Fish of the Week

Went fishing a couple of times this past week.
Friar’s Mom was visited last Monday and  I took her out to try to catch some pike. We didn’t get any, but we ended up with four nice black crappies.

Four Crappie

Friar’s Mom kept  grumbling about all the new-fangled scented fishing lures and fancy equipment we were using.    It just wasn’t the same, she said.  As kids, all they had was a stick, a hook, and a piece of butcher string.   And that was good enough for them.

She would have done Don Mills proud.

Yesterday, I ventured out again with another fishing buddy.   We got three speckled trout between us.   I only got one, but it was the biggest.

Three Trout

Between all the paddling, we probably each burned 2000 calories that day.    To catch 1000 calories worth of fish.

Thank God for the Cheezi-Mart grocery store in town.

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  1. Ooooohhhhh so pretty. And look at that pink meat….yum.. these are gorgeous !

  2. Brett Legree Says:

    Geez Friar, tell Friar’s Mom when I was a kid, all’s we had up here wuz “CIL Wobblers” aka dynamite…

    🙂

    (And yes, I know people who used to do that. One of them is lucky to be alive…)

    Nice fish!

  3. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Oh goody, fish stories. Even better than paintings of food.

    Friar goes onto Google Photo, downloads 2 pictures of fish and manufactures a storey about being outside.

    I happen to know you stayed inside all weekend watching porn and drinking scotch from the bottle.

    Sad, very sad. Has it really come to this? If you need a friend, someone to talk to, someone who’s been there and can help, then go find someone else. I don’t do interventions.

    Oh, and say hi to Brett for me, I heard you borrowed his entire “Debbie Does” collection.

    Eyeteaguy

  4. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    *fish-ignorant chick, raising hand politely*

    Um, question: “Crappies”? Is there a real name for them or are the unfortunate little dudes really saddled with that name?

    They’re kind of pretty. The mottling on their… um… skin? Do you call the outside of a fish skin? Or just “scales”?

    Fish-lexic. Sorry.

    Anyway, I like the crappies. Bad name and all. I bet you’re thrilled that it’s warm enough to get out there again!

    Regards,

    Kelly


  5. (Eye T,

    ROFLOL You crack me up 🙂 )

  6. Friar's Mom Says:

    @ Wee Friar,

    You forgot to mention that when I was a kid, we caught grasshoppers in the field and dug up earthworms from the cow manure pile for bait.

    Your trout are cuter than the crappies we caught.

    @ Eyeteaguy,

    They’re not photos from the Internet. I took the crappie photos, and I recognize Friar’s filleting knife next to the trout. So there!

  7. Karen JL Says:

    They’re all gonna be OK, right? Especially that last guy, right?

    RIGHT??

  8. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Too bad you were a ~25 hour drive away. Otherwise, I’d invite you to come fishing with me one of these weekends.

    @Brett
    CIL Wobblers. Somehow that doesn’t surprise me one bit. That WOULD be something the local Splat Creek boys would do. 😀

    @Eyeteaguy
    Oh sheesh.

    Leave it to you to take a wholesome post about getting out in the fresh air and catching fish, and turning it into a porn reference.

    I went fishing and you know it. Friar’s Mom can back me up on this.

    PS. The “Debbie Does” series is SO late-70’s. Get with the times, man.

    @Kelly
    No..this is one time Friar’s not kidding. The fish ARE called “Crappie”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crappie

    And the striping/mottling are their scales.

    They’re tasty little fish. And not that hard to catch (actually, pretty stupid…). Which is ideal for taking kids out, and introducing them to the sport.

    @Janice
    Oh, that Eyeteaguy, eh?

    WHAT a MAROON!

    @Karen
    Ummm…yeah.

    That last fish had a boo-boo. I took him out of the water to put a water-proof Band-Aid on him.

    Actually, I take all the fish I catch, and bring them home to the huge aquarium I have.

    I keep them as pets and they live a life of luxury, as I feed them Cap’n Crunch and read them bedtime stories. (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish).


  9. That would be so much fun. 😉

    A maroon? That’s a Canadian thing, right?
    I am sure he is one…note to self…look up maroon prob’ly translate to he’s a doodle in Southern.

  10. steph Says:

    Never heard of crappies! They’re interesting looking. Those trout are gorgeous. Even with the unfortunate slit up their bellies.

    You make me want to get out in a canoe and just paddle to my heart’s content. Hmmm, maybe in the middle of a quite river I could find some head space for a story…

  11. steph Says:

    Pardon me. I meant quiet, of course.

  12. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Well, actually I got that from Bugs Bunny. He’s been know to say that:

    “What a MAROON!”

    @Steph
    I think you tend to see more crappies further south (the States). I haven’t caught too many in Ontario, except here, and in Frontenac Park.

    “…unfortunate slit in their belly”.

    Yeah, for the fish, I suppose. But not for me and the frying pan! 😉

  13. Mer Says:

    Nice trout! I’m not sure what to say about the crappie. They look like they’re still swimming in a school. And the underbite reminds me of a salmon on the make. Not that there’s many of them doing that anymore… (We’ve actually had to cancel a commercial fishing season off the San Francisco coast once or twice.)

    The first time I ever went fishing, the forest service was stocking the river, which was sort of a let-down. My dad went off downstream, thinking I wouldn’t catch anything no doubt. Well, I did. And I yelled for him. But I didn’t know what to do with it because he was gone and the sucker flopped back into the river from way up the bank just as my dad arrived.

    I had better luck, if you can call it that, fishing off a pier. I used mussels I found on the shore as bait and caught what must have been the same Garibaldi over and over and over again. I had to throw him back because that’s the state (marine) fish. I did manage to catch a black perch for dinner, but still.

    Those trout of yours are way better than the one I almost caught. Really pretty, too. For fish, that is.

    Mer

  14. Friar Says:

    @Mer
    Never heard of a Garibaldi, till now.

    The Crappie are okay. But they’re kind of like a kid’s fish (like bluegill or perch). Not that hard to catch. Not that sought after.

    Speckled Trout ARE beautiful fish. And among the top 2-3 best tasting fish, in my books.

    They’re extremely popular where I live, so all the easily-accessible lakes and streams tend to be fished out. It typically takes some pretty hard paddling and bush-whacking to find them. And the fish are finicky too. Tricky to catch. It’s easy to spook them.

    Funny. We have tons of bass and pike. ALmost equally good eating, and they put up a good fight.

    But hardly anyone wants to catch THOSE. The fish snobs are too busy going after the trout.


  15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Garibaldi

    I kept picturing this guy being thrown back in the water over and over again.. ..

    Maybe I’M the marooon.. 😉

    Hm, craving lemon buerre sauce and some of that nice trout meat…sigh.

  16. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    This is what I think about, with Garibaldi.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garibaldi_Provincial_Park

    I was there, too. About 10 years ago.


  17. Jaw dropping gorgeous!!!! Wow.

  18. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    That’s just an hour outside Vancouver. (That’s why I want to eventually move to BC).

  19. Eyeteaguy Says:

    I’m allergic to fish so your post is making me itchy.

    And I noticed you did not rebut (heh heh heh, I said but) my comment about drinking scotch from the bottle. Brett is a baaaaad influence on you. I’m the way I am because of him.

    Eyeteaguy

  20. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    No…the scotch out of a bottle is a vice my younger brother taught me.

    Brett’s responsible for all my other debauchery, though.

  21. Eyeteaguy Says:

    See how devious he is? He has convinced you it isn’t him at all that has caused all your bad behaviours.

    His “self improvement” blog is a smoke screen. And the smoke is coming out of his but (heh heh heh, I sai but again)

    Eyeteaguy

  22. Brett Legree Says:

    Since I’ve already corrupted both Friar & Eyeteaguy, I’d might as well corrupt the rest of you.

    This is actually a pretty good TED talk (seriously) but it gets a little bit “funny” around the 11 minute mark heh heh…

  23. GWN Says:

    Hadda mention that you got the biggest one, eh? Typical insecure male. E-mail me the rest of your photos dude. Thanks.

    P.S. “Now that’s a Knife!”

  24. Kelly Says:

    Brett,

    I’ve read the book (it’s pretty cool), so I had to watch.

    It’s funny at all the marks, eh?

    Like, say, the 8′ mark…

    *blushing terribly*

    *and giggling*

    Later,

    Kelly

  25. Brett Legree Says:

    Kelly,

    Yeah… you wonder what possesses a person to measure certain – umm – things.

    The thing about the Oriental rugs cracked me up too…

  26. Kelly Says:

    And the rats with their food. That’s so true…

    Oh, I have to go. I think I need a snack.

  27. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy
    You and I know the “real Brett”. But unfortunately, non of his minions do. So they still fall for his act.

    @Brett
    There’s something so WRONG about that 11 minute mark of that video.

    Pig farmers ain’t right.

    @Kelly
    See? Brett even made YOU blush.

    @GWM
    Well, dont’ worry. You still extracted more protein out of the environment than I did. (Again.) You’re a better hunter-gatherer than I am..Gunga Din.

    @Brett
    You’re incorrigible today. (and it’s not even close to Beer night!)

  28. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    I’m a paradox. I love all the… erm… silliness… I’m great with a nudge-nudge wink-wink… but I still blush.

    Whaddya expect from someone who seriously says “doggoneit” as a bad word?

    🙂

    Later,

    Kelly

  29. XUP Says:

    I don’t want to bring the whole tone of the comments down, but the best part about this post for me was how you burned off 2000 calories to catch 1000 calories worth of fish. Because that’s why people in the olden days were almost never fat. They spent their entire day just getting food – planting it, growing it, harvesting it, cooking it, preparing it, hunting, fishing, tending the livestock. We forget how much of an effort should go into feeding ourselves and how that used to be the most important function of a human being. Now we complain when it takes more than 30 seconds to heat up something in the microwave — something that has gone through hundreds of hands and had most of the actual food processed out of it. So, it’s always nice for me to see people still trying — fishing, planting a garden, even hunting (if they do it humanely and give the animal a fair chance and don’t go tromping into the bush with radar and night vision goggles and stuff).

  30. Kelly Says:

    XUP,

    I had the exact same thought as I read.

    That, and “darn, I wish I ate fish. I could get really skinny that way!”

    😉

    Until later,

    Kelly

  31. Karen Swim Says:

    My mom loved to fish and was always dragging me and my dad out. I haven’t fished much on my own as an adult but scented lures? Seriously? If my mom were alive she and your mom could swap stories. 🙂

  32. GWN Says:

    Some good thoughts, XUP. The rest of the animal kingdom is too busy hunting and gathering food to watch You-Tube. Perhaps, we need to get back to a simpler way of life. “Less is more” rings true in the culture we live. It’s not what we have that defines us, it’s who we are that defines how we live.

    By the way, the knife next to the trout is exactly 11″ long.

  33. GWN Says:

    P.S. I’m too busy with other priorities to watch the video Brett attached above, so I don’t have a clue what some of you are talking about. Something tells me that is just as well. 😉

  34. GWN Says:

    P.P.S. The bottom two fish were just enough to feed a family of four when we added some veggies, a salad, some Thai noodles and fruit cocktail for dessert. Fishy num-nums.

  35. Brett Legree Says:

    The rest of the animal kingdom is incapable of watching YouTube because they never developed the capability.

    I’m sort of glad that we evolved beyond the basic “kill-fuck-die” cycle that everything else seems to do, and are capable of sharing abstract ideas with each other.

    Not that we don’t still KFD, mind you, and not that I am against a simpler life – perhaps I’m just happy that I have the choice to be able to prioritize my life so that I can either choose to go fishing, or watch an interesting video on YouTube?

    People in the “olden days” were almost never fat, and most of them didn’t live much beyond their mid-30’s either, so most of us wouldn’t even be here having this conversation in the “olden days” (notwithstanding that they didn’t have computers etc.)

    🙂

  36. Friar Says:

    @XUP
    Well, it was simpler times back then, I agree. But when people were hunter/gatherers, there were often one step away from starvation, and life expectancies were of the order of 30-40 years.

    As for killing animals humanely. Ideally, yes. But if a hunter needed to feed his family, and the game was on the verge of getting away, I’m sure he’d use everything at his disposal to make the kill, and forget about all the niceties.

    @Kelly
    Yeah…we could put a 55 lb canoe on your head, and make you carry it 1000 yards. Do that a few times a day…you could eat anything you want and never gain weight…fish or no fish! 😉

    @Karen
    Your mom had to drag your dad out fishing? LOL! Isn’t it usually the other way around?

    Yes. Scented lures. It’s all the rage. And they work great.

    http://www.fishusa.com/Manufacturers-Berkley-GulpandGulpAliveBaits_c.html

    @GWN
    No…knowing what you like to watch (and don’t like to watch), you shouldn’t bother with the video.

    PS. If we lived in simpler times, there’s no way you’d be eating Thai noodles, fresh veggies and fruit cocktail with your fish! 😉

    @Brett
    You’re absolutely right. I’m actually glad we’ve moved beyond KFD. Because we’d be spending every waking hour trying not to starve to death for the next winter. I’m glad we have civilization.

    Sure, we don’t necessarily absolutely need YouTube or TV or the Internet.

    But I also wouldn’t want to live a life without some of civilizations’s pleasures. Music. Painting. Art. Literature. Being able to travel.

    Not to mention being able to get decent medical help when you need it.

  37. Eyeteaguy Says:

    XUP said “it’s always nice for me to see people still trying”

    And I agree. I find Friar very trying…..

    Eyeteaguy

  38. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar,

    Exactly – sharing and enjoying concepts beyond where we’ll get our next meal, I think that’s pretty amazing.

    Put another way, GWN said, “It’s not what we have that defines us, it’s who we are that defines how we live.”

    Well, I agree with that – and I also think that humanity’s ideas (whether each of us agrees with all of them or not – because that’s impossible) define who we are, which then defines how we live.

    Makes us unique.

    Without our ideas, we are just animals.

  39. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Brett, you are so full of shit. I need to come up to Splat Creek and play paintball with you.

    A couple of splats in the ass outta take care of that airy fairy attitude you’ve developed.

    Eyeteaguy

  40. Brett Legree Says:

    All right Eyetea, the gloves are off and you’ve awakened the dark side of my brain heh heh…

    See, we are in many ways too far along to go back all the way to the “old ways” because there were some things back then that were not so good – and our capacity for doing things that are “not good” has grown a lot.

    Just ask the indigenous people who lived in North America about my ancestors and how they were treated.

    Then picture yourself living in harmony with nature, farming and fishing and so forth.

    Along comes Brett, who is hungry.

    Brett has an AK-47.

    You know where this is going, right?

    Have a look at the warlords in some parts of the world for better examples…

    Did that cleanse the airy-fairy attitude enough?

    😉

  41. Brett Legree Says:

    PS – it’s been too long since we played paintball.

  42. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    Well, I may be “trying”, but at least I’m not full of shit like Brett.

    @Brett
    ..the indigenous people also did a few things that weren’t so nice, even before Europeans came around.

    As a race, we humans can be nasty, smelly apes, when we want to be.

    Thanks God for Blogging and Twitter.

    And Oprah.

    They allow us to proceed to the next level. 😉

  43. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar,

    Oh, of course… I believe they preyed on each other, from time to time.

    Yes, blogging and Twitter and Oprah will bring us to OT level VIII 🙂

  44. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    That…and rocket ships shaped like DC-10’s.

  45. Brett Legree Says:

    There must be 20-foot tall inflatable gorillas in there somewhere.

    Maybe they use them to signify the rallying point prior to boarding the ships.

  46. GWN Says:

    Interesting that Brett states that “I’m sort of glad that we evolved beyond the basic “KFD cycle” that everything else seems to do”. I’m not so sure that we have “evolved” to beyond this crude reference. In many ways, our culture is not heading upward and onward, but rather degenerating into the very cycle that you claim that we have become superior to. There is much evidence to support that (at least morally) we are winding down, not up. I’m not so sure we “developed” the capability to invent technologies like YouTube — it seems that we were DESIGNED to have such intelligence — the problem is this capability has become fundamentally corrupt (as pointed out above). Perhaps even more tragic is that we choose to glory in such corruption. Strange indeed. May God save us.

  47. Brett Legree Says:

    @GWN,

    I’m not going to touch that one. Sorry.

  48. GWN Says:

    P.S. Friar, for how long has Thai civilization existed and when did they invent spicy noodles? As for the veggies and fruit — they have existed since the creation. Maybe the ice cream I had with the mixed berries is a more recent invention that I should consider foregoing in future. 😉

  49. GWN Says:

    Brett: I respect your restraint — no need to apologize. I’m not in here much, and have said my share on this thread. I just help supply the fish and occasionally comment when I think someone has hit a snag 🙂 Time for me to bow out on this thread. Until the next fishing trip, blessings…

  50. Brett Legree Says:

    @GWN,

    If it helps explain things, I am a scientifically minded person – engineer by training – and I was born and raised Roman Catholic.

    I am sure we could have a great chat in person about these things, but because only about 7 percent of the message is in the written words, a forum like this isn’t the best way to do it.

    Too many potential misunderstandings – the idea is to have an intelligent discussion without hurt feelings!

  51. Friar Says:

    @GWN

    What I meant was, that it would have been pretty difficult to get fresh fruit and veggies in the month of May where we live, say 150 years ago.

    (i.e. before we had convenient airplanes and trains to deliver food from all over the continent, and refrigerate it).

    Though I supposed we could have had preserved apples or pears in mason jars…. Mabye some stale veggies in the root cellar…

    Still, I’m glad we live in an age and a place were we can enjoy ice cream whenever we want. 🙂

    Good debate today, though. Who’d a thunk a couple of photos of some silly fish would have generated so much discussion?

  52. Friar Says:

    @Brett and GWN

    I commend you two on how you handled your differences in opinion. I’ve seen too many comment threads on blogs suddenly go haywire and turn into big snit-fits.

    This obviously wasn’t the case here. You two are prime examples of how to agree to disagree, but still have a nice, civil discussion.

    Feel free to debate here anytime!

  53. Eyeteaguy Says:

    How the heck am I supposed to have any fun if this comment section won’t degenerate into name calling and hurt feelings.

    Brett, God is watching you…. oh, and he needs money.

    GWN, don’t leave! It was just geting interesting. If you want to leave a blog I have several which you can exit gracefully after being suitably offended.

    And Friar, snitfit? Who talks like that?
    Gadzuks man, keep up language like that and you’ll only have Don Mills for company, by crimminy.

    Egad.

    Eyeteaguy

  54. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    Awww…are you sad, because you arrived late and missed the party?

    Don’t worry. You can always insult and verbally abuse me and Brett. We’re still here.

    (Though how is that really any different from any other day?)

  55. Brett Legree Says:

    Yes Eyeteaguy, but *I* am watching *you* heh heh heh… and I need money.

    (well, actually, I don’t – it just sounded cool)

  56. Friar Says:

    @Brett and Eyeteaguy

    I suggest you two do Paint Ball Guns at 20 paces.

  57. Patricia Says:

    How lucky you were to be able to go fishing on a holiday weekend and catch fish. On a beautiful, sunny weekend here, Some 20,000 drivers were trying to go fishing when there was an accident on the Mountain Pass – 17 hours later they started their engines.

    I worked in the garden and went for long walks around the lake – the quiet of downtown was so relaxing.

    I am glad you had a great weekend and you got to fish – lucky you.

  58. Friar Says:

    @Patricia

    Weekends like last one remind me of why I put up with my job. So I can live in places like this, where I can catch wild trout on a day-trip.

    I used to live in Southern Ontario (Hamilton…crowded, noisy, dirty) where this would have been impossible to do. So believe me, I DON’T take this for granted!

  59. XUP Says:

    Holy shit. I never said we had to go back 200 years, just that maybe we could possibly be a little less removed from the source of our sustenance. I like to eat stuff that contains mostly real food and that hasn’t been passed through 800 hands before it gets to mine. This IS food we’re talking about — the stuff that keeps us alive, keeps us moving and thinking and doing stuff. People spend more time fretting about the type of gasoline they need to put in their car for optimum performance than they do about the crap they’re putting into their own bodies. I think we sort of had this conversation before on this blog.

    So…paintball…sounds like just the thing

  60. Brett Legree Says:

    @XUP,

    But… but… it’s my *car* 🙂

    Point taken and I agree about the food.

    And the paintball. I have lots of spare paintball guns, if you want to borrow one.

  61. Friar Says:

    @XUP

    Whether it’s growing veggies, catching fish, or getting some venison. I agree..it’s good to get back to our roots, and acquire some of our food on our own. (Even if it’s just a day-trip in the park).

    I think a big round of PAINTBALL would do everyone some good. We all show up at Brett’s place, and just FIRE on each other.

    Safety Googles optional. 😉

  62. Kelly Says:

    How many hours is it from here to Splat Creek?

    I want to make sure you get the colors pretty.

    😉

  63. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    I’m guessing a good 12-14 hour drive.

    That close enough? 😉

  64. Kelly Says:

    (Srsly? I thought closer.)

    Yes. I shall be your paintball-hue coordinator. You may now sigh with relief, that your game will not be disastrously mismatched. We all know what a challenge that can be.

    *teeheehee*

  65. Brett Legree Says:

    How fast do you drive?

    When you hit the border, just pretend you don’t know the difference between km/h and mph, and go 100 mph!

  66. Kelly Says:

    Brett,

    I’m the worst little-ol-lady driver. Even Francis would think I’m too conservative.

    If Friar says 12–14, I’d see you in 14 1/2.

  67. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    If you want, you can dance around the maypole, while us men shoot pellets of paint at each other.

    Then everyone can get drunk at the bonfire afterwards.

    And there will be much rejoicing (yay).

    @Brett
    Also, don’t forget to tell Kelly to brush up on her French. They signs are instantly in French, once you cross the border. “Ouest” means West. “Est ” means East.

  68. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    Kelly apprend le français. Lentement.

    Je suis americaine. Ou est ma biere?

  69. Patricia Says:

    Hamilton’s are most often crowded, noisy and dirty

  70. Karen JL Says:

    Make sure you all aim for each others’ heads now.

    @ Kelly – Voulez-vous une ‘steamee’ avec votre biere?

  71. Kelly Says:

    Karen: No fairsies.

    I don’t even want the biere. I just couldn’t remember if vin is ma or mon.

    🙂

  72. Kelly Says:

    P.S. I can run rings around you in Spanish.

  73. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    Not bad! I’m impressed. You even got the “cédille” on the c.

    @Patricia
    I’m an outdoors person…so Southern Ontario’s not really for me. I’m not into strip malls and farmland. And bumper-to-bumper traffic to get to cottage country.

    Though I wouldn’t mind fewer blackflies where I live now.

    @Karen JL
    Moi, j’préfère les toastés.

    @Kelly
    I know how to swear in Polish (thanks to my Dad!).

  74. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    After a lifetime of absorbing the darn language informally, I’ve been shocked at how hard it is to formally learn French. Je déteste. But I’ve always said I wanted to, so I’m sticking with it.

    I’m too stubborn to quit.

    Swearing? Thanks to my dear Man With Pen James, I can do that en français, well at least en quebeçois, if I can say that (?). Can’t do it in Spanish, though. Never picked that up.

    Maybe I’ll have Alex teach me. Ah, the internet! Such knowledge at my fingertips!

    Later…

  75. Kelly Says:

    Okay, toastés sent me over the edge. I had to know.

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Whassup with the vinegar, folks?

  76. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    French. Argh. Too damned complicated. It’s bad enough to learn nouns and adjectives in another language. But on top of that, th ey have to have GENDER.

    And just TRY to conjugate those weird verb tenses. Passé Simple Subjonctif Plus-que-Parfait.

    http://www.devenez-fonctionnaire.fr/3admissibilite/QCM%20FRANCAIS/QCM%20FRANCAIS%20FICHE%205b.html

    I’m lucky I learned this as a kid. If I had to do this today from scratch, I think I’d get a brain aneurysm.

    @Kelly (again).
    There’s a restaurant chain called La Belle Province. You can get toastés or steamés for something like 70 cents (Hall dress).

    And they shovel your fries in the fry box. Half of them don’t even fit and they’re all over the tray. It’s pure grease and it’s AWESOME.

    Never did understand the vinegar, though. Apparently that’s a “Canadian” thing to do. But I don’t’ know too many people who do it.

  77. Patricia Says:

    Hamilton is my last name!

  78. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    ROFL! I think those asses are a little ways down the road for me. Right now life is entirely in the present tense…

    … which is maybe a good philosophy anyway.

    🙂

  79. Friar Says:

    @Patricia

    D’oh! I never clued into that.

    @Kelly
    Oh, don’t worry. Nobody ever talks in those verb tenses anyway. Except in medieval french literature.

    L’Histoire Tragique de Tristane Sieur de Tabernac.

  80. Karen JL Says:

    @ Kelly – My french is pretty pathetic these days, so you’ll probably beat me in that too!

    I’m not big on vinegar. Eeesh.

    It’s all about the POUTINE baby!! Yummy.

    @ Friar – Have you ever been to LaFleur’s in QC? Don’t know if they’re still around but they were even *greasier* than la Belle Province.

    Man, you can’t get fries like that out west. Dammit.

  81. Karen JL Says:

    “Hall dress” hahahaha

    It’s funny cause it’s true. 🙂

  82. Friar Says:

    @Karen
    Lafleurs…did that too. I had both within a short drive of where I lived.

    We have the occasional chip wagon that’s not too bad in Ontario. But not quite a good as those places.

  83. Kelly Says:

    Karen,

    Me, The Kid, and poutine. A date this summer. Mmhm.

    I’m scared, but we’re both jonesin’ to give it a try.

    The only French phrase I plan to speak while I’m there:

    Il y a quelqu’un ici qui parle anglais?

    If folks are going to laugh anyway, I might as well sound cute and desperate.

    Later,

    Kelly

  84. Brett Legree Says:

    Ask the Brits about vinegar on their “chips”?

    I do it, doesn’t seem half bad. Then again, I’ve seen lots of people dip their fries in mayo…

    And while we’re talking weird, what kind of sick bastard invented poutine anyway?

    Yeah, I like poutine – but only after I closed my eyes the first time I tried it.

    I’m sorry.

    Poutine looks like it came out of an elephant’s behind.

    It’s brown…

    It’s runny…

    It’s steaming…

    The word even starts with POO, for Pete’s sakes.

    (Sorry, you got me going here now. I’ll stop.)

  85. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Oh, there are LOTS of food that are brown and runny and steaming…

    Despite the gross, greasy cardiac aspect of PooTine, I like it. Not every day. But once in a while, I need my dose.

    And NOT processed poutine like Burger King.

    No, you have to go to a chip wagon, preferably off the side of the highway, with poorly-drawn cartoon characters painted on the truck.

    Even Friar’s Mom will indulge in Poutine occasionally (which is quite suprising, seeing how she’s Ms. Nutrition).

  86. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    It’s funny. Your first trip to Quebec in (???) how long. A totally different culture from where you live. A whole new expereience.

    And what’s the first thing you want to do?

    POO-TINE.

    James would be proud! 😉

    PS. Make sure you wash it down with a Pepsi (not a Coke).

  87. Brett Legree Says:

    True enough. But none of them have the word POO in them.

    Then again… shitake mushrooms comes to mind.

  88. Karen JL Says:

    Stop it! Just STOP it!

    You’re ruining the beautiful, beautiful thing that is poutine… 😉

  89. Brett Legree Says:

    Yes, I’ll have the grilled black crappies, with a side of shitake mushrooms.

    Oh, and a large POOtine for the appetizer heh heh…

    Actually, all this talk of poutine makes me want some too, or rather, a variant.

    The best chip truck I know around here (Rob’s, just past the army base) has kick ass Newfie Fries – the stuffing is *homemade* yeah baby… the gravy is real too…

  90. Friar Says:

    @Karen
    Don’t listen to Brett. He’s a BAD MACHINE.

    You cant’ ruin poutine. Nothing can.

    @Brett
    I’m going to have to try that place. Is that the one just past the bus terminal/laudromat on the main strip?

    PS. My neighbor’s dog is a SHIH-TZU, if that helps things any.

  91. Brett Legree Says:

    Yeah, I’m bad baby.

    That’s the one, just on the left before the Beckers.

    So if you cross a Shih-tzu with Poodle… guess you’re in double shit, eh?

  92. Eyeteaguy Says:

    At least we are not talking about fish anymore.

    I eat fries with mayo. Don’t know why.

    I think Brett is having a shitty day, he keeps talking shit, he is full of shit and he knows his shit, cold.

    Eyepoohguy

  93. Brett Legree Says:

    I know my shit cold because I went on Special High Intensity Training at work.

  94. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    I’m always pleased when my comment thread takes on a fecal theme. Then I KNOW my post is a success!

    Hip! Hip!….POO-RAY!
    Hip! Hip!…POO-RAY!

    @Brett
    Yeah, but the changed the procedure from Rev. 1 to Rev. 2, so you’ll have to go on the training again.

  95. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    James is going to help me find the right nasty shack to eat poutine at, due to my overwhelming fear of the look of the stuff. I mean, how would I know whether it’s any good?

    I suspect after The Kid and I have a few bites he’s going to have to finish it for us, too. So yeah, he’ll be proud.

    Eyetea,

    I used to LOVE fries with mayo when I was a young thang. Then my metabolism said “Hello! We can not do this anymore!” so reluctantly, I listened. Now I can’t stand it. Got out of the habit, I guess.

    Friar again,

    At least it’s not Rev. No. 9. 😉

    And I hate you for getting this many comments on a fish post. Completely oozing jealousy.

    You Cool Kid, you.

    Later,

    Kelly

  96. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    This has got to be my highest ratio of comments (per number of words written) on a post.

    Don’t worry. It all evens out.

    There are other times, I’ll chose my words carefully, and pour my heart out with a touching story, and hardly anyone will read it.

    Notice we’re approaching the century mark, without too much egging on from Eyeteaguy.

  97. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    Ah, pour your heart out, though, and everybody who does show up has their hankies nearby and charming hoarseness to their virtual voices.

    For my money that beats the fecal discussions any day.

    Though some may beg to differ. 😉

    Later…


  98. Fish post tops sex post ? Somehow that seems wrong, all wrong… just saying.

    I’ve been watching you guys….;-)

  99. Friar Says:

    @Janice
    Well, this post started out with fishing…then about survival and hunting and gathering. Then evolution vs. intelligent design. Then on to Poo-tine

    …now it’s just degraded to poo.

    But whattya expect, when you got the Unholy Triad?(Brett, Friar and Eyeteaguy) …bound to happen, sooner or later.

    But I don’t mind. It’s ALL good.

    Though if you like, we can START talking about sex… 😉

  100. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    Whenever I do write the touchy-feely stuff, at least I know ONE person will always be there to read it (you).

  101. Brett Legree Says:

    Technically this post included fish, sex, and poop – so no wonder the comments have gone crazy.

    Re: mayo on fries – you know, if the mayo was made from scratch, it might be one of the healthiest things you could put on fries (I mean, it is just eggs, lemon juice, salt and olive oil).

  102. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Dammit..now you got me wanting poutine and/or fries with mayo and mabye a burger or mabye those Angus hot dogs, and everything.

    Angus hot dogs. Heh heh heh. (Glad to know the oesophagus and arse meat comes from an Angus cow!!)

  103. Eyeteaguy Says:

    You know what I think?

    No?

    Good! I hate telepaths.

    Eyeteaguy

  104. Brett Legree Says:

    See, we need an Angus Poutine Dog. Start with an Angus dog, on a nice fresh roll.

    Cover with fries.

    Cheese.

    Chili.

    Finely chopped green onions.

    Homemade stuffing.

    Slather with gravy.

    Side of sour cream, or mayo for those who prefer it.

    Throw in a 50 percent discount for a bypass…


  105. It sounds like you are already are…;-)

  106. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    😉

    Brett,

    Stuffing on a hot dog? Like for a turkey? Or does this mean some secret Canadian food?

    Very strange.

    Side note (as if this entire comment section isn’t full of side notes): I brought home a package of Angus dogs the other day. The Kid and I HATED them.

    We both have expensive tastes in plenty of things (oh dear oh dear), but I guess hot dogs isn’t among them.

    Later…

  107. Brett Legree Says:

    Kelly,

    I don’t think anyone’s putting stuffing on hot dogs – yet. Though I suppose turkey wieners might be an appropriate application for that.

    But stuffing with fries (and cheese and gravy and onions) – yeah. Bring it on.

  108. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy
    Oh…I can sense your aura is disturbed.

    I suggests some apple-berry PMS herbal tea, and some tantric Tai-chi.

    @Brett
    Oh…DAMMIT. Now you’re REALLY making me hungry. (And I’m goin’ grocery shopping now too!)

    @Janice
    If you use Lo-Fat sour cream on Brett’s recipe, it should be plenty healthy.

    @Kelly
    Tube-steaks are among the cheapest low-grade meat you can buy.

    But I LOVE ’em.

    Does your kid like KD with hotdogs sliced up in them (like I do?)

    @Brett
    The truck stop down the road has some kind of trucker’s poutine. Regular poutine, with tons of ground beef added.

    Sigh. Yet another thing on my list I gotta try.

    (Because Truckers’ jobs are so physically demanding, you know!)


  109. ” It sounds like you already are”….as in “already are” talking about sex… I had to think about the sour cream response… LOL…. Y’all a re waxing eloquent about sammiches… 😉

  110. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Sex, food…anything goes here.

    It’s approaching suppertime here…which is probably why we’re talking about sammitches.

    PS. This is the FIRST time I’ve even been accused of “waxing eloquent”. 😉


  111. Dinner time? Oh yes it is.. time for a beverage first…I tweeted you…re playing.. amy’s in and kelly’s in and I am in.. we need a guy…who happens to draw cartoons…and has a great sense of the ridiculous….:-)

  112. Kelly Says:

    Janice,

    Francis could cover ridiculous for you pretty well. And he’s creative in his own special way…

    Friar, it’ll be fun. Jump in with both feet.

    And no. KD on the side. Even when she was little. She’s picky, I don’t know where she got that from…

    *whistles innocently*


  113. He should do it too then.. Hey Francis….want to play? Go read the post…

    Kelly they’ll do paint balls at forty paces…are you sure? Oh, the humanity……you too Brett…

  114. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Did you just call me special? In like the “short bus” way?

    That’s it. I’m gonna hijack your blog and talk about sex, fish and food. Or fish having sex with food. Or sexy food that smells like fish.

    Eyeteaguy


  115. Okay, now we have to have the special guy too…he cracks me up… we’ll send a bus…a short one..

  116. Kelly Says:

    Francis,

    Yeah, I might have called you special. Don’t let it go to your head, okay?

    Just when I was getting jealous of Friar’s comments, you remind me it ain’t all a bed of roses. Thank you for the cold slap of truth, LOL.

    Later,

    Kelly

  117. Friar Says:

    @Kelly and Janice
    Well…I’m thinkin’ about it. (If there are a huge amount of people who join in…I don’t know if I have that kind of time commitment).

    (*comfortably sitting on the fence for now*).

    @Eyeteaguy
    Now…don’t forget to wear your hockey helmet, before you get on the bus. (The short bus, that is…)

    Because…YOU’RE SPESHULLLLL!!! 😀

  118. Kelly Says:

    Oops, meant to say *not* in a short bus way. In a super-gifted-people-are-unique way. You’re a good dude.

    When you keep the sexy fish off my blog, that is. 😀

  119. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    Remind me again..WHAT was this post originally about?

    It’s like our own version of Twitter, here.

    Friar’s Twitter.

    Or FRITTER.

    (As in “Fritter away” our time….on comments about Poutine and Poop and Special School buses).

  120. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    Watch out, I’ll figure a way to get Francis to call you a wuss.

    ‘Cuz I would never say that about a guy who can’t commit to a little FUN…

    ^^
    . .
    ^
    o

  121. Brett Legree Says:

    Good thing we have Fritter, because it seems that Twitter is in the SHITTER.

    (had to tie this into poop somehow)

  122. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    Oh, bring it ON. 😉

    Eyeteaguy was called me almost every name in the book, at this point.

  123. Kelly Says:

    Friar again,

    That is exactly what I was thinking. When the 7 million Twitter users get sick of the ho-hum they should definitely wander over here.


  124. Artists sees you on fence … You could get Brett to color in the numbers on Thursday nights to help you out…:-)

  125. Friar Says:

    @Kelly
    Then I’ll have all kinds of Twits (Tweets?) describing what they ate for supper. Or quoting Mark Twain. Or telling me how to improve my life.

    No..I prefer Fritter..with a small group of people.

    @Janice
    My concern (why I’m on the fence) is that if there’s art I “hafta do”, if it’s a big committment, then I get major stressed out and the artwork suffers, and it stops being fun for me.

    Five or ten drawings, fine. But if it starts to get up into the 30’s (or beyond), that’s a major project (during FISHING SEASON!)


  126. Okay, I get that. I really get that. Me too.

    and this is not that… it can be fish on the postcards.. the idea is to NOT put pressure on yourself… but to have fun with it..it could be one of your nice watercolors.. but it can be a take out menu for those poutine things or a flyer from your bait and tackle store glued on a card with a fish scribble on it, made interesting….. like that… or it can be a cartoon or a drawing of the gorilla… that Brett actually does color in and hey why don’t we harrass Brett too? .

    Can he draw? Or scribble or lick a stamp?


  127. And are we officially frits here?

  128. Kelly Says:

    Brett can put his little ones’ handprints on tiny canvasses. Ooh. Layered in four different colors.

    Or, y’know, whatever. 🙂

    I get too many ideas!

  129. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Frit for yourself. I am only loosely associated with this blog and not liable. (I checked with my lawyer)

    And I have not call Dr. Deep Friar every name in the book……. I’m only half way. Now let me see, where did I leave off. Oh yes.

    Friar you are a mentrual cramp, Sorry, but we are in the M’s.

    And notice how Kelly gets all nice and complimentary when I threaten to distrupt her blog? I have my first hostage! I want a chopper and some food, we’re going to Cuba!

    Eyeteaguy

  130. Brett Legree Says:

    Eyeteaguy,

    If you’re trying to get away from Kelly, Cuba may only be a safe haven for a little while until Mr. Obama fixes things up and those dirty rotten *Americans* are allowed to go there again.

    🙂

  131. Brett Legree Says:

    @Janice,

    You scared me for a minute. “Frits” is the last name of the antichrist.


  132. Helicopter? Cuba? Ahh…mojitos and a field trip I am in…(artist demonstrates to more reticent souls what jumping in might look like….)

    Hugs Friar.. just teasing…take your time…


  133. @Brettt Ahhh.. then runawayyyyyyy…

  134. Eyeteaguy Says:

    I have decided to leave a comment while my server reboots.

    Yup, I’m still working.

    Eyeteaguy

  135. Brett Legree Says:

    If you were running Linux, you wouldn’t have to reboot.

    *ducks*

    (And yes, there’s a way to patch or update the kernel on Linux, then swap it out without a reboot. Fracking awesome.)

  136. Friar Says:

    @Janice
    Okay…we’ll see.

    Regarding “…are we officially frits here?”

    Oh, sure. On the Deep Friar, you can be anything your want! 🙂

    @Kelly
    Ohhh, yeah. THAT’s what people want! Kids’ hand prints! 🙂

    (No offense, Brett…but a single guy like me wouldn’t see much value in that….unless they were my own kids!). And even THEN…

    @Eyeteaguy
    Okay…in my 44 years of life, you’re the FIRST person to call me a menstrual cramp.

    But YOU, sir..are a Toaster Oven.

    @Brett
    No….it’s okay. Different word. But I’ve had this blog exorcised and steam-cleaned, just in case.

    @Janice
    I dunno if you can fly a helicopter from Ontario to Cuba. Unless mabye you re-fuel in the Big Easy (Ahhh…MAAAAG-Nolia! )

    @Eyeteaguy
    I’m so thrilled, that your server is rebooting.

    Go home, ya bum. And get drunk or play with your kids or something.

  137. Brett Legree Says:

    Come on Eyeteaguy, it’s just a Windows reboot – you’re not compiling Gentoo from Stage 1 or anything.

    (sorry, another Linux joke)

  138. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Oh, yes. A Linus joke. Ahhh. Ha-hah.

    NOW I get it.

    (Not really).

  139. Brett Legree Says:

    You’ll have to rescue my last comment from moderation (too many links).

  140. Brett Legree Says:

    No Friar, you still don’t get it.

    Linus:

    Also Linus (the one who invented Linux):

    Finally Linux:

    See?

    (okay, I’m a geek)

  141. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Windows reboots are a crap shoot.

    And I am at home and working from home sux when you are SUPPOSED to be playing with your kids.

    Problem is, if the reboot fails (which it didn’t) I’d have to drive to work to fix it. And I am by myself tonight so that means emergency baby sitter.

    So why do I have to reboot it tonight? Effing Microsoft forced me to patch it today and it requires a reboot. So instead of kicking 150 users off of email at noon today….

    Anyway, I’m going to visit the evil empire tomorrow (MS Meadowvale Campus) I’ll kick Steve Balmer in the ass if I see him.

    Eyeteaguy

    P.S. Friar, you are a nincompoop. We are in the N’s now.

    P.P.S I can’t get drunk, I quite, its day 147.

  142. Brett Legree Says:

    Oh I know, it’s just your geeky friend poking fun at you.

    (Hey, at least MS is patching their stuff. Apple *still* doesn’t have a patch for a Java exploit that is SIX MONTHS OLD. Too busy selling you iPhones I guess.)

    In all seriousness I would like to work for Microsoft. The stuff their “future tech” group is doing blows the mind (search for their Microsoft 2019 video or whatever the hell it was called).

  143. Friar Says:

    @Brett and Eyeteaguy

    ZZZZZzzzzzz.

    Way to put everyone to sleep.

    If we’re on the N’s, I’d say you were nerdy nut-sacks.

  144. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Yup, MS is good about patching but they are still arrogant as hell.

    Apple is far worse though. iPod Touch, if you want to put anything on it or off it, YOU MUST RUN iTUNES. and ITunes is crap.

    At least with a SanDisk player or other 3rd party device, Media player can sync it. And for all its memory load issues, Media Player is pretty good.

    Oh look, I’ve gone all geeky on you.

    Brett, you are an ass. I’m starting back at A with you. The last go round was fun especially when I called you a zerbert and a zit.

    Eyeteaguy

  145. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Friar is an opiate oligarch.

  146. Brett Legree Says:

    Heh heh Apple *thinks* you have to use iTunes.

    There are alternatives and some are free 😉

    There’s even a third-party app that lets you use Media Player with your Apple hardware (I think it is about $20 or so).

    I will admit though, I am an ass.

  147. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Tried it, doesn’t work with the Touch or iPhone. Apple and their DRM.

    And you are a bastard, we are in the B’s.

  148. Brett Legree Says:

    Give it two weeks.

  149. Brett Legree Says:

    I wasn’t sure, so I checked. MediaMonkey supports iPod Touch and iPhone.

    http://www.mediamonkey.com/addons/device/


  150. G’night Friar.. Nice fish…..;-)

  151. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Thanks…(for a non-computer comment in English!!).

    And yes…I’m happy with my fish.

    I’ll let Brett and Eyeteaguy continue to exchange geek-pleasantries…they’ll probably go on all night.

  152. Brett Legree Says:

    Nah, we gave up (probably because we’re both dads).

  153. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Well, feel free to re-start the discussion on Linux. It was COMPELLING.

  154. Donald Mills Says:

    Don’t know how you got from Fish to Linux but tell your Mom she’s got the right idea!

    And thanks for the nod there, Friar.

    All the best.

    Don


  155. Linux? That’s Charlie Brown’s friend right? I had a crush on him…

    155 comments from fish? You have to love that. 😉

  156. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Linux is for people who can’t afford a real operating system.

    Would you drive a Chevette if you could afford a Corvette?

    Eyeteaguy

  157. Karen Swim Says:

    I have been secretly entertained by fish tales for days now, who knew that a post on fish could be so much fun? 🙂 Are we still going to Cuba? Who’s flying the plane? Eyetaguy – I think the Chevette gets better gas mileage so I’ll have to go with efficiency over frills ya know kinda like an OS. 😉

  158. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Oh, does Karen want me to hold her blog hostage too? Hmm, I heard Venezuela is nice, and no extradition treaty.


  159. I signed on for Cuba… still waiting at the tarmac…


  160. And where ARE the mojitos? I want to look at Hemingway’s boat…we could fish off that.

  161. Friar Says:

    @Donald
    You’ve had an effect on my Mom. She’s a big fan of yours. They way she was going on, I’d swear it was you in the boat with me, instead of her!

    @Janice
    You had a crush on Linux? What were you….five? 😀

    @Eyeteaguy
    Or…Linux can be for people who dont’ CARE to have a fancy-schmancy operating system.

    The computer I used at home runs on Windows. I got it from Brett (so, even he, to..once used a Chevette).

    @Karen Swim

    Yeah…I’m amazed at how this blog post took a life of it’s own. The comment thread has gone haywire.

    You’re right….a Chevette would be better to go fishing with. You could probably put a canoe on it, and store the oars and fishing gear in the hatchback.

    TRY to do that with a Corvette.

    @Eyeteaguy
    Looks like you’re getting a harem of ladies, who want to go to Cuba with you.

    You dog, you.

    @Janice
    Pardon my ignorance. But WTF are mojitos?

    Are they related to fajitas? Or tostitos? Or Cheerios?


  162. Mojitos are kind of a bit of minty lime rum heaven…tall and cool and ever so refreshing…best drunk with handsome novelists at the Ritz, or on field trips with a bunch of silly souls out for a lark to Cuba … here I’ll send you a link.. it’s actually better when they crush real cane sugar in front of you but muddling the lime and mint together is good enough…they are truly very very good.


  163. Okay this one is okay, but it really is better with 2oz of rum not the 1.5…and only enough fizzy water to make it a little bubbly. not too much

  164. Kelly Says:

    Janice,

    Please locate a handsome novelist for me. I’m headed to the Ritz. Meet him in 20, okay?

    I like my mojitos with strawberries muddled in. Gauche, I know. But yummy. 🙂

  165. Friar Says:

    @Janice and Kelly

    I dunno…are these MANLY drinks?

    Seems to me mojitas would be something that Southern Belles should be sipping, and not dudes. … (Ah DO De-Clay-uh!)

    What about Mint Juleps instead? (Didnt’ that Kuh-nel on Bugs Bunny drink them?)


  166. Good plan. Give me 30 and I ‘ll meet you there… course it’s kind of catch and release…. 😉

    Strawberries? Hm, but wouldn’t they overpower the mint and lime?

    and isn’t this better than that silly linux talk..

    Think Friar would mind if we gave him a facial…opened up his chi?

  167. Karen Swim Says:

    Well, if we’re ordering up gorgeous men, I’ll take one too please. No mojito for me but I’ll take the strawberries please, strawberries with a side of man..hmmm..this day is shaping up better than planned.

  168. Kelly Says:

    Janice,

    Catch and release? I refer hooking ’em, slicing ’em open, and gently, gently making ’em simmer.

    Two strawberries, muddled into a mojito, lovely. More than that and it’s a crime.

    More than that, maybe it’s Friar’s facial!

    Darn straight it’s better than linux talk, for which I have only one word: Macintosh.

    Friar is riding these comments for all they’re worth. (You’re a good sport, Friar.) Funniest thing ever.

    😀

  169. Kelly Says:

    … prefer…

    Karen—”strawberries with a side of man”—LOL.


  170. Manly men introduced me to these lovely concoctions. Men who fish. Darlin’

    Let’s see that’s three strawberries with a side of man…. and a facial for Friar mush better than paint balls…

  171. Friar Says:

    @Karen Swim
    (Ohhh…boy!)

    Strawberries and men….?

    Give it a few minutes, next you ladies will be talking about chocolate!

    I think the estrogen count has increased to dangerous levels here.

    Brett…Eyeteaguy. HELLLLP! 😮

    @Kelly and Janice
    The only things approaching a facial I’ve ever done, is getting sh**-faced drunk.

    (In my younger more foolish days, of course).

    And nobody touch my chi. (That’s up to me to decide when it opens, and only me!)


  172. That would be much better.. I was distracted by some new gardenias being moved to the patio…


  173. Friar,
    We’ll put a towel on your chi, it’ll be okay. Now Kelly mash up those strawberries while I warm the chocolate… he’s gonna love this…

  174. Friar Says:

    @Janice
    Will you be planting (dare I say it…) magnolias?

    “Ahhh. MAAAAG-KNOW-Lias!”

    (I love that Kuh-nel)….especially at 3:21.

  175. Patricia Says:

    Towel on chi sounds like just the ticket…but Friar don’t every turn down a facial just add an 80 minute massage to the deal and a few mojitos…I like pomegranate ones the best…the biking architect gets a facial and massage after the STP every year
    Awesome experience…
    These ladies know what they are talking about

    Can I go to Cuba with you? it is sounding very good

  176. Friar Says:

    Patricia

    Argh. You know…I have ZERO interest in a facial.

    Especially since half my face is covered with beard.

    But I could be convinced to take a massage.

    If you want to go to Cuba, you’ll have to ask Eyeteaguy. He’s the one flying the chopper.

  177. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Dear Friar,

    In the words of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (your senior drill instructor)

    “They paid for it, you eat it.”

    No I am not going to help you, I like watching you squirm. And I live in a house of 3 females, I am immune to estrogen, mood swings and PMS.

    Eyeteaguy

  178. Kelly Says:

    LOL, LOL. I have to stop Frittering, RL is calling. It ain’t the Ritz and he ain’t a novelist but one out of three isn’t bad. 😉 Ladies, be kind to Friar’s chi. He’s… a newbie.

  179. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    Just wait till your kids grow up and are teenagers. Then the PMS and mood swings for all three will be in synch with the Moon-Goddess Diana.

    Lucky you.

    (Don’t worry, you can always sleep on the couch…after you fly the ladies to Cuba)

  180. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    By Chi, you mean this, right?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_(letter)

  181. Friar Says:

    Karen Swim just gave me an idea.

    Wonder how long we can beat this comment thread to death, for?

    A week?


  182. Why, Patricia you are obviously a very fine upstanding and intelligent woman…I vote yes…. it’s a movable feast this post, isn’t it?

    Pomegranates ? Wow that would be good.

    And, Friar don’t wiggle so much, you’re towel is slipping. 😉

    kuh-nel.

  183. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Too much reference to fruit and berries around here. Can’t we also have some steaks? (2 inches thick).

    Then…I’d be willing to open up my chi. (MAYBE.)

  184. Karen Swim Says:

    Wonder what else we could get him to do for a steak? *evil grin*

  185. Friar Says:

    @Karen

    Aww..now you know my weakness.

    I’m a sucker for a good home-cooked meal. Don’t tempt me!!!


  186. Niman Ranch has wonderful little filets about that thick, like butter in your mouth .. I say we stock the chopper with those…

    http://www.nimanranch.com/index.aspx

    They’ll keep your stamina up if you’re going to milk this a week.

    Now put those nice little stones on that heater there and relax…

    Eye T is not going to save you, he’s too busy enjoying this.;-)

  187. Karen Swim Says:

    Well you would be putty in my hands. 🙂 There is something deeply satisfying about cooking for men, sumptuous meals that are heartily eaten, the moans as they dig in and that after glow following the meal..we may have to gather and cook you a meal for your birthday, it’s June right?

  188. Friar Says:

    @Janice
    Hell….YEAH!!! Now you’re talkin’ my language 🙂

    @Karen
    Awww..heck. Too bad you live so far away. I’d be over at your house for dinner 2-3 times a week!

    Birthday’s in July. In about 5 weeks.

  189. Brett Legree Says:

    I wouldn’t call your laptop a Chevette – the screen resolution is better than it is on my new one (same pixels but smaller screen = better picture).

    Mojito – tastes good – but seems a good way to ruin a nice glass of rum. I like my rum straight out of the glass. I’d drink it straight out of the bottle but people would talk.

    Linux = your worst nightmare.

  190. Karen Swim Says:

    EyeT – gas up the AirBus and stock the fridge, we’re going on a double bday celebration with a nice spa vacation in between 🙂

    Janice, pack your LV bag we’re headed your way…

  191. Brett Legree Says:

    Linux gives me the power I need to crush those who oppose me.


  192. Karen ,
    You bet.
    I’ll toss in some croissants and tell Lance we’ll be by to refuel…

  193. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Lance? He’s on the forward 50.


  194. Oh man… that’s a football thing isn’t it? I walked right into it. Sheesh.

  195. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Has no one watched Apocalypse Now?

    Sheesh, you people need to stay in more.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/quotes

    Search for Lance.

    Eyeteaguy


  196. Ahh the surfer dude…

  197. Eyeteaguy Says:

    I am now going to do 3 things before going to bed. And continuing to comment on this blog is not one of them.

    The three things all begin with the letter s, can you name them?

    I’ll pick the winner tomorrow.

    Eyeteaguy

  198. Friar Says:

    @Brett
    Not complaining about your computer. But pointing out that even the Great Brett has used Windows before. (Don’t worry, I won’t tell Eyeteaguy).

    @Karen
    Get some other ladies to join in. Make it a charter flight to Cuba. Eyeteaguy enjoys a good crowd.

    @Janice
    Don’t feel bad…I’ve seen the movie too, but I didn’t get the Lance Reference (I didn’t memorize every character from the 3-hour movie like some people do).

    @Eyeteaguy

    Scrum, Scrape and Shin-Dig, right?

    …And THAT makes Comment TWO HUNDRED.

  199. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar,

    Windows is the best toy operating system I’ve ever used 🙂 but seriously of course it works well enough for most people and that’s one reason why it is popular (antitrust conspiracy theories aside). There are many others of course.

    I actually quite like the Server versions – Server 2003 and 2008 are excellent platforms and are what I would use if I needed a Windows workstation.

    (Sorry, getting geeky here again.)


  200. Friar,
    Multiple choice question:

    Lance + Forward 50

    a) The top 50 prominent Jewish Men in America
    b) An AFL kicker
    c) The surfer dude in Apocalypse Now
    d) all of the above

  201. Friar Says:

    @Brett
    Yes….That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking (Snicker). I really like the Server versions. Especially the 2008 Platform. I was just using it the other night, and I found it to be quite reliable (snicker).

    @Janice
    ….though Lance doesn’t seem like a very Jewish name to me!


  202. Apparently Lance is big in philanthropy…who knew? 🙂

  203. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar,

    You sort of were, actually (Windows Vista SP1 and Server 2008 have the same kernel – Vista’s just “flashy”.)

  204. Karen Swim Says:

    When I hear Lance I think of Lance Armstrong, although I did know a Lance in grammar school, he was quite the little hottie as I recall, wonder how he looks today. Windows is great for most people and unfortunately much easier price points than the beloved Mac I so covet. I wonder if I could find a Lance who would buy me a Mac…

  205. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Okay..that’s settled then. Lance is my new hero. (Sorry, Eyeteaguy.)

    @Brett
    Well, there you go. I’m a computer geek without even realizing it.

    @Karen
    It’s a pre-requisite that if you’re named Lance, you have to be athletic and/or good looking. I think it’s even a by-law in California.

    Same way if you’re named “Bubba”, you have a wear a base-ball cap.


  206. So how do you explain Lance Bass?

    (And do I get points for both Lance and Bass?) 😉

  207. Karen Swim Says:

    @Janice, well shoot no one can be in a boy band and come out the same! He is good looking (some think) and athletic but has repurposed his manly business.


  208. LOL.

    “repurposed”

    And that ‘s why they pay her the big bucks..

    Still laughing.

    I am sure that makes someone very happy.

  209. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Well, isn’t Lance Bass “supposed” to be good-looking? (according to the teeny-bopper crowd). 😉

  210. Friar Says:

    @Karen

    Boy bands. Huh.

    Not Friar-Approved. 😉

  211. Brett Legree Says:

    To hell with Lance Bass, what we need is The Most Interesting Man in the World.

  212. Brett Legree Says:

    Here’s another one heh heh… ladies, this is what Friar looks like, by the way… 🙂


  213. I knew that facial would do wonders for Friar.

  214. Friar Says:

    @Brett
    Yeah…we saw that commercial the other night.

    I hope I’m THAT cool when I’m that age!

    @Janice
    Oh, I don’t think that dude has gone anywhere near a spa!

  215. Brett Legree Says:

    The power of marketing. I’ve had Dos Equis before of course, but I just loved the “manly man” commercial so I had to buy some tonight 😉

    Hey, you’re already cooler – I bet *his* blog doesn’t have 8 million comments on a post about fish.


  216. I dunno he seems pretty versatile to me.

  217. Friar Says:

    @Brett
    Yeah, the guy’s sort of like a Spanish Hemingway or something.

    Stay thirsty, my friends.

    @Janice
    Well, I’m not saying that guy did a facial. But if he did…well…maybe….MAYBE I’d consider it.

  218. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    This guy’s pretty cool too:

  219. Brett Legree Says:

    Duffman.

    “Thirty bucks an hour – oh yeah!”


  220. ROFLOL……
    seriously…..

    Best quote today!!!

  221. Eyeteaguy Says:

    All y’all need to aquire lives, tout de suit.

  222. Friar Says:

    @Brett
    Actually, looks like a more fun job than the one I’m doing right now.

    @Janice
    Yesterday was “Maaag-Nolia”. Today was Duff-man! 😉

    @Eyeteaguy

    …so says the dude who’s mostly responsible for all my huge comment numbers.


  223. […] for now… I’ll live vicariously through my friend Friar’s fishing […]

  224. Brett Legree Says:

    Yeah, it involves beer and loose women. Sounds like a pretty good job to me.

    I am officially hanging up my engineer’s hat.

    I want to be Duffman.

    “Thirty bucks an hour – oh yeah!”

  225. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    How do we know that Duffman didn’t used to be an Engineer?

    Probably was…he looks smart enough to be one.

  226. Brett Legree Says:

    I’m quite sure he was.

    I mean, all engineers like beer – just like Duffman.

    And all engineers are studly – just like Duffman 😉

  227. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Plus the parties. Just like Duff-man.

    Ohhhh. Yeah.

  228. steph Says:

    You guys are hilarious. Which is a good thing, since my sense of humour abandoned me when I began working on this unions and equity book.

  229. Friar Says:

    @Steph

    Ouch! Unions and equity?

    That sounds about as much fun as the procedures I’ve had to read at work this week.

    I bet you the telephone book is more interesting to read, eh?

  230. Brett Legree Says:

    I misread that as “onions and unity”.

    Guess I need a coffee.

  231. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Don’t laugh. There’s probably an Onion Procedure somewhere.

    That’s 20 pages long.

  232. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar,

    Well, you’ve seen the announcement about the bicycle procedure (it was going to be a policy originally, but it’s now a procedure – WTFD?)

    Apparently there will soon be a procedure on footwear. No, not safety footwear – but one that specifies the maximum height of heels, that shoes must be closed-toe, and so on.

    I am laughing because I’m going to wear my toe-shoes to work, and march into the office of the manager who approved the procedure, show them my shoes, and say, “What now bitches?”

    Because my silly toe-shoes will meet all of the requirements for the shoe procedure – no elevated heels, and closed-toe design heh heh…

    (WTFD = what’s the fracking difference?)

  233. Friar Says:

    @Brett

    Heh heh….Bicyles and shoes. Turtles and Bears. Oh my.

    Not like there current aren’t any other…er…more IMPORANT things to worry about, eh? 😉

  234. Brett Legree Says:

    Well, remember my email earlier today, Friar.

    In case anyone didn’t know, the very first web server was created and run by a fellow at CERN – a nuclear research facility.

    I bet they didn’t have procedures for bicycles and footwear back then, and probably don’t today either…

    (Might explain a few of the differences between CERN and a certain other place.)

  235. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Well we have moved on from fish to milk. As in Friar is milking every last ounce out of this post.

    Wassa mattah? Out of ideas? I have a few you can borrow….. for a modest fee.

    Or are you going to turn into a Brett and post every 6weeks.ca.

    Eyeteaguy

  236. Karen Swim Says:

    Speaking of milk read that the economy has hit organic milk farming very hard. Apparently farmers are looking for innovative ways to move their organic milk.

  237. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Have they tried trucks? I hear they make nice shiney ones.

  238. Brett Legree Says:

    No no no, bring the customers to the product, not the other way around.

    Make milk-drinkers come to the cows. Cows have these really groovy milk dispensers underneath the back end.

  239. Eyeteaguy Says:

    C’mon Brett, that is no way to Maximize you Customer Experience. I think there is an excellent blog on the subject out there in blog-o-land. I think you’ll find a link to it through one of Kelly’s comments.

    Geez, I think you’ve worked at the factory too long. I suppose I’m gonna have to drive to Darlington to charge up my batteries from now on? Good idea.

    Eyeteaguy

  240. Brett Legree Says:

    Of course we expect you to drive to Darlington to charge up your batteries.

    I mean, you have to drive to the gas station to fill up your car, right?

    🙂

  241. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Brett, what have I told you about not wearing your lead lined helmet to work. And make sure you are wearing the rose coloured sunglasses and take your lithium like a good boy.

  242. Brett Legree Says:

    Eyeteaguy,

    You misspelled “tritium”. It’s T-R-I-T…, not L-I-T-H…

    I take my tritium every day at work.

    🙂

  243. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    Well, obviously we haven’t squeezed every last ounce out of this post yet, because people are still dropping by to visit.

    As for not writing….well, let me see. Summer’s almost here. The fish are starting to bite. The sun is shining. The canoe is on top of my car.

    Should I go outside and enjoy our quick few months of warm weather? Or stay in front of my computer screen and write another post?

    Lemme get back to you on that…

    @Karen
    Well, I admit that I dont’ buy organic milk. It’s pretty expensive!

    @Brett
    ….though…I will NOT go take the milk directly out of a cow’s teat.

    (At least, I’d put it in a cup or a glass, first!) 😉

    Seems kind of silly, though, when you think of it. We’re just about the only mammal on the planet that makes ANOTHER mammal’s milk a big part of their diet.

    @Eyeteaguy
    Yes…I think Brett and Kelly should co-author a blog post. Maximizing Customer Experience….drinking directly from the cow, or getting milk from the store.

    Whatever happened to the Milk Man, by the way? They use-ta be around. You don’t see them anymore.

  244. Kelly Says:

    Eyetea and Friar,

    Don’t get me started.

    *busybusybusybusy*

  245. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    Poke. Poke. Poke.

    That’s me poking you, to stir things up.

    C’mon, Eyetea. Join in.

    Poke. Poke. Poke.

  246. Eyeteaguy Says:

    I’m married, I’m not allowed to poke another woman.

  247. Kelly Says:

    2-second ExpDes:
    Brett’s blog.
    Awesome asset.
    Love to poke it back to life.
    Not with cow-sh*t, though.

    Have to do paying client work now.
    Lalala I can’t hear you.

    Thanks for the poke, you turkey.
    Francis—ROFL.

  248. Patricia Says:

    Thought on the “I’m married” comment, I would just let you know that a fellow Canadian Male just won my writing contest – post is up now – and I think you may loose all the women on this post as they venture over to read Ken’s winner of an essay. The guy has a whole book about Romance coming out..

    Cuba and Mojito’s kind of writing and 3 more getting ready to post…

  249. Brett Legree Says:

    Doesn’t it seem strange that organic milk is more expensive?

    Factory milk – keep cows inside, feed cows special diet, hormones, antibiotics etc., milk cows with machines, pasteurize milk, put milk in bags/boxes, advertise milk on TV with celebrities etc.

    Organic milk – let cows wander around eating grass, pull teats and aim into bucket, pour bucket into bottles, get milkman to deliver milk and wow the ladies.

    Something’s amiss here.

    @Eyeteaguy,

    You may poke anything and everything in Las Vegas.

    @Kelly,

    You can run, but you can’t hide.

    As far as “what ever happened to the milkman”, I suspect it has something to do with the rise of divorce lawyers…

  250. Brett Legree Says:

    @Kelly,

    “I’m not dead yet!” see Monty Python

    Just hibernating, regrouping, thinking.

  251. Friar Says:

    @Eyeteaguy

    Just as good. If we poke too hard, we can put someone’s eye out.

    @Kelly
    I think Brett’s having a well-deserved Time-Out. I’m kinda doing the same thing here.

    If I don’t have anything to say, I won’t post.

    @Patricia
    Gee..thanks for the plug to go see your blog! 😉

    @Brett
    Same as organic everything. Even tomatoes and carrots, for crying out loud, are more expensive.

  252. Kelly Says:

    Ack. Had to come back. Swear it’s the last time.

    Brett: My FAVE Python quote ever. Love that scene.

    kbai

  253. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    No coming downstairs to watch TV, till you’ve done your homework!

  254. Karen JL Says:

    For all you folks not on Twitter (and that’s not a bad thing) Friar told us that Tipper came home!!!

    I’ll let him fill in the details (a farmer found her I think), but it was nice to read some good news! Yay! It’s a good day for doggies! 😀

    (And if this post gets to 300 comments, I will make the biggest eye roll to end all eye rolls. I shit you not.)

  255. Kelly Says:

    YA-HOOOOOOOOO!

    How does she look?

    The Kid just jumped out of bed for joy.

    Yes, Tipper news has been big in our house.

    YAAAAAY!!!

  256. Kelly Says:

    (I didn’t finish my homework yet, Professer.)

  257. Karen JL Says:

    @ Kelly – She’s lost about 1/3 of her weight and has fleas but she’s going to be OK by the sounds of things. Friar was driving there a few hours ago to see her.

    He’s a happy Friar tonight. Yay!

  258. Kelly Says:

    Aww.

    Happy dances for Friar when he gets back:

    😀

  259. Kelly Says:

    Whoa. I didn’t know that was going to embed. Coolness.


  260. Doing a happy Dance.. yeah, doing a happy dance…

    very very cool…..


  261. Got the tweet earlier.


  262. And how like Friar to drive there to see her.. 😉 Mr Softy Mac soft soft. 😉


  263. So while he’s gone we should paint something pink …don’t you think…. make it real pretty here for him….


  264. Oh yeah.. the girls are in the house…
    While Friar’s away.. we should play….

    ( could not resist)

    Hey, it’s Pink…

  265. Patricia Says:

    Hey, good news about the puppy and I loved the happy dance…

    Sorry dog did not come home when Friar’s mom was nearby and fishing

  266. Karen JL Says:

    @ Janice – You realize we’re all asking Friar to sleep with us, right?

    He WILL be a happy Friar. 😉

    OK…I’ll be Christina because I’m actually wearing that same outfit at this very moment. What are the odds?


  267. What are the odds, me too!!!!!

    He’ll think it’s a dream anyway.. like the one about getting 300 comments on a post about fish.

  268. Karen JL Says:

    We must stop shopping at “Skanks-R-Us”. Really.

    And it’s DEAD fish.

    270 comments on a post about DEAD fish. You *know* it’s going to make it to 300 and we only have ourselves to blame.

    *smacks self in the head*


  269. I know….I know I am so ashamed.

    Adjusts bustier.. Checks seams in stockings…

    And freshens lipstick.

    I know dead fish… but we had to do something while he was out just so he’d know we were so happy for him…

    Hmm.. maybe this is over the top?

    Maybe he’d hate being invaded like this.. maybe…he doesn’t even like feather boas.. it took some doing to get him to lie still for the facial…

    ( I know we should smack ourselves for boosting his comments , he’ll think he has a posse or something…and is really cool )

  270. Karen JL Says:

    No. He’s not cool at all.

    It’s a lame-ass-dead-fish-post for God sakes!

    But let’s get all ‘Dirty’ while he’s gone. It doesn’t get much skankier than this. Keeping the Christina thing going…

    Enjoy that one Friar. 🙂

  271. Brett Legree Says:

    Too many videos of “cute girls”.

    There, that’s better.


  272. That is SOOO Viking of you Brett.

    ( Goes great with my steel cut oatmeal this morning though.:-) )

  273. Brett Legree Says:

    I thought someone would get a kick out of that.

    (I admit, my teenaged metalhead self had a crush on Ms. Williams, in spite of the funky haircut, or maybe because of it!)


  274. Oh the haircut makes it.

    Ya think Friar’s going to mind the feathers and the metal studs scattered over his place?

    Kind of reminds me of this place in the Faubourg Marigny. Boom 10pm the leather set came in and took over….we would give them the floor and scooch over to Cafe Brazil for the late show then.

  275. Friar Says:

    To all:

    Wow…this dead-fish post just keeps going and going, doesn’t it? I’m glad to see the party going on while I’m away. Do ya think we can hit 300?

    BTW…Tipper’s fine. I visited last night.

    24 days on her own. But she survived. She’s skin and bones, though. She went from 32 lbs. to 22 lbs. And she’s so TIRED.

    But she’s happy to be home. When I came to the front door, the first thing the dog wanted to do was PLAY. (And tried to lure me out the back door to throw the ball).

    Stupid dog! 😀

    But we managed to calm her down, and she spent the evening lying on the couch with us while we watched TV.

    Naturally, she’s very HUNGRY. She’s on a high-nutrition diet. We’re supposed to give her lots of small meals. (I bought a small steak for her, and kept feeding her Vache-Qui-Rit cheese cubes all night).

    As for the embedded stuff…I can’t see them from the computer I’m on right now. You’ll have to wait later today to get my reaction (when I’m on another machine).

  276. Karen JL Says:

    Don’t worry Friar. It’s just a little porn.

    (And Brett put up poop porn. Really. He did.)

    😉

  277. Friar Says:

    @Karen

    Geez…lookit what happens when I leave my site for a few hours. 😮

  278. Brett Legree Says:

    Yeah, it’s one of those German films that Cartman’s mom was in… heh heh

  279. Karen JL Says:

    See? Told ya.

  280. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Friar puts down the ball.
    Eyeteaguy kicks it.
    Karen et al dance around it.
    And then Brett craps on it.

    Have I got it right?

    The Deep Friar Formula. Now you too can have a blog, have it highjacked and get 300 comments on a post about dead animals.

    Eyeteaguy

    P.S. You can go home now Friar, we can take it from here.

  281. Friar Says:

    @Brett and Karen
    Cartman’s Mom was in magazines too, wasn’t she?

    @Eyeteaguy
    Well, it’s up to you, to pick up the ball that everyone’s dancing around, that Brett shat on, and run with it.


  282. I don’t think the chopper is cleared for Cuba til after 300 hundred…

  283. Karen JL Says:

    @ Friar – Yeah, I think it was “Crack Whore Magazine”

    And we must stop this madness at 299!

    Seriously. And Friar can’t be allowed to put it to 300 (though I have no control over that, obviously).

  284. Friar Says:

    @Karen

    You wanna stop 300?

    Why? Oh why, can’t you just let me have this one?

    I have so few victories in life.

  285. Patricia Says:

    @Friar,
    Only stop this one if you write another? or is there a victory is getting to 400 on the internet tablet of victories.

    I am reading 5 comments as a reward every time I get another post written today and article finished. It has been fun.

    I had to call the whole healing prayer group and send out an email message today to tell them the dog was found….I am being swamped with joyous emails!FYI

  286. Eyeteaguy Says:

    I don’t run with balls, I kick them.

    Its just the way I am. And you should know that by now.

    Glad your dog is back. I knew you would find him, I had a good feeling.

    Rule number one, only panic when I do. Otherwise, its all under control.

    Eyeteaguy

  287. Friar Says:

    @Patricia

    Wow…I didn’t realize Tipper was so famous outside of this blog!

    @Eyeteaguy
    Well, the dog was cutting it pretty close. Don’t know how much longer she’d have survived, without starving to death.

  288. Karen JL Says:

    @ Friar – Tipper is back. That is your gift for the week.

    “No 300 for you!” (said in soup Nazi voice)

  289. Karen JL Says:

    On a ranty side note:

    It just goes to show those asswipe people who abandon their unwanted pets thinking “Oh, they’ll survive. They’re animals.”

    NO they won’t! (Just ask poor Tipper) We domesticated them and we have to take care of them. They are not equipped to take care of themselves! Dogs, cats, whatever.

    Ugh. Sorry. That stuff just pisses me off to no end.

    So glad Tipper made it home before the horrible happened. 🙂


  290. First there was Basil…now there is Tipper.. I can see the book….a saga of heart, endurance… and Vache-Qui-Rit cheese 😉

  291. Friar Says:

    @Karen JL

    That was like my gift for the whole YEAR.

    You’re right..they’re animals with instinct, but they’re not wolves who can fend for themselves.

    The vet said she probably survived eating cow poop and deer poop. And maybe some garbage. She probably ate more real food last night, than she did for the past three weeks.

    @Janice
    I haven’t even begun to talk about Stinkin’ Lincoln (another dog book I have on the back-burner, after Basil).

    Regarding the Moulin Rouge Video.

    OMG. Make those women STOP SCREAMING. They sound like ambulance sirens. 😮

    @Karen JL

    Christina….yeah. A great ROLE MODEL for young girls, everywhere.

    I especially like when she spits on the floor.

    @Brett
    Another reason I like your video is coz it’s got CHOPPERS in it. (Plus the Mohawk chick (or whatever the heck she’s supposed to be) aint’ bad either.

  292. Friar's Mom Says:

    @Wee Friar,

    I go away for four days and all sorts of things happen.

    Your blog is approaching 300. I don’t have time to read your runaway comments. However, this is my solo contribution.

    I’m thrilled with the miraculous reappearance of a scrawny Tipper. Hope she fattens up quickly.

    I’ll be attending a funeral for my favourite neighbour’s dad. On May 18, he celebrated his 100th birthday with 150 people in attendance. It’s as if he requested a live wake for himself.


  293. It was late night, we were celebrating.. what can I say?

    I’ll see if I can find some unicorns and rainbows and ponies…..;-)

  294. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Hey did anyone see the fish at the top of this post?
    Look up, look waayyyyy up! <–obscure Candaian reference.
    Hey, is that Rusty?

    Eyeteaguy

  295. Karen JL Says:

    Fish? There are fish in this post? Where?

    It’s the Friendly Giant! Hey, didn’t Rusty live in a sack or something? I never got that.

  296. Friar's Mom Says:

    @ Karen,

    Can you imagine someone coming to CBC and saying “I have a great idea for a kid’s TV show featuring a giant, a harp playing rooster, and a giraffe. It wil be so popular it will last for over a quarter century.

    The following info was from Wikipedia: The Friendly Giant was a popular Canadian children’s television program on the CBC from September 1958 through to March 1985. It featured three main characters: a giant named Friendly (played by Bob Homme), who lived in a huge castle, along with his puppet animal friends Rusty (a rooster who played a harp and lived in a sack hung by the castle window) and Jerome (a giraffe). The two principal puppets were manipulated and voiced by Rod Coneybeare.

  297. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar,

    Yeah, Wendy was pretty cool – she used to cut things up (TV’s and stuff) with a chainsaw, on stage. I saw another video where she drove one car into another, live… jumped out at the last minute.


  298. Rusty?

    Living in a sack?

  299. Karen Swim Says:

    Welcome home Tipper! Friar, I’m so happy the dog is back. I have low iron today and mustered my wee bit of energy to comment here because well, shoot I can’t really tell you cuz of the brain fog, but I’m here for a reason, oh yes the dog! I’m so glad Tipper’s home. There was another point I wanted to comment on but can’t remember, guess I’ll have to come back when we get to 350. I really need to go get some beets.

  300. Karen JL Says:

    Gah!!! It happened. Over 300.

    We are the lamest of the lame.

    @ Brett & Friar’s Mom – Is that some awesome stuff or WHAT? I tell ya, between the Friendly Giant and Mr. Dress-Up, we kick Mr. Roger’s ass! Boo ya!

    The test of a good kid’s show is that if you can watch it as adult and not want to gouge your eyes out…it’s a winner.

  301. Friar Says:

    @Janice
    Ponies blowing raindbows out of their buts, perhaps?

    @Eyeteaguy
    Since I’ve written this post, I’ve gone out fishing again. Maybe I should start writing about THAT.

    @Karen JL
    You know…I watched that show since my earliest childhood. I didn’t know WTF Rusty was till I was six or seven..that’s when I clued in.

    @Friar’s Mom
    The Friendly Giant are some of my earliest memories. I remember watching it on the black-and-white TV, in our duplex-apartment, before my siblnigs were born.

    That would put me (maximum) at age three. In 1967.

    @Brett
    If you hadn’t already found your soul-mate, I think Wendy would be the next best thing for you. (Does she wear a viking helmet with horns?)

    @Brett (again).

    Awww…SHIT. That takes me back! 🙂

    I remember I used to really like the rocking chair, for those of us liked to rock.

    Though, now that I have an engineering degree, I can look back at that show and see a flaw in the castle design. The structural integrity of the small stones (near the bottom of the wall) would not be able to support the larger stones (near the top, where Friendly is)

    Funny, how they never thought of that.

    @Karen (Swim)
    Well, you just missed comment #300 by a couple. At this rate, we’ll soon hit 350. This is the perpetual Comment Thread that just keeps going and going…

    PS. For low Iron, I suggest chocolate. Or a pizza (a REAL ONE with meat…not broccoli and spinach!) 😉

  302. Friar Says:

    @Karen JL
    YESSSSSS…..! We hit 300, whether you like it or not.

    We…are…so…LAME. ;-D

    Friendly ruled! (It’s sad that the stupid CBC can celled the show due to budget cuts!) What did it cost to run that set? $10 a week?

  303. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    The Friendly Giant is a quintessential Canadian icon. (For anyone over 30).

    I agree with Karen. I think he blows Mr. Rogers out of the water!

  304. Brett Legree Says:

    The Friendly Giant could crush Mr. Rogers under his big boot, if wanted to – but he’s friendly, of course, so he wouldn’t…

  305. Friar Says:

    @Brett
    One thing Fred Rogers had on Friendly…he did all the voices for those puppets.

    I still prefer Friendly, though.

    Never DID just that King Friday.

  306. Kelly Says:

    *takes deep breath, jumps back in*

    Y’all have talked about this Giant fella here before. Somewhere. I’m too lazy to go looking, though. 😉

    Never diss Mr. Rogers. Total and complete hero of mine, right up there w/ Jim Henson.

    Who you’d also better not diss, Friar, or I’m going to drive up there and stomp on your Christmas Bears. Mmhm. Dissing Mr. Rogers got me a mite feisty.

    Two dudes who changed millions of lives for the better. That’s a pretty sweet gig!

    I’m sure the Giant was cool, too. He’s probably why you’re all so doggone friendly.

    Later,

    Kelly

  307. Friar Says:

    @Kelly
    Mr. Rogers is okay…but we grew up on Friendly and Mr. Dressup.

    You’re outnumbered here…heh heh heh. 😉

  308. Kelly Says:

    Dude, Canadians follow me everywhere. I’m always outnumbered.


  309. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

    Went for a walk after dinner.. the magnolias are in bloom…yes, they are, kuh nel.

    Fragrance is fabulous. 😉

  310. Friar Says:

    @Kelly
    You better get current on all these TV shows and stuff…if you want to be allowed into our country this summer.

    @Janice

    Ahhh….

    Magnolias. 🙂

  311. Friar's Mom Says:

    @ Wee Friar,

    You know what’s kind of neat? You and I set out in a canoe, enjoyed a summer evening on a small lake, and caught those four fish.

    Little did we know that with your Fishy Post, you’d lure in your first 300 plus comments.

    Will this Post continue on and on and on?

    @Brett and Eyeteaguy,
    You seem to know so much about so many things. Is there a record out there in Blog-o-Land, which list a post with the most comments ever?

  312. Kelly Says:

    Friar,

    Americans just bluster our way in.

    So say my dear Canadian friends, LOL.

    This really has become Fritter. What a delight you are.

    Friar’s Mom,

    No, but someday I hope it’ll be mine.

    😛 (to Friar)

    Later…

  313. Brett Legree Says:

    @Friar’s Mom,

    I don’t know the record, but I’d probably just check my “collective brain” to find out – you see, I can’t say that I know so much about so many things, rather, I know how to use Google really well 🙂 aka my “collective brain”.

    I suppose I’m just interested in a lot of things.

    And I’m full of hot air 😉


  314. That would be Dear… must have coffee now…;-)

  315. Brett Legree Says:

    I see Janice is also part of the collective 🙂


  316. Curious the cat here too 😉

  317. Friar's Mom Says:

    @Janice,

    Thanks for the info. That tells me how little I know about the Blogo Land.


  318. Friar’s Mom,
    Don’t feel alone. I was surprised too. 😉

  319. Friar Says:

    @Kelly

    Yes…Fritter. With 5-10 ardent “Followers”, responsible for 95% of the conversation.

    But it’s more fun that way.

    @Brett and Janice
    It’s funny…Google is SO EASY to use. Yet so many stay away from it.


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