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shimiqua
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Once upon a time, in a land where animals, for no explained reason, could speak, and this, for no explained reason, didnít freak anyone out, there lived a turtle named Hector who liked to smoke pot.
It was a lovely pot. Red stone, warm. Being a turtle within a shell within a pot, well, it just felt right. Natural.
But then, later, when the human pulled Hector from the pot, with smoke billowing around him, something very unsightly happened. The human, a grown man in long purple robe, would lick the turtleís shell.
This made Hector feel very uncomfortable. Some might say violated.
It was always the coming off the pot that Hector didnít like.


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Foste
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I laughed out loud after I read the first sentence.

Great voice and puns - I love it.


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J. N. Khoury
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I have absolutely no idea what this story is about or where it is going, but it made me laugh - so of course I would read more!
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BenM
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I was sold on the first sentence as well. Only I got hung up thereafter on whether he was in a pot, or whether he was smoking pot, and whether the two should be differentiated so I don't get confused.

I'd still read on to see where it's going, but am still bothered by the pot vs pot question.


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andersonmcdonald
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shimiqua, I loved it. Please, oh please, tell me what you were smoking when you wrote this! I want some!
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philocinemas
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I thought it was very funny. I would continue reading.

I have one suggestion:

Consider changing "...who liked to smoke pot" to "...who liked smoking pot." This changes "smoking" to either an adjective or a verb and is a better setup for the next sentence. It also gets rid of the infinitive (to smoke).


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I agree with the "smoking pot" change, because I was a little confused too. It felt just a bit like a false promise.

Funny stuff. Carry on.


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andersonmcdonald
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I agree with philo and melinda. "Smoke pot" does give a false impression, and really doesn't make literal sense.

Maybe something like this:

Once upon a time, in a land where animals, for no explained reason, could speak, and this, for no explained reason, didnít freak anyone out, there lived a turtle named Hector who loved to indulge in the pleasures of pot smoking.(Ugh! Clunky!)
Hector was partial to one pot in particular, a lovely one fashioned from warm, red stone...

Or something like that. I'm trying to come up with a way to phrase it without losing the double meaning. Still love it, though


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andersonmcdonald
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Didn't mean to rewrite your stuff, shimiqua. Maybe I'm being too danged literal. Yours reads much better.
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Foste
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As I see it "to smoke pot" implies that the it is being done on a regular basis, so I have no problem with it.

But that's just me.


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shimiqua
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I have the same issue with the false promise of the smoke pot. I liked the idea of changing it to smoking pot, but when I put it in the sentence, it ruined the rhythm of the sentence, which is where the humor comes from.

But how about this...

Once upon a time, in a land where animals, for no explained reason, could speak, and this, for no explained reason, didnít freak anyone out, there lived a turtle named Hector who liked to smoke pot.
It was a lovely smoke pot. Red stone, warm. Being a turtle within a shell within a pot, well, it just felt right. Natural.
But then, later, when the human pulled Hector from the pot, with smoke billowing around him, something very unsightly happened. The human, a grown man in long purple robe, would lick the turtleís shell.
This made Hector feel very uncomfortable. Some might say violated.
It was always the coming off the pot that Hector didnít like.

[This message has been edited by shimiqua (edited January 14, 2011).]


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Grayson Morris
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How about this:

"...who liked to smoke pot. It was a lovely pot for smoking. ...."

OR

"...who liked to smoke his pot. It was a lovely pot for smoking. ..."

(this last in the vein of "Well, now, you know how Earl does like to smoke his pot"-type sentences.)

[This message has been edited by Grayson Morris (edited January 14, 2011).]


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skadder
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..liked a pot smoke?
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I too, think this is humorous, but I have absolutely no idea what is happening. I tried licking a turtle to find out, but the only thing I got was a reprimand from the pet store owner.
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Reziac
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Dang, you're lucky. I tried licking a turtle and came down with salmonella!

Sometimes we try too hard to be too literal, because that's what the Grammar Police have taught us We Must Do... but generally the casual approach reads easier in the mind's ear. So... I'd leave the pot nonsense as it is. (And it sure does put us on notice that everything we read will be turned 90 degrees by the second time we see it!)


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philocinemas
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My apologies to anyone who felt my suggestion was unwarranted.
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skadder
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A turtle lives in the ocean and has flippers. A tortoise lives on the land and has feet.

Don't you mean tortoise?


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Reziac
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Maybe it's a shapechanger -- a turtle when it's in water and a tortoise when it's on land.
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Smiley
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quote:
Maybe it's a shapechanger -- a turtle when it's in water and a tortoise when it's on land.

Or maybe a tortoise when it's on pot!


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Not all turtles are sea turtles. There are many fresh water turtles, semi-aquatic and semi-terrestrial turtles (marsh and swamp dwellers) and even terrestrial turtles; the common eastern box turtle lives most of its life in leaf litter. What people call these animals depends on where the people live, not on phylogheny. Capisca?
I think the confusion between dope and pottery is part of what makes this work.

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skadder
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Apologies...my mistake.
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