a modest request



  1. Or:

    “Please, Do Not Place Any Items In The Urinal. Thank You.”

    How about:

    “Please Do Not (Place Any Items In The Urinal) Thank (You)”

    And then there’s:

    “Pleae Do Not Place Any; Items In The Urinal. Thank You”

    • Jonathan Potter says

      Superhero idea: The Punctuator

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Yes, you seem pretty well aware.

      One of the students, who never seemed particularly obnoxious before, recently began to boast (if that’s the right word) that ‘a kebab and a fight’ are the highlights of her week. For a while, I wondered what she meant, but perhaps that’s just me; the weather has been hot. Anyhow, very tired.

      • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

        Proust and the madeleines? Too easy.

        But thank you for your advice. It has been helpful on occasion.

        • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

          Please feel free to get rid of the last comment, which is more abrasive than my mood. Thanks.

        • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

          But to answer your questions:

          1) Mods, but it’s a silly distinction. As you well know.

          2) Never.

          3) Yes.

          4) No.

          5) No, not the Who; probably the Yardbirds.

          6) Maryon Park, though I’m not sure it’s wise to discuss this in a public forum, although it’s safe as long as you’re the only one reading.

          7) No.

          8) Nietzsche, but I’m not sure where; can’t you Google it?

          Anyway, it was impertinent of you to ask in the first place, but I’m feeling cheeky myself.

      • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

        You’re not fooling anyone. Except perhaps yourself.

        • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

          Vaguely sinister, though the same could be said of Euston Station.

        • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

          I was out of town, but someone slept in my bed. And left pizza in my refrigerator!

          • I don’t know what you’re talking about.

            • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

              You’ve been snooping.

              I almost typed ‘You’ve all been snooping’, which was enough to make me realise that your joke might be something more. When I’m tired, you almost give the impression of being more than one person, which I suppose qualifies as a success, though someone might find it upsetting.

              Years ago, when I finally read something by Henry James, I nearly threw it across the room, though I never thought of myself as a book-burner before or since.

              • Jonathan Potter says

                I’m just wondering what in the hell is going to happen when she shows up and reads these. Will her head explode? Will the world end? Will she awaken as if from a dream?

                • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

                  Sorry, Henry Miller, not Henry James.

                • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

                  I don’t believe in ghosts, never have done, and presumably you’re exaggerating for effect (an attempt at humour?), but yes, I think I can see what you’re getting at, something to do with Muriel Spark perhaps. But I doubt it.

  2. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says


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