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Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:37 PM

Happy Hour with Will Shakespeare! Ask us anything...

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Reply Happy Hour with Will Shakespeare! Ask us anything... (Original post)
Aristus Aug 2013 OP
nolabear Aug 2013 #1
Aristus Aug 2013 #2
nolabear Aug 2013 #5
Aristus Aug 2013 #8
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2013 #3
Aristus Aug 2013 #6
sarge43 Aug 2013 #11
Aristus Aug 2013 #12
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #13
Aristus Aug 2013 #14
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #15
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #4
Aristus Aug 2013 #7
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #9
Denninmi Aug 2013 #10
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #16
Aristus Aug 2013 #17
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #18
Lady Freedom Returns Aug 2013 #19
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #20
Lady Freedom Returns Aug 2013 #37
Aristus Aug 2013 #22
Lady Freedom Returns Aug 2013 #24
Aristus Aug 2013 #26
Lady Freedom Returns Aug 2013 #30
Aristus Aug 2013 #31
Lady Freedom Returns Aug 2013 #34
Paulie Aug 2013 #21
Aristus Aug 2013 #23
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #25
Aristus Aug 2013 #27
pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #29
Paulie Aug 2013 #28
In_The_Wind Aug 2013 #32
Aristus Aug 2013 #33
In_The_Wind Aug 2013 #36
Aristus Aug 2013 #39
AsahinaKimi Aug 2013 #35
Aristus Aug 2013 #38

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:39 PM

1. Hi Will. Is it true that where there's a you there's a way?

And Hi Aristus. Hope your week's been a good one!

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Response to nolabear (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:42 PM

2. Will says:

"Where I am, dearest, there is always a way!"

My week's been pretty good so far...

How's yours?

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:44 PM

5. Good right up til I came home and found the dog had exploded.

You do NOT want to know...

I think I'll have a drink. Or three.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:52 PM

8. "LANDLORD! A drink or three for my dearest!"

Look out! Will is swinging his tankard around. He's gonna splash somebody...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:42 PM

3. I like it when I can ask both of you anything!

My dear Will...What inspires your writing?

And my dear Aristus...What are you drinking tonight?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:48 PM

6. I'm drinking Manny's Pale Ale, my new summertime tipple.

Irish Death is too heavy for hot weather.

Will says: "Pegeen, lass! Oceans of love, dearest! What inspires me, you ask? Coin of the realm, dearest love. Coin of the realm. Poetry is me true love, angel, mine. But theater brought me fortune, and a coat of arms!"

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Response to Aristus (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:10 PM

11. Pssst Aristus, a word in private

Dear Will may be in his cups. The coat of arms was granted to his father, John. An alderman would be considered a gentleman, therefore eligible for a grant of arms. An actor, even a writer, wasn't. As John's eldest surviving son, Will would have inherited the arms.

It's one of the arguments counting the one that the Shakespeares were too poor and lower class to secure a proper education for Will.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:17 PM

12. I think our sources differ, sarge.

My reading tells me Will was granted a coat of arms in 1596. John Shakespeare's earlier request for arms was denied. I forget the year he applied.

As a playwright, Will would have been denied, but as a poet, with respected work in publication, and with a respectable (relatively) aristocratic patron, Will was accepted.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:35 PM

13. The initial denial may have been the inspiration for Hemingway's...

...A Farewell to Arms.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:39 PM

14. No. That was "Boxing Helena".

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Response to Aristus (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:42 PM

15. I think I dismember that one

Well-played!

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:43 PM

4. To be or not to be?






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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:49 PM

7. To BE!

Can't have a Happy Hour if one has committed suicide.

Definitely to be!

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Response to Aristus (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 08:55 PM

9. Avon to congratulate you

That's the right answer. Bardacious, even!




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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:10 PM

10. Ask Will to give me a great line

I want to strike up a conversation with someone I have noticed, and have been told she had talked about me as well.

Something to charm a lady!

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:46 PM

16. “I do beseech you - chiefly that I may set it in my prayers - what is your name?”

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:48 PM

17. "Oh, she could teach the stars to shine!"

That's a good one. But save the quotes until after she knows you better. Just be yourself, friend of mine...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:52 PM

18. And any reference to your codpiece on the first date is a big no-no

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:57 PM

19. What is Will's sugestion to mend a broken heart.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #19)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 10:20 PM

20. To bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?

I'm sure Aristus will come up with some better medicine than that for you.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #20)

Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:16 AM

37. Thanks.



My Marine did throw some arrows at me.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #19)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:24 PM

22. "Alas, poor heart, if you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours,

for I will never love that which my friend hates."

Also:

"Serve God, love me, and mend".

Thus says Will Shakespeare. This is his answer. And my message from him.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:35 PM

24. ...

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #24)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:38 PM

26. How are you holding up, sweetie?

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Response to Aristus (Reply #26)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:44 PM

30. Not well.

I fear for him. The VA has him on some meds that cloud his thinking and I know that guy is messing with him for some reason. But since I was put on a bus, I can't do anything.

It hurts to think that he might be in trouble and I can't keep an eye on his back. That is...was what we did.

I should have fought harder, stayed in Tucson, and fought for him. Now...

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #30)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:50 PM

31. It's a special kind of person who thinks of the pain of others

when she herself is hurting...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #31)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:58 PM

34. 10 years together

He was my Knight. I was his Squire.

Up to now all we had was each other.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:12 PM

21. A tipple but no snacks?

Can't be true! There must be snacks lest the galant crew will be nigh on plastered!

My favorite was a German pub where the Weiss was on draft but no food license to sell, so would give away roasted sausages with the beer. Glorious!

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Response to Paulie (Reply #21)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:25 PM

23. Chicken Saganaki.

Wonderful stuff.

Will is suspicious of anything not English. So some plain old roast beef for him...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #23)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:38 PM

25. Chicken Saganaki?

Sounds like what happens when my cowardly, obese neighbor comes to my door.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #25)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:39 PM

27. It is.

Only with garlic, and with pita bread...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #27)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:41 PM

29. Well, he reeks of garlic and I pita him...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #23)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:39 PM

28. Perhaps they can boil the Saganaki

Make Will feel more at home. After the flambé of course.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:52 PM

32. How's the weather over there?

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #32)

Thu Aug 1, 2013, 11:55 PM

33. Cool and cloudy...

Typical Northwest weather.

We just posted the driest July in 40 years, but back to business as usual...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #33)

Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:15 AM

36. It's raining all over the world tonight.



So the best place for me is safe and snug at home.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #36)

Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:17 AM

39. Stay snug...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:01 AM

35. A question for Will...

Would Peter Dinklage have made a good Richard the III ?

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #35)

Fri Aug 2, 2013, 12:16 AM

38. Absolutely.

But I'm uncomfortable with the image. In Will's day, unconventional physical differences were considered an outward sign of inner evil. I'd hate to perpetuate the stereotype.

The discovery of Richard III's skeleton recently confirms that he was slightly scoliotic, but obviously it didn't cripple him, as he was known to be a skilled, strong, and courageous warrior. He was not the lame, twisted cripple of Will's play.

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