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Fragments from Floyd

Show of Hands

Here’s how I originally wrote it with my reflexive (half) wittiness in full force. See the bold type at the end of the paragraph from the book now in active edit mode.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” says the old bromide. I have to remind myself of this folksy phrase when I find myself stuck in the deep ruts of habit, going ‘round the same fruitless loops over and over again. If the ingredients each time are the same, so will be the soup. So if you want different flavors and textures, you’ll have to put different ingredients into the Bassomatic.”

A  reader wrote to say he didn’t know what a Bassomatic was. Is that possible? You mean not everyone gathered with friends every Saturday night to watch SNL back in the John Belushi-Dan Akroyd-Gilda Radner era? Whah!

So I can change it to something more mundane and universally familiar–like YAWN… blender–but only if you tell me in masse that I should. I await your judgement.

7 thoughts on “Show of Hands”

  1. Alas, John, Dan and Gilda were long gone before I was allowed to watch SNL. I didn’t get in on the joke until the Church Lady was a regular.

  2. I had not seen that before, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using it. Those who care will look it up, and possibly get a laugh. Those who don’t can intuit the meaning from the context.

  3. Yah, you got me on the Bassomatic. But I love your “fruitless loops.” My kids always thought I was a mean mommy because I wouldn’t buy them.

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