When I first saw Carra23′s post in THE ARENA on boards.ie this morning
Is the arena dead or alive ? I have not contributed but followed it intermittently. Great thread with some quality stories. Who currently holds the title ?
Carra23′s post in the creative writing forum that has been eirely silent since I posted my previous “taking over the world” post, and the post that had received 401 views before Carra23 injected his or her exclamation remark, initially thinking that he or she was 1 brick short of a full load on the question of “who holds the title,” because scrolling up a few posts would given him or her the answer to the question he or she was asking, but after a few trips back and forth through my limbic system, I figured out that he or she was sending me a message, and the Legolas-like comment Carra23 wrote was actually a coded message!. This is what the code words meant:
My thoughts exactly. Dead or Alive and Mouse Ears. Actually: Mickey Mouse ears. Most of the Mothers in that forum are in a whirl; they don’t know if I’m a boy or a girl! And I seem to be some sort of rebel, so now is the time to yell about it.
Strange, really. I had a post all lined up and ready to go – up inside my head, that is; a post to explain everything about my logical Mad Men story that lost the last contest of wit against hcass and her emotional story. I owe it all to Mo at Niche Interplanetary Travel (NIT.) He straightened me out on the growing myriad of connections that began to get complicated, stalling my response.
The latest new neural connection was that Pinky & The Brain were going to flood La Vista Del Orroyo Odio So, which sounds very Mexican, even though it was inhabited by Americans, making me think it was in a Southern US state that took part of Mexico away from the Mexicans. And Flake and I had just returned from Riviera Maya, and visited 3 cenotes (underground lakes and rivers.)
Anyway, to make a short story long, getting back in the swing of things this week was not easy after our Mexico trip. We had a backlog of incoming baggage, and the new logistics guy we hired that was quitting last Friday, after 6 weeks – quitting for a government job – he was buggering up the cogs, even though he was not being lazy or deliberately saboteurish about his last week with us. And some funny things happened on that Mexico trip, which I will get to later. I want to move on to Jernal’s reply to Carra23:
It’s mostly dead, filled with the carcasses of fallen warriors. You may be the only glimmer of life. [Who currently holds the title ?] hcass, she’s over there sleeping on the throne just past the bloody guts and entrails of other writers. Those heads you see on pikes are her most treasured trophies. Folks call ‘em the lucky ones.
I took one look at the reply and thought OMG, why would Jernal go with some sort of Apocalypse Now theme?
Should I mention it to Jernal, or keep my hands away from my guns, not that I’m feeling myself or anything, as I am a girl, and usually sub that out to my BF, but should I zap Jernal with my Grand Sirenis Hotel stay as an eiree tie in that demands mention as that scene was important? Fanboi Sheen was in Cambodia to terminate Kurtz with extreme prejudice. And careful, those monkeys bite. We didn’t see any monkeys on the Grand Sirenis resort by the way, which was a bummer. My Dad occasionally talks about watching the 5pm BBC News on the “telly” as he calls it when he was like 7 or 8, when the Vietnam War was drifting into Cambodia – and there was a lot of gorilla warfare.
“Who gave the gorillas these guns, and why would they want to fight?” he said one time.
But no – Jernal must have meant to reference pikeys, because of Jim Rockford’s trailer (caravan) on The Rockford Files:
That got me thinking. Should I throw this fight? Or what seems to be turning into a fight on this thread?
Should I pull a slavetothegrind and just disappear?
Nah. Dad would want me to finish what I started. If I wasn’t so busy, I would have already posted the response that 401 people are now waiting for. Where the heck is Dad anyway? It’s Mother’s Day! If he came back, I’m sure my Mum would come back too.
Nope, I’m going to take the gloves off and do a couple more rounds in THE ARENA. This gombeenorrahll throw na’ fi’.
Just as I was adjusting my approach [i.e. tossing my idea] in light of these 2 new posts, since I had originally thought of opening with a tie-in between Troy Tempest from Stingray and Jim Rockford from The Rockford Files and that Lorelei song (a mermaid and a rock), and also a character Troy Tempest played for a long time called James Garner, I figured I would introduce the silent partner Rockford had with him in Rick Shaw’s office that fateful Pog-ish day; a lady by the name of Aquamarina (a mermaid,) and also Troy Tempest’s current squeeze. “Aquamarina” also being a play on words for Aqualine Fire and the company’s owner, Steve, who is, for the most part, a silent partner in everything that my Dad does around the net.
But then, out of left field, Carra23 posts again and offers a challenge. But is it a challenge? He or she said:
Sounds like the next challenge should be ‘The Resurrection’
OMG – a vibration went down to my feet, into those hollow boots that the Beavers loved to stick their heads into!
Needless to say, I wanted to talk about my story, and how it operated on many levels, with connections going every way but loose. But once again, I’m back to the drawing board. Thanks, Carra23 and Jernal.