Saturday, May 16, 2009

Raven's Challenge 63

Today's Link
More Than a Feeling

Today's Saying
There are people so addicted to exaggeration they can't tell the truth without lying. ~Josh Billings

Today's Picture
Betty and yesterday's saffron buns
It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: Green goddess, shampoo, filibuster, please and thank you, Operation Marigold, throw pillows, up the creek without a paddle, spandex, ubiquitous, wedding ring,

Mini Challenge: Skittles, lamb chops, stingray, chagrin, clever devil

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
Agent 012’s wife and sons had gone to visit her mother. Though he much preferred this to having his mother-in-law visit him he was still lonely as he sat down to eat a meal of left over lamb chops and a can of Green Goddess peas. He wasn’t much of a cook. When they were first married, much to his chagrin, he had cooked up a chicken dinner for the two of them. His wife said it was great but he knew it tasted like burnt stingray which somebody told him tasted like burnt chicken. So he gave up cooking for good. He was, after all, married to one of the best cooks in the world. She made something she called a filibuster treat ,because it took so long to make, that was just out of this world. There are times when a wedding ring gets you unexpected perks.
When he finished eating Agent 012 settled back with a glass of Skittles Vodka and watched television. He saw an add for the ubiquitous spandex swimsuit and remembered when he had worn one of those. The ladies didn’t whistle they just laughed. Never again would he put himself in that position. As he had walked along the side of the pool and saw all those woman laughing he knew he was up the creek without a paddle. If it wasn’t for his wonderful mother who not only taught him to say please and thank you but also to respect the ladies he would have taken them off and given them an eye full. Of course they might have continued to laugh and he would have been devastated.
Finishing his vodka he picked up his new bottle of Clever Devil shampoo and headed for the shower, stopping only long enough to pick up the throw pillows the boys had left on the floor after throwing them at each other. Darn, he missed those boys.
After he showered Agent 012 sat down to read the Agency description of Operation Marigold in which he was to be a key player. If everything went well they would take out Mute once and for all.
It had been a lonely day.

The Ten word challenge-Charles out of Jail
Charles who seemed to be up the creek without a paddle now found himself free. The DA had ordered him not to leave town but he was free. The first thing he did was to go home and carefully shampoo his hair trying to get the ubiquitous jail smell out of it. Then he looked over his schedule and discovered there was that new operatic style musical “The Green Goddess” at the Memorial Building he should attend. But where were his two tickets? They had made a real mess of his house looking for the gun. His only spandex swim trunk which he never dared to wear was on the floor. The wedding ring from his short lived marriage was in the wrong place . His two throw pillows “Please “ and “ Thank You” were still there. but the tickets were gone.
So he called the police chief and told him about the mess and the missing tickets. The police chief began to read him the fine print on the warrant under which the house was searched but half way through Charles said, “ I don’t need a filibuster just the information on where the tickets are.”
The Police Chief told him they were in the evidence locker as the DA thought they might have something to do with motive.
“ Does that mean I have to buy new tickets ?” he asked.
“Why not? All the profit is going to Operation Marigold and will help beautify the city.” the Chief answered.
“As if a few flowers will beautify this city “ Charles thought as he hung up.

The mini challenge-Police Chief in Stress
Police Chief Ican Getum was not a happy camper as he sat down to eat his lamb chops. He had spent the afternoon, much to his chagrin, being chewed out by the DA for not giving her information she had ordered him not to get. Unfortunately her screaming that he had the worst police force in the country was true. All of the men were there when he became Police Chief after the great Stingray scandal. The former Police Chief, a good friend of the mayor, had gotten caught stealing a stingray from the Skittles Aquarium because he thought the blood of the stingray was supposed to make one more virile. The Mayor, clever devil that he is, made a big show of hiring Ican who had a reputation as a brilliant investigator and an honest man. But after all the coverage of the event died down the Mayor wouldn’t let Ican replace any of the men. So Ican couldn’t be blamed for the quality of work they turned out but he would be anyway because he was the Chief. He should never have taken the job, life is too short for this kind of stress.
To be continued on Monday

All fifteen words in one sentence
Marquis L. Stingray , that clever devil, from the The Green Goddess Shampoo and Spandex Company was mindful, to his chagrin ,that the filibuster in the Senate had saved the ubiquitous Operation Marigold Skittles, or he would have been up the creek without a paddle and the company chopped up like lamb chops but now they were giving away throw pillows that said “ Please and thank you” across the front to the first one hundred people that sent in pictures of their wedding ring.

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 is Saturday and time to look back on the week in Pigeon Falls
Tuesday– Jon Bergall rejoiced over the return of his three cows. With the failure of the Constable to find them he felt like he was up the creek without a paddle. He had no hope. Then Tommy UK set them free. The cows were like family members, each with its own name. There was Stingray named by his son, Skittles named by himself, and Lamb Chops named by his daughter. They sure had missed them. He put their names on the list of things to thank God for in that night’s family devotions. His wife joked that there were so many things on the thank you list that it was more like a filibuster than a prayer. But he felt it necessary because God had so richly blessed them.
Wednesday– Old Mrs . Sorry , clever devil that she is, was so upset with her grandchildren’s lack of politeness that she embroidered two throw pillows with the words Please and Thank You. When they would ask for something without saying please she would point to the pillow and when they received something she would point to the other pillow. It was working so well she thought she might use it with their father as well.
Thursday– Everyone in Pigeon Falls got a mailing from the Green Goddess Shampoo Company announcing the ubiquitous Operation Marigold. For every bottle of Green Goddess shampoo sold in Pigeon Falls the town would receive a flower ready for planting. The company wanted to give something back to the town.
Friday– Young Fred Slovinsky took the day off from the lumber yard to go canoeing. The Pigeon Creek had reached the highest point ever and now had some beautiful rapids near Dead Bird Lake. His wife insisted he wear swim trunks under his clothes incase something happens. He tried to get out of it, after all he had been paddling canoes since he was five. But she was adamant. So he put on the only swim trunks he could find in a hurry his murky blue spandex ones. She also insisted that he leave his wedding ring at home as she knew of several people who lost theirs in the river.
But then he was on the river and life was wonderful. He took pictures as he floated along and felt so close to nature. As he came closer to the rapids he put the camera and his cell phone in the waterproof secure case. He was ready for anything. But it was just at that moment that he somehow lost the paddle. He didn’t know how. He was distracted with the camera and it was gone. He was literally up the creek without a paddle. But the canoe sailed through the rapids without hitting a rock and soon he was sitting safely on Dead Bird Lake. His wife and her friend Mrytle were waiting for him.
“Paddle in and lets go home “ she hollered.
Much to his chagrin he had to answer “ I can’t I’ve lost my paddle”.
She laughed and hollered “ Maybe you should have started canoeing at three since you still don't have it right.

Wrap UP
It was a really good day. I visited the blogs on the linksy at Raven's. There were really great stories and I am so lucky to get to read those blogs. But some were long and it took some time. I checked on the bid on the house and we are still winning. Then we went to Best Buy so Pennie could get a new laptop. After that we went to Country Kitchen since I had a free meal coming because of my birthday this coming week. Peter and his family met us there. They got to see my scotter lift for the first time. Then we went to Toy's are Us and Luke picked out what he wanted for his birthday and we bought them for him. We came home and the family watched the Preakness together. Then they went home and I visited all the blogs that left comments yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Poor 012, now he is lonely, somehow I think in the next installment he won't be lonely anymore.

1:53 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Poor 012 -- lonely instead of enjoying a stress-free day.

I agree with Jon - -saying "thank you" to God is important.

And poor Fred, up the creek without a paddle and being teased about it, too!

2:04 AM  
Blogger Jinksy said...

Up the creek without a paddle? Aren't we all?

2:48 AM  
Blogger Batteson.Ind said...

Love Charles out of jail! In fact, all your tales are wonderful, thanks for sharing!-)

4:49 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

So glad Agent 012 had a nice day even if it was a lonely one. Good to see Charles out of jail and I'm very fond of Ican Getum. Well done! Please and Thank You throw pillows. Very clever.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Awwww... poor 012 ... some days are like that. We need a lonely day every now and then I think. Makes us appreciate our people more!

So Charles is out - and it's already costing him...

Surely there mUSt be a time limit on how long Chief Ican has to put up with the lousy staff. I'm thinking he should be able to start replacing them 2 at a time here sOOn!

LOL! Poor Fred! Guess he'll just have to ride the current until it plops him on the shore!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

Awh, Agent 012 is loney. Chicken that taste like burnt stingray...bleech.

Will Charles buy two more tickets?

Poor Chief Ican Getum. His staff must be awful.

Your fifteen words ibn one sentence was brilliant. What a name...Marquis L. Stingray! LOL

I did not like Myrtle's last comment. She's a little snapy.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

A quiet week for 012. Time for introspection and reminiscences of long lost Spandex. The quiet before the storm?

11:27 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

012 way to go ...

1:32 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I really feel for Ican

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

LOL on the loss of a paddle. So ironic, and so likely.

5:44 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

You are so ambitious. It took me a week to write one, let alone several responses to Raven's challenge. All were great stories ---very entertaining.

12:45 AM  
Blogger aims said...

Being up the creek without a paddle is unpleasant. Especially when you have to swim home in your murky blue spandex suit towing your canoe. How embarassing.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Agent 012...I was so hoping from last week having such a good day that it would continue...alas...Poor Fred..up the creek without the proverbial paddle...Excellent Dr. John...Excellent as usual :)

6:07 PM  

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