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  • Another entry (with line breaks added) from the Kb83 Limerick Series....

    "Perhaps the strangest thing of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race akin to the apes." — Eric T. Bell

    October 8, 2014, 7:53 am
    Apes can do simple arithmetic.

    December 13, 2015, 7:59 am
    For all we know they are capable of doing complex mathematics also, they just don't get the NSF grants that would enable them to spend time preparing their research for publication.

    April 9, 2018, 10:29 am
    A brilliant chimpanzee named Walaji
    Knew well algebraic topology
    He made a fine model
    Of a plant-based Klein bottle
    Then ate it without an apology.


    • Players' tips and nostalgia about where to get the best and worst pizza....

      "You can't go wrong with pizza, unless it's terrible pizza." — Andy Kindler

      August 11, 2018, 12:40 pm
      I've grown fond of deep dish pizza. Unfortunately, frozen tastes little different than cardboard.

      November 7, 2018, 10:14 am
      Very logical.

      June 4, 2019, 5:51 pm
      It's very subjective. Even though I'm from the Chicago burbs, I don't like deep-dish. We both like very thin crust almost no sauce, Italian sausage and cheese. It should smell like olive oil and oregano. Hard to find in a lot of places in the country. Also, Italian beef, I can't believe that it's mostly a local Chicago thing. I know it's spreading, but I was shocked that we haven't found it in NY, CT or MA. We did have a place not too far from here with Italian beef and sausage, but it only lasted a year or so. My son found another one but it's too far for us to drive for lunch. My niece who calls herself a ''beef snob'' is going through withdrawal since her move to Florida. I guess there are some chain places, but she said she wouldn't eat there when she lived in Chicago.

      July 20, 2019, 12:15 pm
      It is hard to find really good pizza these days.

      October 3, 2019, 5:42 am
      Best pizza I ever had was at the lunch counter at the train station in Florence. Huge brick oven, just for the pizza. In a train station!!

      October 31, 2019, 5:25 pm
      It's great to have a great food experience when traveling. I had the best mussels in Nice many years ago. I remember going back by train (from Monte Carlo) the next day to have them again. But I cannot get a good cheesesteak anywhere but Dalessandro's, Philadelphia.

      December 6, 2019, 11:27 pm
      Worst pizza I’ve ever had was from the snack window at Sam’s Club. It made Chuck E Cheese’s seem like gastronomic ecstasy by comparison.

      January 12, 2020, 5:57 am
      Word is Monty, that you should get your pizza slices at Costco. With over 700 calories a slice plus 30 grams of fat (65% saturated) they are guaranteed to delight your taste buds and harden your arteries.

      March 23, 2020, 12:16 am
      Worst pizza I ever had was in the late 60s at a small restaurant in NC. The crust was burnt, the sauce was bitter and they used American cheese.

      February 25, 2021, 2:43 am
      Letfreedomring, the *other* best pizza I ever had was in Monte Carlo! But cheesesteaks -- Delasandro's on Henry Ave.? Really?! Thanks for the tip! My daughter and her boyfriend love finding great cheesesteaks whenever they visit Philadelphia. I'll take them there someday after the pandemic is behind us.

      August 15, 2021, 6:40 pm
      Gaspare's Pizza, San Francisco, Geary Blvd. Best in the West.

      August 23, 2021, 1:31 pm
      So the quote is basically saying, pizza is always good, except when it's bad. That fits in pretty well with my own experience.

      December 19, 2021, 8:37 am
      B & J's Pizza is the best in Corpus Christi and has been for several years! Now they're a brew pub, too! Heaven!

      December 19, 2021, 2:58 pm
      Al Quadrante near the Marco Polo Airport outside of Venice. Even years later, my husband would ask, "Remember that pizza?"


      • I can't stop laughing at imsoeasy's comeback.

        "The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get Up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office." — Robert Frost

        April 3, 2014, 5:15 am
        very funny. I didn't know he had an office.

        October 23, 2014, 6:42 pm
        Yeah, I don't see him as the office type. Sounds like some kind of snark where he's pointing out what a special snowflake he is compared to the rest of us. Like his poetry though.

        January 5, 2015, 9:36 am
        His poetry office was in room 421 , down the hall from the prose division

        September 1, 2015, 11:40 am
        ^ ha ha . . . but really, a writer has an office. Think about it: It's full-time, you need a desk and a chair and something to write with, and you need solitude for long stretches. Office, right?

        June 27, 2016, 1:43 pm
        Ha! I was wondering if he went to the office each morning. Did he take the train, and stop at Walgreens for coffee? Did he have a secretary taking messages about important poetry matters? I would have guessed it would be more like LLapp described it. Put on your slippers and walk down the hall.

        May 13, 2018, 5:28 am
        Truman Capote wrote best in hotel rooms and trains. John Cheever put on his only suit every morning and rode the elevator down to the basement of his NYC apartment house; there he would strip down to his boxers and hang up his suit, then sit down and write until nightfall, put his suit back on, and ride the elevator home. And there was some writer, I can't remember who it was, who said she would write with her feet immersed in a bucket of water, as a tactic to keep herself at her desk.

        November 5, 2019, 12:59 am
        I didn't know it was so easy to be a writer. I'm doing it now sitting in the dank basement, naked, with my feet in a bucket of water. Anyone else have tips?


        • Maybe we need a special forum thread just for players' spontaneous poetry. Till then, here's another limerick from kb83.

          "Forgive many things in others - nothing in yourself." — Ausonius

          January 12, 2022, 9:03 pm
          Decimius Magnus Ausonius
          Had the key to existence harmonious,
          Grant others their flaws,
          But in your case, pause,
          You could be the one who's erroneous.