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Fandango’s FOWC is fool, the Word of the Day Challenge is down, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are gizmo, champion, parrot , and Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge phrase is “Are you a spy?”

Gizmo, my Grand Champion Royal Amazonian Blue Striped Macaw Parrot was many things, but he was no fool. As Gizmo’s cage was near the front window of the parlor, he’d seen Mr. Miniver, Top Secret Undercover Agent, walk past the house many times, then disappear halfway down the street, into the alley – then watched me put on a trenchcoat like the one Miniver wore and leave within minutes.

After watching this scenario play itself out ten times or so, Gizmo put two and two together. When I returned to the house after the tenth time, Gizmo asked, “Are you a spy?”

I’m sad to say, drastic measures had to be taken, and poor Gizmo now sleeps with the fishes in the basement’s deep freeze.

On second thought, maybe he was. A fool, that is.  He shoulda kept his beak shut.

Note:  no animals were harmed in the writing of this fictional story.

31 thoughts on “Gizmo

        1. OK here it is. A guy goes to a store looking to buy a parrot. He sees one, and it’s even marked down in price. The guy learns that the parrot has a terrible habit of swearing once he gets it home. He does his best to re-train the parrot, but the day he swore up a storm when the minister was over for coffee was too much for him to bear. When the minister left, the man took the parrot and threw him in the deep freeze in the basement for 10 minutes. Miraculously, the parrot stopped swearing after that. The man was amazed and happy. A few weeks later, as the man sat at his kitchen table, sipping a cup of coffee and reading the paper, the parrot asked, “Just curious, but what did the chicken do?”

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        1. It’s like a hazardous waste site for me. I can’t turn it all loose at once, or it would contaminate the whole environment. Hoping you understand. I’ve got a lifetime of toxic waste stored up inside 😦

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            1. I’m glad you understand. Staying vigilant is what works for me. The genie came out of the bottle with my bf and that’s why I stay single. I never want to go to that place again.

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              1. Yea it’s best to keep it under control to be the better person. I have to watch it at work…just rage at times but I can’t show it.

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                1. Writing every day has been immensely helpful for me to stay calm. It does get that dark energy out a little at a time. By the time I’m 100 I’ll be ready to step through the pearly gates 😉

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                    1. Yes… the guys came down around two weeks ago and we played. I’m just picking at you kinda…it does help. It’s like painting or writing I would think…an outlet for emotion

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                    2. It sure looks like it’s going to be good. It is a Criterion Collection disc so it has an intro by another director (forgot name sorry) that talks about the b&w noir aspect, the cast, and the director. I did see all of that part and up through the scene at the cemetery, but that’s as far as I got. Looking forward to watching it tonight. Why doesn’t it surprise me that you’ve seen it?

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                    3. lol…I’m a fan of Orson Welles.
                      Another movie by him called “A Touch of Evil” is wonderful also. The opening scene was shot continuous with no cut aways… and it’s great. I wonder how many takes they did. One of the best opening shots from any movie. You can see just the opening on Youtube.

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