Saturday, January 10, 2009

Raven's Challenge 45

Today's Link
Blind as a Bat

Saying for the Day

To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.
~W.J. Vogel

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: We were born on the same day in the same hospital, Weeping willow, Two for one sale, Highway robbery, Burial ground, roll of paper towels, gospel singer, gallows, weirdo, volcano
Mini Challenge: Symbiosis, Sagging breasts, Navaho blanket, Frogmen, Who says I got no heart?

The Mega Challenge in the
On Going Adventures of Agent 012
Agent 012 reported for duty after his really great Christmas vacation.
He took his wife to the big two for one sale over at the Symbiosis Department Store. You know the one where they gave you a roll of paper towels for every gospel singer CD that you bought. They wouldn’t have to buy paper towels again for months.
He ran into Molly Morris who reminded him as she always does that “ We were born on the same day in the same hospital”. As if that made him a brother to that weirdo who collects miniature gallows for a hobby. But he was polite and even pretended not to notice her sagging breasts.
He had played Secret Agent, Catch the Frogmen, and Highway Robbery on the Wii with his sons. His son commented that he did so badly at Secret Agent that he should be glad he was an accountant because he would never make it as a spy.
But all of that was yesterday. Today he was standing under a Weeping Willow in the old Indian Burial Ground next to the dormant volcano. As per his telephone instruction he was wrapped in a Navaho blanket while he waited for his contact person to come. The contact person was to say “ Are you the heartless one?” to which he was to respond “ Who says I got no heart?” Then he would be given the envelope with the evidence that would send Mute to jail for the rest of his life.
Finally a person approaches and asks “ Are you the heartless one?” but he can’t remember the response. He knows it’s something about not having a heart but he just can’t think of it.
This is not going to be his day.
All fifteen words in one sentence
Weeping Willow was furious that they were holding a two for one sale and auction on the old Indian Burial Ground auctioning off things like pieces of the weirdo highway robbery gallows, frogmen outfits, a roll of paper towels formerly owned by the gospel singer who sang “ Who says I got no heart, not God”, chunks of volcano lava, and a Navaho blanket support for sagging breasts, but worst of all it was Nancy Symbiosis doing it and as Weeping says “We were born on the same day in the same hospital”.

The Ten Word Challenge

Weeping Willow was upset. “Don’t forget”, she said to Bill “ we were born on the same day in the same hospital and that day was New Years Day.”
She was trying to convince him to come to her New Years Day party.
Every year for as long as she could remember they had celebrated their birthdays together.
He always gave her a roll of paper towels and a CD of a gospel singer. It was a standing joke.
But this year he planned on being off somewhere to study a volcano , of all things. He had offered to take her with him. The airline was having a two for one sale and she could fly for free. But the idea of celebrating her birthday on the edge of an active volcano just didn’t appeal to her.
She remember how she had talked him out of celebrating in the old Indian burial ground just two years before. The year before that she had convinced him that a party in front of the gallows where they hung the old guy for highway robbery was not a good idea. But this time she didn’t seem to be able to change his mind .
She couldn’t understand where he got all these weirdo ideas
After all he was her twin brother.

Five Word Mini Challenge
He needed her. She needed him. It was text book symbiosis
When he met her she was selling Navaho blankets at the corner of Becon and Frogmen. He bought four blankets and offered to take her to a movie. She was exactly what he wanted, not ugly but not pretty either. She would stay with him and not take off like his mother had when she latched onto somebody richer. It was perfect for her too . He provided her a place to live, food to eat and she didn’t have to sell those darn blankets anymore. She didn’t expect or ask for much.
He had a prenuptial agreement drawn up giving her nothing if they got divorced for any reason. His lawyer called him heartless so he revised it so she would get a quarter million.
Who says I got no heart?” he asked
It was a marriage of convenience but as the years went by it slowly became a marriage of love. He could no longer imagine life without her. She felt good just seeing him. This even though time was not kind. She had sagging breasts and he lost most of his hair.
He would tell their children that she and he got married not because of love but because each of them had something the other needed. She needed his money. He needed her to be there for him.
It was not until she died that they discovered he was wrong.
When they married she was richer than he was. She pretended to be poor because she didn’t want anybody marrying her for her money. Her law firm and others who knew were instructed not to tell anybody until she died.
She had married him for love.

This week’s vanity wordzzle: tiger, false, camera, obsolete, velvet, novelty, timeless, contract, mellifluous, sandalwood, perfection, xylophone, topography

George was an expert in the novelty art of velvet topography, putting maps on velvet. The maps he created were timeless and the very essence of perfection. You might think that velvet is only good for tiger pictures or pictures of Elvis but that idea is false. Velvet is as perfect for maps as sandalwood is for an xylophone.

Now George was under contract to produce with his special camera twelve velvet maps that would never become obsolete. The entire project would produce the mellifluous sound of cash falling into his register. All of this because he got tired of Elvis and Tigers. Life can certainly be strange.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
Time to look back over Pigeon Falls for the last week.
Tuesday– A new group of ghost chasers came to Pigeon Falls on the Milk train. Apparently nobody warned them how to act around the poltergeist because two of them ended up flying through the air and going head first into the largest snow banks in town. Nancy told them it was time for them to leave and they ignored her. Not a safe thing to do.
Wednesday– Willie says that he was walking by the parsonage and it began to glow, the entire house was glowing. He never saw anything like it before. Then it just stopped. He even swears he was sober at the time. But nobody else saw it and nobody really believes that he did.
Thursday– Somebody called Social Services in Iron River and said that Pastor Joan had a child at her house that wasn’t hers but they wouldn’t give their name. Somebody in the office made a note to call for an appointment next week.
Friday– DNR announced that they thought there was a poacher operating near Pigeon Falls as the deer herd was getting smaller. Somebody called “Telephone Time” and suggested it could be that the dragons were hungry.

Wrap Up
A very nice day. I could have gone shopping but I choose to stay home. I want to be sure I am well enough to go to Church tomorrow. I blogged. I worked at organizing my computer files. I visited blogs that had done some form of Raven's Challenge. I always marvel at the talent out there. They make it look so easy. I watched a couple episodes of Monk. I visited some of my links. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Sue said...

You've been busy. That's a lot of writing! Way too much for me. Great job!!!

3:36 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Hadnt the ghost chasers heard the poltergeists were romantics? They should have brought roses along.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh wow you really went to town, I had trouble writing 3!

I love the way you used symbiosis - I had to look it up! :(

4:46 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh goodness! YOU are fabulous! I just could not get into these words AT ALL! They were horrible! Just horrible! Maybe I'm just not feeling very creative lately... I didn't play today. You did GREAT though!!! Poor Agent 012 ... a memory block now... ugh!

If the dragons are eating the deer, I might ask if the town could send them on a little visit to Calvert County... WE could use to have our herd lightend a bit! The cars just can't seem to keep up!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

the poor agent can't make it as a Wii agent!!

there are so many different styles of writing here - it is all so wonderful

8:07 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

The five word mini was a very charming and warm jewel. Really liked this story.


10:16 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

Dr.John, once again you have penned some really difficult words into a creative and entertaining story. Excellenct as always. I relly liked you once sentence using all the words. Just wonderful! Loved the vaniety word challenge too.

Thanks for the review of the week in Pigeon Falls.

You and Mrs. Betty have a wonderful weekend.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Well, I think the 5-word challenge was my favorite. I love a good love story, but they were all clever and brilliant as always. I love the last line of the News from Pigeon Falls too. Just makes me giggle for some reason. Poor Agent 012. I look forward to his new adventure.

10:51 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

wow, you really did well with the challenges.
surely, the thing oops does must have something to do with the light willie saw

11:22 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I like that idea of making the Winter go faster!!! lol,,that would sure do it!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Lu' said...

These were all good. Your mini was the best I thought. Such a good story :)

5:42 PM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

I liked the halloween one. (monk)

6:05 PM  
Blogger Sandi McBride said...

I'm still contemplating having dragons fly in my that would be something...great post...hope your breathing treatment went well and that you enjoyed your Monk episodes as I did tonight...and by the way, your talent is not hidden under any basket, itself!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Jeff B said...

I couldn't get my brain activated this week. You on the other hand came through with flying colors. Amazing.

8:42 PM  
Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

I'm a fan of "Monk" as well. Good luck on organizing those computer files; I'm still digiting cassette tapes.

9:40 PM  
Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

I meant "digitizing."

9:41 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol Dr John
I see you are still King of the word challenge

2:37 AM  

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