[lit-ideas] Re: Slim Pickens

  • From: Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:32:30 -0800 (PST)

I suppose my logic makes it impossible to answer this.  So, here's the answer 
which I'm sure all you smart people out there already know.  It's the Rubaiyat 
of Omar Khayyam, first stanza.  That poor guy in Las Vegas can now enjoy his 
gum and stockings, no doubt hung by the chimney with care, in peace.  And he 
wasn't really keeping tabs.  On the other hand, come to think of it, Santa 
keeps tabs on everybody.  Hmm, are you thinking what I'm thinking...

From: Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
To: lit-ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 5:33 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Slim Pickens

Ne plokho, tak cebe.  A viu kak pojivaete?  (Okay, okay, the transliteration is 
atrocious, it says I'm okay, how are you?)  But seriously, there's something 
here I'm not getting.  What war would require a supply of rubies?  And why 
would anybody want to shoot a fellow in Las Vegas?  

Here's a guess for you.  Without cheating (anyone who cheats will get to do the 
next one, the guy in Las Vegas is keeping tabs), who wrote this?  (Hint:  some 
of the title is sort of found in one of the words in the first paragraph.)
Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light.


From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 2:41 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Slim Pickens

>>> Imagine being invited onto a plane with Slim [Pickens] at the helm.  I 
>>> think I'd insist on a parachute.

>> .. which probably would have come with some (nasty) surprise packed in with 
>> it ...

> Nine packs of chewing gum, one issue of prophylactics, three lipsticks, three 
> pair of nylon stockings?

Wrong war, I think. Better to have a supply of rubles.

Robert Paul

Kak dela, tovarisch?

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