Saturday, January 24, 2009

Raven's Challenge 47

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Saying for the Day
I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done." ~Author Unknown

Picture of the Day
Ruins of Old English Monastery

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle

10 Word Challenge: air tight seal, bitter cold, draft card, diner, paragon of virtue, broken computer monitor, CPR, a love of folk music, scatter-brained, can of worms ,
mini challenge: California here I come, Springtime in Alberta, panorama, etchings, miracle foot repair,

The Mega Challenge in Terms of the
Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
Poor Agent 012 spent the evening kicking himself for having helped a couple of old crooks make off with a million dollar artifact. How had he become so scatter-brained? It seemed like only yesterday that he was singing “ California here I Come” on his way to California. There he graduated top of his class, He was the youngest Agent ever to get the 012 title.
But now he sat in his hotel room with a broken computer monitor that he had accidentally dropped on the floor. If it had been a person he could have given it CPR. He was good at CPR. He was good at lots of things.
In fact he was a paragon of virtue.
He never burned a draft card.
He never invited a woman up to see his etchings.
He had never charged the Agency for meals at the local diner.
He had done a miracle foot repair on a partner who was accidentally shot in the foot.
Despite all of that here he was in the bitter cold of England having helped the crooks. In the great panorama of history he was turning out to be a smudge.
Now he was hungry so he broke the air tight seal on the can in the refrigerator. He wanted to just eat alone. Pouring out the contents of the can he discovered it was a can of worms, a can of real worms. Now who in the world cans worms? He wondered. Then he read the fine print “ Only to be used for fishing”. He had taken the wrong can. Could he do nothing right?
He threw the worms into the garbage and put his favorite CD “Springtime in Alberta” on to play. He had a love of folk music and it always relaxed him.
He would get through this.
He would see a better day.

The Ten Word Challenge
Beverly, the cashier at the Can of Worms Diner held in her hand a relic of another age. It was a genuine draft card in a plastic container with an air tight seal. It had belonged to her scatter-brained uncle that paragon of virtue who had fled to the bitter cold of Canada rather than go to Viet Nam. The entire family knew his story. How he had given CPR to the Canadian Prime Minister and become a national hero in Canada. Those with a love of folk music knew there was even a song written about the event. He had returned to the U.S. on a Canadian passport and given the family his plastic encased draft card to remember him by. He was the family hero.
But now Beverly was considering selling it on E-Bay. She needed the money. She had a broken computer monitor that she just had to replace. Family history was one thing but separation from the internet was another. Which in the long run was clearly more important?
Why the internet , of course.

All Fifteen Words in One Sentence
Scatter -Brained CPR Jennings had a love of folk music that drove him to add California Here I come and Springtime in Alaska to the time capsule with the air tight seal where he had already put a bottle of miracle foot repair, a draft card, a picture of the Can of Worms Diner, a broken computer monitor, a panorama of etchings, and a statue of that paragon of virtue George Bush all on a bitter cold January day.

THe Mini Challenge
Before she arrived George had to get everything ready. He had narrowed the background music to either “ California Here I Come” or “ Springtime in Alberta”. She was from Canada but lived in California so either one would do. He had laid out several pictures showing panoramas of neighborhood areas. This time he was pretending to be a real estate salesman instead of the inventor of the miracle foot repair system. It worked so much better than inviting them up to see his etchings. Everything was ready. He could hardly wait.
She would be his tenth victim. He loved that look of terror they all got just before he shot them. It would be wonderful. The last thing she would hear is " Somebody has to be number 10".
The doorbell rang . She was there at last . Like all the others he had met her in the Way Back Diner up on Church Street. He had spent three days getting ready to invite her to his place. He had laughed with her, coffeed with her, and now he would kill her.
He opened the door and welcomed her in.
Closing the door he flipped the lock. She was never getting out. The place was sound proof nobody would hear her scream.
She reached in her purse and pulled out a gun.
“I’m sorry George “ she said “ You’re a nice guy but somebody has to be number ten.
If you beg and plead I might not kill you. This is the part I love best. Down on your knees.”
The last thing George will ever remember, the very last thing," is somebody has to be number ten."

This week’s vanity wordzzle: Culture, sheep, skin, mentally, box, desert, several people, church.
Vanity Wordzzle
The old church ,now half submerged in the desert sand was an indication that once this area had a thriving culture all its own. They were not nomads driving sheep and camels. No these people had put down roots. But now all that was left was the old church and this box.
I was one of the several people who looked for the box. My skin was burned almost black from the sun, that unrelenting burning sun. But now I held the prize. Mentally I congratulated myself.
I could prove that at one time aliens from another solar system visited the earth. The proof was in the box. Did I dare to open it.
It was a good script . It would make a good movie. I just had to sell it to a studio.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
It’s Saturday and time to look back on the week in Pigeon Falls.
Monday-Despite the unbelievable bitter cold weather the entire Tommy Club showed up at Last Lutheran in the evening for training in CPR. Tommy FK (Farmer’s Kid) said it would be scatter-brained not to take the training because you can never tell when it will be needed.
Tuesday– Elva Moris was forced by a broken computer monitor to watch broadcast television. She was not happy with what she saw. She didn’t have cable so every channel available to her ran nothing but inauguration stuff all day. One paragon of virtue after another told how wonderful everything was. That was okay for a couple of hours but all day?
Wednesday– Bob Maki accused Petrovich of causing the troubles in Pigeon Falls. “He reads the durn driblet which is like opening a can of worms. Is it any surprise the worms come out?”
Thursday– It was so cold that if people still had draft cards they would have burned them not to protest anything but just to stay warm. Nancy had an air tight seal put around the windows at her diner and it was still cold in there.
Friday-Citing her love of folk music Mrs. Petrovich and their twins went to Green Bay for a concert.People are saying she really went because Petrovich believes the demon is coming and wanted to be sure the twins were safe.

Wrap UP
Had a bad night last night. The oxygen was down today. I am beginning to get cabin fever. I spent the day reading and watching television. I visited people listed as having done Raven's challenge. My sister Dawn called. Now I really need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Living on the Spit said...

I wonder where the dragons are when you need them? They might be able to warm things up a bit!

Inauguration on tv all day long was a little much, but really heart warming in inspiring.

See you in the morning for your wonderful Sunday words.

Love ya,


3:37 AM  
Blogger Lu' said...

Ha ha very good. I liked the mini of course. I thought maybe she was going to be a cop but better yet, SHE was getting her number 10. Funny how it was great the he got his but wouldn't we really want both of them to get theirs, both being killers and all.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Mrs. Petrovich probably left cause she was tired of her husband always bringing doom and gloom upon Pigeon Falls.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Carletta said...

Agent 012 opens a can of worms - perfect subtitle don't you think.:)

In the ten word I loved 'family history was one thing but separation from the internet was another.'
You one sentence is superb.
Loved the surprise ending on the dark mini challenge.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I think 012 needs an anti-depressant.
But he'll bounce back... he always does!

Absolutely LOVED the mini! Turnabout is fair play!!! Yes!

Well, of course Petrovich BELIEVES it! Most of the dribletshave he's ever translated brought HORROR to Pigeon Falls! Aren't there any GOOD driblets? Can't we get a forecast of great wealth and prosperity? How about miraculous health and undeniable JOY? Where are THOSE driblets?

6:49 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Great quote. One thing I have learned from living in a small town is that if we "regular people" want something done, we do it ourselves. In a city it is too easy to think that there is somebody bigger, smarter, more organized, more talented who can do "it." And mathematically, that is probably right. But in a small town, it is ME or maybe nobody.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

I bow to your creativity! You twirled those Word-dazzle (That's what I always call it. lol) into a frenzy. Well, done. Hope your oxygen is good today!

7:49 AM  
Blogger bettygram said...

Good job as always. Like the twist.
I also like the quote.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh you're so GOOD! They are all brilliant but I absolutely loved the twist in the Mini.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

a smudge on the panorama of history - that is one of the best lines I have ever read!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Agent 012 is still bumbling along. Loved it.


10:50 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

You are good, good, good!! Wow!

When I see "CPR" all I can think of is Canadian Pacific Railroad! But, then again, I like railroads a whole lot...! (Maybe it's time to set up a model train layout again...!)

11:15 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Great writing, Dr. John! I love the Ten Word Challenge & the Mini-Challenge. You are the master of the twist endings!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I hope you feel better today !

11:41 PM  
Blogger Jeff B said...

It was funny to see how many of you used the computer monitor and CPR in reference to one another.

Your ability to create so many different stories from the same words is nothing short of amazing.

12:08 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

what you can do with the words is no short of amazing!
absolutely loved the mini.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Raven said...

Wonderful series. I always love agent 012, love the choice between a computer monitor and family history... ah do I understand... and thought the turn around on the serial murderer was way clever. They were all good as always.

9:06 AM  

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