Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A 'How Many' ditty for Tuesday Platform


How Many? 

How many sailors 
does it take to change a light bulb 

How many preachers 
does it take to change one's habits 

How many Twinkles 
does it take to make Sailor sick 

How many wait staff 
does it take to carry six coffee mugs 

How many opticians 
does it take to change a light bulb 
One 
One or two 
Two or one 
Three or two 

Patience  
                            Geniuses unite!  
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Note:
I've had this Earworm bugging me all week. I thought I might use Mark Twain's help, by adopting the tactic that his character, the conductor, used in his short story, "Punch, brothers, punch." (Link -- read Twain's story here, please click). The conductor could not help himself from singing this ditty until he finally passed it on to one of his passengers.
The little song went like this:
Conductor, when you receive a fare,
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare,
A buff trip slip for a six-cent fare,
A pink trip slip for a three-cent fare,
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
CHORUS
Punch, brothers! punch with care!
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!

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8 Comments:

At Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4:34:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

Patience is a most needful virtue in adulthood.

 
At Wednesday, March 30, 2016 10:16:00 AM, Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

Oh, Jim, this was delicious. It had me smiling from beginning to end.

 
At Wednesday, March 30, 2016 3:45:00 PM, Blogger Carrie Van Horn said...

Love this Jim!!! Patience is a virtue not too many have these days of microwaves and hair dryers.

 
At Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:57:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

LOL, I love your humor, Jim. This made me chuckle.

 
At Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:40:00 AM, Blogger Outlawyer said...

I am going to be very careful to only glance at that earworm as I can already see its compelling nature, Jim. The poem is very sweet--I especially like the preachers changing a habit! Very clever. All fun. Take care and thanks for kind comment. k.

 
At Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:57:00 AM, Blogger Jim said...

You were wise, K, to avoid studying the poem. At the end of his Punch, Brothers, Punch story, published in the "New York ---------" back in the 1800's and linked above, warned his readers.
His warning:
"... Why did I write this article? It was for a worthy, even a noble, purpose. It was to warn you, reader, if you should came across those merciless rhymes, to avoid them--avoid them as you would a pestilence.

-THE END-
"
Mark Twain |Samuel Clemens' short story: Punch, Brothers, Punch

 
At Thursday, March 31, 2016 4:43:00 PM, Blogger Rommy said...

ROTFL - this is so adorable! It made me giggle.

 
At Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:44:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Patience...Oh I don't have nearly enough.

 

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