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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Don't Shoot the Piano Player



That was the message posted in most of the saloons of the Old West. And it probably made good sense as there may not have been too many good piano players out there. Or maybe the patrons enjoyed a musical accompaniment to a good bar brawl. This has little to do with todays problem except that it seems to be a take off of the ancient advice of not killing the messenger.
From Wikipedia: The advice "Don't kill the messenger" was first expressed (very obliquely) by Shakspere in Henry IV, part 2 (1598) and in Antony and Cleopatra: when told Antony has married another, Cleopatra threatens to treat the messenger's eyes as balls, eliciting the response 'gracious madam, I that do bring the news made not the match'. Prior to that, a related sentiment was expressed in Antigone by Sophocles as "No one loves the messenger who brings bad news".

AND as our long time follower, friend, local Sage and neighbor, Possum comments "Shooting the messenger has never changed the message, has it????" Well no. Not if the message was the truth.    The Truth is the Truth.

BUT what if the messenger LIED????? Purgered himself!!!!!  Failed in his fiduciary functions???? Purposely mislead the public that trusted him. The ones who had hung up their snow shovels, parked their snow blowers, and dropped their snow plows. Did Phil lie about Spring?????


Some have said that this was an act of treason.... a clear and present danger. A heinous crime against Nature...Spring flowers just starting to bloom and blossom, and then cruelly FROZEN!!!!  Oh the horrors, the humanities!!!!!!

And even here in the mild and 'muddy' South, we are bracing ourselves for yet another possible onslaught of SNOW later tonight. Friends and neighbors have come to me to repair their greenhouse heat lamps in an effort to Save Spring Blooms. But does that False Prognosticator care?? NO!!! AND he seems proud of it...

SOOOO the question seems to be
"What should be done to Phil?????"
Some have suggested slow roasting, others have recommended
the 8 hours 'Crock Pot' cure, while still others are pushing for banishment to "Bogie Land" where ever that may be.


OR....... Could this all be a big mistake????? Could Phil have been taken hostage????? Could an Impostor been put in his place????? Remember what happens in "Santa Clause III".... Could the nefarious ner-do-well Jack Frost be at it again????? Holding Phil hostage????? Putting the 'Big Chill" on us??????


No matter who is responsible, the one big question that still remains is

Grenville (in need of a warm nankie, cup of cocoa, and a nap)


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17 comments:

Montanagirl said...

I know what you mean - we had another dusting of snow last night, with 4 degrees this morning!

The Odd Essay said...

I haven't been warm for about a year now... maybe longer. I brought a pair of sandals, a pair of capri pants and a couple of short sleeve shirts on this trip... should have packed a pair of longjohns and a parka. Poor Phil... he's been having a rough time lately... but he deserves all the snide comments he receives!

OldBikeRider said...

Snow here on top of thin coating of ICE! I think we should remember "Don't shoot the player piano" as well. Shakespeare wasn't up to that as far as I remember...

barbara l. hale said...

Poor Phil! He never wanted that job anyhow. Well, we are supposed to get some more snow tomorrow. We'll see. At some point, I will be complaining about the heat. That much I know for a fact.

A Quiet Corner said...

But I thought you liked the snow!! You're shovel can't be packed too deeply...you'll need it where you're going! In fact, me thinks you should revisit selling the tractor! I hear there's tons up where you're headed!...:)JP

HermitJim said...

I sure am glad that I live here in the deep south where we seldom see the snow.

We did have a small cold front come in and drop the temps all the way down to about 69 degrees!

Country Gal said...

Oh my I had to giggle at the groundhog with the sign lol ! Our ground hog here lied to but it is starting to look and feel more like spring now so all is good for now ! No snow on the ground left here the temps are warming up as is the sun but the wind still holds a bit of a chill ! Have a good evening !

possum said...

Yes, it has been AN IMPOSSUMBLY LONG WINTER!
And I swear I saw a snowflake a few minutes ago... or did a chicken truck go by? No! NO! There is another one!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

It's still coming down and we've had about 4"!!

It's so beautiful though.... I'm not tired of it yet! :)

Ginnie said...

Poor Phil ... I think he may have become senile. Have pity on him and put on another sweater!

grammie g said...

Hi Grenville....Hahahahaha ; )
Grace

Elaine said...

See, this is what comes from living so far south. A little bit of snow when you think it should be spring and there you are trying to blame poor Phil when he's probably just as unhappy as you are. I think he's getting a bum rap. Whatever happened to presumption of innocence? Whatever snow you get will be gone in a few hours anyway, so lighten up on poor Phil. I'll bet he was drug out of his hole unwillingly when all he wanted to do was get a few more ZZZs.

Sandra said...

poor Phil, everyone makes mistakes and i vote he gets a second chance.. love the hands in the snow

Anvilcloud said...

If you're tired of snow now, just wait until you move. ;)

L. D. said...

This was a fun posting to read. Thanks for the smile you gave to me.

Debbie said...

hehe...it's snowing here at the jersey shore as i type!!

Linda said...

I heard we have a chance of getting snow on April 1 and it's not an April Fools joke.

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