my POETRY | ANNI'S BOOK CRITIQUES | my ART | my BIRD photography | MLB | NFL | hurricanes

Stop by I'd Rather B Birdin'...
my other blog of bird photography

This week:
and more

Click on Bird Name[s] to view

The link above will be active [and new] each Saturday at noon

Got a good reason For taking the easy way out

Click either button to Join


1. What color is your mouthwash? Minty, creamy white, covered in in Jr. Mints. Actually, I use for mouthwash when I am going to meet someone or go's called Big Red....chewing gum. It cleans between my teeth. I can't makes me gag. So sue me!!

2. Do you remember your first phone number? Have you called it recently? I can't even remember my number NOW!! Are you kidding me? Golly, if I think about it, my first phone number would be close to 50 years ago. I DO remember it being a party line...I as a kid would love to sit and listen in on others talking.

3. BPD in OKC's question- Do you have a super-secret hiding place and what's in it? Now, that would be no longer a super secret then, would it...if I told y'all? Think I'm gullible do'ya?

4. When was the last time you used a pay phone? How much did it cost to make the call? More phone questions? I remember last year, when I had a flat tire downtown...on a Sunday [and we're here in the Bible Belt, so not too many things are open on Sunday's.] A guy at a convenience store told me there was a pay phone with a phone book just around the corner...I was going to use the BOOK to call an emergency tow truck to get me home---using ONLY my cellphone [Bud was gone]. But when I walked out of the store, three nice gentlemen helped to change the flat to the mini-spare and I got home! So, ya think I'm stalling with the betcha! I can't remember WHEN I used a pay phone...if ever.

5. What was that noise? The darned witch clock chiming the hour with a witch's cackle!!! Yes, I even have a Halloween CLOCK!! Oops, now Winston is chiming...he wants fed. Again.

6. Stef H's question- how long is a woodpecker's pecker? The question, my dear Stef, would be better if you'd asked about its tongue!!! :sigh: :fantasizing: The tongue of a woodpecker is in a class by itself. When chiseling into a tree, the woodpecker will occasionally come across tunnels. Its tongue is long and slender and is used to probe these tunnels. The tip is like a spearhead with a number of barbs or hairs pointing rearward. This facilitates securing, while transporting it to the beak. A sticky glue-like substance coats the tongue to aid in this process as well. The bird produces another secretion to dissolve the glue on swallowing. :whoa: Most birds have a tongue and a beak about the same length. The tongue of the woodpecker has evolutionists scratching their heads. It can be stretched far beyond the tip of the woodpecker's beak as it searches the tunnels. :gasp: :sigh: The tongue of some woodpeckers does not come from its throat up into its mouth like other creatures. The European Green woodpecker's tongue goes down the throat, out the back of the neck ... around the back of the skull beneath the skin, and over the top between the eyes, terminating usually just below the eye socket. In some woodpeckers the tongue exits the skull between the eyes and enters the beak through one of the nostrils! [OH crap...there in lies the Quick Termination of MY Wooden-Pecker Fantasy!!!]

7. How many comments did you receive on your last Thursday's Thunk?

My dashboard shows 50 comments [with two of those being my replies---so in all actuality the comment number from other visitors would be 48] last Thursday...

- - -<><><>- - -

THURSDAY 13...the funny & the not so funny, from Czech Lovers to manure, from frequent fliers to Heinz...

1] A monastery in the English countryside has fallen on hard times, and the monks decide to open a fish-and-chips restaurant. The establishment soon became very popular, attracting people from all over. One city fellow, thinking himself clever, asked one of the brothers standing nearby, "I suppose you're the 'fish friar?’" "No," answered the brother, straight-faced. "I'm the 'chip monk.'"

2] A sweet young thing who has just been shopping is pulled over by a traffic cop and given a ticket for speeding. Rather than fight the ticket, the woman writes a check for the amount of the fine and puts it in the mail. However, the young woman is anxious. Her husband always examines her checkbook carefully, and she doesn't want him to know about the incident. Then inspiration strikes, and she scribbles on the check stub: "One pullover, $125."

3] An artist asks the gallery owner if there has been any interest in his paintings that are on display. "I have good news and bad news," the owner replies. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings." "That’s wonderful," the artist exclaimed. "What’s the bad news?" "The guy was your doctor."

4] When his eyes began to give him trouble, a man went to a ophthalmologist in Prague. The doctor showed the patient the eye chart, displaying the letters CVKPNWXSCZ. "Can you read that?" the doctor asked. "Can I read it?" the Czech replied. "I dated his sister!"

5] At the end of the great flood, Noah opens up the ark and lets all the animals out. "Go forth and multiply," he says, as the animals scurry down the gangplank. But as Noah is closing the great doors of the ark, he notices two snakes sitting in a dark corner. "Didn't you hear me?" he says to them. "You can leave now. Go forth and multiply." "We can't," say the snakes. "We're adders."

6] My 10 yr old niece says her prayers every night and instead of amen she says:"Hit ENTER"

7] In California's Sonoma Valley, where vineyards cater to wine snobbery, a woman phoned the classified ad department of a newspaper. She offered for sale what sounded like "well-aged Caumeneur." The ad-taker was unfamiliar with that particular, wine, but was used to the infusion of French words into the local vocabulary. "Could you please spell that?" she asked. "You know," said the woman impatiently, "C-o-w M-a-n-u-r-e."

- - -

8] In 1994 Oklahoma rapist Darron Bennalford Anderson received a 2,200-year jail sentence. When he appealed and won a new trial, he was convicted again and resentenced to more than 90 additional centuries behind bars - including 4,000 years each for rape and sodomy, 1,750 years for kidnapping, 1,000 years for burglary and robbery, and 500 years for grand larceny. In July 1997, the state Court of Criminal Appeals held that the grand larceny charge was double jeopardy on the robbery conviction and thus dismissed it. So the court cut Anderson's sentence by 500 years, speeding up his release date to the year 12,744!

9] In 1949, the year I was born - Yankees and Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yankees win 5-3 and clinch pennant #16 Hmmmmmm, me thinks it's gonna be that way again this year? The two city rivalry pitted against each other in the playoff games for the division title. I root for the Yankees.

10] There is only ONE food item that doesn't spoil, ever! And that is ........

11] Look! Up in the sky!! It's a's a plane----the average number of people airborne over the United States at any given hour: 61,000

12] Hmmmmmmm, what does this tell us, you wonder? The American city with the highest per capita viewership of TV evangelists is Washington DC

13] Heinz Ketchup, leaving the bottle, travels at 25 miles PER YEAR

- - -<><><>- - -

I received this award the other day....I guess the rules state I'm not supposed to tell from whom tho. That sucks. But, I adore it. Now, I'm supposed to make up a grand acceptance speech to show my gratitude. That's also according to the rules of the award. Okay then....

I step up to the podium...test the microphone. Of course throughout the blog world the ear piercing scrrrree-e-e-e-e-ch vibrates where everyone along the front rows are holding their ears as the pain of the scrrree-e-e-e-ching subsides. I clear my throat *Ahem* and adjust the microphone to my height....and go for it.
    "My dear friends, family, and blogsters...I so humbly accept this kind gesture and want to thank my presenter personally. 'Au hau'oli' Said as I pat my heart in appreciation. 'La Ho'omaika'i'!!!"
-----With great applause, whistles and cheers from the gallery, I step down and join the crowd of other recipients. And.....I pass it on to all. To pick the award on it to enlarge, when it opens in a new window, right click & save!! Congratulations.

- - -<><><>- - -

So, I managed to get the car into the mechanics before 9 a.m. yesterday for the safety inspection [we only have the safety, we don't have an emission test on the cars here because of the continual sea breeze blowing the pollution northward]! And believe it or not [sorry Thom, no rant today!], they got me right in. I handed over the keys and the insurance proof---the gal at the desk said, "It'll be less then 10 minutes, Anni, and you'll be on your way." And true to her word, they had me in and out before I could finish my soda!! Every year, I go there...maybe it pays to be continually returning!! When I got home I looked at the windshield, and I swear, if it didn't say "Texas" on it, I would've thought I was a resident of the state of's just so close to the reverse 'mascot' of the Wyoming Cowboys. Whoa. Okay, close but not so close. Needless to say, I was pleased as punch!!!

POSTED: Thursday, October 1st, 2009
12:01 A.M.


  1. You always make me smile, thanks.

  2. Anonymous10/01/2009

    ROFLMAO...I'm in shear agony from laughing at this post my friend. That acceptance speech was outstanding. Very akamai. :) Your woodpecker is just too funny...who would have thought the tongue. I am so totally staying away from one of those beasts...LOL. Your Thursday 13...which one to choose as too funny...hit enter LOL. OMG I'm still dying here LOL. And dang it...right in and right out...come on much did you grease their palms to do that ROFLMAO. Seriously I'm glad you got in and out...did the woodpeckers tongue have anything to do with it? Oh I gotta stop now. Well done. Mahalo nui loa.

  3. Anonymous10/01/2009

    I your woodpecker answer!!! OMG..thanks for starting my Thursday off with a chuckle :)

    Happy Day!

  4. ooooo, i love your halloween look. it's a treat every year!

    as for the 1st phone number? i still remember we went on a school outing to the local post office and our task was to make our first phone call home. and i did just that. but as to the number itself? clueless... and pay phones just don't exist here anymore. although you get these 'mobile cell shacks' where you can make a call (from a cell phone chained to a counter or something like that), and get charged according to the time spent on the call.

    'hit enter' says the little girl??? now that's a sign that times have changed!

    what a bright and smiley post today, thank you!

  5. I'm so impressed by the way you change up your blog!
    Loved this post, you gave me lots of laughs. Congrats on the very prestigious award and hooray for passing the safety inspection!

  6. I had a great laugh (several, actually) with those jokes! Thanks for alerting me to your list! :)

    Happy TT!

  7. I'm really sorry to hear that you like the Yankees. Here in Michigan it's rare to find a Yankees fan. Love your 13.

  8. I can remember our first phone number: 828-6376. It was a party line, too. But I can't remember the phone number we had 5 years ago. Funny how memory works.

  9. you are making me howl !!sandy

  10. Clara I'm not really a Yankees fan [I follow national league more than american league] ---but when the Yankees are pitted against the Sox....I always root for NYY! Always.

  11. I remember the days of 50 or more comments on my posts... it seems like no one's commenting as much anymore. Very sad. I'm glad you're bucking that trend, however. Stop in anytime!

  12. Party lines? LOL- remember those?
    And the "hit enter" was good too :)
    Have a great Thursday!

  13. Congratulations to your Halloween Blog dress ! it looks "terrible", real nice !
    I had to laugh about the Chipmonk and instead of Amen saying "enter" lol !

  14. love love love your new blog design!!! Happy October!!!

  15. oh yeah! that tongue will work too!!!!!

    this is the best looking blog i have EVER seen. it's absolutely gorgeous!

    and thanks so much for dropping by my blog. you are just tooo funny!


  16. Junior Mints really are a perfect mouthwash! I will tell myself that next time I have some and need a good excuse :)

    Love your Thursday Thunks and Thirteen!

  17. This was a fun blog post to visit this morning. Thanks for the laughs. Happy T13!

  18. I came by to answer your can do all your posts in one. I just copy and pasted Kelli's rules. I'm fine with you doing it that way!

  19. Great post today! I've been sitting here reading my way down and laughing.

    Calico Contemplations

  20. I haven't heard of party lines is such a long time! Happy Thursday!

  21. Thanks, Anni, for the treat and for the Thursday Thunk. I don't know where you find all these.
    Mama Bear

  22. "I dated is sister" LOL!!!

  23. your clock sounds fantastically irritating =]

  24. Fun post today, Anni. I loved the monk joke. Congratulations on your award.

  25. Gargling makes me gag too.

    Loved the answers, and I knew someone would remember party lines. One of my favorite movies is with Doris Day and Rock Hudson called Pillow Talk and it revolves around their party line. I laugh everytime at the housekeeper who sits and listens to his phone calls all day.

    Thanks for playing!

  26. Heh! Love #1 and 2 of this week's Thursday Thirteen. Thanks for stopping by my list earlier!

    PS. Also love the Tennyson quote!

  27. Great look to your blog for Halloween! It's my favorite holiday. Your thursday 13 had me in stitches. Luv your thunks although the Woodpecker tongue is disturbing!

  28. I love the Halloween theme. Very cool. Reading your TT today was a great way to start my day with a smile!

  29. Love the "mouthwash" on the Thursday Thunks, I have a hyperactive gag reflex and sometimes just thinking about using mouthwash will make me gag, but I try anywho lol.
    Also love the trick or treats, what a great idea :-)
    Oh and thanks for stopping by and saying hi on my blog all the time, I appreciate it.

  30. I truly enjoyed your Halloween blog.
    I was not expecting anything to say something boy what a fright>!!!
    I placed your button on my blog.
    I can't wait to see or hear what you come up with next.
    I loved the pay phone answer.
    You sure are a true HOOT.
    God bless

  31. I love all of your T13 but my favorites are # 6, 11 and 13. Thanks for the laugh!

  32. thanks for droppin by Anni :) id love to join that halloween trick or treats of yours.. ill be joining laterz... happy thursday!

  33. I loved your 13 facts. Especially that one bloke's prison sentence.

  34. Oh sureeeeeeeee, scare me like that when I load your page with that creepy voice welcoming me! LOL Love it and love your Halloween decor!!! I finally found time to visit today....Corey is here and we talked for over an hour, catching up on our news but he's now gone down for a nap! lol

    Enjoyed reading your Thursday you, I can't remember my first telephone number, I can't even remember my cell phone number that I have now! lol

    It's funny that you should mention a woodpecker's tongue because just the other day I took pictures of one climbing up a sunflower plant and then my one of the pictures he has his tongue right out and I was shocked at the length of it!!! Now you've got me fantasizing! hehe

    Loved your Thursday 13...omigosh you had me laughing so much at some of them.

    Congratulations on receiving that darling award and thank you so much for passing it on to all of us. I'm still whistling and clapping from your acceptance speech! hehe

    I'll now go read your other posts that I missed...oh and thank you so much for the lovely Halloween treat award:-) Always look forward to those every year! xoxo

  35. Oh Anni - why must you go to the dark side in the post season? Don't you know you're rooting for the losers?

    That said, you are right about that inspection sticker - does look like it should be Wyoming.

  36. 'I step up to the podium...test the microphone. Of course throughout the blog world the ear piercing scrrrree-e-e-e-e-ch vibrates where everyone along the front rows are holding their ears as the pain of the scrrree-e-e-e-ching subsides.'

    LOL!!!! Anni - you are star, truly!

    And this was my favorite from your Thursday Thirteen:

    'instead of amen she says:"Hit ENTER"

  37. LOL! I gotta agree about the woodpecker thing! It's just too funny! Weird and interesting, but funny! Love your TTs too! I needed some laughs! =) Thanks for visiting my TT~

  38. Wow! Spooky blog :) It takes a lot of scrollin' to get a comment in over here- you have one popular blog! Thanks for visiting me and being my follower.

    You are one funny bloggie! I'll be back.

  39. #8 is hilarious. Now, if more sentences were like that, prison time might actually be a deterrent.

  40. Anni,

    Enjoyed your post. Got a chuckle out of the woodpecker information and thought the sentence was appropriate for the crimes.

    Been a busy day here again today. It never rains but what it pours.

    Hope you and Bud had a great day and a relaxing evening. I'm also rootin' for the Yankees.


  41. What a grand post!! Loved it, and on top of that I got that freebie too!
    Wonderful pumpkin template, I love this shade of orange and it is so pleasant to the eye, it's lovely!!