Heinlein Readers Discussion Group Saturday 01/08/2005 5: 00 P.M. EST Glory Road and the Most Mammoth Hoax in History

Heinlein Readers Discussion Group
Saturday 01/08/2005 5: 00 P.M. EST
Glory Road and the Most Mammoth Hoax in History

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Here Begins the Discussion

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Merfilly27: can’t stay fellas

AGplusone: Hi, Steph. Just opening the room

Merfilly27: Got to take the family to dinner tonight

AGplusone: hope you can come back

Merfilly27: I did enjoy the book

Merfilly27: and I had a question for you, oh wise ones

AGplusone: Yes, grasshopper …

Merfilly27: Was “The Glory Road” a commonly used expression for soldiering/adventuring?

AGplusone: yeah

Merfilly27: I just started Between Planets…first reading…and that is the name of Don’s ship off Earth

AGplusone: 😉 I keep forgetting that.

Merfilly27: ahh…I can’t believe that

Merfilly27: Have a great chat, friends…hope the next one is for me to make

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AGplusone: I do. I do. I’ve noticed it incidentally, but never mentioned it in a chat on GL. For sure make it.

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Kultsi KN: Hello!

AGplusone: Hi, K

AGplusone: Just opened early … getting ready

Kultsi KN: this late nothing’s early 😉

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Kultsi KN: wb, JJ

JJ Brannon: Somehow the invite did not work.

JJ Brannon: I keep the link handy though.

JJ Brannon: I hadn’t known I’d left. : >)

Kultsi KN: this using other program than AOHell’s AIM sometimes makes things interesting, too.

JJ Brannon: Except for the 10 years with the same email address and my discussion groups…

JJ Brannon: …I’d leave AOL.

AGplusone: Me too.

Kultsi KN: I use gaim – does AIM, MSN, ICQ & IRC

Kultsi KN: and _no_ popup ads

AGplusone: Opened the room a little early and thought I’d hit a few buttons.

aggirlj has entered the chat room.

aggirlj: Hey Kultsi and JJ!

aggirlj: David Jr and Sr.

Kultsi KN: {{{{Jane}}}}

AGplusone: :: :: : wave : :: ::

aggirlj: {{{{{{K}}}}}}}}}}

aggirlj: :: :: wave back: :: :: ::

JJ Brannon: Big wave, hugs

Kultsi KN: Pls, nothing ’bout BIG waves

Kultsi KN: every effin’ tabloid is full of that Brad Lyau is not online, and therefore cannot chat.

aggirlj: I was thinking of you and where most of the tourists come from K.

JJ Brannon: Well, people frequently don’t like to make waves, but they like to talk about when they’re made.

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Kultsi KN: we lost about 200, in 5M; Sweden lost 4000 in 10M

aggirlj: JJ I just entered your nome’ in my Buddy list but it doesn’t pop up. What are you using? AIM or AOL. This has happened before. Pam didn’t show on Thursday on my list but should have.

JJ Brannon: I hate to say, “Hi!” and run, but I was just about ready to walk out the door when David hailed me.

AGplusone: Was talking to Joel Rosenberg by IM … evidently the big “firearm” war with MiniCon in Minnepolis is over, so he’s back to going to SF cons

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AGplusone: Hi, and go eat.

aggirlj: Return if you can.

JJ Brannon: AOL. But I may have to enter you on my white list to be visible

aggirlj: Oh.

JJ Brannon: Hold.

AGplusone: How does Brian keep leaving without showing up? He’s still in England

aggirlj: I’ll try inviting him and see

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JJ Brannon: Am I visible now?

Kultsi KN: yes, JJ

AGplusone: You are

aggirlj: Yeah, thanks.

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JJ Brannon: I created the white list because about three, four years ago I was unable to work due to the constant interruptions by IMbots.

aggirlj: Ahhh, I think Pam has something similar.

AGplusone: Brian’s rebooting stuff.

JJ Brannon: I’d be composing a long topic post and the IM would cause my draft box to shrink…

aggirlj: Should I invite him again?

AGplusone: It does that on windows?

Kultsi KN: pls, do

AGplusone: I just did

JJ Brannon: require me to reject the IM, confirm the rejection, and then resize the draft area.

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AGplusone: Doesn’t do that on Macs

AGplusone: just causes an alert sound in the background

JJ Brannon: This would happen every couple of sentences. Thus the white list.

AGplusone: doesn’t affect the open window

JJ Brannon: I understand.

Kultsi KN: JJ, try gaim

JJ Brannon: But must run. Maybe you’ll still be here when I return. : >)

aggirlj: Great, enjoy!

AGplusone: of course if you’ve got sixty windows open it takes time for find it. We’ll try, JJ

aggirlj: Brian’s not getting the invites.

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AGplusone: He’s going to reboot again

BJ Maranta is not online, and therefore cannot chat.

aggirlj: Brian’s going to restart

Kultsi KN: is _everybody_ IMing Brian?

aggirlj: Just about

AGplusone: 🙂

aggirlj: afk

Kultsi KN: IMO — AIM’s starting to vacuum

aggirlj: They’re getting a lot of competition and use of the problems of AIM in the opposing advertisers.

aggirlj: I mean AOL

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aggirlj: Well Brian’s on again. Let’s see what happens.

pixelmeow: hey!

aggirlj: Hey Pix!

pixelmeow: what’s up folks?

pixelmeow: or, docs?

Kultsi KN: this invite did work

aggirlj: Trying to get BJ Maranta into the chat.

BRSTAHL has entered the chat room.

pixelmeow: hi bryan

AGplusone: Hi, Bryan

Kultsi KN: hi, Bryan!


aggirlj: Howdy

Kultsi KN: _real_ long time, no see!

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aggirlj: Heyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

Kultsi KN: and brian keeps dropping _out_, never _in_

pixelmeow: my daughter is playing aim with me in another window

Kultsi KN: considerable delay between sending a message and its appearance

aggirlj: That’s what I think the problem is.

BJ Maranta has left the chat room.

AGplusone: we had some of that Thursday night.

BRSTAHL: And the phone rings with a wrong number as soon as i log on.

Kultsi KN: that’s the spooks, Bryan — checking on ya…

BRSTAHL: Probably. I’ve had to visit McClean too many times lately, so they’re worried about me.

aggirlj: David, you seem to be the only one whose invites are getting through. Brian tried but it didn’t work. Want to send one more?

pixelmeow: I don’t see my text coming across

aggirlj: I see it.

BRSTAHL: Same here.

pixelmeow: okay, that’s a LONG time lag

AGplusone: done

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AGplusone: Did you see “Meet the Fockers” Bryan?

BRSTAHL: No, missed that one.

pixelmeow: I’ve got over a minute lag.

aggirlj: Supposed to be real funny. Mixed reviews though.

AGplusone: It’s just out. A sequel on something earlier. Robert DeNiro is a retired CIA agent. His daughter … wants to marry some couple from Florida’s son.

pixelmeow: anybody see me???

aggirlj: Yes

AGplusone: Funny scene: the DeNiro’s have a cat, cat flushes dog down a toilet bowl.

BRSTAHL: I see you, Teresa.

AGplusone: Yeas

aggirlj: Really small dog.

pixelmeow: LV needs an invite, also

pixelmeow: if anyone ever sees this

aggirlj: What’s his buddy name?

AGplusone: see if we can join in the other

pixelmeow: my text is taking over two minutes to show up.

AGplusone: I’ll keep this one open and stay in both

AGplusone: Pixel?

pixelmeow: I don’t know what’s going on, but Brian just tried to open a chat room with me and it wouldn’t finish

AGplusone: want me to send you another invite to bjmaranta 355549?

AGplusone: only two 5s

pixelmeow: and I don’t know when you are seeing my text but this is insane

AGplusone: “bjmaranta 355549”

aggirlj: Come into BJ Maranta’s room

AGplusone: I’m seeing it now

pixelmeow: yes?

AGplusone: Nope. You’re hitting the same problem Brian did

pixelmeow: I got another window up and it’s got Error at the top

AGplusone: leaving before you arrive. Speak here, and I’ll relay you.

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AGplusone: Jane’s trying another invite to you

AGplusone: Hi, LV …

LV Poker Player: Hello everyone

aggirlj: Hi LV, we are trying to find the right room

pixelmeow: I’m leaving too?

AGplusone: try accepting the next invite …

Kultsi KN: Hi LV!

pixelmeow: well that worked, at least

Kultsi KN: on Brian’s chat

Kultsi KN: DUH!

pixelmeow: okay…

pixelmeow: joining room…

aggirlj: Kultsi you are not in Bryan’s

AGplusone: if you can run with two windows open ….

pixelmeow: I’ve got another error

Kultsi KN: dropped meself out from Brian’s — somebody pls invite me again…

AGplusone: yes, we saw

aggirlj: Okay, Kultsi I get the not online message.

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NuclearWasteUSN has entered the chat room.

aggirlj: Invites shooting your way Pix at BJ’s room

NuclearWasteUSN: doing taxes can’t stay

aggirlj: Hi Bill and Nuke.

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aggirlj: LV I’m inviting you to theother room

LV Poker Player: o

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Kultsi KN: David Sr; nobody’s active here in a while…

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AGplusone: Hi, Kim

DavidWrightSr: Hey guys. Sorry I’m late

Kim Kinnison999: hi folks

Kultsi KN: Hi, Kim!

AGplusone: we’re in another room because of technical difficulties, let me invite you both

Kultsi KN: ga, Ag

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Kultsi KN: hi, dee; here, too?

BJ Maranta has left the chat room.

jilyd: Don’t know how I got here!

aggirlj: Brian can’t get in, thus our change.

Kultsi KN: but you did!

jilyd: I tried to come here and it was empty, AGinvited me over there, suddenly this one popped open again.

Kultsi KN: heh. AOHell vacuums.

Kultsi KN: I came here, now, because Kim popped up on my buddy list

jilyd: Nicely put, Cutie.

aggirlj: Kim’s in the other room.

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DavidWrightSr: I just got in from supper and issued a bunch of invitations. I see that some of the worked.

AGplusone: Some still don’t, Dave

DavidWrightSr: I’ve got 5 outstanding invites, but no responses from them.

AGplusone: didn’t work for Maranta

Dehede011: Yes, someone just sent me an invitation and I am in the room

DavidWrightSr: NW declined.

jilyd: Nuke is doing taxes, and hating it!

AGplusone: we’re still going in the “bjmaranta 355649” room that we all can get in

DavidWrightSr: Who all is there?

aggirlj: Most everyone David. I’ll send you an invite, it’s from BJ Maranta chat.

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Kultsi KN: ok, lets wrap this one up, too. ‘nite, David!
The problems with the room discussed above made it necessary to continue in the BJMARANTA room

You are now in chat room ?bjmaranta 355649.¦

AGplusone: It does

BJ Maranta: well, one way anyway

Kultsi KN has entered the chat room.

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BJ Maranta: Hey!

Kultsi KN: works

BJ Maranta: Cool!

aggirlj: Hi there.

BJ Maranta: 🙂

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BJ Maranta: Hi, Kultsi; hi “sis!” : -)

Kultsi KN: I have_lots_ of tabs open

BJ Maranta: lol

aggirlj: Hi Bryan, how are you!

Kultsi KN: that’s how gaim works

BRSTAHL: Which group should I be on?

AGplusone: you can stay in both

AGplusone: I am

BJ Maranta: Sorry to be such a pain, folks

aggirlj: This seems to move quicker.

Kultsi KN: ne2!

Kultsi KN: it does

Kultsi KN: *me2

aggirlj: Shall we move here?

BJ Maranta: C’mon in!

BRSTAHL: Did she get the invite/

aggirlj: I just invited Teresa

Kultsi KN: me2!

Kultsi KN: 😀

BRSTAHL: She’s still talking on the other group.

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aggirlj: Oh God, pix is having the same problem.

Kultsi KN: duh! now she’s the one dropping out!

BJ Maranta: shoot!

Kultsi KN: ok, Jane, you invite her again

aggirlj: I’ll try

BJ Maranta: I’ve given it a whirl also

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AGplusone: Well, if you can run with two windows open

Kultsi KN has entered the chat room.

BJ Maranta: Shoot

aggirlj: Now you are here.

aggirlj: Kultsi

Kultsi KN: ’tis good to be back!

BJ Maranta: yay! : -)

BJ Maranta: But pixel isn’t here… : -(

aggirlj: No, I think she is in limbo . . . how low can you go.

BRSTAHL: I just tried another invite to her.

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AGplusone: I’m sitting here trying to decide whether to invite Bill here … or see what

aggirlj: Well pix has left the other room, let’s try another invite.

AGplusone: did

BPRAL22169 has entered the chat room.

BPRAL22169: Hi — what’

aggirlj: Hi Bill, we’re trying to find a good room.

BPRAL22169: ‘s going on in here?

Kultsi KN: Bill’s in… Hi!


BJ Maranta: We’re getting there! : -)

Kultsi KN: AOHell… that’s what is going on

BJ Maranta: lol

BPRAL22169: Howdy, Bryan. Why is the regular room ng?

BJ Maranta: Somebody fix this here “internet” thingy

aggirlj: We wanted BJ in and we’re trying this one.

BJ Maranta: yep… it’s all my fault… silly Canadians… : -)

pixelmeow has entered the chat room.

BPRAL22169: OK — but someone’s going to have to monitor the regular room, then.

pixelmeow: finally!

BJ Maranta: Yay Pixel! : -)

AGplusone: Hallalulah\

Kultsi KN: pixel is IN!

pixelmeow: whew!

BRSTAHL: Pix, are you really here/

aggirlj: Yehhhhhhhh

pixelmeow: I am, right now

pixelmeow: and my text is coming thru fast!

AGplusone: well, someone send LV another invitation

pixelmeow: 🙂

AGplusone: he’s not taken mine

BJ Maranta: I’ll try

LV Poker Player has entered the chat room.

BJ Maranta: Yay, LV! : -)

AGplusone: Well, we’re all here.

aggirlj: We are complete, what about David Sr

pixelmeow: okay, we all appear to be here

pixelmeow: 😉

AGplusone: Time Enough to discuss Glory Road.

LV Poker Player: ok, but will late arrivals be able to find us?

AGplusone: I’lls tay in the other room

aggirlj: I am monitoring the other room

AGplusone: and herd them over

Kultsi KN: somebody invite David Sr…

BJ Maranta: Everybody have a chair? What about drinks?

AGplusone: He’s monitoring, not active

Kultsi KN: Laphroaigh, 15 yo, pls!

pixelmeow: here you go!

Kultsi KN: but if we are gonna sit here…

aggirlj: A little Medeira m’dear?

AGplusone: probably shopping with his wife …

pixelmeow: and for you…

BJ Maranta: I’ll stick to Timmy’s coffee… with maybe a bit of Bailey’s…

pixelmeow: okay, and here…

AGplusone: Joe Haldeman tells a story: he got his degree from MIT in astronomy, went on a summer break and got his draft notice when he and Gay got back.

AGplusone: Decided to report, rather than head for Canada. This was ’67.

BJ Maranta: lol

AGplusone: So he took two books to basic: Cyrano de Bergerac and Glory Road.

BRSTAHL: He got to take books?

Kultsi KN: ahh

AGplusone: Why?

aggirlj: Wow, very nice combination.

BJ Maranta: I didn’t know “swordfighter” was a valid MOC…

AGplusone: (apparantly so … I suppose I could have too, but it never occurred to me to do so)

Kultsi KN: it was, Brian, it was…

BJ Maranta: lol

AGplusone: He said once he took Glory Road because he just wanted to and hadn’t read the play Cyrano in a while, so he took it too.

BRSTAHL: When I went through, they had the no distractions theory going. No books, magazines, papers, or anything but training or religious material.

AGplusone: I’ve been trying to get my mind around that one for years.

BJ Maranta: I’m pretty sure I had my copy of ‘Troopers with me on Basic Officer Training

AGplusone: Well, draftees with degrees in astronomy have ways of getting around basic training sergeants, I suppose

AGplusone: I don’t remember having anything to read in OCS, except the training manuals and handouts they issued

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AGplusone: But NW tells me he took a trip just a few weeks ago over to a Natl Guard OCS in Minnesota to bring them all copies of Starship Troopers, so evidently it’s allowed.

Kultsi KN has entered the chat room.

aggirlj: Wb

Kultsi KN: this is getting tedious.

BRSTAHL: They continually change theories on the best way to keep recruits focused.

Kultsi KN: another time I clicked the ‘X’

AGplusone: Esc will blow you out of these rooms just as easily.

Kultsi KN: I ain’t gonna try

Kultsi KN: 😉

AGplusone: I still suppose Glory Road would be an interesting choice for basic, tho …

AGplusone: why would you want to take it?

BJ Maranta: So you can ask the nice Drill Sergeant about the “fairy god mother” department…

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aggirlj: Right, lol

Kultsi KN: at your — or my — time, it was sorta … current

AGplusone: Or understand the Suprise Party department

Dehede011: Howdy folks, my team is winning in the playoffs at this moment

BJ Maranta: Huzzah!

pixelmeow: YAY!

Dehede011: I will make a prediction on the game as sooon as it is over.

AGplusone: The nice Drill Sergeant would probably tell you to hold out your card for the Chaplain’s punch …

Kultsi KN: sensible

BJ Maranta: lol, David

AGplusone: which he’d borrow to save you the trip to the Post Chapel.

Dehede011: I’m glad I was in the Navy, the Chief would have handed out a crying towel.

AGplusone: There is, seriously, or half so, a lesson about basic training in Glory Road, however, and one in Cyrano, too.

Kultsi KN: crying? spray!

Dehede011: ga

AGplusone: There is the disorientation phase, and the building up phase in Glory Road

Dehede011: Yes,

BJ Maranta: True… never thought of it that way

AGplusone: what we’ve called the manipulation in the posts, but it’s more than that

Dehede011: That was in Petty Officer 101,

aggirlj: Ah, you needed to be there to understand that part of it.

AGplusone: And in Cyrano, been years since I’ve read it, the mentoring of the young man by Cyrano himself — whatzisname

Dehede011: Christian??

AGplusone: the one who Cyrano teaches to make love

aggirlj: Whatisname.

Dehede011: Mala Powers played the love

AGplusone: the cadet, if Christian is his name

aggirlj: Roxanne was the woman.

Dehede011: But I knew she was really Mala Powers and that is who I had my eye on

AGplusone: And I suppose in ’67, there was the exodus of the WW II and Korean vets already beginning, so you did have a few passed over twice Lieutenants and vile First Sergeants who stayed in the rear to hand out courts martial — although

Kultsi KN: I’ve never read the book — seen a play, though, with our prez.

AGplusone: I’m not quite sure Joe had that one figured out … Oklahoma boys are pretty smart about stuff like that, I suspect.

Dehede011: Is Cyrano done as a play these days??

AGplusone: I’ve just been wondering why he’d pick those two

aggirlj: Jose Ferrer did a pretty nice job in the movie.

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Kultsi KN: oh yes

aggirlj: Hi Dee.

jilyd: Good evening, all.

BRSTAHL: hello

BJ Maranta: Hi, Dee!

Kultsi KN: Hi, Dee!

AGplusone: different room Dee because we could not all get in the other one

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jilyd: Wha’ hoppen’?

aggirlj: Hi LN

Reilloc: Hi, Jane

Kultsi KN: Hello, LN

BPRAL22169: Just explaining — not everyone could get into the usual room, so we setup one everyone can get to.

Reilloc: Hi, Kult

AGplusone: Hi, LN … figured it out yourself?

Reilloc: Brian invited me, Dave.

jilyd: I will be introducing someone new in a few, when she sign on AIM.

AGplusone: We were talking about why Haldeman took Cyrano and Glory Road to basic in 1967 or ’68 when he got drafted.

AGplusone: Trying to figure out why that particular choice.

Reilloc: H.R. Haldeman did what to whom before he hooked up with Nixon?

jilyd: My mother will probably listen more than chat, but she wanted to visit a chat room in action, and meet some more of my Heinlein friend, too.

aggirlj: And you asked why the two. Surrendipity on some level and then I feel they relate to some degree.

AGplusone: No, Joe Haldeman, who later wrote The Forever War

Reilloc: I’m in the wrong room.

Reilloc: What happened to the Heinlein chat?

BPRAL22169: Well, also, Cyrano appears as a character in Glory Road — or possibly a demonic double of Cyrano.

aggirlj: This is it with a little twist.

AGplusone: Did a year as a draftee after he got his degree from MIT in astronomy

aggirlj: Yes, guarding the egg.

AGplusone: and when he got the notice, decided no Canada for this boy from Oklahoma

BJ Maranta: What was his MOC? Or MOS, or whatever?

Dehede011: Possibly the scenes in Glory Road turned him on to Cyranno

Reilloc: Well, since I don’t know Haldeman and only knew Erlichman slightly, I’ll just listen.

AGplusone: combat engineer

AGplusone: Got badly wounded

aggirlj: :-PLN

Kultsi KN: shot or a mine?

BRSTAHL: EOD that went wrong.

Dehede011: I read Glory Road and Gulf in an interrupted mode. For me and possibly for Haldeman the hook was set deep.

AGplusone: They captured a VC ammo dump after driving out the VC. Wanted to blow it right away. Officer refused to let them. VC often bobby trap the things. Officer didn’t let them. Said I have food for the troops coming in

AGplusone: so they waited on guard around it while the food came in. The dump blew.

Kultsi KN: shit

AGplusone: Well, anyway …

Kultsi KN: Joe did get OUT

jilyd: I guess he woud not have known his assignement before basic, but I can see how Cyrano and GR might appeal to a combat engineer–a dangerous job, but not always given teh “glory.”

AGplusone: yeah took a .51 cal sideways through his hip

AGplusone: and a bunch of little shit here and there

jilyd: Man!

BJ Maranta: gotta hate it when that happens

BRSTAHL: He says he still has pieced in him.

Reilloc: So, how’s this relate to this hoax business?

AGplusone: And drinks a lot of wine

AGplusone: Well, wonder about the role of Cyrano-construct in Hokesh, for one thing

Reilloc: Uhhh…no.

AGplusone: Cyrano = the coach = the first sergeant

Reilloc: What is it?

Reilloc: I’m missing it.

AGplusone: but in Cyrano’s case Oscar takes the lesson to heart

Reilloc: So he’s the first sergeant, where’s the hoax fit in?

AGplusone: The coach was too easy for Easy, the first sergeant too hard ….

Reilloc: I think you’re reading shit into this that isn’t there.

AGplusone: I’m trying to work my way through it. the major question I’ve always had is why pick on Cyrano ??

Reilloc: Pick on?

BRSTAHL: Influences that got Oscar into that mess?

AGplusone: a noble type … who is the guard on Glory Road … is the ubervillain to prevent Oscar from succeeding in the Quest for the Egg

Reilloc: I think Heinlein picked somebody and attribution of significance is revisionist johnny-come-latelyism

Dehede011: Cyrano, Heinlein and Oscar were all swordsman. It doesn’t seem surprising that a phantom Cyrano would show up.

AGplusone: That could be, Bryan … Glory Road, in a way, is an ignoble profession

Kultsi KN: a hero of equal standing to Oscar

jilyd: The Alexandrian solution, LN.

AGplusone: go out and kill people

Reilloc: What’s the Alexandrian solution, Dee?

jilyd: To the Gordian knot. You just cut right through all the verbosity.

Reilloc: One part Greek fire, one part Greek tragedy?

BPRAL22169: Well, there is also that Rostand’s Cyrano is the paradigmatic romance hero.

AGplusone: Maybe all heroes are destined to have a House fall on their head in the end?

BJ Maranta: lol

Kultsi KN: do you think a hero would die in BED?

Kultsi KN: (at least not his own..)

BJ Maranta: not and still be a hero

AGplusone: Yeah, but die because someone blows up a house on you? Because they cannot face you with a sword?

BRSTAHL: So, no “Straw Death”?

AGplusone: Any significance to Oscar’s broken nose, and Cyrano’s long one? I’m just trying to pick off tangents in the story …

Reilloc: Just a random olifact.

AGplusone: And what significance to the role of Cyrano of teaching Christian to be a lover and the love theme in Glory Road?

Kultsi KN: ah, but in GR Cyrano did _not_ get a house on his precious head, he got noble steel through his thorax

BRSTAHL: Ways to make the face notable, but not classically handsome.

BJ Maranta: Or perhaps all the similarities between this character and Cyrano are a result of Oscar’s own imagination, influenced by the building the egg is in

aggirlj: Well, difference being Cyrano made fun of his nose whereas Oscar used his broken nose and scar as a romantic notion.

AGplusone: Make Love not War, getting back to Joe Haldeman’s pick for reading material.

AGplusone: True … he survives the house, but weakened

Kultsi KN: mebbe he wanted to compare?

Kultsi KN: Joe, that is

AGplusone: at least that’s how I read the play

AGplusone: There’s an aspect of an internal mental struggle in the crawling though the tunnels scenes, isn’t there, Brian?

BJ Maranta: Yah; he sees the tunnel shrink, but Rufo and Star do not

BRSTAHL: He said the Sould Eater knew the shape of his soul. kd4lfl has entered the chat room.

AGplusone: Mentions of all of Oscar’s failures, from the Rats when he and his mother were widowed and orphaned, through the failure of the scholarship, the relationships with the First Sergeant, etc.

AGplusone: His entire history of woe

AGplusone: Hi, KD

BJ Maranta: so maybe Oscar saw this character as he “expected” him to be… and he pulled Cyrano out of his memory

BRSTAHL: That’s it. Pick up every sore spot in history, and see if he breaks.

jilyd: David, and all, the nice lady with teh Hamm callsign for a screen name is my mother, Carrie.

Reilloc: So, he’s fighting with himself and he kills himself but doesn’t die because he can’t and he’s reborn, but he’s not and, in the end, what’s he learned?

aggirlj: Hi Carrie, I’m Jane.

AGplusone: Hello, Carrie and welcome!

BJ Maranta: Most gracious Welcome to you Carrie! I’m Brian

BJ Maranta: 🙂

Reilloc: Hi, Dee’s mom.

BPRAL22169: Yeah, I figured the unnamed Swordsman was Oscar himself in some important way.


jilyd: Got a Brian and A Bryan tonite.

Kultsi KN: Hi, Carrie!

BJ Maranta: hee hee

Reilloc: Who else could know so much about him than him, Bill?

BPRAL22169: Which makes his victory a kind of nietzschean “self-overcoming”

AGplusone: In the end … LN, that the road goes ever on and on … but then, he’s still got that lesson to go

Dehede011: Hi Carrie, I’m glad to finally meet you.

BPRAL22169: Just so, LNC

BJ Maranta: The soul eater is a mirror for Oscar

BPRAL22169: It’s also a classic “dark night of the soul” kind of thing

AGplusone: And for any professional soldier, or “hero” isn’t it?

Dehede011: And who would be the most feared opponent for a swordsman but Cyranno

BPRAL22169: If you want to look at the monomyth.

Reilloc: Aorro

aggirlj: Interesting take Brian and one that I will think on and not so far out there.

Reilloc: Zorro

AGplusone: Or the Scarlet Pimpernel?

BPRAL22169: I think Zorro might not have been on Oscar’s horizon — it was years before the TV show revived it.

AGplusone: But Cyrano wrote SF

Dehede011: brb kd4lfl: Helllo. You probably alreeady know I am Dee’s mother. Good to b e here with all of yhou

AGplusone: Zorro was a novel long before the TV series

BJ Maranta: Or perhaps a bit of a Sci-Fi Schtick; the powerful alien/force who appears in a form the hero can understand, as his “real” form would be incomprehensible.

BPRAL22169: Yes — but it wasn’t especially prominent the way it is now — there was a lot of romance novels about the Californios.

aggirlj: Q

AGplusone: /ga, Jane

jilyd: Now that one might be suitable to the “dark mirror of the soul” theme, David–“Is he in heaven, is he in hell?”

aggirlj: No, just comment on Brian’s thought.

aggirlj: Q is a character

BJ Maranta: Q from Star Trek: Next Generation

AGplusone: Ah … worthy opponent for JT Kirk

BRSTAHL: It depends on who Oscar would see as a dangerous adversary. Also, Oscar didn’t remember his name.

AGplusone: yeah, amazing, wasn’t that?

BPRAL22169: Or Oscar couldn’t allow himself to know the name.

BPRAL22169: This is Oscar as he sees himself, remember.

pixelmeow: Q was Picard’s opponent.

AGplusone: I can’t be the anti-hero if Cyrano is the enemy, that’s what I’d be.

AGplusone: Okay, Teresa

BRSTAHL: Well, Oscar did say that he seemed to expect him to know it.

BPRAL22169: Well part of it is that Heinleni didn’t believe in the hero-and-villain formula, so he has to do some fancy tapdancing to work in a romance formula.

Reilloc: Didn’t believe in or didn’t know how to write?

BPRAL22169: Didn’t believe in — didn’t want to write; was bored with.

AGplusone: That’s a big point, Bill … never a villain, although we have a couple mini-villains about then … Mrs. Grew for one.

BRSTAHL: He did have the theory that a villian is not a villian in his own eyes.

AGplusone: Berquist in Stranger for another

BJ Maranta: Did RAH ever use that “alien in a form you would understand” thing in any other stories?

BPRAL22169: Well — in the juveniles.

BPRAL22169: That’s to the villain thing above — the Wormfaces, for instance.

Reilloc: He was so postmodern.

jilyd: MotherThing as alien in a form you could understand?

AGplusone: Even Iunio is quite a villain if you look at him, until it’s time to be a hero, polish up the armor and die in a pile and all that

AGplusone: [how dare he want to buy PeeWee!]

BJ Maranta: Was Scudder a villain?

BRSTAHL: The Wormfaces didn’t see themselves as villians. They were simply clearing animals off a needed world.

jilyd: I have not given it much thougth before, but he rarely seems to spend a lot of time or detail on villains.

BPRAL22169: I think RAH did some interesting stuff without invoking that trope of 50’s sci-fi. He just had us assuming that the aliens were just like us — until things went disastrously wrong. Cf. Methuselah’s Children.

BRSTAHL: Scudder believed he was saving souls; the follow-on Prophets may be another story.

AGplusone: And the Victrix didn’t see itself as villains, just occupying a country of barbarians where it was necessary to do unpleasnat things occasionally

BJ Maranta: The Jockaira and the “Little People”, right Bill?

BPRAL22169: Yes, that’s what I had in mind, Brian

BPRAL22169: A little Wellsian, that — everydayness covering something extraordinary.

AGplusone: Both the Jockaira and the Little People had the best intentions

jilyd: Maybe he just found evil not nearly as interesting as many writers seem to.

BJ Maranta: I still think the School Master in Red Planet was evil… : -)

BRSTAHL: The greastest villians seem to be those who do things to others “for their own good.”

LV Poker Player: Now that we are getting the Star Wars back story, we find out that Darth Vader did not have evil or villainous intentions to begin with.

Reilloc: Maybe he didn’t want to take the risk of identifying specific evils for fear of alienating a readership.

BPRAL22169: I don’t know about that so much, D — but I do know he didn’t like formula.

BJ Maranta: I think Bryan has something there…

AGplusone: And Cyrano, the Eater of Souls, has the best intentions: “let the rhymn flow trippingly off your lips boy, and I’ll listen for a while before I kill you”

BPRAL22169: Ah, he was just “black ice.”

aggirlj: I am at the middle point in TCWWTW and there is a hair raising evilness in the Luna beuracracy.

jilyd: But we didn;t see pages and pages and pages devoted to loving detail about the schoolmaster–we saw enough of his evil behavior, and heard just enough of his remarks to know he knew what he was doing.

jilyd: Established he was a villain, but the story was not ABOUT him.

jilyd: He created the conflict for the story of teh good guys.

BJ Maranta: sure; and as Bryan pointed out, he, like others, was convinced of the “rightness” of what he was doing, not evil in his own eyes

AGplusone: Howell in Red Planet is just your standard “me first” bureaucrat placed in his job by nepotism

BPRAL22169: Yeah. I thought of Red Planet, too.

BJ Maranta: Who neither understands nor cares about the locals and their issues

aggirlj: (thanks for the spelling lesson D)

LV Poker Player: VERY few people see themselves as being evil. For example, the headmaster probably thought that his policies were the best way to turn his young charges into disciplined, productive young men.

AGplusone: So what if Jim’s buddy’s mother will die if she cannot migrate … it’s cost-effective to leave them be. Twice the room.

BJ Maranta: Yeah; migrations cost money, doncha know?

AGplusone: Eggs have to be broken, says all Eaters of Souls.

BRSTAHL: What he needed was a visit from Scrooge’s ghosts.

jilyd: Jane–Huh?

AGplusone: otherwise you cannot have egg nog on Christmas

AGplusone: Evee

aggirlj: David, not D

jilyd: Oh. My typing is so constantly irregular, it is not even worth comment. : -)

AGplusone: and mine

Reilloc: oot, em

AGplusone: When you have a story by Heinlein, there’s always the “think” about what I’ve tossed in aspect … why the tosses?

aggirlj: Whoa, what you mean.

BJ Maranta: Perhaps exactly that, David; to make you think

AGplusone: No choice is arbitrary.

Reilloc: cough

AGplusone: Little is mere ornament.

AGplusone: Defend your cough, please, LN.

Reilloc: dextromethorphan

BJ Maranta: Especially with his earlier works, where he was restricted on his word count; he wouldn’t leave stuff in for no reason

aggirlj: I don’t think a great writer, and this is the correct category, EVER tosses ANYTHING in.

Reilloc: There’s more read into than written into.

BJ Maranta: That may be what David is getting at; if something appears to be “tossed in” for no reason, perhaps you need to look again.

Reilloc: It’s not my job to prove your thesis.

AGplusone: But it is readible, is the point, and consistent often with other points.

aggirlj: Not always. If you are going to take this road and examine all the variables then you will find something to support what is there.

Dehede011: I get the picture of a writer that worked long continuous hours and did a lot of things to amuse himself.

Reilloc: If you look hard enough, you’ll find what you’re looking to find.

AGplusone: That’s always true. We have very facile and flexible minds, don’t we?

AGplusone: And we are his audience.

BJ Maranta: But what you find and what I find may be different, Reilloc. The ultimate YMMV

Reilloc: You find what you’re looking to find and I find a work of fiction.

AGplusone: The more mature he got, the more we did. He was just older than I am now when he wrote Glory Road. A man of retirement age.

Kultsi KN: and I, personally, like the multi-level writing that is so Heinleinesque

aggirlj: Example, a reference to a gem owned by a character in a play. Do you research that gem. Does that help you to define the character. You bet it does.

BRSTAHL: Well it’s a judgement call. When is a cigar significant, and when “is a cigar just a cigar”?

Reilloc: Good point, Jane.

Reilloc: You find the hope in the Hope Diamond.

Kultsi KN: Even if, as some say, it’s just my imagination

AGplusone: Sophist!

Reilloc: revisionist

BJ Maranta: lol, David

AGplusone: lol, LN … : -)

AGplusone: The ‘story teller’ used to be on a soap box, as Spider reminded us in his forward … something to always keep in mind. Bad habits learned young.

LV Poker Player: Sometimes one character will lead you to an insight into another character. For example, Blind Tom is mentioned in Starman Jones. I am 99% + certain that Betsey in Searchlight was modeled after Blind Tom.

AGplusone: Easier to make money while slipping in insidious little bits.

DavidWrightSr has entered the chat room.

DavidWrightSr has left the chat room.

BPRAL22169: (I just got a message that David Wright was no longer idle; does he need an invite in here?)

BPRAL22169: Answered that question . . . rustle of his wings.

AGplusone: He just was in and out

DavidWrightSr declined your invitation to chat.

Reilloc: Would it have been worth while, To have bitten off the matter with a smile, To have squeezed the universe into a ball, To roll it toward some overwhelming question, To say: ?I am Lazarus..

aggirlj: Just sent an invite that as you see was declined, if you get that message.

LV Poker Player: http: //www.twainquotes.com/archangels.html

Kim Kinnison999 has entered the chat room.

aggirlj: Hi Kim.

AGplusone: welcome Kim

Kim Kinnison999: hi, good evening.

LV Poker Player: Read about that guy, and then tell me that he was not the inspiration for Betsey Barnes? Krin135 has entered the chat room.

BPRAL22169: He was widely known in his day — I t hink there’s even an oblique reference to him in Lost Legacy.

BRSTAHL: Hello Krin135: chuckle…might hae known when I saw the ‘Steel’ name

LV Poker Player: It’s been a few years since I read the Lensman books, but I remember Kim Kinnison.

aggirlj: Oh, love that blue, hard on these old eyes though. Krin135: lol…wait one, over Krin135: better?

aggirlj: Thanks. Krin135: wish I could stay, but I have to head to work in a few

Kultsi KN: Hi, Chuck!

Dehede011 has left the chat room. Krin135: btw, not seeing John Atkinson in here

BRSTAHL: Just thought you might like to say hello. Krin135: hi Kultsi and the rest of you

AGplusone: Well, befor eyou go, Chuck. Got question?

aggirlj: Splat! Krin135: I did chat with him, and he was more in a black humor mood than anything else… Krin135: go ahead, AG

AGplusone: ‘kay …

aggirlj: No one danced on his head. I think he needs to cool down.

AGplusone: tell him pumprat is a fire captain about sixty if it matters. Krin135: at least partially because he had just found out that he’s back in the bag for Iraq next fall Krin135: I will pass that on…

BJ Maranta: that sucks Krin135: in any case, he and Jen will have a total of maybe 4 weeks together in the next two years or so…

Kultsi KN: oh fuck!

BRSTAHL: That really sucks! Krin135: I’ll keep an ear out for him…MAJ Bohn, if you would put WolverineCDR on your buddy list kd4lfl: Friends I am leaving you now kd4lfl: . Enjoyed the visit

Reilloc: Bye, Carrie. Krin135: there are things that you two can discuss that he won’t ness. open up with me about

aggirlj: Bye, nice to meet you.


BJ Maranta: Bye Carrie! Krin135: bye KD

Kultsi KN: bye, carrie!

Kim Kinnison999: :waves:

AGplusone: nice of you to come Carrie Krin135: or should I say Hi Hi, KD4LFL de KC5EVN

AGplusone: LOL

jilyd: Chuck, that’s my mom. Krin135: k…

BJ Maranta: Didn’t think Maj Bohn was here tonight

AGplusone: only de I have ever had were things like LJ4A and such

jilyd: We confuse people a lot–our voices are very much alike, and our calls sound a lot alike if they go by quickly. Krin135: argh..you are right BJ

AGplusone: which obviously isn’t a ham station kd4lfl: Good n ight all!!! Krin135: night all

Reilloc: Later… Krin135 has left the chat room.

AGplusone: nite Chuck

BRSTAHL: good Night kd4lfl has left the chat room.

jilyd: Over my head, David–LJ4A?

AGplusone: military call signal I remembered

Reilloc: Jag Corps medical deferrment.

AGplusone: just popped into my head

AGplusone: was a very busy net

BPRAL22169: If we’ve run this one into the ground, how about this: I think we might be able to read something from “Stranger” as a gloss on the Hoax — the “garden of gethsemene” speech near the end.

AGplusone: Try us, Bill

jilyd: Oh, I am not familiar witht he military forms.

Dehede011 has entered the chat room.

jilyd: Never even worked in MARS.

DavidWrightSr has entered the chat room.

AGplusone: Hi, Dave

aggirlj: Hi David.

BJ Maranta: Yay, David! : -)


Dehede011: Hi y’all

BJ Maranta: How do you mean “Gloss on the Hoax,” Bill?

AGplusone: On the Stranger Glory Road connection, Bill?

Kultsi KN: Hiya, DWS!

Reilloc: David, you need a supplemental log since you left?

AGplusone: Send him the whole thing, please, LN

DavidWrightSr: I am assuming that nothing more is to be discussed in the regular room? If so, I’ll save the log I’ve got there and will have to rely on someone here sending me the log.

BPRAL22169: Well — he talks about the horrible things that have been done to sex

Reilloc: I’ll go back as far as I can. Send me your email address, David.


Reilloc: Thanks.

BRSTAHL: This is brought up again in the later books from the seventies on.

AGplusone: And I’ll go back before LN came in and send you what I’ve got before that

aggirlj: I’ve been thinking about the ruination of the sex thing and the question about sex=love.

DavidWrightSr: Ok. BRB

aggirlj: When most of us were young didn’t we all feel that sex at least equaled like.

BRSTAHL: This could get into the Eros-Agape discussion in TEFL.

Kim Kinnison999: well aggirlj..let’s say for me it was..optimum but not required : D

aggirlj: I know, delicate area.

aggirlj: But romance at least came into play.

aggirlj: A little?

jilyd: Well, I am far from young and I still think sex is better if there is love connected. Though not restricted only to “happily ever after, death do us part” love. Friendship type love is good, too.

BPRAL22169: I think we’re (most of us) from a generation that sought family in sex — that’s not necessary true of people before us or people after us. There are lots of thing people can cram into sex

jilyd: Bill, can you ealborate a little on what you mean by seeking family in sex?

BRSTAHL: But how much romance is simply tactical for young men to get sex?

Reilloc: If you can’t fuck your friends, who can you fuck, Dee?

BJ Maranta: lol, Bryan

jilyd: Well, yeah, LN.

Kim Kinnison999: yeah. usually agg

aggirlj: Well, but you see, I never felt it was just fucking. I hate that word.

Reilloc: It’s a great word.

AGplusone: [sounds like a meeting of a local bar association, doesn’t it, Dee?]

BJ Maranta: Or, perhaps, LN, if you can’t be friends with the person you want to fuck, where are your standards and/or priorities?

BPRAL22169: Well, we stopped having families in the U.S. in the older sense after WWII, and so the postwar generation had this psychological gap and you always try to fill a psychological gap with sex as a kid, anyway. That was our generation

Reilloc: You’re already friends, BJ. That’s what I said.

Kultsi KN: well, I did love everyone I boinked, at least for a while

BJ Maranta: Well, Kultsi, there is always Time Enough for Love, right? 😉

AGplusone: Keep going, Bill … it’s getting interesting

BPRAL22169: To a certain extent, you love because you boink — that’s just as true of women as of men, though the war of the sexes thing want to make it a male characteristic.

Reilloc: You always fill a psychological gap with sex?

BJ Maranta: But you can love someone without wanting to boink them, no?

Reilloc: That’s a new one on me.

Kultsi KN: right, Brian — and for guys there’s this lil’ evidence thingy showing

BJ Maranta: LOL!

BPRAL22169: There’s a theory that we basically have only one way of experiencing ecstasy, and everything gets funnelled through that endorphin-rush — sex, religion, esthetic experience. it’s just the way we’re built.

AGplusone: “sharing water” depends on what kind of water you want to share … : -)

AGplusone: as a girl once told me in the 60s

aggirlj: Ahhh, the 60’s.

Reilloc: When the swallows came back to Capistrano?

BJ Maranta: lol… the 60’s… hee hee

aggirlj: And I believe the phrase was ‘let’s make love.’

Kultsi KN: well, the 60’s were a bit delayed on the way — but JIT for me

AGplusone: … and, Bill … ?

Kim Kinnison999: ‘wanna go back to my place and drink some wine and smoke a joint’ was the polite form heh

BPRAL22169: I didn’t have anything more to say — perhaps a question would direct thinking?

aggirlj: 🙂

BRSTAHL: But making love has been an euphemism for sex since at least Anglo-Saxon.

Reilloc: Okay, Bill…

aggirlj: Let’s pretend as they say.

AGplusone: How does that tie into the “garden of gethsemene” speech

Reilloc: So, there’s a school of sexual determinists out there like Marx was an economic determinist, you’re saying?

BPRAL22169: Not really, LNC — it’s jsut a way of explaining why we get these thigns all mixed up and get so confused about them — sex and religion and the experience of the divine and the esthetic experience. They are all essentially the

BPRAL22169: same thing (in much the same way that we can only taste four flavors but manage to get a lot of unique tastes).

Reilloc: We can taste only four flavors?

BPRAL22169: Yes — though some systems say five. Sweet, salt, sour, bitter — and gluramic for the fifth.

BJ Maranta: Salt Sweet Sour Bitter

BJ Maranta: lol

AGplusone: four basic receptors

Reilloc: And, you’re saying absolutely, that all those things ARE the same thing?

AGplusone: in combination give us all flavors

BPRAL22169: No, just that we have only one way to experience ecstasy, and anything that involves ecstasy for us gets done by a rush of endorphins.

Kultsi KN: B/W — with endless variation

AGplusone: Like CMYwhatever the fourth one is for color

BJ Maranta: K

Kultsi KN: K

BJ Maranta: lol

Reilloc: RGB

Kultsi KN: B

AGplusone: yeah, or the other

Kultsi KN: +Black

aggirlj: Gotta be a man thing.

BJ Maranta: Lol, Jane

AGplusone: color wheels, Jane

BPRAL22169: Red-yellow-blue in pigments, LNC

BPRAL22169: The cyan-magenta-yellow thing is for light-mixing.

BJ Maranta: But RGB and CMYK are technological means of displaying colour. “Real” colours are variations of wavelengths of light

BPRAL22169: Actdually, no, color is the way we interpret combinations. Color doesn’t actually exist in the real world — it’s a construct of the human mind.

Reilloc: This is not going to turn into one of those, “how do you know red to me and red to you look the same” deals, is it?

BPRAL22169: It’s something we “do” with the outside world.

AGplusone: but how does that tie into the “garden of gethsemene” speech? And, to clarify, what part of SiaSL is the garden analogy

BJ Maranta: Hrm. I did not know that, Bill. Cool

BRSTAHL: But it again gets into the receptors the enable us to experience them. Certain wavelengths affect certain receptors, and the brain translates it into color.

Kim Kinnison999: /me catches a faint odor of quantum theory ahead and shudders

aggirlj: Way out of the park.

BPRAL22169: Oh, yeah — it’s based on input — Aristotle said everhthingultimately comes down to touch.

BRSTAHL: The garden is the final Jubal-mike talk before the shooting.

AGplusone: Right

Kim Kinnison999: and .. speaking of the 60’s. Isn’t it ironic..is IS all vibrations..

BPRAL22169: Let’s see – the part I was talking about was when Jubal visits the Nest and Mike finally takes a break. He’s hoping that he can derail the martyrdom he sees cvoming. Yes, Brian (I can’t remember whether Stahl is with the Y or the

BPRAL22169: I) “Let this cup pass from me.”


BJ Maranta: BJ = I : -)

BPRAL22169: He says “I discovered this wonderful thing, man-woman sex, and it’s the thing that’s missing entirely from the Martian view of things, and you peopl ehave turned it into a way of giving pain —

AGplusone: me, not I …. let’s remember our grammar : -)

BJ Maranta: lol

BPRAL22169: — but it’s also a way of giving — sharing — the divine in us.

BPRAL22169: Does that place the incident sufficiently?

AGplusone: yes

Reilloc: So, who’s who?

Reilloc: Is that the question?

Reilloc: Not Brian and Byran.

AGplusone: for those who havne’t passed this way before

Reilloc: Who’s Christ and who’s not in the scene?

BPRAL22169: OK — the relevance to the Hoax in Glory Road is that Mike’s observations are part of the stuff Oscar is referring to by the Greatest Hoax.

BPRAL22169: Mike is Christ, “praying” to Jubal for guidance.

BJ Maranta: There is an overlap in the concepts, yes

Reilloc: Mike asks him to take this cup from me?

Reilloc: I don’t remember it that way.

BPRAL22169: Overlap, yes, tht’s a good word — another way of coming at some of the same ideas. That’s why I suggested “gloss”

AGplusone: Jubal gets to play lots of roles. Sometimes he’s John the Baptist

Reilloc: Jubal was asking Mike not to take up the cup.

BPRAL22169: Mike doesn’t ask Jubal to take this cup from him — it’s not in Jubal’s power to do so; it’s in the circumstances Mike has set up.

Reilloc: So, who’s who?

aggirlj: (I see Abbott and Costello lurking here.)

BRSTAHL: Mike is Christ

Reilloc: Somebody invite Pix, please?

BPRAL22169: But Mike (apparently) thinks he can set it up to avoid the martyrdom and is asking for advice on whether he ought to do it that way or let the martyrdom proceed.

AGplusone: Sometimes he’s “Father Jubal” … done.

Kultsi KN: jshe’s here

BJ Maranta: isn’t pix here?

aggirlj: She’s here but probably away.

Reilloc: She says the room window’s gone.

aggirlj: Interesting, I’ll invite her and see what pops.

BPRAL22169: All categories get screwed up in the “Thou art God” trope; dn’t expect a one-for-one correspondence.

DavidWrightSr: I tried an invite, but it said that she was already in the room

pixelmeow: hello

AGplusone: Ah, worked

jilyd: There you are, young lady!

pixelmeow: I don’t know what happened but the window had disappeared

Reilloc: Hey, Bill and Dave.

BPRAL22169: Yo

AGplusone: It does get us into Eros-Agape and whatever else there is in TEFL

AGplusone: Here, Sergeant!

Reilloc: When Bill says “don’t expect a one-for-one correspondence” isn’t he saying, “it’s all a matter of what you want to read into it?”

jilyd: I need to go, guys. Enjoyed it.

BJ Maranta: Night, Dee!

AGplusone: bye Dee

aggirlj: Bye Dee.

BRSTAHL: Good Night

pixelmeow: bye Dee

Reilloc: We put you to sleep Dee?

Kultsi KN: bye, Dee

jilyd: No, but some phone calls need making.

AGplusone: round off the decimals is always necessary with analogy or any trope

jilyd: Goodnight.

jilyd has left the chat room.

Reilloc: Later, then…

Reilloc: Round off, eh?

AGplusone: bash, smash, file to fit and cover with a thick coat of OD paint

BJ Maranta: lol

Reilloc: Talk about one of your more obvious euphemisms for “call it whatever you want and dare anybody to disagree.”

AGplusone: naw, anyone can YMMV

BPRAL22169: The test of a theory is — does it work.

Reilloc: The test of a theory is, “is it reproducible.”

AGplusone: In some petrie dishes it is … some don’t

AGplusone: depends on what is in the petrie dish

Reilloc: So, getting down to cases, there’s no sexual reproduction on Mars.

Reilloc: Just like there’s no prostitution anywhere but Earth in Glory Road.

AGplusone: unless you’re Willis age

Kim Kinnison999: oh..probably something sexual..involving pollen or something

BRSTAHL: There is, but it’s between nymphs and adults.

AGplusone: The Old Ones get no nookie

BJ Maranta: Mars in Stranger…. not Mars in RP

Reilloc: Why is it that Heinlein has to set up such bizarre absolutes to make a point?

BPRAL22169: No, LNC, theories don’t need to be reproducible except in certain narrowly defined circumstances.

BPRAL22169: No, there’s plenty of sexual reproduction in Mars — it’s just not done in the human style.

AGplusone: But the Old Ones get to run stuff over in their Heaven.

BPRAL22169: Well, DAvid, they ARE dead!

AGplusone: After you pull a hitch with the Glaroom, you get to do a tour in the Martian Heaven.

BJ Maranta: Well that’s a convenient excuse, eh, Bill? : -)

Kim Kinnison999: not dead..discorporated..an important (apparently!) difference

AGplusone: Well, they do frequently get eaten.

Reilloc: Not discorporated until dissolved, filed and wound up.

BPRAL22169: Of course, if they were so gosh-danged powerful, you’d think they could set it up so they could get some. IIRC the Moslem heaven was opened up for some humans.


Reilloc: I got it.

BJ Maranta: Nice try, David… we ain’t buying it : -)

Reilloc: You didn’t acknowledge my Capistrano remark but I got it.

BRSTAHL: But this is the difference. The Martians aren’t looking for any.

AGplusone: That’s cause there’s no prostitution on Earth.

BJ Maranta: Martians don’t know what they’re missing… until Mike comes along

Reilloc: That makes somebody’s profession the oldest.

AGplusone: I smiled at Capistrano

aggirlj: Wonder which one that might be LN

Reilloc: Fiction writers.

Reilloc: Worthless whores.

AGplusone: my theory is shaman is the oldest, next came prostitute, then lawyers to defend the prostitutes from the shamans

Reilloc: See, Dave agrees.

aggirlj: 🙂

BPRAL22169: My goodness — there is blue sky above me!

BPRAL22169: That’s something I haven’t seen in a couple of weeks!

AGplusone: prostitute = writers need defense from the shamans

AGplusone: always have

Reilloc: Somebody say Heinlein wasn’t a shaman.

aggirlj: Possibly a guru.

Reilloc: Who claimed to be a whore.

AGplusone: only the flower children believed Heinlein was a shaman … formed CAW in reality

Reilloc: And wanted to be a lawyer.

Kultsi KN: nah, the prossie was there first, and the shamans came in to share — and the lawyers bleed them both

BJ Maranta: He did for money, professionally, what some people do for free as a hobby… hrm…

BJ Maranta: or as a duty

BRSTAHL: He said, do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

AGplusone: Who is it that wrote: one day some stranger came to our land, sat around the fire one night and said, “I see visions. From now on, you all have to give me all your money, follow my one true god, and obey me in all things.” And

AGplusone: they all said, “Sounds good to me.”

Reilloc: Steven Wright?

AGplusone: Then he said, “I have this thing called the Bible.”

BJ Maranta: lol… was just talking about that today. Here in Jolly Old england, about 3000 years ago or so, the stranger not only said that, but also said “Hey, let’s erect a whole bunch of big friggin rocks in a circle, too”

BPRAL22169: Sounds like a loose — very loose — translation of _Genealogy of Morals_

BPRAL22169: Brian — have you read Leon STover’s and Harry Harrison’s _Stonehenge_ novel?

AGplusone: [which I found miraculously the other day when I was up on the mountain]

BJ Maranta: No, Bill

AGplusone: What is Genealogy of Morals?

BPRAL22169: It’s an interesting theory

BRSTAHL: Well, Heinlein wrote that preachers are too lazy to farm, and don’t have the brains for useful thinking. (paraphrazing Alec in Job and Maureen Long).

BPRAL22169: Genealogy of Morals was Nietzsche — 1876 or something like that, when he was trying out his “aphoristic” style.

AGplusone: Or Laz in TEFL

Reilloc: It’s like Bob Dole’s explanation for running for office: inside work, no heavy lifting.

aggirlj: Have to go. Need food! Later, nice to see everyone.

Reilloc: Later, Jane.

BJ Maranta: Night, Sis! : -)


Kultsi KN: nite, Jane!

BPRAL22169: Actually I need to go, too — I wanted to get to the store today before nightfall.

AGplusone: back to other ideas for chat topics … aside from what I suggested Thursday night, any suggestions?

aggirlj: {{{{hugs to all}}}}}

aggirlj has left the chat room.

AGplusone: nite Jane

Kultsi KN: no 7-11, Bill?

AGplusone: Thursday was poke around in TEFL and Stranger for language usages …

Reilloc: You need to narrow that down, Dave.

AGplusone: since I’ve got a panel topic, two of em actually, that I need to respond to …

BJ Maranta: eep… lookit the time… I have to head out myself, folks. Really enjoyed the chat; thanks for all the invites! : -)

AGplusone: Any topic suggestions for the next several meetings

AGplusone: thank you Brian


Kultsi KN: gosh, Brian, it’s just past midnught…

Kultsi KN: g’night

BJ Maranta: Yah, and I have school work to do tomorrow… lol

Reilloc: Later, Brian. Thanks for the invite.

AGplusone: Well, you know the English, Kultsi … and Brian’s being changed into one. Heh.

BJ Maranta: I say, David, wot!?

AGplusone: [anything to keep Brian here for a while]

AGplusone: until he suggests a topic

Kultsi KN: yeh, never time enuff for a decent drink

Reilloc: Hey, Dave. How about some kind of little exercise instead of a discussion topic?

BRSTAHL: This is the advantage to my being in Virginia instead of Jordan. It’s after 2 there.

AGplusone: frex?

BJ Maranta: “The nature of “evil villains” in RAH books” : -)

Reilloc: Write a mock Heinlein story and discuss the submission.

Reilloc: submissions

BJ Maranta: Cheers, All!

BJ Maranta has left the chat room.

pixelmeow: ‘nite!

AGplusone: Thank you Brian.

AGplusone: Would be real hard to keep a herd of cats in the same universe on that one, but we could try it.

Kultsi KN: OTOH, the English gals run around w/o knickers, I hear

BPRAL22169 has left the chat room.

Reilloc: The French, they are a funny race…

AGplusone: Any other topics: Kim?

Kim Kinnison999: hm? did somebody say knickers?

AGplusone: btw, Kim, I’m David

AGplusone: does Dave Wright have your email to alert to chat topics?

AGplusone: You want to do “knickers” in Heinlein?

Kim Kinnison999: naw AG..tooeasy..all they do is come off. yeah, i’ve been on the mailing list for years

Reilloc: Briefs or boxers?

AGplusone: LV?

Reilloc: Briefs are tedious and boxers rebellious.

pixelmeow: snerk!

AGplusone: Bryan?

AGplusone: Pixel?

AGplusone: suggestions, or as Mickey Soft says, “Where do you want to go today?”

BRSTAHL: Thinking, because I’m never sure if I can show up until the last minute.

LV Poker Player: One thing I have thought about is discussing mentions of gambling. There are quite a few of them.

AGplusone: That’s okay. We’ll do anything.

AGplusone: That’s a topic …

LV Poker Player: I don’t know just how much actual discussion this would generate though.

Reilloc: It’s a gamble.

Kim Kinnison999: picked up a copy of ‘for us’ finally. interesting. what was the thought here on such a system working?

Kultsi KN: TEFL?

AGplusone: throw in games as well

BRSTAHL: It’s usually how his heroes build a stake in poker.

AGplusone: I thought we’d do TEFL and Stranger next meeting, K. Been a while since we been there

AGplusone: Looking for beyond that

Reilloc: TEFL and Stranger?

AGplusone: So people can “get it out of storage”

Kultsi KN: ok. NotB

AGplusone: Yeah, sorta wide-ranging

Reilloc: Oh, just 1,200 pages ranging…

Dehede011: Folks I need to get along now. Bye

Dehede011 has left the chat room.

AGplusone: it’ll keep me from spending too much time in bars chasing wimmen

Reilloc: How about: TEFL–or is it just TEFS?

BRSTAHL: Idea for down the road, Job versus World as Myth. Similarities, differances, etc.

Kultsi KN: not bad

AGplusone: which means “time enough for sex” and that is possible. I’d like to talk about Job and how it could possibly fit or not in WAM

Reilloc: Wake me up before you go, go.

Kim Kinnison999: don’t see a debate there. WAM by it’s nature encompassed everything

AGplusone: Okay. Think on it, and when we publish this log, come up with anything else that may seem right.

LV Poker Player: Kim is the only one here I don’t recognize from AFH, are you on there?

Kim Kinnison999: i haven’t been for quite some time, no.

AGplusone: It did, but how is the question, Kim.

Kim Kinnison999: or..how godly are those middle managers and supervisors we saw in the ‘office’ outside their universe?

LV Poker Player: You may not know that my interest in gambling is because I play online poker for a living.

AGplusone: Which universe, in which managerial positions?

Reilloc: Stranger and Digby, for example.

BRSTAHL: And the WAM question: what kind of sick author created my life?

Kim Kinnison999: final scenes in Job

Kultsi KN: that would depend on the persons POV, Kim

Kim Kinnison999: well.near the end

AGplusone: Ah, so, working with the Glaroom … which is where Digby comes back from

AGplusone: Would like to see Laz sitting in a hot tub with Friday, trying to keep her from breaking both his thumbs if she got annoyed.

AGplusone: Be worse than Sharpie ever did to him

Kultsi KN: me too, David

BRSTAHL: Remember, Laz can be extremely charming when he tries.

AGplusone: he better

Kultsi KN: ..get into knickers

BRSTAHL: Well, he’s good at that, too.

AGplusone: theory was Heinlein was heading for what followed Children of the Lens

AGplusone: Kim?

AGplusone: The unwritten story Doc Smith told him about

Kim Kinnison999: eh? a..god mind of some kind to watch over Civilization? : -D

Kultsi KN: Q: which would annoy Friday: the offer made, or the inability to deliver?

Kim Kinnison999: or the mating of the girls with their brother?

Kim Kinnison999: grandchildren of the lens..yeah. He was blatently obvious about it for the times

AGplusone: Depends on whether Friday stayed out of overdrive. The old what does Clark Kent do for girlfriends in Smallville.

LV Poker Player: I have often wondered if incestous offspring was involved, since it was unpublishable at the time.

Reilloc: If I may be excused…

Reilloc: Thanks for having had me….

AGplusone: Well, closing on 5 PM out here in raining la-la ville. Bridge Sunday, LN?

Kim Kinnison999: AG..i always think of ‘Man of Steel, Woman of Tissue Paper’

Reilloc: Are we doing it at noon or 11: 00 your time, David?

AGplusone: 11 is good for me

Reilloc: I’d like 11: 00

AGplusone: want to let Rufe and Bill know?

Reilloc: I’ll send out the invite/reminder.

AGplusone: thank you

Reilloc: Thank you and thank you all.

Reilloc: Good night.

AGplusone: play bridge, anyone?

AGplusone: g’nite

BRSTAHL: Good Night

Kultsi KN: Nite, LN

AGplusone: we can use fifths

Reilloc has left the chat room.

AGplusone: both kinds

BRSTAHL: Sorry, never learned the game.

AGplusone: not a bad one …

Kim Kinnison999: i like spades and hearts, but i never graduated

AGplusone: and we sit in a room like this and talk while it goes on

AGplusone: if you feel like kibitzing, feel free … IMs work. We’ll be on line.

AGplusone: anone

AGplusone: anyone

Kultsi KN: no can do

AGplusone: what is 11 AM PST for you K?

BRSTAHL: Well, unforntuately, I’m supposed to be learning Spanish now. This took away time that should have been spent on irregular past tense verbs.

AGplusone: going to SA?

Kim Kinnison999: y’all got me thinking about finding an online, NO MONEY poker game..

Kultsi KN: what time is it now?

BRSTAHL: Hermosillo, Mexico.

AGplusone: It’s 4: 47 PM

AGplusone: That will be nice and sorta close

AGplusone: closer

Kultsi KN: that would be 9 PM — ten-hour difference

BRSTAHL: Not bad, if I can get the State Dept. doctors to leave me alone and let me go. Three hours from Arizona.

AGplusone: Sonora

BRSTAHL: That’s it.

AGplusone: big train to mazatlan run through there?

BRSTAHL: Yes. on up to the border crossing at Nogales.

AGplusone: I always wanted to take that train ride

AGplusone: We could plan the Heinlein Centennial in Mazatlan, and watch the cathedral crumble twice

BRSTAHL: The area sounds nice.

LV Poker Player: Play money poker is available online, as well as the real money kind that I am playing now.

BRSTAHL: PIXEL, you awake?

AGplusone: Hope they let you go!

LV Poker Player: If Kim or anyone else goes to real money play, let me know because I can get you into a frequent player bonus program that will benefit both of us.

BRSTAHL: Thanks! They insist they’re taking care of me.

AGplusone: Well, “now it’s time to say goodnight for all our companee”

AGplusone: Thank you all for coming.

AGplusone: I’ll post the next date on AFH, as usual.

BRSTAHL: Thank you. I guess I’ll leave now, too.

AGplusone: Hi, Dave. Got log?

DavidWrightSr: Got everything from when I came in and your log that you sent. Should be able to put it all together

Kultsi KN: the sun won’t be up for quite a while, but it is getting early…

DavidWrightSr: plus my log from the regular room

AGplusone: Haven’t gone down to Mazatlan in 20 years. Be nice to go back.

Kim Kinnison999: good night.

Kim Kinnison999 has left the chat room.

AGplusone: Okay, g’nite Dave.

BRSTAHL: Good night

AGplusone: Night all.

BRSTAHL has left the chat room.

Kultsi KN: g’night all!

Kultsi KN has left the chat room.
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