Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“So it is not Friday after all.”
“No Little Potato. It’s Wednesday.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we were present when Cortez paid a visit to Larry and Andrew. It was no surprise that Cortez said he had nothing to do with Sandusky’s murder. What was a surprise was to find out the engineer who reported that the medical equipment was not working ended up dead in a skiing accident. Cortez left the report that the engineer developed. We need to get back to Larry’s office since he and Andrew are trying to figure out the next step.

“I have to say the man has cheek.”

“What do you mean by that, Andrew.”

“He waltzes in here hands us a report, and then boldly denies he killed Sandusky.”

“What would you do?”

“I see your point.”

“The surprise to me was the engineer being killed.”

“Sounds fishy doesn’t it?”

“Yeah. I think we better look into that so-called accident. There might be a little more to it.”

“What is the engineer’s name? I’ll look him up on Google.”

“Let me see. Here it is at the bottom of the report. Alexis Rafferty.”

“Okay, here I go. A-l-e-x-i-s-r-a-f-e-r-t-y. Is that right?”

“Nope. Two fs”

“Okay got it. Here it is. The accident happened at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. Looks like he was doing a night trail and ran off into the trees.”

“Night skiing huh? Already sounds suspicious. Any quotes from the police?”

“Yeah. A captain Swartz was quoted as saying it was an unfortunate accident and our thoughts go to the family.”

“I think we ought to give Swartz a call and see what the official report stated. I wonder if they did an autopsy?”

“Most communities are part of a medical examiners data base. Let me do a query.”

“You go doc. How long will it take?”

“Twelve seconds Mr. Type A. Here it is.”

“What does it say?”

“Hold on let me read a little. Um hum. Yup. Yeah well, who would have guessed?”

“Damn Andrew. Can you share.”

“It looks like our Mr.Rafferty was bombed out of his mind. His BAC was 2.0. Not 0.02, but 2.0. I would imagine he would have a tough time walking let alone navigate a ski lift and skis.”

“I think we are needing to give Swartz a call. Also, any next of kin?”

“Let me go back to the story. Yes. He left a wife and a couple of kids.”

“Where are they?”

“The paper says Boston, but they might have moved by now.”

“Let’s see if we can track them down. I need to ask the wife about Rafferty’s drinking habits.”

“I’ll do a search.”

“Great. While You are doing that, I’ll give Swartz a call.”

“May take some time.”

“That’s okay. Yes hello. This is detective Dunfee of the Boston Police Department. I wonder if Captain Swartz is available? Yes, I can hold.”

“Is he there?”

“Not sure. I’m on hold.”

“The power of Dunfee.”

“Smartass. Oh no, I was talking to an associate. He’s not available huh? Would you please ask him to call me back? It is in regards to the Rafferty accident. Yes. That’s Dunfee. The number 617 555-5000. No extension. Just have him ask for me. Thank you. Oh, one more thing. Tell him it is urgent.”

“Maybe he is working a case.”

“Yeah, right. Not getting on the phone is number two on the suspicious list.”

“I’m sure everyone would drop what they are doing to talk to the famous Detective Dunfee.”

“Shut up, Andrew and find that wife.”

“Aye, aye, Legree.”

 

 

59 comments

  1. A main person involved has now turned up dead. Uh, oh. That’s interesting and a bit scary. A good installment, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😄

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  2. Feels like progress is being made. Type A personality is getting things done.

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    1. I think Larry is getting into the zone. Thanks, Charles.

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  3. Simon is moving things right along. That 2.0 reads more like a Richter scale than a BAC!

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    1. Can’t imagine what his brain was going through while sliding down a hill at Mach 1.

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      1. Probably thinking about its next life . . as apple sauce.

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      2. Loved the applesauce mentsl picture.

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      3. So to speak, LOL

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  4. Skiing drunk – at night. Seems odd, but I’m sure it’s been done. Still, 2.0 is way beyond toasted. I wonder how long it will take word of them looking into this to get back to Cortez. The number of people I don’t trust is growing with my paranoia.

    Great episode, John. I like how you’re keeping the banter going between Heckle and Jeckle.

    Twiggy is adorable, in case you were wondering.

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    1. I was wondering about that Twiggy shot, Dan ( ha haha) A healthy and growing paranoia is good for you. 😄

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  5. I agree…night skiing sounds a tad suspicious. As for Google…it can’t be trusted!

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    1. NIght skiing fully loaded. You are right, Jill. Google can’t be trusted.

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  6. I wonder what skiing at 2.0 would look like? Would it be classified as the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat? 🙂

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    1. Ha haha. Pretty scary, I’ll bet.

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      1. We could add it to the sports category for the Olympics! 🙂

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      2. Ha haha.”Here you go. Drink this bottle of Grey Goose and you’ll be ready to compete.”

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  7. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Definitely suspicious, but what a story! Absolutely love the photo of Twiggy. She is camera-special. ♥

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    1. She does like to pose for sure. Thanks, Gwen.

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  8. That photo is precious, but I’m sure you already know that. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Anneberly. I did know that. 😀

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  9. I imagine skiing at 2.0 would be someone standing on the boards in the hardwood floor, swaying back and forth, then crashing into a barstool.

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    1. Good description.

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  10. I can barely ski totally sober, so I’m definitely suspicious.

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    1. Me too. I have retired from skiing.

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  11. Aw, Twiggy looks like she’s posing! I’m not a skier, but I don’t think it sounds logical to ski at night and roaring drunk. Interested at where this thing’s headed, John!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I do believe somethig is not right there. Yes Twiggy did a pose. She was so accomodating on her one year birthday ( last Monday)

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      1. Happy belated B-day to one sweet doggin!

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  12. Oh the adorable face on your little potato! 🙂 And, the plot thickens. Yes at BAC of 2.0, the guy most certainly shouldn’t have been on the ski slopes or anywhere else except bed!

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    1. Ha haha. Even bed would be risky. 😁

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  13. I’ve never gone skiing, but even if I were adept at it, I wouldn’t do it drunk at night. Something is definitely amiss.The writer is pulling puppet strings again, LOL!

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    1. Call me Gepetto. 😄

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  14. Twiggy’s face! She kills me.
    As to skiing with a level of 2.0, while it would make your limbs limber, methinks it would also make your eyesight wonky and your depth perception nil… very suspicious indeed…

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    1. The big challenge woud be to remain upright.

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      1. And needing a ceramic microphone.

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      2. Ooohhh…

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      3. Calling trains at the ceramic microphone. “Pittsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Albuqurerque.”

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  15. I’m so impressed with your ability to fully form characters strictly by dialogue (and no tags!), John!
    Love the sarcasm 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Jacquie. Coming fronm one as talented as you is quite a compliment. ❤️

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      1. ‘blushing’ 🙂

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  16. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’ve night skied at Boreal before but never with a blood alcohol level of 2.0. I couldn’t imagine being able to put on skis much less get off the lift…lol. People are sure dying around this machine!

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    1. Yes it seems to attract bodies for sure.

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  17. As a world-renowned smartass, myself, I approve of this post.

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    1. Thank you, Hook.

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  18. Hmmm and hmmm again… We’re still running along behind that carrot, John. You keep me guessing. Looking forward to next week. Mega hugs.

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    1. I love the idea of the carrot, Teagan. Hugs

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  19. I love the banter between these two. Hey, they’re getting things done. 2.0 and night skiing?

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    1. Yeah. Hard to believe.

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