.

NC


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: mousethief
Date: 19 Oct 02 - 03:31 PM

Thanks, G!

-Alex


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 18 Oct 02 - 11:46 AM

Welcome back, Mousethief! Atsa gooda song!

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 11:35 PM

Question for the clones: Twice in this thread I have entered posts that contained umlauts, and I have done the "preview" both times, and the preview has shown the umlauts properly. Then when I went back and checked the threads, the umlauts have come out funny. One time the "a" with an umlaut ended up looking like a capital S, and this last time, the "u" with an umlaut came out as something like a capital "Y" with an umlaut.

What gives?

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: mousethief
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 11:20 PM

Lady I'm an Emu
(tune: Baby I'm a-Want You by David Gates/Bread)

Lady I'm not what you
Thoughtta when I seen you
You're the only one to think that I'm a naked man
Maybe you're a-crazy
Or you've lived too long without

Some lovin' and affection
When you gazed in my direction
You were blinded by my giant eyes' magnetic power
Maybe you'd been prayin'
That some man would be a-stayin' beside you

Used to be my life was just a showpiece in the zoo
Then I got away and I ran all the way to you
Ich bin Emu

Lady I'm no honcho
Lady I'm an Emu
Tho' I look just like a naked German
Lady I'm no honcho
Lady I'm an Emu

Copyright ę2002 Alex E Riggle. All Rights Reserved.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 08:35 PM

Vell, mein liebschen, das emu hat eschaped von das Hamburg* Zoo, nicht wahr?

Danke fčr den 'schveet' Worten!

Genie

(*Does that mean the lady saw a Hamburger at her window?)


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 05:07 PM

Ach, Genie, vos ist mit all der Prussion talk bemaking? LOL!! Lofely chob, dollink!!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 03:38 PM

Along the lines of the old Saturday Evening Post feature, "Tales Mein Grossfodder Told me," here is:

Das Emu   -- Genie
(Tune: The Cuckoo)

Ach! Das emu, ist ein funny bird,
Kleine Vings, kann nicht vahr fly.
Shtill, he hast gut lang Shtridings,
Mit den shtronge lange Thighs.

Vast in das Village der Hamburg,
Das Abend vast breit und klar,
Das emu fliehen das Zoo Koop
Im das Shpring uff der Yahr.

Fraulein Helga, in der Bedroompf
Yust auf Mitternacht von der Klock,
Geheard ein Tapping auf das Vindow,
Saw zwei gross Augen -- Vas ein Schock!.

"Oh, mein Gott!" cried Fraulein Helga!
"Was ist peekin' in mein Haus?
Ist ein Herr mit kein Schirtz on?
Ist ein Flascher?  Ist ein Louse?!"

Sie ge-callt für das Politzist
Für hilfen mit der katsch
Der Ingetrüder auf den Vindow,
Locken up der Booby Hatsch!

Fraulein Helga felt zo shtupid
Venn sie gelernt es ist ein Bird!
"Oh, Scheiss!"  sagt sie. "Ich vas ge-hopin'!
(Guess mein Eyeschight vast geblurred!)"

Ach!  Das emu, he ist ein fakakteh Bird.
Kleine Vings, kann nicht vahr fly!
Shtil ich glaube he ist schöene!
Und he macht mein Hertz sigh!!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 10:26 AM

Anything that flummoxes the Mousethief has got to be truly diabolical! :<>)


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: mousethief
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 10:12 AM

I will admit that this challenge has flummoxed me up until now, but my weary grey matter has finally come up with an idea, which I shall try to enflesh today.

Alex


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 07:38 PM

Lost my asterisk:

*except when it comes to bones, of course.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: MMario
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:37 AM

Ditto to the above.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 11:25 AM

That dear lady just can't get a break,* can she? Please get well very soon, o red-headed bestower of Cow Chips!

SWO


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 01:28 AM

Well, she's briefly laid up with a subluxation or a strain, nothing ruptured, just limping about and not able to sit still at the computer just now. She'll be fine shortly, and wanted everyone to know she had not forgotten them!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 12:22 AM

As to your second sentence, Amos, how about translating it into German so we can have a clue as to what you're talking about. (Are you saying šine has a sore throat?) *G*

Your next sentence is quite clear, and welcome news!

As for your last one, there's still time to "hear" some new Challenge! songs from Sharon A., Mousethief, McGrath, JenEllen, and any of a slew of other frivolous poets before TGG returns to serve the chips.

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 12:05 AM

Challengers all!

The Goddess has announced she will be visitng the other side of the Cosmos for a few days to straighten out some vexacious disharmonies amongst the polytonal harpoid of Glottus 13, out there in the Mixylodian sector, I believe. In any case she wishes me to express her affection and esteem for your talents and assures you she will return shortly to hand out all due Blobs and Chips here in our quadrant.

Carry on singing!!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 14 Oct 02 - 11:37 PM

Either one, as long as it isn't late for dinner.

I think you oughta lose that guest handle and frequent these challenges more often. You're obviously a nachul for 'em. :>)

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Nacho Chick
Date: 14 Oct 02 - 11:32 PM

Muchas Gracias, Amos! (Or should I say "Danke schoen?")

NC


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 12 Oct 02 - 11:51 PM

Nacho Chick!! LOL!! Love them cheese and chips. And that take off on "It Ain't Me Babe" is beautifully done!!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Nacho Chick
Date: 12 Oct 02 - 12:43 PM

Since it may not be clear that I intended the "j" in "Nadja" to be pronounced as a "j" and not a "y," I probably should've signed my name as "Nacho Chick." I like that better anyway.

NC


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Nadja Chick
Date: 12 Oct 02 - 12:17 PM

IT AIN'T ME, BIRD               by  Nadja Chick

Tune --
It Ain't Me Babe   (Bob Dylan)
 

Go 'way from my window,
Leave on those long gangly legs.
I'm not the chick you want, bird,
Not the one to hatch your eggs.
I'm sure you're looking for a mate
Never weak but tall and strong.
You'd protect her and defend her
With your beak and legs so long,
Someone to sit upon your nest -- and more,

But It Ain't Me, Bird!
No, no, no, It Ain't Me, Bird!
It ain't me you're looking for, Bird!

Go fly now from the ledge, Bird,
...Er,...run across the ground.
I'm really not your type, Bird,
Ain't got no feather-down.
At first I thought you were a man
With a big, bare, hairy chest
And dark brown eagle eyes that seemed
To pierce me to my breast,
But then I saw those knees, and I cried "Fowl!
 
It Ain't Me, Bird!
No, no, no, It Ain't Me, Bird!
It ain't me you're looking for, Bird!

Go climb back into your cage, Bird,
Stop staring like you were stoned!
I'm gonna call the "fuzz," bird
If you won't leave me alone!
You may be looking for a home,
To be somebody's special pet,
But you'd tromp my flowers constantly
And eat me into debt!
Another ugly brute to feed?   No more!

It Ain't Me, Bird!
No, no, no, It Ain't Me, Bird!
It ain't me you're looking for, Bird!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 12 Oct 02 - 04:34 AM

You mean it was really an emu, Alex?


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: mousethief
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 11:53 PM

Maybe this is the origin of the Leda-and-the-swan myth?

Alex


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Genie
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 03:59 PM

Seems to me I recall reading that birds that got imprinted on humans often initiated courtship behaviors toward humans as well. It caused problems for folks trying to raise new generations of birds, because it interfered with their attraction to their own species. Of course, a duck would have a harder time with the follow-through than an ostrich would.

Maybe someone who's been following this literature more currently than I have can enlighten us.

Genie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
From: Amos
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 08:43 AM

I don't recall the implied courting gestures in Lorenz -- maybe that's why the committee gave the ostrich study an Ignoble?

A


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