Friday, October 09, 2009

Hey FTC!



I'm already in the habit of mentioning whether a book I've received or discussed in some capacity is a review copy, but if I need to "conspicuously disclose" after Dec. 1 that my opinion has been swayed and my integrity has been all compromised because I read a free book from a publisher instead of a free book from the library, I thought I'd put into effect the Bellowing Elk Alert System Trump-card (BEAST).

Obnoxious, no doubt, but Mr. Shiftlet (Elk 99's real name) is totally trustworthy.

He told me so his own self in goldplated words.

14 comments:

Kaethe said...

Have I told you lately that I love you?

SFP said...

Do you love me enough to buy me a plate of ham and grits?

(And do all the bellowed words show up okay on your computer?)

Sylvia said...

LOL!!

Kaethe said...

As long as "a plate of ham and grits" is neither a euphemism, nor a book title, I will be delighted to buy you them.

I'm a bad Southerner, though, 'cause I don't like grits. I'll understand if that makes this comment to offensive to be published.

SFP said...

Mr. Shiftlet bought the mentally challenged girl a plate of ham and grits before he abandoned her and drove off in her mother's car, Kaethe. I'm much too far into O'Connor's "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" today to make sense to anyone else, so my apologies.

But I LOVE grits. If we have breakfast together some day and you get stuck with an unwanted side order of them, I'll be happy to take 'em off your hands.

Jenny said...

[splutter] [snort]

May the FTC's filing system be permanently unglued by the BEAST. Thank you for the grin!

jlshall said...

Perfect. I absolutely love the BEAST idea! (I also love grits.)

And thanks so much for asking if I'd like to participate in the Slaves of Golconda discussion later this month. I'd love that, too. Do I need to join up somewhere?

SFP said...

Joy, I've emailed Danielle at A Work in Progress and asked her to add you to the Slaves so that you'll be able to make a post. I'm glad that you'll be joining us!

Kaethe said...

According to the Spouse, both of our favorite local diners serve fine grits. Come on up!

Jeanne said...

I love grits; we have to make them ourselves up here. And I love the picture! Can I borrow it and use it the next time (if ever) I review something from a review copy?

SFP said...

If my husband lands a job in the area this week (two interviews), we may be hitting up the diners sooner than you'd think!

And Jeanne, I would love for the BEAST to go button-wise and grace ARC and review-copy posts. I think we ought to have as much fun with the new rules as we possibly can.

Kaethe said...

Well, I'll cross my fingers. If there's anything I can do to help him or you email me, okay?

Stefanie said...

Love the BEAST! he appears to be completely trustworthy to me.

My mom is from Oklahoma but I have never had grits because she hates them and living in MN one doesn't find grits here all that often. I did try collard greens for the firs time a couple years ago and loved them (my mom hates those too) so maybe I'm not entirely hopeless. :)

SFP said...

I will eat cabbage all day long and I will fix (in the South we don't cook, we fix) collards for the guys, but there's no way I'm going to eat 'em myself. Unfortunately, I usually don't like the foods that are good for me, only the things that have no nutritional value. My husband keeps telling me I could read more books if I lived longer, and while I agree with him in theory, my efforts to upgrade what goes in my mouth don't seem to last long.