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When talking to most people about horticulture, agriculture, community living or .... most of the topics we try to wrestle here, people will try to ask me a question.  And about a third of the time, their question sounds similar to this old math problem:

While paddling up shit creek in your canoe and all four tires fall off, how many pancakes does it take to build a doghouse?

Answer:  none, because ice cream has no bones.

 
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That's not a math problem that is a congressional speech. 
 
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    Paul for President 2012!
 
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So I find myself slowly unraveling the question. 

Is shit creek a creek that runs through your property, or are we really talking about any creek?  Is this your canoe?  Is it possible that it isn't a canoe, but some other kind of boat?  Is the mission to build any doghouse and there is no dog, or do you have a dog and you want shelter for the dog and maybe we could talk about something that is not a formal "doghouse"?  Are you open to this shelter being built out of things other than pancakes?  I take it that you want the shelter near the creek, is that right?  Or, perhaps you are concerned about flooding and the effect on pancakes when used in shelters?

So, while the math problem is supposed to be a joke, it is weird how it really isn't a joke:  "how many sacks of weed and feed to I need because I want my pumpkins to be the biggest!"



 
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Your journey begins here.
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Good pic!  Is that your place? 
 
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Oh no, I have the glass bottom boat concession ober der on t(h)urd street next to the Pancake House. 

I've had a similar puzzling problem though, I've dug 15 fence post holes and have move over to start again because they weren't deep enough.

The last time I had sardine ice cream I do believe I detected a bone.
 
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Trying to explain rocket mass heater stuff:



 
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This video was funny AND painful to watch. I had to skip to the end. And then, however perversely, I had to log into YouTube and find it to see the comments. The comments were all deleted and disabled.
 
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This.
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I can explain it
 
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This couple is apparently on their honeymoon.

One shudders to think.
 
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The guy should try gingerbread instead of pancake!
 
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Lol. Well this brings to mind a multitude of Blonde jokes. But I would just like to add this!

" We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little.
We are now qualified, to do anything, with nothing, forever!"

Or possibly

"im not sure that you, realize, that what you heard, is not what I meant"

And I would like to know.
Did they make it back to Logan, if so who drove?


Lol
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Another example:

 
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I've been to meetings like this.
In a particular coaching workshop I was asked what I would say when my (hypothetical) wife came home complaining about how hard her day was.
My response: "Too bad. Now get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich!"
Boss said I missed the point of the exercise.
 
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Count your blessings ! Being up Shit Creek in a canoe with ice cream is way better than being there in a sea horse floatie .
 
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I'm fascinated by the similar way hand gestures are used to describe drawing a red line with transparent ink.

It reminds me of the way Brawndo has what plants crave.

 
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