Saturday, June 06, 2009

Raven's Challenge 66

Today's Link
Shabby Old Potting Shed

Today's Saying
God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author unknown, variation of an excerpt from "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr

Today's Picture
Maggie-Looking Out

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

ThisWeek's Ten Word Challenge will be: swashbuckler, heads-up, dry martini, recovery, jungle gym, whiskers, bathing suit, spade, circular reasoning, abrasive
The Mini Challenge: butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, stagnation, chart, star crossed lovers, apricot brandy

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Agent 012 was in the House of Doom standing next to the Curtain of death in the amusement park. He was waiting for a meeting between the Parasite and the Albino which according to their best intelligence should take place today. Of course this intelligence had come from the same group whose circular reasoning had sent him up to a temple in the mountains just two weeks ago. Whatever happened to good old detective work done by guys like Sam Spade? They couldn’t even tell him what the two looked like except that the Albino wasn’t an albino and the Parasite had whiskers. What a great description. He decided the guy dressed like a swashbuckler was an actor from the park so it wouldn’t be him and the guy in the bathing suit was just crazy. At this point he was beginning to feel thirsty and had visions of just sitting down with a dry martini. In all the time he watched the only meeting was of two star crossed lovers and that was embarrassing to watch.
So he called the Agency to get the latest heads-up . The secretary who always sounded as if butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, told him that the recovery of further data had caused them to decide the meeting would be by the jungle gym instead of the Curtain. This inability of their intelligence department to get things right the first time was abrasive of the mission. He wondered what was leading to such stagnation in an important part of the Agency. He knew Jack, Agent 107 , drank too much apricot brandy but the rest seemed sober enough. Somebody needs to chart the success and failure of each person in the department.
In any case now that he was at the jungle gym it was highly possible the meeting had already taken place and this was not going to be his day.

The Ten word challenge-Charles again
The story continues -You can see the first part HERE.

Chief Ican pulling on his whiskers considered for a moment the possibility that he was guilty of circular reasoning since he was back to Charles as a key suspect byt decided he wasn’t since he simply followed the clues as he uncovered them. Charles he knew was no swashbuckler and not the kind that usually committed murder being instead the type that hid until everything was over. But since he was at the Mayor’s house and had the opportunity to put the gun in the safe where there would be no question of who was blamed at it’s recovery. He needed to talk to him again. He found him at the house of a rich friend sitting next to the pool across from the kid’s jungle gym. He was in his bathing suit and sipping a dry martini as if he didn’t have a care in the world. Here Chief Ican felt the heads-up thing to do was to ask non abrasive questions , after all he was no Sam Spade.
So he sat down in the chair next to Charles and said, “ I really hate to bother you but I have just a few more questions to help clear up some things about the murder. The housekeeper says that you stopped at the Mayor’s home the other day. Is that true?”
Charles becoming somewhat agitated answered “ Yes! You people took my theater tickets and I felt the city owed me for them.”
Ican , “ Why did you leave so quickly. Why didn’t you wait for the Mayor?”
Answer “ What do you mean. The Mayor came in just as the Housekeeper went to the kitchen. He seemed really surprised to see me , demanded to know what I was doing there, gave me the money for the tickets and told me to get out. I took my groceries and left.”
Chief-” The Mayor came in . It’s strange he didn’t mention it. Why do you think that is?”
Answer “ I haven’t the slightest idea but as I was going down the street I saw him come right back out and start back to his office.”
Chief Ican thanked Charles and then headed back to the police station. The case had turned again. It was like riding a Merry Go Round.

The mini challenge-Answers?

Back at the station Chief Ican sat with a glass of apricot brandy and tried to chart the case. The one thing it didn’t suffer from was stagnation since something new was constantly being churned up. His deputy had just brought in the DA’s love letters to the Director. Between the two sets of letters a picture of star crossed lovers was emerging. He thought if the DA talked to the victim the way she wrote to him butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. But none of this was helping solve the case. Over and over why hadn’t the Mayor told him about the visit of Charles to the house. There were only two possible explanations .
1. He didn’t know and Charles was lying to protect himself.
2. He didn’t want anyone to know that he had been there unseen by the housekeeper.
Chief Ican felt that Charles was telling the truth so the second reason had to be it.
So back he went to the Mayor.
To be continued -for the last time I hope – Thursday.

All fifteen words in one sentence -True Love

The heads-up swashbucler Spade Chart and the butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth secretary, Rebecca Stagnation, were star crossed lovers despite his abrasive whiskers, love of apricot brandy instead of dry martinis ,minuscule bathing suit and his use of circular reasoning since his recovery from the fall off the jungle gym.

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-Raymond Poggi who looked on himself as something of a swashbuckler when it came to the ladies bought one of those mini bathing suits and wore it out to the Lake of the Loons. People looked at him and broke out laughing which was not the outcome he had expected. He did not consider himself risible . He decided it must be the whiskers aren’t trimmed right because it certainly couldn’t be his wonderful body. He went home and settled his nerves with a glass of apricot brandy.
Tuesday– Tammy talking in a way that butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth asked her father if their wasn’t something he could do about the stagnation of the pond next to the barn. You can see stagnicolous things in the water and they smell. Her father said a full recovery of the pond would be expensive but he would see what he could do.

Wednesday-Fred Slovensky put down his spade and quit working in the garden so that he could take some abrasive material and rub the rust off the old jungle gym before his grandchildren came to play. He knew his wife would have waiting for him one very dry martini when he finished.

Thursday-Never ones to be accused of circular reasoning Tommy UK and Tammy, Pigeon Falls’ star crossed lovers decided not to use reasoning but luck to chart their weekend. They would toss a coin and heads-up they would go looking through the woods for a massive spider but tails-up they would go back to the trench and try to get some more clues as to what was happening there. It was heads-up. Tammy said she will pack a lunch and they can make a picnic out of it.

Wrap UP
Another full day. I started by visiting all those peole on Raven's linksy and reading their stories. After that I continued to work on the opening to the blog.Then we went out to the lonely Wolf for Lunch. I was not happy but Betty and Pennie thought it was great. From there we went to Stein's which is a flower place and then to Office Max where I bought a tripod for the new camera. When we came home. My sister Dawn called and we talked about currant cookies since we baked a batch yesterday. Then I visited everyone who left a comment yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous quilly said...

Agent 012 and Chief Ican are having the same kind of day. Maybe they should sit down, have a drink together, and share their notes. Each might be able to give the other a fresh perspective.

1:20 AM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

I was about to suggest something similar to Quilly - maybe swap the agent and the detective in the stories. But seeing they both ended up having one of those days, the outcome may be the same.
I love the way you wrap up these words in excellent prose.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

How do you manage to do SO MUCH with the words? You amaze me! :0

3:30 AM  
Blogger Sandi McBride said...

How do any of us compete AFTER THAT! Some nap you took...can I get a six pack of that to go?

3:57 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

A love today's saying!

4:58 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

What a great twist on the Serenity prayer!

I think O12's problem is he needs to find a more organized organization to work for! He always seems to have HIS act together... well... sometimes.

So Chief Ican gets ONE step closer! Thursday? Ha! This one probably won't be settled until the TRIAL!

Raymond Poggi did WHAT??? No way! Can he even SEE his toes?

Fred might need to paint that jungle gym before the kids use it...

I wish Tammy and Tommy would take Herman with them on this picnic...

8:03 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

How long is this going to go great fictional work...
Love today's saying:God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author unknown, variation of an excerpt from "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr
Preacher, you speak the truth.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Chief Ican seemed much busier this week than Agent 012. Local crime is pushing national security to the background. Perhaps that's a good thing?

11:43 AM  
Blogger Ruth W. said...

I have not commented for a long time, but am enjoying your blog so much.

God bless you.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least Chief Ican is getting closer than poor old Agent 012...that poor dude as more down's than ups. Well written as usual :)

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Just so long as no big spiders, mechanical or otherwise, make a picnic of Tommy and Tammy.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I always love the sentences the most! since I tend to be wordy

Maggie is a beauty

5:16 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

You got me with the serenity prayer- I read it several times before I saw the "variation" explanation.

6:27 PM  
Blogger ForestJane said...

Nice uses of the words! But I think they're all going to get sick between the dry martinis and the apricot brandies... lol

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Liara Covert said...

The quote you open with is a timeless classic. SO much to say in your blog. Perhaps you have read, "And then there were none."? As a child, when I went out to eat in restaurants, I always signed, Hercule Poirot in th guestbook. The sleuth in me is a soul echo.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

All these games are too much for me, but eating in a restaurant "The lonely Wolf" never happened to me. Did you disguise in Red Riding Hood ? Btw where did you hear this "No animal has the devotion of a camel" ? I tell you they bite, spit and are stubborn and do with their owners what they want ! But they are very cute. My camel didn't want to go the way his owner wanted and he talked and talked to convince it and pulled and pulled, but camel didn't move. So we had to go the way the camel wanted. BTW there was another who took off my cap ! Camels seem to me like cats, the owners are devoted to them, lol !

8:55 PM  
Blogger KB said...

My dog Coco thinks the dog pic is great. Hehe!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I liked your stories. Agent 012's agency seems to be having a bit of a problem with their information, but maybe they'll finally get it right. Chief Ican hasn't found out who did it yet, but he keeps finding out new things about it, so that's helpful. Tommy UK and Tammy had better be careful looking for that big spider web, they might find it and the spider.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

5:38 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I need to see today's saying every day.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I love your Agent 012 stories.
That Maggie is a beauty!

6:42 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

As usual, I'm enjoying your detective story.

The only thing wrong with a Saturday challenge is that I stay up late Fri night to post my response, but then Sat $ Sun I am recruited by my husband for all manner of household & garden chores and rarely get back to the computer until Monday or Tuesday to read everyone else's entries. Sorry I am so late.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I'm thinking that a sip of apricot brandy might be rather nice right now!
Poor Chief Ican. If only everyone would tell the truth!

9:16 PM  
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