Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Centus - What's in a name?


It's time to join the lovely Jenny Matlock at Off On My Tangent for Saturday Centus! Life has been crazy lately and I haven't been able to post much. But I always make time to join our little band of Centusians for this weekly writing exercise. Jenny provides us with a prompt, and we write a story of no more than 100 words exclusive of the prompt. The only rules are no pictures, no profanity and no splitting the prompt! Jenny is gracious enough to keep the link live for the entire week, so you have plenty of time to craft a tale to share.
And the stories are so short, there is no excuse for not visiting all of the links. You'll be glad you did, there are some amazing writers who join every week.

I look forward every week to waking up on Saturday and seeing what Jenny has provided us to work with. This morning was no different. Until I read the prompt. Initially I groaned, then started laughing so hard I almost lost my coffee in a very unbecoming way. This is going to be an interesting week! Here is my contribution, the prompt is in bold blue font.


For years, he suffered. Bullies taunting him in the schoolyard. Raised eyebrows and barely suppressed laughter as teachers read his name for the first time. Outright howls whenever his name was called in public. His parents certainly had a flare for the outrageous. How many kids grew up in a house painted Barney purple? He always assumed that the anesthesiologist had used a free hand with the demerol when he was born. But what was his dad's excuse?

Then he read the job posting on Monster. And smiled as he entered the corporate offices of Butterball.

"Pardon me," said Tom T. Urkee. "Which way to HR?"

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33 comments:

Bookie said...

How super clever you are this morning!

easternsparkle said...

Oh my word! I think my lunchtime tomato soup probably went the same way as your coffee!! This is soooo funny - love the link to Butterball as well!

Anna said...

Perfect. And now I have no idea how I am going to write my SC text!
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving at all in Sweden. And turkey is not that popular.
I'll have to try to come up with something.
Best wishes,
Anna

noexcuses said...

So very clever! I'm still on my first cup of coffee, so when I read the prompt, I "didn't get it." Thanks for enlightening me!

Tracy said...

I have only just re read the name as usual rushed in both feed first. Love your take on it

cj Schlottman said...

Wonderful! I love a happy ending.

Thanks..........cj

Anna said...

Mine is not as funny as yours, but at least I put something together for this prompt.
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's SC wk 29

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Girl, that is amazing!! So funny.

Blondie's Journal said...

Very clever!! And VERY funny! I look forward to your posts on Saturday!

XO,
Jane

Kathysue said...

Oh Kat that was GREAT!! You had me giggling at the end. You do have a flare with words my dear!! Love you, Kathysue

Judie said...

Hahaha! Kat, you are soooo clever!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Kat! You are such a hoot! This is priceless! I love it! I'll bet he got the job! I loved your childhood memory post, too. My sister and I used to do just that in my grandmother's yard full of huge old oaks! How fun! Hope you are having a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!...hugs....Debbie

faith said...

Oh, I hope they hire him! Poor guy could use a break. :)

Ames said...

How cute! Love it!~Ames

Viki said...

OMG, I can be so out of it sometimes. I knew the name seemed a little odd but didn't think anything of it until I read your centus and looked at it again. Duh!! Loved your take on the prompt, ha.

Tina said...

So clever. I'm slow this morning, and also didn't spot the reference. Great job!

Sue said...

I LOVED this, Kat. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.

=D

•♪•Mumsy•♪• said...

Oh dear, I'm going to echo everyone's comment here. You're very clever with this prompt, and also entertaining too..

Stef said...

Haha. Too funny. Great job.

My Vintage Blankie said...

Yea....for him! I agree with the other's. You're so clever and the story is so appropriate at this time. Thank you!!

Tgoette said...

OMG Kat! This is awesome! Your boundless imagination and creativity have once again served you well! I loved your take on the prompt! Great twist too! Funny stuff, my friend!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, I love every one of your stories. Your imagination and your way of telling a story are just the greatest. How you even think up all of this is beyond me,but I so love reading it. This is just perfect. Hugs, Marty

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! You got me, Kat, and you did a great job with this one! LOL! Loved it! What a hoot... no pun intended. ;-)

And I love you and your sweet comments on Eddie's blog and on mine, too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your kind words meant so much to me.

I think that is so neat that Miss Welty went to school in your home town. I am assuming that is in Mississippi, but I'm not sure where Miss Welty went to school For some reason, I thought she went to the University of Wisconsin or some place up north. Where else? I can't recall. My favorite story of hers is "The Petrified Man." I like it better than "Why I Live At The P.O." I have audios of her reading both, but I can't find them!!!

Okay, out of here before the server cuts out on me again. I had to drive home to get on a different server. We are having "issues."

Love you lots...

XO,

Sheila :-)

jeff campbell said...

Pretty funny stuff;-) A name that finally paid off...well done...Peace

Malisa said...

Brilliant! Yes, mam. Good stuff there! You outdid yourself this week!

I just posted my story. Please come check it out!

Malisa

Tina said...

brilliant and funny! Loved the offices of butterball!

Tina from
Mummy Diaries

Jackie said...

This was a very tall tale . Nice one .

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was hilarious, Kat!

I don't know how Jenny keeps coming up with such clever prompts, but I can always rely upon you to come through with the perfect story for them!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hugs, Pat

Arlee Bird said...

Now that's just plain silly and fun. You gave me a nice chuckle this morning.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Kat! I hope you enjoy your Tom T. Urkee!! Just stopping by to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!...hugs...Debbie

ღ~Mumsy~ღ said...

Just stopping by to wish you and your family a fantastic Thanksgiving, Kat!

Jenny said...

I loved this! I had saved these to read on Thanksgiving but chaos got in the way!

This was fantastic.

I laughed at the great ending!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! You are sooooo cool!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You are just too clever. Yes girl we had a ball at Nell Hill's we're hoping to head to her other 2 stores before Christmas, just for another girls day out..
I hope you and yours had a fantastic Thanksgiving.
hugs ~lynne~