the dissident frogman

16 years and 7 months ago

Today is my birthday and here's a dead deer's head

Here's the skinny: I'm forty.

the dissident frogman

Necrothreading much?

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As I'm pulling the plug on my roaring thirties, I figured I might as well step outside for a bit of practical art, rather than stay indoors and mourn for my past youth.

So I'm going to spend the rest of the afternoon skinning this here dead deer's head(1). (Why? European mount that's why. Now you think twice before calling Col. Ressler on me.)

And to any of my friends and relative who will feel smart enough to drop by, having worked for some time on the you're-not-getting-any-younger kind of jokes that made many a postcard editing house's fortune, I'm going to answer with just the required background hysterical tone in my voice:
A-ah, ah, ah very funny indeed. Now do you see this deer's head?
And then I'll check the sharpness of my knives on my forearm while starring at them with a slightly mad glint in my eyes, and without a flinch.

That should cut any attempt in the line of “Well, a recent survey showed that at the age of twenty 90% of men have sex four times a week and that by the time they reach 40 they are still capable of telling the same pathetic lie.”, and other “hey the candles cost more than the cake”. Sharpish and shortish.

Defensive? You think I am being defensive? Hey look, do you see this deer's head?

Now, slightly less seriously and hopefully without too much violin, I wish to thank you dear reader for hanging around these parts of the world wide wood, when there's so many other interesting stuff elsewhere, a large proportion of which does not even involve naked human beings at all, and be ready to face whatever I can toss at you, from dead deers' heads to terrorist mime trainers.

And come back the next day nevertheless(2).

I've very much enjoyed your extensive feedback when I asked your advice a couple of weeks ago. I've set my mind on the 30-30 Marlin 336C, as many of you suggested — it was indeed a tough call between her and the Remington 700. I will get me the Remington, though not just now — and I'm now calling the gun shops around, in order to get the best bang for my bucks(3). I'm down to € 730 at the moment, which is very reasonable indeed.

Unless you all rush to tell me this is a stupid idea, I'm thinking of having the following tattooed on the babe:

1967 - 2007

I'm still not set on the adrenalin boost, but considering the persistent lousy weather around here, I might have to postpone it anyway: correct me if I'm wrong but the constant rain and cloudy sky would ruin both the Lambo drive and the skydiving.

A-ah, ah, ah very funny indeed. No I am not backing off and do you see that there dead deer?
  1. Try to say that fast, and several times in a row.
  2. This being of course, the real test of your character.
  3. Yeah, pun largely intended I'm afraid.



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I own, built and run this place. In a previous life I was not French but sadly, I died.


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2741 - Valerie, Texas

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Happy, happy birthday Frogman! May you have many a successful hunt with your new boomstick.

I think George Thoroughgood wrote a song just for you. (For you young ones it is called Bad to the Bone.)

And if you don't want friends and family coming around, just tell them. Why do all this subtle nuanced stuff?

2742 - Folly

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Happy Birthday. I turned 40 in May. Yes, it sucked. However, now I get to laugh at all the 20-somethings and tell, "when I was your age," stories.

2743 - Valerie, Texas

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2744 - JihadGene

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  • JihadGene North Korea, Central California

Gleetings frum Great Reader KIM Jong IL!

I am love yoo loooong time! Me glad yoo have happy birf-day! If yoo have any deer horn left over... preeze give to me! When deer horny is ground down, it workie same-same like Viagra!!!

Great Reader, KIM Jong IL

DMZ Northside, PyongYang, DPKR 90210

PMS Age 40 ain't start to fall apart at enjoy!!!

2745 - BlueStarMom

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Molon labe

Reminds me of the "Come And Take It" Flag. Gonzales, Texas - October 2,1835.

"Historian H. Yoakum's words in 1855 bear repeating: Every one who knows the Texans, or who has heard of them, would naturally conclude that they never would submit to be disarmed. Any government that would attempt to disarm its people is despotic; and any people that would submit to it deserves to be slaves!"

Keep writing and posting.

2746 - DDeerleg

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  • DDeerleg The Great American Midwest

Happy Birthday....40 isn't so bad. I'm well into my 50s....just keep bringing home a few deer heads each year and you'll stay young! least you'll feel better about your age - and a lot of the spoiled brat kiddies out there who couldn't survive a day in the wild will keep their distance when they see all the deer heads on the wall.

2747 - mbrewer2045

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  • mbrewer2045 Wisconsin USA


It's been a while (high school) since I had to spell anything in French (and I can barely spell in English, being an Engineer), but here it goes.....


Hope you have a great birthday and keep up the great posting!

2748 - Lady Cincinnatus

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  • Lady Cincinnatus Ohio & Kentucky

Don't worry, D. Frogman, men are like wine, they get better with age. So, I guess that means it is doubly true if you're French. :) What we really want to know is what you did with the rest of the deer.

2749 - Blinky

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  • Blinky Omaha, Nebraksa, USA

Nice kill man.

I was going back over the comments of the "gun advice" blog and I did sugest putting ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ on your next weapon. I guess it's true what they say about great minds and all the jazz. Anyway, Happy Birthday and keep fighting the good fight.

2750 - Orageuse

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  • Orageuse South Georgia

I registered for the express purpose of wishing you a happy birthday. So, bon anniversaire!

I have always maintained that a man just doesn't get to be any good until he's at least 35