Saturday, February 10, 2007


Episode 6 of The Meditations of Diogenes The Cynic. Thanks to this week's reader.

To hear the story, listen for strumming.

This week, in The Prattler, "This, I believe."

To read the story, it's good to start with the bald guy.


Minka said...

aehm...*clears throat*...First!

(ok, I have to practice that one better!)

AP3 said...

Nice story! And mum's the word on the wonderful sex kitten voice, I assume.

Minka said...

My first instinct was a member of teh Pez family........I´d go with TLP or AP3. Ok, I have to listen again! It is hard to tell, ´cause I have only heard them singing that birthday song of theirs :)

actonbell said...

Hmmm, I hear a trace of Southern accent...very nicely read:)
Great installment, Doug! And I love that definition.

quilldancer said...

Ap3 said mum's the word and I'm wondering if she meant her mum?

Whoever the reader is, I enjoyed the story. Lovely voice. Lovely wriing. I am enjoying listening to this story come together.

~Mo'a~ said...

Yes, The Pez Mum, is my vote.
Well read, I understood and heard every word :)

Doug said...

Minka, maybe you can take wicked witch lessons. Do I hear from any volunteer tutors?

Aral, is that a guess?

Minka, if you don't know their voices, the key is to listen to this story several times.

I agree, Actonbell it was very well read. The accent does have a little red clay in it, doesn't it?

Thanks, Quill. Kinda Lauren Bacally, isn't it?

Mo'a, your vote is booked.

puppybrose said...

if that isn't the fabulous/wonderful/harkens from the state of Tennessee TLP... then it should be.

whoever it is, she did an amazing job with this chapter in the ever-growing (never-ending?) tale of Diogenes, Seeker of Truthiness/Judger of Lies Told from the Veritable Pits of Hell.

what a PERFECT start to the weekend! *claps enthusiastically*

Joel said...

I too vote for TLP and completely agree that this wonderful read is indeed "Lauren Bacally."

Great way to kickoff the weekend.

ariel said...

I'm loving that voice. please, tell more.


Tan Lucy Pez said...

I have to say that the voice doesn't sound like me to me.

You've written a good story. I'm intrigued by it and want to see where it's going.

The Prattler is very good today also. But I can't comment over there.

actonbell said...

Your "This I Believe" is impressive, and I hope to hear it on NPR!
Lame? I resemble that definition.

Doug said...

Puppybrose, a stopped watch is right twice a day, and one day that will be the right guess.

Thanks, Joel. Now I wish I'd wrote Key Largo.

I don't blame you, Ariel.

Thanks, TLP. Of course, I wouldnt know whether todays voice sounds like you, but I wanted a bottle as soon as I heard it. Until Apple or I sorts out iWeb, the comments will probably turn on around 3PM TLPST every Saturday.

puppybrose said...

if my guess is wrong -- am i at least in the right Pez family? because my OTHER guess would have been (actually was, i should say -- just ask Joel) a certain fabulous woman behind a DDDragon-shaped dispenser...

whatever, a delicious voice is a delicious voice -- i'm sure i'll be delighted to find out who belongs to this one, for she did a most excellent job reading this week's story!

dddragon said...


Doug said...

Thanks, Actonbell. It was submitted in October so you won't be hearing it on NPR but you're one of the few NPR listeners to read it so that's somethin', right?

Puppybrose, I think Dddragon answered for me.

Hey, Ddd!

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Since there are four of us, you still have to keep guessing.

goldennib said...

While I'm a little late, I did google Temple Grandin. Definitely not what I expected, but very interesting.

goldennib said...

I loved hearing the story, but I'm a terrible guesser. I thought she sounded southerny, too.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

So, how come the word of the day on the written story is different from the spoken story?

Lyre, n. Accompaniment and homophone for a lyric poet.

'Splain that dawg.

mireille said...

Wow. Sultry siren's voice. Lucy, you 'splainin' whose voice that is? xoxo

Joel said...

It's getting close to bedtime...please don't make us go to sleep without knowing the truth about today's wonderful voice! Inquiring minds need to know.

After much consultation and consideration, by the way, Puppy and I are sticking with our original assessment (guess) that the voice is none other than TLP...Queen of Pezland.

Doug said...

Good point, TLP. And three were born in the south, as I recall. One in Florence, AL and two in Memphis, TN. I'm trying to decide if that accent leans more towards Alabama or Tennessee/LA/Central PA.

I'm glad you did, Nessa. She's a very interesting character. I know ranch managers who are huge fans and people in the autism field who are huge fans.

TLP, that's actually tough. I must have changed my mind at some point but saved both copies. I'm flaky?

Mireille, I thought so, too. I had noticed that about this reader one time when she spoke a single word on a blogged recording.

TLP, by rule and right, I can't divulge until Monday but that seems to be the unanimous guess.

G said...

Ah to miss an entire day in the Blogosphere - a day when the storyline gets picked up by the Pez Dynasty. TLP was my initial reaction as I listened before I read, then I second guessed, then I read the commments and now it's my vote - TLP! What a wonderful voice - I love hearing the different accents and intonations of the various readers. Each one brings such a unique flavor to the story. TLP - kudos on the reading, your voice and how those cuss words just rolled off your tonuge.

A thing of beauty really.

G said...

Doug, I'm being lazy not going back and commenting, but I enjoyed your This I Believe. Count me as another NPR listener who read it, so there's that. If enough of us read it, I think we can almost count it as having been aired on NPR.

SquareGirl said...

Me too...another NPR listener that's read it, and enjoyed it. I'll still be waiting to hear it on NPR though.

My comments keep dissapearing, but I tried to say, I think this is a very good voice, nice and calming and my guess is mummy Pez.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Okay. It's almost Sunday, TLP time. So, yes, it is my voice reading the story. But it is true that I don't recognize my own voice when I hear it. Acton Bell and AP3 didn't know that I was going to be reading today (3D did), and they both said that they knew my voice immediately, so I guess it does sound like me.

Thank you all for your kind words. It was fun doing it.

Indeterminacy said...

If he had been honest with himself, he would have walked out of Hades blindfolded.

ariel said...

TLP, I could listen to your talking for hours and wouldn't even mind if I didn't understand a single word. I've never heard Gloria Swanson but she should sound like you. beautiful.

Doug said...

G, that's a big part of the fun of this. At some point we'll be able to listen to it all in sequence and I'm really looking forward to that paella.

Thanks, Square I agree about the voice. I think the window has closed for NPR, though.

TLP, I'm glad you had fun and thanks for doing a great job. I'm telling myself I get my voice from my blogmama.

You're absolutely right, Indie. He has a lot of nerve blaming Hades and Diogenes. It's ok to be a fool if you take precautions.

Ariel, that's a good call. Wasn't Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard? I think you're right.

quilldancer said...

Kinda Lauren Bacally? Yep. I especially enjoyed the relish that smooth, genteel voice took in compounding those four words used to describe Hades while maligning his mother. Sweet.

puppybrose said...

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond yearning to play Desdemona. that's a pretty perfect way of "capturing" TLP's magnificent performance.

and, again, BRAVO, TLP!! you totally rocked the... uh... casbah! and i'd say you sounded more like Lauren Bacall, too, if you had whistled somewhere in there. you DO know how to whistle, don't ya? (heh... sorry, just a dumb line from one of her films. i'll go away now...)

puppybrose said...

of course, i said "Desdemona", but i meant "Salome". don't mind me -- i just lost my head for a minute, i'm fine now...

Tan Lucy Pez said...

You guys are too kind to this old lady.

BTW, Puppy, I do know how to whistle.

Minka said...

This is weird, a comment of mine dissapeared where I ordered the Pez family to ´fes up!
Your comment on my mom´s blog dissapeared too. Weird things going on!
TLP, an outstanding job... easy to listen to it again and again!

puppybrose said...

TLP: hah! somehow i figured as much. come to think of it, you and i are probably the only ones around here who have actually seen that movie! (those kids).

as for your reading? what can i say? you did a masterful job -- and deserve as much praise as we can heap upon your worthy shoulders before Doug puts up his next post. (just sayin'...)

cooper said...

ha ha Inde.

I listen to NPR, not as much as I used to when I wasn't in school though, so maybe I don't count.

Good Stuff but I haven't a clue as to the voice, but to me it did not sound Southern though it may well be.

Jamie Dawn said...

My guess was going to be TLP because I heard a subtle twang, and I remember that she was from Tennessee.
Well done, TLP!!

Bargain: Deal made where the more overbearing person gets the better result.
I'm NOT a good haggler. I don't even know how to spell hagler. I hate haggling!

Sar said...

Doug, I'm laughing because I can just imagine your composing this chapter specifically with TLP in mind, just for the chance to hear her say "Son of A Bitch" that many times. Clever curmudgeon. *pat pat*

I've had the priviledge of hearing this week's feminine voice of conviction in person. Lauren Bacall had nothing on TLP, trust me.

Well done, and great to hear your voice again, TLP. :)

Sar said...

Dammit, where's my stiletto?! I'm not liking this new Blogger. Hmph!

Doug said...

Quilly, those words were what made this the TLP story. About a year, year and a half P.Q. I set "sonofabitch" as the highest level of profanity for this site. With TLP reading I needed to use it twice.

Puppy, you mean put your lips together and blow? Or get your nose pierced and sneeze?

TLP, I can't hear you lalalalalala!

Minka, new blogger isn't kind.

That's nice, Puppy. Actually, though, the Little Blue Pill who is younger than I am had that very scene u-tubed onto her blog about a week back.

Cooper, the voice is long removed from the South but of there. I so did not listen to NPR in High School.

Jamie Dawn, it's a deal. Whatever you say.

Thanks, Sar. It sorta worked the other day. For some reason I imagined Orpheus yelling "sonofabitch!" and immediately knew that would be my blogmama's story.

Sar, you know, being as how you aren't blogging, you could really afford to switch to the new blogger and get your heel back.

Cheesemeister said...

Man, poor Orpheus! Diogenes is such an utterly mean-spirited Curmudgeon!