Words to live by

“New Associated Press guidelines on suspensive hyphenation, you say?
That certainly whets the appetite.”

Neither I nor Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment) was invited to the 2019 American Copy Editors Society conference this past weekend in Providence, R.I.

Of course, I only edit myself these days. And having spent a dozen or so years hanging out with copy editors for a paycheck, I don’t regret missing a chance to hang out with them on my own dime.

But the Turk found the slight particularly galling, since like any good deskman he lives for The Craft, even taking his meals in the office, from a bowl that sits atop tattered copies of Webster’s New World College Dictionary and Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

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15 Responses to “Words to live by”

  1. Steve O’ Says:

    Wouldn’t want to attend any event that was low-class enough to invite me.

  2. Steve O’D Says:

    Eating atop those volumes is the transitive property of something. No idea why she’s not at the conference.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Some of the rubbish that passes for cycling journalism these days makes me think the cat could do a better job!

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    Sorry to hijack this; but here’s what’s going on in Bibleburg on some bike trails. Sad!!

    Trip Line on Rock Island Trail

    Two community leaders—a nationally-known artist and philanthropist, and the Executive Director of a local nonprofit—were injured this past week by a criminal act targeting cyclists. The perpetrator strung a taut line across a bridge on the Rock Island Trail, purposely to trap bicycle wheels. Both victims were flipped off their bikes after striking the trip line; one was hospitalized with a concussion, broken clavicle and cracked ribs, the other was bruised but not seriously injured. Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating this crime and others like it on the trails. We will be monitoring the story and reporting back to the public with updates. We ask everyone to be on the alert and report any illegal activity affecting the safety of our trail users.

    • Editor’s note: Here’s the story from the Colorado Springs Indy. —O’G

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Now that’s fucked up. I used to ride that trail regularly when we lived in Bibleburg, though I’m having trouble ID’ing that particular spot based on the Indy’s description; I gather there have been some changes made to the trail network since we fled for the Duke City.

      I hope the perps get caught and beat down good and hard. But I’m not counting on it. Stay safe out there, folks. Somebody doesn’t like us.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Bad enough, but it could be worse – usually these a-holes string these things up higher…. right at neck level.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      From the story, there are two young boys that probably know the what, who, and when between the first pass of those cyclists and their return. It shouldn’t take Poirot to figure that out.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      After checking a couple different versions of this story, I’m pretty sure that this booby trap was in my old ’hood, a few blocks from the Original DogHaus, the one my parents bought in 1967, when I was but a mad pup. My bros and I used the very drainage ditch that this bridge crosses as a home base for all manner of mischief.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Like the new masthead. Nice.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Very springlike, no? I can tell it’s spring ’cause the allergies are murdelizin’ me.

      I woke up at midnight with my sinuses wailing. “Two exits, no waiting!” Hijo, madre. Everything in my skull dissolved and poured out my snout. I swam to the bathroom for more tissues and then paddled out to the spare bedroom so Herself could get some sleep.

    • Pat O'BRien Says:

      I switched from Benedryl to Claritin a few weeks ago. The Claritin reduces the symptoms to an acceptable level with one pill a day, in the evening. Sleeping much better too. Much less time in the spare bedroom these days. If things get worse then a dose of Flonase seems to do the trick, but I haven’t used it in over a week.

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