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Friday, February 10, 2012

15 Random Things You Didn't Know About Me

A blogging friend of mine recently did a post like this, where he listed things about him that nobody in the cyber world knew. That idea struck me as a good one, and a good way to connect with your followers. So, here I go.

There is no order, just random things about me that you would never know unless you knew me.

1. I absolutely detest pink guns. They are the absolute grossest things known to man in my opinion.

2. My mom said growing up it looked like I had elf ears when I had a flat-top. I've got pictures to prove it.

3. Sweet and hot almost never ever go together. Cold cookies, cold pie, cold ice cream, etc. Hot cookies and brownies are borderline acceptable, but they are much better cold.

4. Italian food, Mexican food, and Suthern food, in opposite order as given, are the best foods on planet earth.

5. I always wear two pairs of socks. Keeps foot cushioning and laundry up and blisters and raw feet down.

6. My handwriting is pretty crumby and my mom says my grammer aint much purdier. :D

7. I like forks. I really like forks. Only use spoons on soup, or where it's necessary.

8. I have a tendency to leave my hat on inside, and forget to take it off. Working on that one.

9. I shoot things for a hobby. If  I have a gun and can shoot it, legally, morally, and realistically, I probably will.

10. My cell-phone ringer is the sound of a shotgun going off and the casing hitting the ground. Totally awesome.

11. Rhino the hamster is my favorite animated character. He's beyond awesome. He's be-awesome. :D

12. I have a severe distaste for Celtic and Irish music. Bleagh.

13. I'm a sucker for a good harmonica piece.

14. I am the slowest texter on planet Earth. Well, it sure seems like it at least.

15. Peanuts and BC are my favorite comic strips. Good honest-to-goodness down-to-earth humor.

If you know something random and weird about me that I missed, comment and share! I'd love to hear it!
Post one like this on your blog, and see what the response is like. You never know what people might post! :)


  1. I'm with you on #1 for sure, pink guns, yuck. Uh, the hat sounds all too familiar, and your cell ringer sounds awesome. Don't worry, you aren't the slowest texter on earth, I am, cause I don't do it at all, lol. Good post thanks. Did you read my list like this I posted a while back?

  2. The only one I didn't know was #2.

    Oh nooo we aren't telling any of your odd quirks..we're saving them to tell your future wife :) Good try, big brother lol

    OK, one. You don't say yes or no, but ah and hm. Wonder where you picked THAT up???

  3. That was fun to read :-)


    "I have a severe distaste for Celtic and Irish music. Bleagh."

    I have a strong taste for Celtic and Irish music. And, I'm part Irish. And, I *really* wish I could play Irish fiddle. And, it's great music.

    So there!


  4. I can identify with this one the most: "I absolutely detest pink guns. They are the absolute grossest things known to man in my opinion."

    I can identify with this one the least: "I have a severe distaste for Celtic and Irish music. Bleagh." How can you? You spelled "bleagh" the Irish Gaelic way. Just kidding. Actually, I really wonder if you've ever listened to any real Celtic music, such as Lunasa, the Bothy Band, etc, or if you've only heard a song or two by Enya. Traditional Celtic is probably my favorite style of music; it's rhythmically sound, harmonically pure, excellently expresses a full range of emotions, and almost always has a beautiful melody.

    Stand Fast,


  5. Haha! Great post. My brothers are totally with you on number 9, one of them 10 as well. Italian food for the win, and pink guns? o.O That goes against the laws of all things sane...

  6. Yes, Irish is bleagh, but bleagh is not Irish. Bleagh is me-isms. :D
    Granted, the fiddling is great, but that falls into fiddling and therefore falls into the country , not Irish. :) I meant all the pipes and flutes and hammered dulcimers and such. Double bleagh.
    Bring on the guns and good food!
    @ Flame.
    Yup, I read it, I nodded, and moved on. I probably should go back and read it again! :D
    @ Bushmaid.
    Any real man can relate. If they don't......sumthins plum rong wid em. :) Jk.
    Thanks for all the feedback!

  7. Well, okay. You don't seem like the type to be big into pipes, flutes, and hammered dulcimers. You're not convincing me out of my taste for them, but I shan't try to convince you to change your opinion. I'm thinking they don't quite fit the cowboy style, perhaps.

  8. Actually, just for the record, "bleagh" is an Irish Gaelic for milk (I just looked that up.) Off topic.

    Ah, but Irish fiddling was around long before country fiddling, and all country fiddling evolved from Irish and Scottish fiddling. In short, you owe the Irish your musical ancestry. (I'm playing the multi-generational card ;) ).

    Good grief, David! No bagpipes? Something is very wrong with your constitution, my friend. We ought to lock you in a room and force-feed you some good Scots haggis while we bombard your ears with bagpipes for ten hours straight. That should fix the problem. ;)

    Just for legal purposes, I ought to inform you-that's an entirely idle threat.

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  9. Actually, I REALLY want to try haggis, but not for the sake of it being Scotish. It just reaaaalllly sounds good. People think I'm a little loopy there...... :)
    Hey, just because the country folk learned fiddlin from the Celts and such don't mean they got it far better than them. I think the country folks far surpasses them in style and sound. :D If the Celts got their fiddling right... hey, even blind hog can stumble upon a field of corn. :)

  10. Wild hogs?? (grunting, sputtering)....

    Pardon me, I’m desperately trying to restrain my inner MacDougall.

    You see, I have MacDougall ancestors, and it seems that I recieved double portion of our family's MacDougall blood. Our clan slogan is "Buaidh no Bas," which translates to "Victory or Death." We were a very warlike clan-Just wanted to prepare you in case any "digitized" rotten haggis comes flying in your general direction (I say rotten haggis because Scots don't have tomatoes). That sounds nasty, I know. It's actually quite a far cry from what my less civilized MacDougall ancestors might do to you for such a comment.


    Now that I have recovered a temperate spirit, I'll give you a more level-headed reply;
    There's one problem with your assertion: If our Celtic blind hogs found the field of corn, then you admit that our blind hogs are smarter than your blind hogs!! (okay...moot point.) Anyway, I'm just curious, what peculiar means of country ingenuity led your bumpkin ancestors to find the field of corn?

    The honest fact is that the Southerners inherited almost all of their music styles from Scots-Irish ancestors. Folks of primarily Celtic ancestry made up over 60% of the Confederate army. (Deo Vindice!)

    At any rate, I fear that your ears, my friend, have been rather coarsened by too much country style of electric guitar to appreciate the distinctive points of Irish fiddling. The same unhealthy diet of music has led you to lack appreciation for the finer timbres of the flute and hammer dulcimer. At least, that’s my current diagnosis.

    On a completely serious note, David, I think you really ought to add some Irish music to your listening fare. Once you overcome the aural gag reflex, you'll probably enjoy it very much. Of course, you'll be too downright stubborn, I'm sure, to ever admit your change of opinion to me ;) . But I know Irish music will grow on you.

    As far as pipes go, I have little to say, except that I feel sincerely sorry for a man who has never felt a stirring in his soul to the blaring of battle tunes played on the Great Highland bagpipes. I really mean that. There's nothing like it in the world. A man who doesn't have a taste for the bagpipes doesn't have a clue what he's missing.

    Buaidh no Bas,

    Andrew R.

  11. Oh no my friend, the sound of the pipes is just awful - in my humble opinion.
    I will revise my statement, since I realize my opinion has become a bit unclear over the last few comments. Irish fiddling and guitar is pretty decent. I have one piece I listen to that is actually very good. BUT, overall the genre of Irish I find distasteful.
    Ah my friend, if you have never known the country life, you have NO IDEA what you're missing. Roping sheep just you and your brother. Chasing runaway horses across a park on foot. Eating fried chicken and sweet tea. Shooting in the desert in hunting season..... Oh no, you have no idea what your missing. Its hard work out here, but its worth every minute of it. I would take a 500 acre plot of land with a few cows and a good horse to ride, A few dozen guns, A good home with a wife and kids, over any Highland Bagpipes or Irish stuff any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. :)
    But that's just me!

  12. I know what I am missing, and I'm sick of missing it. I really do hate Suburbia. But there is no antithesis between country life and bagpipes. Scotsmen used to be exclusively country dwellers. Many of them had a 500 acre plot of land with a few cows and a good horse to ride, A few dozen guns, and a good home with a wife and kids.

    I'm considering composing an epistemologically self-conscious defense of playing the bagpipes...

    "Awful" literally means worthy of awe. If we're using that defition, I would agree with you that bagpipes are awful. But not in a bad way.

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  13. Would that song be "Fierce" by Rising Gael? Oh yeah, I remember that your mom thought you had elf ears! Lol! It was nice to see you folks at the wedding, even though it was awfully brief.
    A few dozen guns???

  14. @ Amiee
    Yup, its Fierce. About the only Celtic piece I have ever liked, or probably ever will like.
    It was a blast coming up - brief though it was. Its a long haul to just come and hang out. :)
    Yes, a few dozen guns - at least, with all the ammo and accessories to match.
    @ ACR
    Yes, its worthy of awe - awe at how anybody could like it. :P :D
    If you write that I'll write my version with harmonicas. :D
    Oh no, I'm talkin 'bout AMERICAN cuntry folk. Suthrn ones at dat. WAY suthrn. ;D
    I can't understand why people make such a big fuss over the celts and make them their heroes when America is their home, not Ireland or Scotland, and have their own set of national heroes and historical figures of fame and glory. For me, its the all American trail-blazers and range riders of the 19th century, called the cowboy. Those my friend, are the toughest chaps the earth has probably yet seen. Those are my heroes. :)
    Man up. (thats gonna be my new motto :) )

  15. Whether you personally like the way bagpipes sound or not, you can't debate on the historical record of their ability to stir the troops to battle. Of course, you're a peace-loving man yourself, aren't you ;)?

    I got no problem with harmonicas. I actually like harmonicas, and I'd kinda like to see an epistemologically self-conscious defense of harmonica-playing :D. (Did you ever hear of Buddy Greene?)

    I don't think there's an antithesis between Celtic music and American country folk; I listen to tons of both. (Particularly old-time fiddle tunes. Love it.)

    I wouldn't call it a "fuss,"; As many as 40% of the Continental army in the War for Independence was Scots-Irish, and there's a good reason for that fact. It's a good bet that if it weren't for the Scottish nation, and particularly the Scottish Covenanters, there wouldn't be a United States of America.

    American culture is an assemblage of immigrant cultures; I personally take interest in Celtic culture, and particularly Scottish culture, because of all of the nations which had a major influence on America, Scotland was uunquestionably the most Christian, as was evidenced by Scottish culture from the year 1600 to about 1900.

    Hey, I've got no problem with cowboys either. I love cowboys. I'm always a sucker for a good Western TV episode. I agree that there's a lot of good solid manliness to the cowboy culture. I'm not so sure that cowboys were the toughest chaps the earth has ever seen, though; William Wallace and his warriors were probably a little tougher :D -not to mention the Confederate Partisan rangers, such as the men of Jack "Thunderbolt" Morgan and John Singleton Mosby.

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  16. ...I know you're talkin' 'bout suthr'n country folk. I knows all about that. I was born in the hills of eastern Kentucky.

    I still love bagpipes and Scottish culture. Very stubbornly.

    FYI, "Fierce" is a contemporized medley of two old Celtic reels: Jenny's Chickens and The Abbey Reel. I knew that just by listening to it. Personally, I think Rising Gael kinda "overcooked" it.

    Like I said, I think you need to listen to some real Celtic music. If you'll humor me, here's an example or two of what I'm talking about:



    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  17. @Daevid (hhmm looks Celtic)
    Yes it is a long haul for that short of a visit, but totally worth it if you stay longer!Especially if it is summer time. Hmm.. I thought Fierce was it! I might have to break your record by telling you about another Irish song that I think you will really like because it sounds rather country! It's called The Weather Man by Rising Gael(the same people that did Fierce)and it has fiddling in it!!! Its only draw back is that the words are sort'a fluffy. Be careful if you go on their site, some of their songs are weird and their clothes aren't always the greatest. But the song is so pretty and so happy! Excuse my long-windedness.

  18. @ ACR.
    Jiminy, you don't believe in short comments do you? :D lol. I think you set the record for the longest comments on Gabe's blog. ;) jk.
    I think the cowboys were nigh on the tuffest chaps there ever was. To work long and hard hours in a land that hardly anybody knew, riddled with rough people and a few bands of indians, all for hardly any pay (-at all-) for the good of their families. Most of them never saw any fruit of their work, only paying off for their children down the road. Dust, dirt, rocks, (I am NOT a fan of rocks) snakes, and an occasional cattle rustler in a land where justice was only a principle the man who really had some grit to him could stick to. All of that in a wild land, uncivilized and untouched by the order and corruption of the big cities. Those, my friend, are tough men.
    NOW, all that being said, you are gonna give me a LONG oration on how *far* superior your Celt's toughness is to my country chaps. BUT. In my opinion, they are still tougher. I ain't backin down on dat. Stickin to m'guns there. :)
    @ Aimee.
    Yeah, it would be fun to come up, its this little thing called $$$$ that I don't tend to have a lot of. :)
    You want long wind? Talk to ACR. Hate to tell you - He's got you trumped. :D ;D
    ACR - jk. :)

  19. Okay, my turn to jump in (look at everything I miss while getting married). First off, David was my best man, and still is..., But, I will have to stick up for the Celts with Andrew.
    First, Irish Fiddling is better in STYLE and SOUND than country fiddling. They are quite similar, but Celtic surpasses. Why do I know that? Cause I've played both styles on my fiddle (over 10 years experience....). Celtic bowing is more complex than country bowing, it is incredible what Celtic fiddlers do with their bow technique.

    I'm okay if you don't like hammered dulcimers (even though I play one), but still....

    IMHO, As far as William Wallace, he'd beat a cowboy any old day (Just take the long range firearms out of the picture and....). I've been to the battle fields in Scotland and know what they faced. Centuries of fighting and dieing and the hardships for freedom, for the land, for their families. Brutal.
    You should look up how many Presidents and influential Americans were scot/irish.

    Although, the cowboys were the Daniel Boones of far west, and without them it'd would of been difficult to settle and for us to be living in AZ and OR right now.

    Oh, and Fierce is great, I do play a lot of trad, but it's nice to hear it spiced up sometimes, it really gets you going (especially my wife). Actually I know Jenny's chickens ad Sleepy maggie, not to be confused with drowsy maggie. Perry and I play it together, with the guitar doing what they do. Terrible fun!

    Erin go Bragh/God Bless America/Solo de Gloria
    Tyler (w/Scottish-Last-Name)

  20. David,

    Echoing the Wallace bit-regrettably I've never been to Scotland, but having read a couple of old biographies on Wallace I know exactly the kind of man he was. Sorry. I have a lot of respect for cowboys too, but there's just not much of a comparison. I think I might skip the oration and throw a biography at you :). An old one. Some of the modern ones are almost as bad as Braveheart in historical innacuracy. I love the Braveheart music though.

    That said, I don't really see why it does anybody so much good to compare. I say a man's a man for a' that!

    I went back and read your list again, so I'm gonna remark one more thing (even though I couldn't help wincing at #12 again, I'll forgive you)-I totally agree with the sweet and hot thing. Except in regards to a good cobbler. Hot pie with some really cold ice cream is fabulous. But then again, that's a little different.

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  21. Tyler, I haven't played fiddle that long, but I do have fairly sharp ears for music, and I must say you're dead right. Irish fiddling gets its driving feel from a lot of rhythmical and melodic complexity, which old time is not so strong on. I do like a lot of the old time tunes when you play them right, but some old time fiddlers these days can be too lazy on the breakdowns and square dance tunes. I also like bluegrass fiddling, at least when it's not overloaded with accidentals.

    I must say that there is one style of fiddling I really have a strong distaste for, and it's ragtime fiddling. That's really worth a bleagh.

    Love the hammer dulcimer. Y'ever hear of Joshua Messick?

    A tad of distorted guitar is, in my mind, good to add grit in some applications, particularly in film soundtrack music, but more than a little bit it just sounds crude. That's what happens when you overload an electronic circuit. I'm not always against the use of a trap set with Irish music, but I wish contemporary Celtic musicians would be more sensitive with it and let the tune itself supply the drive. Often trap set drumming with Celtic music becomes less like a touch of spice and more like drinking mustard right out of the bottle. That's my assessment, and I'm stickin' to it like the stubborn antiquarian that I am.

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R (w/very-un-Scottish-last-name) ;)

  22. Ah, the Celts are gangin up on the cowboy.
    Well, bring on your Wallace chap and him and my six-shooter will see who tops. :)
    No, I do have a lot of respect for Wallace, but he just ain't my style.
    In my mind, there are two types of grit. Wallace and the Celts showed one type of grit. The grit to stand up and face an enemy on a field of battle over and over again with no ultimate hope of victory takes grit, determination, and stickin to principle and truth. The thing is, that season of life doesn't last very long. Even cowards and lazy bums can be roused to action (not pointing any fingers, just making the point) at the defense of their country.
    The day to day living the hard life with very little chance of it ever getting an better, excitement or no, is another kind of grit very rarely seen in our modern world. We have lots of movies about men who pick up arms and defend their country or some other something valuable and dear against great odds and don't back down no matter what, showing that the culture values that. (sorta)
    What we don't see a lot of is heroic men just MANing up and gritting out the daily life of unexciting samo-samo. That's what the Cowboys did. Just grit down, every day, all day, and do what needed to be done, just so they and their families could survive. Nothing fancy, nothing glorious, just living. That my friends, is grit. True, hones-to-goodness. Grit.
    Move over Celts.
    :D jk
    That's why I like the Cowboys (or one of the main reasons.)
    As for fiddling, I don't care if the Celtic stuff is more complex. I like to keep things simple, and I like my country fiddlin. Nuff said.

  23. OK, guys, how 'bout this novel idea...both cowboys *and* the Scots are awesome, amazing, tough, manly, have great music and a person can totally admire both.

    That being said, there's just something about a good ol' American cowboy..... ;)

  24. Wow, at least someone out there agrees with me. :)
    Except for the music part.
    Oh well, I guess when a man stick to his opinions, other will stick to theirs. :D

  25. Lisa,

    I already offered David a settlement on the grounds of that "novel idea," you see, and he refused defiantly.

    I like cowboy music too; I prefer Celtic, but I don't "have a severe distaste for" (to use David's phrase) country and old-time folk and all that.

    I'm not trying to put down cowboys, I just don't like other people putting down the Celts.

    Besides, bantering with David is simply way too much fun, and I've still got a few splendid jabs up my sleeve.

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  26. David,

    First of all, I like country fiddlin' too. Remember, I told you, I was born in Kentucky, and if you're born in Kentucky, I don't care who you are, old-time, bluegrass and old country music is in your blood-or at least, it had better be! But I just can't see why you should so despise Scottish and Irish music. Like Lisa pointed out, there's no problem with enjoying both.

    You'd top Wallace with your six-shooter because Wallace was alive before six-shooters came around. If you had to wield a claymore...uh, let's not go there. Wallace was not only the best swordsman in Scotland at the time, but probably also the best archer, and probably would have been a crackshot with pistol and rifle if they were around back then. And being as tall and strong as he was, he would have been one tough cowboy. But, of course, he made a better Scots warrior.

    I very much admire the cowboy spirit. And I agree, it's one thing to take up arms and go fight a battle. Yeah, any lazy bum can do that.

    But it's another thing to take up arms and fight for eighteen years, and over fourteen years with seemingly little or no hope of victory. Freedom was worth it to the Scots. How much do you really know about the Scottish Wars of Independence? Do you know, for example, that the Scots were actively fighting invasions from the English from 1296-1314?

    The First Scottish War of Independence began in early 1296, with the battle of Dunbar, which was the result of the King of England's attempt to usurp the throne of Scotland. The Scots lost at Dunbar miserably, and the English actually ruled most of Scotland for about a year until a Scottish gentryman by the name of William Wallace led a rising (more about that later). The Scots had several early victories at Biggar and Stirling (May and September 1297), but were miserably defeated at Falkirk (1298) due to the treachery of the commander of the Scottish cavalry. After the defeat at Falkirk, where half of the Scottish army was slaughtered and the other half scattered, the Scottish army was scattered, things weren't exactly "exciting" at all for the Scotsmen, at least, not in a good way. Pitched battles involving more than a few hundred men were rare, but skirmishes were numerous. From 1298 to 1313 there was little for Lowland Scotsmen to do but scrape up enough sustenance for their families and retreat into the highlands every summer (the Highlands aren't exactly great farmland by the way), and then burn out the lowlands so that the invading English armies would run out of food and be forced to return to England. Life in the American West might have been hard, but not half that hard.

    It was the year of 1314 before the Scots mustered up enough fighting men to take the English head on in battle again (although there was a smaller battle at Roslin Green in 1303), and, though outnumbered three to one, they routed the English and practically ended the war at the battle of Bannockburn (June 1314).

    War started again in 1333 and fitfully continued until 1357 with the treaty of Berwick, but sporadic wars continued on the Scots-English borders for many generations after. All told, Scottish border clans were probably fighting the english longer than cowboys were around.

    Now, would you like to hear now about the twenty-eight-year struggle (1660-1688) of the Scottish Covenanters for freedom from the religious tyranny of King Charles II? :D

    (I suppose I ought to have warned you that the only man more downright stubborn than a cowboy is a Scotsman.)

    Stand Fast,

    Andrew R.

  27. I can tell, and they are also long-winded. :)
    Lets call a truce eh? I will think that Cowboys and their music are still the best despite all you tell me to the contrary and you will think that Scots and their music are best despite all the evidence I give you to the contrary.
    Actually, I do know a decent smidgen about Scottish history, through Henty and such, but like I said, they never really turned me on.
    p.s. I actually do swordfight, love it, and am decent at it. Cross between English broad-sword, long-sword, and katana fighting. Awesome stuff.

  28. I at least know enough about cowboys (and one cowboy in particular) to know that they will never change their mind. And I think that's one reason they're so awesome...

    But, you know, there's a HUGE difference between a cowboy and a cowboy-wanna-be. Believe me, I've grown up in the country with the cowboys and you can tell the difference from a mile away. The real cowboys are the good ones. The others are worse than anything.

    Then there's country boys...a whole 'nother group. Love outdoors, animals, the country, but either aren't too keen on or don't know a whole lot about horses. They're pretty good, too. The real ones, that is :D

    Andrew...David has some very strong opinions especially when it comes to music. It is hard to get him to come to a truce, so I'd say you've argued pretty effectively. And he does swordfight well ;) He's taught me a lot.

  29. Ha, No, I wen't to a truce because I knew he couldn't convince me, and I was almost positive I couldn't convince him, so what the point of wasting time and energy trying at the impossible? :)
    Amen on the cowboys and country boy thing. I'm guessing it's the same with the Celts. The real ones are something else. The fake ones, or even just the bad real ones..... We wont go there.
    So, now we've had a bout with words, wanna bout with swords? :D
    Just let me know if you're ever out my way and I'll take ya on!
    Whoa, just noticed a part of your comment that I missed.
    " Life in the American West might have been hard, but not half that hard."
    Hate to tell you pard, but you must not know much about the west! The hard, dry, merciless, unforgiving terrain of the west, and the men that had to be tougher than their circumstances to grit out and eek out a life in the rocks, dirt, and wild of the west. (whoa, that actually sounded kinda cool...)
    I won't elaborate, since I KNOW how STUBBORN Scots are. :D lol.
    Hey, If Scots are stubborn and long-winded, Cowboys are quiet and resolved.
    Fair enough?

  30. "Hey, If Scots are stubborn and long-winded, Cowboys are quiet and resolved. "

    I like this sentence :) A lot! But you're not a quiet person, David!

  31. Well, not compared to Brennan, but I certainly am compared to what I used to be! :p
    In fact, I probably talk less now than I have in my entire life1

  32. That was supposed to be life! not life1. Oops.

  33. Soooo... David, are you going to be too busy slinging arguments out of your verbal six-shooter to write the plains this Friday with my trusty band of Scribblers?

  34. I know...you are much, much better than you used to be. You used to drive me crazy and you don't at all any more :)

    And Brennan's NOT quiet when you get him going. :D

  35. @ Lisa
    Ha, that's true, I forgot about that slight fact when I was typing that up. Maybe Emma then?
    Well, I have at least made progress then. Now I am limited to annoying you at worldviews by not letting you blink when I stump you. :D Jk.

  36. @ Perry
    If I have a free period this Friday, a few bullets of my mental capacity area at your disposal. My mind has been whirring with writing ideas for a while now, centering around my latest story. Maybe I will write based on a scene in my story!

  37. That was supposed to be "capacity are at your", not capacity area at your disposal. Rats.

  38. Yeah, Emma would be more like it.
    Okay...maybe I should have said that you only annoy me *sometimes* now.

  39. Frankly, "Dunkeld".
    Nuff said.
    (if you don't know what I mean, then Andy can give a 1000-word backup on it)

    Don't underestimate how tough it is to keep a predominantly Christian nation in operation for over 550 years (1300-1850, approx - low estimate)! The Scots did pretty well, I think, especially with a larger nation like England trying to constantly apostatize them.

    We Americans are pretty close to departing from our mooring after about half that time - without a constant invader!
    (In my humble opinion America is no longer a Christian nation. It's a deist/agnostic nation, but that's another debate)

    I wasn't going to do this, but...
    Seriously, dudecountryboy, you really ought to hear some Lunasa (yes, that's celtic music right there).


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