Hickory Hill Park

Since it was so nice yesterday, we took a walk through a nearby city park. It has a lot of hiking trails; probably too many. We kept hearing melting snow falling off of the trees and thinking it was a bird or an animal.

The park has a big hill for sledding. For some reason, nobody was out yesterday afternoon, but they left lots of evidence behind.

We looked for some signs of animal life. There were some birds. We found a couple of burrows in the snow, but no tracks. One hole had ice crystals around the edge; I believe they came from the condensation of the breath of whatever was living down there.

A deal

1. “Break open the bubbly, Miss Zweig!” the mayor exclaims to his secretary.
2. He sweeps her off her feet. “We got $500,000 dollars for the property on industrial way, one million for road repair… and donations toward my re-election!”
3. “And all I had to do was sell this town to an alien scientist,” he mutters to himself, feeling guilt as the alien carries her away.

Towns need law and order

Towns need law and order

1. Towns need law and order… “My dandelion garden!” frets the alien as the flamingo-bot munches his dandelions.
2. …a need filled by “The Karate Fungus…” The Karate Fungus practices the crane stance on a piling by the sea.
3. …defender of peace and justice! The Karate Fungus comes to the rescue with a flying side-kick and a “kiai!” “Ar-honk!” groans the flamingo-bot. “Huzzah!” exclaims the alien.

Towns need upstanding citizens (a.k.a. Time is money)

Towns need upstanding citizens (a.k.a. Time is money)

1. Towns need upstanding citizens. “Time is money,” thinks the great blue heron, checking his watch.
2. “Money is power,” he thinks, slipping the great egret a few bucks.
3. “Power… is relative,” the thinks again as the egret accepts a suitcase of cash from a black-crowned night heron.

City Circle Shorts

We saw a bunch of short plays written by local wrights and performed by a local theater group, the City Circle. Seeing something original and creative is fun. Most of the shorts were humorous. The most clever and least humorous was “Four for Prayer”, about four versions of Heloise (of Abelard and Heloise) from different stages in her life who meet in a chapel. They all have different perspectives on her relationship with Abelard.