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Zonk
08-25-2005, 07:20 PM
An old game, one I have played on four separate boards now..

I will think of a famous person, whether alive or dead, such as Washington, Beyonce, or Dickens (now there's an interesting group; the possibilities for dinner-table conversation alone boggle the mind...).

Players will try to guess who it is by asking metaphorical questions like "What kind of weather are you?" "What kind of tobacco are you?" "What kind of music are you?" etc.

I will answer in terms of what that person might be if incarnated as that particular weather, tobacco, or music, not in terms of what weather, tobacco or music he/she may have preferred...

When you want to hazard a guess as to who I am, go ahead. If you win, you get to think of the next person, and field the questions.

This is not primarily an intellectual game, but depends on what one writer has called the 'metaphorical instinct'. The questions are not allowed to be categorical i.e., 'are you English', 'what genre do you write in', etc.

That's it. Here we go.

I am the protagonist in a famous novel.

:D:D:D

Eveningsdawn
08-25-2005, 07:23 PM
What kind of house would you be?

Zonk
08-25-2005, 07:43 PM
Hi, eveningsdawn, welcome to the game!

Interesting question...I would be a country farm...

And be warned; this game can be addicting :ROFL:

:D:D:D

TheIT
08-25-2005, 08:22 PM
What musical instrument are you?

Zonk
08-25-2005, 08:46 PM
I am a French horn.

Welcome to the game, TheIt :)

:D:D:D

Carole
08-26-2005, 02:09 PM
what type of bread would you be?

Zonk
08-26-2005, 04:43 PM
A baguette.

There now, I've given myself away :Shrug:

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-27-2005, 01:52 AM
Hello Zonk!

Long time, no, uh, posts!

I'm trying to get scrivener and Footstep to come on over as well.

ac

TheIT
08-27-2005, 02:17 AM
Jean Valjean from Les Miserables?

Zonk
08-27-2005, 06:08 AM
Welcome to ac!!!!!!!

Who knows just how addicting this game can become :ROFL: Yeah, tell the gang to come on over from the Place-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named :) . Man, it would be great to hear from you guys again!

TheIt:

Sorry, I am not Jean Valjean..:Shrug:

:D:D:D

Gehanna
08-27-2005, 07:22 AM
Melanie Griffith or Rosanne Arquette ?

Zonk
08-27-2005, 08:36 AM
Neither, so sorry, Gehenna :)

Oh, and only one answer at a time, LOL. You could post a question after your answer, in case you don't get it right, to move the game along more quickly.

:D:D:D

Gehanna
08-27-2005, 06:09 PM
Ok :)

Sorry about the two answer thing. One answer came from the right side of my brain and the other answer came from the left side. I wasn't trying to cheat, I swear. lol

My question is:

What kind of car would you be?

Zonk
08-27-2005, 07:04 PM
Ok :)

Sorry about the two answer thing. One answer came from the right side of my brain and the other answer came from the left side. I wasn't trying to cheat, I swear. lol

My question is:

What kind of car would you be?

LOL.

And ooops, so sorry I mis-spelled your screen name:Shrug:

Car? Hmmmmm.
I would be a sports car. Very fast. :)

:D:D:D

Unique
08-27-2005, 08:48 PM
Who would be your best friend?

Zonk
08-27-2005, 09:09 PM
Um...categorical question, see rules ^^ :)

Let me put it this way: Any best friend I would have would give everything, including himself, for me, just as I would for him.

Oh dear. That has really let the cat out of the bag...:rolleyes:


:D:D:D

Gehanna
08-28-2005, 05:31 AM
Jesus

alleycat
08-28-2005, 03:02 PM
Scrivener guesses Madame Bovary but he hasn't gotten his registration confirmation yet.

ac

alleycat
08-28-2005, 06:34 PM
Are you D'Artagnan?

If not, what cartoon character are you?

Zonk
08-28-2005, 10:39 PM
alleycat:scrivener guesses wrongly :Shrug: :)

You, on the other hand, ac....:Trophy:

You're right, I am the fourth musketeer, LOL.

You've played before....:tongue

Who/what are you?

:D:D:D

Footsteps
08-28-2005, 10:39 PM
I found you guys. Thanks, Alleycat.

alleycat
08-28-2005, 10:52 PM
Scrivener and I were worried about you Zonk. I'm glad the hurricane didn't get you!

Back to topic...(before someone complains)

I am a dead writer (that wasn't my primary focus but it is what I'm remembered for most).

This one could be a little tough, according to how well I answer.

Gehanna
08-28-2005, 10:58 PM
Jesus was a musketeer...of sorts. Conceptually, Jesus fits right in with the "One for all and All for one" thing.

Now there's a lesson you won't learn anywhere but here. *grin*

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:05 PM
Jesus was a musketeer...of sorts. Conceptually, Jesus fits right in with the "One for all and All for one" thing.

Now there's a lesson you won't learn anywhere but here. *grin*

Only if it had been an unleavened baguelle, Gehanna! :-)

You can ask a question if you'd like.

Sarita
08-28-2005, 11:08 PM
What kind of potato dish would you be?

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:15 PM
French fries!

Sarita
08-28-2005, 11:16 PM
What style of music would you be?

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:19 PM
A waltz, befitting to my station in life.

Sarita
08-28-2005, 11:22 PM
What kind of religion would you be?

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:29 PM
Not Proust, although my book was a rather meaty tome.

Religion? Christian. I even began my book by discussing the Creator's hand in my particular area of interest.

Sarita
08-28-2005, 11:30 PM
Well, that throws off my guess of De Sade....

What sort of terrain would you be? (mountain, shore line, forest...)

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:33 PM
What sort of terrain would you be? (mountain, shore line, forest...)

In my travels, I was all of those things and more.

Sarita
08-28-2005, 11:34 PM
de Beauvoir

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:35 PM
Not Sartre but that is a little closer.

Soup? French onion.

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:35 PM
de Beauvoir?

Sorry, no.

Sarita
08-28-2005, 11:37 PM
What sort of clothing would you be?

alleycat
08-28-2005, 11:42 PM
The clothing I wore was regulated in my native country according to one's social standing in my day...but knee breeches would probably answer.

alleycat
08-29-2005, 12:03 AM
The season of discontent!

Sorry, I just couldn't resist. And that is an honest clue.

alleycat
08-29-2005, 12:30 AM
Well, I could have said "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." but that would have implied Dickens. And I did say "season of discontent" not "winter of our discontent". I should probably have used something else however. Sorry.

No, not Camus.

Vegetable? Tough one. Probably turnips. My travels took me to some rather backwoods places. (I screwed this one up at first, I was thinking foods rather than vegetables.)

alleycat
08-29-2005, 01:14 AM
I was kind of hoping no one had seen that post about hams. I almost fell out of my chair when I went back and saw it.

Not Flaubert. My writing was of a more practical nature. Not Balzac either but we would be closer in spirit. Well, I guess we're both spirits now!

Rain? A slow drip coming through the roof of a log cabin.

This one might be a bit tougher for you, KTC, since you're from Canada.

alleycat
08-29-2005, 01:20 AM
I wouldn't say "burdened by religion"...just quite sure of His hand in things.

Sarita
08-29-2005, 03:00 AM
Guy De Maupassant? (can you tell I like the "de" people?)

alleycat
08-29-2005, 03:10 AM
Not De Maupassant.

If you know me at all it would be for one book.

Zonk
08-29-2005, 07:23 AM
Pascal?

If not, what kind of liquor are you?

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-29-2005, 01:34 PM
Guy De Maupassant? (can you tell I like the "de" people?)

Keep that in mind.

alleycat
08-29-2005, 01:39 PM
Not Pascal.

Liquor? I'll assume you mean that in the boardest sense. A fine wine...or homemade corn liquor when I was in Tennessee.

alleycat
08-29-2005, 03:36 PM
KTC: Neither.

See my last reply to Saritams8 above.

I may have picked someone just too hard to guess. The book that "it" wrote is still of historical importance in America (and maybe France) but would be less known in other countries.

If someone doesn't get it in the next few guesses, I'll call the game off due to rain (which I am certainly going to get enough of tonight; the remains of hurricane Katrina will be here) and someone else can be "it".

Footsteps
08-29-2005, 04:05 PM
Francis de Sales

alleycat
08-29-2005, 04:20 PM
Sorry, no.

Since you didn't ask a question, I'll give a clue anyway. My book dealt with the new political and social structure of the times.

Footsteps
08-29-2005, 04:35 PM
Since you didn't ask a question. . . . .

OK, Which of the 7 dwarves are you?

What brand of coffee are you?

and

Which "reality" tv show are you?

alleycat
08-29-2005, 04:37 PM
OK, Which of the 7 dwarves are you?

What brand of coffee are you?

and

Which "reality" tv show are you?

Well, heck, give me a minute or two on that one! :-)

alleycat
08-29-2005, 04:47 PM
Dwarf (you really should call them ‘little people” now you know)? Perhaps rather than Snow White and the Seven Little People, you should ask which character from The Aristocrats.

Coffee? American Ace, French grind; in the red, white and blue package.

Reality TV show? The Democratic National Convention.

The title of my book is almost in those answers somewhere.

Zonk
08-29-2005, 06:48 PM
De Toqueville?

Or, which reptile are you?

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-29-2005, 07:29 PM
De Toqueville?

:D:D:D

Yes, indeed. De Tocqueville! Author of Democracy in America. I looked it up on Amazon this morning; it has a rank of something like #2750 in total sales on Amazon even today.

You are it.

Footsteps
08-29-2005, 08:47 PM
Congratulations, Zonk! :Clap:

Zonk
08-29-2005, 11:28 PM
Footsteps!!!

So glad to hear from you again bro...:)

So I'm it?

I am the antagonist in a famous novel/movie...

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-29-2005, 11:35 PM
I might as well ask and get him out of the way...are you Javert?

If not, what shoe style are you?

Zonk
08-29-2005, 11:43 PM
Who? :P

No, not Javert, LOL.

I would be a very average-seeming 9...

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-30-2005, 12:12 AM
Are you HAL 9000? "Dave...Dave...Don't do that, Dave..."

If not, river would you be?

robeiae
08-30-2005, 01:24 AM
What kind of waffle iron would you be?

Rob :)

alleycat
08-30-2005, 01:48 AM
Well, there are round ones, and rectangular ones...

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 02:58 AM
Zonk,

Which of the 7 dwarves are you?

Bill B.

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 02:59 AM
Zonk,

What brand of coffee are you?

Bill B.

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 02:59 AM
Zonk,

Which "reality" tv show are you?

Bill B.

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 03:04 AM
:Shrug:

Alleycat knows why I didn't just combine those questions into one post

Bill B.

:Ssh:

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 03:10 AM
Zonk,

Are you Yossarian?

Bill B.

Zonk
08-30-2005, 03:39 AM
Wow.

You leave the room for a couple of minutes, and look what happens :)

Here we go:

alleycat:
No, not HAL 9000...
I would be the Mississippi...

ktc:
Are you sure you want to know? Probably caviar. Most of the time.

robeiae:
Tough question...Belgian waffle iron, if there is such a thing.

Footsteps x3:
In order: Doc, Arabica, and Fear Factor.

And no, sorry, I'm not Yossarian.

:D:D:D

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 03:59 AM
Zonk,

The very average shoe suggests an anti-hero. Likewise Mississippi suggests Old Man River who just keeps rollin along and dont say nuttin.

And yet the other answers imply someone with above average tastes, someone fearless and someone knowledgeable.

Right now I'm in a quandary.

Which character in Homer are you?

Bill B.

Zonk
08-30-2005, 04:11 AM
Tsk, Tsk, Footsteps, categorical question, LOL.

Remember, I never said I was average; I said I was average-seeming...

You won't find me in Homer :)

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 04:42 AM
Zonk wrote "Tsk, Tsk, Footsteps, categorical question" so I must defend my honor.

My question about Homer was no more caregorical than my question about dwarves. I presumed you were not a character in either Snow White or the Iliad, but I was asking which dwarf or homeric personage you might be "incarnated as" (to use your own phrase).

I like to think of myself as the essence of Chiron, and I hope I'm the essence of Happy, but right now I'm afraid I'm the essence of Sleepy.

alleycat
08-30-2005, 08:20 AM
What cartoon character would you be?

Zonk
08-30-2005, 08:26 AM
Footsteps:

:ROFL: :ROFL: I knew you would rise to the lure ;)



I did answer though :) - but not what you were looking for...

It's actually very hard to find me in Homer, but the closest would probably be Hades...

ac:

Lex Luthor.

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-30-2005, 08:41 AM
A lot of fish and water clues with this it...

I'm beginning to get an inkling, but I'm not quite there yet. I can almost "see" this character but I can't put a name to him.

I'll ask a question later. Time to ponder a bit.

alleycat
08-30-2005, 09:47 AM
Are you Goldfinger? (Yeah, I know, a wild swing.)

If not, what insect are you?

Zonk
08-30-2005, 10:24 AM
No, not Goldfinger.

I am a web-spinning spider...

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-30-2005, 01:49 PM
Gary Soneji?

If not, what vehicle are you?

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 03:51 PM
No, not Goldfinger.

I am a web-spinning spider...

:D:D:D

A spider is not an insect.

Forgive my pedantry.

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 04:00 PM
A lot of fish and water clues with this it...

I don't agree, ac. I don't think you should bark up that tree. Yes the contestants on FF are often under water and then of course the caviar. But you can't count the Mississippi because it was answering a river question. If it had wanted to dripping wet, it would have answered Poseidon and dragonfly.

I think "web-spinning" might be a big clue. :idea:

Bill B.

alleycat
08-30-2005, 04:06 PM
There's also the "I knew you would rise to the lure" thing...which may be a subtle hint...or not!

alleycat
08-30-2005, 04:07 PM
A spider is not an insect.

Forgive my pedantry.

Oh, technicalities! In that case, an "average size 9" is not a style of shoe! :-)

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 04:14 PM
Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? (That should count as one guess)

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 04:16 PM
Oh, technicalities! In that case, an "average size 9" is not a style of shoe! :-)

Yes, I was willing to give Zonk that one. But it better not happen again. :box:

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 04:20 PM
what article of clothing are you?

alleycat
08-30-2005, 04:23 PM
My take...an unassuming but sophisticated antagonist; a devious, frightening and altogether evil mastermind…now, what does the Mississippi mean, Footsteps? I could almost guess someone from an Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes story if not for that.

Never mind us, Zonk...we're just mulling things over...

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 05:51 PM
My take...an unassuming but sophisticated antagonist; a devious, frightening and altogether evil mastermind…now, what does the Mississippi mean, Footsteps? I could almost guess someone from an Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes story if not for that.

Never mind us, Zonk...we're just mulling things over...

I suggested in a previous post that the Mississippi conjures up images of Old Man River who just keeps rollin along and dont say nuttin. I agree with your assessment that we're looking for an evil mastermind; a cunning fellow; by day mildmannered but watch out when the pretences come off. Someone like, let me think now, hmmmm, – Zonk!

alleycat
08-30-2005, 06:11 PM
I think I've been a bad influence on you, Footsteps....

Zonk
08-30-2005, 08:37 PM
ac:

Not Gary, sorry.

I am a 'Tin Lizzie'...

Footsteps:
Technically you are correct about the spider :)

I'm not Jekyll/Hyde, but you're warmer.

I would be a gourmet chef's apron...

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-30-2005, 09:15 PM
The Invisible Man?

If not, what TV sitcom are you?

Zonk
08-30-2005, 09:26 PM
No, I'm not the Invisible Man.

TV Sit com?
There's nothing comedic about me...

How about a TV series? Like Dark Shadows...

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-30-2005, 09:46 PM
I feel so close, yet so far.

Are you Dr. Kemp?

What type of house would you be?

Footsteps
08-30-2005, 10:12 PM
I feel close also. But I was expecting it to answer 'The Munsters' or 'The Addams Family' to the sitcom question.

Zonk
08-31-2005, 12:10 AM
ktc:Great question :)
I would probably be Yardley's Brilliantine...

ac:
Dr. Kemp? Alas, no.
A palatial mansion, private, out-of-the-way...

Footsteps:
Perhaps, but both of those are comedic series, which does not reflect my essence - my humour tends to the arcane and sarcastic.
There you go, another gratuitous clue, LOL.

I'm really surprised you guys haven't got this one yet.:Shrug:

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-31-2005, 01:17 AM
The "it" is always surprised when no one gets it after half a dozen answers; it's in the nature of the game. Scrivener is still fussing at me for not getting Dorothy Parker right off the bat one time.

ac

alleycat
08-31-2005, 01:58 AM
Lestat?

Zonk
08-31-2005, 02:00 AM
I read that thread over at The-Place-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, it was hilarious :)

I am not Lestat. Good guess though.

:D:D:D

alleycat
08-31-2005, 02:33 AM
I think I'm out of guesses. You've given enough clues that Footsteps will probably be able to get it.

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 02:58 AM
Hannibal The Cannibal?

Zonk
08-31-2005, 03:01 AM
Hannibal The Cannibal?

:Trophy: :TheWave:

Yes, I am Hannibal.

Your turn, Footsteps :)

:D:D:D

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 03:24 AM
The chef's apron was the giveaway, Zonk.

OK, y'all know how I don't relish being 'it' but let me mull over some possibilities.

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 03:28 AM
OK, I mulled. I'm a living author.

Zonk
08-31-2005, 03:35 AM
There were several giveaways, I thought, LOL.

A living author...what flower are you?

:D:D:D

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 03:57 AM
There were several giveaways, I thought, LOL.

A living author...what flower are you?

:D:D:D
Narcissus

Zonk
08-31-2005, 06:30 AM
Hmmmmmm.

What kind of music are you?

:D:D:D

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 07:12 AM
Hmmmmmm.

What kind of music are you?

:D:D:DA long, sad Zeibekikos.

Zonk
08-31-2005, 09:39 AM
...

Ok...what sport are you?

:D:D:D

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 02:59 PM
...

Ok...what sport are you?

:D:D:DStrip Poker

alleycat
08-31-2005, 03:39 PM
What style of shoes are you, boo-boo?

(And, no, I don't have a foot fetish....)

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 03:57 PM
What style of shoes are you, boo-boo?

(And, no, I don't have a foot fetish....)Nike Walking Shoe

alleycat
08-31-2005, 04:19 PM
What model automobile would you be?

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 04:29 PM
What model automobile would you be?A stretch limo, but a used one. And since I myself don't drive, it would come with a cheauffeur.

alleycat
08-31-2005, 04:35 PM
What Star Wars character would you be?

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 04:59 PM
What Star Wars character would you be?either Han Solo or R2D2. Actually maybe the nervous C3PO.

alleycat
08-31-2005, 05:39 PM
A wild outside swing, because I've got nothing else: Are you Nicholas Sparks?

If not, what TV sitcom are you?

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 06:36 PM
A wild outside swing, because I've got nothing else: Are you Nicholas Sparks?

If not, what TV sitcom are you?No, not Nicholas Sparks. TV sitcom: Mr. Bean, or the short-lived "My Big Fat Greek Life."

alleycat
08-31-2005, 07:31 PM
Eveyone I think of is dead...

What snack food are you?

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 07:55 PM
Eveyone I think of is dead...

What snack food are you?foie_gras

alleycat
08-31-2005, 08:03 PM
Sedaris?

If not, what bird are you?

Footsteps
08-31-2005, 08:52 PM
Sedaris?

If not, what bird are you?Yep, David Sedaris :TheWave:

I really enjoy his sardonic humor.

If you had asked about an article of clothing, I guess I would have had to say Corduroy and Denim, or else Naked. Not sure what bird I would have chosen.

You're it, AC. The baton is passed.

alleycat
08-31-2005, 09:08 PM
I was pretty sure it was once I thought of him.

Earlier, every time I would try to think of someone, actors and characters would pop into my head and ruin my concentration...Anthony Quinn, George Constanza, Zorba!

Back shortly....lunchtime.

alleycat
08-31-2005, 10:46 PM
Here we go . . . I am a dead artist.

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 12:23 AM
What kind of natural catastrophe are you?

Zonk
09-01-2005, 12:25 AM
What smell are you?


:D:D:D

alleycat
09-01-2005, 12:40 AM
Natural catastrophe? Tough call...strictly metaphorically, an eruption.

Smell? Wet paint.

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 12:59 AM
Natural catastrophe? Tough call...strictly metaphorically, an eruption.

Smell? Wet paint.Eruptions were not foreign to Michelangelo.

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 01:02 AM
What coin are you?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 01:42 AM
A sou (at least, for most of my life).

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 02:06 AM
Toulouse-Lautrec?

If not, which character from Homer are you?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 02:17 AM
Sorry, not Too-Loose Lautrec.

Achilles, not become of my bravery, but because I too once felt that I was betrayed by an important friend and ally.

[3 to go, Footsteps...]

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 02:49 AM
Vincent van Gogh?

if not, which of our little smilies are you?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 02:57 AM
No, I kept both ears.


:Sun:

Sarita
09-01-2005, 03:23 AM
Gauguin?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 05:19 AM
No, not Gauguin; but like him, a well-known writer based one of his fictional characters on my life.

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 06:08 AM
Matisse?

(A wild guess but I had to make my fiftieth post).

alleycat
09-01-2005, 06:13 AM
No, not Matisse.

Congratulations, Footsteps. I look forward to seeing your new avatar. Wonder what it'll be...?

ac

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 06:45 AM
Alley, I'm glad to see your a "Board fanatic" not a "Bored fanatic."

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 06:53 AM
Marc Chagall?

If not, what reptile are you?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 07:09 AM
And I'm glad to see you're a struggling poet, and not a shrugging poet.

Not Chagall.

Reptile? Tough one. It's hard to think of myself as anything cold-blooded who would live in such dark places (yeah, that's a hint).

scrivener
09-01-2005, 04:18 PM
I post therefore I am!

What landscape are you?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 04:43 PM
I post therefore I am!

What landscape are you?
You stole that line from somebody...

A landscape of almost rugged terrain, filled with trees, an occasional house; a landscape of harmonious color. (Hey, it's the best I could do!)

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 04:45 PM
Welcome back, Scriv

alleycat
09-01-2005, 05:03 PM
No, not Gauguin; but like him, a well-known writer based one of his fictional characters on my life.
A clarification...not the same well-known writer.

Back to our regularly scheduled program...

scrivener
09-01-2005, 05:33 PM
Thank you, Footsteps. Champagne all round.:hat:

scrivener
09-01-2005, 05:54 PM
And you M. It, are you Paul Cezanne?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 06:06 PM
Oh, yes, indeed, Great and Esteemed New Member. I am Cezanne.

I'm glad you got it. It's been a while since you've been "it".

ac

scrivener
09-01-2005, 06:30 PM
I was not prepared but I'll give it the old fill-in-the-blank try.

As usual, I am a writer gone but not forgotten.

NB I do not believe I ever had the pleasure of meeting Miss Dorothy Parker.

robeiae
09-01-2005, 06:33 PM
What kind of tank would you be?

Rob :)

scrivener
09-01-2005, 06:39 PM
Not a military one. If you mean the stationary kind, then I would have to invent one which I would then fill to overflowing with random letters of the alphabet.

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 06:44 PM
Kurt Vonnegut?

If not, what type of fruit are you?

alleycat
09-01-2005, 06:44 PM
Are you Kafka? (I don't even know why I guessed that...)

Stealing a page from your playbook...what landscape are you?

robeiae
09-01-2005, 06:47 PM
Are you Navakov?

If not, what element from the periodic table would you be?

Rob :)

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 06:48 PM
Kurt Vonnegut?

If not, what type of fruit are you?Actually, I guess Mr. Vonnegut is still with us. Retract that.

alleycat
09-01-2005, 06:50 PM
Actually, I guess Mr. Vonnegut is still with us. Retract that.

A mere technicallity...

scrivener
09-01-2005, 06:55 PM
Kurt Vonnegut?

If not, what type of fruit are you?

What an interesting juxtaposition! Yes, Kurt is still going strong so we will move on.

scrivener
09-01-2005, 06:57 PM
Are you Kafka? (I don't even know why I guessed that...)

Stealing a page from your playbook...what landscape are you?


Not Kafka, although that is a a prescient guess as usual from you, ac.

Landscape. A landscape of books.

scrivener
09-01-2005, 07:00 PM
Are you Navakov?

If not, what element from the periodic table would you be?

Rob :)

I'm sorry, I mean no disrespect, but do you mean Nabokov? We can continue when you answer.

I'm afraid I have no empathy with the periodic table unless it is made of stars.

robeiae
09-01-2005, 07:03 PM
Hmmm...Navakov? Yes, I met Nabokov.

Rob :)

P.S. Proper corrections are never disrespectful, at least in my world.

alleycat
09-01-2005, 07:04 PM
A wild swing I'm sure...are you Safire?

If not, what meal are you? (And don't say alphabet soup or I'll give you negative rep points!)

scrivener
09-01-2005, 07:18 PM
Hmmm...Navakov? Yes, I met Nabokov.

Rob :)

P.S. Proper corrections are never disrespectful, at least in my world.

No, I am not Nabokov but we were born in the same year. (That should help!)

robeiae
09-01-2005, 07:21 PM
Hemingway?

Rob :)

scrivener
09-01-2005, 07:21 PM
A wild swing I'm sure...are you Safire?

If not, what meal are you? (And don't say alphabet soup or I'll give you negative rep points!)

Safire? No. A wild swing indeed.

As to a meal, a night in the tavern with my friends drinking, eating bread and cheese, feasting on our youth and our intellects.

scrivener
09-01-2005, 07:23 PM
Hemingway?

Rob :)

No, I am not Hemingway although we both spent a lot of time in Spain and for a time I found it as colorful and full of life as he did.

robeiae
09-01-2005, 07:27 PM
What kind of farm animal would you be?

rob :)

Footsteps
09-01-2005, 07:33 PM
No, I am not Nabokov but we were born in the same year. (That should help!)Well, that narrows it down to Goodman Ace, Louis Adamic, Fred Astaire, Ezra Taft Benson, Humphrey Bogart, Jorge Luis Borges, Elizabeth Bowen, Charles Boyer, James Cagney, Al Capone, Noel Coward, Hart Crane, Alfred Thompson Denning, Indra Devi, Dorothy Dow, Duke Ellington, Evan Esar, Cecil Scott Forester, Theodore Fox, Harold Webber Freeman, Fred Heatherton, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert M. Hutchins, Adria Locke Langley, Charles Laughton, Eric Linklater, Maxwell Maltz, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Ngaio Marsh, Vladimir Nabokov, Louise Nevelson, Nancy Nicholson, Ted Olson, Cyril John Radcliffe, Billy Rose, Kate Seredy, Vincent Sheean, Nevil Shute, Edwin Way Teale, Janet-Maria Vaughan, Antonia White, E.B. White, Thomas Woodrooffe, Frances A. Yates or my mother. (list [minus my mother] was from www.giga-usa.com).

I'm going with E. B. White.

scrivener
09-01-2005, 08:08 PM
What kind of farm animal would you be?

rob :)

I would more likely be a wild animal stalking the farm animals.

scrivener
09-01-2005, 08:11 PM
Well, that narrows it down to Goodman Ace, Louis Adamic, Fred Astaire, Ezra Taft Benson, Humphrey Bogart, Jorge Luis Borges, Elizabeth Bowen, Charles Boyer, James Cagney, Al Capone, Noel Coward, Hart Crane, Alfred Thompson Denning, Indra Devi, Dorothy Dow, Duke Ellington, Evan Esar, Cecil Scott Forester, Theodore Fox, Harold Webber Freeman, Fred Heatherton, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert M. Hutchins, Adria Locke Langley, Charles Laughton, Eric Linklater, Maxwell Maltz, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Ngaio Marsh, Vladimir Nabokov, Louise Nevelson, Nancy Nicholson, Ted Olson, Cyril John Radcliffe, Billy Rose, Kate Seredy, Vincent Sheean, Nevil Shute, Edwin Way Teale, Janet-Maria Vaughan, Antonia White, E.B. White, Thomas Woodrooffe, Frances A. Yates or my mother. (list [minus my mother] was from www.giga-usa.com (http://www.giga-usa.com/)).

I'm going with E. B. White.

What a year! Not E.B. White but what a writer he was. I wonder if we would even have the New Yorker today if it hadn't been for him.

robeiae
09-01-2005, 08:14 PM
You forgot F.A. Hayek...

Rob :)

scrivener
09-02-2005, 06:46 PM
Is that a question, Rob? In any case, no. I guess that was a banner year for births of important people.

alleycat
09-02-2005, 06:56 PM
What dance would you be?

scrivener
09-02-2005, 07:51 PM
The tango.

Zonk
09-03-2005, 01:42 AM
What constellation are you?


:D:D:D

scrivener
09-03-2005, 02:30 AM
What constellation are you?


:D:D:D



The closest mirror of my essence would by the constellation Lyra.

Zonk
09-03-2005, 02:34 AM
Jose Luis Borges?


:D:D:D

scrivener
09-03-2005, 12:26 PM
Yes, Zonk, you clever critter. Now you have to carry the baton.

I apologize for taking so long to reply.

Scrivener:Cheers:

Zonk
09-03-2005, 04:27 PM
I had help :)

I am a dead writer.

:D:D:D

triceretops
09-03-2005, 04:55 PM
What's your favorite vacation spot?

Zonk
09-03-2005, 08:45 PM
The English countryside, where one may go on long uninterrupted walks...


:D:D:D

Footsteps
09-03-2005, 11:52 PM
The English countryside, where one may go on long uninterrupted walks...


:D:D:DC S Lewis?

If not, what coin are you?

Zonk
09-04-2005, 12:42 AM
:ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:

Right the first guess out, Footsteps!

Man, it's been a long time since I've had one guessed this quickly :)

Your go.

:D:D:D

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 03:36 AM
:ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:

Right the first guess out, Footsteps!

Man, it's been a long time since I've had one guessed this quickly :)

Your go.

:D:D:DLong uninterrupted walks in the English countryside just seemed to fit him.

Well, now, I'm it again, eh? OK, time for something different. Even though I'm a fictional character, I died last year.

Zonk
09-04-2005, 04:15 AM
...

What kind of weather are you?


:D:D:D

alleycat
09-04-2005, 04:52 AM
What shoe style are you?

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 06:18 AM
Weather: mountain mists
Shoe: Rockport Kivalina climbing boots

alleycat
09-04-2005, 06:43 AM
Hi Footsteps,

I'm sorry I missed out on C. S. Lewis. I'm a little sorry you got it so quickly. I never got into those Narnia books, but I've read most of the other books that Lewis wrote. I wouldn't have gotten it as quickly as you did however.

Back to topic...

What cartoon character are you?

Mountain mists? Where is "glynis" when we need her?

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 07:09 AM
What cartoon character are you?Mark Trail, as created by Ed Dodd in 1946, although since 1978 Jack Elrod has done a fair job of keeping the strip going.

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 07:13 AM
I'm sorry I missed out on C. S. Lewis. I'm a little sorry you got it so quickly. I never got into those Narnia books, but I've read most of the other books that Lewis wrote. I wouldn't have gotten it as quickly as you did however.Same here. I didn't read Narnia but my daughter went through the Narnia books one time when she was growing up. I stuck to his philosophical explorations. Quite a mind.

alleycat
09-04-2005, 04:43 PM
What landscape are you?

(Scrivener is going to fuss at me for that one...I'm sorry!)

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 05:11 PM
What landscape are you?

(Scrivener is going to fuss at me for that one...I'm sorry!)Obviously the White Mountains

scrivener
09-04-2005, 07:44 PM
Does your enemy have legs?

I know that isn't a metaphorical question but Hobbs wants to know.


What kind of hero are you?

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 09:14 PM
Does your enemy have legs?

I know that isn't a metaphorical question but Hobbs wants to know.


What kind of hero are you?Explain to Hobbs the rules of the game.
Hero: A very quiet revered hero, wise and hoary. Fondly remembered.

(Or did you mean the sandwich?)

alleycat
09-04-2005, 10:19 PM
Are you Gandalf? I didn't see the last LOTR movie but I assume maybe that's what you meant by "...died last year."

Footsteps
09-04-2005, 11:40 PM
Are you Gandalf? I didn't see the last LOTR movie but I assume maybe that's what you meant by "...died last year."Hmmm, I can see where Gandalf fits some of the clues, but no, my demise was physical, not a movie reenactment. And for the record, it was not last year, but 2003. I'm sorry for misleading you, but my tragic end was such a blow that even now some of my neighbors are having difficulty coming to grips with the reality of it, especially since none of them witnessed my passing.

alleycat
09-05-2005, 12:24 AM
Well, you've given us several good clues. I could probably load them into a Google search and get the answer but I don't like to do that but as a last resort. It's more fun to try to come up with the answer myself.

What means of transportation are you? (Hmmm...wonder if it includes a spacecraft....? We shall see!)

scrivener
09-05-2005, 03:12 AM
What planet are you?

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 04:06 AM
What means of transportation are you? (Hmmm...wonder if it includes a spacecraft....? We shall see!)
What planet are you?Two excellent questions, but not that easy to answer.
Transportation: I would have enjoyed seeing a nice funicular.
Planet: I feel a close kinship to old rocky Mercury, although not to its swiftfooted namesake.

scrivener
09-05-2005, 04:15 AM
What language are you?

scrivener
09-05-2005, 04:22 AM
Are you Will Parker?

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 04:24 AM
What language are you?I was multilingual but felt most comfortable with Abenaki.

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 04:31 AM
Are you Will Parker?He was near me in one of John Christopher's books (that kid really got around), but I believe he's still alive and trying to escape those malicious tripods?

alleycat
09-05-2005, 04:40 AM
He was near me in one of John Christopher's books (that kid really got around), but I believe he's still alive and trying to escape those malicious tripods?

That was going to be one of guesses earlier. But I don't know the characters.

scrivener
09-05-2005, 05:13 AM
What animal are you?

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 05:16 AM
What animal are you?A fossilized primate

scrivener
09-05-2005, 05:30 AM
What constellation are you?

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 05:52 AM
What constellation are you?I always admired old king Cepheus. But I was very curious about the Sculptor even though I couldn't see it from my location on earth.

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 07:01 AM
Well, another day has come and gone. The sun has long since set behind my neighboring hills and my 'it' has decided it's time for bed. I guess he is wiser than I for before my demise, I thought I could stay up forever. I gave little thought for the passing of individual days, or years, or millenia for that matter. My 'it' hopes that tomorrow someone will discover my identity.

Footsteps
09-05-2005, 11:31 PM
Daniel Webster once said, ..."Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men."

alleycat
09-06-2005, 12:42 AM
:Smack:

Glynis
09-07-2005, 12:34 AM
:Smack:


I see some things haven't changed. Who's it now?

alleycat
09-07-2005, 12:39 AM
We don't know! We're never quite run into this problem before.

Good to see you here.

Zonk
09-07-2005, 02:42 AM
I see some things haven't changed. Who's it now?

glynis!!!:kiss:

Good to see you :D

Footsteps is it, I think.

What kind of weather are you?

:D:D:D

Footsteps
09-07-2005, 02:44 AM
I see some things haven't changed. Who's it now?Glynis,
Welcome. Another member of the diaspora from that not-to-be-mentioned forum finds her way here.

As for the game, here's how it stands. Alleycat knows the right answer but won't state it publicly. We haven't heard from either Scrivener or Zonk lately and no one else has stepped forward. I know my turn as it is over. Perhaps noone wants to say the answer because noone wants to be it. I know I prefer being the one who guesses.

alleycat
09-07-2005, 02:49 AM
Since Scrivener is not here...let's make him "it" by acclimation! All in favor....

Footsteps
09-07-2005, 02:51 AM
glynis!!!:kiss:

Good to see you :D

Footsteps is it, I think.

What kind of weather are you?

:D:D:D
Ahh, Zonk! We posted at the same time! You already asked that question on 09-03-2005 8:15 PM, and got my answer at 10:18 PM. Please guess it, Zonk and get this round over with.

Zonk
09-07-2005, 08:18 AM
Paul Bunyan?


Or, what plant are you?

:D:D:D

alleycat
09-07-2005, 03:11 PM
I might as well end this.

Are you the Old Man of the Mountains?

Footsteps
09-07-2005, 03:23 PM
I might as well end this.

Are you the Old Man of the Mountains?Thank you, Alleycat. You are the esteemed IT. :TheWave:

Had I been forced to answer Zonk's plant question, I guess I would have had to say topiary, something that is sculpted to resemble some other living form, but that probably wouldn't have ended the round.

alleycat
09-07-2005, 03:25 PM
I thought your "major clue" would have ended it already.

Well, I'm be thinking of someone...or something!

Back later.

Footsteps
09-07-2005, 03:30 PM
The Old Man of the Mountain[s] aka "The Profile", "The Great Stone Face", "The Old Man."

Born in antiquity
Died May 3, 2003

http://www.mutha.com/oldmanmountain.jpg

Zonk
09-07-2005, 04:27 PM
...
Never heard of, nor have I seen this, LOL.

Sure does look like the profile of a man, though.

You've stumped the panel, Footsteps, so you either get to be it again, or you can 'volunteer' someone. You know, like the Army. :)

:D:D:D

scrivener
09-08-2005, 02:57 AM
The Old Man of the Mountains looks a lot like Boris Karloff. Yikes! I'm glad I wasn't there when his face fell.

Glynis
09-08-2005, 03:10 AM
Living quite close to what was once the Ol' Man, I knew who "it" was. Still, I figured I would let you stew in it for a few more turns Footsteps... I seem to remember a Methodist choral writer... :box: Actually, I'm just getting over a nasty virus and dealing with the first days of school so being "It" wasn't particularly convenient. I promise to be forthcoming in the future.

I'm glad to see that Essences has found a new home. :hooray:

Watch out, I'm actually able to quote and use animated smilies here. Wow, I can even format.

Glynis

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 03:24 AM
found a new home. :hooray: The diaspora begins to gather in the new homeland. Welcome

scrivener
09-08-2005, 03:55 AM
Alleycat, did I hear you volunteer to be it?:hat:

alleycat
09-08-2005, 04:00 AM
How 'bout Glynis since she hasn't been in so long! Plus, we're sure to be entertained with animated smilies!

Glynis
09-08-2005, 04:12 AM
Okay, I'll be it. And no more dancing smilies... I promise.


I am a dead TV Icon.

alleycat
09-08-2005, 04:34 AM
I was just teasing, Glynis. Use as many dancing similies as you want to. Here's one you might like; think of it as Footsteps and the three of us who played the last game:

:horse:

Back to the game...are you Ed Sullivan?

If not, what hair style are you?

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 05:03 AM
I am a dead TV Icon.Bob Denver?

If not, what coin are you?

alleycat
09-08-2005, 05:04 AM
Oooo....I didn't think of Denver. Good guess, Footsteps.

By the way, for anyone interested, there is a PBS on Willa Cathers tonight (at least on my PBS station).

Glynis
09-08-2005, 06:03 AM
Bob Denver?

If not, what coin are you?

Footsteps you've won the right to be it again! I had actually set that trap for Alleycat guessing he may keep tabs on Bob Denver, but either way I am no longer it.

Good work gentlemen.

alleycat
09-08-2005, 06:37 AM
Footsteps you've won the right to be it again! I had actually set that trap for Alleycat guessing he may keep tabs on Bob Denver, but either way I am no longer it.

Good work gentlemen.
Well, I don't know about keeping tabs on Bob Denver (I was never a Gilligan's Island fan) but his name might have jumped out at me if my mind wasn't already overflowing with news of hurricane Katrina for the past week.

ac

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 07:41 AM
Footsteps you've won the right to be it again! I had actually set that trap for Alleycat guessing he may keep tabs on Bob Denver, but either way I am no longer it.

Good work gentlemen.That was too easy. I really don't want to be IT though. I ought to refrain from guessing names, I guess. Will someone else please volunteer to be IT?

Glynis
09-08-2005, 02:46 PM
Sigh. Hmmm. Okay, since I wasn't playing fair I will be it again. Once again it won't be very difficult, but certainly not easy. If you guys could clue me in on who has been played on this board I can come up with an "it."

AC, I never figured you for a Gilligan's Island man. I had Dobie Gillis in mind. So for you it is the dancing banana! :banana:

Glynis

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 04:43 PM
If you guys could clue me in on who has been played on this board I can come up with an "it."Zonk was the protagonist in a famous novel: D'Artagnan

Alleycat was a dead writer: De Toqueville

Zonk was the antagonist in a famous novel/movie: Hannibal

Footsteps was the living author: David Sedaris

Alleycat was the dead artist: Cezanne

Scrivener was the writer gone but not forgotten: Jose Luis Borges

Zonk was the dead writer: C S Lewis

Footsteps was the fictional character, recently deceased: The Old Man of the Mountain

Glynis was the dead TV Icon: Bob Denver

Glynis
09-08-2005, 05:22 PM
Thanks Footsteps!

I am a dead writer.

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 05:31 PM
I am a dead writer.OK, which of the castaways on Gilligan's Island are you?

Glynis
09-08-2005, 06:17 PM
OK, which of the castaways on Gilligan's Island are you?

The Professor

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 07:31 PM
If your illustrious literary life were adapted for a 6-part miniseries on NBC sponsored by Hallmark, who would play you?

[Aside to Zonk: I consider this a metaphorical, not a categorical, question. I'm asking what actor shares the same essence at the unknown writer.]

Glynis
09-08-2005, 09:23 PM
If your illustrious literary life were adapted for a 6-part miniseries on NBC sponsored by Hallmark, who would play you?



Hmm. The backing of NBC and Hallmark limit the actors who might truely capture my essence...

Tom Seizmore may be able to capture some of my more manic moments, but Robert Downey Jr probably feels my pain.

alleycat
09-08-2005, 09:33 PM
What Las Vegas casino would you be?

Zonk
09-08-2005, 10:11 PM
If your illustrious literary life were adapted for a 6-part miniseries on NBC sponsored by Hallmark, who would play you?

[Aside to Zonk: I consider this a metaphorical, not a categorical, question. I'm asking what actor shares the same essence at the unknown writer.]

:ROFL: :ROFL:

Glynis:
What reptile would you be?

:D:D:D

Glynis
09-08-2005, 10:35 PM
What Las Vegas casino would you be?


Excalibur for the spirit it conjurs. Though I don't believe I was one for gaming of that kind.

Glynis
09-08-2005, 10:46 PM
:ROFL: :ROFL:

Glynis:
What reptile would you be?

:D:D:D

A blue tongued skink

Footsteps
09-08-2005, 11:04 PM
Very interesting answers so far.

What coin are you?

Glynis
09-09-2005, 01:20 AM
Very interesting answers so far.

What coin are you?

Of contemporary coinage I would be the quarter. The spread eagle on the back is reminiscent of some of my other work.

alleycat
09-09-2005, 01:33 AM
What shoe style would you be?

(BTW, I just sent you a PM.)

Footsteps
09-09-2005, 01:53 AM
What brand of coffee are you?

Glynis
09-09-2005, 02:10 AM
What shoe style would you be?


A running shoe. Workboots start to hurt when chasing an unattainable dream.

Glynis
09-09-2005, 02:11 AM
What brand of coffee are you?

Equal Exchange

scrivener
09-09-2005, 04:01 AM
My old standby, what climate are you?

Footsteps
09-09-2005, 04:17 AM
Every time I ask this question, the answer is always the same so it doesn't yield much useful information. Maybe this time it will be different: Which of the seven dwarves are you?

Glynis
09-09-2005, 04:28 AM
My old standby, what climate are you?

The climate changes with the nature of my argument or where I stand in the world of my creation. One step may take me from the arid heat of the sands of Jerusalem to the soft spring breeze of a pastoral landscape. If I needed to pick an essence of all I am I would choose that which would leave soft snow in its wake.