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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Saturday Centus

This is a weekly meme-thing that I always want to do on a Saturday, but which I always forget about. I suppose I could do it a day or two later anyway, but for some reason that always feels wrong somehow. Anyway, it's a simple little writing game where Jenny Matlock provides a brief writing prompt, and participants write a 100-word entry using the prompt in some way.

This week's prompt is actually a photo:

My entry:

"When Life Hands You Frozen Oranges"

"Whoa!" said the Cheerful one.

"Yeah," replied the Grumpy one.

"It snowed, eh?"


"All over our oranges."


"That's tough."


"We moved from Canada to be orange growers, and look what happens."


"Sucks, eh?"


"Snows in Canada, eh?"


"Not supposed to in Florida."


"Sure a shame."


Silence as two formerly-Canadian would-be farmers look over their snow-covered orchard.

"Back home they crush frozen grapes to make ice wine...." said the Cheerful one.


"Yesss...." said the Not-as-grumpy-as-before one.

Thus was born Ice Orangeade. Which was very Canada.

I hope my liberal use of hyphens -- hyphenated words being counted as one word by OpenOffice's word count tool -- doesn't constitute cheating! (I'm also not sure if the title counts toward the word count, either. If it does, then I'm disqualified.)


Ames said...

Humm ice orangeade? We call that orange crush here! :) A good one!~Ames

Jaquandor said...


Kat said...

This made me laugh out loud. Well done, I could hear these fellows in my head! Reminds me of the 2nd year we lived in Texas. It snowed and we were none too happy about it. Until we saw people trying to drive in it. THEN we had fun :) Kat

Sue said...

This was fun...and well written, too. I could hear the rhythm of their language.

I liked it!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Ice Orangeade, I love it:@)

jfb57 said...

Clever, clever, celver! I really laughed at this! Brilliant!

Koby said...

I too laughed out loud at the title before I even read the first word. (I'm pretty sure the title is not in the word count, and I love the idea of hyphenated words counting only as one...brilliant!!)

Anna said...

This was a fun take on the expression about 'If life gives you lemons...' Nice dialog between the optimist and the pessimist.

Are you from Canada? It was clever of you to think about the possibility of Canadians who dreamed about farming in Florida only to have it snow on their orange-plants! Great idea for the prompt-photo.

I ran your text through WordCalc to see what the word count would be:101 words. It may be that some dashes were counted as words. I had to recount SC-text #35 because of dashes I had to indicate comments in a phone conversation that are not heard.

Well done!
Best wishes,
P.S.To get to WordCalc it is:

To get to my SC#36-post click here:

Anna's SC#36

Jaquandor said...

Thanks, everyone!

No, I'm not from Canada...but I'm from Buffalo, which some people think might as well be IN Canada!

Terra said...

Jenny would never disqualify you! She might mention it but....I don't think the title counts either and WELCOME. I am so glad you joined. I just loved this, I pictured a "dumb and dumber" like scene - it could be in a movie...well written my new friend!!

Tgoette said...

You did great! I loved the very believable dialogue and the great twist at the end. Welcome, and I hope to be reading more from you!

5thsister said...

Aha! A perfect example of what to do when life gives you lemons (or in this case, frozen oranges)...

Loved it!

articlesoffaithandfancy said...

Nice take, eh! "Not-as-grumpy-as-before one" made me smile! :)

Jo said...

Ice Orangeade ... sounds totally canadian eh? must be good!

noexcuses said...

Great job! I can see John Candy and Dan Akryod having fun with this banter!

gautami tripathy said...

IT is cold! Yet I want orangeade!

destined destination

Jenny said...

And I thought it was Connecticut farmers...For some reason the dialogue was reminding me of those terse New Englanders!

Either way, though, this was some great dialogue.

I like your writing style!

Nice to see your here on SC!

Look forward to reading more of your word crafting.

Thanks for linking.