Thursday, January 23, 2014

Deliverance II



It was going to be quite an experience.  Me and my buddies Lewis, Ed, and Bobby were going to canoe down a river in a remote area of Georgia. Our spirits were high as we stopped at a couple of wilderness shacks that provided supplies for the trip.

As we were packing up, I spotted a young blond boy on the porch of one of the shacks.  He was odd looking and expressionless but he was picking on an old banjo. I pulled out my guitar and began to play.

It was awkward at first but he slowly began playing in response. Then we were both playing together. Then he cut loose and matched me move for move!  And folks there were smiling and dancing.

We finished up and I went to shake his hand.  Would he pull away? Was he an inbred? Did he trust me?  

"I graciously thank you for extending your hand in fellowship," he said, "and for the opportunity to enjoy together such felicitous musicianship."

A genius savant. You don't see one of those every day.  

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I know what you're going to say:  I got a real purty mouth!   Well, yes I do, so I'm not gonna canoe down any ... wait, what?  I don't have a purty mouth? I'd be safe going down any river in the country?  

Well!  Why don't you just move on to the other Friday Fictioneers then and check out their mouths?  And read their stories as well.

I'm outta here with a banjo on my knee.  Oh, great!  I got this lousy looking mouth and now a banjo stuck to my knee. I can't remove it! Looks like no singles bars for me tonight ...

42 comments:

Adam Ickes said...

Sometimes your commentary at the end is better than the story itself. This is one of those times. Not to say the story is bad, the commentary is just better.

Also, your blog seems to eat my comments if I don't preview them first. I don't like when your blog is mean to me. You should take corrective action immediately.

Perry Block said...

Eat your comments? I don't understand that. I've eaten your comments before and frankly, I'd rather eat at Applebees. Please explain and I will correct it forthwith unless it turns out it's some advantage to me.

silentlyheardonce said...

Enjoyed your story. Wish we all could play sweet music together and appreciate each other.

Perry Block said...

Let's start right now! Got a banjo on you?

Adam Ickes said...

If I hit the 'publish' button without hitting the 'preview' button first my comment just disappears and never shows up.

Perry Block said...

Maybe your comment is trying to get away from being associated with you? I'll see if I can get an answer from Blogger, but they are probably too busy counting money to listen to me. I'll also try to publicize the point you raised.

nanclairefalkner said...

This was good! Thanks, Nan - I like guitars and Banjos!

Perry Block said...

Well, then this post must have been right up your alley. And that was actually me playing! (It wasn't of course, but I have to get readers somehow.) Thanks, Nan!

troy P. said...

Ah Perry. You and your banjo-related tales. What would my week be like without one?

Dawn Q. said...

Yeah! His comments pick on me too...

Dawn Q. said...

Yeah, what he said... I have problems posting a comment every week. Speaking of which... funny story, Perry. Not like that movie that still scares the begeesus out of m!

Perry Block said...

Now maybe we're getting to the bottom of things as to why I am the Maytag repairman of the blogging world. I'm going to try to work on this issue. In the meantime, don't we all have real purty mouths?

Perry Block said...

Do you really remember the last one, also based on Deliverance? But I don't do one every week so I'm sorry so many of your weeks must be lousy. Is that why you haven't been around much?

Patrick Prinsloo said...

I've seen that movie and it weren't like that. Now where's mah shot gun?

mezzojan said...

Both the story and the commentary are delightful, as usual. But no, you don't have a pretty mouth. Sorry.

Carrie Rubin said...

So, I want to know, did the genius savant have all his teeth?...

theeclecticeccentricshopaholic said...

i love reading both the stories and the comments in this site. haha :) i always leave your blog with a smile on my face

thebumblefiles said...

This one is a beauty, Perry! I wonder if your boy met the musician in Rochelle's tale? I think they must have been friends. You can play music and share it anywhere.

Perry Block said...

This is a remake for modern times. That's not the only scene I've varied from the original. The "purty mouth" sequence now features me and Scarlett Johansson.

What's that about a shotgun?

Perry Block said...

Being in Deliverance might be the one time I'd be glad of that fact.

Perry Block said...

Yes, but they were bronzed and on display at his alma mater Harvard. (He was able to spontaneously grow new ones.)

Perry Block said...

Sure wish I did.

Perry Block said...

Well, I haven't read her story yet but I hope the musician is good enough for my boy! She better cook, clean, and take care of all his needs...oh,wait a minute ... I thought you meant my son. I don't care about the genius guy in my story!

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Perry,

I'll never hear Dueling Banjos quite the same way. Fun take on the prompt. Where's Burt Reynolds?

shalom,

Rochelle

Björn said...

If you combine your's and Rochelle's I expect to see the duelling Ukeleles next time.. Loved the twist back to normality at the end... certainly different from the film.

janet said...

What? A happy ending? Be still, my heart.

janet

Perry Block said...

Couldn't afford him.

Perry Block said...

I believe in reinterpreting the classics. Next up for me: The Great Gatsby!

Perry Block said...

Oh no, sorry, I left something out. "And the genius savant then ate me. He was after all still an inbred."

Better, Janet?

wmqcolby said...

You were almost a few points into the WTF Zone with me, Perry. Good one.

lingeringvisions said...

I think your mouth is as purty as they come.

Perry Block said...

Just a few points? I'll try by a couple of touchdowns next time.

Perry Block said...

Thank you! Well, I don't wanna brag, but I do do a strenuous set of lip lifts every morning.

Russell said...

I had to wait to comment until I got to a PC as my attempts to comment on Blogspot always fail from our iMac at home.
What I want to know is can you squeal like a pig, or do you bleat like a sheep?

Perry Block said...

A combination of both. Oh, and I also walk like a man and fly so high like a birdie in the sky. Not going camping again.

Atreyee said...

This had me giggling Perry with the "purty mouth" and now with a banjo stuck on his knee too ;-)

Perry Block said...

I'm glad. Sequels so rarely work in this day and age.

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