Wednesday, August 27, 2008


A little different...
It was Nightcrawler City and almost all the citizens were sleeping. It was dark and dank as usual. There was very little noise at this time of the night. Suddenly, the night stillness was broken by the sound of a milk jug clanging against the box on the porch of one of the citizens. The 'crawler who lived next door was an unpleasant fellow, and he was not at all happy at being awakened at this hour by a couple of delivery guys. He slithered to the door, opened it and made a gesture toward the delivery duo. The one looked at the other as if to say, "What did we do to deserve that?" The other nightcrawler looked at his buddy and said, "You know what they say, '??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ????' ."
Well, Ally thought it was funny when I tried it out on her. Ally is not allowed to answer this one if she is reading this blog. I will wait to see who is silly enough to figure this one out.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


The contest is back.
It was one of those cooking shows. "Never trust a skinny cook", they say. Ferdinando was a very large cook. One day on his cooking show, he was making clam chowder and chili. During a break in the filming, he was quite hungry. He went into his camper and ate fourteen bowls of chili and five bowls of clam chowder. When it was time to resume shooting, Ferd was nowhere to be found. When his producer found out what had happened, he told the rest of the crew what you already know, "??? ???? ????? ????? ??? ????".
We have had a few different people come up with the answers to the previous contests. Who will be first to solve this one? If you are new to the contest, you can look back at some previous posts to see how to solve.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Hurricane Has Arrived

The hurricane has arrived in South Florida. I know because we took her there ourselves. I think it is ironic that Mrs. Fay is a director there, and Mrs. Fay will be in charge of Hurricane Ally! Oh, well, how appropriate that the two storms should descend upon South Florida on the same week.
Ally was very happy to be there. Mom and Dad didn't shed too many tears, but I have had more trouble here at home than I did leaving her. Her room is so clean now, which means she isn't here to mess it up. I liked it better when there was a mess in there that I can see from this computer location.
Dudley was happy to have us home. However, he had a blast at his puppy-sitters, Pam and Bill's house. He wants to go back and stay with them if Mom and Dad go away again.
The Cliche Contest will be published again in a few days. Sorry for the delay.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Only One Sentence Is Completely True

Ally and Dudley
Banquet Night

We are taking Ally to Southern California tonight to go to college. We will not miss her in the least. Since we have plenty of other kids at home, we won't even realize she is gone. Dudley will be one happy dog now that he doesn't have to put up with Ally.

We are going to be pulling our big Dodge truck with Ally's little Sunfire to her college. It should be an easy seven-hour trip. We will not be stopping, even for bathroom breaks.

The cliche contest will not be resuming next week when we return.

Ally is very excited about going to Florida, and we are happy for her.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August Blizzard

Dani was home for the weekend. She went with Ally, Mom and Dudley to the horse show. On the way home Dani declared that she had to have a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. They stopped, made their purchase and then went to the truck. After placing her Blizzard in the truck, she checked her purse. It was about then that she heard a lapping sound. Looking up, she let out a shriek. Dudley LOVES ice cream. He's such a precious dog.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

On The Road

I will be on the road on the Collingsworth bus for the next few days. I have several more stories for the Cliche Contest lined up. They will begin again next week after I return. Check out to see the website and schedule of the Collingsworths.
It has been a busy summer here. Ally is leaving for Florida next Thursday to go to school. That will be the official opening of the empty nest. Mom has been busy trying to get the house sold in Dayton. It looked like it was finally done, and then the inspection went badly. Several things may need to be done to prepare it for sale, making it take a lot longer than expected. Summer vacation in Tennessee was a great break, but it seems like it is time for another! The trip to Florida doesn't seem like a vacation. But, everyone is pretty healthy, so there is a lot to be thankful for.

Monday, August 4, 2008


This one is way out there. It's a little bit of Western, a little bad pronunciation/spelling, a little Nascar and all silly. Have at it.
Many years ago near a fort in Kansas, there was a little-known Indian tribe. The soldiers were friendly with the tribe and vice versa. Some days the soldiers would go to visit the tribe and engage in games with them. One of their favorite games to play was one in which the tribe would choose four of their nicest braves to run in a footrace against four of the soldiers. Since the Indians were so much faster than the soldiers, they had to start farther back than the soldiers. When the race was ready to begin, all the participants would line up on their respective starting lines. At this point the colonel who was the master of ceremonies would begin the race by allowing the Indians to start running from a point about ten yards behind the soldiers' starting line. As soon as the soldiers heard the braves start, they were allowed to leave their starting line. How did the colonel get the race started? By issuing the command, "??????, ????? ???? ?????????!"
I will wait to see who is far enough out there to post the correct answer. Thanks for reading and participating.