Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mystery Person

I am excited because today is Mystery Person Contest day. To be honest, it is the high point of my week. I have fun picking out a picture. I want to make it hard, but not impossible. I really like watching the game progress, and I try and predict who is going to win, by who appears to be getting on the right track. So, lets get going. Name this person

51 comments:

  1. William H Seward! Oh my gosh....I can not believe I put his name into Google (Seward's Folly)....only old Alaska name I could thing of....and there he was!!! Judi

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  2. WOW, that was quick! We had two simultaneous winners. Mycrftxxx and Judi.

    I did not even get to insult anyone this time!

    I had not thought this one would be that easy.

    Congratulations to both of you on a quick win.

    Next week it will not be so easy, Oh no, next week you will pay . . . you will all pay.

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  3. Yes, the guy who bought Alaska from Russia. This was a bit too predictable ... I hope you get your buffalo!

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  4. I too thought, "Hmmm Alaska, Sewards folly" and there was the same picture on Wikipedia.

    So "HA! We foiled you, oh evil MPOW Guru."

    Love this site and your MPOW contest.

    The Secondary mystery is what is my nickname a reference to?

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  5. Mycroftxxx,
    OK what does the nickname mean. I had thought about it but could not figure it out.

    Rob,
    The buffalo quest is not going well. My wife says that if we got some, that I would lose interest and she would be left caring for the buffalo. Maybe if I could find some baby ones, that would win her over. She was at the Vet's office yesterday, and they had an abandoned baby miniature donkey, and I could have just about convinced her that we should take him home, but I thought I would hold out for the buffalo.
    PJM

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  6. I once met a donkey, and he bit me, so yes go for the buffalo!

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  7. I'm crossing my fingers for your buffalo also. We have a herd of them nearby. It is a lot of fun to see them.

    The nick is a fictional reference, a phone number.

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  8. Our little town has its Memorial Day Weekend Celebration today . . . Everyone brings their tractor and animals to town. I will try to post pictures of it later today. Me, well I will be going to the festivities without a tractor, and without an interesting animal. Really quiet sad.

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  9. Ahh, yeah, ol second cousin five times removed Billy Seward as I like to call him. I'd recognize him anywhere. It appears I need to wake up even earlier to compete in this thing.

    Mycroftxxx are you an extra-sexy brother of Sherlock Holmes, or the 30th generation of the computer in Heinlein's Moon is a Harsh Mistress?

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  10. Sherlock's brother? the genius?

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  11. ahh, now I remember the phone numbers from Heinlein's novel. Clever.

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  12. You do know that bison are not friendly & cuddly, don't you? Mrs. PJM probably does. They are scattered around ND, where I grew up & WY where we now live. Nice to see - from afar. We took some teens camping in ND Badlands and one buffalo charged as we were hiking nearby. (OK. The one teen was getting too close). Scared us all half to death, though. Stick with the tractor. Or....how about a camel? I think I saw some around Vernon, TX once. Judi

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  13. No fair! I studied for this and didn't woke up 20 minutes too late!!!!!

    William H. Seward
    William H. Seward
    William H. Seward
    William H. Seward

    Good job, Mycroftxxx. Early bird gets the worm!

    Going back to bed now...

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  14. I'd have bet on you picking a Benny Bensen pic, PJM.

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  15. Bingo! John,

    My favorite story.

    PJM: I'm Sorry that you don't have the equipment to participate in your towns parade. :(

    Perhaps next year. :)

    Enjoy the parade!

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  16. Judi,
    The Buffalo's aggression could help deter would be criminals from approaching the house. Maybe they could be guard buffalo.

    I admit that I have on occasion thought a camel would be worth considering.

    Also, as someone mentioned a few days ago, a pair of longhorn steer would certainly be worth consideration. One guy near here has a pet one, and his daughter went off to school, so she really missed the pet steer. One day he suprised her by bringing the steer up to her room on the third floor of her dorm. You can see Youtube of the whole thing here.:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPxerK83HxU

    Well worth watching.

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  17. I planned ahead, studied, took notes, made book marks....I learned a lot though, and saw a lot of great photos. Thanks for the opportunity, PJM! You're inspiring me into fun knowledge. I'll stop whining now.

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  18. PJM: Did you check out the tractor band accompaniment video I left in a comment for you a couple of days ago? Husband found it and we thought of you! Cute tune, too!

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  19. Tina,
    Yes, very entertaining.

    PJM

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    your blog is cool.

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  21. Perhaps you could start a buffalo farm for extra income in these tight times. There's one in Tupelo, MS that has camels, too!

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  22. Tina,
    Mrs. PJM is onto the old, "I can make money with it" trick. That one has been used too many times already.

    For now, I am sticking with moping around the house, and leaving tractor brochures laying around. I admit it is not much, but about all I can try right now.
    PJM

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  23. Clever stunt on the YouTube video, PJM! May not show it to Husband. I'd have to deal with his oneupmanship.

    Maybe you can get a really large jar for your Bison Dream change while you're in town for the parade. By the time you save up for the beasts you can sell the jar as an antique.

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  24. Tina,
    On the Bison, it is not the cost issue . . . I think if we stumbled on two free ones, the issue would be that Mrs. PJM fears I would not take care of them, and she would have to do the upkeep after a couple of weeks. She reminds me of Little Elmo, our Shitzu that I talked her into last year.
    PJM

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  25. One more mystery picture, please?

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  26. Anon,
    Sorry, but can not manage a second contest today . . . I am off the "Toenail Trail" Memorial Day Parade and festivities. There are only about 400 people in the little town I live in, and this is the big event of the year. Will try and post pictures of festivities later today.
    PJM

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  27. I agree with Judi. Bison can be very aggressive, years ago, I saw a buddy of mine get charged by one on Catalina Island. Although I can see this as all part of a larger plot...

    at 1 am: "Dear, you know I would go take down those flags, but there are bison out there..."

    at 1:30 am: "Darling, you know if I had a tractor, it would be safe for me to drive out to the flags so we could get some sleep."

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  28. Leave it to Nate Maas to destroy my plans for both Bison and a tractor.

    If I got baby bison, I could raise them as pets and hand feed them, and teach them to be ridden. Then at the next Toenail Trails day, I could bring my trained bison, and ride them in the parade. I would be the talk of the town.

    But no, Nate has to destroy my plans, and remind Mrs. PJM of the time I did not take the flags down, and she was kept up all night by the flapping noise.
    PJM

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  29. Oh. Ya gotta give us somethin' to work with here, PJM. Husband has already proven worthy of pet upkeep. A pronounced former cat-hater, he now feeds, talks to, and loves-on on the three cats our daughter begged for a decade ago. He reeeeeally wants a dog. I'm allergic and have an unnatural, deep-seeded fear that shivers my core when I'm around them. I have yet to master overcoming the inner anxiety, however I try very hard to hide it around friends with dogs b/c I don't want them to be uncomfortable; I know they love their dogs and I feel stupid about my fear.

    The nurturing in us wives is tender to the desires of our hubbies though, PJM. So, there's hope! I sent my husband a link to Wire Haired Terrior site this past week, with the note "If we have to get a dog. How about this one?" (low allergy affect, soft coat, and sentimental attachment b/c my mother had one that she loved so much she handed-down to me his 1940's professional photos which now hang on our guest room wall.) However, Husband is negotiating for a Lab. We live on a lake; and I know that a Lab will take the hit of shock from an invisible fence to get to the lake and I'd have to chase it all over our leash law neighborhood. We'll have to see if Husband gets his Lab before you get your Bison. ...maybe you can work on Mrs. PJMs oneupmanship... Oh, wait. That's a boy thing.

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  30. Speaking of past "events" like the flag flapping that Nate brought up, isn't your poor dog needing a walk? Please don't tell us Mrs. PJM had to do it.

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  31. I can't believe you put up Seward PJM. Are you feeling ill today?

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  32. Dogs need walking indeed, however daughter is in between semesters, and PJM has dispatched her to do that duty. Ha! I did not have to walk the dogs, and Mrs. PJM will not come home to find mess on floor. Life is good.
    PJM

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  33. Uh! I want to go to Toenail Trails days. I love small town parades!

    Hey! Husband HATES to travel and I LOVE to explore. Husband LOVES small towns and their parades. Maybe I can negotiate a trip to experience Toenail Trails next year (and to see a bestest friend... who's moving back to Texas next week), if he can bring his dog.

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  34. William,
    You will pay for your insolence and continual attempts to make a mockery of this blog. Next week you will pay. You will be begging for a hint, but you will get none. You will soon experience the full wrath of a blogger scorned.
    PJM

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  35. Tina,
    Tune back in this afternoon, you will get virtual visit to Toenail trail days. Promise to get some good photos.
    PJM

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  36. Did I mention that I am buying Mrs. PJM a gate opener for our big gate? She gets tired of having to get out of the car, open the gate, pull through, get back out, close gate. No more! Soon she will come home and be shocked and amazed as the gate magically opens and closes itself as she drives up. I have a feeling that this most courteous jesture on my part will endear me to such a level she will say, "Oh honey, go buy yourself that tractor you have always wanted". We will see.
    PJM

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  37. That reminds me, we have to clean our daughter's hamster cage. Her December negotiation of ownership included her boyfriend tending the hamster when she went back to school (April to July). She broke up with that boyfriend. If Husband cleans the hamster cage on his own today he get major points for Lab ownership.

    Will definitely be checking back into OPD this afternoon!!

    Going to slip back in bed for a nap now. I was up really late last night, researching Alaska.
    It's raining here. Hope you have fair weather and fun times!

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  38. Oh, you will most assuredly get MAJOR tractor points for the gate AND for surprising her with it, as you listened to her need and fulfilled it!!

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  39. Certainly an mixed bag of support here this morning,huh, PJM.

    Last shot at Mrs PJM: Remind her that buffalo are very hearty and independent animals and you will be able to work closely with them until you lose interest. By that time they will be completely independent, so it won't matter if you do not do anything with them!

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  40. Al,
    Nice angle, but for some reason Mrs. PJM has fear that when she is not home I would not be able to resist the urge to just once bringing the buffalo into the house. She keeps brinking this up:

    http://old-photos.blogspot.com/2008/02/boy-and-his-pony.html

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  41. pjm.. have you ever considered a llama? even though i hear they spit, they are apparently quite nifty... and they have wool that can be made into stuff (especially relevant if mrs. pjm is a crafty sort of gal) i'm thinking that gate open-er thingie might just have earned you enough points for a llama;)

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  42. A buffalo eats grass,thus won't have to do all that mowing.

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  43. Pursuaded,
    Will post pictures of Lamas shortly from toenail trail days.

    EMS
    The buffalo/grass angle is a dangerous one . . . buffalo eating grass would potentially negate need for tractor.
    PJM

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  44. Llamas keep away snakes and coyotes, as well.

    Had a friend in Fort Collins who raised bison. He had purchases quite a number of railroad siding ties and buried them eight feet deep (so they were about ten feet tall - bison can jump) to make a corral and 18-24 inches apart. There were several times that he had to test the spacing so that he could get out of the corral at a dead run, but the bison could not.

    Yup. I'd go with Llamas. Or Alpacas. Smaller, same temprament, AND you can sell their wool.

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  45. I'd go with he tractor: less deadly, messy, and you could leave it without worry to take Mrs. PJM on that trip to Alaska.

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  46. This guy I knew at first glance, but I was attending a graduation this morning.

    It figures.

    PJM:

    You have the same birthday as my husband. He is getting a numbered rtrait from the Ronald Reagan library (his idol), but he what REALLY wants a Harley Davidson.

    Fat chance!!

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  47. I meant PORTRAIT.

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  48. Smartgirl,
    I have never had the "harley fever", one of the few things I never got heated up over.

    My vote would be to get him the harley. That could give me leverage on the tractor. I could argue that Mr. Smartgirl got a harley . . . I should get a tractor. Just something to think about.
    PJM

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  49. Looks like....uh...whatshizname...John Greenleaf Whittier...?

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