A Song for Tom


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Is this necessary?Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      What is “levity”, Alex?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        I must not have much of a sense of humor.Report

        • Avatar Burt Likko says:

          Me three. I don’t get it.Report

          • Avatar David Ryan says:

            Like myself, TVD is a preening, self-aggrandizing, boundary pushing drama queen. I disagree with him on nearly everything he says, and think he’s a bit of a prig. (Well actually I think he’s a prick.)

            None-the-less, it seemed pretty clear to me that his last post was intended to be humorous, or at least I thought it was. But as this post seems to highlight, my sense of humor is an outlier.Report

            • Avatar Burt Likko says:

              Sorry, man. I know that explanation can only deflate the humor content of a joke.Report

            • Avatar greginak says:

              If you have to say something was actually a joke either it was a complete failure as a joke or it wasn’t a joke at all. Many people tend to a post modern sort of definition of “joke” which doesn’t relate to an actual desire to create humor.Report

            • Avatar Tom Van Dyke says:

              What we don’t have in common, David, is that I would never do this to you.Report

        • Avatar Chris says:

          OK, so there’s this restaurant in Manhattan, Serviamo Tutto, which advertises that it will serve you any dish you ask for, and if it can’t, it will give you $1000. As you might imagine, people come in all the time asking for outrageous dishes. One dude comes in, sits down, turns to the server and asks for sea iguana scrotum soup with vampire bat tongue.” The server promptly turns to the kitchen and yells, “One order of sea iguana scrotup soup! Add vampire bat tongue” An older woman comes in and asks for pickled Tasmanian devil foot on a bagel with grass seeds chewed and spit out by villagers in a particularly Nepalese village deep in the Himalayas. The server tells her “Coming right up!” and returns with her dish a few minutes later. Suffice it to say, they never have to pay out the $1000.

          Then one day, a guy walks in and says, “I’d like an elephant ear sandwich, please.” The server looks worried, and goes back to the kitchen. After several minutes, he comes back out with $1000 and says, “I’m sorry sir, we can’t serve you the elephant ear sandwich. You are the first ever to beat us. Here is your money.” The man says, “Aha! I knew you wouldn’t have any elephant ears!” To which the server replies, “No sir, that’s not it. We’re just out of really big buns.”

          Did that crack you up? If not, you have no sense of humor!Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    True story:

    One day, my high school physics teacher excuses himself to get some piece of equipment he’d forgotten. While he’s gone the classroom phone rings. I answer it. It’s the school office, looking for him.

    “Is Mr. Georgeson there?”

    “No, he stepped out.”

    “Do you know where he is?”

    “I know how exactly how fast he was walking, so he could be anywhere.”

    I’ll give you obnoxious, but was it funny?Report

  3. Avatar Stillwater says:

    David, fwiw, when I saw the post title, saw the post author, and saw the post content, I thought it was funny as hell. Take out the post author part, tho, and it’s just a pot-shot.

    I don’t know if this means I have a twisted sense of humor, or that I understand where you’re coming from a little bit more than I realize, or whatever. But I got it. Or maybe this is better: when I read it I was laughing with you and (by implication) Tom rather than laughing at anyone.Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      They built a replica of a derelict drive-in movie on top of a mesa. On top of a mesa!

      And then they burned it down, man. They burned it down!Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I just got around to reading the comments in TVD’s latest post. I get the joke now.Report

  5. Avatar Scott says:

    So TVD’s recent posts have little substantive value but this one based solely on mockery does?Report

  6. Avatar Kazzy says:

    FWIW, when I initially saw this post, I thought something had been done about TVD and this was either a douchey way for David to celebrate or an “inside joke” sort of farewell from David. I have no idea what David and Tom’s relationship was, so both seemed reasonably possible. When I saw that nothing had happened, I presumed this was what David purports it to have been.

    If it turned/turns out that this was mockery of any kind, it would be rightly denounced for what it was. Which is all most of us seek to do when dealing with Tom.Report