Oh, the humanity!

August 8, 2011

Blog Guy, can you settle a bet I have with my investment manager’s astrologer?

Wait. Doesn’t it bother you that your investment manager HAS an astrologer?

Nah, it beats the hell out of his damned Magic 8-Ball. “Should I get out of the stock market?” “Ask again later…” Sheesh.

Anyway, he says the Pope gets a summer vacation, but I think the Pope works all the time.

You’re both right. The Pope does spend time at a fairly nice summer residence, at Castelgandolfo, Italy.

Just “fairly nice?” What’s wrong with it?

They don’t have TV reception there, not even basic cable. There’s no “Everybody Loves Raymond,” no nothing.

So what does he do for entertainment, then?

He watches Bavarian folk dancers, nonstop. Morning, noon and night. They haul ’em in by the truckload.

OMG! That’s inhuman! Can he at least taunt them with rude comments?

Not while the cameras are on.

So hold on. Are you telling me the Pope…

Right. Doesn’t even know he missed “Shark Week.”

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Bavarian folk dance group Goaslschnalzer perform in front of Pope Benedict XVI during a special audience at the Pope’s summer residence in Castelgandolfo July 30, 2011. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

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Why are some of the guys missing part of their socks?
Yeah, trust me to look for the abnormalities..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

You know what? *I* didn’t know I missed Shark Week!

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

@Shra, that’s just how we roll in Bavaria! :-)

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

You sure about that, Jib? Doesnt seem like there is much to roll here, is there?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Dance your socks off – Join the OE Blog Network.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Popey needs to get out more. I don’t have TV, yet I’ve never been reduced to seeking out Bavarian folk dancing…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

That does it! There is no way I’ll EVER accept being pope if it means missing Shark Week! I really thought the job would pull down better perks than that.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I thought investent managers were astrologers; they’re always looking for a sign.

@Jazz: you could trade Shark Week for the Pope Mobile. A car with soul.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

@Shra: maybe their socks at the half-off store…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

“OOOhhhhh Magic 8-ball should I join the Oddly Enough blog network? Magic 8-ball says definitely!”

That’s High-Def for ya isn’t it Your Holiness? Feels like you are actually there huh?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Is that Pope Benedict or Pope Benefits? I wouldn’t mind staying at Castel Gandolfo if the Bavarian theme leads to this:

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 09/09/21/lookin-for-my-luger-sugar/

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/05/30/great-legs-nice-calves/

Heck, I’d enjoy a mug or two while on holiday, even though I don’t like beer… 😛

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

…at his age? …with his eyesight? …They need to roll that darned crimson carpet out of the way so that the dancers can get close enough to the Pope so that he can see them. Maybe he’d feel sorry enough to buy them some new/whole socks.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

They also seem to have white feathers in their caps… and they are dancing in front of a Pope in a white skull-cap..
Could it be that the White Hat Conpiracy has diversified?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Moonshine… I only alluded to staying at Castel Gandolfo, I wouldn’t want to be the Pope that’s for sure.

I don’t like wearing white caps.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Is he a pope or a king?

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

He’s a mix of both, I’d guess. A ‘ping’ or a’pong’, maybe?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

i’d go with a ping

Posted by FanExpertz | Report as abusive

Heck, beer for everyone 😛

Posted by polyimidetape | Report as abusive

wow….you can’t be serious. No tv? I bet he drinks a lot; you can’t enjoy a Bavarian folk dance without a few local Bavarian pints.

Posted by forbid64 | Report as abusive