Friday, June 22, 2012

To Groan or Not To Groan

Serious Friday Stuff...Sort of

I need your help.  Very weighty decision pending here. 

For some time now I've been closing my posts with a groaner, a pun guaranteed (hopefully) to make you groan and laugh.  Many of you have asked where I come up with them and my answer is always, "everywhere".

Well, there seems to be less "everywhere" than there used to be and I'm having trouble coming up with enough good puns for every post.  (No snarky comments allowed.)   

So I've decide to cut back the groaners to once a week and do something else for a closer on the other two days.  Now the decision part...what should I use to replace the groaner?


Regular jokes?

Bloopers?
 (you know, those misworded lines from newspapers, church newsletters, etc.)

Straight quotes?

Trivia questions?

Something else?



Please toss in your two cents on this earth-shattering issue and help me decide.  What would you like to see?


By the way, I'm sorry this post is going up late today.  I spent last night at a dive/swim meet.  Ever attend one of these?  The diving portion lasted two hours.  My granddaughter had four dives.  A dive is over in about a second.  Maybe three if you count standing-on-the-board time.  That's 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 48 seconds of waiting and 12 seconds of cheering.  The swim meet lasted four hours.  She swam in four events.  Maybe 30 seconds each.  That's 3 hours... well, you get the idea.

Oh, and it was in the mid 90's and VERY sunny at the pool.

(She took first place in the 25 meter backstroke.)

In the winter we go to my grandson's wrestling meets.  Wrestling meets can last over six hours.  He will wrestle in three or four matches.  Each match lasts about...


Okay, don't forget to leave your preference on a groaner replacement.  (Maria!  Stop cheering!)

Have a fantastic weekend.


Groaner of the Day:  In the days of old, when Genghis Kahn's men were running over Asia, they set their sights on further shores. Rather than 'huns', these warriors were known as Kahn's men, or simply, Kahns. When they had conquered all the way to the water's edge, they build boats, gathered their loot, and bravely went to sea.

By a sad twist of fate, they encountered an island of lepers, which resulted in most of the crew being infected. Hastily leaving that island, they set sail again, but by the time they reached Ireland, there wasn't much left of them. Disembarking on stubby limbs, they set forth, but were soon set upon by the natives for the riches they carried.  Rotted away, but still clever, they hid on the island and awaited rescue, and the locals never did get their hands on the treasure.

And that's how the story of the little people got started in Ireland - the leper Kahn's and their pots of gold.

Bonus groan:

Cunning though diseased, the Kahns were never fooled by those who tried to trick them out of their pots of gold by swapping them for an empty pot - thus the saying: "You cannot change a leper's pots".


32 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Double groan today!
Trivia - I vote for trivia.

Linda G. said...

A two-fer groan today--I love it!

And I like all your possibilities. Why not mix it up?

Dru said...

I like Linda's suggestion of mixing it up.

Stacy McKitrick said...

You blog 3 days a week, so have a different thing for each day. So, how about Blooper Monday, Groaner Wednesday, and Trivia Friday (or whatever order you want to put them in)?

Julie Dao said...

*groan* Love it. I would love to see some good bloopers... there are tons out there!

Angela Brown said...

Okay, that was a double does of Waa-waa-waaaaa! lol!!!

I also voice or mixing it up. Plus, a little bit of Text messaging gone wrong is funny too.

And just as important, CONGRATS for first place wins!

Jessica R. Patch said...

I'd do something different each day! All of it sounds great! Have a great weekend!

LD Masterson said...

Alex - Trivia. Got it.

LD Masterson said...

Linda G. - Well, I was thinking of limiting myself to three for a while. One idea for each day I blog. But I'm open to all possibilities.

LD Masterson said...

Dru - Okay, two votes for the assortment package.

LD Masterson said...

Stacy - That's sort of what I was thinking of. Just need to decide which three things.

LD Masterson said...

Julie - Okay, a vote for bloopers. I do enjoy a good blooper.

LD Masterson said...

Angela - Hmmm, and assortment pack with a text message bonus.

(My granddaughter thanks you.)

LD Masterson said...

Jessica - Another vote for the assortment pack. Wait a minute, are you guys just voting for a mix so you don't have to choose?

Carol Kilgore said...

I agree with Linda - mix it up and surprise us. All are good!

Happy Weekend!

LD Masterson said...

Carol - Aw, you guys are just too easy. Or you're just happy to be getting away from the groaners.

Diane J. said...

Hello, (insert waving arm here). I came over from Katie's blog - Creepy Query Girl.

I grew up in Montana and I miss it. I was in the western part more trees and hills. Beautiful sights and wonderful people.

I like your blog, I love the Groan/ Puns. My vote goes to Bloopers for the fill-in days. I'm a sucker for those.

Have a wonderful day!

LD Masterson said...

Diane J. - Welcome. Thanks for coming by. I've got you down for bloopers.

And I followed you back to your blog and left a comment there.

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, I vote bloopers. There's just something so funny about them.

Maria Zannini said...

Ref: Okay, don't forget to leave your preference on a groaner replacement. (Maria! Stop cheering!)

Geez! I make one little remark and now I'm branded a troublemaker. :snicker:

There's a blog I follow who just started posting interesting facts. I love quirky stuff like that.

Congrats to your granddaughter!

Andrew Leon said...

Thanks for your support today on Briane's blog! It's much appreciated.

LD Masterson said...

Elana - Yup, there'll definitely be bloopers in themix. I love them too.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - One little remark?!?! If I remember correctly, you threatened me with bodily harm. More than once.

Okay, I ould mix other interesting facts in with trivia. That would work.

(thanks, I was proud of her)

LD Masterson said...

Andrew - My pleasure and good luck.

DL Hammons said...

I vote for quotes. I can never get enough of them. :)

Liz Fichera said...

I'm a sucker for quotes. :)

LD Masterson said...

DL - Okay, a vote for quotes. Thanks.

LD Masterson said...

Liz - Ah, the quote lovers are making a last chance push. This could turn the tide.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Bloopers are always fun. I love the ones in church bulletins.

LD Masterson said...

Diane - I have a weakness for those church bulletin bloopers.

Maryann Miller said...

Sorry I missed this Friday. I was too busy practicing the two groaners I stole from you to open our Nite of Comedy on Saturday.

I agree with Alex, trivia is always interesting.

LD Masterson said...

Okay, Maryann, one more vote for trivia.