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25 September 2009 @ 10:37 am
“Excerpts”  

According to my biography in the soon-to-be-released mass market edition of WINTER MOON, “[CE Murphy] writes a monthly comic book titled Excerpts.”

I said this to Ted, and said, “Now I’m very curious as to what the comic is about.”

Ted went into the kitchen, got his cereal and glass of orange juice, and came back into the computer room. “Excerpts,” he said, “is about a very rich clairvoyant who sends out teams of heroes around the world to try to prevent disasters he sees ‘excerpts’ from.”

I love my husband. :)

The other night he and I were having this discussion about (of course) what we would do if thrown back in time. To the Roman empire, in particular, this time. It was pretty clear to both of us that Ted, being a Giant who didn’t speak Latin, would obviously be considered a barbarian and end up a gladiator. And we went off on a tangent about relative height, because, well, we’d both be giants, particularly since the Romans drank leaded water which made them smaller than they might have been otherwise. And leaded water wasn’t good, of course, and we wouldn’t want to be drinking it, so–

“I don’t know, we could boil it?” I said.

“I don’t think boiling removes lead,” Ted said, and I had to agree I didn’t think so either. “You’d need to make some kind of filter,” he said thoughtfully. “I’d use charcoal, probably, and reeds–”

“In your gladiator pit,” I said, at which point we both dissolved into laughter and the conversation went no further. :)

Also, the other day we went on a Sunday Afternoon Drive because my parents had rented a car, and we stopped at the Lough Key Viewing Point, where there was a telescope you could look at Castle Key through. The instructions on the telescope were as follows:

1. insert euro coin into slot
2. push plunger
3. place child on telescope stand

“Oh no!” said me mother, “we don’t have a child!” But I boldly put a coin in anyway, and it worked without the kid. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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mela_lyn: Have fun storming the castle!mela_lyn on September 25th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
If I were to be in Rome... I'd be a slave girl who probably gets killed for not being able to keep her tongue in check. Or at least a peasant. But I like some of the dresses. :) I'm 5'6"... would that make me a giant?

And you and your husband are cute.
kitmizkit on September 25th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
The average legionnaire was something like 5'5", so in fact, yeah, you'd be a giant, since women are typically smaller than men. Most modern Westerners would be giants in Roman terms.

I'd probably also be a slave girl who got killed for being mouthy. :)
mela_lyn: Green Geekmela_lyn on September 25th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
*high five for the mouthy slave girls*
kitmizkit on September 25th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
*but low-fives for the DEAD* :)
mela_lyn: Laughing TinkerBellmela_lyn on September 25th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
BWAHAHA...
Tripspace_parasite on September 25th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
You're exotic and cute so they'd probably only beat you severely!

You've read Lest Darkness Fall, right?
Galdrin ap Morgangaldrin on September 25th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Let me see if I have this right. Your mother said to you "Oh no, we don't have a child!" ... and you didn't raise your hand, point at her, then point at yourself and say,"Uh, Mom - duh!!!"
kitmizkit on September 25th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
I was too busy laughing so hard I could barely stand up. :) It didn't occur to me for *hours* that I qualified. :)
Galdrin ap Morgangaldrin on September 25th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
IT could have been worse. She could have said that then turned the evil eye on you. You know - that "So when are you going to make me a grandmother?" look with the right eyebrow kicked up and the straight-line mouth.
kit: family_superheroesmizkit on September 25th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Aren't I fortunate she has two grandchildren already.
Galdrin ap Morgangaldrin on September 25th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
... and red-haired to boot? Whoa, baby!!
sueldersuelder on September 25th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
so. when are you going to write Excerpts? It sounds like fun.
omegar: take a chanceomegar on September 25th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
When i looked through that telescope i found it to be blurred, however i think that may have being a combination of trying to use glasses through the view finder, so i gave up.

Though i also like the piece of roadside art that i actually stopped to have a closer look at.
kitmizkit on September 25th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
No, it's a crap telescope, the image is very poor. But slightly better than not using the telescope at all. :)

The Gaelic Chieftain? We thought he was cool too. I took pictures, but obviously I hain't posted them yet.
Amandatreehugginhippy on September 25th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
You and your hubby sound a lot like me and mine :) We spent an entire evening (and still continue from time to time) the game of Geek Celebrity Deathmatch. We finally decided that the t-shirt is right -- Batman Wins. The only problem we had was Batman vs The Enterprise (TOS or TNG) because the variables are too extreme. Does he have prep time and access to computers before he's discovered? Then Batman Wins. If not, then either Spock, Data, or Worf will probably take him down before he can take over the ship.

Batman vs. The Emperor was another -- but, sadly, in that universe, Force Wins. Can't top that blue lightning.

We spent another half an hour on the Joker -- Joker v. everyone.

I think our second-favorite (after Star Trek) was Batman (or the Joker) versus Law & Order: Criminal Intent.