Saturday, November 20, 2010

Very Funny, Mom - A Saturday Centus


Jenny Matlock

Welcome to the 29th week of Saturday Centus!  Wow, has it been that long all ready?  Two hundred and three days have passed since Jenny Matlock at her blog, off on my tangent, first challenged us to think succinctly with this entertaining writing exercise.  A lot of wonderful short stories and poetry have been produced as a result of it too.

In a way, then, Jenny is kind of like a mom for giving birth to such a prolific themed writing meme such as this.  And we, the humble scribes who toil at these hundred word tales each week, are by association like her many gifted children.   I guess that means that she will have to set out a few more place settings for Thanksgiving this year! 

I’ve only participated in 28 weeks of the Saturday Centus myself.  It took me a week to catch up with the cool kids and try my hand at a writing meme.  Now it’s part of my regular routine like flossing my dog’s teeth or changing the air in my car tires.  It’s also something that I’ve come to look forward to and enjoy, not just for the opportunity to do something creative, but also because I enjoy reading the efforts of my fellow Centusians and the warm and supportive feedback we share.

This will be the last Saturday Centus before Thanksgiving so quite naturally Jenny has given us a fun prompt in honor of the holiday.   So while we are sitting around the table this Thursday giving thanks for what we have, I want to add one more to the list.  I think I speak for all of us Centusians when I say thank you, Jenny, for providing such a joyous literary playground for us to play in and hone our writing talents.  

If you haven’t tried Saturday Centus, you really owe it to yourself to join us and submit one of your own stories.  The rules are still the same: 100 words total not including the prompt, no foul language (though fowl language is just fine), no pictures and no splitting the prompt.  You have a week to post it to Jenny’s meme post.   So come on, join us and show us your stuffing, er, I mean stuff!   Giblet a try.  You’d have to be gravy not to.

Here is this week’s prompt:   "Pardon me," said Tom T. Urkee…

Here is my story for this week.  I have entitled it:

Very Funny, Mom

The Fancy Food Show drew thousands of people to San Francisco every year.

"Pardon me," said Tom T. Urkee, as he made his way through the crowded convention floor. 

He noticed a woman eyeing his name tag in disbelief.

“Is that really your name?” she asked, desperately trying to hold back a laugh, but failing miserably.

“Yes.  Yes it is.  My mother was a bit of a nut.  In fact they called her Quirky Urkee.”

“I’m sorry for laughing.  It’s just kind of unusual.”

“That’s okay.  I’m just thankful my mom wasn’t a vegetarian.”

“You mean…”

“Yes.  Toe F. Urkee.”

Jenny Matlock

Wishing Everyone A Wonderful
Thanksgiving Day!



  1. Bwahahaha! Great minds think alike and all that. Hey, if this guy doesn't have a reason to complain about his parents, I don't know who does. Toe F. Urkee nearly sent me over the edge. Great take on the prompt Tom! Kat

  2. Great take as can turn anything around and make it work!

  3. You are so silly. I love this. Thank you for thanking Jenny too. Jenny, thank you. Thanks giving all around. xo

  4. Tom, when I grow up, I want to be just like you!!

  5. Quirky Irky. Very clever stuff, sir.

  6. Very clever! Hey, did you get my email regarding the Wrestling With Retirement Blogger Swimsuit edition? I have 8 volunteers and only need 4 more. If you can't find my email, let me know and I'll re-send it!

  7. Seems that both of our Toms had pesky parents...

    You are a funny man, Tom!

    And Reforming Geek is a funny commenter.


    PS. My thanks to Jenny, too. I look forward to the Centus every week...not just the activity itself, but the community that participates!

  8. Took me a second to get that. Ha!

  9. Ha! Nicely done.

    And thanks for the shout-out. Oh wait. That wasn't me, was it.

    Oh well! I'll still consider it a shout-out!

    Quirky Loon

  10. Bwahahahahaha. That was great!

  11. Ba-bump-bump. :) That was officially my first giggle on this otherwise rainy, dreary day. Thanks, my funny friend, and a very Happy T. Urkee Day to you.

  12. I had one written where the turkeys thought Veteran's Day was VEGETARIAN'S Day...but my husband thought that was yes, I was thinking about tofurkey, too.

  13. LOL, you kill me. Too funny, Tom. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  14. Ha ha!I have seen a Toe F.Urkee before. There's just something about eating something ...formed. The breast aren't know, real. They look like..Perky T.Urkee. :o~Ames

  15. "Now it’s part of my regular routine like flossing my dog’s teeth or changing the air in my car tires." Oh, gosh, I needed a laugh and you gave it to me! Please keep giving it to me! :)


  16. haha can only rely on u for some humourous fun tom!

    Tina from
    Mummy Diaries

  17. poor..... Alba K. Urkee .

    I admit I don't know what you are talking about but after reading the comments .... I still don't lol

    I've never heard of Toe F. Urkee . who or what is that?

  18. LOL! Jackie, I was referring to Tofurkey, which is a meat alternative for turkey made from tofu and enjoyed primarily by vegetarians. My daughter is a vegetarian so we will have a roast tofurkey as well as the real deal this Thanksgiving.

  19. LOL ... brilliant, funny and clever as always!!

  20. Hahaha I see the inspiration now. I wouldn't mind having that as my whole name but to have the first name Toe? Hahaha.

    Props for working in so many thanksgiving terms into your intro. It was great.

  21. Tom, thanks for the thanks. That made me smile. When I started this I was sure that it would be a flop...that my blog readers would say WTF or something similar!

    Love the Tofurkey. That line was totally worth the price of admission.

    I cracked up at the last comment, too.

    What a fun week of reading this has been!

  22. A lot of fun plays on words here, Tom.
    I agree with you whole-heartedly about Mrs. Matlock.
    Nice work!
    Best wishes,
    Anna's SC wk 29


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