Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I need a new picture to focus on, just to cleanse myself.




Ahhh. Bless you, Velvet Fog.

119 Comments:

At 1:36 PM, Blogger tim said...

First?

teh yay!™

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sulla -

Thanks...that's much better.

Beans could get no keener reception in a beanery,

I had the chance to see him live a couple of times; the man was a simply amazing all-around musician.

And he knew how to work a room. Sheesh!


Tim -

Not to be effusive with the praise, but your new blog is highly entertaining.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger X_LA_Native said...

How random. My dad went to school with Mel...

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

With apologies to Kenny Rogers:

In a pub on the campus, where there's never a fracas,
On the table top she started to sing.
With my beer goggles blurry, she didn't look furry,
So I walked up and asked her her name.
When the drinks finally hit her, she said "I'm no quitter,
But I finally quit living with screams.
I'm hungry for laughter and here ever after,
I'm after what ever some other dyke brings."

In the doorway, I saw her and I closely watched her,
I thought how she looked out of place.
She came to the woman who danced on the table,
She had a crazed look on her face.
Her hips were humongus, her thighs they made thunder,
For a minute I thought I was dead.
But she started boozing, her sanity she was loosing,
She turned to the woman and said,

"You picked a fine time to leave me, Cecille,
With no teaching prospects 'cause I'm crap in my field.
I've had some bad times, lived through some sad times,
But this time your hurting won't heal.
You picked a fine time to leave me, Cecille."

After she left us, I ordered more whisky,
I thought she might latch onto Beau.
So I went to the AbbeyWeb and posted her profile,
And said "ButtBeau give her a go."
She was no beauty, she's a pain in the patootie,
But Beau he's got birds on the mind.
He couldn't hold her, "She's a dyke." I should have told him.
And the gerbils keep singin' this rhyme:

"You picked a fine time to leave me, Cecille,
With no teaching prospects 'cause I'm crap in my field.
I've had some bad times, lived through some sad times,
But this time your hurting won't heal.
You picked a fine time to leave me, Cecille."

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Fatwa,

I saw him a couple of years before he passed away. He was great even then.

When my Dad became a judge, I wrote the producers of Night Court seeking an autographed copy of Mel Torme, just like Judge Harry Stone had.

They were kind enough to send one - along with an autographed picture of the entire Night Court cast.

That, along with the hand-stitched "Don't say anything stupid" plaque my sister made for him, gave my father's courtroom a...unique tone. :)

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

altogether now! let's sing:
you picked a fine to leave me cecille

paddy, once again. thanks for the laughs.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Sulla:

I knew a Night Court meme was going to break out around here.

Great story about the show and your dad.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

And Paddy starts it up, with a great tune straight out of the gate.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

X_LA -

That's a lot better than having gone to HS with, say, Vaughn Munroe.

If you don't know who he is, it's really all for the good.

Seriously.


Sulla -

Those things alone would place your dad in a very select minority of judges.

I wish more of them in real-life were like Mills Lane. Or even Judge Judy.


Paddy -

Clapclapclapclapclapclapclapclap...!

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Thank you gerbils, one and all.

And thank you Sulla for changing the pic at the top o' the page. [shiver]

Oh Dwebby well,
you came and you took without giving,
so I sent you away.
Oh, Dwebby well,
you tried to kiss me and I started shaking,
I don't need you today. Oh, Dwebby!

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

By request from an earlier thread:

Crazy, or so Gerbils say
Millions of bloggers, tell her each day
Maybe its not to late
To call in a Doctor
and cease the Frischbait

Debbie's mind's not healing
She's only herself to blame
She's going off the rails on a crazy train

She won't listen to lawyers
Which proves she's a fool
Being a "joker"'s a copout
She makes her own rules
A TRO's conditioned to rule and control
But Debbie thinks different, Out Teh Crazee she'll dole

Debbie's mind's not healing
She's only herself to blame
She's going off the rails on a crazy train

"I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words
Yeh-h"


Complete Batfrisch Crazee
Thats what she's become
Nobody on this earth
Can be this totally dumb
Teh Crazee, And nobody cares
She's living alone now, and screams "It's not fair"


Debbie's mind's not healing
She's only herself to blame
She's going off the rails on a crazy train

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Denny Crane said...

Sulla:

Federal or State? I surmised from your 9/11 story that he was working at the LA Central courthouse--is that right? What department?

Ok, what's his name? I'm wondering if I knew him or appeared before him.

I know it's a small world; I'm just trying to guage how fast it's shrinking.

Denny Crane!

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

I write the posts that make the whole world cringe
I write the posts of pedophilic sins
I write the posts that make the young kids cry
I write the posts, I write the posts

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Denny,

LA County Circuit Court. Long Beach courthouse on Ocean. I think it was Department J.

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

If you need more to identify him...drop me an email at armyofdavids@gmail.com.

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Hose:
[bowing and scraping]
I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

I am John Henry

I am Matthew Heidt

I am Sulla

I am Jeff Goldstein

I am Brenda K

I am the Messiah

I AM THE HOSEDRAGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Mild mannered fireman by day, The Hosedragger dons his Class B uniform to fight evil and bring honor to the internet, bringing fear into the hearts of those that would target children and warp the minds of those that would seek a higher education.

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Ducky said...

Oh now Hose, next thing we know, you'll be saying that you're Dr. Deborah Frisch. [wink]

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

SOrry, dons should have been doffs

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

I don't wish to be a cultural Philistine.

I mean, Ozzy's cool. (Nice one, Hose.)

But a thread of Manilow parodies is positively...Frischean in its evil.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

How do you know I'm not? It may be all part of my elaborate plan to sockpuppet him in order to supersleuth here to gain your trust and gather evidence for those TRO's which I have repeatedly said were toothless and a waste of time and the taxpayer's money

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Well, I already did a Barely Manenough song weeks ago EG: Copacabana

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

I've been a troll forever
and i wrote the very first rant
I put teh words and debinitions together
I am moonbat
and I write the rants

[chorus]
I write the rants that make the bitspace screech
I write the rants but logic's out of reach
I write the rants that make the infants cry
I pen the rants
I screech the rants

My hate lies deep within me
And where your heart is, I've a hole
I've got an RO from the Rogets and the Websters
I am moonbat
And I write the rants


[chorus]


Oh my postings make you laugh
But after reading, you'll take a bath
[trumpets]
And i write some poetry no rhyme can move
my ranting shows I'm smart
and I'm a 'jester' whose tongue is tart
You can see, I'm a jew
With a true phd
Which is now of no use to me!

I write the rants that hope that young kids die
I write the rants read by the Eph Bee Eye!
I write the rants that land my butt in jail
I write the rants I write the rants
I am moonbat
and I write the RAAAAAAAAAAAAANTS!

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Can you guys just imagine what they will find on her computer after they seize it and search her house?

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Northwesterner said...

How many anti-Deb sites are there now (counting John Henry's defunct one)?

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Just two that I am awaare of. Mine isn't an "Anti-Deb" site. I was just commenting a bit since the attorneys were trolling around it.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger Northwesterner said...

Oh, I guess I shouldn't have been so exclusive in my description. I mean, how many sites have spun off of DF's blog brawl or this community? Sites that did not exist before?

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Hey...Lurking Debbiekins...

How come you are so brave as to talk about me over at the Root Beer site, yet too much of a coward to either confront me on my site or over here?

i thought you were a tough guy? I thought you were the "Word Warrior"

I thought the people over there were supposed to tremble at the mere mention of your name?

What wrong? Are you really that scared of a guy who lives some 600+ miles away from you and only talks either here or on his site?

My my my, I really think one of our DHD-CIA opperatives should make the people over at A&W know just how tough and strong and brutal she is.

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sulla -

Despite my immediately previous comment, that made me laugh.

But please, I'm beggin' ya, folks...ix-nay on the Anilow-May. I appeal to your finer instincts.

I played in a wedding/bar-mitzvah/corporate event band in the late '70s. It was horrible...oh, the humanity!

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Still trying to repair my blog. Seems everytime I try and add Tim's site, things just go haywire. Sorry Tim, but it appears I will only be able to mention it in a post. This is just too much of a pain in the ass.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

NWer -

I registered with Blogger specifically in order to comment here. My blog, such as it is, was an after-thought (which is pretty much how it reads).

But I suppose you could say it owes its existence to the DEBacle®.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Sorry about that, Fatwa. I had to exercise a few of my own demons.

But now...this house...is clean.

"Ixnay on the Anilomay"? Wasn't that a Pixies album?

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Fatwa!

Just for you:

This is the Nick Winters show and I do the entertaining, thank you
Lets go out with something really hot for these folks
The big hit out of '77


Aww..Star Wars, Nothing But Star Wars
Give Me those Star Wars
Don't let them end


Oh Star Wars
If they should bar wars
Please let these Star wars stay


And hey!
How bout that nutty star wars bar
Can you forget all the creatures in there


And Hey!
Darth Vader in that black and evil mask
Did he scare you as much as he scared me
Yeow!


Star Wars those here in Bar wars
My 7th Winter up here!!
Star Wars!

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Wasn't that a Pixies album?

It probably should have been.

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger Ducky said...

Well, I for one have greatly enjoyed Paddy and Sulla's parodies this afternoon.

I am moonbat
and I write the RAAAAAAAAAAAAANTS!


Priceless.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Paddy -

I always loved that sketch.

And I've worked with a few chaps of that ilk. Definitely worse than the wedding band.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Hey, all! I have once again triumphed over all the evil that I-85 could throw at me. I will now commence to be humble. Aw, shucks.
[/humble]

Denny & northwesterner -

Good to see y'all back again!

A Barry Manilow Frisch Bash? More WTF Vodka, barkeep. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Denny Crane said...

Sulla,

I just googled him and saw his pic from his current gig. He's exactly who I pictured in my mind.

Yeah, I appeared before him maybe a dozen or so times, but never tried a case before him. For some reason, I spent much more time before a few other judges in that courthouse.

He seemed like a good guy, he respected rules, and if you were a straight shooter, there were never any problems. I could always count on him to do the right thing.

Small world, maaan!

Denny Crane!

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Well kids, it looks like the coward still won't come and air her grievances with me as she is too busy hiding and talking bravely about me somewhere else.

I got some....things...yeah, that's it, things I have to take care of. I'll check in later.

Ciao`

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Denny,

I'm glad to hear that. Yeah, I'm very proud of my papa.

It's almost a pity he's not practicing in, say, Eugene or Denver. :)

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

northwesterner:

like fatwa, i signed up for a blogger account to be able to comment here. and i created the blog after sinner asked people to link to DHD in order to drive it up in the search engine rankings . . .

but it's not really a true blog. just three little posts.

now, if sweet nedra sees this question, you'll get a much better answer. and regardless of what boo kitty says, nedra is NOT a lier.

you can go and visit her at
nedralives.blogspot.com

i think that's right.

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

BrendaK -

Yay! You cheated death once again on I-85.

You are now qualified for I-5 through downtown L.A....during morning rush hour.


Ottava -

and regardless of what boo kitty says, nedra is NOT a lier.

And she likes dogs. Yay!

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Northwesterner said...

Hi, BrendaK! Glad you survived I-85 again. Thank you, Otta. I went to Nedra's blog, and I also went to fatwa's blog. Fatwa, you do go on, don't you? I had to write a haiku about eating genetically modified horse meat after reading your GM rant. You twist me & bend me. Let them eat dirt!

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

fatwa -

Such a honor. Really. Yet, I believe I must stay and fight evil right here. Someone else will have to do battle in L.A.

I just can't understand why all those other people on the highway don't get that it's all about meeeee. Why are they on the road when I am? Why are they occupying space that I wish to occupy?

Time to bring back the fender-mounted nuclear weapons!

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

brenda! that was a long ride!

i feel for you. i had to live in a corporate apartment the entire summer of 2000 for a project . . . i think it was in the northwest part of atlanta. and i had to go to alpharetta every day.

and every once in a while i had to go way down there to the airport.

that ain't no way to spend your afternoon, sista!

---------

by the way: paddy, hose, and sulla, thanks to you, this thread will go down as one of my top 10 favorites at DHD.

i just hope that you won't be starting a fight 10 years from now about banning the general public from seeing in the archives what you've created here today.

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Ottava -

I went to nedra's place for a visit. I love nedra, no doubt, but shouldn't Boo Kitty get a fair shake to tell his tale?

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

but shouldn't Boo Kitty get a fair shake to tell his tale?

in all fairness, given the open and accepting nature of this community, i think you may be right, brenda.

let's hear from boo kitty!

i think joe knows him. i'm pretty sure rabbit does. perhaps they can convince him to share.

(but i'm sure i'll still be on nedra's side in the end. unlike sulla's dad, i'm not a fair judge.)

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

NWer -

I had to write a haiku about eating genetically modified horse meat...

I'd lay long odds it is the first haiku ever written on that particular subject. The whole concept seems rather cyber-punkish, somehow.

Yay!

(Yeah...I've been using that expletive a lot this afternoon...just in one of those moods. It'll pass.)


BrendaK -

...shouldn't Boo Kitty get a fair shake to tell his tale?

Yes. Let us also examine the root causes of the social and economic injustice of which Boo Kiity is a tragic victim.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Boo Kitty ate a fish and made Nedra throw up a little. He was a mean kitty. It is Boo Kitty who is a lier.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

How do you like my new blue fur? I'm so proud!

I'm trying to be more open-minded these days.

I was practicing on beau-peep. How'd I do?

Anyway, even though I am a dog person I promise to give Boo Kitty a fair listen - unless he claims to be from the south and misspells y'all, of course.

(BTW, I should probably explain since I make so many mistakes spelling myself - bobo had been doing that same damn thing his entire time on AbbeyWeb, as well.)

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Beau Kitty is meaner than Boo Kitty.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

joe -

What did Boo Kitty lie about? What did Nedra lie about?

Why do Boo Kitty and Nedra dislike each other so much?

Can't we all just get alooooong?

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Nedra does not like Boo Kitty because Kitty ate a kissing fish. Kissing fish are cute, except when they fight. Now Boo Kitty and Nedra fight. Boo Kitty hurt Nedra's feelings and Nedra went away. I am happy that Nedra is safe.

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Beau-peep - I saw that!

I'm just sure I just saw him lurking around teh corner.

Bad peeper!

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

since I make so many mistakes spelling myself

first of all, brenda, mostly you just make typos. and you're perfectly willing to admit it and laugh at yourself about it. like the rest of us.

unlike pompous beau kitty.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Beau Kitty said...

I am meaner than Boo Kitty.

I'm an anarchist, too.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

i meant we're all willing to laugh at ourselves, not you, bren.

unless you've said something particularly, witty, of course. but then we laugh with you.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

not to mention a bad speller, beau.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Beau Kitty said...

Am not.

I'm a gud speler.

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Beau Kitty:

Did you eat a big fish and make a little girl cry too? Or do you just eat rubberbands on purpose and make messes on the carpet? Mean Beau Kitty! That's worse than puppy pee.

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Ottava -

Thanks.

Beau Kitty -

I bet Boo Kitty could mop the floor with you!

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Hi all,

In between flights here.

Ducky you don't have an email either on your profile.

Try this one hawksp@direcway.com

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Oh BTW,

I'm reading all your posts here about the wittle mean fishes and bad bookitties and I can't help but hear Bernadette Peters voices.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Hi Hawk! [waving]

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

voice!

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Hey Joe,

Everyone having a good day?

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Beau Kitty said...

joeschmo1of3: I eight a dawg wunce; that maid lots uv peeple upset.

Bye the whey, have I menshunned I'm an An R Kist?

And those wernt ruber bands.

I bet Boo Kitty could mop the floor with you!

Well, I pick up lint gud, butt thats not whut you mien.

Fight? Ok...midnite tonite necks to the catbox. Im leeving now, C U later.

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Hawk:

So far. We scared Beau Kitty off the intertubes. But now he's eating rubberbands and carpetbombing. Ugh! I got some some kitty bomb on me!

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

beau kitty, you eat rubber bands on purpose and make messes on the carpet?

i'll bet you eat holes in t-shirts and silk skirts, too, don't you?

you ARE evil.

much worse than boo.

----

hey hawk!

i gotta tell you, it makes me happy thinking about you in the skies of my part of the world!

hasn't today been beautiful here?

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

God, I LOVE Mel!

"Pennies from Heaven" and "Moonlight in Vermont" are in every single MP3 playlist I have.

I love his "Night Court" gigs, but of course that is the finest hour for Television "evah".

"I guess you underestimated the 'Mutant Vote', eh Dan?"

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Hey, Hawk! Having fun up there, I trust?

FYI - I solved this morning's musical conundrum.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

Nerda Lives is great, but, alas I cannot comment there due to Blogger asshatery

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

i just hope that you won't be starting a fight 10 years from now about banning the general public from seeing in the archives what you've created here today.

Of course not! That's why I remain a nonny mouse. Of course I've already given out enough information for any competent sleuth to identify me - but it's unlikely anyone would want to go to the effort. So I'll just go about posting as I wish.

Brenda - you're looking a tad cyanotic - need some fresh air?

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

I sent you an e-mail fatwa.

Sorry it took a while

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Otta,

It was real nice for the first half of my training. But we're going back out with goggles (NVGs) and it'll be okay, but it got very overcast.

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

sinner! down here in the trenches with us!

good to see you.

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Brenda - you're looking a tad cyanotic - need some fresh air?

Or some type of resuscitation?

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Hey, Hawk!

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

OOOHHHHH! OoooooHHHH!
Let me! Let me!
I'm trained! Really!

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

paddy -

I'm one of the New Gerbils - specially bred colors! Ask joeschmo it - he has the whole scoop.

 
At 4:19 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

but it got very overcast.

i tend to forget the nature of north carolina weather patterns: that it can be as sunny a blue day as ever there was where i am, but hailing golf balls 10 miles away.

and you're certainly further than 10 miles from durham, hawk.

anyway. hope you're having a great day.

you be careful out there tonight! (of course you will)

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

The offers of assistance were really sweet, though.

Thanks!

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Brenda -
Does that mean no mouth-to-mouth needed?

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Paddy -

How up-to-date is your Red Cross or CPR certification?

(Whatever the answer is, mine are one day more recent.)

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

what? joe has a line on new gerbil avatars?

will you share, joe?

i must say, i'm quite proud of my current singing gerbil in honor of the thread this afternoon, but i'll need a new one soon.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

paddy -

Sorry.

I'll be back in about 15 min. If beau kitt and Boo kitty get into a fight, someone do me a favor and tape it. I'll want to see the video.

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

I believe it was fatwa who was spiking the little gerbils food pellets with food coloring. Millions of colors, I've heard.

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Here's my Gerbil with issues offering for the Frischmonster.

Only....we want her to run away.

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Fatwa -
April 2006
-but I practice more than you!

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Denny Crane said...

Sulla,

I was just reading about your dad's background. He took an interesting route to get where he is today. Institute for Far Eastern Languages???

I got out of law school in 1986, so I never knew his law firm. I don't recall them interviewing on campus--but then I only remember a handful of the dozens, if not hundreds, that paraded the campus.

I doubt if he would remember anything about me. I was in his chambers a couple times, but I was usually one of several lawyers in large cases whenever I went back there. In fact, I can't even picture his chambers in my mind, but I can picture the cramped courtroom and his face. And the benches in the hallway outside his courtroom.

We never chatted about anything other than whatever cases I appeared on, and nothing personal was ever discussed. I never knew much about your dad. Whenever I saw him, everything was purely professional--unlike a lot of other judges who got to know me pretty well.

I recall feeling slightly uneasy at times, because he seemed hard to read. I remember him chewing on other attorneys, and sanctioning them for lapses I knew I'd made in the past (or secretly was hoping he would not discover in the present). I never had a problem with him, though. He would yell in disgust at attorneys appearing earlier on the calendar call, and I've seen him slam books closed, but he was always perfectly civil with me.

With some judges I could joke freely. Hell, one in San Pedro even issued an Order to Show Cause against me, which freaked me out until I appeared and discovered it was an order to run the Catalina Marathon with him and his bailiff. I never felt comfortable enough to try joking with your dad, though. That might be because I rarely saw him. It might also be because he rarely appeared ready to expose his sense of humor. I dunno.

Anyway, I never thought I would run into the son of a judge I've practiced before on a website like this! Hell, I would never admit that I read and comment on sites like this in real life--especially to a judge! Even being semi-retired as I am, I feel guilty ganging up on psychotic c*nts like the rancid frisch taco.

I should not have said that last line--it makes me feel like sailing to Ensenada to play Russian roulette with the street vendors. Somehow, the fish tacos there are the best ever, 5 out of 6 times.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Hawk:

That cartoon is great! I like my little gerbil menagerie, too.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

The offers of assistance were really sweet, though.

No problem...make the same offer for anybody here.

Except Sinner.

And Joe.

And Denny Crane!.

And Hose.

Hawk.

Paddy.

Tim.

Sulla.

Beau.

Etc.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Brenda -

No happy penguin dance.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

April 2006 - but I practice more than you!

Tarnation!

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

fatwa,

What did you need a song from me for?

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

Of course I've already given out enough information for any competent sleuth to identify me - but it's unlikely anyone would want to go to the effort.

paddy, not to mention you've never done or said anything despicable enough to be ashamed of. barry manilow parodies are not despicable. right?

and they're certainly not bad enough to make attorneys go digging through archives to find stuff to damn you with at a court date.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger tim said...

Fatwa--

I just got back~~thanks very
much for the kind words. :)

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Hawk -

Without being too specific (until it's unveiled), it was for the next comedic DHD Ministry of Propaganda audio production.

I came up with a couple of ideas that're perfect; when you hear it, you'll understand why I asked.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Hey guys,

Looks like everyone quieted down. Have to run to a quick briefing before we can go out.

See you all later.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Oh, I was unclear.

Joe told us about the new colored gerbils (or was that mice?) developed by Swedish scientists, I think.

Fatwa, however, was the artist that made me that lovely blue coat.

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

well, i gotta get rid of my singing gerbil now that there's a new thread.

man. i should have stuck with snow white. this switching avatar thing could eat into my free time.

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Ottava -

Why do you have to change avatars for a new thread?

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Denny,

There's a story my dad loved to tell. He and his old law partner, also a judge in the same courthouse, had each incurred parking tickets. They decided to hear each others' cases.

My dad appeared first. The other judge waived the fines.

Then they swapped places. My dad said, "Fifty dollars."

"Hey, I just let you off with no fine!" his old partner grumbled.

"True. I've noticed with great chagrin that the sentences have been getting too lenient around here."

ba dum boom.

I imagine if you'd done a few cases with him you'd have seen his softer and funny side. In cases involving kids, he had a tree filled with stuffed animals; no child left without one of their choice.

Still, he enjoyed his hang-em-high reputation, and he was unsparing of lawyers he caught unprepared.

Then again, he didn't have total control over his chambers. One of his bailiffs insisted he was TOO cherubic, and would rifle through his lunch and extract anything unhealthy.

She had the gun; he knew better than to argue. We called her the Cookie Nazi and she ran with it. On his retirement party, she took little prompting to yell, "no cake for you!" when he was cutting into it.

One more.

When my brother and I were away at school or elsewhere, we'd send letters home. He would correct them and send them back.

He knew he'd succeeded when we started doing the same to him.

Good times, good times.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

well, it was a singing gerbil for the barry manilow thread.

guess i really don't need to change.

we're happy gerbils who sing all the time, right?

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

sulla, thanks for sharing about your dad.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sulla -

I wish there were an awful lot more judges like your dad.

Sounds like the kind of guy mydad would've liked (and he was a tough judge of character...but a fair one.)

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Ottava,

I don't know, Barely Manenough parodies may be Actionable® in some states (states like BatFrisch Krazee) and some of the pomes that came out of my sock drawer were offenses to the Muses. When I lived amongst the Poohawk, just outside of Grimy Gulch, the Chief made me the tribe Poet and named me Limping Scansion - a badge I have worn with honor.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Oh my gosh, Paddy, I can't believe I forgot that cartoon!

I loved them.

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

new threads. Use the open thread for fun; please stay on topic with Sinner's. Thanks.

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

When I lived amongst the Poohawk, just outside of Grimy Gulch, the Chief made me the tribe Poet and named me Limping Scansion - a badge I have worn with honor.

hahahahahahaaaaa!

is it okay to post a comment with nothing but a laugh if it's at the end of thread?

oh lordy, paddy, you do bring on teh funny®

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Try the veal.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Chell said...

::ugh!:: Kids are watching dancing with the stars, and what song should be on but "Oh Mandy." This site has cursed my TV. :(

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Denny Crane said...

Those are great stories, Sulla. I wish I got to know him better.

Of course, at his present gig, I'm sure he's a laugh riot. Even the most stern judges do an about face in his present role. It's funny to watch.

In fact, you can often tell a judge is preparing to retire when they suddenly become extremely lenient and jocular with attorneys. Suddenly, their popularity counts, and they stand to make $400-$800 per hour for pretty light duty work (compared to practicing law or judging). (Actually, I bet it's gone up since I stopped that racket in 2004).

The last time I appeared before your dad was in 2001, or maybe 2002. When did he retire? I don't think I witnessed the pre-retirement transition.

It's great you're proud of him. I still resent the shit outta my father, and I'm hoping I didn't pass that sentiment down to my kids. That would kill me.

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Chell -

It's the Power of DHD!

Resistance is futile.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Chell said...

LOL! But not the teeveeeeee!

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

Denny,

He retired in 2004. Dove into genealogy and family history films for a bit, then onto his current gig.

He says my mom gets most of the accolades these days. He grumbles, but he's immensely proud of how she's grown and shone, and he is more than happy to play junior partner.

I did most of my resenting in my teens and early twenties. I think working with him for a few years helped me understand him better. We still fight from time to time, but respectfully. I think he'd be disappointed if he'd raised a litter of weenies.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Yoda said...
Some off topic thoughts about this community of ours:

I invested (no,...spent) several hours at the site of Deb's recent stop for vomiting resentment, excuse, refusal to be accountable and unmitigated rage.

The Root Beer site was very predictable. Their arguments are stale and a veritable echo chamber...as shown by the reception given John Henry. I don't know who John Henry is but he did a nice job of politely responding to questions that had as their premise...”Just who the hell do you think you are asking questions here?"

Deb was asked why she was trashing up the A&W site with folks like us...John Henry served up a proper riposte..."pay her no attention; I'm here for the subject matter."( NB: I took license with that quote but it represents the basic message).

John Henry was then asked to run through the "Edward Abbey Personal Knowledge Gauntlet". He passed...the response was silence.

At or around this time, Beau, The Great Inquisitor and Nemesis of DHD, and otherwise known as the tormentor of "the rubes", wrote his virtual denouement.

At the same time, Root Beer posters were imploring Deb not to let us in the gates of the Abbeykingdom.

I have to say that I am not surprised....There are liberals and conservatives on DHD, but what sets us apart is the willingness to engage in discussion. There are no abstract discussions here. Period.

Just real life and a lot of humor...which by the way is not helping my work productivity...and you know who you are....Paddy, Hose, Brenda,Tim,Fatwa,Staci, Sulla

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

yoda,

glad to be included in the list of hits to your productivity. :)

Thanks for the AW report. They don't sound like happy campers.

Then again, camping with Deb for any duration would make me grumpy as all heck.

 

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