Saturday, April 04, 2009

Raven's Challenge 57

Today's Link
The Pagan Sphinx

Today's Saying
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. ~Doug Larson

Today's Picture
Putting on new roof before next snow.

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

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: apoplexy, doctor, hummingbird, shallow end of the pool, brigadier general, mustard, greed, parallelogram, slumber party, casual
Mini Challenge: Mount Olympus, arsonist, portraits, birch trees, "that car needs a new muffler"
The Maxi Challenge as part of the ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
When the shaking from the panther’s second bomb stopped a doctor was summoned and the injured were carried out and laid next to the shallow end of the pool. Agent 012 was not among them nor had he been seen since the blast.
Agent 012 found himself on Mount Olympus where an angry Zeus was throwing mustard yellow lightning bolts at him as he tried to hide behind some birch trees. “ How did I get here?” he thought to himself . If I died they sent me to the wrong heaven.” Another lightning bolt hit next to him almost causing him an attack of apoplexy.
Suddenly and old car driven by a brigadier general drove into sight. It was making the most horrible noise.
“That car needs a new muffler" Agent 012 said to nobody in particular. What is it doing on Mount Olympus?
“ I have come to save you, Sir”, the General shouted just before Zeus hit him with a lightning bolt that caused the car to be consumed by a fire hotter than any arsonist could set.
At that point the hummingbird flew by and whispered in agent 012’s ear “ Hang in there! He’s getting tired”
Soon Zeus put down his bolts and said in a casual voice “ I forgive you. Let’s have tea in the portrait room.”’Suddenly Agent 012 found himself sitting at a huge marble table facing a wall where the portraits of the major Greek Gods had been arranged in an ever shifting parallelogram. Before him was a tea cup big enough to be a swimming pool and filled with tea.
Zeus laughed as he picked Agent 012 up and held him over the tea. “ You would take my gold in your greed but not come to my slumber party.” he said.” Have some tea” and he dropped Agent 012 into the cup.
“ But I don’t like tea. I don’t like tea. I don’t like tea.” Agent 012 mumbled as they got the cabinet off of him and carried him to the Doctor.
It certainly was not his day.

The ten word challenge-The Grant
Brigadier General Iam Thegod pounded his fist on the table his anger rising to the level of apoplexy and shouted “ don’t give me any more of that you have to start at the shallow end of the pool to learn to swim crap. The army wants usable results and we want them now. You promised us that your research into why hummingbirds fly parallelogram patterns would result in a great new weapon system. What you have given me so far wouldn’t scare a bunch of little girls at a slumber party. I’m beginning to think you don’t care about the army at all and are just driven by greed.
Doctor Garbed Grant III stopped putting mustard on his hot dog and in as casual a manner as was possible under the circumstances handed the General the green folder on which he had dripped just a little mustard. “Inside”, he said “ is the contract we signed when we took the Grant money. Please note the promised completion dates none of which have yet to be reached. Finally look at the fine print at the end that my lawyer inserted because of my colleagues experience with you. “
The General read and there in readable print were these words. “ If a fat obnoxious general who thinks he came down from Mount Olympus chooses to harass you this contract is null and void and the grant money need not be returned.”
“Thank you very much for the grant and we will send you a copy of the video of today’s meeting.” the smiling Doctor said.

The mini challenge-Big Time Crooks
“That car needs a new muffler” Ted said to his partner in crime as they walked away from the stolen car they had parked behind the birch trees. “We are really lucky nobody heard us as we drove away from setting fire to the Mount Olympus Gallery . I do hope it burns to the ground since I never claimed to be much of an arsonist. “ They were carrying the historical portraits they had removed from their frames replacing them with imitations. The idea was that if the place burned to the ground they would assume the pictures burned as well and nobody would look for them.
As they emerged from the woods they saw their car where they had left it earlier in the day. It was at that moment that they found themselves surrounded by police.
“ I told you that car needed a new muffler “, Ted said.
All fifteen words in one sentence
"That car needs a new muffler" , Brigadier General Patio Parallelogram said to Doctor Hummingbird Greed coming close to apoplexy as they parked at the shallow end of the pool near the birch trees and the mustard yellow wall with the portraits of arsonists just as the casual slumber party emerged from the Mount Olympus lodge.

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 on the week in Pigeon Falls.
Monday. Old Mrs. Pemberthy collapsed while having tea with the Methodist ladies. Her daughter was convinced it was some form of apoplexy and took her to the clinic. She was lucky because the Doctor was there and after a full examination decided there was no heart problem. She was, however low on potassium so he gave her some pills. As they were leaving her daughter noticed for the first time that the waiting room had portraits of all the Doctors that ever worked in Pigeon Falls.
Tuesday – Roy Kallio tired of hearing people say “ that car needs a new muffler” drove over to the Mount Olympus Muffler Shop in Iron River and got it replaced. On his way home he stopped at the Birch Trees Drive In and got his favorite food, a hot dog smothered in mustard.
Wednesday – Out at Jack’s farm the old outhouse exploded. Some thought it was the work of a teen aged arsonist, some thought a badly thrown cigarette and the weirdest theory of all a hummingbird moved its wings so fast it caused a spark that set off the methane gas.
Thursday– Eino in a casual comment said that the two men in black must have come from the shallow end of the pool that Homeland Security draws from. At least they didn’t send one of those pompous brigadier generals greedy for power that they usually send.
Friday– Joanne Bergall’s slumber party turned into a fracas as the girls began to argue over the possibility of a parallelogram having six sides .Before any blows were landed they decided not to continue to discuss homework at the party.

Wrap UP
Of course the dragons will be busy today you can see them HERE.
Or you can scroll down and see my poem for a day in April poems.
Or see my grand daughter's wordzzle HERE
The Dragon Award is up and can be seen HERE.
It was a good day. We went shopping and got away from the pounding on the roof for a bit. I visited all 25 blogs that visited this blog and left a comment yesterday.I visited all the blogs on Raven's linksy.Now I need a breathing treatment.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh poor Agent 012. I do hope that he is going to be okay. Wonderful stories. My favorite was the 15 word all one sentence. The names were great.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Agent 012 should have the tea, tea is the universal cure! Anyway he doesn't want to upset Zeus again does he??

4:56 AM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Is that a new roof going on at your place Dr J?
We just finished putting on one here at the little house.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ya know... ya gotta HATE those pain induced hallucinations! Poor 012! I hope he gets a little well earned rest in the hospital!

I had a time fitting 10 words in one sentence - you amaze me with your Mega!

I BET Roy stopped at that Frankly Speaking for his hotdog! I LOVE that place! I always get the one with chili & onions ... and mustard!

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how wise I am, but I do really listen when people talk.

The outhouse exploded, so, well, VISUAL. In a sorta bad way ;-0, but fun. ~Mary

7:26 AM  
Blogger Alastair said...

Hey, Dr John, you've got Ninjas on your roof....

8:13 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Poor Agent 012... he does have an interesting life. Loved your mini... all entertaining and clever as always.

8:56 AM  
Blogger aims said...

*throwing rose petals at the feet of the master*

You truly are a master Dr. John. I got caught up in all of it and loved the weekly recap.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Yay for new roofs! :)

9:35 AM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Ah, delightful! I'm torn between all fifteen in one sentence and News from Pigeon Falls. Mrs. Pemberthy and her collapse due to low potassium, for some reason put a smile on my face :) Thanks for the fun!

9:54 AM  
Blogger DawnTreader said...

I'm impressed by the fifteen words in one sentence, and I also really liked the News from Pigeon Falls! :)

10:55 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I really like today's saying!

our mini's are so similar! we could plan great crimes together, it's all in choosing the right get away car ;)

11:04 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Once again 012 escapes death and has a great dream in the process. What do mustard yellow lightening bolts taste like?

12:18 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

The comments today are almost as fun as the post. I especially loved Richard's!

That was one heck of a dream Agent 012 had, of course it was perfectly understandable considering that the cabinet which fell on him was full of old copies of, The Olympic Daily Press.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Lu' said...

WOW!. My favorite part was when the hummingbird whispered to agent 012.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Shadow said...

penguins and flamingo's... lovely!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Love the name of your Brigadier General.

At least 012 is alive, well, sort of.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Pagan Sphinx said...

Hi, there

I just received a comment on the post you link to here. Thanks.

Your blog is really interesting. I'm in the midst of a family crisis right now but I hope to be back to take in all that you share here.

Thank you,
Pagan Sphinx

12:24 PM  
Blogger Jojo said...

LOL! ROTFL! All totally brill, altho i must admit partiality to our poor secret agent 012 :-)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Dr. J., you do have a way with words. Poor Agent 012 leads a very rough life at the end of your pencil, so to speak. And again, a long sentence well done.

8:33 PM  

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