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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spare me the barbs, Major!... Let me remind you that I am a man of science, not a beast of burden! Oh, the pain.....





 My sensors 


 that this 

 blog is 

 coming to 

 an end! 

 Nonsense, Ninny! 


 I am not mistaken, Doctor Smith. 


 you bellicose bumpkin, 

 you pompous pipsqueak, 

 you rusty Rasputin, 

 you frightful

 fractious frump! 

 A silly goose you are indeed, sir... 

 to think that Commander Knight 

 would abort our mission now that 

 we are so close to finding........... 


 It is affirmative.  

 My circuits are all intact 

 and working properly. 

 In this operating condition 

 I am never wrong. 

 This is the last post on 

 Shady Dell Music & Memories. 

 Rubbish! Balderdash! 

 Bite your tin-plated tongue 

 you bubble-headed booby... 

 you ferrous Frankenstein... 

 you roly-poly rowdy... 

 you traitorous transistorized toad!  

 I've had quite enough of your 

 constant cackling cacophony, 

 you nefarious nincompoop! 


 the pain... 

 the pain! 

 YOU are the pain, Doctor Smith! 

 Your blind ignorance has overloaded 

 my circuits.  To avoid a meltdown 

 I must now switch to safe mode 

 and speak no more. 

 Best idea you've had all day, 

 you deplorable


 you lugubrious


 you lily-livered


 you pusillanimous pinhead! 

 Silence becomes you, booby. 

 As you will soon see 

 your preposterous premonition 

 is nothing more than 

 muddled motorized malfeasance! 

 All is well... 


 Never fear..... 

 Smith is here! 



  1. You had me! So glad it is April Fool's as we would have had to schedule a full scale protest were it not!

    Our friend thisisme already got me this morning- and now you, so I shall have to be fully aware the rest of the day!

    1. Haha!

      Don't worry, dear Shelly friend.
      I'm not throwing in the towel yet.
      I'll be back with more posts soon.
      That's not a promise, it's a threat!


      Have a wonderful week, dear Shelly!

  2. My dear Tom, I didn't really fall for this one, because I know how you love your April Fools Day pranks! Anyway, we couldn't do without you here in bloggyland. You're far too important to us all. Happy April Fools Day to you my friend. I played a good one on facebook today and I received so many comments, that I felt guilty in the end that it wasn't true! Oh dear!

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! Yessum, Shelly mentioned your Facebook prank. I haven't seen it. Did you reveal yourself to be the real Queen of England? (LOL) There's nothing like a good sense of humor to smooth out the rough spots in life and I'm delighted to know you because yours is keen and exercised frequently. I hope you're doing fine over there, dear friend, and thank you very much for coming over here. Hugs and smooches!

  3. I let out a gasp...No way, I just started following this blog! No way would he quit...Ok, deep is April forward to the end of post...I let out a sigh...see you in blog land you "Shady" character!

    1. Hi, YaYa! Back from the left coast, I see. With a new friend as nice as you I would truly be a fool to quit blogging. Thank you very much for coming over for a visit, dear friend, and I'll be seeing you (and hopefully some postcards from Oregon) over at your place!

  4. I should have know you'd be pulling an April Fool's prank Tom! I'm not very good at fooling people as I tend to laugh too much and give the game away! I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! You'll be happy to know the weather over this side of the world seems to be taking a turn for the better!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! It does make me happy to know your stubborn weather has improved. I hope Irish spring is here to stay. Thanks for joining the fun as I saluted Lost in Space for April Fools' day. I had a lovely Easter weekend and I hope the same can be said for you and your loved ones. Thank you very much for coming over to see me, dear friend Emma. I'll be connecting with you on your side of the pond soon.

  5. I kept reading.... and reading... and OOOHH! Ya got me. I somehow NEVER remember April Fool's Day!

    1. Hi, karen! This was one of the very rare cases in which the robot was wrong and Dr. Smith was right. It's full speed ahead for SDM&M and I am very happy to have friends like you with which to share my favorite things. I know you're slammed this month and that's why I am especially grateful that you found time to swing by for a visit. Thank you, dear friend karen!

  6. you had me going for a moment, well done my friend xo

    1. I'm glad I had you going for a moment, dear Katie. I hope I had you entertained for at least two moments. Thank you for stopping by, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Kathleen Mae SchneiderApril 3, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Mother's faulty furnace beat you to the punch by having a minor explosion very early in the morning, but I (ahem) smelled a rat when I checked SDM&M! Sure enough, I found fabulous fun, abundant alliteration, notable nostalgia and lots of laughs. In other words... total Tom-foolery. Thanks for the fun post.

    1. Hi, Kathleen! Oh no! What a calamity! I hope your mother's furnace has been fixed by now and that she didn't get too chilly while it was being repaired.

      As for this post, I'm surprised you didn't ask, "Why the long face?" (LOL) I'm glad you found my Tom-April-foolery entertaining. I think I succeeded in using most if not all of the actual academic alliterations (erudite esoteric expressions) uttered by Zachary Smith on the Lost In Space television series. Thank you for the visit and kind words, dear friend Kathleen. I'll be chatting with you again soon.

  8. Oh my gosh, I can't believe I missed this one! You really did have me going. We watch Lost in Space every weekend and this had me laughing all the way through, although I was getting rather concerned about the outcome of the argument. I wouldn't normally take Dr. Smith's side in any matter but I had to in this instance. Well done, Shady!! This was a lot of fun! :)

    1. Hi, Jenn June! I'm happy to know you watch this old series with your family. I watched it as a teenager and I'm working my way through the series again on Hulu. I never get tired of Dr. Smith's shtick. I'm so glad you had fun and that I made you laugh, dear friend. Thank you very much for visiting and for your kind remarks. I'll be seeing you tomorrow, (D Day) dear Jenn!

  9. Haha Shady! You do good work, my friend! Anyone who doesn't know you would fall for it...well, I did fall just a little bit, figured it was my punishment for coming by 3 days late! I'm so sorry I missed the boat! I couldn't have written this so cleverly without all kinds of help!

    Hope your April Fool's Day was delightful-have a great weekend!♫

    1. Hello, dear Suzanne! I was keeping my fingers crossed hoping you weren't under the Texas weather again. Frankly, I have been dealing with the sniffles for a couple of weeks now. I'm excited to see you and so happy you were amused by my tribute to the fine character actor Jonathan Harris who had a career in movies before he took the role for which he is now best remembered. has an interesting piece of trivia about Jonathan:

      << Would often sit up at night thinking of ways to insult the robot ("Be quiet, you bubble-headed booby!") while on Lost in Space. His colorful put-downs for his mechanical colleague, almost all of them unscripted, are among the best-remembered aspects of the show.>>

      I never knew that! Thank you very much for coming over this evening, dear friend Suzanne, and have a great weekend!

  10. Dang, Tom, you naughty boy! I clicked in and just about had a heart attack! Didn't notice it was written April 1 and boy you are the only one who tricked me for April Fools!
    Never do that again, puhlease! You are the sunshine in the day, (when I get to puruse the blogs).
    Looking forward to the real deal...your next post!

    1. Hi, Sushie! Sorry I nearly gave you a heart attack. :) I'm also sorry I once again offered no music for you to play and rudely awaken your steady date, only a heaping helping of humor, Shady style. Be careful what you wish for, dear friend, because my next post (tomorrow morning) might really have you grabbing your heart. You see, I'm in the middle of a four part salute to the best of hard rock and heavy metal bands and tomorrow's post is part 3 in that series, the Song of the Year award. Let me point out that most of the entries are beautiful power ballads. There's very little in the way of nasty stuff. If you, a southern belle, enjoyed bands like the Allman Brothers, Z.Z. Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ram Jam, then maybe you'll have a taste for the 1980s/90s hair bands I'm presenting in this series. If you give the songs a chance then perhaps you will surprise yourself and enjoy my next post. I hope you'll come back tomorrow or sometime in the six days ahead to find out which heavy metal anthem I have picked as Song of the Year! Thank you very much, dear friend Sush, and enjoy your weekend!


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