Thursday, April 19, 2007

They Might Be Giants HNT & 55Flash Fiction Friday

Since so many of you are becoming interested in 55 Flash Fiction, I thought I'd better post something today even though I am going to Seattle, my flights at 7 am, and I am not packed yet! So, here is one of my favorite 55's, in which Shakuntula gets her revenge....... and since Barman went to all the trouble to find my first 55, and the post that explains it, I will also include it HERE.

For what felt like the millionth time, Shaku knelt before husband and set the tea tray on the table. Eyes lowered, she served him the plate of sweets. "Mysore Pak!", he squealed delightedly, and while he was completely distracted by this luscious treat, Shaku slipped the poison powder from her saree and into husbands chai.
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When I was 4, we moved from Southern California to Kodiak, Alaska. My dad was in the Navy so they sent him up on a military plane but had my mom drive to Seattle where we then flew to Alaska from there. Didn't they have any planes to Alaska from Los Angeles then? I mean, why did my mom have to drive.....anyway...so it was the worlds fair at the time, and now you can tell how old I am....

Long story short, I got stuck in an elevator alone, lost in some giant hotel. My strongest memory is of the red flocked wallpaper and red carpet in the hallways where I wandered, sobbing, looking for my mom. Thankfully, a nice man brought me down to the lobby where I was reunited with my panicked mom. In those days you could still get lost and not end up on the back of a milk carton. (Have you seen me?)


The other thing I would NOT do at that fair was go up in the Needle. Are you kidding me? That huge round thingy balanced on a stick like thing is gonna hold us up? NO Im not going up there. Still haven't. I am scared to. So, I decided that the only way to tackle this fear of the SpaceNeedle, or Seattlephobia, as some call it, was to become larger than the needle. Much larger as you can see.
Place your bets, I'm going to Seattle this weekend to see Lo and The Idiot. Will she ride the tiger? Will she not? Will she, at 46 years old, and her umpteenth visit to Seattle, finally get up there in the Needle?

HHNT and have a wonderful weekend!

34 comments:

jillie said...

No...it's fucked up!

Blissfully Wed said...

Waaaah!

~Him

HHNT!

barman said...

Considering the size of the Space Needle in the background, who did you get to do your tats? They are huge!!! Love it, very good. HHNT

lime said...

seriously broken......

happy trails

jillie said...

I do hope you go to the top to see it. It's absolutely breathtaking! As long as it's a decent day and not all socked in my clouds. You can see forever!

Love your photos and happy trails to you ;o)

Gary said...

I haven't seen you on a milk carton, but I do think I've seen a picture of you on the wall at the Post Office. (just kidding).

Breazy said...

Hey Susie! I love the pics..good job! I can't bet on you, I am sorry because I have a fear of heights and that space needle just looks way to high and unstable to me. Actually we have one here in Gatlinburg that is a much smaller version of that one and I have never been up in it because I am skeered!

Only do what you feel comfortable doing!

tkkerouac said...

I hate getting stuck in elevators, Happy HNT!

Blissfully Wed said...

Will you sing "birdhouse for my soul" please? ;)

HHNT!

~Him

Polt said...

AHHHHH! Attack of the 50 Foot Susie! Run! Run for the hills!

HAPPY HNT! :)

AndyT13 said...

Absolutely awesome! I bet you will do it! Don't let me down!

DaMasta said...

awwwwww.. i wanna see lo!!

have fun suze! :) hhnt

snavy said...

OMG!! You are the cutest thing ever!!!

Hug Logo for me - m'kay?

cathy said...

I carried on without you last week as well! LOL
Have a great time, and let me know about logo's singing.

cathy said...

we both played but it's been a while since I saw you at my place:(

Dan said...

Hey! Thanks for leaving me a comment to tell me that you didn't read me post! I can see this sweeping the nation! :)

ZigZagMan said...

Fun pics! Happy HNT!!! :)

SeaRabbit said...

I won't go there either... I have no trust in those 'attractions'... but I did climb the Chichen Itza pyramid... arghhh!
Happy HNT!

barman said...

You are going to be gone for 55? Oh no, and I finally decided to participate this time.

You can't see it but I am pouting at this end right now.

Moosekahl said...

I love the story but the pictures are awesome. Glad you were "found" and have conqueored your fear. Happy HNT

G-Man said...

God, even I have been up the fricken Space Needle!
Whats the big whoop?

Susie, I hate the word cute!
But Damn! You are sooooo cute.
Awesome as usual!

~Tim said...

You can do it!

HHNT

cathy said...

I didn't notice the 55 on my last visit: Am I going nuts or what?

Poison is so much subtler than Mr. Breadknife.lol

Lelly said...

Hi Susie! xx

jillie said...

Great 55!!

Ameratis said...

I have never been to seattle so have fun!

Oh I did the 55 for the first time today :)

Philip said...

Great pictures

Jodes said...

i like the last shot the best!!

bsoholic said...

Haha! Nice chops!

cathy said...

peep oOOO!

WDKY said...

Hang on... Seattle? I'm still in fracking Bangalore...

javajazz said...

perhaps you could try something a wee bit more substantial for your first time up...how about our lovely CN Tower? it looks a tad more solid than the Space Needle...even the word Needle might be a bit foreboding...
but SN hasnt fallen yet, so you've got that working in your favour!

ps...thank you for hosting 55FFF, Susie...i finally tried one. pictures help. i appreciate exercises of the mind, and might tell my depressed 80 year old dad about this challenge...he always loved playing with words and languages...this might suitably distract him and be therapeutic in the process. thank you Susie!
xo lisa

Pirate said...

you are always so spry.

TorAa said...

Better late than never: What the heck have you eaten or drink, to become such a giant - in all meansLOL

Fish is served said Anna..