A play for 3 actors

Player 1:  Whose woods are these

I think I know

They belong to

Bick Pentameter

Player 2:  Who is Bick Pentameter

Player 3 (emerging from leafy shadows):  I am

Bick Pentameter


[Players bow]





Thanks to DH who suggested, “Bick Pentameter” for the first line, “I am” when DC1 came home with a “personal poem” that forced hir to fill in the blanks after partial sentences.  Sometimes I really wonder if I married an engineer.  In his defense, he notes it doesn’t have quite the same ring as “I am Batman.”

Dispatches from the library

… in which #1 sends #2 text messages during the work day.

#1: there is a large blue beanbag in the library here. Good news: it’s comfortable. Bad news: it’s carnivorous. I might have to live here now.

#2: She who lives by the beanbag…

#1:  I could use a nap like whoa.

#1:  [coworker] came by.  He covets the blue beanbag.

#2:  hahah.  It is Yours.

#1:  At least until I go home tonight.  (or I guess someone could steal it while I pee.)  But I think maybe I will stay here until I go home.

#2: heh

#1:  I think I am sinking.

#2: death by beanbag chair!

#1: the student aide at the front desk has been alerted by a kind colleague that she should check if I am still alive before closing time

#2:  hahaha

#1:  I think the only way out is to roll sideways onto the floor.


Grumpeteers, have you encountered a carnivorous seating arrangement in its natural habitat?

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How do you watch videos?

Netflix?  Amazon?  Hulu?  CBS?  TV?  Redbox?  Youtube? Your local library?  Cable?

Do you use your mobile or laptop or tablet or full-screen projector or giant tv?

These days I’m mostly entirely watching 4 min Youtube videos on the ipad.  The kids watch 20 min videos on the ipad or with the full-screen projector from Amazon and Netflix.  In paradise they get dvds from the library once a week but once we get back home we’ll probably start using our netflix subscription again.  Ah paradise, we will miss you.

#2 uses her computer and a large screen tv.  Old school cable, baby.

How to cast Muppet Hamilton

After my post on How to cast Muppet Sweeney Todd, my partner, who is obsessed with Hamilton like everyone else, figured out how to cast Muppet Hamilton, with a little help from me.

Alexander Hamilton – Kermit the Frog

Aaron Burr – Gonzo the Great

Elizabeth Schuyler – Miss Piggy

Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson – Dr. Teeth
George Washington – Rowlf the Dog
Hercules Mulligan / John Madison – Fozzy Bear
John Laurens / Phillip Hamilton – Scooter

Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds – Denise (the other female pig muppet)

King George – Sam the Eagle [hahaha]

Angelica Schuyler – ???

Now the problem we’re running into here is that there’s really a dearth of female Muppets, especially ones who are smart and not children.  We talked about Janice, but Angelica is smart and my partner didn’t think Janice would fit.  Prairie Dawn is too young.  Camilla is too much a chicken, I guess?
The best I could come up with, which I think is a good solution, is Bert in a wig.  Lin Manuel Miranda has already said he wouldn’t mind gender-bending some of the casting.  Bert is smart and angsty and old enough to be a love interest.  The other solution is to include some human beings in the cast, but that’s no fun.
Moar female Muppets!  Who’s with me?
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How to cast Muppet Sweeney Todd

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kermit Kermit the Frog
Sweeney Todd
Helena Bonham Carter Miss Piggy
Uncle Deadly The Phantom of the Muppet Show
Timothy Spall Rowlf
Lew Zealand
The Great Gonzo
Fozzie Bear (in a wig)
Prairie Dawn (with a pet chicken)
Ed Sanders Robin

Well, I think I took care of that!

Now, Grumpeteers, how would you cast Muppet Hamilton?

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Differences between your online persona and your IRL persona?

The blogosphere (including us) has recently been discussing how blogs are only a specific persona that the blogger shows (or curates, depending on your beliefs about the nature of truth and perception and personality).

That got us thinking about how we differ IRL vs. our blog personas.  We thought we’d share some of the differences.

I am a lot nicer IRL.  A LOT.  My snark only comes out with anonymity.  I may think things IRL but I don’t say things unless I can say something nice.  #2, however: I think I might actually be nicer on this blog than IRL.

I’m also more introverted IRL.  I’ve done meetups with groups of forum people and they are surprised that I’m quiet at the dinner table even though I’m super chatty online.  (This same thing isn’t true with people I know well IRL or when I’m at a conference on topics I’m an expert on– I’m perfectly chatty with subject matter I feel comfortable with.)  #2 is super-introverted all the time and prefers online communication.  Or books.

I’m less annoyed about giving an impromptu lecture on my subject matter of expertise IRL than online.  Online it often feels like someone should be paying me to argue with them.  (I know it may seem like this isn’t possible, but I promise, I lecture a LOT IRL.)

What don’t I share with you?  Mostly boring stuff.  I only online share things if I find them interesting and/or funny.  I also try not to share things that would hurt other people if our blog and real identities became front page news.

I’m often not as witty because online you only get the good stuff, not the stuff that failed at being funny or brilliant (at least IMO).

Who is the real us?  Well, what is reality anyway?

How do your IRL and online personas differ?  Who is the real you?

Scenes from paradise

  • Hipster couple at Mediterranean restaurant at the table next to us gets their tea.  It is crushed fresh mint  leaves in hot water.  Man starts berating waiter.  “Where is the tea?  This is nothing but leaves!  There should be tea in here!  This is just leaves and hot water.”  The waiter apologizes and shows that the menu does describe the mint tea as being… fresh mint leaves in hot water.  But the waiter takes it back and the guy continues to grumble to his sympathetic companion about how he ordered mint tea but just got leaves in water and how can they charge $3 for that.  DH and I catch each other’s eyes and try really really hard not to bust out laughing.  We also fail to ask the guy just exactly what he thinks tea is made of, though we are both curious.  I bet this dude drives a bmw.
  • Yesterday DH heard banging while he was at work.  After it stopped he investigated and someone has put in a home-made wooden mailbox next to the park bench in the empty lot next to our house.  There’s also a bike with fruit in its basket and two cans of Campbell’s soup.
  • While DH is talking on the phone to his cousin, he looks out the front window and sees a police officer walking past carrying an orange rifle.  DH chooses not to investigate.
  • Outside the library three middle-aged women are discussing how there is now scientific evidence that consciousness is more than just biochemical reactions.
  • Update on the lot next door:  There is also now a lazyboy chair and a Christmas tree.  One of the oranges has moved to the top of the mailbox.
  • Update:  now apparently an entire living room/kitchen setup near the lazyboy and Christmas tree, including a tall lamp.  And a stone path to the brick pit he has set out as a firepit.
  • Update:  He spends the weekend removing ground cover with a spade.  He brushes his teeth.
  • Update:  It rained.
  • Update:  All the stuff from the empty lot is gone.  Including the mailbox.  All that is left is a burnt area where the firepit used to be.
  • Coda:  The parks and recreation department sent 5 people over to clean up the area and to cover all the bad bits with mulch.  It took several hours, though they did trim trees etc. too.