Saturday, February 21, 2009

Raven's Challenge 51

Today's Link
1 Door Away from Heaven

Saying for the Day
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire
Picture of the Day
The Good Old Days

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: spring fever, coyote, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, birds of a feather, broken camera, artificial flavoring, cane, garage, ask and it is given, gay
Mini Challenge: glorious, sugar and spice, premature baldness, gargoyles, campaign trail
The Maxi Challenge in The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
Agent 012 pulled his leg free from the bear trap and looked down to see the broken camera that had been strapped to his leg still held securely by the trap. The Agency was not going to like this that was one expensive camera. He would , of course, remind them that if he had been eaten by a coyote in the woods they would not only have lost the camera but the rest of his expensive equipment as well. The Agency’s “ ask and it is given” policy on equipment came with long lectures on cost of said equipment. He remembered when he broke the super automatic cane over the head of a dangerous Mute Agent and saved the Chief’s life he still got static for ruining the cane.
The voices continued coming from the bus but his “ extra ear” another expensive piece of equipment had fallen out when the bear trap closed. It was lost in the brush . So going on the assumption that birds of a feather flock together he pulled his instant welder out of his sleeve and welded the door to the bus shut. They would stay safely there until the Agency sent a team to pick them up.
Hastening back to the center he entered quietly through the back door and went to rejoin the group. They were all watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on the unbelievable ten foot screen television. At first he thought it was a DVD but then it was interrupted by commercials for a glorious cure for premature baldness and a set of home gargoyles for your front door.
When it ended the late evening news came on with a feature on how in the grips of spring fever some politicians were already on the campaign trail for the 2010 Congressional elections. They were just oozing sugar and spice and making enough promises to fill your garage. This was followed by a warning that the newest artificial flavoring was causing cancer in gay mice.
“ I didn’t even know there were happy mice “ Agent 012 blurted out. Everybody looked at him like one might look at a dumb cousin just in from the farm.
“ Not that kind of gay” somebody said and left out the word stupid.
Poor Agent 912 got all flustered.” I never thought that mice could be that way . Not that I think there is anything wrong with their being that way. I think every mouse should decide for itself what it wants to be. Unless of course it’s a product of its genes.”
At that point Agent 012 shut up.
“How did you rip your pants” somebody asked.
Agent 012 needed a story in a hurry or this really wouldn’t be his day. If only he had the Raven’s ability to tell stories.

The Ten Word Challenge
Andrew McCarthy was one happy gay. He had found a committed partner in Ted Coyote Cane who told him over and over just ask and it is given. Ted was rich enough to keep that promise. He and Ted were birds of a feather like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Not that Butch and Sundance were gay though they very well could have been but that they thought alike.
Today caught up in spring fever they were cleaning out the garage. The broken camera that they had planned on fixing would have to go and those ten containers of cancer causing artificial flavoring with it. The old door that used to be in the front would never be used again so out with it.
So they worked all Saturday and Sunday trying not to think that the two of them both lawyers would argue a case in front of the California Supreme Court on Monday. It was too important to worry about and all the legal work was done. They knew in their hearts that the referendum that prevented gay marriage was unconstitutional. All they had to do was prove it.

The Mini Challenge
It was a glorious day that greeted Reinfield Calhoun Esquire as he walked out the front door past the gargoyles that stood in front of his California mansion. He checked to be sure his hairpiece covered his premature baldness then climbed into his limousine . His driver took him to the first stop on the campaign trail for the day. He would be addressing a volgivagant group of the worst kind. You know the common rabble that probably didn’t even know what volgivagant meant. There was a large number of woman present and so he decided to use his “sugar and spice” speech. The one in which he promised them all kinds of things he knew he couldn’t deliver and that in any case they didn’t deserve. In that speech He described every woman present as part of an isangelous group of people who loved what was right and wanted the good to prevail. He of course was the good.
He just loved politics. He firmly believed in cynicocratical rule.

The Fifteen Words in one sentence
Robert S. Gay whose failed businesses included the Glorious Garage Gargoyle Statue Shop, Birds of A Feather Wiggs for Premature Baldness, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Swimming School, Ask and It Is Given Fantasy Fulfillment, and the Coyote Cane Calorie Free Artificial Flavoring Company put aside his broken camera, and in the grasp of spring fever decided to try one more time with The Sugar and Spice Campaign Trail Consultant Company.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
It is Saturday and time to look back over the week in Pigeon Falls.
Monday– Starting on Monday evening the Fracas Four played at the Happy Pigeon all week long. The Fracas Four consists of four musicians who look like they just stumbled out of a bar fight, hence the name Fracas Four. They probably have been part of many a fracas in their lives. They used to be the Fracas Five but one quondam singer gave up and went into the flower business. In any case they fit right in with the volgivagant bar crowd. The Happy Pigeon had to turn away crowds every night.
Tuesday– Nancy when she was closing up found a strange looking coin in the cash drawer. It had this isangelous image that she had never seen before and a strange language. She called Harley Warmire , the only man in town into numismatics and asked him what it was worth and where it was from. He told her he was too busy to bother with such a trifling matter at this time. Nancy felt this was totally opprobrious conduct on his part. He certainly could have said no in a nicer manner.
Wednesday-Yello Brooks , Pigeon Falls leading conservative. Told Nancy that he was listening to Glen Beck and other leaders and was convinced that we have the most cynicocratical government in the world. Our leaders don’t really care about us. He could prove this by sharing what he had learned from conservative blogs. He didn’t have enough perspicacious judgment to see the argument as the pure casuistry that it was.
Thursday– Nancy showed the coin with the angel like figure on it to everyone who came in for coffee. She hoped somebody might recognize it and tell her about it. Finally Shamus O’Malloory came in , took one look, and gasped.
“Where did you get that coin” he asked.
Nancy explained it was in the cash drawer when she closed up.
“It’s part of a Leprechaun's treasure”, he said. ”My grandmother showed me pictures of it when I was a little boy.”
Nancy told him she didn’t believe in Leprechauns . To which he responded “ I don’t believe in poltergeists either but that doesn’t stop yours from pouring coffee.”

Wrap UP
Spent the morning reading stories written witj Raven's words. There are really talented people out there and they write great stories. I enjoyed them all. Words are such fun to play with. I worked at getting a visit counter onto the st. Mark website in the afternoon. That gave me a lot of trouble.Now I need a breathing treatment.
Note my dragonds met to pick the best wordzzle blog of the day. I let them post just below this one. In the morning I will move it above. If you haven't read their choice you should.


Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I love the good ole days! Is that you with the big mustache?

3:11 AM  
Blogger Living on the Spit said...

Ha, loved the ending to the weekly wrap up! I wish I had a poltergeist to pour my coffee.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. It meant so much tome that you stopped by. I am making plans on coming to get all that snow.

4:32 AM  
Blogger Sandi McBride said...

Oh I love agent he related to Maxwell Smart by any chance? I've reserved my seats at the Happy Pigeon because I suspect that the Fracas Four may sound suspiciously like the Beatles...I never believed that lie that John and George were gone...

5:19 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I bet 012 will come up with a whopper to EVEN rival Raven's! I knOw he's got it in him! Just give him ONE minute to think!

It is no wonder you are stressed over these word stories! Goodness man, I get stressed over writing ONE!

Ya gotta love ol' Shamus! What a come-back! I'm sure that IS a piece of leprechaun's gold! I fully believe it them!

7:20 AM  
Blogger bettygram said...

I too am sure that o12 will have a good story. I liked Shamus final comment.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

I am going to have to commit those big fancy words to memory. You are so smart. I like all the stories, but the last one the best.

I don't know how you write so much. I bet Nancy doesn't believe in the pot of gold?

8:08 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Wonderful as always. I am so fond of Agent 012... and it was very kind of him to compliment me. Gotta love Reinfeld Calhoun too... a cynic's cynic. And of course I hope the happy couple win their case before the Supreme Court. Great series... Once I crawl out of my cave, I have to muster up the courage to participate in Quilly's Thursday challenge.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

You certainly have a lot of patience to be able to work with words like that,
also an incredible imagination!

9:29 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John -- I love the way you slide those wonderful words right into your stories. They fit perfectly and seamlessly. As always, I am impressed.

9:55 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

leperchaun's treasure? wow, i wonder what next!

loved the stories and i'm sure 012 will come up with something appropriate for the occasion.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I especially liked the mini, there was a candence to the flow of the words

1:58 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Once again I learn something from Agent 012. I didn't realize a line of residential Gargoyles was available now. It will spice up the Country French Chateau look I'm working on for my Garage. Always like the twelvester.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Chatty said...

"cynicocratical rule" - OH! I just LOVE that! All wonderful, as usual. And, some mornings, it would be lovely to have a poltergeist around to pour the coffee...

12:29 AM  

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