Posted by Smoke

This is my first attempt at a WORDZZLE so please bare with me. If you want to join in, these are this weeks words. For those of you new to the game please visit the ever wonderful Raven at http://ravensviews.blogspot.com/

(10 word challenge) space cadet, silver lining, wood, turtle soup, minaret, ice, grease, sales, mandala, mug

(5 word) broken bones, slide rule, garbage, Chinese, sanguine

I barely know what country I am in these days. I have been plane hopping since six months ago and I am beginning to think that getting into sales was not such a create idea. "Go to interesting places, meet interesting people", heck, if I had joined the Army, I would at least have the option to kill them. And the desert countries are the worst. Sand, wind, sun, it is no day at the beach, let me tell you. And I often wonder what a huge chunk of ice would do for this place. I heard they now have an indoor ski resort.The food is the worst. Last night I had what I thought to be Turtle soup, only, I suspect they made it with something out a garbage bin or tortoise, as this is a desert. Also, it went through the system very slowly. I am one who enjoys recognising my food at face value

At least I was set up in a nice hotel. At this point I should mention a certain desert state building shaped like a boat's sail, yes in deed, I could see it all the way from my room's window. At least the Shaik was interested in item #119 LIVER PRO DI-AL 411 a piece of medical equipment so robust, you could install and use it in a cave.

In the here and now, I suspect I am somewhere in the east, well, more east. it seems there is a Minaret spiralling up around every corner from where someone is singing an invite to prayer. Personally, I prefer the Buddhists. A lovely crafted Mandala has always given me that feeling of tranquility and peace. I unload another few units at a government hospital, and head of to my next destination, somewhere Chinese I think, damn.

The problem is this. A year ago I was A tele-sales rep for an art supply company, it didn't end well. Artist are not easy people, especially a space cadet who takes Mary Jane on an Acid trip as a muse,neither are management. My very last call, on my very last day at the company,after only a week, went something like this:
"..Garrett & Wood, purveyors of fine art supplies, how may I help you today?"
"..yes sir, oils, water colours, oil pastels.."
".. definitely sir, framed as well as unframed, fitted to you specification."
"..all colours of course.."
".. jade? Isn't that a kind of green.."
".. but when it comes down to it, it is green.."
"..look, I am new here.."
".. well that may be true.."
".. sure you are, but as I see it, amber and ivory are basically just yellow.."
".. well in fact I don't call it sanguine.."
".. maybe because red doesn't sound like an illness.."

The silver lining came only a few months later with a sales job entailing luxurious international travel, and a mug with a company logo, not bad since the other side reads.. " you dont have to be crazy to work here, but it helps!!.."

I don't think the Chinese take to modern medical equipment to well or anything modern really, well, mostly in the rural country side. their answer to the computer, pocket calculator and slide rule, are all - the abacus. But still they have clients to our company. Even though they mend broken bones with a mixture of yak butter, axle grease and rice stalks, they still need item #316 C.T.H.R.U anti-GAMMA bone density VISTA to locate the fracture.

After a month of sales, I ponder on the advantages of an exotic vacation, some place foreign. My own home should do.

This entry was posted on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .


Smoke, this is great stuff! I felt you really created a living character there.

January 9, 2010 at 1:14 AM

ah thanks. I thought mandala and mineret was going to be hard, but the turtle soup got to me

January 9, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Well done, the megs are paying off, YES! I have tried this and I am now convinced that I have the imagination of a dead chicken, so again, well done!

January 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Smoke, Raven has created her Wordzzle page now and Mr Linky is there. We usually go to Ravwen's page and add our name and the URL of our post to the Mr Linky widget at the bottom or her post. That way, all the players get to see everyone's posts.

January 9, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Wonderful use of these very difficult words. I hope to see more! I'm interested in what will happen to this character....see you next Saturday!

January 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Welcome to wordzzles! You're off to a great start. I especially enjoyed that last line and the phone dialogue.

Love your blog title and the text that goes with it.... "he can blog it..." perfect.

January 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Thanks raven. feel free to read my other posts.

January 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM

reston's friend. I might use him again, or not.if you want to follow theexploits of a caracter, read about Bobby Danger. thanks for the visit

January 9, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Welcome to this crazy word driven group.
I loved your character. The use of the words was seamless . What a great first try.

January 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM

thanks doc.

January 9, 2010 at 11:16 PM

We dragons love reading these stories and are so glad to see another writer. We loved the ending. Very clever.

January 10, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Thank you, noble beast

January 10, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Love the new look. Where did you find it?

January 15, 2010 at 8:05 AM

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