Sometimes, friends ask me why I keep paying for cable, and the answer is simple: Random chance.  This weekend, The Widget and I stumbled upon the last twenty minutes of ‘Charlotte’s Web’, a movie which she immediately decided is now among her favorites.  If you’re not familiar, the cartoon (the original Hanna-Barbera version, thank you, I don’t need freaky 3-D animated Uncanny Valley piggies) is a story of loss and coming to terms with one’s own mortality, but also the enduring power of friendship.  Charlotte’s efforts to save Wilbur from becoming bacon are touching on a number of levels, not the least of which came in seeing her efforts to define her porcine pal succinctly enough to fit in her barn-web, leading to today’s arachnid query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is really hoping for “Lloyd, see you around, maybe” or at least “Not Too Annoying”, asking: What simple message to describe you (and save you from the farmer) would appear in your own personal Charlotte’s Web?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. March 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    “High in Trans-Fats”

    Not inspiring, but in today’s world, it might do the trick of keeping me out of the slaughter house for a while. And it has the added benefit of being true-ish.

  2. DamienR
    March 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    ‘DON’T PANIC’ in large, friendly letters.


    “Four legs good, two legs better!”

    • March 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm — Reply

      I almost picked “Mostly Harmless” myself, but I didn’t think that would keep me from becoming bacon. Mmmmm…. Bacon….

  3. March 25, 2016 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    Matthew Peterson (Guaranteed to save me even though it’s a lie)

  4. March 26, 2016 at 5:31 am — Reply


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