Sunday, June 11, 2006

Pass the Puns, Please

Some days a person just has to be grateful that Sunday has rolled around. Today is that day for me. I plan on hiding from the inlaws, the phone and my dog for as long as possible today. I'm going to ignore the dust bunnies, the dirty socks and the sink of dishes calling my name. It's going to be nothing but a good book, a glass of wine and perhaps some cheese. And since I am feeling particularly generous, I shall share with you, dear internet, my fromage.


The Cleveland Symphony was performing Beethoven's Ninth. In the piece, there's a long passage - about 20 minutes - during which the bass violinists have nothing to do. Rather than sit around that whole time looking stupid, some bassists decided to sneak offstage and go to the tavern next door for a quick one.

After slamming several beers in quick succession (as bass violinists are prone to do) one of them looked at his watch.

"Hey! We need to get back!"

"No need to panic," said a fellow bassist. "I thought we might need some extra time, so I tied the last few pages of the conductor's score together with string. It'll take him a few minutes to get it untangled."

A few moments later, they staggered back to the concert hall and took their places in the orchestra. About this time, a member of the audience noticed the conductor seemed a bit edgy and said as much to her companion.

"Well, of course," said her companion. "Don't you see? It's the bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied, and the bassists are loaded."


Blogger kimmyk said...


Didn't even see that one comin'!

Good one!

9:45 a.m.  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL, LOL..THAT'S A good one, T! Never heard that before....
I have always wondered who thinks these up...? It takes a very particular kind of mind...and I truly admire that, don't you?

Always good to come on by for a visit...and thanks for your visit to me. Yummmm the Fromage is very very tasty!

11:45 a.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...


I loved that, T!!

Thank you for a good old giggle on a hot Sunday evening.....


1:22 p.m.  
Blogger Fidget said...

bwhahahahha and here i thought you were heading towards a "movement" joke!


2:31 p.m.  
Blogger Christina said...

*snort* LOL! That's a good one!

4:32 p.m.  
Blogger My float said...

OKAY OKAY, I admit it. I don't get it. I've tried saying it out loud, whispering it softly, reading in silence. The cheese escapes me. Am I just completely dumb or seriously out of tune today (boom boom).

Skulking off now.

6:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Izzy said...

lol...thanks for sharing the fromage!

8:39 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to see that you found your sense of humour

8:58 p.m.  
Blogger It's okay, Sweetie said...

Cute! I'm gonna go read this to my husband!

10:37 p.m.  

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