Saturday, December 13, 2008

Raven's Challenge 43

Today's Link
Odat's Mumbling

Saying for the Day

Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house. ~Proverb

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: Horny as a toad, Frankenstein’s sister, Greeks bearing gifts, Holiday, Cheese grater, Gridlock, Drip dry, Coffin maker, movie mogul, Turkish coffee

Mini Challenge: prenuptial agreement, The purple cow just hated the orange cat, potato chips, sari, Hammer and nails
his week's vanity wordzzle used the words: beads, shadow, magazine, guard, memory, heart, poultice, half moon, sound of surf, tummy
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012-
The Fifteen Words

The rain stopped early in the morning and Agent 012 opened the car doors and let the water out. Then he left it to drip dry while he went back to check on Cinnamon. By this time he felt like he was in a B-movie turned out by a mad Hollywood movie mogul in which she played the part of Frankenstein’s sister. He freeded her from the rocking chair so she could make herself some Turkish Coffee before they headed home. In the kitchen where he couldn’t see her Cinnamon poured a handful of Viagra into the cheese grater and poured it into his coffee. “In a little while he will be as horny as a toad” she thought contemplating with some glee this possibility. She brought him the big cup of coffee and said “ Enjoy”.
“ Would you look and see if there are any potato chips left” he said. As soon as she left he poured out the contents of the cup into the African Violets. “ Mom always said”, he thought” beware of Greek’s bearing gifts”.
Agent 012 returned to the car tried to use the onboard computer to contact the Agency. But ran into some kind of gridlock probably caused by the rain. First he would get an error code and then the phrase “The purple cow just hated the orange cat” would appear. This made no sense at all. But then Microsoft’s error messages seldom made sense.
Finally the car was dry. He pushed in the proper code and the car shuddered d became a black Hummer with a safety shield between the driver and the back seat. Then he escorted Cinnamon to the car and into the back seat.
“What! Big strong detective is afraid I’m going to grab his Coffin Maker again?” she said laughing. She of course was referring to his gun and probably meant Widow Maker. But then sometimes she made as little sense as Microsoft.
With her safely in the back seat Agent 012 headed for home. He was looking forward to the Holiday and some time off. He remembered he had to stop at the hardware store and have Joe Sari , his favorite clerk , pick out a hammer and nails for his latest project. Under the oral prenuptial agreement he had with his wonderful wife he was supposed to do all the handiwork around the house. The last time he was home he had tried to fix the back steps using his gun as a hammer and managed to shoot out the back window. That, he assured himself, was never going to happen again. The family believed him when he said it was a car backfiring and the tire threw up a rock that broke the window. They weren’t even supposed to know he had a gun. But those days were over. Now, he was a hero and things would be different.
This was going to be a great day.

All fifteen words in one sentance
Sari Gridlock celebrated the Holiday by eating potato chips and researching phrases like “ Horny as a Toad”, “ The purple cow just hated the orange cat”, “Frankenstein’s sister loves Turkish coffee” ,“ Greeks bearing gifts “ , “as easy as hammer and nails”, “ A real coffin maker that was”, “ like a movie mogul’s cheese grater”, “and the prenuptial agreement was drip dry tough” for his new book “The Origin of Phrases” .

Ten Word Challenge
Waino Sari called his agent and told him to end the gridlock that had prevented him from fighting Jose, The Coffin Maker, Rodrigez by agreeing to fight in Las Vegas during the Holiday. With that done he poured himself another cup of Turkish coffee and put his feet up. He looked for all the world like a Hollywood Movie Mogul and not at all like the World Champion Fighter which , of course, he was. He had on a drip dry shirt that looked like it was pure silk and wasn’t. Appearance after all was everything. His face , despite some fifty fights, was unmarked , not like many fighters that looked as if they had been run over by a cheese grater.
This morning he had consulted his gypsy as he did before any fight was agreed upon. She had told him that the spirits had assured he would win but he should watch out for Greeks bearing gifts. He had no idea what that meant but he filed it away in his mental reference file.
Now it was time to review what he knew about Rodrigez. First of all he was called the Coffin Maker because in two of his twenty one wins by knockout the opponents never regained consciousness. He was rumored to be as horny as a toad and surrounded himself not with beauty queens but with women that looked like , Frankenstein’s sister. He could hit hard with either hand and was very fast.
The two weeks flew by and it was fight night.
The press was calling this the fight of the century. He really hadn’t wanted to go to Las Vegas but he did want to get this thing over with and Rodregez would fight nowhere else. So here he was.
By the third round they were both exhausted having hit with everything they had. That’s when it happened. They both connected and both went down. Some how he got to his feet on the five count but Rodrigez never got up again.
Five minutes later Waino collapsed and died. But he was still the World Champion and he did win the fight.

The Vanity Wordzzle

It was the night of the half moon and Bob sat in the shadow running her beads through his fingers and listening to the sound of the surf. She was gone but he would guard her memory in his heart forever. It was supposed to have been a routine tummy tuck, minor surgery. He had told her that he could apply a poultice just like his mother used and the fat would melt away. But she wouldn't listen. She showed him the magazine article that praised the procedure up and down. Nothing could go wrong.
But it had gone wrong.
Horribly wrong.
She was gone forever.
How could she know she would fall in love with the doctor and run away with him? How could anybody know?

News from Pigeon Falls-Mini Challenge
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Yesterday when Tammy and Tommy UK arrived at Mabel’s she was dressed in the beautiful sari her great uncle had sent her from India and was munching on potato chips. When they showed her the picture she remembered that one of Herman’s favorite stories as a kid was about a cow, a purple cow. It had a line she would never forget , “ The purple cow just hated the orange cat” because Herman would always laugh when she read it. They asked her if she still had the book but she said she thinks Herman took it with him when he got married. At that point Mabel asked if they could come back in an hour because it was time for her afternoon soap opera “ Life as We Lived It” and she wanted to see if Lizzie gets out of the prenuptial agreement she was forced to sign by the evil Dr. Hook.
“She doesn’t seem too worried about the shadow does she ?“Tammy asked Tommy UK. “ Lets go down to the Hammer and Nails
And see if Ed knows where Herman is.
“Where in the world is the Hammer and Nails” Tommy UK responded.
“That’s what my dad calls the hardware store“. Tammy replied.
Ed had no idea where Herman was so they went on to Nancy’s. Nancy told them that nobody had seen Herman in two days and she was getting worried. “ Of course, he might have taken the train to Iron Mountain to escape the shadow or the bomb. A lot of people have.”
With the soap opera over they headed back to Mabel’s who they found still eating potato chips.
“You know,” she said” Ive been looking at this picture and I remember a puzzle Herman had when he was little. It had a cow, a rocking chair, and a bird and the pieces were shaped just like the picture. You know you put the pieces in the right shape hole . Herman never got it right and he hated that puzzle. He used to throw it and the pieces at the wall.”
Tammy asked excitedly “ Do you still have the puzzle?”
Wow! Does she still have the puzzle? Is this the answer? Are we ready to defeat the shadow? Can it really be this simple? Did Lizzie get out of the agreement? And is Tommy UK really the undertaker’s kid? Tomorrow being Sunday you shouldn’t count on any answers on News From Pigeon Falls

Wrap Up
A very, very good day. My oxygen held up. We left the fortress and went shopping. We started at a store going out of business where Betty and Pennie found things they wanted. Then we went to the train store only to find it wasn't there but had moved. We finally found it and I got the part I needed for the layout. Then we went to Big Lots and did a little more shopping. We picked up food from Arby's and came home. I visited some blogs. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous quilly said...

I love reading your stories Dr. John and that Vanity Wordzzle was top notch! Great job. you should be able to hear me clapping all the way from here!

Now I am going to go to bed and try not to dream about the shadow!

2:02 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Wow! I can hardly believe 012 is actually going to WIN this round! I wonder what next week's words will bring...

Nobody knows but the Shadow knows...

5:48 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Great stories. Very entertaining and clever use of all of the challenge words.

6:02 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Your Agent 012 stories just keep getting better and better. I laughed out loud at

"he had tried to fix the back steps using his gun as a hammer and managed to shoot out the back window"

A Blessed weekend is wished for you and Betty.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

I'm so glad that Agent 012 is having a good day. I can't help but think that something is bound to go wrong next week, though. 15 word was just very clever... well they are all clever and well done as always. Will have to come back and read the news form Pigeon Falls as company has arrived.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

You're so good at juggling these words! I think we're all rooting for Agent 012.

I wonder how that puzzle comes into things. Well, we'll just have to wait and see.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

So Herman's childhood puzzle board is the same shape as the shadow?

5:44 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

These stories only get crazier but I love them.

9:13 PM  

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