April 13, 2006


The Axis of Weevil Thursday Three, “Slapdash, Thrown Together, Mish-Mash of Leftover Junk” Edition!

::golf applause::

Being that such a thing as delivering three probing and exciting questions each week to you, our wonderful reading audience, requires such a tremendous degree of discernment and taste, of necessity it means it that there will be on occasion some questions that simply do not meet our high standards.

These questions may be illogical, or mere sentence fragments that do not even rise to the level of actual interrogatories, or they even might have been produced with inferior grades of vowels and consonants. Each of these sub-normal constructions are swiftly pulled from the production process before they ever litter your computational device, insuring you of the highest quality and enjoyment.

Unless, of course, we don’t have any questions, in which case we send a staff member to the basement and grab some of the ones that didn’t quite work.

BUT, to keep you from believing you are being given short shrift, we lovingly apply a content label specifying that they are of the category “Entertaining and Diverse Potpourri of Miscellany,” and ask you to be just as satisfied with them as if they were indeed the finest quality inquiries to which you are accustomed.

SO, for today’s episode, each of you answer the following by leaving a comment below, or by leaving a link to your personal online journal (what some persons call a “Weblog” or “blog”).

1. What is your favorite computer time-waster: Solitaire, Minesweeper, Online Question-Answering Memes, Mahjong, or other. Please specify why.

2. What is the stupidest thing you have ever done with lumber?

3. If you awoke one day and realized your dream of becoming a famous author had come true, what would the title of your second novel be?

4. BONUS QUESTION! How many previous Thursday Threes have been published on Possumblog?

Now then, go off to the luxury of your easy chair and answer those and let everyone see what you have to say.

As for my answers…

1. Well, I hate Minesweeper, even though I have a relatively good idea of how to play it. I take mahjong in spells--some days I can play a good while, others, not. I suppose Solitaire would be the one I play most often, although I really like Spider Solitaire that I have on my home machine, because it’s nearly impossible to lose.

2. Such a wide open category.

But probably the stupidest is when I was probably about nine or ten, and I got the bright idea of trying to scoot down my slide on the swing set while sitting on a short length of 2x6.

Well, it wasn’t that fun of a ride since it wouldn’t go. What to do? Hmmm. Since I knew oil made things slippery, I found my dad’s oil can and squirted some on the slide. However, I did not realize that sometimes oil could be slippery, and sometimes it could gum things up pretty well, especially when you’re talking about a lumber-metal interface. With the slide all greased up, I got on the board and started down, only to hit a very unslick portion. The board stuck fast, while my chubby little body continued its downward motion unabated, causing my chubby little butt to slide along the 2x6. This sliding did not stop until my chubby little butt came in contact with a small wedge of protruding wood on the side of the 2x6, which neatly entered my chubby right butt cheek and, having come to a secure resting place, broke off.


I ran crying into the kitchen with a rather alarming-sized splinter in my hiney, which my mom proceeded to remove from me with the aid of a pair of needle-nose pliers. Afterwards, I had to go to Dr. Brand’s office and get a tetanus shot. Which hurt just about as bad as the splinter.

3. “I Am A Famous Author, and THIS is My Second Novel.” Actually, the second book in my series will be entitled “Cornelius.”

4. I really don’t know--a whole bunch, I wager. Probably at least six or seven, or maybe even two hundred, or something like that. I don't know.

SO, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 13, 2006 08:00 AM

1) I guess my favorite game on a PC is this one, at


Once you get the gist of it, I think it actually may be a legitimate mind exercise--at least that is what I tell myself! (Rationalization is ALSO a mind exercise, too.)

2) I avoid lumber like the plague. It is too often linked to home-improvement projects.

3) My title for the second book would be "Boy, I Sure Fooled a Lot of People Last Time."

Posted by: Stan at April 13, 2006 08:09 AM

That puzzle is like crack!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 13, 2006 08:43 AM

1. Not to discourage all you who write blogs, but my biggest waste of time is reading blogs, and leaving comments. The amount of time I waste at work seems to correlate with the state of my brain tumors, to bring something else discouraging. I do find it rewarding occasionally, for example, I enjoyed provoking Max Sawicky into calling me a half-wit.

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 13, 2006 09:44 AM

2. For this I had help. Never believe a warehouseman when he says, "Oh, this'll be OK." The scenario is that Steevil is to take a flat bed load of moving containers to Hampton from Norfolk to someone's house. These containers are wooden boxes, 7'x7'x4' (HxLxW), with the opening on one narrow end, the openings lined up on the right side of the trailer, and the doors (sheets of plywood), tacked on with nails ("they'll be OK"). (cont.)

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 13, 2006 09:50 AM

2. (cont.) One of the doors fell off down in the Hampton Roads Tunnel. Very luckily, there were no tunnel personnel on the cat walk right there, and the door fell with the nail heads up, so traffic just kept going. I drove out of the tunnel, figuring I'd be in a lot more trouble if I stopped traffic. I pulled over at the island at the beginning of the causeway, and reported myself. I was sure I was going to get a major ticket, but all they did was stop traffic temporarily and send a utility truck down to fetch the plywood. threw the plyood INTO the container, and went on my way. (cont.)

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 13, 2006 09:56 AM

2. (cont.) Finally, for those of you who are curious, when those containers actually have people's possessions in them, the lids are fastened with 1/2" lag bolts, and then the containder are strapped with steel banding. They're loaded into the kind of truck trailer metal containers http://www.iport.com/sales_06.html
that are standard for shipping other goods.

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 13, 2006 10:04 AM

Provacateur AND creator of a major traffic hazard, in addition to being a rocket scientist!

I'd have to say that's pretty good for a half-wit.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 13, 2006 10:06 AM

3. Since I'm a complete nerd, and don't enjoy writing, I've never considered writing a novel. Back when I was a math. grad student, the idea of writing a popular text book appealed to me. No cute names for a sequel ever occurred to me.

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 13, 2006 10:07 AM

The answer to the bonus question is "all of them."

Posted by: jim at April 13, 2006 10:12 AM

But what about the famed Thursday Three Lost Episodes?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 13, 2006 10:20 AM

LOST? Possumblog marooned on the Island with all those suspiciously-model-like passengers from Oceanic flight 815? How could I possibly have missed that? I thought there were packages of cornatees in that pallet of food the airplane dropped last week...

I'm up, too, BTW.

Posted by: Diane at April 13, 2006 11:03 AM

1. Reading blogs for me, too.

2. Stupidest thing I ever did with lumber is not have my carpenter dad teach and train me on everything to do with it.

3. That one will take more thought than I'm prepared to exert yet today. Maybe it will come to me later.

Posted by: Janis at April 13, 2006 11:20 AM

Silly Diane--not the hit ABC show "Lost," I'm talking about the six or seven old black-and-white kinescope episodes that were shown once on the old Dumont network, and were subsequently stolen from a warehouse in 1956.

Two copies of Episode Three later turned up in New Brunswick in 1978, and an original print of Episode Five was found in a dumpster in Bogata, Columbia last year.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 13, 2006 11:21 AM

My turn!

Posted by: Sarah G. at April 13, 2006 12:33 PM