Saturday, May 02, 2009

Raven's Challenge 61

Today's Link
Notes From the Toilet Bowl

Today's Saying
Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason. ~John Wesley

Today's Pictures
Elmer & Ella's last day together

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

This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: translation, crunchy, cat’s paw, trunk, I love raspberry tarts, global warming, star struck, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, fragile, Spring fever

Mini Challenge: pancakes and syrup, flat tire, mongoose, this place looks like a bordello, first dance

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
Poor Agent 012 was standing on a stone wall looking down on a polar bear and feeling sure he was about to die. At time like this when one is about to become a crunchy lunch for a bear your whole life is supposed to flash before your eyes. All that came to his mind and he had no idea why were these words from the poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,“ Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,”. He knew that to save himself he needed to think clearly but the stupid words kept coming back. He tried translating them into French to see if they could get lost in the translation but to no avail. Not since he had learned about global warming and the fragile condition of the planet had he felt so discouraged. Except when the big snake was after him , of course. But that time a mongoose had killed the snake and saved him. He doubted that a mongoose would be much help with a polar bear. He needed to think of something other than the dead in the churchyard.
While Agent 012 struggled with the polar bear our evil man with the mustache and the papyrus was testing his new power. He waved his hand and said a few words and all across the auction hall there appeared steaming plates of pancakes and syrup and piles of raspberry tarts shaped like flat tires.”I love raspberry tarts” he said and ate a few. Then he waved his hand again and the entire room changed into a dance floor just like where he had his first dance at the Cat’s Paw Ballroom.
Agent 012 had pulled his thoughts together and was as eager as a star struck lover with Spring fever to get off the wall.
He pulled a gas capsule from his pocket and gassed the bear. Then he jumped from the wall to an old trunk and then to the floor. Now he made a call to the Agency and then headed back into the auction hall. “ This place looks like a bordello “ he thought. What has he done to the auction hall?
Suddenly the evil man saw him and waved his hand.
This was certainly not going to be his day he thought as the dead in the churchyard came back to haunt him.

The Ten word challenge-In the Movies
He had translated in from Cat’s Paw the largest city of what was once called Europe. Of course Europe was many centuries ago when the word translation had nothing to do with travel but with words. But now in the ninth century of GW ( Global Warming) you went to the translation center, told the man where you wanted to go, stepped into the trunk like object and suddenly faster than you could say “ I love raspberry tarts” you were there.
He had come to Central City in what was left of America after the Great Earthquake and the Great Flood had eaten up so much of the land. He had come because here the theater was running for the first time anywhere “ The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” in Quadodlescope. As he was strapped into the magic chair and the electronic headpiece was adjusted he thought back to the history of movies. First there had been 3D a rather fragile process for putting you in the movie. Then came crunchy 3D a better process with a weird name. That was followed by 4D and then More D. But he was here for the ultimate in participation movies Quadodlescope where the star struck movie patron entered into the movie as the star.
As he waited to become Paul Revere he felt like a person with Spring fever must have felt years ago when they had seasons. He needed a new sensation, something to take him out of the blandness of everyday life. Wasn’t progress wonderful?

The mini challenge-The Night

We danced cheek to cheek at the Senior Prom. It was our first dance together and it seemed weird to dance under the giant cut out of a mongoose which towered over everything., some Senior’s idea of a prom decoration. “This place looks like a bordello” I said to her.
“How would you know what a bordello looks like?” she said to me..
“I saw one in a movie about Texas”, I replied.
Then we just danced and held each other close.
When the dance was finally over we went to the car and started the long drive to Denny’s where we had a reservation for pancakes and syrup to start the new day. But on the way, as fate would have it, in the loneliest stretch of the road we had a flat tire. The car had no spare and so there we were stuck until they could get a tow truck late in the morning.
And that’s how Billy got conceived.

All fifteen words in one sentence
“I love raspberry tarts that are fragile and crunchy while looking like a flat tire ” Jason Star Struck Mongoose said as he put down “ The midnight Ride of Paul Revere “ on the cat’s paw trunk and began the translation of the new book “ First Dance / Global Warming in Spring Fever” by the author of “This Place Looks like a Bordello With Pancakes and Syrup”.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Monday– Old Mrs. Sorry who lives just one house down from Mrs. Trumble had a bad day. First she looked forward to having raspberry tarts for breakfast. She bought the frozen kind. But when she tasted them she said “ I like raspberry tarts but these aren’t real raspberry tarts that’s for sure”. So her day started badly . Then she had to pull a thorn out of her cat’s paw.
Where have you been now Mongoose,” she asked. But, of course, the cat didn’t answer. Then she baked some crunchy oatmeal cookies which turned out as flat as a flat tire and weren’t crunchy at all. After school her third grade grandson stopped by to read her “ The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” since he has to read it to the class tomorrow. “ I never knew a poem could be so long “, she said but not to her grandson. Her day ended with a scary TV program on global warming that convinced her that Pigeon Falls would be a desert by next year if she kept driving her car.
Tuesday – Tommy TW ( the writer) found some old Finnish documents in a trunk in the basement. He asked Nancy where to go to get a translation. Nancy said that she could do it. Apparently the documents turned out to be from a star struck Finnish lover to his fragile girlfriend in America. But for reasons of her own Nancy didn’t give him an accurate translation.
Wednesday-Jon Bergall was going through a pile of flower seed catalogues while he ate his pancakes and syrup at breakfast. He obviously had Spring Fever. But he knew he had to wait till late in the month before planting as Pigeon Falls was likely to get another snow before then.
Thursday– The school had the first dance of the year for eighth graders over at the Masonic Hall. One of the students known for his smart remarks said “ This place looks like a bordello”. That got him ushered out and sent back to the school. Tommy UK and Tammy got to dance.
Of course the dragons were busy today you can see them HERE.
Wrap UP
It has been a long dull day. My sister called in the morning to talk about the auction for the old family home. After that it was just dull. Usually I go out on Saturday but without Pennie who was gone for the day that wasn't possible. I visited all the blogs on raven's linksy and all the blogs that left a comment here yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire for Agent 012, I like the name "Cat's Paw Ballroom".

Edgar is going to miss Ella like you and Batty will.

A Blessed Weekend is wished for you and yours.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

My favorite line: "He needed a new sensation, something to take him out of the blandness of everyday life. Wasn’t progress wonderful?"

You always dazzle, Dr. John. I am impressed!

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Impressive as usual Dr. John. I thought Edgar was Elmer? I'm confused which is nothing new and different :)

2:31 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm with Quilly that was my favourite line too! :)

3:57 AM  
Blogger Lu' said...

I liked agent 012 remembering the words from the poem and I like polar bears :) Your mini made me smile good job :)

4:50 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

Agent 012 is great...Love and respect today's saying..BTW: are you a mason?
Have a great weekend

5:17 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh myyyyy! That was quite a set of words you guys had to work with this week! You did GREAT with them! I knew 012 would use that gas capsule trick! Good job!

LOL at the mini challenge! Oh flat tires... they always lead to trouble!

Old Mrs. Sorry is a really GOOD grandma to listen to that entire poem as read by a 3rd grader! A GREAT grandma even!

Ella misses Elmer so much I haven't even been able to get her to get out of the car and come have fun with us... I'm hoping today she will... She seems to have a blue tint to her... I hope she's not getting sick.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

I think you have outdone your self this week. Each one was wonderful. The first and the mini were probably my favorites, but then the rest were all great as well.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Billy's conception made me smile, I know a few Billys

love the 10 word, somehow it managed to be fun and sad at the same time

11:56 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

reading your stories is always a treat. especially enjoyed the 10 word.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

As always I enjoyed the trials and tribulations of Agent 012, but today I most enjoyed the "In the Movies" story. Wonderful imagination and innovation in this story. Aren't we all really stars in our movie?

12:32 PM  
Blogger bettygram said...

Were you influenced by the stories you wrote to have pancakes and syrup for breakfast? I do not have any raspberry tarts.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

You always amaze me with these!

2:39 PM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

Elmer, especially, looks exceedingly happy.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

It is always sad for elephants to say goodbye. They never forget. ;)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I liked your Agent 012 story and the way you included the part from the poem about the dead in the churchyard. It fit right in very well. The ending was good too, with the dead coming back to haunt him. I also enjoyed the story about the future and the one about the Senior Prom, and I thought the all-in-one-sentence one was fascinating. I also enjoyed the Pigeon Falls episode.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

3:27 AM  

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