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Bill

"Haha, that teacher doesn't make in a year what I spent in Lanai over New Year's."

Maybe I missed the point of the entire article and this is suppose to be a joke, but what kind of value does your "buddy" put on his children. I gues he's too busy being a business "leader" and partying in Hawaii to worry about what his child's day care provider is teaching them.

Then again maybe it's me who is confused or overly sensitive over this "joke."

Steve

I gotta start filing this weblog under "Comedy" - this is the funniest thing i've read in a long time.

btw, you going to upgrade this to MT 3.0 or what?

Andrew Anker

I'm not going to move to MT 3.0 that quickly, I use some plug-ins and have made enough little hacks that it's going to take some work. Until the platform is more shaken down and the plug-ins start to migrate to the new architecture, I'm going to sit still on this.

Alessandro Isolani

Hilarious! Someone hire this guy as a comedy writer, quick! David, maybe you could star in the doccumentary version. You'd need to perfect your J. Peterman impression (a-la Sienfeld), but this is well within your range.

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Q: See, that one wouldn't work so well on the page.

Vonnegut: Yeah, but I got control of your endocrine system. I had you there, didn't I? See, every successful joke - the ones you're going to get a belly laugh with - starts as a threat to someone or something. There was a salesman. His car broke down. He found a farmhouse nearby, and asked if he could spend the night there. The farmer says, "Yes, but you'll have to sleep with my daughter." See, that's just the set-up. But it gets peoples' endocrine systems. It's just a few words, but all kinds of things are happening.

Q: In the grander scheme of things, you may have lost position as the baby in your family, but you've still got a world of young readers to entertain.

Vonnegut: Well, do you know the one about the man who fell of the cliff? And on the way down, he happened to grab on to a very thin branch in the mountainside. Do you know this one - about praying to God because there was nobody else around? [Laughs] See, I've already threatened you. [Laughs] So this guy is finally praying to God. He says, "Please, God, help me out here. Tell me what I should do." And God says, "Hello, my son. I will help you. Just let go of the branch and I will see that you are safe." And the man cries out, "Isn't there anybody else up there I can talk to?" [Laughs] See how that works? Did you see that? I threatened you.

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