Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quilly's Words-Heroes

Today's Link

Today's Saying
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

Today's Pictures
Ella at Menard;s

It is Quilly day. Time to take Quilly’s three words for the day and write a story. The words are antediluvian; prolix; & ineluctable Click on a word for a definition.

One of his students accused him of being antediluvian just because he dressed conservatively and never used any of that modern slang. Another had accused him of being prolix in his word choice probably because they didn’t speak or understand real English. On the other hand their proper use of two of today's vocabulary words held some promise that they might be capable of learning.
He often wondered why he had agreed to take the job of English Professor at the University of Super Heroes. It was, of course much more fun being a super hero than teaching them. He was, after all, in his other identity The Mighty Walking Wizard and as such an ineluctable force in his own right. But he knew that in the world in which his students flew, ran, or zapped communication was important and that was an ineluctable fact.
So he had let President Zero Zeus talk him into taking the job. He was still free in the evenings to roam the countryside as the Walking Wizard and save at least some part of the world. Though some nights , even though it was against his hero code, he used his power to get a little revenge. Like the night he turned Superior Boy , who had been extremely rude in class, into a flying frog. Now that was funny. A super, ineluctable frog flying all over campus. Of course, in the morning he changed him back. His attitude in class was much improved.
Today all of that was not important. Today all the super heroes had to work together to face a monster from an antediluvian time. It had such power that it seemed it’s ineluctable destiny to destroy the world . He had the spell to destroy it but the super heroes needed to keep it away while he recited a veritable prolix of words. Could they do it?
Only time would tell.

And of course with Quilly's words comes the required quivel. Remember to write quivel you must write something that looks like a poem, any style , but is so bad that if it was printed in a book of poetry a true poetic zoilist would tear it out and burn it. What looks like bad haiku is really qiku where the middle line must always contain a Quilly word.

Antediluvian was his place
But still it was his space
Ineluctable as it may be
Still it made him feel free
Tired was he of speech prolix
But that he could not fix
So he hid out on the farm
There nothing meant him harm

Very old

prolix thoughts

Ineluctable force

Of course the dragons will be 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
The State Police have still not arrived and things are getting worse. Horace Slovinsky called the Constable to tell him that three of his hunting dogs have been stolen. They were , according to Horace “ The best dang rabbit dogs in the whole county”. He wants them back and he wants them back now. The Constable went out to Horace’s place but just like all the other cases there was nothing to see. The fencing around the dog pen was uncut. There was no blood and no sign of a struggle. There was, in fact, not a single clue. Horace said those dogs were well trained and wouldn’t go with anybody else. But apparently they did.
Constable Mike stopped at Nancy’s for a cup of coffee and Nancy told him the strangest story. It seems the Department of Natural Resources man had come in for coffee and told her how confused he was. They had put ear transmitters in half of the wolf pack so they could track their movement. Several days ago three of the wolves went to the same place and stayed there. The DNR figured they had been shot but when they got there there were no bodies, no blood, and no sign of a struggle. They couldn’t find any transmitters . But when they got back to the office they found the three transmitters were still transmitting from the same place. Now that is weird even for Pigeon Falls.
Back at the Town Hall Mike set up a bulletin board in his office, which used to be the storage room and put a sheet on each crime on it. He saw them do that on “ Criminal Minds” and he thought it would be helpful. So he has three horses, three chickens, three dogs, three wolves, and two sets of three cows. By location they are spread out all over the place. Only two are anywhere near each other. They have nothing in common except three cows and three wolves have tracking devices which when followed lead you to a point and there is nothing there. Now he has to make sense out of all this.

Wrap UP
Ella really enjoyed riding the package belt at Menard's. It was just like a Carnival ride she said. The clerk was very nice about it.
I had a great day. I visited and left comments on all the blogs that left comments on mine in the last two days. I wrote a piece of drivel. Betty and I made saffron buns. We went out to lunch with Melli, "Mom" and Ella. We visited the ERA Museum saw some great old planes. Played canasta and I won. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Dr. John You are a marvel with words. Great story. Now the dogs and transmitters transmitting from the same place. Pigeon Falls is definitely odd this week. Ella oh Ella...She's keeping you busy. I hope you are enjoying Melli...and I didn't tell her that you can count cards hehehehe

2:06 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Your last quivel is outstanding! I love it. You're going to have to work harder to write bad stuff.

I am very curious about these Pigeon Falls disappearances. Add to the list of missing things one entire 3 pound package of pasta. It has disappeared from my cupboard.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Very weird stuff going on in Pigeon Falls. I can't imagine what could be happening.

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used the word Indolent the other day & an elderly man said: That is both my son-in-laws.

I love that definition of Courage, and I copied it. ~Mary

3:32 AM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

I love the Super Hero story!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

More folks need to heed todays quote!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Do you have the same program for Melli as for Ella ?

7:19 AM  
Blogger Vicky said...

My kids own a movie with a very similar premise "Sky High!" Are you sure you aren't a screenplay writer in your spare time?

Its always a pleasure to see what you conjure up!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Now Gattina knows MY kind of fun! I would love to ride the packing belt at Minards! It probably wouldn't MOVE with ME on it - but if it would, that is my brand of excitement! What do you have for me to top that? Huh, Dr.? Besides... I can't DO that - it's already been done. I only do the unique to me stuff.... I DO have an idea though!
(yes... you should be scared! It INVOLVES you!)

I think there are probably 3 missing rabbits too... but not THE rabbit - 3 little ones. The dogs were probably chasing them. But if they were wild rabbits, no one would know or report them. But I'm sure they are missing...

Are those saffron buns ready yet? I hope Mom wakes up before Ella eats them all! It would have been great to have one while I was reading your story and quivel this morning... with this bad hotel coffee. We have MISSED our FREE breakfast this morning due to Mom's sleepy head!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That first challenge would have scared me right out of it, but you handled it well, and made me laugh. Your good humor is always present in your posts!

BTW I believe you and your wife were completely right to do what you wanted as a couple. It may be a secret to the longevity of marriage! Thanks for the comment!

8:37 AM  
Blogger aims said...

Pigeon Falls is a very odd place indeed. What could possibly happen next?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Jientje said...

ROFL at Gattina and Melli!! Can't wait to find out what Melli has in store for you, dr John!!! Loved the story, and I loved the quivel even more! You're a poet, if you want to or not!!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Teaching English to super heroes. What an inspired way to use the words. I will try to stay on the good side of walking wizard. We have kindred super identities, though I branched out and came up with a few others for myself as well.

Thanks for your comment on the torture post. I left a response and made a mild correction in the text to respond/clarify what you mentioned.

1:07 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

not being there and yet being there... must be some warp in the time-space continuum. the animals may be there but in a different time frame. must have something to do with the mysterious force which helped mark disappear

1:19 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Bad, bad Mighty Walking Wizard! Transfiguring students like that. LOL But I guess that's one way to get them to pay attention in class. :)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Reba said...

I love what the Mighty Walking Wizard did to the brat!! Sometimes bad behavior calls for drastic measures, and it would appear that Wiz got Superior Boy's attention with the whole flying frog thing.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Alice (in BC Canada) said...

Hi Dr. John. Reba took the words right out of my mind... literaly. haha. Well done. Glad to hear you had a great day.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Ordinarily Just Me said...

Dr. John this was absolutely great even at 130 in the morning. It got my mind working that's for sure.

4:27 AM  

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