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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gunning for Ecuador ...

Your writers, Jim & Lisa

Jim and I made our first You tube today, no rehearsal due to Jim's unfailing confidence and short attention span. It is to enter International Living's magazine contest for a free month in Cuenca, Ecuador.

This video, more than anything, perhaps, will give you a window into our special working dynamic. Note especially Jim's barely veiled enthusiasm for the project.

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Anonymous Blackhawk said...

Is second prize gunning in Ciudad Juarez ? Jim I hate to be negative, but you look like Howdy Doody with a army of termites crawling up your leg.

Lisa your a natural but I see you have your hands full.

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:45:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Awwwwww...I never knew Jim was such a touchy feely kind of guy. LMAO. If you guys don't win... I think we should all get together and pitch in for you two to go somewhere with a beach and Mai Tai's. You've both earned it. :)

William Ranger Hazen

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Thank you -- I thought it hysterical, too. This is, BTW, par for the course. Ranger said he partook of the filming under duress, and does not want to leave his enclave N. or Tallahassee even we won.

I said "That's o.k. -- I'll slot someone else for your position!" I've learned that cavalier stance from Ranger, you see?

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 5:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Yeah, I gotta say...sorry, jim, but you look like you've already guessed the crap that's behind doors #1 and #2 and you're not happy with the possibilities for #3...

I did like the idea that your dour northern European backgrounds make you the ideal choice!

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:54:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Lisa and Jim,

That was brilliant! Reminded me of Penn & Teller.

Lisa, I was surprised to hear your voice. I figured you would have a southern drawl, kinda like Paula Dean.

I loved seeing and hearing you both.


Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I think you've pegged it ... jim has little hope for any possibilities that I see, and I see possibility everywhere :)

It's good for me to see the dynamic on film -- it doesn't get any more in your face than that, does it? Sobering, hmmm ...


Paula Deen? You're cruel.

Anyway, poor production values, end of day, no makeup, sweaty, hot, no rehearsal, etc. I would've liked something better, but this unvarnished bit do say it all, no ?!?

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 10:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

nice video. u 2 r cute. happy saint patrick's day. u r some of the nicest immigrants i kno in cyberspace. never leave the boat Jim.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 4:58:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Excellent advice for Jim -- we'd hate to lose him :)

Happy St. Patty's Day,

Erin go Bragh

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...

Blackhawk, I'm thinking more along the lines of this image


There's a little line I used in my classes from one of Cicero's letters about the joy of friendship.

Being able to laugh at each other and with each other.

Lots of laughs and boatloads of insight from RAW.

We're likely never to meet, so this is like the next best thing.


Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 6:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...


Good Luck on the contest!


Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 6:24:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I told Jim when we viewed it -- before he bolted -- that it reminded me of American Gothic :)

Thank you for your good wishes, but I believe to win we would have had to ... present otherwise. Different dress, tidied up our thoughts. Me, be more demonstrative and animated; Jim, get him to move his arms, maybe ...

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

To all,
Let's discuss sere.
I admit that i was too emotional in this clip. My training should've surfaced and my emotions blocked.If anything i should have hunched up and looked at the ground and folded my hands. That's what i'm trained to do, so i apologize for my excessive display.
Let me state that a man , 66 yo should not be forced into any endeavor that doesn't interest him. I have less than zero desire to visit Central or south America. Nada.
This is so clearly stated that i even understand it.
Now for my philosophy of life.
NEVER GET CAUGHT IN SOMEONE ELSES' DREAM. (I prefer my own nightmares).
If relationships and dialogue are about forcing my compliance then i don't want what's behind the 3rd door.
Thank you all for your comments.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:14:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, in that case, if it's ok with you, I volunteer to escort Lisa to Ecuador should you guys win the contest.


Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Thank you for your gentlemanly stance.

I must say that I have taken great heart from the courtly and courteous men whom I have met on this site. It has provided a valuable juxtaposition to Jim's hands-off approach to relationship. I see that a man may be strong and even military while still maintaining a gentle bearing to a lady and being solicitous of her needs and desires.

"Ladies" may not be Jim's metier, however. I am thinking something rougher and cruder, perhaps, where each may sit in his own self-interested isolation.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Dearest Lisa...It's a well known secret that most of us are here for two basic reasons. Jim's Brains and Your Beauty. No don't get me wrong Jim is ruggedly handsome for an old guy and you're pretty smart too.

I think of you guys win and Jim's too irascible to go... The we should have a Joust for the honor of escorting you to far away exotic lands.... With King Jim's good tidings of course....:)

Who else is willing to sally forth for honor... glory... and the hand of the fair maiden?!!?!

William Ranger Hazen

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 8:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Long-time RN said...

Oh my, this post and response thread made my day. Lisa, American Gothic indeed! Great suggestion, Wm. Ranger Hazen, on chipping in for a restorative getaway if they're not selected. Always appreciate your work here, best to you both.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 8:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you, Long Time RN.


You have long been my knight-errant, and you know that. [BTB -- I've never liked me on film ... you'll like me better in person :)]

But for Rapunzel to let down her hair ...

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 9:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...


You sure are a grouchy old sumbitch! You sound like me. Are we related?


Monday, March 19, 2012 at 4:51:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

To Lisa,
If i were in self-interested isolation as you cmt to Avedis, then why do i write this blog? If i were guilty as charged i'd be at a golf course hitting little white balls.
Per the boss, bruce springsteen- with every wish , there comes a curse.
To Dave,
All men are related, especially in this arena.
to all,
i'm sure glad that this was so entertaining. Ecuador could use with a Slovak/american comedian.
I'll be big in Ecuador.
i've decided to go by myself while RWH and Avedis are jousting.
My money is on Avedis.

Monday, March 19, 2012 at 8:03:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Yes, he is.


Per your Springsteen, there is no curse w/ me, which is I believe your implication. I can say in good faith, I bring only good.

Truth-telling, sir, which I believe is your new position (with all mitigating factors mentioned in the piece on truth -- i.e., you can only speak through your own lens.)

Now, sally forth and "believe in that humanity" you claim you do, today. Make sure your lenses are nice and clean ,,,

Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:27:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

Your feelings about Central and South America.

About the contest;

I heard 2nd place was a wonderful 48 in My Khe?

Tough choice?

Monday, March 19, 2012 at 11:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must warn you, Sir Hazen, that you will find me to be no mere windmill.

But it seems to me that Jim is a sly old fox and he has out manuevered us, making jesters of us both.


Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:55:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

FYI AV and JIMBO...I am old school Irish... I never challenge someone to a contest I know I can't win...heh heh heh.;) Especially if the prize is a maiden with red hair. LOL

William Sir Lancedthemall Hazen

Monday, March 19, 2012 at 3:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...




It is my humble opinion that jim -- sly old fox that he is -- cannot outmanoeuvre you (though he has perfected the art of Escape & Evasion.) Like the Afghans, he will just disappear like pipe smoke into an alleyway, slippery fish that he is.


I love tenacity and confidence in a strong yet gentle man :)

Monday, March 19, 2012 at 5:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright, Hazen. You question my skill and honor and j'accepte le challenge.

Do you even have a horse?

I'll spot you a good one.

BTW would it be acceptable to you to substitute T-Posts for lances?

And I am afraid you are at a disadvantage. There will be no lazer sights.


Monday, March 19, 2012 at 9:00:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It occurs to me, WRH, that you may not know how to ride. Therefore, I am ammenable to substituting pick up trucks for horses. I'm sure you can find one of those somewhere.

We will each select our drivers and we, as the competitors, will stand in the bed of the trucks with lances (or T-posts) at ready, both on the port side of the bed, trucks driving towards each other at no less than 60mph.

And I'll even concede your damn laser sight if it makes you happy.

Trucks move off the starting line when Lisa drops a glove.

What do you think?


Monday, March 19, 2012 at 9:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Suffice to say, you have piqued the lady's interest :)

Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Since I am a true White Knight Dear AV.... I will allow you to choose both weapons and mount. To me it does not matter...I can beat you with a spear of asparagus and a child's tricycle if need be. I need nothing more to win the hand of the fair Lisa. My Virtue and Valor always wins the day! LOL ;)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:44:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Dearest William and avedis,

Oh my, I have two brave and witty courtiers at hand -- something I find most thrilling! It is delightful to find chivalric and honorable men unafraid to take up the gauntlet ;) A rarity in this too-often mean and petty world.

I am most unaccustomed to the good-natured banter and sense of play ... it is a very welcome counterpoint. Take note, jimbo (but most especially, take note, Lisa :))

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 3:36:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps, William, we should allow the lady to choose; spears of (steamed?) asparagus or spears of steel.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 3:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

To all,
i ck'd and RAW has exactly zero readers in Ecuador.
I find it a bit strange that i write serious pieces and get no comments, and this art. got 28 cmts so far.
Maybe i should become a low affect comedian.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 3:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

AV my asparagus is always slightly with a touch of lemon and butter!

Jimbo...It just goes to show you that having a sense of humor is essential to being taken seriously. :)

Lisa...Make sure you bring plenty of beachwear as I am going to teach you how to surf as well was talk to monkeys! ;)

ON GUARD!!!! :)

William Ranger Hazen

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Crap...sorry for the poor grammar in my last post... The thought of slightly steamed asparagus with lemon and butter, surfing, and Lisa was slightly more exhilarating than I anticipated. ;) My Apologies...

William Ranger Hazen

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...


34 comments, and counting.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir William, I am afraid our little competition will have to wait. There is an evil dragon (aka a senior VP) that is terrorizing and entire corporate division. I am called to ride forth and slay this foul beast. I will be incummunicado for a few days.

Lisa, I trust that, virtuous woman that your are, you shall await my return before making any hasty and, no doubt, regrettable decisions.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 1:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

AV not to worry...Let me know if my trusty asparagus and I can assist.

William Ranger Hazen

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...


My Virtue and Valor always wins the day!

I feel a bit anxious for a couple of knighted knights jousting with mounts and weapons, but no armor or insignia.

Allow me to get you started a bit

"Virtus Valorque semper vincunt!"
inscribed on a ribbon above the escutcheon with a field of yellow for butter and lemon and a gathering of asparagus emblazoned on the front, with knives and forks as support.

There are some who cringe in terror at the sight of asparagus. :)

For avedis "Succuro Draconi!"

on a ribbon above the escutcheon with a field of white emblazoned with a brown desk surmounted by a rampant blue dragon with quill and scroll supports.

For Lisa, hmmm, maybe "Sapientia Pulchra valuit!"

above an escutcheon with field of blue with a sandy yellow base on which 2 beach chairs with umbrellas sit, and surf-boards supporting.

I hope this is helpful.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 4:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...




Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 4:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow! I am just back online late today and continue to be impressed by the wonderful wags and wits about me.


Thank you for your sense of propriety. You are brilliant, creative and so kind; you have the artist's eye.


Avaunt, for the moment. I shall not forget that it was you who opened the floor, recognizing the lady's desire and suggesting someone else might step in as chaperone. Your attention and initiative impresses.

(Ditto the fact you have shown interest in the past in matters of how to treat the fairer sex with respect; duly noted.)


What can I say (smiling)? I am beyond delighted to find men of honor sensitive to a lady's needs and desires. In fact, I need to post a small manifesto per the matter, which I shall compose henceforth ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 8:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks to all who have been game to play in this not too un-serious matter.

I did want to win the contest, but jim says he has already traveled and is done with that phase of his life. However, I have really not, so travel seems like something that would be fun to me. In trying to understand jim's position, he has probably achieved all that he hoped for in life, but for me, I hope there are still adventures aplenty :)

Compassion is the lubricant of the wheels of any relationship, and I appreciate feeling it manifested in myriad ways. Our correspondents have each shown it in their own unique ways, and this has lightened the mood for me considerably, so many thanks to all.

Jim says they removed the word "gentlemen" when he was sworn in as an officer (I just went to check this online and ironically came up w/ a title of a blog post by a friend, "Officer and Gentleman --- Not So Much"; further, the date of her posting was precisely jim's birthday (3.13).)

I'll say no more, other than "thank you" jimbo for helping to the degree you could; I know those few minutes were like torture, for you.

While you are clever, jim, I'll take solace in the knowledge that there are several extremely clever, witty and compassionate military guys out there who haven't come to the end of their tether, quite yet ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 9:14:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

BTB --

This is a fugue, with several movements as yet unplayed . . . ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:38:00 PM GMT-5  

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