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Angry, though not unreasonable
Puppet Master
The roommate came home the other night to announce that he was, in fact, the new executive director of, and I quote, "the magic happy puppet theater." My only reaction was to groan, "oh no..."

This, of course, was misinterpreted to signify my disdain of said theater, leading to his explanation of how this would be good as a steady consulting engagement and how he’d have plenty of time to pursue other projects. Really, though, I was concerned for the organization. They have lost someone who loved the art and devoted herself to making the theater a vibrant place and had to replace her with someone who dislikes what he calls "hippie artsy types" and will approach the job from the most mercenary position he can muster.

Uncle’s Monkey
Since you appeared confused that I knew your name even though you had absolutely no idea who I am, a short trip in the Wayback Machine seems in order...

Happenin’ Guy bursts into the room like one of the Club Kids of yore. As he makes his rounds amongst friends who seem duly impressed with his routine of measured arrogance and rehearsed flattery, he comes across someone he’s never seen before. Without missing a step, he says, "I don’t know you. I’m Happenin’ Guy. Who are you?"

"I’m Peter, a friend of -’s."

"Well, that’s great. I’m going to go over here to talk to someone interesting now."

Curiously, I really don’t care what you think about me or anything I say. In fact, the next time you think you’re being clever or cutting, perhaps you’ll remember that I’ve just one response to anything spouted by self-important pinheads like you… and I’m doing it as hard as I can.

True Tales of Compassion
"So, how have you been?"

"Honestly, the week’s been a little stressful. With all of the Romnerific changes in the planning, it’s not entirely clear that I’ll have a job a few months from now."

"Well, I can’t say that I feel too sorry for you because I think that all of you people shouldn’t have jobs anyway."

"Oh? What do you mean?"

"Any government organization is just a waste of money."

Let’s ponder for a moment why after this devolved into yet another repetition of the same dull rhetoric, I needed to get up to take a walk. It’s one thing not to want a real answer to the ubiquitous "How are you?" It’s another entirely to use that answer as a springboard for a political rant that undercuts the value of the work of my colleagues and I.

There really isn’t anything more to say about that.
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komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm still not sure how therapeutic this was

Given that he generally avoids my twenty-something friends as though their fabulous-ness were catchy, you'll have to work quickly.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: February 5th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
i hate "how are you"s! it's not like it's a question, it's a greeting. and no i'm not fine, i just say it to make them go away.

people are nuts
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Generally speaking, when a friend asks, I tend to think that they're genuinely interested. Otherwise, I'm inclined to say something like "delicious" or even "moose."
From: skygoodwill Date: February 5th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Puppies Pies and Peter

Or 'I want pie'

or even 'a puppy pulling a little wagon with pie'

evolves into, 'look at my Pi tattoo, the wheel shaped me'
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puppies Pies and Peter

I'm not sure where the Pi would go. I'd be tempted to put it between my shoulders, but I'm not sure.

Free association?
From: skygoodwill Date: February 5th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puppies Pies and Peter

riverbank From: riverbank Date: February 5th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puppies Pies and Peter

pickled pi puppy pie? peter piper picked ___ fill in the blank
From: skygoodwill Date: February 5th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puppies Pies and Peter

Ew, puppy pie? Pickled even???!?!?

Lesse...getting out thesaurus...

Here are some choices (my free association didn't start with the letter P):

a) paralysis, pandemonium and pathos
b) pal panaceas
c) panache, pageantry and pottery
d) passage, progress, paragon and paradise
e) positive perspective and pursuit

but then, if its to follow the puppy pie, perhaps pygmy pastry? with a piper's poem pronounced? kinda like they do for Robert Burn's haggis nights.

ok, that was fun.

komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
From: skygoodwill Date: February 6th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)


Perhaps? Pygmy pastry plus piper's poem?

komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like mini-eclairs, and I've been known to listen to the work of Ian Anderson. I can't say as I've done both at once, though.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: February 6th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puppies Pies and Peter

paralized pancreus pottery perfects paradise positively

spitting sad spelling
komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

No, El Guapo...

Somehow, I'm reminded of the "plethora of pinatas" from The Three Amigos.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: February 8th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: No, El Guapo...

prestigus playfulness
From: skygoodwill Date: February 6th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puppies Pies and Peter

Wow! Thats actually quite insightful... thank you.

Gonna do a little research and reply here again.
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komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I've just got a lot to process this week. I'm anticipating that I'll be revisiting the trip to Maine a couple more times before I'm done.

I'm drinking the roommate's mead.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 5th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
What else can I say but ***HUGS***?

Maybe the roommate being involved with the puppet theater could give you an in to get to know them/get involved in some way with it? I'm amazed he actually took the job...

I think I know who Happenin' Guy is. Not by name, but by face, based entirely on the one interaction I had with the fellow while waiting for a Chinese movie to start. It was *exactly* like the one you describe.

I'm sorry you got anti-government-ranted at. On a constant basis at work, I do psych evals on people applying for Medicaid or Disability benefits, and almost all of them answer the "Why should people pay taxes?" question with, "I don't think they should" or "I don't know." Um, to pay for the benefits you're applying for, maybe? Oy. Sorry, I shouldn't rant in the opposite direction at you, either. I'm sorry the week's been rough. I'd like to hear more about the Romnerific changes and what's happening to you.
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, a good deal of this was actually just lurking from past events. My work for the time being is safe since I am doing The Work Of Six Men!

What's happening to me is that I'm poor and depressed.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 7th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


I've tried to call the last two nights and earlier today. When would be good for me to get in touch with you?
komos From: komos Date: February 8th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try tomorrow night. I should be home after I get groceries.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: February 5th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with the ladies above. You deserve hugs.

On a secondary, positive note... I've tried both the Brownie Stout and the Old Ale at this point (and still have some of each), and may I just say, you, sir, are truly an artist. Good stuff.

(Even if, as you said, the Brownie Stout wasn't very stout-like. Heck, given that, I think Rachel may even enjoy it some.)
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I'm really not happy with the stout, but I think that the First Snow was one of my best yet in spite of the stalled fermentation and the strange mistakes I made while brewing with pneumonia. I'm not sure I want to repeat the sickness experiment, but I think otherwise the idea was sound.
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komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stout is a beer variety that grew out of Porters. Porters themselves were very dark, rich ales. As they got darker and richer, they began to be called Stout Porters. Eventually, someone decided that these were distinctive enough to warrant their own style. Guinness is a classic stout, but there are many others.

And thank you.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: February 5th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The First Snow I had was quite, quite nice.

I can see why you weren't too happy with the Brownie Stout; it wasn't really something I'd have thought of as a beer. It was, however, quite flavorful, unusual, and interesting. So even if it wasn't what you'd wanted it to be, it was certainly not unremarkable.
komos From: komos Date: February 6th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the next stout will be a little more focused. This one just collected everything we could think of for a stout, subbed lactose for malto-dextrine, and added the chocolate malt a little late in the process. I think the lactose was the biggest problem. You can sense the almost coffee-like flavor that's there somewhere, but when you bring it to your lips, everything gets overpowered by the sweetness.

I wonder if it will mellow some with aging...
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