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DaveFerro
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 4:35 am    Post subject: Rhyming Orange Reply with quote

For years, I have enjoyed the comic strip Rhymes with Orange (especially the ones with cats in them) - but I did not get the meaning of the title until I read a biography of Richard Brautigan, author of books and poetry from the late fifties and throughout the sixties to the eighties in SF and Bay Area, and new to me: Montana and Tokyo.

May I quote from William Hjortsberg's biography Jubilee Hitchhiker The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan page 287-88
Visiting Cal Tech on poetry lecture tour -

Brautigan was in high spirits. Earlier that morning, armed with an introduction from John Crawford, he and Hoyen stopped by the the faculty office of world-famous physicist Richard Feynman, who'd won the Nobel Prize two years earlier for his work on quantum electrodynamics. Feynman was a stored prankster, and his varied interests included juggling, Mayan hieroglyphics, lock picking, and playing the bongos. While Andrew and Richard cooled their heels, the secretary discreetly informed her eccentric boss about the visitors. When Feynman heard poets waited, he shouted, "Poets? Poets are always welcome here!" and rushed out to greet them.
The physicist invited them into his office. Richard Brautigan mentioned that there was no rhyme in the English language for the word "orange," suggesting Richard Feynman name some newly discovered atomic particle "torange" to make up for the deficiency. After a discussion of Feynman's "passion for beautiful formulae," the poets hurried off to their reading.


Non-poet me: Oh, so that's it...have to admit, Brautigan got us to read poetry without us realizing it.

The above is appealing to a scientific type, though.

How is everyone and where are you??

Dave

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny thing about this cartoon, I just got done emailing Thursday's cartoon to my kids and a bunch of friends. Never knew the history. So, thanks for the lesson! I'm doing okay. Don't really like being kept close to home because I need to be hooked up to oxygen. At least I'm around here to see mt friends, kids and neighbors. I just wish that I could figure a way to visit relatives in the Western end of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Oh! Also, my sisters in Pennsylvania!!!!

We still have the old sick cat and my wife spend a lot of time cleaning messes off the wooden and tile floors. Most recently rugs!!! I really don't know why she won't take him to the Vet or let me let him out the back door. The latest thing I'm doing is hinting that I will drive her to the vets and go in with her. She can carry the cat and I'll carry the oxygen tank.

I hope that you and your mom are good and enjoying this warmer weather. Also, hoping that Emmy and her birds are okay. Hi Emmy!!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave and Gil
Now you both have one up on me -Never heard of that cartoon. (lol)

That must be frustrating for you Gil not being able to go and visit all your relations - you'll need to coax them to come and visit you.

My wee dog is still hanging in there but he's not well, but at least he is still with me. He had another steriod injection today and I've been given antibiotics for him too. Have another appointment with the vet in 10 days time, he wants to keep a check on Gizzy just to make sure he's not getting worse.

At the moment I'm having a problem with 5 of my zebra finch chicks I had to remove the 'mother' from the cage because she was pecking the chicks, so the 'dad' took over and he was feeding them but I got a shock when I went to change the nest pan the other day. 'Dad' had continued where 'mum' left off and apart from a few feathers on their wings I have 5 featherless/ could say 'naked' chicks. They should be able to feed themselves in a couple of days then I'll make sure 'dad' will be 'caged with his partner for 'chick cruelty' (lol)
At the moment my son is suggesting that I should get an outside aviary and he will build it for me-still at the 'thinking/planning stage yet. (lol)

I now also have 2 cockatiels who have decided that my fingers are tastier than the food they should eat- just hope I have some fingers left by the time I get them tamed.

The weather here is still not what it should be for the time of year. Everything seems to be late and it looks as though its going to be another year with very few apples/plums

Dave give your mother my love and tell her I still keep her in my thoughts and prayers, and take care of yourself too.

Gil hope everything keeps OK for you
Take care
Emmy

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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Emmy and Gil,

Could the father finch be upset that his mate was not with him? Have to call in the avian psychologist. I hope the chicks will be okay - will they grow new feathers, as they are young?

I have been wondering about Gizzy, every time a dog goes by - the people up the street have a Malamute type and the children walk him up and down. I thought he was being walked four times each evening but it turns out each child walked him in turn - sometimes helping to pull them on their scooters or skateboards - I always looked at the dog - hope to pet him someday. He's very friendly and curious.

Raining here now with lightning - might have to sign off until later. At least the plants will get watered - garlic up and the lilacs are all blooming.

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You can subscribe or look for certain comics - I sent two my favorite clippings to my daughter - I can find and send the links later. Think I did actually.

Cardinals around, Goldfinches, Chipping Sparrows, House Finches, Grackles etc woodpeckers - that House Wren chirping up a storm again. The birdhouse has been cleared of last years nest but I didn't get a chance to wash it out.

A friend in the foothills above Denver says she doesn't appreciate the woodpeckers making holes in her house and the squirrels then moving in.

That Brautigan book says that astronauts named a small crater after a character from Trout Fishing in America - that is Shorty, as in Trout Fishing in America Shorty. Have to check into that. Also write to Hilary Price, the creator of Rhymes with Orange. Bet she will laugh about that.

Also listening to WBER Alternative Rock station in Rochester and the DJs were talking about an album called Eating Watermelon Sugar - one of Brautigan's book is titled In Watermelon Sugar . Have to contact people about that.

I will let my mother know of your message. She cleaned the back porch the other day, leaving a lot of cat stuff on the lawn. Complained about the glider being dirty but then did not use it anyway. Now have to wash and paint the floor.

Gil, I do think of you - and wish you well - Time-Warner has moved Speed channel somewhere - thought of you then. My mother will keep you all in her prayers.

Happy Mothers Day to all moms

Dave

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