Winter Labs

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With the Summer Labs having come to a close, the crew decided it was time to head on over to the winter labs....last we knew, we were headed around the country for a color tour, but, YB drove to Texas instead and was pulled over by the police. Starzy flashed in and out from the scene for a moment, and left everyone in wonder.
"Well now YB, aren't you just ever so proud of yourself? Why, you've taken us on the back road tour and we've completely missed all the colors!" Mouse scolded.
"That's right!" Mary Scott chimed in.
Blacksheep, Harold, and Stuie were all kicked back in the back of the hippie van, singing and carrying on. "Us guys don't care where YB takes us, as long as we get there!"
"C'mon YB, take us back...it's gettin' about bakin' time for the holidays! I've got a TON to do!" Mouse again scolded.
With that, YB pulled the van over to the side of the road, and......

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'Mouse is back'

Mouse,
I couldn't believe my eyes to see your name up, mouse. How are you chicks getting on. You must be unindated with eggs by now?
Shame about YB still he always has had an answer for anything, so why change now. As far as I'm concerned he can walk on water, he found my veg pickle recipe for me. For that I will always be eternally grateful.
Hope you get your baking done, it's only 3 weeks next Thursday to Thanksgiving.
Hope you have had a great Halloween
Sussexman

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Thanks Colin!

Yeah, I don't pop in much anymore. Up to our eyeballs in eggs these days...they aren't even supposed to be laying yet according to the hatchery! They've been laying for a month now, and we're getting some mighty jumbo eggs from some of the girls! Gotta love it!

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Mary Scott said to the crew,

Mary Scott said to the crew, I have a great idea where we should go for a few weeks and spend the Thanksgiving Holiday there. Let's go to New England !! I know the leaves are all down now there, but maybe it will get cold enough & we could have snow for Thanksgiving. It would be a wonderful place to spend some time. Get your butt in gear YB, we are heading NORTH !! So they started on their way when....

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Turkey Thanksgiving

YB had at last got the message and turned North when we passed by a truck full of turkies. The driver, a turkey of course, asked YB where are you folks headed. North sdays youall. Why says turkey. For Thanksgiving says youall. Which one says the turkey. You folks have yours on 24 November, us turkies has ours on 25 November of course. Now that is a real Thanksgiving.
YB turned to Mousepottato and.............

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....said "What's up with

....said "What's up with these turkeys? I thought I got enough grief from all of YOU turkeys!"
"Now now YB, you know you love us! Lets get cruising, we have a lot of miles to cross before Thanksgiving! AND, you HAVE to get us girls somewhere where we can cook up all the fixins!" Mouse replied.
"That's right!" Mary Scott answered "We want to cook all the yummy foods and desserts..so hop to it!"
Blacksheep, Stuie, Harold, and Sussex were all still strung out in the back of the van snoring when...........

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Mary Scott whispered to

Mary Scott whispered to Mouse, "let those guys sleep - at least they are not in our hair for now & we can do some Thanksgiving menu planning. Keep your eye on the scenery outside, don't want any more palm trees showing up !" So while the girls were planning.......

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Sussex grunted to

Sussex grunted to Harold" if that was a whisper lord help us if Mary Scott ever shouts. Reckon the girls havn't noticed YB is snoring as well as us. This could be an interesting trip. If the girls are as good at doing as they are planning we might just get fed eventually." That was when.........

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YB inadvertently veered off

YB inadvertently veered off the main road and on to a backroad that lead to....

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a big old scary haunted

a big old scary haunted castle surrounded by what looked like a moat with a drawbridge over it that led up to the castle. Seemed like we arrived in a place hundreds of years back in time. We all looked out the bus window and saw......

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Nurse Gladys Ratchet

running like crazy for the van..."YB! You've got to help me!"
"How did she know we'd be here?!" YB asked once he woke up.
"Oh if only Tunia was here with us! She could click her ruby slippers and get us out of here!" Mouse screeched.
Mary Scott opened the door and let old Ratchet in to keep YB company, while all the guys in the back laughed their heads off.
YB turned the van around to leave, but.........

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How in ******

did you manage to get here said sussex to YB this is Bodiam Castle in sussex.(Look it up on Google and see what it looks like in daylight) When maryescott said New England you must have thought she said England. Well folks there be 2 ways of getting back to US of A. One you go north through Scotland(funny place the men wear skirts) on to the North Pole turn left and left again down through Canada and home. Or you can go my way? Case your wondering how, work how I got to be in the back of your van.By the way YB your driving on the wrong side of the road better let me drive. As YB got out..................

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Sussex got into the drivers

Sussex got into the drivers seat. "Oy maties, where might you be liking to go now?!"
"I want to head to Scottland! I've got a LOT of Scottish in me ya know!" Mouse said all excited.
Mary Scott agreed it would be fun. The other guys just grumbled in the back. Harold and Stuie were complaining it had been way too long since we'd stopped for something to eat.
"Fine, we'll hit the next roadhouse I can find" Sussex said...but, just as he tried to start the van............

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and

his phone rang, hey macMouse there's some guy who says he's your hubby wants to know if these here truck load of turkeys are anything to do with you, they say you said it okay to celebrate their thanksgiving in your backyard. And when the hell are you coming home to do the cooking he's starving. Sussex said I had better get you lot home so he drove straight at a.............

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.....guy who was guarding the

.....guy who was guarding the loading dock.
"Hey mister, I need to get this van on a ship back to the America's! There's a poor man back in South Carolina who is starving because Mouse here took off without bothering to leave him dinner!" Sussex asked.
"Yeah, I have to get back fast before he goes hungry! And someone filled my yard with turkeys! I guess they figured I acted like one, so I might as well have some! I need to get a huge feast cooked up for all my dear friends here in this van too!" Mouse said in a frenzy.
With that everyone else in the van started getting all worked up too. "Yeah, we need to get back!" YB yelled.
The shipyard man finally agreed to put the van on the next ship out just to shut up this motley crew!
But then...........

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sussex said

you can't go by ship it'll take tooooo long, about 3 weeks, its only 4 days to Thanksgiving. I'd better get help from my friend Fred Bare. Sussex appeared with a rolled up carpet on each shoulder. What's that for says YB. I'm going to fly you all home. Sussex laid the 2 carpets on the floor got YB to drive the van on one and the gang all got on t'other. We'll get you home the day before tommorrow says sussex, these carpets are world famous. You must have heard of fred bare carpets, bet you all got one. Next there was an almighty bang and they found themselves in mouse's backyard, along with the turkeys. Then the van arrived with an almighty crash just missed blacksheep, he went quite pale. Get cooking the gang all shouted at mouse, you can start with these.........

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ears of corn, I'd like mine

ears of corn, I'd like mine creamed. And stuff this pork roast with plenty of garlic, YB likes extra garlic."
"And make sure to wash your hands freuquently" said Harold. The men fired up cigars and opened bottles of wine for sampling while the women ...

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headed for the

kitchen mumbling as they went. sussex called after them I just hope you cook a good side of beef, roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast spuds, and lots of good thick gravy. That's what we in sussex call eating. Not this veggie stuff. Sussex then turned to YB and said, wine's for girls where's the beer. Maryescott turned and.....

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before she could say "Jumpin

before she could say "Jumpin jingle bells," Thanksgiving was over and Christmas was 'round the corner.
Blacksheep was nestled, snug in his bed, while visions of cheerleaders danced in his head...

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Cos he was

faint with hunger. The girls has been planning for weeks but no cooking. Sussexman says that if this is american hospitality then he thinked they have missed somethin along the way. Heard tell of a food fight back in Summer Labs.Them chickens are better fed than us. Guess I'll get in the run with them. Then.......

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It started..............

Snowing, now Christmas has been and gone, New year was here for a day then gone. Now where the hell is that camper van.And where have the gang gone?
I'. lonely here on my own.
Hello who's this........

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coming down the snow covered

coming down the snow covered road, why it is the gang in the van. Mary Scott said, "at least it seems that we are back in the good old USA, now where should we head off to ? What day is it & were we in some kind of time wharp ???"

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Mary Scott,

Queen of Socks ;) patiently waited for a reply but no one answered.
Blacksheep appeared to be in deep thought as he stared out the window, sipping gently on his Neerup classic bent billiard pipe packed with GL pease 'Robusto', savoring the sweetness of Virginia tobaccos mixed with spicy Maduro cigar leaf. He'd be smoking alone now, since Stuie and Harold would no longer be there to share the simple soul satisfying pleasure of a good smoke. He knew the Labs would never be the same without them, but must this 13 year thread come to an end just because? "Where are the others?" he thought."Has everyone given up? Even YB hasn't said a word since this new thread began. Who's driving this van anyway? Will this thread keep going, or will it die on the vine?" Blacksheep looked at himself in the rear view mirror and mumbled, "Gee, I sure could use a haircut."

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Blacksheep's haircut ...

So he called upon Starblaster, who had been practising cutting the kids' hair with scissors. Now she was looking for a Victim (client) on whom she could practice with her NEW ACME LASER CUTTER.

Blacksheep - quite unaware of this - wandered in ...

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tripped on a toy truck and

tripped on a toy truck and landed head first into a cereal bowl. He stood up quickly, bowl stuck to his head, and dizzily fell into the chair where Star Blaster then began. clip clip buzz buzz zap zap snip... "There, you're all done," said Star Blaster as she handed blacksheep a mirror.
"Aww geez Starzy, I look like Moe Howard!" exclaimed Blacksheep..

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what the hell is Moe Howard.

says sussex, that is some pipe you are smoking Blacksheep. I'm a meerscham man meself. I've got pipes carved like vikings, cavaliers and bacus(god of plenty) they are all over 30 years old but are still great smokes. I've been a pipe smoker for over 50 years. We are a dying breed over here. I reckon we will get a real good smokey room going in the back of the van. It's good to see the gang getting back in the van. Pity about the driver still it could be worse we could have one the girls driving, god forbid, then we would never get back from where we might have been going. So sussex filled his meerscham with gold block,lit it, sat back, closed his eyes and.........

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Gold Block or Bust !!

started hallucinating, because instead of Gold Block it was "wacky baccy". Blacksheep was also attempting to fill with the same stuff, when sussex suddenly started ...

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to shout

rude comments at a passing policeman. The policeman turned to speak to him. Sussex gave his pipe to blacksheep, grabbed 'Pee Jays' hat and dived under the rugs in the back of the van. The policeman dragged blacksheep out of the van and said..........

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"Oh no,

not YOU again! Geesh, I should've known!"
"But oifficer, I'm a victim of soycumstance!" said Blacksheep. "Really, I'm innocent this time. It's YB you want. He's passed out in the front seat, been hittin' the bottle heavy lately since nurse Ratchett hasn't called on him in a while."

The officer walked to the front of the van. Blacksheep opened the back door and drug Sussexman out by the collar. "C'mon, he left his keys in the squad car. Let's take it for a spin." he whispered.
Lickety split, Blacksheep and Sussexman were speeding down the road in the police car. "Yee-haww!" shouted Blacksheep. "Been a while since I drove a Crown Vic. Sure feels like old times! Let's see YB work his way out of this one!" they laughed...

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YOUR UNDER ARREST

Said the officer.. YB just laughed, "your in big trouble officer" "why's that" the officer asked. "Umm, isn't that YOUR car driving through that Wheat field?"

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"What the heck!

How did we end up in a wheat field? What happened to the road? It's your fault Colin, put that girlie magazine away so I can focus on driving will ya!"

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meanwhile....

Little do all the folks know, they picked up a stow away. She climbed in the van and hid tucked deep in the way back seat. She listened intently to all that was said, and found it hard to keep her laughter in. it had been a while since they made a pit stop and the laughter was getting to be to much. She jumped out of the back and said....

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I gotta go ..

and I don't mean in that wheat field with that police car mowing everything and everybody down.

So, with the Policeman chasing his car, that was chasing the rabbits, that were trying to get to YB for safety because though they had heard of the Keystone Cops, they had never seen them in person, Katrina figured that IF she sat in the most comfortable seat in the van and looked "natural", she could ...

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find out....

what the hell YB had been drinking. In got sussex, he'd jumed out of the police car when nobody was lookin. He said to all look I've just found this pretty rope with a rattle on the end. Would you like it Katrina, seeing as your sitting in the best seat you might as well have this. With which Katrina screamed at sussex.......

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Didn't you ever ...

Learn NOT to disturb a lady when she's in "The Powder Room" ??
Well, neither Sussex nor Katrina was going to take that sitting down, and ...

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turned to

PJ and said'sorry about your hat only there wasn't a powder room in that there police car. Needs Must. Anyways this here van is a hippie van, lucky to have windows let alone a powder room. That is YB's seat that Kats sitting in. What....

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does this

button do?" asked Sussexman as he pushed a button that...

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sent......

the van straight through the fence round the chicken run. BACK screeched Kats, so's sussex reversed leaving a large hole in fence. 1 chicken says look girls we've had all the work lets find a rooster and have some fun, they headed in the direction of Pee Jay.Mouse panicked and shouted at Pee Jay.........

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Cockle-doodle-doo ..

and PJ being the only male of any species in sight of the chickens ran ...

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straight....

for the van shouting' Let me in, let me in'But Kats and Sussex kept the doors locked shut and shouted th PJ 'You always said you like birds, run for the hen house'
So PJ ran into the chicken yard. Mouse filled the hole in. They all watched PJ on top of the henhouse calling out...........

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"It's peanut butter jelly time,

peanut butter jelly time! Where he at, where he at, where he at, where he at,
now der he go, der he go, der he go, der he go!
Peanut butter jel-ly, peanut butter jel-ly"...

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Have youse......

been sniffing glue blacksheep says sussex.
Peanut jelly :-possible.
Peanut butter :-yea .
Butter jelly :-perhaps.
Peanut butter jelly :-in your pipe dreams.
anyways quit that racket, it's putting the hens off their lay. Come think of it it s even soured the.............

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wine in

Mary Scott's thermos.

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All right you wise guys!

"What is the meaning of all this nonesense?!!!" Mouse shouted at the guys. "You'd think we'd run into a bunch of drunks and hoodlems! Where is Mary Scott, and who is this new girl tucked in behind the seats? Lord knows we need some more women around here to keep you guys in line!!!!"
Blacksheep, Sussex, and PJ all about went flying out of their seats.
"Where were YOU hiding there Mouse?" Sheep asked.
"I've been............

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Looking

for you Mouse, that's Kats, you should get on well you know Kat and Mouse. Anyways I'm starving says sussex,last I heard was in November you says youse was going to cook a huge feast. Huh,,, I never got offered a dip of dripping.Christmas came and went still no feast.Went home for some Beef Sarnies. Well lads I suppose more planning by the girls. Lordie help us, let's get back to the beer and pipes and leave the girls to plan for Easter.I reckon old Mouse has been hibernating, did think of sending a ferrit to get her out.Anyone for......

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