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February 6, 2005

Joe Btfsplk


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."



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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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