Re: Doin' Fine

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That's fantastic.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11-23-07 11:45 PM
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That is great!


Posted by: Saheli | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 1:16 AM
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Tonight I met some grad students from Spain, and we exchanged American-English and Spanish-Spanish jokes. One joke, translated:

Q: Why do women park cars badly?
A: Because all their lives they've been told this [hand gesture indicating a quite small amount] is twenty centimeters.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 2:16 AM
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FWIW: the interrupting-cow knock-knock joke was a big hit.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 2:24 AM
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exactly,
the first hundred yrs
your cousin is a poet


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:24 AM
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You sound homesick, read. Where are you from?


Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:35 AM
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"Nah, only the first hundred years of this are difficult." So beautiful.

One Hundred Years of Slowitude?

Lyrical.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:49 AM
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Were you speaking English at the time? Maybe he meant "first hundred days."


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:50 AM
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Orientals like Ogged and his cousin have no sense of time. Also, they place no value on human life. Also, they're fatalists who believe that everything is written. You must have skipped the part of the syllabus where Edward Said explained the Oriental Mind.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:55 AM
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why, Microsoft Corp.
of course
or Apple Inc. if you prefer


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:59 AM
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no sense of time. Also, they place no value on human life. Also, they're fatalists who believe that everything is written.

I thought that was Lutherans.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:00 AM
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No, we have a sense of time and are prompt to a fault.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:02 AM
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if you're a buddhist you'd know that even the lowest worm's life is precious
reincarnations etc


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:04 AM
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Yeah, just not human life. Lowly worms, sure.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:15 AM
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human life is as precious as any living creature's
not in degrading, rather highly elevating sense


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:26 AM
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I thought that was Lutherans.
Calvinists, you pagan. I once met a calvinist skydiver. I asked him, "So where's the excitement, if you're so damn elect?" He said it was mainly in the floating, but I didn't and don't believe him.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:49 AM
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15: Nah.

16: I went skydiving and I don't remember any excitement after the first 2 or 3 seconds. Mostly it was just peaceful and quiet.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:59 AM
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i'm always surprised when i compare how lutherans &c are one of the better denominations, while luther & calvin were both such fuckstains.

also, being sort of incomprehensible and eccentric make me think of hte smartest-hom-in-the-room, not dumbest


Posted by: yoyo | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 9:32 AM
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There's a particular dopey sense of humor I associate with foreign grad students with weak English -- laughing delightedly at their own kind of pathetic little jokes. When I was in Samoa, I got to the point where I could understand and tell fairly simple jokes, and was terribly pleased with myself, and then realized that I was that guy.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 7:27 PM
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Lowly worms

Did you read Richard Scarry to your son, JE?


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 11-24-07 8:16 PM
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