Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gypsy Scholar's Birthday Off

Map of Western Civilization?
Can Wikipedia be wrong?
(Image from Wikipedia)

Actually, the birthday is not Gypsy Scholar's but that of my secret identity, Jeffery Hodges.

Oops . . . guess that's not so secret anymore.

Anyway, I'm taking the day off, hence leaving the defense of Western civilization to others for the next 24 hours...

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At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relax. I've got it covered.

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As best I remember, when you were a baby you could squall and your mouth formed kind of a square look.
I think Pat didn't want to talk much about you. I questioned him and he said you were deformed. When pressed, he said, "Well, HANDS.... He's got the biggest hands I ever saw on a baby....and HEAD.....the biggest, ugliest head....and FEET....He's got the biggest feet....and BALLS....HE JUST BALLS (or was it just bawls?)....all the time!!!! At least this is the way I (want to) remember it.

At 7:45 AM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

I know this sounds crazy but our posts show up as tomorrow, today.
so is your bday the 13th or the 14th

At 7:46 AM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

I forgot to wish you health and prosperity and all that. Do you celebrate with cake and candles and presents in the civilized world over there?

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I almost forgot....HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Best wishes, and many more good birthdays, dear nephew!

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Hathor said...

Happy Birthday!

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He's got the biggest feet....and BALLS."

Wow. And you were only an infant.

Happy birthday to a favorite blogger!


At 9:56 AM, Blogger Kate Marie said...

Happy birthday!

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking you meant from now on you were doing without numbers?

You know, those Pirate guys from South Carolina, South Dakota?

Well, somewhere they don't have real numbers.

Oh heck, Washington DC. Now I remember, "the Piranhas."


At 3:30 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, everybody, for the comments.

I'm glad that someone as competent as a Bauman is holding the fort on this 14th day of May (here in Seoul), for if any walls need repair, the Bauman can rebuild.

Thanks to my Uncle Cran for putting me in my place . . . my birthday place, and in my birthday suit, too. Maybe that was more information than I needed to know, but I'm sure that everyone else has been entertained.

Uncle Cran is a minister, by the way . . . a lay minister, if I'm not mistaken. Okay, he may have been ordained, but it obviously didn't 'take' and will need to be redone.

Hathor was courteous, and too refined to notice the uncouth hillbilly talk. Kate Marie, too. Oh, and Jeanie. Ladies, all.

Sonagi, as always, is unclassifiable . . . but amusing.

And JK is suggesting that I do without numbers. You're right, JK. I'll stop counting the years.

(Musing . . . if only I could also do something as useful with my big hands, big head, and big feet...)

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:20 PM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

I am sending you another blank check in your belated bday card. Buy what you want!!

At 2:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday and all the best, etc.

At 3:16 AM, Blogger Al-Ozarka said...

Have a great day, Birthday-Boy.

At 3:45 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Jeanie. That first blank check came in handy. I wrote it in for six figures and presume that it cleared the bank. I'm surprised that you still have funds to cover another blank check! I'll try six figures again, okay?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:47 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Erdal and Daddio, thanks for the birthday greetings.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, an ordained minister.
I apologize for mis-spelling Bawls (meaning lusty crying). Bradley said you cried for months, until they finally figured out you couldn't tolerate certain formulas.
Once that problem (FORMULA) was resolved, the BAWLING stopped.
At least, to my knowledge.
Again, my apologies.

At 6:15 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Lusty! I see that you're still harping on that theme!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dictionary has the following definitions for "Lusty."
1. full of or characterized by youthful spirit, vigor, etc,; stout; vigorous; robust; healthy; lively.
2. bulky; large; of great size.
3. beautiful; handsome; pleasing,
4. impudent.
5. lustful
2 through 5 are listed as obsolete.
But take your pick, professor.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I see. You're claiming that at birth, I was already four-fifths obsolete!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday.


At 8:44 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That must be "Brother" Tim (as opposed to some other, outlandish 'Tim' of the Anderson sort).

Thanks, Tim. This birthday was nearly my 'deathday'. See following entry...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, number 2 seems apropos.
Hello, nephew Tim (?).

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That's better. Only one-fifth obsolete.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Late to the party as usual, but better late than never, as they say: happy (rather belated) birthday!

I can't believe we've gone almost the entire semester without meeting up for a drink or two or twenty. This will have to be remedied at some point in the near future.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Belated? You were almost too late for my funeral!

Anyway, the remedy for the other delayed activity will likely have to come this summer, when the living is easy...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday Jeff! I'm certain I mean "bawls" as in bawling. But...who knows (Sun-Ae I assume!).


At 10:07 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Speaking of belated birthdays . . . there was yours back on the 5th.

Happy Birthday!

As for the anatomical report . . . I think that Uncle Cran was relating a joke that he'd heard, but given your very early linguistic skills, you could easily have uttered those sentiments.

And three-quarters of the description actually fit!

(By the way, are you implying that Sun-Ae might be able to compare?)

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:12 AM, Blogger Deogolwulf said...

Happy birthday! (I'm late as always.) I wish you many, happy, lozenge-free returns.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thank you, Deogolwulf. I will avoid lozenges if I am free to do so.

Speaking of which, our mutual friend Malcolm Pollack has finally gotten around to a discussion of free will and determinism, upon which I've also commented (including in a post here at Gypsy Scholar).

The debate, of course, is determined -- or perhaps free -- to continue.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:09 AM, Blogger Deogolwulf said...

I have been reading the posts of the estimable Mr Pollack with great interest; it is just that recently I haven't got round to interrupting his flow with my tuppenny-comments. And, if you don't mind my saying, and for what it's worth, I thought your post on reasons and causes was excellent. I am therefore hoping to watch the two of you battle it out, though, when it comes to making my own muddled mind up, naturally I might not be able to choose between you.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Why, thank you, Deogolwulf. I've always admired your writing and reasoning, so I accept the compliment with humble pride.

The distinction is one that I need to do some more thinking about, but I believe that my basic distinction (hardly original to me) between reasons and causes is crucial to a fruitful discussion of free will.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:47 PM, Blogger Deogolwulf said...

You are much, much too kind. It is I who am now glowing with pride.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That reminds me that I need to visit your site and do some intensive reading of all the posts that you've put up recently but that I've missed out on due to intensive grading of lamentable student essays.

See you there soon.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professor , this is the crazy student in your class who prefer grey's anatomy over multiculturalism. I was searching for articles on google and I 'accidentally' landed here..Do I get extra points if i cite from one of your articles? *giggles

This is super late, but happy belated birthday :)

At 3:32 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Grey's Anatomy? Is that the medical tome or the TV show?

Thanks for the birthday greetings.

Jeffery Hodges

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