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    Showing Otis the respect he's earned

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    I was a hurdler all four years in high school. At the start of my sophomore year my biology teacher, who also was the track and cross country coach, asked me, in class, if I was playing football or running cross country that fall.

    Me: I wasn't planning on doing either.
    Teacher: Do you want an A or an F?
    Me: Cross country.
    Good choice - those leather helmets were pretty lousy protection.
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    Good choice - those leather helmets were pretty lousy protection.
    Ha! Sick burn!
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    Hey now, be respectful of our senior Cyburbians. I want to make it perfectly clear that no one is allowed to make age-related jokes at Otis' expense, such as:
    When someone told Otis to 'act his age' he dropped over dead.
    or
    If you ask Otis what his favorite age in life was, he responds 'the Neolithic Age'

    These kinds of wisecracks will not be tolerated!
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Hey now, be respectful of our senior Cyburbians. I want to make it perfectly clear that no one is allowed to make age-related jokes at Otis' expense, such as:
    When someone told Otis to 'act his age' he dropped over dead.
    or
    If you ask Otis what his favorite age in life was, he responds 'the Neolithic Age'

    These kinds of wisecracks will not be tolerated!
    Jokes about Otis's social security having a single digit will be tolerated as much as jokes about Ursus's hair.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    Jokes about Otis's social security having a single digit will be tolerated as much as jokes about Ursus's hair.
    Exactly. Jokes like "Otis is so old that when he went to school they didn't have history class" are the sort of quips we wish to avoid.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Exactly. Jokes like "Otis is so old that when he went to school they didn't have history class" are the sort of quips we wish to avoid.
    You've got it wrong. The joke we're not supposed to make is, "When Otis was in school, history class was current events." That would be hurtful.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Exactly. Jokes like "Otis is so old that when he went to school they didn't have history class" are the sort of quips we wish to avoid.
    I read a story about Otis once... I think it was in the book of Genesis.
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Otis taught Burnham everything he knew.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Every day is today. Yesterday is a myth and tomorrow an illusion.

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    Moderator note:
    split from RTDNTOTO

    WSU and mskis both bring up valid points, I doubt either of those sorts of comments would reflect the sort of respect that we have for Otis around here. If there's any doubt - any at all - in your mind whether a particular sentiment would pass the 'respect that Otis deserves' litmus test, you should post it on this thread and we can decide - with full transparency - whether or not it qualifies. Because we care.

    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Otis taught Burnham everything he knew.
    Similarly, asking him if he sat next to Benjamin Franklin in kindergarten, or if his first license plate was in roman numerals would be frowned upon.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Otis was Abe Virgota's baby sitter.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    So comments about Otis thinking Mozart is new age punk music might not be right?
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    It would definitely be in bad taste to claim that Otis was the planning director in Pangea.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Suggesting he DJ'ed at the Boston Tea Party or that his first car was a chariot would be equally inappropriate.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    So, it wouldn't be respectful to say that Otis did the plan review for the Pyramids of Giza.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Every day is today. Yesterday is a myth and tomorrow an illusion.

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    Otis is only slightly older than me.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Otis is only slightly older than me.
    Exactly.

    It wouldn't be respectful to say you wrote your Master's thesis in cuneiform on clay tablets.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Every day is today. Yesterday is a myth and tomorrow an illusion.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Otis is only slightly older than me.
    Don't be jealous just because Otis rode a T-rex to school and you had to deal with some giant alligator's distant cousin.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    So, it wouldn't be respectful to say that Otis did the plan review for the Pyramids of Giza.
    On a similar note, it would be irresponsible to say Otis wrote the Environmental Impact Statement for the Pyramids.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    You know what would really piss me off? Saying that Wilma Flintstone is my granddaughter. Things like that. Or that when I was born the American flag only had one star and one stripe. Yeah, those kinds of things would bug me. If I catch anyone doing that I would have to get my sling back from David and do to them what he did to Goliath.

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    Otis isn't that old. Considering we know how old he actually, it sounds like the biology teacher incident must have happened in September, 1965. If I was in his shoes I would have chosen the "move to Haight-Ashbury and join Jefferson Airplane" option.

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