adventures in dysthymia

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The average male orgasm lasts 6 seconds. Women get 23 seconds. Which means if women were really interested in equality, they'd make sure we have four orgasms for every one of theirs.

I ask my poems to sing.
Why must they also
tell bad jokes?

Stephen Brooke ©2006

the return of the quinzaine

Monday, August 21, 2006

IN MY GARDEN (Busy Bee A-Buzzin’)

There’s a busy bee a-buzzin’ in my garden.
Hear the busy bee a-buzzin’ in my garden.
She gathers nectar there
And takes it home to share.
There’s a busy bee a-buzzin’ in my garden!

There’s a butterfly a-flutter in my garden.
See the butterfly a-flutter in my garden.
Her wings are painted bright,
They sparkle in the light.
There’s a butterfly a-flutter
And a busy bee a-buzzin’ in my garden!

There’s a little cricket creakin’ in my garden.
Hear the little cricket creakin’ in my garden.
He sings his happy song,
Then he hops along.
There’s a little cricket creakin’
And a butterfly a-flutter
And a busy bee a-buzzin’ in my garden!

There’s a sneaky snail a-snackin’ on my garden.
See the sneaky snail a-snackin’ on my garden.
He’s quite snug in his shell,
it fits him very well!
There’s a sneaky snail a-snackin’
And a little cricket creakin’
And a butterfly a-flutter
And a busy bee a-buzzin’ in my garden!

Stephen Brooke ©2006

Notes toward a children's song. I have enough of these to do an album or at least an EP...Steve, kiddy entertainer?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

AT LAST!

So here's The Really Big News from Steve: It's official, I'm moving! The offer has been accepted on that big ol' house near Graceville FL, it passed the termite inspection, and closing is set for the end of this month. There's going to be a lot of work getting the place nice to live and work in, but it should be worth it. Large rooms with high ceilings! Auditory heaven! Room to spread out, lots of natural light for painting, an acre and a third to grow things on. Yes, I will have a garden!

And the location is pretty good. An hour to the beaches (I'm on the coast here but there aren't any beaches, just mud flats) and venues at Panama City, no further from Tallahassee than I am now, barely 2o minutes to the sizable city of Dothan AL, and (best of all) I'm cutting 175 miles off of my trips to Tuskegee (and other points north).

For those who wonder just where (and what) the heck Graceville is, it's a small town in the Florida Panhandle, near the Alabama border, about 8 miles or so north of Chipley (birthplace of Florida folk music legend, Will McLean). Just a bit off US 231, the major highway running from Panama up through Montgomery, Graceville is home of the Baptist College of Florida -- the main industry there, along with processing peanuts.

Unlike my current location, the house on Peanut Road will not be a good place for any sort of art gallery. But it is quiet and roomy so it will work admirably as a studio location, both art and recording. In fact, the only real drawback I can find is that there is no cable or high-speed internet! I can live with that. I will miss being able to travel easily into penninsular Florida, to Tampa Bay, to Dade City...my face may be missing at some of the festivals I have attended regularly in the past. But I'm sure there will be new opportunities coming with a new location.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Divorce Cake!

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Classic IQ Test (from Tickle)

Congratulations, Steve!
Your IQ score is 140

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others — and at anticipating and predicting patterns.

Gosh! I is rilly smart!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Gosh, it's been more than just a little while since I posted anything here. I've been engrossed in the search for a new home and it looks like that search may be reaching its end...well, I hope so, anyway!

I'm off tomorrow to give the house I found near Graceville FL a closer inspection and then -- unless I find a major problem -- to submit a written offer. We've already an informal understanding on the price; had to bring it down considerably because the place will need a new well drilled. With any luck, I will be moving.

Yesterday, I took a jaunt through southern Alabama to look at some other properties before committing to one. There is some pretty country up there but this house seems the best and most practical deal. So, we'll see how it goes. More Steve News later...