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On finding levity
I think I've decided to suspend all thoughts of early morning boxing of the bishop from hereon. Rather than provide a much needed release, it tends to engage a part of me that for the most part remains dormant while I'm out in the world. While it is novel to notice the resulting surge in libido (mein Gott!), it's also rather distressing to be so distracted by a pair of gorgeous dark eyes or a gentle curve of a bared neck.

The distraction was pronounced enough this morning that I was trying to use the down clues for the across slots of today's crossword. I eventually gave up and started reading the Phoenix.

Then, I read the title of the Coen brother's new film as Intolerable Cuttlery.

Current Music: Radiohead, "Knives Out"

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From: skygoodwill Date: September 11th, 2003 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)


I read it a couple times... Wha?

First off, where did that saying come from, "boxing of the bishop"?

Secondly, your libido is German?

Thirdly, you do crosswords?

And Fourth, how do bishops, germans, puzzles, phoenixes, and cuttlery go together?

Just wondering. I have nothing to add at this time. I suspend my thought process from this matter entirely. Come on, cough it up, do illuminate...

*mischievious eye sparkle and grin
komos From: komos Date: September 11th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm?

Boxing the bishop is just one of the many euphemisms I've come across over the years. I'm not sure what its origins are, but it strikes me as more humorous and perhaps less crass than something like, say, "spankin' it."

No, but my reaction to it was. And no, I can't even begin to explain what that means.

I got in the habit of doing the crossword in the ubiquitous free paper that the nice people at the T station hand me every day. It's fairly easy, so my main challenge is to see how quickly I can get it done. I think my record was "the time it took to travel from the >Davis to Central Square stops."

Do they all appear in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?
From: skygoodwill Date: September 11th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm?

Origins interest me. Lets see if I can track it down. One sec... Well I didn't find it yet. However after a lot of Irish boxing references I found: To “box the fox” is to rob an orchard.

A german soldier at attention? Odd.

My first impression of the Red Line is it looks like a stick man in a suggestive action towards the "legend". Or a guy on the run. Either way, clever Massachusetts builders.

Thankfully I have no idea if that is the case.
komos From: komos Date: September 11th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm?

Well, I have been thinking about raiding my neighbor's apple tree to gather raw materials for a pie or perhaps beer. It's not quite an orchard, per se, but it's about as close as we have in my neighborhood.

Goose stepping on the commute it less than ideal.

It's actually a lot more bendy than the map portrays. I've always thought of it as a xiao-xiao character or perhaps an very animated wicker man.

Honestly, they're much better than many books that get trumpeted as "real literature." I'd recommend them, but I've the feeling that you would think them hopelessly derivative.
thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: September 11th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
There's always something pleasant about finding out about a new Coen brothers' movie. For me, it always happens right on the cusp of thinking, "What are those Wily Coens up to these days. I ought to swing by the IMDB and check."
komos From: komos Date: September 11th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually end up learning about the latest Coen bros project when the DVD is released. I end up scratching my head and wondering why I live under a rock. I am strong in my under-rockitudinousness.
grashupfer From: grashupfer Date: September 12th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha. How many men have been moved to distraction by the mood of a bishop's hat? The Catholic church simply begs for that metaphor.
komos From: komos Date: September 12th, 2003 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
The Church's business is in metaphor, though there are some that are more arcane than others.

Honestly, I'm thinking that they've enough on their hands without worrying over an archaic appellation for self-release.

On the other hand, I've always thought it could be entertaining to get excommunicated. Have to see how that works out. I wonder how far I could push that. Hmmm....

Hi, btw. What brought you here?
grashupfer From: grashupfer Date: September 12th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Trolling through my LJ interests list, I found your journal as one of the few interested in the Boston Athenaeum.
komos From: komos Date: September 12th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Athenaeum members do not seem to make a large showing in the lj circle, sadly. Good to meet ya.
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