Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Purr-fect Storm


"Boy, it was one terrible storm last night where we live!"

"I heard!  It was all over the news.  Power lines down,  roads impassible, some people had to abandon their homes!"

"You should have seen the storm clouds!  Looked like the end of the world. No wonder the sky burst forth!"

"So what happened to you guys?   Did you have a flooded out basement?"

"Worse.  Way worse."

"What did you get?!!"

"Three German Shepherds, two Siamese, and one very ornery Schnauzer." 

"God, I hate it when it rains cats and dogs."

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And I hate it when I'm this late to the punch with my Friday Fictioneers entry for the week, but at least I brought this one in at a very respectable 91 words, thank you very much.

I was pleased to be featured yesterday on the prestigious humor site McSweeney's Internet Tendency, which printed my piece "The Fountain of Middle Age."   You see, the fabulous fabled Fountain of Middle Age is the best fountain a Boomer can hope for; I plan to inject the waters intravenously.  Watch me drop way down in age all the way to 57!

You can check out the work of the other far more youthful Fictioneers by clicking here. Hey, everybody out of the Fountain of Middle Age!

35 comments:

blogitorloseit.com said...

I can attest to the orneriness of those schnauzers!
Great story! :)

annehiga said...

LOL. That's horrible!!! I'm going to have to show this to my sister, who had problems with flooding, so she knows things could always be worse.

Sandra Crook said...

:) One pig of a storm.

Anonymous said...

Dear Perry, FUNNY! Such a cute story and I love the 'cats & dogs'. Good job as usual Perry! Have a good week! Nan :)

Soumyaa Verma said...

Haha! It literally rained cats and dogs, eh?
I felt the anticipation growing in the first few sentences and very well brought to a stand in the last line. Lovely humor.

P.S. Joshi said...

Perry, Once again this program has swallowed up my comment. It went somewhat as follows: That "was" some storm. I also enjoyed your piece "The "Fountain of Middle Ag e." Congratulations on getting it in McSweeny's Internet Tendency. Well written. : ) ---Susan

Patrick Prinsloo said...

Lovely tale. But I would have omitted the last line. Let the reader work it out.

Russell said...

Evidently, it's spewing cats and dogs at my house. Connie just called and said the water line broke out by the meter. Unfortunately, it sounds like it's on the side we are responsible for.

thewritersvillage said...

No buckets in the basement? It was raining buckets in my neighborhood.
Funny story. thanks,

Randy

Alicia said...

Perry, you always make us laugh! Thank you.

Perry Block said...

Especially those that come by way of the Purr-fect Storm! Thanks for writing.

Perry Block said...

Things could be worse. She could have gotten pitbulls!

Perry Block said...

Yes, there were some pigs sighted. But at least you can eat them in good conscience!

Perry Block said...

You have a purr-fect week too, Nan!

Perry Block said...

At last I'm being recognized for my loveliness! Thank you!

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Susan. Although I think something must have swallowed up the Internet Tendency's audience's response to my piece as well!

Perry Block said...

You're probably right. I think my readers are a lot smarter than I am.

Perry Block said...

That's too bad, Russell. Of course I'm having a heck of a problem with the shnauzer peeing all over my carpets.

Perry Block said...

Did you fill those buckets with the pennies from heaven?

Perry Block said...

Thank you, Alicia. Although I always thought you were just one person.

lizy-expat-writer said...

Hee-hee! Clever use of a - what is it? - saying? euphenism? no - can't remember, but clever anyhow!

Shirley said...

Still laughing at this one. So cute.

theeclecticeccentricshopaholic said...

lol :) clever story, Perry. like a crazy cat lady's wet dream. haha
i would love for it to rain Bengal cats! always wanted one.

Alicia said...

Nope - there's gobs of me.

Perry Block said...

Thank you! Colloquialism? Not sure either ...

Perry Block said...

You have my permission to stop laughing.

Perry Block said...

I though I was a .... never mind! Thanks for being caught in the storm with me.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Perry,

When it rains like that you have to be careful not to step in any Poodles.
Two paws up.

Shalom,

Rochelle

Dawn said...

That was so silly it made me giggle.

Perry Block said...

I'm afraid everywhere you go after one of those storms you're going to find lots and lots of poodles to step in! Thanks, Rochelle!

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Dawn. I think I heard you giggling from here ...

amyreesewrites.com said...

Cats, dogs, frogs,birds, and pretzels with mustard! Ha ha, Perry. Watch out for those rain drops.

Perry Block said...

Rain drops? What are those?

pattisjarrett said...

Cats and dogs, I didn't see that coming. And then I read the title again...getting slow...

Perry Block said...

Purr-fectly understandable!