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May 16, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Don Gagliardo & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: ring my bell

18A. February Hollywood speculation : OSCAR BUZZ

27A. Station branding tune : RADIO JINGLE

43A. Applaud acknowledgement : CURTAIN CALL

55A. School souvenir : CLASS RING

63A. Instrument used to give someone the end of 18-A, 27-A, 43-A or 55-Across : PHONE

melissa here, reporting for duty.

the dream team is at it again, what a treat to blog a c.c. and don hard-g puzzle. lots of great cluing. see the constructor's note at the bottom.

Across:

1. Highlights segment: RECAP

6. Gets ready to seal, maybe : WETS

10. Short rests : NAPS

14. Penobscot County college town : ORONO. university of maine.

15. Robust : HALE

16. Tony's cousin : OBIE. theater awards - tony = broadway; obie = off-broadway.

17. Mermaid who rescued Prince Eric : ARIEL. the little mermaid.

20. Flat bodied bottom-feeder : MANTA RAY. so sleek.

22. "The Blue Danube," e.g.: WALTZ. i was thinking river.

23. Aout time : ETE. aout is french for august. ete is french for summer.

24. Butter : RAM. butt-er.

25. Anger : MAKE MAD. oh, verb.

30. Oil spill-monitoring org: Abbr. : EPA. environmental protection agency.

31. Langley letters : CIA. langley is a metonym for the CIA, which is headquartered in langley, a community in mclean, virginia.

32. The NBA's Magic : ORL. orlando magic - basketball.

33. Short cut : SNIP. great clue. french idiom for short cut is 'cut the cheese.' i learned this from my french amie, when we were walking somewhere and took a shortcut, and she said, "let's cut the cheese." umm, what?

34. In heaps : PILED

37. Beta rival, once: VHS. the beta format was superior, imo. both are outdated now. i wonder what will replace blu-ray.

38. Memory units : BYTES

39. Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT. latin for quod erat demonstrandum, meaning "which was to be demonstrated."

40. Mai ___ : TAI. often followed by a hangover.

41. PC hookup: LAN. Local Area Network.

42. Hong Kong currency : DOL. dollar.

48. Seriously suffering : IN AGONY




50. Joke : GAG

51. Forte automaker : KIA

52. Supplied hints for, as a crossword : CLUED. so apropos.

53. Lottery winner's cry : WE'RE RICH

57. "Tiny Bubbles" singer : DON HO. always nice to see first and last names.

58. Passionate blog entry : RANT. passionate ... so diplomatic.

59. Jessica of "Sin City" : ALBA. woops.

60. Out-and-out : UTTER

61. Line in Vegas : ODDS. betting odds.

62. Painful rebuff : SLAP

Down:

1. Gadabout : ROAMER. synonyms for vagabond, hobo, tramp, wanderer.

2. Manuscript mess-ups : ERRATA. plural of erratum.

3. Made cents : COINED

4. Working without __ : A NET

5. Instant photo : POLAROID

6. End of many a riddle : WHO AM I?

7. Piece of cake : EASY

8. Dr. Mom's forte : TLC. tender loving care. sweet.

9. Shoreline container? : SEA WALL.

10. Highborn : NOBLE

11. Arch support : ABUTMENT. nice misdirection. here's a diagram.

12. Round item in a square box : PIZZA PIE

13. "__ you!" : SEZ. anyone listen to 'says you!' on npr?

19. Bunker smoother : RAKE. golf.

21. Indian leader : RAJA

25. MLB team leaders : MGRS

26. Skips along the water : DAPS

28. "O.G. Original Gangster" rapper : ICE-T.

29. Like four Sandy Koufax games : NO HIT. more baseball.

33. harmony : SYNC.

34. Mani partner, in a spa : PEDI. do you like pedicure, too?

35. Rigid, as a contract : IRON CLAD

36. Spaced-out state : LALA LAND

37. Diversify : VARY

38. Bruised and hurting : BANGED UP. aw.

40. Arctic plains : TUNDRAS

41. False witness : LIAR. snort.

43. Miler Sebastian, et al : COES

44. Difference between generations : AGE GAP

45. Like : AKIN TO

46. Tree growth : LICHEN. pretty.




47. Capital of Pakistan's Punjab province: LAHORE

49. Flag wavers? : GUSTS

53. Org. with the Minnesota Lynx : WNBA

54. "Goodbye, Columbus" author Philip : ROTH

55. __-Magnon : CRO

56. Out of sorts : ILL

Answer grid.

melissa

Constructor's note:

Boomer's eight 300 rings inspired this puzzle. Don designed the grid with only 32 squares. We had fun (and frustration) filling this grid. 20A used to be BOY OH BOY, but it resulted in a NIRO, which is not allowed in LAT. Shout out to our own LaLaLinda with 36D.

51 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Fun puzzle that offered surprisingly little resistance. When I got to the theme reveal at 63A, I quickly glanced at the end of 18A, saw BUZZ, and immediately put in RAZOR, thinking we were talking about haircuts here. Once I started working on the downs, however, that quickly got removed...

Elsewhere, LAHORE was mostly unknown to me and I had no idea that MANTA RAYs were bottom feeders (I wanted FLOUNDER, but it didn't fit).

Liked the clue for 24A. As we used to say in grade school, "BUTTER? I hardly even know her!"

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Melissa and friends. Fun Wednesday puzzle. It's always nice to see my alma mater in the puzzles.

My favorite clue was Butter? = RAM. I also smiled at Flag Wavers? = GUSTS.

LAHORE has been in the news so often recently, that the answer came to me immediately.

I have an eye but cannot see. I am stronger and faster than any man alive but have no limbs. WHO AM I? (Hint: My season starts in two weeks.)

QOD: Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers

Mainiac said...

Morning All,

Banged my head to get Ram (great clue)and continued to see 20A as Fat Bottom Feeder until I put my readers on. Then it was easy. I had trouble in the SW with Roth, Lahore and made it through all of the lyrics to Tiny Bubbles and still couldn't make Don Ho pop up. Nice one CC and Don G.

Good old UMO made it in again Hahtoolah!

Have a good one.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Don G., and C.C., for a very good Wednesday puzzle. Enjoyed it. Thank you, as well, Melissa B., for the swell review.

This puzzle worked out very well. First entry was ORONO. Got ARIEL soon thereafter. That helped with that corner.

WALTZ was easy for 22A.

First theme answer was RADIO JINGLE. I think I had them all before PHONE at 63A. PHONE was at the end of the puzzle. When I was in telephony my whole life, I made thousands of test calls. Heard thousands of phones ring in the central office. We had a ringer board set up with all five frequencies, for testing.

Got PEDI for 34D, but only with perps. Did not get the Mani connection. But, I have never been to a Spa, either.

Nice to see ERAT. Q.E.D. Is one of my crossword favorites.

POLAROID came easily for 5D. I wonder if they are still in business?

Weather looks good here in PA. Hope to get my garden planted today. Off to Reading tomorrow.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

HeartRx said...

Good morning melissa, C.C., Don G. et al.

Thanks for a fun puzzle Don G. and C.C., you guys rock! And melissa, thanks for the funny "mani pedi" clip. I think Anjelah Johnson goes to the same nail place that I use. I always go in there intending to just get a basic manicure, and end up getting the spa pedi, spa mani and designs to boot.

I "liked" seeing the clue for AKIN TO - "Like", next to LICHEN. There was a bit of rough-housing, with IN AGONY and BANGED UP. Ouch! But that's OK, just take some Tylenol with codeine, and you'll be in LA LA LAND...

Hahtoolah, "WHO AM I?": A hurricane. And wouldn't you know, that is exactly the riddle I thought of when I filled in that answer!

Happy hump day, everyone!

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Had a bit of a tussle solving today's offering from our Dynamic Duo. It was literally, one or two letters at a time. 51A & 45D were the last to fall. Initially had AM INTO but I didn't think MIA was an auto maker. KIA gave me AKIN TO & I reluctantly left it alone.

The NE corner took some back and forth also, but I felt comfortable with the fills as they began to appear. 12D PIZZA PIE gave me a chuckle as did 49D, GUSTS & 24A RAM.

Even with my difficulties today, the eraser wasn't worn down too much.

Melissa Bee, seems like its been a while since you had the "pleasure", but welcome back. Always enjoy your comments.

desper-otto said...

Wonderful Wednesday, Warriors!

Wow, a puzzle with a metronym of an acronym, and a HO plus the French translation at 47D. What's not to like? It was a quick solve with no missteps, so no need to rake my BUNKER. Thanks C.C. and D.G.

Wasn't familiar with DAPS. I liked the "shoreline container" -- made me think of Galveston. And if those lottery winners are like most, WE'RE RICH would be losing that apostrophe in a matter of months.

Melissa, good to see you back again. Enjoyed your "woops".

Sfingi said...

DNF on the right - too much sports, and I had butTrEss instead of ABUTMENT.

Yellowrocks said...

When I saw how cute and clever this puzzle was, my first thought was Don & CC. I checked. Yep, it was the Dynamic Duo. I liked PIZZA PIE, RAM, and GUSTS. Fun!!

I filled it in using Across and Down together, working in order nonstop, except for my nattick, WNBA, ALBA, which I wagged successfully.

Abejo, both sets of grandparents lived in Reading, PA. It was a quiet gentle city back then, with many of us PA Germans. As kids we walked everywhere in the city insouciantly. There has been quite a change with gangs, etc. nowadays.

I grew up in the Endless Mts. section of PA (Sullivan Co.) My sister moved back there so I go "home" often.

Lemonade714 said...

I really am in awe of our prolific pair of puzzlers; 33 published puzzles in just over a year. This is our third of the month- or we going for weekly status?

I had no hang ups with this phone theme, and as has already been said, you can recognize a Don G. and C.C. creation from their wit and sound. It is fascinating to see how this has grown.

mb loved your humping link, happy hump to you all.

the redanman said...

DAPS was my only concern, everything else worked or filled to satisfaction; DAPS had to work ...

Cellphone rings - you can have most of them

Zcarguy said...

Morning all ,CC , Don G., MB

There's nothing to be " Passionate " about today's puzzle , it was witty and clever , tho I did get a little Banged up in the SE corner , it's hard when you DONHO the answer , but thanks to the perps.

A phone is what I got my wife for Mother's day,
I've hid her phone , and waited til she left the house and went to the Apple store and bought her a new IPhone , than I entered my phone number under a new contact name heading " Happy Mothers Day " and waited til she got home , as soon as she got in , I dialed her number.....
Imagine her surprise , it was priceless..!

Can someone explain 43D. COES ?

Fore.!

Montana said...

Late morning to all,
I started this puzzle at midnight and solving was going well (didn't understand DAPS, but perps seemed correct) until I got to INA_ _NY. Good time to go to sleep.
Back to the puzzle this morning, I didn't know KIA but did know the perps. GUSTS and COES would not come to my brain. Finally remembered my sons cheered Sebastian Coe running in the Olympics (TV), so only the G remained. Mentally went through the alphabet to get the G, and thought how dumb I was to not see that phrase.
Great Wednesday level puzzle. Thanks CC and Don, and Melissa for explaining DAPS.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone,
Montana

Jazzbumpa said...

Ho gang -

Jerome yesterday, CC and Don today. Marti - where are you?

Fun puzzle. I had trouble in the NW corner, and a slow go all around, but made it through without spending too much time IN AGONY.

White Sox BANGED UP Scherzer last night, but the Tigers came from way back to eke out a win. Sox had the go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Each team scored 15 runs total in a split 2 game series. Hardly a NO HIT.

Heading down to T-Town to take my mom to dinner - probably not a PIZZA PIE - for her 91st birthday. Does that make me a ROAMER?

Not a lot of money, but WE'RE RICH in other ways.

Cool regards!
JzB

Jazzbumpa said...

Zcar -

Sebastian Coe was a British Olympic middle-distance runner, and later member of parliament. COES is a plural of his last name.

Cheers!
JzB

Irish Miss said...

Good morning all:

What a fun and clever Wednesday offering from Don and CC-kudos! And thanks to Melissa for a cool write-up with great links.

I, like others, got a chuckle at the clues for pizza box, gusts, and butter. Everything just fell into place so easily-clean as the proverbial whistle.

Have a terrific Wednesday everyone.

Zcarguy said...

Thanks Jazz, I read the clue as first name Miller , last name Sebastian , Iol

Abejo said...

Yellowrocks

Small world. I am not from Reading, but I am going to a Knights Templar meeting there, then on to New Hope, PA, for my nephew's wedding. I have been to Reading many years ago while working at the Conestoga Tel and Tel in nearby towns. I remember drinking Reading Pale Reserve beer. They called it Reading P R. Eight ounce bottles. I believe they are out of business now. But, I will have a Yuengling while I am there. Maybe more than one.

Abejo

Misty said...

I love the name "Dream Team" for our "Dynamic Duo"--thanks, Melissa, and of course C.C. and Don G. for a fun puzzle. A little bit of a challenge, just right for a Wednesday, with lots of fun misleads. I too questioned DAPS, which just didn't sound right. But live and learn.

Wasn't there a great movie about Sebastian Coe some years ago? I think that's how I got his name quickly, even though I'm not sporty.

By the way, just to add to the Pennsylvanians on the blog, I grew up in Lancaster, and my dad and brother still live there. Sweet part of the country.

Have a great Wednesday, everybody!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Melissa and everyone.

Only had to use wite-out on 3 squares, today. As usual I fully got the theme near the end after entering PHONE. The SE was the last to fall. On 47d, only knew 2 Pakistani cities with 6 letters, Quetta and LAHORE. Didn't think a theme fill would end with a 'Q'. I thought the clues for RAM, PIZZA PIE, and GUSTS were exceedingly clever. So I didn't get BANGED UP too badly. A nice opus from Don and C.C. today. BZ

Q. E. D.

CrossEyedDave said...

I think i did pretty good for a DG/CC Wednesday puzzle! My major DNF hangup was the crossing of 34D & 42A, i thought it was because i know nothing about Pedi's. I asked my DW if i could go with her to the nail place, but she said i have to go to a completely different place than hers because she thinks my toes look like this. But in reviewing, i noticed the reason i did not get 42A was because on 36D i wrote LAAALAND? (hmm, i wonder if that says something about me?)

Speaking of LaLaLand, i meant to write "bangedup" @ 38D, but for some strange reason i wrote banged"o"p? Which made 60A, out & out a western movie? Oater??? Oh well!

One nit, Manta rays are not bottom feeders, they are filter feeders, plankton & whatever else comes by. Bottom feeders remind me of flounder, or clams etc...

eddyB said...

Did the CW while watching LA go two up on PHX home ice. Jeff Carter had a hat trick. Is it time to get out the brooms?

Letting spam accumulate to see how high the number will go. It is well over 1200 this AM.

Then, there were all the good Germans from Munson, PA (Centre Co.) who were rounded up and sent to the camps in Crystal City, TX during WW II.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to this community, but not the LA Times Puzzle. Hello all. About the usual difficulty for a WED, but can someone explain RAM=BUTTER to me?

ALso, I see the term "perps" a lot on this blog. What does that mean?

Lemonade714 said...

I am at work, and perhaps my old brain is fading, but I am still curious about NIRO in C.C.'s comment. So a clue, Actor Robert De________? would not be accepted? Or the speaker compnay is too obscure? Is there any significance to the letters NIRO?

Lemonade714 said...

Rams BUTT heads and therefore are BUTTERS; perp means a perpendicular fill; for example,where you get an across answer you do not know because of the letters obtained from the perpendicular down fill.

J.J.McK said...

Wow... I've never seen that clue before ! It's a good thing I had 5D, 21D, & 6D. I would have NEVER gotten that Thanks.

Anonymous said...

"Pizza Pie" is a redundancy - 12 down.

Lucina said...

Hello, puzzlers. It's great to see you, Melissa, and you are in good form.

Yowza! Another opus from the dynamic duo! This one is filled with pathos,IN AGONY, BANGED UP, ILL, SLAP, RANT, and finally, LALA LAND!

I almost literally sashayed through it with only two bumps, first PIE CRUST, then PIZZA PIE which completed OSCAR BUZZ and for some reason had BANTA RAY until ROAMER set me straight.

ORONO has become as familiar as OBIE and ALBA to me.

Loved the cluing for GUSTS, LICHEN, and RAM!

Sebastian COE took a few minutes to seep out of my brain cells and I wasn't sure about Aout, but it looked French so ETE seemed natural.

Thank you, C.C. and Don G. for some good entertainment!

Have a fantastic Wednesday, everyone!

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Thanks to you all for a "crunchy"(thanks, Barry G) puzzle and informative comments.

A personal natick did me in today, namely the "R" where MGRS and ORL cross. Sports topics are not my forte at all, especially abbreviations, which simply don't stick in my brain and which i can never distinguish as to whether they refer to a team, a league, a territory, a city, or a position on a team. Even after I finally remembered that MLB means Major League Baseball, I still thought of "team leader" as one of the players on a team, such as the captain (soccer), not the manager, who in my mind is not a member of the team. Anyway, that was just my little natick.

Like others of you, I loved how RAM, LICHEN, and GUSTS were clued. Made myself laugh when I finally parsed IN AGONY correctly, wrenching my mind away from wondering what IN A GONY meant.

Lemonade, I'm glad you asked about NIRO. I had the same question.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi Everyone ~~

I had so much fun with this puzzle ~ thanks C. C. & Don! I didn't have a lot of trouble but I found I had to rethink a number of the answers I finally settled on. At 3D - 'Making cents' I was thinking of being employed (duh) and wrote in 'Toiled.' I really overthought that one! I finally got COINED after I took way too long to get RECAP.

~~ TUNDRAS and LICHEN reminded me of my fourth-graders and the dioramas they made when we studied the tundra. I often wonder if they ever come across these word today in some way and remember those days.

~~ Liked 'Forte' automaker and Dr. Mom's 'Forte' - From yesterday - FOR-TAY!

~~ First thought of Air Force Base for 'Langley.'

~~ Thanks for the shout-out at 36D - LALALAND. Hmm... 36D - I wish!

~~ A really good write-up, Melissa ... loved the links!

Enjoy the day!

Steven J. St. John said...

This was a 5-star puzzle. What a beautiful construction!

Husker Gary said...

Fun hump day effort Batman and Robin! Thanks! Here’s my fav Ring My Bell

Musings
-OSCAR BUZZ is often about films in which the public has little interest. Commercial success means little usually.
-The wireless phones in Seinfeld seem so huge now!
-You can tell how old the Law and Order episode is by how old the phones are they use to call in.
-A 10 minute NAP and I am good to go!
-Fabulous version of Blue Danube
-I went Beta when everyone else went VHS. Now both versions are in our rear view mirrors.
-KIA commercials with Michelle Wie are fun but we never see her try to get into the car.
-I remember POLAROIDS as being very high tech! What TV episode from a great series turned on a stolen Polaroid camera?
-A new SEAWALL at our course cost $30,000 and I RAKE out a lot of bunkers there.
-Sandy Koufax and Gale Sayers may have been the best at their sports but careers got cut short
-Melissa Bee, I loved your write-up and laughed out loud when I saw what answer followed Alba’s oops.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-What sci-fi classic had the Blue Danube as part of a memorable scene?
-What other fabulous piece of music is so associated with this movie that the piece has taken on the name of the movie instead of its original title?

thehondohurricane said...

HG

Appreciate the link to the Blue Danube. A terrific production and dancing in the aisles! Would loved to have participated..... when I still was able.

Jayce said...

Gary, that would be 2001:A Space Odyssey. That other fabulous piece of music would be the intro to Also Sprach Zarathustra.

placematfan said...

Wow. This puzzle was a joy. Incredible fill. Eight 8-letter nonthemes, nice. Pretty grid, too. Thank you, C.C. and Don.

Yellowrocks said...

CED @ 11:26 I agree that manta rays are not bottom feeders. I read that they find food in coral reefs and other places, often preferring to be near the shore or at the top of the water.

From the Free Online Dictionary:
Noun 1. pizza pie - Italian open pie made of thin bread dough spread with a spiced mixture of e.g. tomato sauce and cheese.

It seems pizza and pizza pie are used interchangeably. We used to say pizza pie years ago.

HeartRx said...

Desper-otto @ 7:37, I roared over your “missing apostrophe” quip – how true!

Jazzb @ 10:10, C.C. and Don told me I could take the month off. With Jerome, they have it well-covered!

Husker G., great version of “The Blue Danube”. Every time I hear it, I think back to the time that I danced to it at a Viennese ball. Memories for a lifetime!!

Spitzboov said...

A Big Pizza Pie

Anonymous said...

Ok puzzle. Had hkd for hong kong dollar (international abbreviation). Living by the beach with no sea wall, just sand, threw me off. I like the song tiny bubbles! Remember when polaroids were the thing to get. That was a long time ago.

lois said...

Good afternoon MelissaBee,CC, et al., What a fun puzzle! Excellent work from you and the 'dynamite duo' (so cute!); perfect for a Weds. Good to see you back in the saddle. Fun ride in every way.

I almost GAGged when I remembered what I had done w/my own CLASS RING. I gave it to a soldier that I had given TLC to but lost touch w/....but who ended up years later meeting my ROAMER sister half way across the country and asking if she were AKIN TO me(we had the same last name.)Small world. What were the ODDS? We never PHONEd. Not in SYNC-bad timing, for me anyway and probably dodged a wHALE of an AGONY. It's all good.

Enjoy your night.

CrossEyedDave said...

Husker Gary @ 1:32

The Polaroid episode"s" were Snap Judgement part one, & Snappier Judgement part two. I will leave it to someone else to name the show.

remember those days?

annoying call

telemarketer prank

Jayce said...

Wow, Lois, what a small world indeed!

HeartRx said...

CED @ 4:33, I couldn't open up the "annoying call" link, but that telemarketing prank is absolutely hilarious.

I was just talking to DH last night about the fact that, even though we are on a "Do Not Call" list, they still get around it by pretending to be a "political" survey (because those are exempt).

After answering a few questions about your political views, they go into a spiel about how you have been selected at random to receive a "free gift" --it's the classic time share telemarketers!

I'm really thinking of having DH use that prank on them next time they call!

CrossEyedDave said...

OMG! i was just watching YouTube telemarketer pranks, & this guy uses the recorded voice of "The Family Guy" to talk to the telemarketer, Hilarious!

Here is the link to the pushbutton soundboard. (press start pranking on the left, or download if you prefer.)

The next time a telemarketer calls & you are near your computer, push these buttons (to push their buttons, hehe.)

Lemonade714 said...

HG:

Your observation that the KIA commercials never show the 6' tall Michelle winding herself into the Soul is perfect.

I love this corner where we have SJ2, and mark B. and Marti all constructors and all stopping by to say nice things about our founder and her cohort and their effort. Blogging does not have to be mean spirited, or emphasize the negative.

DO your We're-were comment is another example of what a great group we have here. Now if we could get all of our group to check in now and then...

Bill G. said...

Yes, we are on the Don't Call list too but I get about two telemarketers a day.

LA CW Addict said...

Evening folks:

This CW gave me difficulty today, particularly in the northern hemisphere. However, I do like a challenge, and I got every letter correct except one. Will get to that in a minute.

Favorite clue: "round item in a square box" Cute!

WEES said about all of the pugilism! Found that interesting.

Wanted MINTED instead of COINED, but could not get my MANTARAY to fit.

Melissa: Nice insertion of Munch's The Scream! That painting still haunts me.

But wait 'til you hear what I did? Got stumped on the clue BUTTER? of all things. I knew 21D was RAJA because this has appeared in CW's many times, but I had to put RUJA, thinking maybe this was some new type of Indian leader. First read the clue as Indian LEATHER. (Damn those floaters)

So anywhooo, I was thinking of RUM as in Hot Buttered, instead of RAM, which shows what's on my mind, and it wasn't even cold today! Funny once something gets in your head how it sticks. At least I got a good laugh out of it.

CED, thought the telemarketer prank was hilarious!

Overall, a masterful puzzle with good commentary!

Lucina said...

CED:
I just now had a chance to listen to the telemarketing call. That is absolutely hilarious!!

Thank you. However, I could not open the middle post.

lois said...

CED: thank you a million times for that Family Guy prank soundboard. I can not wait to use it. So dang funny! Love how you think!

Jayce: The small world concept beach slapped me the frist time when I was 16 and went alone from OK to Germany to visit a girlfriend and her family. She introduced me to the guy she was dating and it was a friend of mine from 8th grade history class. We had sat across from each other and cracked each other up all the time. That was a great trip! Isn't that crazy?

Bill G: your principals were reasonable. This one is a control freak who micromanages every little thing from how many grades one must have by interim to how much high technology one has to use in the lessons plus a thousand outside meetings that interfere w/ sacred planning time. It's the loss of planning time that bothers me. I'm good w/ most of the other stuff but have never seen that level of neurotic demands before. Have you? Nobody could be that bad BUTTER! Wish a RAM could BUTTER - oh, maybe one is already. Geeze, she could give POLAROID a whole new meaning...and PILED a whole new dimension! She's IN AGONY! LAN sakes! I think we have discovered her problem..remove her ABUTMENT and her BYTES might be less SNIPpy and we'll be less BANGED UP. Now we just need a proctologist. Honestly, I think that dr would discover her head and then she could show the MANTARAY how to really be a bottom feeder. That explains a lot. I get it! The UTTER insanity of it all.. She has anal glaucoma! Well, thank you for helping me understand. I will sleep better tonight.

JD said...

Thanks Melissa, C.C. and D.G. for a fantastic Wednesday,

Enjoyable SW corner, but fun little spots all over. Loved iron clad and gusts.Not fond of hearing Tiny Bubbles playing over and over in my head.

Melissa, the manicure bit was a hoot! Also enjoyed learning what a metonym was.Nice help with LAN and ERAT.

Lois, hang in there!