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"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

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- Helen Keller

Saturday, September 20, 2008

It's WORDZZLE!!!


I’m sorry for the delay. I had to edit this post. I could have sworn I’d scheduled it to publish this morning. ARRRR! No wait, Talk Like a Pirate day was yesterday... So, it’s Saturday and that means...


WORDZZLE!!!! (We need a theme song, seriously)

The words Raven has pulled out of thin air for this week's 10-word challenge: budget, news, outer space, gargantuan, brass band, Purple Rose of Cairo, polar bears, insight, innovations, mute. Thanks for making it so darn easy... NOT!


Steven walks by the brass band down the wide corridor and wishes their instruments were mute, his head is killing him. Ahead of him is a gargantuan door. Next to it, along the white wall is a row of chairs. The girl sitting behind the desk puts down the news rag and motions for him to have a seat. How did he get here? He didn’t have time for this! He had to balance the budget for the launch party his company is throwing in less than a week. Why the president of Insight Innovations decided a restaurant named The Purple Rose of Cairo was a good investment idea was beyond him, but then, his opinion wasn’t important. “NEXT!” booms a grave voice over an intercom. Quite frankly it’s a pleasant break from the horrible MUSAK they had playing. Seriously, David Frickin Bowie? Now he can’t stop singing Space Oddity in his head... It kind of feels like he’s Major Tom lost in outer space. The door opens and he unconsciously looks for the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain. How did he get here? A man sits behind a desk, waiting. “Hello Steven, what’s the last thing you remember?” he asks, his hands folded in front of him. “White, that’s all I remember...” replied Steven. “Ah... you remember the polar bears then? Welcome to Heaven.”



And now, for the wickedly fun mini challenge. This week, the words were: investments, purring, death penalty, mercury, convalescent home

Myrtle sat in her usual spot in the convalescent home. After her heart attack, the therapist said holding a purring cat might help ease the tension. Obviously the moron had never lost all his investments in a bad deal on Wall Street. She looked in the drawer next to her chair and counted the thermometers. 10. “I wonder if that’s enough mercury to kill that no good lousy stock broker nephew of mine”. Hopefully, New York State won’t enforce the death penalty.



Don't forget to visit Raven et al and read some fun stories. Hopefully Raven isn't regretting letting me join in again.

20 comments:

Raven said...

I love both of these. You had me going in the first one... where was he? I love the surprise of the last line. Well and cleverly done. And poor Myrtle. Very funny. Glad you joined in again.

Dianne said...

we need a theme song!! LOL

love both too. the polar bear photo is adorable.

and I hope Myrtle gets away with it ;)

Lu' said...

Hi Anndi, I liked them both. Story and pictures, cool. Have a good weekend, what's left of it.

Travis said...

Oddly clever!

Jeff B said...

Absolutely love your twisted sense of humor.

Go Myrtle go!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. It seems like these would be quite a bit of work. Love the baby polar bear pic.

Akelamalu said...

I thought he was going for an interview then you sprang the surprise! Both of these were great Anndi.

Anndi said...

Raven: I'm enjoying this tremendously. Glad you liked the little twist. Myrtle's crafty, don't count her out just yet ;)

Dianne: We do! And I think Jay should do a video of it and sing... let's go ask him!
Beware of cute fuzzy polar bears, they're feisty! Steven found out. ;)

Lu: I'm glad you enjoyed. Have a great Sunday too!

Travis: Odd seems to be one of my hallmarks! It's like my signature colour!

Jeff: I knew I liked you! SMOOCH
Myrtle rocks!

Charles: Surprisingly, they're not too time consuming at all. I try not to over think them and just let the words tell me where to go.
I had received that picture in an e-mail and remembered it when I wrote the last line.

Akelamalu: I wasn't sure where he was going when I started and then it hit me. So glad you enjoyed it.

Bond said...

Both had an interesting twist to them.

SO maybe your signature coloUr is oddly twisted then?

I did enjoy your usage of the words and did not see the last line of the first story coming.

Anndi said...

Bond: Thanks.
You've known I'm oddly twisted all along!
I try to use the words in a way that someone not aware of the wordzzle would get the story and not wonder where the incongruous words come from.
Hopefully, I succeed.

Brian o vretanos said...

You succeeded in your aim - it's only when you look at the words in isolation, having read the stories, that you realise how odd they look...

Anndi said...

Brian: Thanks! :)

Meribah said...

That was pretty good, girl! It's not easy making up a story, especially when you have to wrap it around a word list. Kudos, to you! :)

Slick said...

LOL....you did it again, Anndi!

Great use of the words and a nice story! :)

jenboglass said...

I like them both. The second is quite timely. Wall Street and all. Ahhhh. Wall Street. What happened?

Mimi Lenox said...

Both are excellent! You are quite the wordsmith my little chickadee....

coopernicus said...

Aww cute baby bear...good job on the Wordzzule

VE said...

Fun...I'll go visit and try it. Hope its ok to just leave it in a comment...my blog is pretty exclusive to my usual nonsense...

Dr.John said...

Very good. I like surprise endings.

Chatty said...

So, David Bowie is playing in God's waiting room, eh? Something to ponder...
Love your mini, too - and that photo of the baby bear is just priceless.