Emergency Call for Wallace and Gromit…

Random 10

  • Matt Haimovitz – Sonata for Violoncello Solo Part One (Ligeti) – Goulash!
  • Nine Inch Nails – Letting You – The Slip
  • Nirvana – In Bloom – Nevermind
  • Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice – With the Lights Out
  • Dredg – The Ornament – Live at the Fillmore
  • Tool – Hooker with a Penis – Aenima
  • Wendy Sutter – Tissue No. 7 (Glass) – Songs and Poems for Solo ‘Cello
  • Pink Floyd – In the Flesh – The Wall
  • Stabbing Westward – Save Yourself – Darkest Days
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – Highway Chile – Are You Experienced?


Outside the insects danced, their movements prescribed by some sonata only they could hear.  I couldn’t shake the feeling that letting you outside into the fully in bloom summer idyll was a mistake. On the other hand, opening a window would allow the flowers to make their presence felt in a house that was currently scentlessApprentice Marvin had worked all night to get the room to this antiseptic state, but it didn’t agree with me.  I opened the windows with a flourish.  You made your break immediately, knocking over the ornament on the sill.  The cunicularial fertility idol (impishly dubbed ‘the hooker with a penis‘ by my more juvenile co-workers) lay in pieces on the floor.  Distracted by trying to get every last piece, I was filling up tissue no. 7 with shards when you surprised me by reappearing in the window.  Of course, as a dutiful feline, you had brought me a present.  The rabbit lay there dead with your teeth marks in the flesh of its neck.  In five minutes of hunting you had absolutely screwed the entire experiment.  I only hoped the other rabbits hadn’t noticed one of their number missing.  I felt those hopes die even before they finished crossing my mind, just outside the window a forest of tiny pitchforks was moving through the yard toward us.  Sensing the danger, you leapt from the window and tried to outrun the fuzzy mob.  They gave you a good chase, but you were able to save yourself by climbing a tree.  You worked your way over to the roof, and, with a little coaxing, down through the sunroof of the van, while our furrious antagonists attemted to pick the lock of the driver’s side door. After tampering with a million-dollar study by tousling these hares, it was time for the two of us to hit the highwayChile is supposed to be wonderful this time of year (not to mention free of revenge-crazed hyperintelligent rabbits).

9 thoughts on “Emergency Call for Wallace and Gromit…

  1. I think the title fits the story well. Or, I wonder what meal you ate before bed last night?

    The first Christmas tracks to pop off the external HD:

    “Good King Wenceslas” – Canadian Brass, The Christmas Album
    “Snowman’s Land” – Keith Emerson, The Christmas Album
    “Last Time by Moonlight” – Enya, And Winter Came
    “Farandole” – The Salvation Army Brass, Christmas in Brass 2009 1
    “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav’nly Light” – Glad, An Acapella Christmas
    “White Christmas” – The Manhattan Transfer, An Acapella Christmas
    “O Come All Ye Faithful” – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Jingle All the Way
    “Forest of Fire” – Jon Anderson, 3 Ships
    “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” – Mannheim Steamroller, A Fresh Aire Christmas 2
    “The First Noel” – Tom Stacy, A nu-view Christmas

    The list finished up strong, with my favorite seasonal hymn, and then my favorite Christmas track that I own. The new age toodling of Tom Stacy on English Horn is beautiful background listening to get yourself into a Christmas mood.

    1 One of the sound guys at church is active in the Salvation Army, and has given the brass ensemble members a copy of the Christmas in Brass CD from the last 3-4 years. You’re a good guy, Dan.

    2 In college back in the early ’80s, we used to listen to Fresh Aire, long before the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas phenomenon. American Grammaphone is one of the best things to come out of Omaha.

    • My knowledge of Mannheim Steamroller is limited to the Christmas albums, but they always remind me of home during the holidays.

  2. 1. Wanted Man — Johnny Cash
    2. Not Cool — The dB’s
    3. They’ll Never Take Your Love From Me — Hank Williams
    4. In the Flesh? — Luther Wright and the Wrongs
    5. Liar’s Tale — Guided By Voices
    6. This is the One — Stone Roses
    7. Billy Bug — U-Joint
    8. Good Sculpture — The Rezillos
    9. The Big Foist — Minutement
    10. Possession — Elvis Costello

    Bonus: Ordinary People — Neil Young

  3. Dredge Sighting! I’m going to listen to their album right now.

    Double ablum from me this week. 20 Random songs from my computer:
    1. Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West: “Heart Cooks Brain”
    2. Barenaked Ladies – Stunt: “It’s All Been Done”
    3. Hoobastank – The Reason: “The Reason”
    4. O.A.R. – Any Time Now: “Black Rock”
    5. Fall Out Boy – Take This to Your Grave: “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy”
    6. Guster – Parachute: “Window”
    7. The Smashing Pumpkins – Greatest Hits: “Disarm”
    8. Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying: “Back When”
    9. AC/DC – Back In Black: “Back In Black”
    10. The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: “Thirty-Three”
    11. Desoto Jones – Deep Elm Sampler No. 8 “Bonfire of Trust”: “Giant Magnets”
    12. Boys Night Out – Boys Night Out: “Up with Me”
    13. The Hold Steady – Live @ Virgin FreeFest: “Stay Positive”
    14. The Early November – The Room’s Too Cold: “Fluxy”
    15. Finch – What It Is To Burn: “Project Mayhem”
    16. U2 – The Best of 1990-2000: “Discotheque”
    17. The Beatles – 1: “Day Tripper”
    18. Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West: “Styrofoam Boots/It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright”
    19. Jet – Get Born: “Come Around Again”
    20. A Static Lullaby – …And Don’t Forget to Breathe: “Charred Fields of Snow”

  4. “Fade Into You” Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See
    “White Ink” Deerhunter Cryptograms
    “Magic Mountain” Blonde Redhead Misery Is A Butterfly
    “Section 2” Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians
    “Velvet Waltz” Built to Spill Perfect From Now On
    “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” Roxy Music For Your Pleasure
    “Fool” Cat Power You Are Free
    “Coming Up Roses” Elliot Smith Elliott Smith
    “Graham Greene” John Cale Paris 1919
    “I Can Not Have Seen the Light” Magnolia Electric Co. What Comes After the Blues

  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Savior” Californication
    Coldplay – “Death And All His Friends” Viva La Vida
    Thievery Corporation – “Lebanese Blonde” Garden State Soundtrack
    John Mayer – “The Heart of Life” Continuum
    Shinedown – “45” Leave A Whisper
    Wilco – “I Got You (At The End Of The Century)” Being There
    Lupe Fiasco – “Gold Watch” The Cool
    Filligar – “No I Won’t”
    Wilco – “Either Way” Sky Blue Sky
    Wilco – “Monday” Being There

  6. (impishly dubbed ‘the hooker with a penis‘ by my more juvenile co-workers)

    I know that guy!

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: you have a real facility with language and characters. It’s a gift, I tells ya. Don’t waste it. Keep writing.

    • Thank you, good sir. That is very nice of you to say.

      I wish I had the will to write every day. Or even every week.

      I’ve got a whole folder of half-written short stories that I’ll maybe finish someday. Maybe that will be 2010 at the Ghost.

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