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February 6, 2005

Joe Btfsplk

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He was one of the great characters in Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" comic strip.

The world's most loving friend and worst jinx, he always traveled with a perpetually dark rain cloud over his head.

Once he appeared on any scene, dreadfully bad luck befell anyone in his vicinity.

Though well-meaning and gentle, his reputation preceded him such that he was very lonely and feared.

His creator, Al Capp, pronounced Btfsplk with a "raspberries" sound, aka a "Bronx cheer."

Seems I was busy doing something close to nothing the other day, walking around in my raspberry beret just like I do most of the time I'm not in the OR, and I got to thinking how, but for one lousy vowel, I could have a cool last name just like Joe B.

Joe Strt.

How great is that?

I mean, no one ever spells it right the first time anyway, so why not make it impossible?

It would be pronounced just the way it is with the "i" - Strt like "dirt."

One day I may just journey on down to the courthouse and do the necessary paperwork.

Einstein memorably said, "Everything should be as simple as possible - but no simpler."

Q.E.D.

Q.D.?

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then your stepfather must have been my grandpa. R.I.P. Phillip

Posted by: joe | May 28, 2009 1:13:55 PM

I had a step-father (deceased) who's last name was Pyshny (pish.ney) man talk about weird looks when you spelled that name. 'Thar's no vowels!'

Posted by: kurt | Feb 7, 2005 1:30:29 AM

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