Saturday, May 09, 2009

Raven's Challenge 62

Today's Link
It's Me Betty

Today's Saying
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. ~William Styron

Today's Picture
Flocked Again

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

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: gentle spring rain, mammoth, soap opera, worry, bubble gum, garden gate, seizure, of Biblical proportions, paralysis, wrinkles
Mini Challenge: operatic, stuffed animals, anger management, biographical, paint splatters

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
Suddenly Agent 012 felt himself changing. He was no longer human. Now he was a pig. “ Take that Pig” the evil man said, “ Now you are what you always have been”. Agent 012 realized he was in trouble of Biblical proportions as he began to worry that the gas would wear off and the polar bear would come back.. He ran out of the building toward the garden gate but his little foot got stuck in some bubble gum. “This is worse than my wife’s soap opera “ he thought as a gentle spring rain began to fall.” I will soon be covered with wrinkles, suffer a seizure of mammoth proportions, and enter into a deep paralysis unless they just turn me into bacon strips.
At this point despite the six courses in anger management he had taken Agent 012 began to get angry, really angry. Then he noticed he was changing . He was turning back into Agent 012. He didn’t know if it was the rain, the anger, or the bubble gum but it was happening. Soon Agent 012 was back with only two problems . He was naked . His clothes were back in the auction hall and he still had a little pig tail. He wondered if this incident had to go into his biographical material. Nobody would ever ask was there a time in your life when you were a pig. But then he would need the Agency surgeon to remove the tail so he couldn’t hide what had happened. It would be like trying to stand in front of the paint splatters to keep your wife from seeing them. Sooner or later you have to move.
He snuck back into the hall looking for his clothes. On the far side of the hall our villain was turning stuffed animals into operatic singers just for the fun of it.
He didn’t notice Agent 012 dressing quickly . He didn’t expect the gas that caused him to fall unconscious. Agent 012 took the parchment and called headquarters for a pickup.
This was going to be his day.

The Ten word challenge-Charles in Jail
Charles Lee regretted being such a zoilist as he sat friendless in the county jail awaiting trial for the murder of Philmore Noteworthy III the director of the local orchestra. The orchestra that Charles said had played in such a hitonious manner that you could have stuck bubble gum in every instrument and it wouldn’t have sounded worse. He knew he should have stopped there but he was on a role and he added “Kids pounding on a garden gate with a stick sound better.”
So now he was in trouble of Biblical proportions. It wasn’t just being in jail that depressed him , or the seizure of his assets by the police looking for clues. No it was not being able to run and dance in the new gentle spring rain and missing his favorite soap opera “ As the Stomach Wrinkles” This was sweeps week and a mammoth buildup had promised that inspector Gallworthy would be set free from his paralysis in a spectacular manner. How could he miss that? But the stupid inmates only wanted to watch sports on the one television set in the jail.
And if that wasn’t enough to worry about he might be found guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison.

The mini challenge-Police Chief to the ?
Police Chief Ican Getum felt uneasy about the rush to arrest Charles Lee. He liked to build his cases little by little, evidence piece upon evidence piece. This had been far too fast. So he decided to go to Charles apartment and check things out himself. There he found two tickets to the new operatic style musical that was being staged at the local theater. He figured those were work related . Charles was the music critic after all. There were three stuffed animals, a polar bear, a penguin, and a mongoose. Who in the world has a mongoose for a stuffed animal? There was the certificate showing that Charles had completed a course in Anger Management. That could be important to the defense in the trial. There was a hobby kit for making beautiful pictures with paint splatters. There was a stack of biographical material on every musician in town. Other than the mongoose there was nothing out of the ordinary.
Further he noticed a large number of empty beer bottles which included some in the bed room. This could indicate that Charles was telling the truth when he said he drank himself unconscious the night of the murder since they arrested him before he had a chance to clean up.
What he did not find was the gun.
To be continued next Thursday.

All fifteen words in one sentence
The new soap opera ,“ Biographical Paint Splatters”, staring Fred Wrinkles, was not your standard operatic material as it concerned mammoth stuffed animals in need of anger management as their seizure of the garden gate during a gentle spring rain caused worry of Biblical proportions to overwhelm the bubble gum chewing old man caught in his paralysis and thus unable to get away.

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– Mrs Erwin Maki packed up her children, their mammoth stuffed animals, their bubble gum and their clothes wrinkles and all. As they left she looked back sadly at the rusty garden gate that had seen many years of gentle spring rains .Now as she went to the relatives in Iron Mountain she would worry that she would never see Pigeon Falls again.”It was like living in a soap opera “ she thought “ With one crisis of Biblical proportions after another.”.
Tuesday– James Periwinkle Senior was found , on the ground with paint splatters on his clothes and the ground around him. His hand clutched the paint brush and was still shaking. It was obvious he was having some kind of seizure. He was taken by ambulance to the emergency room in iron River. They hoped there would be no paralysis stemming from the incident.
Wednesday– “Wink” the owner of Wink’s Woods whose biographical material includes a stint as operatic consultant to the Metropolitan Opera told his wife he was glad he took the course in Anger Management or he would kill the person who sold him on the idea that running a little variety store in a small town was a stress free way of life. Nobody told him about giant demons and power fights on main street.

Of course the dragons were busy today you can see them HERE.
Wrap UP
Good day. We went out to lunch then to Stein's to look at flowers. I posted the tea party pictures and the bulletin to the Saint. Mark's website. I visited the blogs that left comments yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous quilly said...

Obviously Wink had never lived in a little town before. He's complaining about the minor annoyances!

2:14 AM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

It is nice that 012 is finally having a good day.

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from warm, sunny Spain. Enjoying our visit. David returned to Phoenix this morning. Samuel will be one on Tuesday.


3:52 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Great stories Dr. John. I particularly liked the 15 words in one sentence this week. :)

3:56 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

I always enjoy (and appreciate) your "Today's Sayings" but the one today -well, that one I really liked. And how true it is too!

6:11 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Hurray for 012! I'm so glad he finally get A DAY!!! But still we know NOTHING more about Charles Lee... and I'm glad Pigeon Falls was just a wrap up today - cuz I'm busy with Luz and I just don't have time to worry over the salvation of the planet!

Have a GREAT day my friend! I hope breathing is easy and FUN is had! It's Saturday!

6:16 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Always so many good stories and your PF recap used all of the words too.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

very whimsical this week!
love the photo

Ican Getum is brilliant, what a great name

and As the Stomach Wrinkles killed me

thanks for all the smiles

8:07 AM  
Blogger Thom - - Dr. John said...

Enjoyed the "tail" of Agent 012 this week. Still can't believe he had a good day for a change.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Batteson.Ind said...

Always enjoy reading your wordzzles!.. I'm impressed by the way you tie them all in together.. clever stuff!-)

8:52 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

so, agent 012 solved another case. what a relief! i hope he doesn't contract pig flu now...

great stories as ever

9:59 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

Dr. John.... the first thing I read on your blog is's saying...! and the rest is a bonus coz it is good...When I was a kid, I used to rush to pick up my comics at the news I do it on poor old father, God bless his soul, could've saved a bundle of money if we were on line
Your stories are very original, bright and full of "je ne sais quoi" kinda of surely got all the ladies lined-up to soak it all in....perhaps you should tell them you're not a guyno...and then I can fill in for

10:27 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Great series. So glad Agent 12 is have a good day. LOVE your names this week. Looking forward to the Thursday continuation.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray for Agent 012...finally have a great day. Excellent as always :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Super Secret agent 012 - the rain, the anger or the bubblegum. I loved that.

Oh, and the flock on pink lawn flamingos looked great.

Great job this week.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

I love that you got flocked! Our church use to do that too.

I really enjoyed all your stories, especially the 15 word challenge.
Great writing as usual.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Love your photo and the link for today was fun.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Connie T. said...

Agent 012 the pig. Too funny. Thank goodness he changed back.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

I'm laughing out loud imaging Mr. Styron saying "chuckleheads."

5:53 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

I LOVED seeing the tea party pictures --- and I positively LOVE the song! Tis one of my favorites! I'm glad you had a good day!

6:52 PM  
Blogger bettygram said...

I liked the names and the fifteen words in a sentence.

9:13 PM  
Blogger gabrielle said...

Glad the winds are shifting for Agent 012, though he doesn't have an easy time of it.
Choosing sports over As the Stomach Wrinkles. What hoodlums!
And William Styron made an appearance.
Great stuff!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I'm on the way to get those pink flamingoes!

1:24 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I enjoyed your stories. I'm glad things turned out okay for Agent 012. I was afraid he was going to be a pig for a long time. The continuing story about Charles Lee was also good, and the other stories, too.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

11:54 AM  

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