Last Chance

General Willey Bird commander of the 101 Screaming Eagle paratrooper division said, ‘I think he should be coming out of that tent soon, as the wind just shifted and now it is blowing out to sea.  He has been sitting in that tent for four hours and this is his last chance.  I gave him the option of diving off of this cliff, or jumping from the top of the Golden State bridge and he chose this place, which was a wise decision.  If he wasn’t related to the Postmaster General, he would not have even gotten this second chance and right now he would be facing court marshal charges for dereliction of duty.

He should have jumped out of the plane the other day with the rest of the troops on the practice jump. The Sergeant tried to shove him out, but he hung on with a death grip and managed to stay in the plane.  I play golf with the Postmaster General and he begged me to give his nephew one more chance.  I have some Navy Seals waiting to help him when he hits the water and if he does not jump off that cliff in another twenty minutes, I will send a helicopter up there to forcibly bring him down.  Look he is out of the tent, he better not chicken out this time.’

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City of Stone

On a secluded mountain mesa, I shouted, ‘I am sure this is the way to the ancient ruins of the legendary city of stone, which was once inhabited by the Incas.  This has to be the trail that the famous archaeologist explorer Arthur Fact reported when he was last here in 1924.  So many years have gone by since he disappeared in the remote regions of these mountains on his last mission to find this place again.  Look at that where the stone structure gives the impression of a fortress, that must date back a good many years.  I am going to be so famous for discovering and exploring this lost city.’

We walked past the precision-cut stone wall that was constructed without mortar in that renown Inca architecture style.  I said, ‘Legends of this lost city have been told for hundreds of years, by various explorers and prospectors who got a glimpse of what lies beyond the jungle foliage.  Some of these tales say that the Indians took refuge from Spanish conquistadores here in this mystical, Eden-like paradise from which no one has ever returned from.  It is very possible that we will find some gold or at the very least a remarkable untouched stone sculpture that has been left since the city was abandoned.  Any artifact that we find will make this trip through the jungle worthwhile.  We can take all the pictures that we want, but we will not be able to do any excavating, till we get written permission from the Archeology Society.  Make sure that you stay clear of those Burgamansia leaves, as I heard that contacting them might make you hallucinate.’

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Don Quixote is Coming

Sancho Panza declared, ‘The man of La Mancha never showed up, I have been waiting by this broken down windmill since midnight.’  The man in the field said, ‘He may be out slaying a monster, or perhaps he has fallen off his horse again, it could be that he got drunk and passed out in that tavern, or possibly he got into one of those farting contests that he loves so much.’


Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt