Saturday, November 01, 2008

Raven's Wordzzle 37

Today's Link
Silence is Broken

Saying for the Day
Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Picture of the Day

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: squeaky toy, perpendicular, olives, shanty, howling at the moon, soul, bow and arrow, uniform, statistics, praying mantis
Mini Challenge: glamour, rocking chair, cormorant, objective, symbolism

Fifteen today words and fifteen of yesterday
in the ongoing adven
ture of Agent 012

Agent 012 stood waiting to fall down. Everything had gone black and according to the most reliable federal statistics available being hit on the head was the usual reason. But when his head did not begin to hurt and he remained perpendicular he realized that the objective reason why everything had gone black was that somebody had turned off the lights. He reached into the side pocket of the Agency issued uniform and pulled out his night goggles the ones that made him look like a praying mantis. Looking through the window he saw that Cinnamon Homonym was no longer tied in a perpendicular position on the rocking chair but was gone. All that was left was her lipstick stain on the armrest.
He kicked in the door and entered , stepping on the dog’s squeaky toy clothes pin in the process. The first thing her saw was a cute little smoky quartz bear obviously made at the build-a-bear workshop held at the Flip-Flop Restaurant. It was holding a bottle of her favorite olives , unopened, and a half a jar of pickles. Next to them was the Opulent Moisturizing Cream bottle , now empty. A short wave radio was turned up full in the living room blaring nothing but static. Agent 012 could not miss the symbolism pointing to what the chief would give him if he didn’t get her back.. No seat belt could protect him from that.
Rushing out he heard the dog howling at the moon and it sent chills to his very soul. He felt that this was over response to his stepping on the toy and for some silly reason the headline Man Bites Dog flashed in his mind. He had no intention of doing such a thing. That would lead to a preponderance of even more disparaging remarks about his ability.
Looking down the beach through the falling leaves he saw a small Chicago shanty with what he thought was a Common Shag circling overhead. But then he decided it was a Great Cormorant as it was larger than it first seemed. In any case it was no glamour bird and seeing it did not bode well. In fact it didn’t bode at all.
Agent 012 moved in a meticulous manner toward the shanty. Cinnamon must be there he told himself. She must be there. His future depended on it. If she wasn’t he might as well bite the dog.
Just as he was within twenty feet of the old building a man suddenly jumped out with a bow and arrow and fired . Agent 012 turned just as it hit him.
This was not going to be his day.

Ten words and A Music Company Release
The Musical Group “ Bow and Arrow” have announced their new album “ Howling at the Moon”. It will contain all new songs like :
Dad’s Old Squeaky Toy
Fly Away My Cormorant -
Eating Olives in the Shanty
Always and Forever Perpendicular
Keep Praying Mantis For Me
According to Statistics
No Glamour in the Rocking Chair
And of course the title song
Howling in the Wind.
The Office of Uniform Classification classifies this album as Soul which will come as a surprise to the groups followers who are not much for objective symbolism.

All fifteen words in one sentence
With the fishing statistics printed on his uniform he sat in his perpendicular rocking chair next to the bow and arrow in his fishing shanty popping Soul Olives into his mouth and watching Rex who had just finished howling at the moon and was now chewing on his Glamour squeaky toy cormorant so chewed that it had lost all objective symbolism and looked like a praying mantis .

Five Words in a Song ( Sort of)
I approved this message in the morning
Sitting in my good old rocking chair
I want the world to know I love you
Even though you no longer care.

Yes I approved this message in the morning
I sent it gladly on its way
I want the world to know I love you
And that is all I want to say.

The symbolism of your message
Was never ever lost on me
Drop dead’s a very clear objective
And your point is one I clearly see.

Like the great cormorant of fables
You have flown O so very far away
Your glamour once so precious
Has gone and faded like the day

And , of course, five words as a political add
Senator P Ray Ingmantis claims to be in favor of conservation but voted against the bill to preserve the breeding grounds of the Greater Cormorant against the inroads of the greedy Oil Companies. She claims to hold all the great historic American values but voted against placing the good old rocking chair on the nickel. So much for her historical values. She just doesn’t get the objective symbolism embed in that chair. But our glamour queen Senator did vote to raise our taxes and to give some of that money in a grant to the cosmetic industry. We can’t afford six more years of Senator P.
I’m Olive S Shanty and I approved this message.

This week's vanity wordzzle uses the words: oodles of noodles, Empire State Building, turmoil, aluminum foil, naval lint, posh, pixie, termite, gander, tendonitis

Covering himself with pixie dust disguised as termite droppings Fransico Peter Panton leapt from the top of the Empire State Building. As he soared downward his tendonitis pained him even though he had wrapped his arms in aluminum foil as per the secret instructions. His mind raced. Just hours before , while eating oodles and oodles of noodles it had come to him that the turmoil in his life was caused by his parents not telling him he was really Peter Pan. But when he found what he knew to be naval lint in the box that held the noodles he knew. He was very good at finding clues like that. Soon he would rejoin his friends on the good ship Gander and they would free Tinker Bell from the clutches of Captain Hook. Before that could happen , however, Tommy’s mother called and made him shut off the WII game. It was time to return to his not so posh real world and eat anything but noodles.
News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
Things got a bit weird this morning in Pigeon Falls. Herman got up early and looked as usual. Only, low and behold. There are on the roof of the Masonic building was a cow. Well it wasn’t a live cow. It was a balloon replica of a cow . It had a bottle of Glamour Cream tied to each leg to keep it from blowing off if the wind came up. But that wasn’t all. Along with the cow was a rocking chair and a stuffed cormorant. What a strange bunch of stuff to find on the roof of the Masonic Hall. Raymond Phillips who reads a blog by somebody called Quilly , of all things, suggested it might have some kind of symbolism. The objective of the person who put them there might be to try to send a message. If that’s so nobody can figure out what it means.
Herman, of course, doesn’t care. His last prophecy has now come true. He has his cow on the roof. He never said it would be a real cow. His wife told him if he is a real seer he should be able to tell us what it means.
Petrovich , who up until this point has ignored Herman, says figuring out the message may be more important than people think.
This afternoon the event that all Pigeon falls has been waiting for will take place. Amanda and Jarod will be wed .
Wrap Up
Wow! Five good breathing days in a row. So good we have cut the night oxygen down a half liter. This morning I visited all the blogs listed with Raven as being part of the wordzzle thing. As usual there was some fantastic writing. I so envy that ability. Then we went off to Wal Mart and that was fun but we didn't buy much. When we got home my son Peter and his two kids came. They wore their haloween costumes for us to see. We went out to eat at Perkins. In the afternoon Pennie, Bree, Luke and I played a board game. Luke won and I came in last. Then I worked with Bree to teach her how to embed U-tube videos in her blog. Peter watched football but took time out to replace our broken toilet seat. I visited some but not all of my links. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Herman is just messin' with Petrovich's head.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

you have been quite busy with all those words!! And the pumpkin carver looks like she is enjoying her job!
UH...sorry I bunched you up with ALL MEN on my should have said all men "except" Dr

Tell Betty I said hello!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ohhhhh myyyyyyy! I had to get a 2nd cup of coffee to visit you this morning! You have tickled me in multitudinous manner!

I do believe my favorite though comes from the fella who's been watching waaaaaaaaay too many political commercials - but P. Ray Ingmantis and Olive S. Shanty just cracked me UP!!! My radio station is playing all sorts of those copy cat approvals - and THEY are verrrry entertaining! YOU should be writing for them!!!

Now! I musssst go get ready for the wedding... I bought a new HAT! I'm so excited!!!

6:34 AM  
Blogger bettygram said...

Will agent o12 survive for the next part of his adventure?

6:34 AM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...


7:15 AM  
Blogger Caution Flag said...

I am exhausted! How did you ever get so clever, Dr. John? Now I have to look up cormorant.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I'm with mellli and caution flag - I had to get more coffee and still I'm exhausted

Not only do you use the words BUT you keep coming up with new ways to present them

The album of songs is priceless!! I love Always and Forever Perpendicular

Then the refrain for what seems like a great CW song.

Then and then and then ...

You flabbergast me!! Kudos times many!!

9:35 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

WOW!!! i'm speechless...

i knew it!!! i knew a cow would somehow appear on top of that roof... phew!

9:45 AM  
Blogger Jeff B said...

Holy Guacamole Batman!!!

You have been a busy man. Your clever way of presenting the words in various formats is incredible. Bravo sir!!

9:48 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Again your usage of words is amazingly creative.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Dr John: it seems agent 012 still doesn't know when to duck, or is that cormorant?


11:02 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Brilliant as always... I always enjoy Agent 012 and Pigeon Falls especially. The pixie dust guy made me sad... nice political satire. Can't wait for this election to be over.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Lu' said...

Ha, turned the lights out, good one. You were quite busy wern't you, good jobS.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Chatty said...

Oh - I like them ALL! Poor 012 - but the first paragraph cracked me up. I also really like the poem and the political ad - my goodness. P Ray Ingmantis and Olive S Shanty...I like it. Sounds like a bit of a shame that only one of them can lose...
And of course, I love your graphics for Pigeon Falls - and look forward to hearing all about the wedding next week.

2:55 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

They are indeed too short. Dogs' lives that is.
Glad you are enjoying some very good days, may there be many more.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous quilldancer said...

I love your Wordzzles, Dr. John. They make me laugh!

I bet that guy who reads Quilly's blog has been disappointed in her recent offerings.

11:42 PM  

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