Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“Hey, Lucy. When’s Friday?”
“Day after tomorrow.”
“Gee a lifetime.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week, we finished up the testing of all the folks working this case, and it seems Stennis is still the odd person out as far as being the suspected mole. A big thank you to Larry for getting Pricilla vetted. Speaking of her, Pricilla went to check with her team to see if the kid in the car had a cell phone and, if so, were there any calls on it that would be useful. I see she is coming back so let’s go there and get the report.

 

So, Ms. Thomas, any news?”

“Yes, Mr. Dunfee, there is news. Unfortunately, it is not good news.”

“Well, that figures. Did the kid have a cell phone?”

“There was no cell phone on the body or anywhere near the scene.”

“So, Stennis is still in the hot seat.”

“Yes, but you have raised an interesting point. Let’s go into the other room. Lieutenant, we have no further need to have Mr. Popović. Here. He can go back to his cell.”

“Yes, Ms. Thomas. Come on, Lazar, you are with me.”

“Thank you for everything you are doing to find my daughter, Ms. Thomas.”

“Let’s hope we can do that quickly, Mr. Popović. Come on, Larry. Andrew, you can join us too.”

“Right behind you, Ms. Thomas.”

“Okay, here we are at a smaller room. Close the door, please.”

“Okay, Ms. Thomas.”

“You can call me Pricilla when we are not with lazar.”

“Sure thing Pricilla. Why the different room?”

“One thing that always is present in an interrogation room is a microphone for creating a record of confessions and such. I just don’t know if it is on or not, so I would rather be in here.”

“Room could be bugged.”

“Yeah, but at least there’s a chance it’s not. Also, I don’t have anything earth-shattering to talk about.”

“What do you have?”

“The Lieutenant raised a point about getting into Stennis’ cell to determine if he has placed any calls to the Cortez team. I’ve asked my techie to do that very thing. Also, we are monitoring Stennis’s calls now.”

“I’m a little troubled as to how you are going to determine if the numbers called from Stennis’s phone are Cortez operatives.”

“I asked my techie to figure out away. It is going to take time, though. The safest thing to do is assume Stennis is the mole and keep him out of the loop. There’s my phone. Hold on. This is Thomas. Uh-huh. Sure, I get that. I will want to speak to her to make sure she is okay. Yes, you are in control. Fine.”

“Cortez’s guy.”

“Yes, and he had a warning for us.”

“What was that.”

“No funny business, and they want a straight trade Carolyn for Lazar. They are going to call back with more details.”

“How is this going to be done. Carolyn is in France.”

“I’m not sure. Maybe through intermediaries.”

“When are they going to call?”

“They didn’t say. I don’t think it’s going to be too far off. I need to get back to my office. Do you two want to come?

“You bet. We’ll follow you anywhere.”

“I believe the phrase is ‘blow in my ear, and I’ll follow you anywhere.”‘

“I’ve never heard that before.”

“Yeah, right. let’s go.”

59 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Well, I hadn’t heard of the phrase either, but now I’ve listened to California Smog on YouTube. I always love the morning chuckles, John. Have a great day! 😃

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    1. It is always nice to have some popular culture in the mix. Thank you, Gwen. 😊

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  2. It’s a new one on me, too. It’ll be interesting to get the details of the proposed swap – if it goes ahead. I imagine Lazar will be prepared to sacrifice himself to save his daughter, but I’m not sure that can be guaranteed. Would it be lawful for Pricilla to hand him over to Cortez if she had reasonable grounds to assume he would be tortured or killed? And can she hand him over if he is subject of an ongoing criminal investigation and/or criminal charges?

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    1. In a legal sense Pricilla has no room to negotiate. Her sworn duty is to uphold the law. This is what is called being painted into a corner. What is going to be necessary is a very smart alternative. I don’t know why I do this to myself. Thanks, Keith.

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      1. Occupational hazard, my dear fellow.

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      2. I see that. 😁

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  3. Curious phrase. Hope they can catch a break.

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    1. Breaks seem to be hard to come by. We’ll see. Thanks, Charles. 😊

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  4. I remember ear blowing from the 1970’s show Happy Days. 🙂 I bet that room was bugged.

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    1. I thought it was bugged myself so we all had to get out of there. 😁

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  5. Joanne Worley and Artie Johnson in the squad room? The exchange will require someone to cross the Atlantic. I wonder who wants that honor. I’m rooting for the techie – it’s always good when the geeks deliver. I’m trying to keep track of all the questions we have. Until next week, John. Thanks for another good episode.

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    1. I hope you write them down. (The questions anyway) Thanks, Dan.Not sure w ewill actually get to an exchange. You know how things can go south

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      1. On this blog? I fully expect things to go south 😉

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      2. It does seem that the conpass is pointed in tat direction routinely. 😁

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  6. So many questions, so few answers . . . I think we can count on that second room being bugged.

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    1. I’m guessing you are right. Time to move for sure. Thanks, Liz.

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  7. That’s a new phrase for me, too.

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    1. You need to be older I guess. 😁

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  8. The comments are funny. The “blow in my ear” line was a running gag on Laugh In many years ago.

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    1. Yes it was. A group called Californa Smog recorded a song as well. https://youtu.be/Gb5pq_y6Cjg

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  9. I’m looking for my neck brace, John… because I just know there’s about to be a sharp curve. As you hinted, there’s so much potential for this deal to go south. My question is how far south? El Paso? Guadalajara? Honduras? Antarctica? 😉
    Thanks for another great episode. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I guess Antartica is about the furthest it could go. Pack your winter clothes.

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  10. I can’t trust Cortez to follow through on a straight up deal because there is nothing straight up about him.

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    1. I think you are right. Thanks, Marc.

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  11. It seems that Twiggy is testing a new useful application in the garden. It is called “Friday Browser”. Only at the Twiggy Resort!😂

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    1. Yes she is also anamored with the pansies in the pot. 😊

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      1. Yes. what a poetic soul she is! Besides, the spring is coming soon! 🌺

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      2. Yes it is. We are planning the garden now.

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      3. Can you imagine one by Twiggy’s, dear John? There would be plenty of pansies, no deer & always Fridays! Not bad, itsn’t it? 😂😂😂

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      4. I think she loves all kinds of flowers so she would have a big assortment.

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      5. Romantic Twiggy! It would be a magic garden for her.

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      6. Yes it will.😁

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  12. Yep! Great phrase! They are making progress. Cortez has made his demands so things are going to move now! Good segment, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. 😁

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  13. That phrase is new to me, too, John, and I think that room was bugged. And Friday does feel like a lifetime away. 🙂

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    1. Yes, the room is bugged so it is a good thing we are bugging out. Tomorrow will go fast.

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  14. Dear John
    our world is a bugged world 😉 So I suppose, the second room is bugged.
    Keep healthy and happy
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. I can see the logic and wisdom in what you say Klausbernd. Good thing we are all moving to Pricilla’s office. 😁

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  15. Never heard that expression before. Could it be a regional thing?? Glad to see the girls are getting ready for the weekend — no snow on your ground, I notice. Want some???

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    1. The phrase is from Laugh-in. You are too young to know it. No thanks on the snow. 😁

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  16. Nope… straight up trade is never going to work… way too easy. And, what are we? Two years in? Definitely not gonna go the easy route!

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    1. Two years????? Man we have to get a life. 😂

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      1. Buahahaha!!! We are all still here, though… Says much about you, eh? 😉

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      2. Not sure it is much. It does say something though. Thank you, Dale. Hugs 🤗

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      3. Oh now. I say it says much. 😊🤗

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’m trying to remember where I heard that blow in my ear line. Another get installment, wonder how they can save her snd the case.

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    1. Laugh-in was where it became a running joke. Sometines I wonder how they can save her and the case too. 😁

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        That’s it. That was a fun show.

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      2. I know. I enjoyed it when it was on.

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  18. If Carolyn is in France, there’s no way they can get her back in time. Someone else has to play that part. Perhaps Pricilla. I still don’t trust her involvement. She could have a double role. Maybe, her office is bugged also.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Let’s hope her office is clear of bugs. As far as her involvement is concerned, we will have to be patient. Thank you, Pat. Shalom.

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      1. John, Patience is one of those Beatitudes of life, I’m still working on. Patience escapes my grasp often. 😊
        Shalom aleichem

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      2. Wait until you are my age. Patience is like a plant. Over time it becomes sturdy. 😁Shalom.

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  19. And the plot thickens, really thickens. Well, I don’t need Teagan’s neck brace (but probably will soon). I need new nails…I’ve bitten them all off.

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    1. I could loan you mine but I need them to open pistachios. 😁

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      1. Hahaha! 😅

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  20. Now that phrase I have heard … many times! Okay, I’m thoroughly engrossed once again and I’ve promised myself to stay on top of each week’s episode from now on! Good one, John!

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    1. Thanks. Jill. 😁

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