Thursday, April 19, 2007

My AntiQuark Award

Not for nothing is Roger's Version, by John Updike, my favourite book.

Consider the topic of Quarks.

Quarks?

Quarks are the basic units of matter. They come in colours and flavours and carry positive or negative charges in increments of a third. Quarks come in colours and flavours, and are in fact, inseparable.

Just as my lady correspondents now consider themselves inseparable.

They have chosen to call themselves the Penta-quarks, and I, who was the original "quark" after launching something we call "quarkhood" over here--have been elevated to Anti-quark and the ladies have designed a fitting logo for my exalted state.

What has happened here?

I am certainly no Alistair Crowley, neither do I think that my ladies carry those satanic purses so bandied about in British literature.

I just picked a term out of physics, there were three lady correspondents to my blog on a regular basis, and I deemed them "The three quarks."

A passage out of Updike--no, no, don't even go there!--would offer some illumination:


"Quarks inevitably occur in threes, and cannot be pried apart.

"Think. Three things inseparable."

'Father, Son and Holy Ghost' floats across Dale's field of inner vision, but does not make it to his lips. Nor does Id, Ego, and Superogo. Nor Krieagmans's three daughters..."


My lady bloggers, who now call themselves the Penta-quarks, (they recently became four and I am the fifth), have offered me the award of Anti-quark, since I named them "quarks" to begin with.."

Suddenly my web--and their webs too--
is full of quarks, penta-quarks and anti-quarks.

Heaven forbid there should be a midnight initiation ceremony.

Anyway, Pentaquarks of Ivan's Blog, thank you for the award.

Lucifer is a little crazy and it will take him some time to figure out how to put the award up on a permanent post.

What are we playing with here?

Fire?

De debbil likes it warm?

"You should start a cult," a dipsy student of mine once suggested.

Heh.

45 comments:

JR's Thumbprints said...

Ivan,
Don't forget Moe, Larry, and Curly, they're quarks too. Or do I include Shemp? And what about Curly-Joe? Perhaps they're penta-quarks instead.

Donnetta Lee said...

I am the first Qark to comment this evening! Yes, we have been quarking all over the blogs of late. To quark or not to quark? That is the question. And the answer is a resounding--quark on!! I am loving being in a constant state of quark. I still think we should call you Papa Quark. It's a Hemingway kind of thing.

JR--better be careful. There is always, Curse of the Quarks. Did you hear that ominous music??

Donnetta

Josie said...

The following was taken from Wikipedia:

The top quark is sufficiently heavy that perturbative QCD can be used to determine its mass. The top quark, however, is unique amongst quarks in that it decays before having a chance to hadronize.

Quick, Ivan, you better hurry up and hadronize.

***chuckle***

Donnetta Lee said...

May I watch?

Donnetta

Josie said...

****LOL****

Well, we are the PentaQuarks :-)

Did you ever see a movie with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Veronica Cartwright called "The Witches of Eastwick"?

Josie

Josie said...

Ivan, I should 'splain. I didn't mean to imply that you are about to decay any time soon...!

Josie

Okay, I'll shut up now.

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

No, no. That is funny as hell.

There are some ladies who have called me Didus-ineptus Interruptus...Damn tight jeans!

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Donnetta,

Yep, that's quite a scenario!

Ivan

islandggrovepress said...

I get Stepford Wives mixed up with The Witches of Eastwick, but I really dig Nicholson in both movies.

Stepford wives. Yeah.

But then I think you quarks are brainwashing me!

I think I'm going to tie myself to a mast!

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

JR,

Well, if you liked Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo, I might call you a Marxist.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Ivan,
I'll stick with the Three Stooges.

islandgrovepress said...

Well, when it comes to the quarks,
them ladies so smart that even their goldfish don't just travel in schools--they travel in seminars.

And I guess I would in my fish hole, with my shingle out: Physician and Sturgeon. :)

Ivan

Josie said...

Hey, boychik, how's by you?

Josie

islandgrovepress said...

Hey, MAD Magazine alumni just wrote in, saying "You are now one of us."
I know I am Mad, but couldn't those peope draw?

Ivan

Josie said...

Are you SERIOUS? Can I have your autograph? Yes, they could draw!

Josie

Donnetta Lee said...

Boy, all I have to do is call it a night and go to bed--and I miss out on all kinds of stuff.

Well, I'm feeling a little quarky.

Donnetta

Sienna said...

...and I'm still coming to terms with that of quarks aren't *fark-quarks*, they are, *fork-quarks*.

Are there any other surprises I should know about? :)

Hadronising sounds fun, for some.

I think I would like to try hadronising, at least once in my life.

Josie said...

Pam, I hear Ivan is good at hadronizing.

Eh, Ivan?

Josie

islandgrovepess said...

Josie,

Actually, they wrote in quite some time ago.
Said Willie Elder, creator of MELVIN MOLE, A Man out of Control:
"You are now one of us.
"But like Groucho Marx said, 'I wouldn't want to be part of any club that would have me as a member.' :-) "

Ivan

islandgrovepess said...

Gland you're here Donnetta.

Josie's after me!


Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Donnetta,

That should read "Glad you're here."

Oh my.

islandgrovepress said...

My dry cleaners offer hadronizing.

I wonder about them.

Anonymous said...

Whoo dat dere got a hadron?


Ivan

Donnetta Lee said...

And gland to be here, too. Heard you've been had(ronizing).

Donnetta

Josie said...

gland you're here?

Oh, gawd, I needed a laugh after the day I've had.

islandgrovepress said...

Oh-oh.

The man from Gland.

Mom!

doubtingthomas said...

Quark? Nah, just a quirk. If it is to be quarks, make mine Imelda. But then I would have to have commitment! Understand?

EyePee, what's this about hardonizing? And are the blogging grannies now flying the Q flag?

Josie said...

Blogging grannies?

Oh, goodness.

islandgrovepress said...

DT:
Philippine Shaman no like P in his I.

Hit you with rattle, giving you headaches of various colours and flavours.

Imelda? Sounds more like Ineda.

Rent a movie.

Juan

Anonymous said...

Get your own grannies, Capt. Hindgrinder!

I.

Donnetta Lee said...

See, all I have to do is call it a night and I miss all kinds of stuff. Did someone call me a "Granny?" Thems fightin' words, partner.

Donnetta

islandgrovepress said...

Better defend you titles, Doubting Thomas.
:)


Ivan

Josie said...

Now I know why no one comes to my blog anymore. I'm a granny :-)

An old mare, out to pasture.

EAMonroe said...

Grannies know how to have fun, especially when riding in hot pink convertibles!

Josie said...

Hey, Ivan, granny here.

I'm actually doing some painting today... :-)

Josie

islandgrovepress said...

Liz,

That was one hot virtual tour we took in that pink convertible.

Up, up and away, we beautiful Buffoons! :)

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

The old grey mare is everything she used to be.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

You no Grandma Moses.

Nothing Primitive Naive about you!


More like Georgia O'Keefe, but in all reverence, I think you kick her ass.

Ivan

Donnetta Lee said...

No trip like that trip in the pink convertible. We must go it again sometime!
Donnetta

Spider Girl said...

Oooh yes!

*smiles and claps hands excitedly*

Do start a cult! :)

islandgrovepress said...

Ooh.

Foxy chicks gracing altars!

Salman Rushdie talking of virgins and satanic purses.

And with my lucks, I'll be eyes wide shut.

Ivan


Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

...That should read "luck".

Oh-oh

Ivan

Josie said...

Ivan, just as long as no one calls me a Granny. Let's gather everyone up and go for a ride in the pink convertible. Spider too. She's cool. She lives on the Island, the best place in Canada.

No lady bus drivers, though... :-)

Josie

Donnetta Lee said...

Hey, after all I've been through in the last 3 weeks, I'm ready for a joy ride!

Josie, I agree. Don't call me a Granny! If I get lucky and get a grandbaby some day, I want to be Nana, like my Nana in New Mexico.

Although, lately, I guess I do LOOK kind of Granny like.
Donnetta

islandgrovepress said...

Donnetta,


All we need is a tan!

Ivan