Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Twiggy

“Yes, Twiggy. It is only Wednesday.”

It is Wednesday Story Day time again, and last week we learned that Larry has been having dreams about his deceased wife. Andrew has some very definite ideas about Larry’s experiences with Gloria which are very rational. Larry tends to think in metaphysical terms since he is convinced he was able to talk to his wife. As they were talking Andrew’s phone rang. Since it could be someone responding to the ad they placed we should get over there and find out who is on the other end.

 

“Yeah, Hello. Yes, this is the correct number for the ad. You do huh? Hold on let me get a pencil and paper.”

“Who is it?”

“A guy who has a machine big enough to do an anchor. hush, I need to get his name and address.”

“Okay, I’ve got something to write with. Could I get your name? “

“Uh huh.”

“And address? Whoa, slow down.”

“Yup, I think I have it. Can we come over this afternoon and take a look at the equipment?”

“That will be great. Thank you so much for calling.”

“No, I didn’t ask the price. I figured you would have to look at the anchor and then give us a proposal. Does that work for you?”

“Swell see you at three Mr. Dixon. Bye now.”

“Mr. Dixon, huh?”

“I figure it is a phony name, but we can run it just the same.”

“Why phony?”

“I have this gut feeling our Mr. Dixon knows nothing about the equipment and is making the call for someone else.”

“Could it be our killer?”

“Come on Larry. That would be way too easy. No, I think this is a company who had a going business and might be in bankruptcy.”

“You can tell all that from one conversation with a guy and his phony name?”

“He sounded like a banker to me. Just the way he talked. We can run the address and see what pops up. He didn’t tell me the name of the company, and I didn’t ask. I didn’t want to appear to be too knowledgeable.”

“Well, so what you are telling me this will be a dead-end.”

“I wouldn’t say that, Larry. After all, there has to be someone there who is going to scope the work. Who knows maybe that someone will know something.”

“I get this Alice in Wonderland feeling about this whole machine thing.”

“It is a long shot.”

“I think Gloria is going to haunt me tonight.”

“That’s a strange thing to say.”

“She told me to go for the motive and the killer would be found. She did not say to run around town looking for some super pulverizing machine.”

“We both agreed that if we found such a machine, the motive might just pop up.”

“I know. I just don’t want to lose sight of the fact that the motive for blowing up a heart has to be core to this case.”

“Registered detective.”

“So, we have an appointment at three o’clock. Where is it?”

“By the docks of course.”

“Why do you say of course?”

“Have you read any mysteries?”

“Not that I remember.”

“Murders always take place by the docks.”

“Funny I can’t recall a murder by the docks.”

“There is also an excellent café by the wharf that serves killer clam chowder.”

“Let me run the address in the system and get a printout of who supposedly owns the business and then let’s go. I would never turn down a bowl of chowder.”

“A man after my own heart.”

41 comments

  1. John,

    This entry had me wondering who the detective was. Larry seems to be relying solely on his gut at this point while Andrew is pretty dang calculated about the whole matter.
    I can’t wait to see what’s at the bottom of that bowl of chowder . . .

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    1. Of course, Andrew made the goofy point about murders taking place at the docks. I guess well see if the chowder yields more than a potato.

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      1. Yes, that was random . . which always provokes a “Hmmm” from me. Because I don’t believe there is anything random about most things you tease us with.

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      2. Sometimes random is just random. Moooohahahahaha

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  2. Murders always take place at the docks, eh? I think someone has only ever read one mystery thriller.

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    1. That may be Andrew’s shortcoming. Thanks, Keith

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  3. Ghosts and clam chowder? Now this is a story.

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    1. Yeah, how could one go wrong with murder, ghosts, and chowder. Thanks, Charles.

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  4. After all of the stories we hear about Craig’s List, I hope they’re going during daylight hours. Clam chower…what?

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    1. Clam ranom, right? Was a tip to the No Name Cafe in Boston. They have an appointment at 3:00 so I think they will be okay. Thanks , Jill.

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  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    This is getting fun, John. I’m wondering about that cafe… BTW, I love the photo of Twiggy. I suspect she’s checking in, hoping you’ll pick her up. How could you not? 😀

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    1. She always gets picked up under those circumstances. She does have her “pick me up,” face. Thanks, Gwen.

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  6. At least they seem to be making headway. I have a feeling you were hungry when you wrote this installment, John. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. One of my favorite spots was the No Name Cafe in Boston. It was on the wharf and had killer chowder. I guess the mention of wharf reminded me about it.

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  7. Patricia beat me to it. I was going to ask if you were hungry while writing. Have some chowder and we’ll check in next week.

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    1. I guess I was. Chowder sounded so good and when I think of a wharf my mind goes to Boston and the No Name Cafe.

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      1. Are there clams in Texas or are the waters too warm.

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      2. There are clams, Oysters , and mussels in Texas waters. To harvest them you have to consult maps that are issued dailey. It shows where harvesting is allowed and where forbidden. We have a pretty big authorized area near us.

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      3. Dug a lot of clams in Oregon and Alaska. It’s a great time, and they’re wonderful fresh from the sea.

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      4. Did the same on the East Coast. Haven’t tried Texas clams yet.

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  8. I had to laugh at murder by the docks. Now if there was a huge blanket of fog and it was 3:00 in the morning I’d be listening for the sound of footfalls.

    And now you have me hungry for clam chowder. I used to do a fair amount of clamming (and crabbing and fishing) in my day 🙂

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    1. I could go for a bowl of chowder myself. Thanks, Mae.

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  9. You get points for adding clam chowder to the story, and bonus points for adding “killer” clam chowder. I just hope these guys don’t have to produce an anchor at some point. I’m somewhat troubled by the notion that my wife might someday be giving me directions from the grave – maybe that’s why guys usually go first.

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    1. I suspect you would miss the directions if they suddenly stopped. Thanks, Dan.

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  10. Andrew seems to have become the voice of reason here. Larry, on the other hand, is appearing to be a little “off” with his comments. However, you can never go wrong with a bowl of clam chowder. 🙂 Another intriguing segment, John.

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    1. A bowl of chowder goes a long way in helping the mind think. Thank you, Jan

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  11. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Great installment this week John. Can’t wait for the meeting:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  12. Oh dear. I don’t foresee anything good coming of this, but I can’t wait to read more!!

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    1. I agree with you, Debbie.

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    2. I have to agree with you. Thanks, Debbie

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  13. Thanks, Ziggy for the introduction to your Pop’s ‘Murder by the Docks’ episode… My clam chowder with milk, Please? ♥

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  14. Now I have such a craving for clam chowder.

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    1. Sure you do. With nice salt pork, cream, potatoes, and clams

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  15. Oh-oh… John, I have a baaaad feeling about where they’re going. Maybe they should take that fortune teller with them. Why? How would I know? Wait a sec. Did somebody say something? No, it’s Laura Branigan… Singing Gloria. Turn up the volume to drown out the hammering on the other side of my bedroom wall!

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Sorry about the giant woodpecker next door. Hugs

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  16. Great episode, John. Larry isn’t so convinced, yet Andrew seems to have things moving forward in a good way. Can’t wait to see what a bowl of clam chowder at the docks will bring.

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    1. Could be interesting for sure. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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