Thursday, May 29, 2008

Just a Little Bit More

Saying for the Day: Assumptions are the termites of relationships. ~Henry Winkler

Thursday has arrived again. Right after Wednesday which is the way things are supposed to happen. So , ready or not, it is time for another elf tale.
Once upon a time , not very long ago and not very far away, there lived two neighbors. They had lived side by side for a very long time. In fact nobody in the area could remember a time when these two families had not lived in those houses side by side. They both owned their houses free and clear and both made a good living running little businesses in the mall. In fact their businesses in the mall where just three stores apart.
One would think that given such conditions both families would be living very happy lives .
One would be wrong.
Fred, the man who lived with his family in the house on the left was not happy. He had not been happy for a long time. It was all Roger’s fault. Roger lives in the house on the right.
It seems that Roger’s house is just a little bigger than Fred’s. Roger’s car is just a little bigger than Fred’s. Roger’s lawn is just a little bit bigger than Fred’s. Roger has four kids and Fred has three. Are you begging to see the problem. Fred’s oldest son had an almost perfect record and was Salutatorian of his class. But that year Roger’s son had a perfect A average and was Valedictorian.
Fred resented Roger. The resentment was eating him up. Just once he wanted to be the one that was a little bit better. But it never happened. The ride a mower that Fred bought was a little smaller than Roger’s. The pop up camper was the same. He could not win.
Not that Roger called attention to these things. He didn’t even seem to notice. He was always friendly to Fred. Always had a “Hi Neighbor “ for him when he saw him in the yard. He even invited Fred and family to dinner but Fred turned him down. He knew that everything in Roger’s house would be just a little better than what was in his house. So the invitation just ticked him off.
Aside from that both men were a good part of the community. Both gave to local charities, of course Roger gave a little more than Fred. Both volunteered time to help local organizations with Roger giving a little more time.
And so it went day after day and week after week.
Until one week when Fred was coming home from donating new gloves to the local Little League Team and finding out that Roger was donating the uniforms . A little man in a green suit with funny shoes stopped him. The little man explained that he was an elf and because of Fred’s good deeds he was being granted one wish..
He didn’t even hesitate but wished that from this time on he would always have a little more of whatever Roger had.
The Elf said “ So you have wished so shall it be”
To be continued next Thursday.

My First Intern-Matthew Basich- Now a Pastor in the Minneapolis Area
His Family

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal .Poor Tommy UK is stuck with mysteries he may never solve.
He knows what the hum was. It was a sound so high pitched that human ears couldn’t hear it. But animals could and dogs did.
He traced the sound with a high frequency sound meter and found it came from a building behind Kivi & Maki’s store. So he knows where the machine was.
He knew that whoever set up the machine didn’t want it found hence the bomb.
Since the people came back after the bomb destroyed the building he knows that the machine in the building was responsible for the people desapearing.
What Tommy UK doesn’t know:
1. Who set up the machine.
2. Why they set up the machine.
3. Why he wasn’t affected by the machine.
The first question is a hard one to answer unless Homeland Security finds some clue in the wreckage. But whoever did it had to have access to cutting edge science and equipment. They had to have money.
The second question is even harder. Why set up such an elaborate machine in a town like Pigeon Falls? Was it a test before moving on to some city? Did somebody have it in for Pigeon Falls? All he has is more questions and no answers.
The third problem bothers him more than the other two. Why wasn’t he affected? Why didn’t he fade away?
Problems! Problems ! Problems!

Today's Link- Haphazard Life -What makes for home?
This was a day I could easily have done without. My oxygen was off ten points from low normal. I spent most of the day in the bedroom connected to the oxygen concentrator. I watched television. I didn't get to visit any blogs. I just saw the computer long enough to get my blog up and now to close it. I hope tommorow is better. Now I need a breathing treatment.



Blogger Janvangogh said...

Tommy wasnt affected cause there is probably some "pure of heart" clause hidden away in the driblet -- well that is my guess.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Thanks for the link. And how come I'm thinking whatever Fred is going to get will not be good...

4:54 AM  
Blogger Carletta said...

Next Thursday! What will be I so wonder - but I bet Fred regrets his wish. :)
You've been taking photos a long time haven't you Dr. John - wonderful images of your life again today.

6:35 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

I know Fred is going to wish for something that is going to be bad, but knowing you Dr John it will turn out good in the end.

Blessings for you and Betty

7:08 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Are you sure Fred was not in the Lowe's commercial where the two guys are outdoing each other with outdoor grills, decks, etc?

8:06 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

BOOOOOOOY do I see trouble brewing for ol' Fred!!! *shakes head sadly*... this is NOT going to be good... nope... Fred's got a BIG lesson in store... I feel it!

Pastor Matthew looks like a jovial fellow... I bet he has a successful ministry!

Somehow I knew you weren't going to just let me forget about all Tommy's troubles... So yea... why WASN'T he affected by the hum? Ah! But he WAS when he got close enough to it! His fingers did START to fade! I WOULD think it might have something to do with being the undertaker's son -- you know... chemicals and all -- IF the undertaker hadn't vanished. Sooooo... I sit waiting... tapping my foot... and waiting...

tap... tap... tap...

9:19 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh! By the way... I always knew that Henry Winkler was a "thinker"! Smart!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

So many questions for Tommy! Good job he's a resourceful lad.

Did no-one ever tell Fred how important it is to THINK very carefully before wishing? Oh dear.

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

Good shot of the A1! Ha

4:31 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

OH,oh! I dread to think what comes next for poor old Fred.
Is there anything good to watch on TV in the daytime? What am I saying, not too much good in the evening either.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

I'm sorry you had such a rough day. You're in my prayers this evening. I hope tomorrow will be much better!

8:24 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John -- you need wifi and a laptop so you can blog from anywhere in your house -- and maybe even Penny's!

I know why the frequency didn't bother Tommy -- because he ISN'T the undertaker's kid. He is an alien and came from the same dimension as the dragons and the white rabbit. He was sent to Pigeon Falls when still an infant. The undertaker and his wife either adopted Tommy, or got him as a changeling. Tommy is somehow connected to all the weird things going on in Pigeon Falls.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Fred is about to get piles and bunions and bills -- unthankful children, a nagging wife, a horrid boss ..... bad wish. Very bad.

10:10 PM  

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