Saturday, July 26, 2008


It's been a crazy busy week. I know I sound like a broken record with that line, but tis the season. I'll be by to check in with you all this weekend

Another week...another Wordzzle. I love these things!

Have you been reading these over the past few weeks and thought, "I should give this a try sometime." ? ? ? If you have then there's no better time than the present to jump in and give it a go. Stop by Raven's if you need a little more encouragement. I'm sure she'll tell you there's always room for one more.

Ten Word Challenge: follow-up, buffalo wings, silversmith, furniture, as the crow flies, little red roadster, photograph, pencil pusher, argument, streaking

And for the Mini Challenge: Ireland, mashed potatoes, book worm, fog horn, T.S. Eliot

The ten word:

Poor Barnaby, all his life he'd been viewed as the geeky little pencil pusher born to the town's silversmith. No more he vowed! No longer would the argument be made that he was as forgettable as a piece of discarded furniture.

His plan was to "borrow" the mayor's little red roadster and drive it throughout this stinking conservative town of Buffalo. Wings were the only thing that would carry him faster than this car, but he would have to force himself to take it easy, a slow methodical pace was what he sought. Although the trip across town was only about two miles as the crow flies, Barnaby's plan would take him on a meandering drive along every single street he could think of.

By itself stealing the mayors car would be daring enough, but this young lad had another twist in mind. Since the roadster was a convertible, he decided in order to really get people's attention, he'd perform his little joy ride butt naked! To follow-up his ambitious stunt he would then park the car at city hall and and be seen streaking across the parking lot and into the courthouse, where he was sure to be arrested.

He really didn't care what the ramifications of his actions were though. This would be a day he could tell his grand children about, (that is provided his father let him live long enough to actually see his later years.)

Well the fateful day arrived, and everything went just as he had planned, right down to the arrest. The local news showed up to catch the story and the next day's paper had a photograph of Barnaby with the following headline:

"Geek's streak, lands bare butt in a sling!"

The Mini:

Looking up from his bowl of mashed potatoes, Eli shouted out at the level of a foghorn, "You don't know the difference between a heart worm and a book worm. T.S. Elliot wasn't born in Ireland, he was born in America!"

The Mega:

I couldn't believe it. Here we were sitting in a pub in Ireland and what were we eating? Buffalo wings of all things! I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but for some reason that was not it. Some sort of mashed potato concoction perhaps, but no matter, we followed-up our spicy snack with a couple more pints and all was right with the planet once again.

Looking around the room, I was struck by a photograph of T. S. Elliot hanging on one of the walls. What caught my eye was the frame. It was like a fine piece of furniture. the hand crafted walnut was adorned by the exquisite works of a local silversmith. The combination made an otherwise ordinary photo of a book worm, extraordinary.

My buddy saw me admiring the craftsmanship before me and proceeded to start a mock argument. "That's not art. Look, this is what I'm talking about!"

As I looked to where he was pointing, I couldn't help but burst out laughing. There on the wall behind the bar was a photo of about a dozen women streaking across a soccer field after Ireland's win over Spain a few years earlier. No one would ever accuse my buddy of being a meager little pencil pusher.

Just then we heard the foghorn outside bellow out. This signaled that it was time for us to hop into our rented little red roadster and head for our next destination. It was only about fifty miles away as the crow flies, but with all the twisty, turny roads it would easily feel like double that.

"Come on mate," I said, "time to roll!"


CrystalChick said...

Hope you get a little r&r this weekend!
Great job on all of the Wordzzles!

Dianne said...

You just keep getting better and better. It is fun isn't it?

Poor Barnaby - all that effort shot down in a trashy headline.

And the mega is so pulled together.

Loved all 3

and thanks for giving Raven a supply of words.

Raven said...

Three excellent wordzzles. I liked Barnaby's story. He certainly is an extremist. Second one gets my bow for excellent brevity.

Sandi McBride said...

Now that was a good job well done! And I have an award for you at my place, it's just before the Brenda Photo Challenge post...hope you'll come by and pick it up...I do enjoy your Wordzzles

Richard said...

Great ten word. The newspaper caption was great. I enjoyed the Irish pub in the Mega as well. Each week I enjoy your stories more.


Jeff B said...

Crystalchick- Unfortunately rest will have to wait a few more days. Work is piled up to my eyeballs.

Dianne- Darn journalists, going for the big story. Ha! Glad you liked them.

Raven- Thanks. Sometimes short just fits doesn't it?

Sandi- I'll thank you in advance and be by to have a look.

Rich- Ditto on enjoying your stories too. I look forward to seeing what Claude and the dective are up to each week.

Gene Bach said...

Hey loser-boy...pretty good storied for an idiot. I decided to play along with it this week and wrote a REAL touching story about...YOU!

Jeff B said...

Gene- That was truly heartwarming. Ya dirty dog!

DivaJood said...

Buffalo. Wings - didn't see that coming, almost lost my soda. Beauty.

Jay said...

All three were great, but loved the first one. Hope Barnaby keeps a copy of that paper and frames it!

Travis said...

Nicely done as always!

Mel said...

Poooor Barnaby......

And job well done again, sir!

Where did you come up with all this creativity?!

Ron said...

Another FANTABULOUS Wordzzle, Jeff!

Hey I love how you spit Buffalo wings in TWO!!!

Very, very clever, buddy!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

nitebyrd said...

Brilliant, as usual, Jeff! Have a relaxing weekend, or at least try to. :)

the teach said...

Fantastic Jeff! And you're right T.S. Eliot was born in America. He became a British citizen though so we both claim him! Your 10-word Wordzzle is very funny! Great! :)

Anndi said...


Headlines.. the newspaper always gets ya in the end.

Jeff B said...

DivaJood- Sounds like a KFC commercial around here. Welcome aboard.

Jay- Framed and displayed proudly I'm sure.

Travis- Thank you my friend.

Mel- Dunno, it just shows up and is begging to be penned.

Ron- My own little rebelness I guess.

Nitebyrd- My relaxing weekend should start about Thursday!

Teach- Very good, I wondered if somebody would pick-up on that.

Anndi- "...get you in the end."

Matt-Man said...

I love these things. Great job, Jeff. Cheers!!

SMM said...

Awwww poor Barnaby...all the effort and the planning gone to waste

Giggle! said...



I'm just at Mums, and popping on to say g'day to everyone, I haven't got time to catch up on all posts but I shall as soon as I get the internet back up and running!!! :-) xx

katherine. said...

your words contine to dazzle....

I do enjoy reading what you write! Best head over to gene's to see what he has to say...

Mimi Lenox said...

You've been royally tagged by Mimi Queen of Memes (aka I-hear-the-dungeon-is-really-hot-this-time-of-year)...

Somebody Get Me Out of This Corset: The Needs Meme