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February 23, 2004


"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." --Oscar Wilde

Posted by jghiii at February 23, 2004 12:55 PM
Posted by: MGA on February 23, 2004 02:55 PM

Okay, but can we say the same thing about blogs?

Posted by: Sherman on February 23, 2004 03:48 PM

Blogs can not tedious.

Blog writers can.

Posted by: beth on February 23, 2004 07:06 PM


Posted by: Sherman on February 23, 2004 10:43 PM

Yea, Beth. I'm sorry, but bloggers can be, and often are, tedious.

But blogger commenters, especially sibling commenters, are wonderful and amazing and gosh darn it why can't everyone in the world be as nice as them.

Posted by: sherman on February 23, 2004 11:05 PM

My favorite quote by that old homo is:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

--(Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892)

Now for today's contest we want you to tell us who used that quote for a song lyric.

Okay, raise your hands if you know the answer.
Anyone? C'mon, someone. Okay, someone besides the little McStravick girl. Anyone? C'mon -- I'll give you a hint: Hot babe. C'mon, anyone? Anyone? No, Miss McStravick. It's someone else's turn to give an answer. Another hint: think skinny ties and Ronald Reagan. That's right Miss McStravick, if somneone else gives an answer then you can answer the next contest. No, Miss McStravick, Mr Fleishman's responses don't count as an answer because they have to be correct to count as an answer. C'mon anyone. Here's another clue: I shot my mouth off and he showed me what that hole was for. Miss McStravick, I told you that an answer has to come from, what...okay, if this is really a question, go ahead. Hmm. Okay. Well, yes technically I guess we should have had a MOM ALERT before that last quote. So yes, you are right. No. I'm sorry, that doesn't mean you get to answer the question.


Posted by: Jack Hodgson on February 23, 2004 11:41 PM

Sherm wrote: "I guess we should have had a MOM ALERT before that last quote."

Actually the phrase "Posted by Sherman" has come to have basically the same effect as a MOM ALERT.

Oh, and by the way... Pet Shop Boys, "I Get Excited"

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 24, 2004 01:12 AM

AAAH! I have to keep my mouth shut? Dang.

I knew the answer before I knew you were challenging it as a question, as soon as I saw the Oscar Wilde quote!

In fact, back when the song came out in the 80's, I knew they were quoting Oscar Wilde! I studied Oscar Wilde in theater and remember thinking that it was pretty cool that this band--from a Midwestern town that got paved into a shopping mall--quoted Oscar Wilde in a song! Okay, okay, I'll stop! I'll pretend I don't know the band. It's good, good, good.

Like Brigette Bardot.

Posted by: sherman on February 24, 2004 01:12 AM

Nice try. Thanks for playing.

The Pet Shop Boys use the commonly bastardized version of the lyrics. Wilde never said anything about lying in the gutter.

But it's not your fault -- I screwed up one of the hints. They got big during Reagan, but the song was released during Carter. And I was trying to be hetero when I said hot babe -- I meant a woman.

Okay, Miss McStravick. It's your turn.

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 24, 2004 01:52 AM

Hey! Sherman's "Nice try. Thanks for playing." comment is in response to Jack's answer, not mine! :-) Sherm: We posted at the exact same minute! Bizarro World!

Yah, I get to play! Okay: Here's my answer... Message of Love by The Pretenders.

And I think even The Pretenders mess with Oscar Wilde's quote a bit. The Pretenders say "We are all of us in the gutter..." and you quoted Oscar Wilde correctly: "We are all in the gutter..."

Now, I do think the song came out during the Reagan administration. It's on Pretenders II album that came out late in '81 and Reagan started his first term in January '81, right?

And, by the way... Chrissie Hynde will always be a Hot Babe!

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 24, 2004 01:57 AM

Factoid: Pretenders II was released in August '81; Reagan was definitely President.

In fact, John Hinckley, Jr. had already shot him!

Posted by: beth on February 24, 2004 08:30 AM

I have to agree with Jack...when you see "posted by sherm" you tend to brace yourself for what you about to read. Also by now if you read most of his comments and get offended for any reason, well you should have known better to continue reading. Luv Ya Sherm.

Posted by: MGA on February 24, 2004 12:51 PM

Sure Beth. Ya luv Sherm now but will you read him when he gets the
second JGHIII Blog grant?

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on February 24, 2004 12:56 PM

Do you think Sherm deserves a blog grant?

Posted by: beth on February 24, 2004 01:53 PM

Yes I will still "read" him and yes I think he deserves a blog grant...he does have a lot of "interesting" things to offer.

Posted by: sherman on February 24, 2004 02:39 PM

If nominated, I will not run.
If elected, I will not serve.

In your heart, you know I'm right.

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on February 24, 2004 03:47 PM

Bands that use the OW line "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." in a song.

Neil Innes, Scraps and Heart Attacks
Naltrexone , I See Stars
Pet Shop Boys, I Get Excited

Posted by: sherman on February 24, 2004 04:19 PM

It's just what those repubs are saying -- the gay influence is everywhere!

Speaking of which, Gov. Terminator is now predicting that there will be riots and maiming and ultimately deaths in the streets if we don't stop SF from granting those licenses.

I love the over-reactions going on here.

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 24, 2004 04:31 PM

Hey Jack: Regarding the OW gutter quote in songs.... you didn't mention Message of Love by the Pretenders! Is that because it was already stated? No, that can't be it, since you put the Pet Shop Boys in your list and they were already mentioned! Now, I know you prefer blonds, but you can't be ignoring Chrissie!

Regarding the issue of Sherman getting the second blog grant... why would he need another blog? Isn't this his blog? :-)

Posted by: sherman on February 24, 2004 05:28 PM

Yo! Opera Babe!
Letting Jack think he's in control is the best way to handle my position as the power behind the throne. Don't go messing this good thing up.

Don't go breaking my heart. Now there's a song lyric for you. Kiki and Elton, I think. And how come no one notices my presidential campaign rhetoric references?

It's not easy being obscure.

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 24, 2004 05:47 PM

Sorry Sherm, good point! Mum's the word. I know... Grease is the word, is the word, is the word.

Yes, Don't Go Breaking My Heart... Elton John and Kiki Dee! I couldn't if I tried...

Doh! I knew you were making Presidential campaign references! I knew it, I knew it, I could feel it! I can't place 'em though. Rick might know the references, if not someone else...

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 24, 2004 05:52 PM

Hey, we know who sure as heck didn't make that campaign quotable: Ralph Nader!

Posted by: beth on February 24, 2004 09:35 PM

Don't get me started on the "governator". I am so disappointed in him. During his campaign he said something to the effect that all the other candidates cared about was the path to the white house and since he wasnt american born, he wasnt going he says, anyone foreign born should have a chance at running for pres. And speaking of the pres...he's so out of control...hey lets change the constitution. Never mind if those changes discriminate against a group of people, oh well.

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 26, 2004 07:14 AM

Yes, our Austrian "Governator" wanting to be President, too! Augh. What, now he's going to somehow buy his way into that office?

I guess his "I'll be back" line was really forshadowing.

Well, for the first time I'll quote Mrs. Reagan: Just say no.

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