Saturday, June 13, 2009

Raven's Challenge 68

Today's Link
Riding With the Top Down

Today's Saying
Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how.
~Author Unknown

Today's Picture
My Nephew Kevin-A long time ago

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

ThisWeek's Ten Word Challenge will be: nausea, everything is on sale, expect great things, frying pan, pledge, birds of a feather, stick, Saturday morning, liver and bacon, caterpillars
For the mini challenge: aggravation, protective, bargain basement, take me out to the ballgame, break a leg

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Agent 012 who was not happy with the way the Agency’s Intelligence Department was told that change was coming and he could expect great things in the future. He had the Agency’s pledge that the day of Bargain Basement Intelligence was over. Starting next Saturday morning a new and revised department would be in place. Indeed new and highly skilled people were being hired and the Agency was obtaining the finest new equipment available for them to use. This would replace the stuff they bought from the place where everything is on sale. Their ability to gather intelligence would rival that of the C.I.A. .Somehow Agent 012 did not find that assertion comforting .
But while the Agency retooled Agent 912 had a few days off to spend with family. Today his wife was cooking his son’s favorite food liver and bacon cooked in a frying pan. He also liked it but the smell always gave him a feeling of nausea. He thinks that’s caused by memories of the Case of the Poison Caterpillars . That smell was in the air when the poison got to him and he almost died. It’s odd how memories like that stick with you. The rest of the agents on that case had the same reaction to that smell. He guessed it was true that birds of a feather never forget or something like that.
Despite the aggravation of the odor this was going to be a wonderful day. His son was pitching for his little league team and he was going to be able to watch him play. He found himself singing take me out to the ball game over and over. The only problem being he couldn’t remember all the words and kept trying to insert the words “ break a leg” into the song.
So off they went to the ball park. Agent 012 took pride in the fact that he was not one of those protective fathers that argued with the umpire. His son could stand on his own two feet. As it was his son pitched a no hitter and Agent 012 was so proud.
This was one of the best days ever.

The Ten word challenge-Bad Crooks

Though the saying “ birds of a feather stick together may be true for some people Charlie was now sure it wasn’t true of crooks. He and his so called buddies had pulled off the great Saturday Morning Nausea Robbery, so called because they had discovered how to magnify the odor of frying liver and bacon and pumped it into the store through the air conditioning system. This caused the huge crowd that was there for the once a year “ everything is on sale” sale to become filled with violently ill people. During the ensuing chaos of medics and screaming people they had walked out with the $300,00 from the store’s office. Gorgio , their leader, gave them his pledge that each one could expect great things from the crime and each would get an equal share of the loot.
But now Gorgio and three of the gang had disappeared and poor Charlie was left with the frying pan they had cooked the liver and bacon in and nothing else. He had tried to find them but it was like trying to find butterflies when the ceased to be caterpillars. He didn’t know their real names , where they had come from, or anything about them. He should have stuck with his job as a research scientist. At least then a policeman wouldn’t be coming up his walk.

The mini challenge-Poor Robert
Robert had not expected to break a leg that day in the bargain basement of the Heaps of Plenty department store. What he had expected was to make a quick purchase and return home. But when the little old lady began singing “ take me out to the ball game” in such a beautiful voice he forgot to be protective of himself and fell down that short flight of stairs. In his aggravation he considered suing both the old lady and the store. But his lawyer told him he didn’t think he had much chance of winning such a law suit. When the store manager said “ Break a leg” he meant it as encouragement to the singer not as a direction to Robert.

“Out of the frying pan into the fire”, “birds of a feather stick together”, “ expect great things from Westinghouse”, “Saturday morning on the town”,” everything is on sale”, “ a bargain basement bride”, “take me out to the ball game”, “ break a leg” ,” nothing stops dust like Pledge”, “ugly caterpillars become beautiful butterflies” , and “ stinks like liver and bacon ” were all phrases that Stanley Nausea after much aggravation decided to use in his new book “ The Protective Use of Common Phrases”.

Of course the dragons were busy today you can see them HERE.
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 at the week in Pigeon Falls
Monday-Looking across the street at the big banner on Kivi&Maki’s window that said “ Special-One day only-Everything is on sale” one of the clerks at Wink’s Woods asked Wink why they never had sales like that. He said “ In every store , every day, everything is on sale, except the clerks and the counters and they aren’t selling those today. “ In his aggravation Wink went on “ If it wasn’t on or for sale you couldn’t buy it. But when we have a special sale people have come to expect great things and we deliver. Like on Saturday morning we will be selling that fry pan for half its regular price. Now that’s a real sale!”
Tuesday– Little Tommy Aplin said to his father , Big Tommy,” would you take me out to the ball game?”
To which Big Tommy replied “ First I have to pick up some Pledge, liver and bacon, for your mother, from the grocery store.
Little Tommy said “ Do you think you could forget the liver? The smell of it cooking gives me nausea.”
“Well son I would really like to be protective of your nose and stomach but your mother would kill me if I forget the liver” his father replied.
“ Be serious dad . Mom wouldn’t kill you. She loves you. “ Little Tommy quickly answered.
“ Your right son she wouldn’t kill me. Just break a leg” his dad said laughing.
Wednesday– Birds of a feather stick together said Tommy FK ( The farmer’s kid) to the rest of the Tommy Club. We Tommies support each other and we are going to find our friends Tommy UK and Tammy. Tommy PK ( The Methodist Preacher’s Kid) said he stopped for a cup of tea and a saffron bun at Nancy’s and it was like a bargain basement of rumors. The strangest one is that these giant caterpillars crawled out of the trench and ate Tammy and Tommy UK. People have such weird imaginations.

Wrap UP
I visited the people who listed on linksy at Raven's. I marvel at the talent that is out there and the really clever things people write. I also visited all thirty of the blogs that left comments yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger anthonynorth said...

Another great job with the words. Infact it was nostalgic for me today. I used to love liver, but My Dearest can't stand the smell so won't have it in the house. Ah, the compromises that must be made.

1:32 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I'm glad Agent 012 finally had a great day. I bet he pays for it though.

And in Pigeon Falls, giant caterpillars seem pretty normal. Tammy and Tommy have been eaten. Alas.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Poor Robert can't catch a break.

I bet those are some big caterpillars if they can eat Tommy and Tammy.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Family Man said...

Another excellent story! Great job using the words to their fullest potential.

5:31 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I'll say! I know SOME people with really incredible imaginations! But Giant Caterpillars? That's starting to sound like James and the Giant Peach!

I am SO glad that 012 finally had a GOOD day!!! That is enough excitement to last a whole week! I bet he has a spring in his step now! I hope it doesn't kill him!

8:44 AM  
Blogger kcinnova said...

Today's saying is wonderful.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

Gent 02 and thgiant Catterpillar doing well...
Show them the way...I'm getting into the tory

11:02 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Considering how much you disliked this week's words, I think these are all brilliant. Even if you had liked this week's words they would be brilliant. Loved the one sentence... well, loved them all. Glad Agent 012 had a great day (he has so few) and feel a bit sad for the failed criminal Robert.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Again you outdid yourself with the Saturday Morning Nausea robberies. Liver and Bacon odor should probably be classified as a pollutant at the minimum. Excellent use of the words and funny concept. Loved it.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOOT!!! Agent 012 had a great day. I always so like it when he does. I hope the adjusts to the Agency's revised department. Should be interesting.

Poor Charlie...some crooks are just dumber than dumb.

So now giant caterpillars have invaded PF hmmm...weird

12:53 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

It is nice that 012 is finally having a Great Day. Always good to be able to spend with family.

I got my Run I wanted, you can read about it on the blog, Thank you for your Prayers Dr John

A Blessed Weekend is wished for you and Betty.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Caterpillars? As if giant spiders weren't enough.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

The Case of the Poison Caterpillar! That's a good one!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I liked your stories. I'm glad Agent 012 had a really good day. He seems to have very few of those. Perhaps the jinx was passed on to Charlie the crook, who wasn't having a good day at all. Robert wasn't having a good day either, but I guess breaking a leg is better than going to jail. I thought it was interesting how you used up the phrases as collections of phrases for a book in the single sentence story. I enjoyed reading about Pigeon Falls, also. Maybe the reason they can't find Tommy and Tammy is because they're invisible, but so invisible they can't be heard or felt either.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2:09 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

I always enjoy our stories. I must be the only person alive who loves the taste and smell of liver and bacon ---and some onions, too.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Loved all the stories Dr. John. Poor Charlie a perfect example of crime doesn't pay!

9:42 AM  

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