john eden on tue 20 may 03
For many years I taught ceramics on the island of Montreal. The Ceramics
Department was fortunate enough to have a full time technician and back in
the seventies it was a French Canadian, I won't give his name to protect
the innocent :-).
He spoke very good English but one day I walked into the kiln room to hear
him ask a group of students who were unpacking a kiln full of test tiles
"Did your testes come out ok". Needless to say we all fell about laughing.
University of Maine
Department of Art
5712 Carnegie Hall
Louis Katz on wed 21 may 03
Suwanee Natewong, from upcountry in Thailand, was living in Helena
Montana with Josh DeWeese, Gail Busch and me. We went to an opening at
the Art Museum. Josh's zipper was open. Suwanee let him in on the fact.
He tried to close it. It jammed. He pulled out his shirt and covered up
the zipper. Suwanee was amazed that he could walk around with his
zipper open and not be embarrassed, even though it was covered.
She told him he had a semen face. He said, "What?"
She said, a little louder, "Josh, you have a semen face".
He said not understanding," quiet Suwanee don't say that here".
Suwanee, louder: Why I shouldn't say, YOU HAVE A SEMEN FACE?
Josh: lets talk about it outside.
Josh: Suwanee, what were you saying?
Suwanee: What's wrong with saying you have a semen face.
Josh: What do you mean?
Suwanee: Your zipper is stuck open and your face doesn't change like
the semen the street is made of.
Josh: You mean cemenT.
These stories happen everywhere. In Thailand I once accidentally asked
if the king had three testicles. I had intended to ask if he had three
So long a s we go to court to testify (this word has a good story to
it) and if we teach we disseminate, we are bound to accidentally cross
On Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at 10:06 PM, john eden wrote:
> For many years I taught ceramics on the island of Montreal. The
> Department was fortunate enough to have a full time technician and
> back in
> the seventies it was a French Canadian, I won't give his name to
> the innocent :-).
> He spoke very good English but one day I walked into the kiln room to
> him ask a group of students who were unpacking a kiln full of test
> "Did your testes come out ok". Needless to say we all fell about
> Cheers, John
> John Eden
> University of Maine
> Department of Art
> 5712 Carnegie Hall
> ME 04469-5712
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