Monday, November 19th, 2001 7:34 pm (pandemo)
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
-- Charlie McCarthy
As the sun sets her third night on the Stone Circles Reservation, Despina dutifully shows up at the campfire sans escort. Parking in the dirt by a rotting log, she begins to write in earnest in her journal, only looking up when the recumbent Paul Peter addresses her.
"If you're short on cash, you could always charge admission to your 'floor' show. You've built up enough reputation to be quite a draw."
"Stuff a rag in it, PP," Despina replies drowsily.
"I think I could interest Tex in a return bout -- best two out of three falls."
"Feeling a tad bored, are we? I'm not in the mood for this, PP. Back off."
"Let's face facts, here. You're a better show than most stand-up comedians."
Snoring sounds emanate from Despina.
"Most folks get lethargic for the first two weeks or so they're out here, but I have to admit, heat makes you positively lively."
"Ever tried to nail jello to a tree, PP? Stow it, or I may substitute that wagging tongue of yours for the jello."
"Jello! Super idea! I could be your manager. We could bill you as 'School Marm', decorously teaching her charges during the day, but a tough contender on the mud wrestling circuit by night."
"The night air seems to have addled your brain."
"Friday Night Special is the 'lime jello slime' bout. You could come out in a floor length 1800's style dress, in lieu of a dressing gown, then throw it off and there you'd be, all decked out in a string bikini with 'Conan, the Barbarian' maiden-style pointy cups."
"They don't make 'pointy cups' in my size."
"That's part of what would make it so interesting. Where's your spirit of adventure?
Music: "Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise" sung by Joan Morris, with William Balkan at the piano. If you haven't heard it, you're missing a true cultural classic!
Last updated 11/23/04.
Word Count: 320
Reading Level: 5.1