Wednesday, September 13, 2006

One Red Paper Clip

Saying for the day: Sometimes a paper clip is just a paper clip.

I am sitting here looking at a red paper clip.
It is made of plastic and I can’t remember where I got it.

But this little paper clip could be worth a house.

Please don’t laugh.

There is a man in Canada who started with a red paper clip and over a year he traded and traded until at the end he had a house.
His name is Kyle MacDonald and his new home is in Kipling, Sask.

The town was so happy over the publicity he brought them that they threw him a party.

So I sit here and look at my red paper clip and I know it will never become a house.
It will hold a few pieces of paper together and that’s it.

But still one can dream and after all Kyle did it.

News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my backyard where the trains still run and little old ladies chase rabbits- Our White Rabbit has been popping up all over the place. It’s as if he saying look folks I’m very much alive. Mrs. Trumble and Demon Slayer have been following after him but never seem to catch up with him. One wonders how she is finding out so quickly where the Rabbit appears. Does she have some kind of anti-rabbit network that tips her off? She says that the Rabbit is afraid to face her directly now that she has the right bullets.
Nancy says that people are more afraid of Mrs. Trumble and her gun that they are of the rabbit. Some have even suggested the Rabbit should run for Mayor. They were joking of course.
Poor Eino is walking around muttering to himself. First he thought Mrs. Trumble lied about shooting the rabbit the first time but this time he saw her shoot and the pellets apparently go through the rabbit. But he can’t figure out how this was possible. The Rabbit couldn’t have a bulletproof vest or the pellets wouldn’t have hit the billboard. What happened isn’t possible.
Mayor South is counting the days until the November election and the end of her term as Mayor. She has made it very clear that she won’t run again. Nobody has said that they would be willing to be the new Mayor and time is running out. Being Mayor of Pigeon Falls is a thankless, difficult, low paying job with no fun attached. Tommy, the undertaker’s kid, said he would write in the White Rabbit but he’s not old enough to vote. He has a sign on his wagon that says White Rabbit for Mayor.
One thing is for sure the White Rabbit has been good for the town. With all the publicity in national grocery store tabloids and on television the town has become well known. Tourists come in by train and they eat up the White Rabbit stories. Sometimes they get to meet Mrs. Trumble and she tells how she blew it away. You can often find her down the street from Nancy’s on the big park bench with her trusty shotgun waiting for the Rabbit. The stores have White Rabbit and Dragon merchandise and a little Demon Slayer shotgun key chain. All this stuff hasn’t hurt the town at all. Unless of course you don’t want to live in a town that’s famous for impossible events and that has giant rabbits, dragons, and stone men to contend with.

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Betty went to Tops. I worked out our finances on the house. We may have to take a loan on this one in order to get the one in Neenah. When Betty came home she took the mail to the Post Office and did some checking to find the neighbor who's brother might be interested in this house. Since nothing is happening with the real estate people we went to see him. He is going to call his brother . We have until the start of October and then if we are going to get a loan we have to act. Betty is going to hear the Bishop's wife talk about her visit to Tanzania. I thought of going but this has been a rough breathing day. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

As Doctor of Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, I say, it cant hurt to try trading the paper clip --- but it also cant hurt to try burying St. Joeseph. :-)

Hmmmmm, you probably have some little chatsky statues laying around that could pass for St. Joe ---or with a little paint could. Try burying one of them.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Better yet, bury the paper clip. :-)

4:47 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I read about that guy who kept trading until he got a house! I bet if you start with something biigger, say a screwdriver or a pen, you will end up with a mansion!

5:18 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I want to know how he did that.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

2 of my bloggers friend, brothers actually took the road trip to attend the party. they are JPTH International and Psychotic was an awesome, wknd i was told.

they guy got engaged on the same wknd. he tied a the ring on to a red paper clip and got on one was wonderful and yes, of course she siad yes.
you know i'm starting to wonder if it's all show, this rabbit/Mrs. Trumble thing..i wonder if it's all set up...poor Eino, he has a huge mysetery in his hand. i hope somebody steps in to run for mayor. a town can't be without one. as much as i like the rabbit, he is a rabbit, can he really lead the town?
sorry i forgotten to let you know about the name in the certificate. thank you for both your and Betty's love. the magical frog keeps guard over me. he is in my head board standing guard, ;) ..
have a good day and read you tomorrow.

6:00 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

That paperclip thing was one nifty lil advventure..

I heard about that a long time ago..

I wonder if I can trade in a red paperclip for an entire wedding... hmmm... there's a thought..

6:59 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I'll trade you that red paper clip for a brand new unopened box of mailing envelopes?

7:32 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I remember reading that story about the guy with the paper clip..but you already have a house...maybe you could advertise that the paperclip goes with the house and the paperclip is absolutly free but the house costs money!!!! LoL

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I'd heard about the paper clip thing before. Kyle certainly is resourceful and creative.

Dragons and white rabbits wouldn't bother me. It'd be rather exciting. How's the real estate market in Pigeon Falls?

8:06 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

So is your house listed on If so we all can provide a link to it on our blogs.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous The Foo said...

I was wondering what was the reason to the sudden influx of traffic to my blog! thanks for the traffic and there were some insiteful comments that I received. Once again, thank you and it is very much appreciated. Pretty innovative "game" you got there too. While I am here, I'll poke around on your blog too. Have a good rest of the day.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Just wanted to say hello. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful UP day!!

Take the paper clip outside and ponder the possibilities while sitting in a lawn chair.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous zingtrial said...

Hi paper clip better start something with it ,He!He!He!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

wonder what a blue paper clip would trade up for?

4:47 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

Some one also got rich with the "pet rock". I have many pet rocks, but I would never sell them. haha

Yes I heard about the red paperclip, it took him only 11 trades, but I have to think he got some help there along the way somehow......I think someone offered him a movie role, and he traded that for the house......

5:46 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

Two things sell a house, location and price.....can't change the location......

We sold our home in 10 days, that was when we knew we might have set the price to were we to know that it would increase in value 3 times over in just six years. ??

5:54 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Dr. John -- I spilled a huge box full of houses on my classroom floor today ....

6:13 PM  
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

Oh so many years ago, when I was actually young enough to be in a church Youth Group, my Youth Group held a little game: 2 teams started with a nickel each and went door to door trying to "trade up". After a few hours, the winning team had worked their way up to a fully functioning washing machine!

8:28 PM  

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