Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 11:46:24 PDT


Subject: Re: "Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...,"

Back in my high school days, late fifties, we had a whole series of humorous,

in a sophomoronic way, "meanwhile, back the"'s. The only one that I remember

today is, "meanwhile back at the oasis, the Arabs were eating their dates".

You had to be there.

Even Looney Tunes liked that one. A Bugs Bunny comic published around then,

that had a panel with the caption, "Meanwhile back at the oasis, ...". In the

panel were a couple of sheiks standing around a palm tree in a desert, all

munching on some small piece of fruit, with one saying in a balloon box,

"Hmmm, these dates are really good!"

-- Jim