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“Nothing is simpler than to kill a man; the difficulties arise in attempting to avoid the consequences.” — Rex Stout, Too Many Cooks

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  1. Seawriter Member

    I have to like it just for the Nero Wolfe reference.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 6:31 AM PST
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  2. Bob Thompson Member

    I read that. 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 7:04 AM PST
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  3. Douglas Pratt Member

    Satisfactory.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 7:53 AM PST
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  4. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    I have to like it just for the Nero Wolfe reference.

    I’ll take it. 😉

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    • December 1, 2019, at 10:26 AM PST
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  5. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Satisfactory.

    Hmmn, counter-reference?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 10:26 AM PST
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  6. Douglas Pratt Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Satisfactory.

    Hmmn, counter-reference?

    Of course. I am a lifelong Wolfe fan, who is unfortunately resembling him more and more as I get older. As Archie says, I could get a job in a physics laboratory as an immovable object.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 1:28 PM PST
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  7. Stad Thatcher

    Asimov called it “Behind the teacher’s back.” You can break the rules, as long as it’s done behind the teacher’s back.

    In other words, you can do anything, just don’t get caught. I think it applies to the quote . . .

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    • December 1, 2019, at 1:52 PM PST
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  8. Bob Thompson Member

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Satisfactory.

    Hmmn, counter-reference?

    Of course. I am a lifelong Wolfe fan, who is unfortunately resembling him more and more as I get older. As Archie says, I could get a job in a physics laboratory as an immovable object.

    Just have two beers!

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    • December 1, 2019, at 1:57 PM PST
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  9. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):
    Of course. I am a lifelong Wolfe fan, who is unfortunately resembling him more and more as I get older. As Archie says, I could get a job in a physics laboratory as an immovable object.

    Yeah. Let’s not talk about that. It is sad when one of us has had to special order a bigger, stronger chair.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 1:59 PM PST
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  10. Seawriter Member

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Satisfactory.

    Hmmn, counter-reference?

    Of course. I am a lifelong Wolfe fan, who is unfortunately resembling him more and more as I get older. As Archie says, I could get a job in a physics laboratory as an immovable object.

    I not only look like him, my nephew stays with me and I cook fancy meals every Sunday. Except I suspect we resemble Leo Haig and Chip Harrison more than Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 2:00 PM PST
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  11. Douglas Pratt Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Satisfactory.

    Hmmn, counter-reference?

    Of course. I am a lifelong Wolfe fan, who is unfortunately resembling him more and more as I get older. As Archie says, I could get a job in a physics laboratory as an immovable object.

    I not only look like him, my nephew stays with me and I cook fancy meals every Sunday. Except I suspect we resemble Leo Haig and Chip Harrison more than Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

    At this time of my life I’d rather have a Fritz Brenner than an Archie Goodwin. I have an equivalent to Theodore, an old friend who has been gardening here for 36 years. We even have a couple of orchids going in the greenhouse, a Cattelya and an Odontoglossum.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:03 PM PST
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  12. Percival Thatcher

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Satisfactory.

    Hmmn, counter-reference?

    Of course. I am a lifelong Wolfe fan, who is unfortunately resembling him more and more as I get older. As Archie says, I could get a job in a physics laboratory as an immovable object.

    I not only look like him, my nephew stays with me and I cook fancy meals every Sunday. Except I suspect we resemble Leo Haig and Chip Harrison more than Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

    At this time of my life I’d rather have a Fritz Brenner than an Archie Goodwin. I have an equivalent to Theodore, an old friend who has been gardening here for 36 years. We even have a couple of orchids going in the greenhouse, a Cattelya and an Odontoglossum.

    As I recall, Wolfe sniffed at Cattelyas, and not in the good way.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:20 PM PST
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  13. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    In line with the the QOTD, here is a related quote, a personal favorite, from Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose:

    “…I know no way of discounting the doctrine that when you take something you want, and damn the consequences, you better be ready to accept whatever consequences ensue.”

    And, no, Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:38 PM PST
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  14. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    And, no, Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself.

    Yeah, but his death was one of those consequences of his seizing what he wanted.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 5:47 PM PST
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