I beg to differ, Dave. I enjoyed YOUR version much more!
(Plus, there's just something Oh-So-Wonderful about a duck, standing on an old dude's head, making a commentary on the finer aspects of writing in the English language. :) )
.. didja catch that emoticon within the parentheses? BAM! Also, try ending a parenthetical statement with an 8. Turns into a sunglasses smiley every gosh-darn time, thereby requiring an awkward space AGAIN. YEESH.