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Ears [Mar. 26th, 2007|09:50 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz got up really early to make a start on her latest essay. It's about Sir Humphrey Davy and Sir John Soane. She's been reading up about them for weeks.  And who are they?  Well one was a scientist and the other was an architect and that's about all I know.  But- as I told Ailz at the start of the project- I know lots about Davy Crockett.

(Humphrey Davy/Davy Crockett- geddit? Yes, I know it's feeble but it allowed me to seque into one of my favourite jokes.)

"So tell me..."

"Like-  how many ears did he have?"

"Don't know."

"Three. His left ear, his right ear and his wild frontier. "

After that she cut me out of the loop. 

Anyway,  she was up several hours before me  (Usually it's the other way round).  "I turned the kettle off," she said. 

"How do you mean?"

"So as not to wake you."


"I mean I switched the whistle off."

"Oh, right. I didn't know you could."

This is a kettle that whistles four or five times in the course of heating up.  I choose to find it amusing. So much so that I'm going to switch the mechanism back on again just as soon as Ailz has told me how. 

In related news she informs me the washing machine isn't spinning any more.  Nonsense; in this department I'm the one who knows a thing or two;  you just have to lighten the load. So I do. I divide the load into three portions and each time it spins like a dream. 

Our appliances are getting old. You have to humour them.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2007-03-26 11:26 am (UTC)
Captain Kirk had three ears too, of course...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-26 12:34 pm (UTC)
These great old jokes just roll on from generation to generation.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2007-03-26 12:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't really know who Crockett or Kirk were when I first heard them!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-26 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm old enough to remember the first run of both those TV series.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-03-27 09:51 am (UTC)
God damn I missed your entries.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-27 10:51 am (UTC)

This makes it all worthwhile.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-03-27 10:47 pm (UTC)
Big hugs for putting yourself out here for us to read. Your thoughts and the way you put them together makes being online worthwhile. You're a favorite read.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-03-31 11:52 pm (UTC)
Random thoughts:

- We children used to watch Davy Crockett on televsion in the '50s, and we all--well, maybe only my younger sisters--had coonskin (fake) caps to be worn while watching the show. We also watched Superman, and we would kneel in front of the set and duplicate his [stiff] moves at the beginning: arms out straight, arms bent, arms out to fly--while the theme song played.

- My teakettle's whistle is so loud that if someone is working in the churchyard near my kitchen window I'm afraid they'll think I'm screaming.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-01 08:38 am (UTC)
I never had a coonskin hat, but I'd have liked one.

Do you remeber Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans? that was pretty good too. "From the immortal pen of James Fennimore Cooper...."
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