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April 24, 2011

Another free write exercise I did some time back. Plus a devilishly difficult maze. Be sure to read the directions first.(Solution next week—if I can find it.) Plus a couple of pictureless cartoons. Plus a doodle.

Random Thoughts #2 from a Wandering Mind  . . .

It was time. Time to do so many things. Why, there were things he hadn’t even gotten around to putting off yet, hoping, probably, that they would put themselves off. It never works that way of course. As a matter of fact, this was his direct and guiding philosophy, something he never took lightly (even when he went on a diet and wound up losing his way, his temper and at gin rummy). Clenching his fists, gritting his teeth, furrowing his brow and lowering his head, he continued thinking. “Fundamentally,” he thought, “this is fun and mental.” Suddenly, and spontaneously, thoughts poured forth in gay profusion: If worms had teeth would they bite a string twice as long as half its length? Tires squealing, the fire engine began a new career. Maybe the dodo knew what it was doing. How many other words are there in this sentence? Pssssst! Name another word in English besides ‘assesses’ that possesses five esses.

Interrupted at this point by nothing in particular, the man went on putting things off, deciding, apparently, that there’s no future in procrastination. (I think.)

His next task was formidable. Or, as the French so aptly put it, formidable. Coming as it did from the head of division herself (oh! Why could it not have been the chief of multiplication?), he knew it was folly to continue sandbagging trumps and thus proceeded with “The List of Comic Strips That Have Passed On.” Let us pause and remember Li’l Abner and Li’l Iodine, Bringing Up Father and Moon Mullins; a fond thought or two for Pogo, Red Ryder and Terry and the Pirates. Forget-me-not! Proclaim The Little King, Smoky Stover, Tillie the Toiler and the Gumps.

It was obvious by now, of course, that the man would never get around to putting off all those things that needed doing. With a sigh he combed his hair, cleaned the pool and single-handedly defeated the Kaiser’s navy (Kaiser Bill, of course). But I think Alley Oop is still around.

Cartoon #81: Two teachers are standing outside their school as buses arrive for the first day of school. One teacher turns to the other and says, “Boy, this school year sure is dragging.”

Cartoon #85: A store front with a big sign – PAWN SHOP. The display window has dozens of different shaped and sized chess pawns.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. NRJ permalink
    April 26, 2011 4:31 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t have time right now to think about time, so will only note that your drawing must contain a clue as to the correct arrows and directions to solve the maze, if only one had the time. But it is about time to lament a few lost comic friends, especially the great penguin. So continue to find time to randomly think and be sure not to note what the end point may be because we are already too late to get there due to your inconsiderate pointing out of the limits of time wishing. Perhaps Francessess of Assessessi…

    • April 26, 2011 2:11 pm

      Using my trusty timepiece this time, I timed your timely diatribe (or pleasant rejoinder, I don’t care which) on time and I’m left with one glaring question: What do you have against thyme? Hmmm?

      • NRJ permalink
        April 27, 2011 5:29 pm

        Well Basil (or Dave, as you like to pretend you are), you certainly have peppered my friendly comments with a little salt. Talk about poor timing (oh, yes, you didn’t mention the ting in time, did you?)! I was about to use some of your thyme, but now that nut, Meg, says your latest little cinammonesque precludes it. What a batch of starch (arrowroot, methinks) that is. Perhaps it’s time to draw up some onionskin and put the garlic to the meat. Searing comments…

  2. April 27, 2011 10:08 pm

    Well, as old Pap Rika’s daughters, Rosemary and Ginger used to say, ain’t no use gettin’ all hot and bothered ‘cuz summer is a cumin in.

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