Saturday, July 11, 2009

Raven's Challenge 71

Today's Link
A Writer's Journal

Today's Saying
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
~Chinese Proverb

Today's Picture

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: sober, spoilage, knight, laugh and the world laughs with you, peak, blueberries, owl, drugstore, lampshade, keyboard
For the mini challenge: economy, Michael Jackson, ladder, clue, structure

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Agent 012 was playing chess with his youngest son , who had just taken his remaining knight , when the Agency called. At least he was sober not like last night at the Michael Jackson Memorial party when he had put the lampshade on his head and danced on the table. He kept hollering “ laugh and the world laughs with you” and they did. But this morning even the owl hooting in the tree hurt his head. It was a good thing he didn’t party often or he could buy stock in the drugstore and its hangover medicine.
All that had to be put behind him as he climbed down the ladder to the secret entrance to the agency, the elevator wasn’t working again. Nobody had a clue as to why but some suggested it was the age of the structure. The problem was that in this economy the Agency didn’t have the money to replace it.
As he came into the office he saw the chief sitting behind a computer keyboard. “Agents “, the Chief said “ This is the peak season for blueberries which as you know are important to the financial health of the farm community . But this year from field to point of sales there has been a huge increase in spoilage. We think Mute is involved .”
Agent 012 , whose head was still hurting, could not see the relationship between Mute and blueberries.
This was not going to be his day.

The ten word challenge-He Laughed

Sir Laughsalot , Knight of the Square Table, had the motto “laugh and the world laughs with you” inscribed on a very long banner that he carried into battle.. He laughed even when he was sober which was not often. He drank , of course, only for cause. Yesterday he drank because of the spoilage of the blueberries he had picked himself. He drank when he accidentally killed the owl thinking it was a dragon. He drank when he broke the glass lampshade on the King’s oil lamp. And he really drank when he smashed the key board for the palace keys. Through all of this he kept laughing. Even when his resulting headache reached its peak , he laughed. Of course he was laughing while pounding on the apothecary, that age’s equivalent of a drugstore , door demanding a magic powder for his head. Even unhappy Sir Laughsalot was happy.

The mini challenge-Problems , Problems

This is a horrible day. All you can get on TV is stuff about Michael Jackson. The first time you hear it it’s interesting but after that it’s overkill. Then the tiles started falling off the roof. Why? We don’t have a clue. So dad took the ladder and went up to look. He decided the structure was old and the roof would have to be replaced. But who, in this economy, has money for roof replacement. Then it started to rain and the roof leaked. If we are lucky the TV will short out. At least that would solve one problem.

All fifteen words in one sentence -The Society

Laugh and the world laughs with you” is the motto of Michael Jackson , not the singer but the CEO of the Economy Ladder Structure Corporation, who recently became a Sober Knight of The Owl Lampshade and Drugstore Keyboard Society though he has no clue as to its history reaching back to the time of the peak spoilage of blueberries in Ohio.

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.
Monday– This week Grandma Moose hung her laundry out on Monday thinking to avoid the bouncing heads. But two of the heads showed up. Stuck out their tongues and spat on her driveway. She swears it happened and she was perfectly sober. She says she needs one of those knights in shining armor to protect her. She went to get the old family shotgun but by the time she got back they were gone as was the box of blueberries from the front steps.
Tuesday-Willie, who is seldom sober, was at the Fly Inn when he decided to put a lampshade on his head and dance like an owl on top the table .”listen”, he shouted “ Laugh and the world laughs with you”, Having thus reached the peak of his performance he fell off the table. The poor guy doesn’t remember doing it nor does he have a clue as to why.
Wednesday– No matter what channel Jon Bergall turned to there was the Michael Jackson Memorial Service. He watched a bit of it and then decided this would be a good time to take the ladder and make some repairs on the side of the structure behind the barn that the giant woodpecker had attacked. He had watched as the woodpecker had started pecking and then suddenly exploded. He really should replace the little shed but he was using it to store things and prevent their spoilage. The bad economy kept him from building a new one.
Thursday– Eino stopped at Begerhams Drugstore to fill a prescription. He watched as the clerk entered it on the keyboard of the store computer.” If only all of life were that simple” he thought with no bouncing heads and wooly elephants that defy reason.

Wrap UP
Betty , Peter, Bree, and Pennie have gone to Life Fest so Maggie and I are here alone. I wish I was well enough to go but I'm not. I did vist all the blogs with Raven's stories today. Very interesting group of entries. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Akelamalu said...

Agent 012 is confused? I'm sure he'll work it out.

Sounds like Sir Laughsalot has a drink problem!

You are so right about the Michael Jackson overload Dr. John. Enough already!

4:22 AM  
Blogger Reston Friends! said...

We just replaced our roof so this was entertaining and timely! Nicely done. And adorable photo of the buzzed one using the curling iron!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Batteson.Ind said...

I love reading your wordzzles and I'm envious of how easily your wit flows! Love the idea of sir laughalot, and the very long banner.. great image, very monty python! :-D

5:23 AM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

I love "Problems, Problems!"

7:27 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

You have to admit that thanks to Michael Jackson you could do all these quizz memes or whatever it's called, lol !

7:36 AM  
Blogger DawnTreader said...

Your use of the words this week made me Laugh Out Loud - Agent 012 especially! :D

8:06 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Well, I think your mini was my favorite this week, though, as always, I love Agent 012 and his misadventures. And you gotta like Sir Laughsalot and the Square Table. I see a series there.

I hope the roof story isn't reality creeping into wordzzles. My little house came with a metal roof, for which I am most grateful.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Agent 012 and Sir Laughsalot will always be my heroes! Oh, and Eino, too.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never would have thought that Agent 012 would drink like that. He must have done that after coming off another bad day. I'm sure he will figure everything out. Sir Laughsalot is definitely a boozer...LOL.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your grandson needs a curling iron about as badly as my own kids do. ;)

A couple of hangovers in my college years taught me that is NOT a feeling I ever want to have again. But I have never worn a lampshade on my head...

11:42 AM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

I never figured Agent 012 as a Party Animal. I always thought he was a straight shot down the middle of the road kind of fellow. I guess he'll learn not to party hard the night before then go off to work the next day.

Sir Laughsalot is definitely a Party Animal.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I wish I could have gone too...five days is too long to be away from them.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

You would make us wait to find out what the loud noise was all about.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

Sir Laughalot is an excellent name. But would King Arthur approve?

I have friends who stayed up at night to watch the MJ circus! I didn't.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Voegtli said...

Like agent 012 my head would have hurt too, dancing on the table with a lampshade to watch the memorial. Here, we did not watch and we have no lampshades. And that is what saved me.

10:01 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Today's episode of Sir Laughsalot reminded me of a Monty Python bit where they were conducting joke warfare. Soldiers each had one word of the joke in German ---no one could have the entire thing because people actually died laughing. Each soldier would shout out one word and the enemy soldeirs would laugh themselves to death. How did they come up with such crazy stuff? And how do you do it? Agent 012 and Sir Laughsalot ---great characters week after week.

3:20 AM  
Blogger gabrielle said...

Agent 012 gets my vote this week. The story flows so seamlessly. And we get to see another side of his character. Strange the stuff you remember. "Workmen in the head", I believe is the Danish phrase for hangover. (Johnny Carson, New Year's Day, circa?)

6:00 PM  

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