Soak Before Cracking

Erstwhile longed to be back in the circus.  Foraging for food was often laborious even at the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa.  The meats of the sunflower seed seemed a poor reward for soaking before cracking. Back in the circus he had been painted up as a Mynah bird and mimicked peoples speech and was rewarded with treats plus three squares a day.  the Face of Everyman offered Erstwhile a contract but couldn’t meet the generous benefits that the circus provided.

A Modest Gift

It was always a uncomfortable time for the Face of Everyman when the auditors descended on the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa.  The venerable sage had used creative bookkeeping to make things look right, “all proper” as they say.  But these guys were expert bean counters.  No ledger was so artfully cross-indexed that they couldn’t spot the flaw.  However, each left with a bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon; a modest gift from a grateful franchise manager.

Nest Builder

The Mrs. is busy building her first nest.  She will use the dried grasses and sticks found nearby in the forests of the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa.  Construction materials are made pliable by soaking.  Yada, yada, yada.  the Face of Everyman didn’t care about all that kind of talk; he wanted to recount his whole litany of complaints: standing on his face, muddying the pristine waters, hogging the pool, . . .


Hermione was always finding fault with Wycliffe.  Today it was orts on his vest.  This odd couple obviously planned on nesting somewhere close by in the vast forests of the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa.  Poor the Face of Everyman her tirades were raucous and could drown out a buzz saw.  Maybe one of them would be called up for National Guard emergency duty.


Lucille wished that she hadn’t chosen a Sports Bar in which to announce her engagement to Spud.  But she had and that was that.  Her Mom was happy for her.  Her Dad liked the Beer Nuts that they served at the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa.  Spud and Dad bonded right away.  Both were big fans of the New England Patriots.  the Face of Everyman stared on in amazement.

A Murder Of Crows

Alcander came over to apologize for all the ruckus that disturbed the afternoon nap of the Face of Everyman.  Even though the Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa is a UN designated sanctuary, nests beyond the perimeter are fair game for marauders.  “A” recounted how it took about five crows to fight off a freebooting fledgling. “an Eagle at that.” “A” said with pride.