Pick a Little, Talk a Little

… and that’s when Marcie, she’s Marge and Stanley’s eldest, just stands up in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner and declares that she and her boyfriend are going backpacking across Europe, and Stanley’s face went just beet red…

Oh, but listen to me, nattering on, not letting you get a word in edgewise…

They looked real to us at first too, Sue V.



  1. Looks like you’ve got trouble, NTMTOM.

  2. Fird Birfle says:


    **Please note the section where the “ladies’ ” hats’ birds are bobbing up & down,
    whence comes Mike’s title reference …. 🙂

  3. One of my favorites 🙂

  4. And the hovertext: “NOW I’VE TOUCHED IT!!”

  5. There’s a reason they haven’t gotten a word in edgewise…

  6. Centauri is a being of many talents 🙂

    And I was on the stage crew for our high school’s production of The Music Man. That’s one that will always stick in my brain.

  7. Gee thanks CO! With my loud, “OHMYGODLOOKATTHESQUIRREL!” squee at work, I have just confired what my co-workers have always known: “Yeeeeah, she’s crazy.”

  8. “Cheep! Cheep! Cheep! Talk a lot, pick a little more.”

    I’ve played bassoon in the pit orchestras for TWO runs of this. Oy, that intro to “Marian the Librarian” . . . .

    We did a bit of this song as part of the show when I was a singing waitress. We took every chance to insert ‘subliminal messages’ into the lyrics, so this one went “Tip a lot, tip a little more.” (Why, yes, all the subliminal messages WERE about tipping–how did you know?)

  9. Theresa, you’ve caught NOMTOM in the process of something BRILLIANT: a mash-up of “The Music Man” and “Young Frankenstein”!

  10. Bassoonist! Hey Bassoonist! Pull out, you’re flat! 😛 😀

  11. Totes. 😀

  12. Oh come on dad, it’s not like she’s going off to some German lovefest parade with her boyfriend and her other boyfriend and their pre-surgery girlfriend. Before spending the semester in an Israeli kibbitz. Oh, wait, they are?

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Maybe these ladies would like a saucer of milk to chase that?

  13. An “Israeli Kibbitz”? Now that’s what i call a Freudian typo! 😆

  14. WHOA on the east coast, did you feel the earthquake? Everybody’s tweeting about it, but I DIDN’T FEEL ANYTHING. I am SO disappointed. 👿

  15. Right here in CO City.

  16. Ahem. Pulling out would make me MORE flat. You must play one of those instruments you don’t actually tune yourself–like piano or viola.

  17. Theresa, you just had to kibbutz, didn’t you?

  18. Entropy's Bitch says:


    *cheep cheep cheep* I love that movie. I love CO, too, but now I have to watch all of the damn movie! Curse you NOMTOM!

  19. Well, my cat is out of hiding (I was wondering where she went) so I’m not expecting any major aftershocks. But def felt it here in Maryland.

  20. You are a lot closer– I’m in NYC. But I keep hearing from people who felt it, and I am sulking in envy.

  21. Malinki wins at the interweb for The Last Starfighter reference! 😀

  22. Amaryllith! Amaryllith!

  23. HA!!

  24. “How I root! And I pray! For Hester to win just one more ‘A’!”

    ” . . . a man who didn’t have a friend in this town until SHE came!”

    “I couldn’t make myself any clearer if I was a buttonhook in the well-water!”

    “Either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are unaware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community!” (I love to rattle that one off just for fun.)

  25. Theresa, yes, DEFINITELY felt it here in Alexandria, VA. I live in a townhouse and it was swaying, the whole house shook and rumbled. My first earthquake. It was unsettlling. So now I’m thinking that with a 5.9 earthquake soon to be followed by Hurricane Irene, it must be the start of the Zombie Apocolypse… 😯

  26. Aaaand!

  27. In NC, too! my water glass started shaking all Jurassic-Park-style and I thought there was a herd of lellypants in the office building!

  28. Sasha's Mum says:

    Our bassoonist is always in tune. The oboe, oth …

  29. You’re right of course. I just instantly flashed back to this insane flutist, who used to gaslight the whole woodwind section.

  30. It gives me such naches!

  31. Zombie Jamboree!

  32. I heart you, Theresa!! LOL. 😀

  33. You’re kvelling with naches? I’m all verklempt!

  34. I was in the same show too in high school ! But stage crew was after The Music Man for me . Being a dancer was great but stage crew rocked !!!

  35. Ahem, Sasha’s Mum, some of us oboists played quite well, thank you very much! Theresa, my sister played the flute and during one practice, our teacher said that he was having trouble hearing the second flutes, so he had all of us stop playing and he cued the flutes only. In perfect synchronization, all of the little flute girls put their flutes to their lips pretended to blow and wiggled their fingers like they were actually playing. Of course, not one of them was playing at all–they were just faking it and assuming that the girl next to them would cover for them! They had no idea that none of the second flutes knew the piece. It was so hilarious! Of course, Mr. Colosimo didn’t think so and they all got detention to pratice their music. We still crack up about it all these years later.

  36. As long as you don’t have shpilkes in the ganechtigezoink.

  37. OK, now you lost this shiksa.

  38. You see? Those flutists are always the weak link!! 😛

  39. Me too! 😆

  40. victoreia says:

    “Return the money, Centauri.”

  41. I hereby dedicate my win to the watermelon in Buckaroo Banzai, and the starving people it represents 🙂

  42. Best friend in high school was our band’s lone oboist. We were getting ready to do something after school, and she said she had to get her oboe out of her locker (or put it in, I forget) and I thought she said she had to get her ELBOW out of her locker. Running joke that we still find funny, 20+ years later. 🙂

  43. As an English major, that’s probably my favorite scene!

  44. What is it with squirrels and fake animals? I had a friend who had a live squirrel fall in love with her fake squirrel decoration and would bring it nuts.

  45. Sasha's Mum says:

    @Nikki, I’m not lumping all oboists together. I’m just saying that *our* oboe is tuning challenged. And note I say “oboe” not “oboist” (and more often than not her reeds). But why anyone would want play a double-reed instrument in the first place is beyond me …

  46. @Sasha’s Mom, no worries! 🙂 We oboe players were always considered the nerds of the orchestra… We couldn’t play in the marching band with a double reed–we had to play the xylophone! Sheesh.

  47. Fird Birfle says:


    “flautist”, I b’lieve…..

    Annoyingly Condescending Grammarian…..

  48. Fird Birfle says:

    (Evidently I have aucun idee of The Last Starfighter and so I feel inadequate…)


  49. Fird Birfle says:

    Is a naches similar to a nacho????

    Hadda Go There. Just HADDA.

  50. Fird Birfle says:

    OMG, Nikki , ALEXANDRIA???

    My former home of the Growingk Up (eight years of the 1970s) was about a 10 min walk from a huge park called Fort Hunt Park.
    I attended Sherwood Hall Elem and Fort Hunt H.S., including
    THE YEAR THE SCHOOL was literally torched/ burned down by Matt Musolino.
    Do you live anywhere in this vicinity? Our home was/ is on Old Stage Road (but we sold that home when we returned to Fla so someone else lives there now.

  51. Fird Birfle says:


    AN AWESOME feat (feet) of Dancin’, that!!!!

  52. Fird Birfle says:

    D’awwwwwwwww! 🙂

  53. Fird Birfle, are you an Annoyingly Condescending Grammarian who is–as they say–“of a certain age”? Not that there’s anything wrong with that–it’s just that I haven’t heard anyone claim “flautist” is correct in a looooooong time. (But I’m old enough to remember when they did!)

  54. Peter Griffin does an awesome version of Shipoopi on Family Guy.

  55. With a capital T and that’s next to S and that stands for Skwerl!

  56. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Juno …..
    well, *ahem* ….. er, um, well, ….y’see ….. yup.
    At last count, I b’lieve that I was 794 yrs of age. ‘Course, I might be off by one or two digits ….