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Ok, this is getting really annoying. This thread is so long now, that it's taking me a considerable amount of time to ignore it. Now we're at almost 3 full pages, and each time I try to ignore the thread, I have to scroll through all the posts to see where I've left off from the last time I ignored it.

It's very frustrating. I think I'll have some of that "." reserve and try to calm down.

Sheesh people, get a life!

I think it was QoH that mentioned a cork popping and landing in an interesting place, somewhere earlier on this ignorable thread.

I once was at my parents (since split up) and we were having a usual celebration of some sort. Champagne was opened and, at least at my parents' house, especially if outside on their huge deck with a tree growing out of it, the goal was always to pop the cork and let it fly, fly fly for as far as possible.

On this particular occasion, my father let a cork explode out of the bottle of bubbly and it had the most amazing shot straight up into the foliage of the large tree that grows out of the deck. And as well all tried to trace the cork's travels back to Earth, we all lost sight of it. After some searching, we all gave up.

A few hours later, well into the festivities, the cork came back to Earth. Being slightly intoxicated as we all were, shouts of 'It went to the Moon and back!' and 'The universe is round!' and other inanities. We then actually figured out it had landed on a leaf, hung out for a while and finally it fell back out of the tree (someone had bumped into the tree rather brusquely just prior to the cork fell back down).

Anyone have any other fun cork stories? -- Mm-Mm-good
Hiya Stemor,

I'm exhausted. My feet hurt. My back hurts. I've abused all of my relatives - I invite them over for dinner and put them all to work fixing this or that, or unpacking boxes, or arranging furniture. Tacky of me, I know, but it's the only way I'll get it all done!

The house is great, the town is great. I'm still getting used to a MUCH slower pace to life and what I like to call the "Mayberry Syndrome", a.k.a. Manana (tilde over the first "n") Mentality. For a gal who loved the DC area, this is a rather big adjustment.

There! See? A whole post and I still didn't talk about anything!! Big Grin

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes." Oscar Wilde
No great cork stories, but while Wife, Sis, Bro-in-law, their 2 kids & I took a tour of King Estate last weekend, 10 y.o. Nephew picked up an interesting object from the floor & asked what it was. The guy told him it it was a bung & that he was welcome to keep it. Nephew asked what it was for...
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Great cork story but perhaps not what you might expect.

Years ago growing up on LI we used to frequent a steakhouse in Manhattan called 'The Cattleman'. Sadly the restaurant has long since closed but this story is a legend in our family:

While enjoying a great tableside-prepared Ceasar salad, my brother (~7 or 8 at the time) got a bit bored as he was not into "funky" tasting salads. Per usual, my father had ordered a bottle of wine. The waiter did the usual -- uncork bottle, place cork on table, pour taste of wine and when approved, fill the other glasses.

Not thinking anything of it, we all just left the cork on the table. In order to assuage his boredom, my young brother had taken to playing with the cork while we ate. For some unknown reason, he decided to see if it would fit in his bottle of Diet Coke (you know, the glass bottles restaurants sometimes serve).

Well, he managed to wedge the cork in neck of the Diet Coke bottle. Pleased with his handi-work, he decided to shake up the bottle of Diet Coke to further amuse himself. [Pause: Anybody see what's coming here?]

It did not take long, and we all pretty much realized what was happening at the same time: Cork + Carbonation + a small space = projectile cork!

The noise was pretty loud and at first, we all thought it was quite funny. However, we all know what happens when you open a bottle of bubbly too quickly. Yep, Diet Coke everywhere. A nice little fountain 8-10' in the air.

We're all sitting there, wearing a light mist of Diet Coke and not thinking it's so funny anymore when we realize -- IT'S MUCH WORSE. We look over at the table next to us and a cadre of international businessmen all dressed in suits are wiping themselves off! Apparently 4 or 5 of them had caught the Diet Coke shower too. Mad

I don't remeber much after that, but recall being quite embarassed and things seemed quite tense after that. I think my father sent over dessert or a bottle of wine to make amends but I'm sure they were still not pleased.

Well, long story but I thought someone might find it funny. After all, you all need something to do while you are ignoring this thread...

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How many of you cried in the last quarter of the Atlanta vs. Green Bay game? What a complete melt-down. And Favre was HOT for a while there - then it seemed he borrowed his grandma's eyeglasses there for a while and started throwing to everyone but his players.

I'm not a fan of either team, but I still hated to watch how the wheels fell off for the Packers that last quarter.

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes." Oscar Wilde

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