Tag: Tales From the PIT

Tales from the Past Ep. 22: How I Got My Name

 

In the deep, dark corridors of the PIT where I usually hide out, I commented on page 1881 about it being the year that my “Riconym” was born. I decided, with encouragement, to venture out into polite society and share this cool story (if I do say so myself).

In honor of page 1881, I’m going to talk a little bit about my namesake here on Ricochet was born in 1881. LtPercy Watkiss Fisher DCM was born Dec 15, 1881, in Stratford-upon-Avon to an upper-middle-class shopkeeper. The family was wealthy enough that his older sister (my great-grandmother) never had to cook a meal until she had married and emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s to homestead when she was in her late 20’s. He attended King Edward VI School (founded in 1295) which is the same school Shakespeare attended. He and his younger brother Raymond (b. 1883) were near inseparable and had many adventures together, up to their volunteering on the same day, hours apart from each other, for service in World War I. Percy and Raymond had previously volunteered for the Boer War, were captured and escaped from POW camp. Percy trained as an electrical engineer and as a shipping engineer and also spent time as a war correspondent for the London Times in the Russo-Japanese War, where he devised a way to transmit battle maps. As stated below, he prepared 34 different maps to accompany the news reports. He also apparently fought in the Persian Civil War in 1908 and for 6 months in 1912 had an Engineering commission in Canada before returning to England. He won his Distinguished Conduct Medal (at the time it was the next step down from a Victoria Cross for an enlisted soldier) when he helped defend and repel an attack on a captured trench against superior numbers of Germans. He also later earned a battlefield commission; his promotion came with a month of leave in England and shortly after his return and, being given command of a platoon; he was killed on September 11, 1916, at Hill 60 in France. He is buried in the Hebuterne Communal Cemetery with a handful of other soldiers, likely killed at the same time/place. He died a day before his brother Raymond, who was posted to Salonika Army HQ in Greece as Raymond was fluent in Bulgarian (having fought in the Balkan War in 1912/13), and on the same day, a 3rd brother (Reggie) was seriously wounded fighting down in the Middle East. Receiving word of her two brothers’ deaths was immensely hard on my Great-Grandmother, made even worse when her eldest son (my grandfather) was killed 28 years and 4/5 days later.

The Big Separation

 

As the folks in the PIT are well aware (because of my incessant yammering on the topic), over the last two or three weeks, other than keeping up with the news, I’ve watched almost nothing but classic episodes of Dragnet (nearly two hundred of them). Putting that together with the current situation at the border, I couldn’t help but think that Joe Friday would have that business whipped into shape in no time. What follows is 1970 Joe Friday, dealing with the current situation.

The Big Separation

Ricochet Silent Radio, Conclusion: Lord Protector of the United States

 

Turn down the lights! It’s time for another Ricochet Silent Radio adventure in our ongoing series…Tales From the PIT! (Music theme intro cue)

Yes, you’ve tuned into 1954’s boldest new radio sensation. Rocket with Ricochet into the infinite horizons of the far-off world of the future. At the beginning of the 21st century, one man will uphold justice…by breaking the law! A total outsider to politics, a moody, gifted loner with a vigilante streak, has risen to power over a great continental nation. Incredible…but possible! It’s been a troubling question for republics since the times of the Caesars; what happens in those few, crucial times when saving the country from chaos seems to demand utterly undemocratic means?

Ricochet Silent Radio, Part 3: Lord Protector of the United States

 

Turn down the lights! It’s time for another Ricochet Silent Radio adventure in our ongoing series…Tales From the PIT!

Yes, you’ve tuned into 1954’s boldest new radio sensation. Rocket with Ricochet into the infinite horizons of the far-off world of the future. At the beginning of the 21st century, one man will uphold justice…by breaking the law! In parts 1 and 2, we followed the journey of John Mantle, a.k.a. Judge Mental, former spaceman, computer expert—and arrow of vengeance—whose intelligence and ruthlessness brings him to the attention of Skipsul Harrigan, deputy to the President of the United States. Mantle is press-ganged into Federal service, acting as confidential White House liaison to rich financiers and industrialists like Gregory Arahant and Jason Rudert. The country is already in a state of chaos, approaching civil war when a devastating series of events leaves John Mantle in command.

Ricochet Silent Radio, Part 2: Lord Protector of the United States

 

Turn down the lights! It’s time for another Ricochet Silent Radio adventure in our ongoing series…Tales From the PIT!

You’ve tuned into 1954’s boldest radio sensation. Rocket with Ricochet into the infinite horizons of the far-off world of the future. At the beginning of the 21st century, one man will uphold justice…by breaking the law! Last night, our story began in the distant year of 1997, with the turbulent saga of John Mantle, a young spaceman whose improvised, desperate defense of the space station against a trio of orbiting pirates returns him to Earth as a hero. Hard times and the challenge of a new national data bank call him back to Federal service, but the covert opportunity to mete out his own justice to the men who paid for the pirate raid can’t be resisted for long.

Ricochet Silent Radio, Part 1: Lord Protector of the United States

 

Turn down the lights! It’s time for another Ricochet Silent Radio adventure in our ongoing series…Tales From the PIT!

Yes, you’ve tuned into 1954’s boldest new radio sensation. Rocket with Ricochet into the infinite horizons of the far-off world of the future. At the beginning of the 21st century, one man will uphold justice…by breaking the law! Incredible…but possible! Is this a Buck Rogers fantasy, or could it be a deadly accurate prediction of America’s tomorrow? Ricochet’s imaginary network of classic radio brings you a daring glimpse into what just might be–(Theme music climax)–Tomorrow’s world!

Fly Me to the Moon is Made of American Cheese – For Now

 

“What Sort of All Hallows’ Eve Trollop Art Thou?” PIT Seventeen asks. I’m not sure. I’m fairly sure what sort of trollop I’m not — I’m not the sort to consider glitter and body paint an acceptably modest substitute for undies. At least not on me. Nonetheless, The Sun alleges the black, bespangled, and quite bare bat bum is this Halloween’s fashion trend (any “trend” involving bums, of course, being of great interest to The Sun).

I stumbled on this so-called trend while perusing The Sun‘s investigation into snake handling, the ritual wherein Christian oppressors manhandle (“personhandle” would be more gender-neutral, but “manhandle” properly names and shames the unjust kyriarchy) innocent serpents, possibly without the serpents’ consent, purportedly for God’s glory. These oppressors — typically poor Appalachian whites — are themselves oppressed, of course, themselves victims of the same kyriarchy which enables their cross-species molestation. As one of Ricochet’s resident reptilians (I only self-identify as human online), I ought to have been outraged by the speciesist presumption that conscripts nonhuman species into human worship without even asking permission. Instead, I got distracted by sparkly bums.

Who Is Your Ideal?

 

I blame this one on the PIT. The internet seems to serve only a couple of core functions: cat pictures, getting into grudge matches with total strangers, and taking ill-designed quizzes like “Who you’d be in King Arthur’s Court,” “Your Medieval Job,” “Who you would be in the Fellowship of the Ring,” or “How quickly would you be killed in a horror film.” Chief among these miscreant quizzes are the Romantic quizzes. “Who is your ideal man (or woman)?” “Who would be your soul mate?” Etc. These quizzes invariably pair you with wifty personality descriptions that have all the specificity of a daily horoscope, and are topped with celebrity glam shots. So yes, your soul mate really is Keira Knightley, or Idris Elba, or some supermodel or another. I call bollocks.

You see, a well-designed quiz should always have the possibility of at least mediocrity, or at worst some sort of bad fear. An honest quiz should realistically pair some people up with a genuine schlub, or a harridan, or a looney. One such quiz was posted in the PIT (Your ideal man), and for kicks, I took it and answered (insofar as the questions allowed) as if it were asking about my ideal woman. This is the response I got, edited of course to correct for sex (with some editorial remarks added too):

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Judge…and Judgment. When we last left him on Wednesday night in Part 1, Judge Mental was standing in Heaven’s tribunal, defending his life before the Throne of God. But even some of his closest Ricochet friends in Heaven think he hasn’t got a prayer! Tonight, Ricochet Silent Radio brings you the conclusion of this episode […]

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“In the first victorious moments of the culture that seemed to win the Cold War, everything was suddenly up for grabs.” (Announcer:) Turn down the lights! It’s time for Ricochet Silent Radio! Now, we take you to the real world of January 1992, less than a month after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At […]

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“In the first victorious moments of the culture that seemed to win the Cold War, everything was suddenly up for grabs.” (Announcer:) Turn down the lights! It’s time for Ricochet Silent Radio! It’s January 1992, less than a month after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At the time, people called it the end of […]

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“In the first victorious moments of the culture that seemed to win the Cold War, everything was suddenly up for grabs.” (Announcer:) Turn down the lights! It’s time for Ricochet Silent Radio! This week, we take you to the real world of January 1992. At the time, people called it the end of history. We’ll […]

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“In the first victorious moments of the culture that seemed to win the Cold War, everything was suddenly up for grabs. We couldn’t win the game until we learned to deal from the bottom of the deck.” (Announcer:) Turn down the lights! It’s time for Ricochet Silent Radio! Yes, Ricochet’s own Old Time Radio show […]

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“In the first victorious moments of the culture that seemed to win the Cold War, everything was suddenly up for grabs. The cards were marked and stacked against us. But somehow we learned to deal from the bottom of the deck.” (Announcer:) Turn down the lights! It’s time for Ricochet Silent Radio! Yes, Ricochet’s own […]

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Last night in this comment, I suggested @docjay for Surgeon General. This got me thinking which other Ricochetti would make for interesting additions to a Presidential administration, whether as Cabinet members or in other forms. I realize that there are contributors who have actually worked for Presidents here, but let’s go a little bit further […]

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Turn down the lights! It’s time for your weekly old time radio adventure as Ricochet and its affiliated stations bring you TALES FROM THE PIT, featuring the intrepid spies of Whiskey Sam Dagger Hate in this week’s daring tale! Click here for background on the legendary Ricochet Radio Network, and here and here for previous […]

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1987 is only thirty-four years in the future…it’s a world you’ll probably live to see! Since Monday, Ricochet Silent Radio has been bringing you the network premiere of a futuristic tale of state secrets, and shadowy, high level conspiracies to twist the truth! On Tuesday, Richard Lincoln returned us to our own era of 1953 […]

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