Friday, August 14, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 76



This is week 76 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works.



The words for this week's ten word challenge were: superlative, flea market, falling leaves, disinformation, who was that masked man?, keeping kids out of trouble, I'm a believer, bonnet in the attic, staff, generation For the mini challenge: deep in the forest, government, charming, heirlooms, flabbergasted




My 10-word:

Our first venture into the world of flea markets was on a superlative Fall day, the kind that makes it seem like anything is possible. The falling leaves were a rainbow of nature's wondrous magic and the whole family (even my teenage daughter and my mother-in-law) were happily united in our enthusiasm for the day's event. We had found a great project to bring the generations together that was a great way of keeping the kids out of trouble and even making a little money. It had started when Marcus found an old Lone (who was that masked man?) Ranger costume and an antique bonnet in the attic. Now we all piled happily into the van for weekly jaunts to flea markets around the area. Having the kids staff our booth was pure genius on my husband's part. I had some doubts at first, but now I'm a believer and we're a happy, united family at last. Don's mother and I are even starting to get a long. Who'd a thunk that was possible!?



The mini:


Lefty Lagorno was flabbergasted to discover that the government safe house deep in the forest where the Feds were hiding him was not some bare bones shack but a charming cottage furnished with what seemed to be magnificent heirlooms. Going straight, he thought, might not be so bad after all.




And the mega:



The Bonnet in the Attic Flea Market held weekly at the Falling Leaves State Park Fair Grounds was a magnificent venue for the generation of funding to maintain the the Park's extensive grounds. They had a superlative staff which included baby sitters for keeping kids out of trouble while their parents either shopped or marketed their wares. The flea market sported a wide range of goods from charming arts and crafts to heirlooms to junk and even included a farmer's market. It was universally popular with vendors, shoppers and tourists alike, which is why almost everyone was flabbergasted when a small masked group of alleged Ultra Right Wing Lunatics began a disinformation campaign protesting the use of government land for profit. "I'm a believer in free enterprise," their leader intoned through his megaphone to a crowd that was mainly both uninterested and unimpressed, though an occasional wag would quip, "who was that masked man?" Eventually a curious reporter decided it would be fun to know the answer to that question and discovered that the so-called protesters had been hired by the proprietor of Deep in the Forest Antiques who resented the competition. He became something a laughing stock and his shop - which initially lost even more business - became known to many as Masked Man Enterprises. Luckily he did have both a conscience and a sense of humor and he eventually set up his own booth at the flea market where he turned a great profit.



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Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: blind panic, apartment, fleas, soap operas, cajun cooking, free and easy, legal, sangria, public school, new



For the mini challenge: class, calendar, keeping secrets, boring, fashion



Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.



Enjoy! See you next week.

DON'T FORGET TO ADD YOUR NAME TO MR. LINKY!!!!!



17 comments:

Jay Simser said...

Great job, as always. Looking ahead to next week's words. I notice sangria - I have a bottle of it in my refrigerator. Perhaps I shall drink the whole thing before turning Phrog loose.

I so enjoy trying to continue my dumb story. Thanks for hosting this.

Argent said...

Woo-hoo, I'm first up! Raven, you made great use of what I personally found to be really tricky words this week. Your mini was realy great!

Argent said...

Curses! Not first after all! That sneaky Phrog!

MommyWizdom said...

Raven, I wrote a story but it was so cynical, I didn't have the heart to post it. Great words though; they fit right in!

Have a great weekend/week!

MommyWizdom

Richard said...

Great stories again this week. The last one about a family Flea market venture sounded like a great way to make some extra cash during the recession.

Enjoyed your posts on health care this week as well. I am participating in the Elder Bloggers event this coming Thursday. Folks are invited to contribute posts by sending an e-mail to Ronnie Bennet at "Time goes By" with a link to their Thursday August 20th post.

Check out her blog on my side bar.

Here's the link:

http://www.timegoesby.net/weblog/2009/08/elders-for-health-care-reform.html

Rich

DawnTreader said...

Loved your mini... :)

the watercats said...

Hello again!.. It's so good to be back on the wordzzle wagon, and it's very good to catch up with your world again! Your wordzzles are great as usual, love the mega, lol! Thanks for the magic:-D

Dr.John said...

Three great stories but I never expect anything but great.
Odd this week we both had a safe house deep in the woods and similar named flea markets and just a little poke at the right.
I certainly enjoyed all three but the first was best.

DawnTreader said...

Sorry I happened to sign just my blog link in Mr Linky earlier. I have added another link now that takes you to directly to my wordzzle post.

CJ said...

You always write three great stories. I barely have time to write one. But then, I get obsessive about having to make an illustration to go with it ---and that takes as much time as the writing.

Sorry about the bad link on mine ---I put the correct one up now.

Also, thanks for visiting my posts about the Mark Twain conference. I almost didn't attend this one to save my money for a trip to Brazil next year, but at the last minute, sent in my registration. I'm so glad I did because it was the best one yet. Hal Holbrook was delightful to talk to and had some interesting comments to make about meeting Mark Twain's daughter. Someone made a video ---but it was in the dark, at night, on the spot where Twain's studio once stood, and the video is totally black, but the audio is delightful:
http://quarryfarm2009.blogspot.com/

Stephen said...

I enjoyed reading your stories. I probably liked the first story best and the mini second best. The first story had some nice imagery, and it was nice to have the family happy doing things together. I thought the name Lefty Lagorno in the mini was good, and the story also had a good ending. In the third story, it was nice to have the protesters exposed as something other than what they pretended to be, and the Masked Man Enterprises name was good.

I have my own stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
http://stephen-has-spoken.blogspot.com/

Akelamalu said...

Maybe Lefty will go straight - I hope so. Love all your stories, I didn't play this week again, sorry.

Pop by my place tomorrow m'dear, there'll be a little something for you. :)

Air said...

Fun! Here's my entry (first ever for the challenge):

http://imstumped.blogspot.com/2009/08/friends-of-reston-librarys-weekly.html

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