Friday, December 14, 2007


HYENA, n. A beast held in reverence by some oriental nations from its habit of frequenting at night the burial-places of the dead. But the medical student does that.
2007 Update:  An animal which has evolved beyond discrimination in its dietary and sexual practices, combining the timidity of the raccoon with the scruples of Paris.  Native to Africa, Europe and Asia, the hyena was imported to North America, where it thrives today in the production of entertainment and as judges.
Above, when curmudgeons go good

Left, see a difference?

On t'other hand, there is a new post up about the great gathering of hermits in Chicago in March.  If you're interested go here.


Omnipotent Poobah said...

hyena - Nature's perfect picker upper.

Anonymous said...

just laughing like a crazed hyena at thoughts of you being "good".

(your update is brilliant)

Mo'a said...

Laughing all the way.
I have said it before and I will say it again...The Curdedgeon mask come of or is it off and underneath is a Santa...good to know that Santa is real.
Will you model for me?

Mutha said...

I just knew you had a little Santa in you Doug. The hyena part was easier to spot. But in anycase, put your antelope head down for a second and rest a while. It is Friday after all.

Anonymous said...

Love your update also--the last word :) especially

Tom & Icy said...

You look more like a curmageon than a curmedgeon. --Icy, your curmudgeon editor

Katie McKenna said...

this definition of a hyena is funny :) Thank you!

Minka said...

Gosh, looking at that picture, people might get the notion of you being jolly. It's disturbing. Well, i guess it depends what you were wearing underneath that defines you...extra padding?

hyena, don't trust cats!

TLP said...

You are so cute! Wish I could have been there to see that.

I don't think I'm fond of hyenas.

javajazz said...

you blurred that photo
on purpose!
are you, like,
a curmudgeon poser
or somethin'?

Anonymous said...

more like a Jolly Samaritan poser, i'd say... ; )

Hyenas: last ones in for the kill.

Jim said...

Doug, I'm liking your hermit meeting. I think I would fit right in. See

Those are great plans you have for it too.

Well, maybe not, but those plans (nothing that I can see has been planned yet) sure beat your 'hyena' thing today.

I'd like to room with Jenn, I have a 1950s gyro toy I could bring.

Kyahgirl said...

I always knew in my heart that there was a Santa. I just didn't know that he lived in Santa Clarita. Makes sense though.

I think I heard the hyenas laughing when I was there last spring. Luckily the canine guard had it well in hand!

Anonymous said...

I could say something about dogs just trying to get ahead, but ...


Doug The Una said...

Poobah, like bounty with fur.

Thanks, Neva. I'm only good by accident and just once a year. Howl as you will.

Mo'a, I'll check with my agent.

Thanks, Mutha. This here carcass will make for a heck of a Saturday night, though.

Pia, you know what I mean?

Good heavens, Icy! Thanks for the edit. Good girl!

Thank you, Katie.

Minka, it doesn't take much extra padding.

TLP, they're hard on the dead. You're not there yet.

I didn't JJ. I took it with my phone before I went out and sent my real camera ahead to one of the organizers who, apparently, thought I wanted her to hold it for me.

Neva, you'd be surprised how many people leave perfectly good stereos near the chimney. Is that a plasma tv?

Jim, planning always seems to make too much time away from doing. Please join us.

Anonamoeba, be glad we're scavengers more than predators. No point locking horns with a trumpeter.

Ariel the Thief said...

What a photo!

tsduff said...

Heyna - Nature's mixed up pup

Looks like dog
With leopard-like spots
With a slopey like back
With connect-the-dots

It's voice is a wavery
Hair raising wail
With hair like a lion's
Sticking out of it's tail

It eats bones and guts
And all of the skin
Not bad for a garbage pail
System within.

When finding the Dawgie
With kids on his lap,
And red cheeks all glowing
Like kind of a sap

They'd all take off laughing
In horrified glee
At something so sinister
Curmudgeon thee

Jamie Dawn said...

YOU are the REAL Santa Claus!!
Your everyday disguise is very good.
I had no idea who you really were.
I did hear a hint of a "Ho, Ho, Ho!" during our conversation, but I thought you were just pointing out a cheap broad to my brother.

Hyenas are ugly animals, except when they are babies.

Doug The Una said...

Ariel, isn't it? I was pretty excited to find that.

Terry that was amazing! Thank you!

JD, I had no idea your brother liked cheap broads. I bet gospel choirs get great groupies! And chaste ones, too!

mireille said...

What shade of blush does Santa have on? Attractive. Terry's poem IS good! I really want to bring something carrionesque to the hyena's table ... but, oh! I see someone already did (nice antlers). xoxo

G said...

Well maybe we believe in Santa in the Lampsha household after all...


TLP said...

Some folks are waiting for the next installment. Just sayin'.

Mo'a said...

tlp pehaps Santa had too much party last, no I am not thinking Margaritas...or any such thing...just too much Ho hoing :)

Doug The Una said...

Mireille, I think that's called "Pole Red."

G, he's pretty ecumenical these days.

TLP, some folks need hobbies to bide their hobbytime.

Mo'a, too little sno-snoring, not too much ho-...

mireille said...

if you hadn't put in that simulated stutter, why, you would've said something rude and against your bylaws. heh. which means it's ACTUALLY IN YOUR MIND. xoxo

Cooper said...

Your definition was too good.

You look more like professor Santa, for some reason. Not that professors made me call them Santa or anything just sayin...

Doug The Una said...

Mireille, I claim repression, not innocence.

Haha, Cooper, where did you find a professor that didn't want to be called Santa?

Cie Cheesemeister said...

The little hyena looks a lot like my neo-pet, Porux.