Seeing the world with strings attached

December 28, 2010

Blog Guy, you haven’t mentioned your brother, Basil, in a while.

QATAR/I believe you once told us he works overseas, in an expatriate job. He’s an expert at export, as I recall?

No, he’s no longer an expat export expert. Basil left for a career as a folk musician. He moved to the Gulf, to play guitar in Doha.

He plays guitar in Qatar?

He didn’t like it, so he said aloha to Doha.

Then what? Is he still a folkie?

He drifted over to Gambia, to play banjo in the capital.

Basil played banjo in Banjul?

He was over the moon about that gig while it lasted.

Is he back on terra firma?

Yes, in Burma. He’s playing…

Let me guess. He plays spoons in Rangoon, right? Is that where you were going with this stupidity?

music instrument 260Nope. Now he plays mandolin in Mandalay…

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When can we expect his cello aappearance in Chile?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

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Right after he plays viol in Tryol, CrowGirl…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

No, but they play the piano in Plano.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Then it’s vuvuzela in Venezuela, right?

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

Perhaps a short tour playing bongo’s in the Congo?

Posted by NWHiker | Report as abusive

I remember when he played the oboe in Toledo (and for some Ohioans, a tuba in Toledo). How is Basil’s wife, Rosemary?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

…Sage….

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

How’s their daughter Ginger? And the triplets, Angelica, Arugula, and Horseradish?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Thanks for asking, Doc and Unca. The whole family will be cumin here for New Year’s….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Oh, and dont forget cousin Oregano!
Now, about that sax in LAX… where is LAX, by the way?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Sounds like a family get-together with a whole lot of lovage going on. Love means never having to say you’re sorrel.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I forgot about Corey and Anders. I met them once at SeaWorld, by the performing seals. It was a seal intro.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Seal intro. Bit of a stretch, Doc.
Mint – very nice, Spin.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

“Spice Capades,” Spin?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Spice Capades. I love it.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Now you are talking my language….
Spin, maybe you could tell me a little more about those jokes… we may just be able to zing it…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Another stretch, but here goes…
Zesty, Shra!

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

Hava Nagilla Magilla Gorilla Godzilla, Unca!!!

Spinny, I recommend Mr.Vampire Footie to model for us… There has to be somehting more appetising than blood…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Spin, Tara is gone, but her crazy daughter Meg is still here.
If that nut Meg doesn’t leave soon….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Ann? Would that be Ann Hathaway? I must say, her new movie is way ahead of what she has been doing so far…

Spin, no one can beat your herb puns.. !!! :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Really Spin? Cardamom? Are you proud of yourself?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

First, I’m not sure how this went from musical instrument puns to herb and spice puns.

Anyhow, I need to break away now. My wife just got home from the grocery with more spices, and we always raise a glass of wine to the new arrivals. It’s time for our cinnamon toast…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

And from there, go on to meet cousin Cumin in Turin?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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