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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blowout (04/28/11)

TITLE: Amazing
By Jean C Prentice


My husband had left for elk hunting, and I was afraid he had forgot to lock the front door, so I got up and put the double lock on. Did not go back to sleep so decided to get the front room straightened. I took the cover off the davenport and went outside to shake it and closed the door behind me. After a vigorous shaking of which I have to admit I am rather excellent at, I turned to come back inside. OH NO!! The door was locked with the second bolt. I do not have a key to get back inside and none of the windows are unlocked except the one in the office. With a handy screwdriver, and ladder that the birds unloaded on, I headed toward that window. The cat in the meantime is watching me with a "boy what a stupid act you did." I in the meantime using that trusty screwdriver was able to knock off the larger bird droppings and headed toward the window in question. I have my robe on, a pair of worn out slippers that kept sliding on the droppings with every step up, and no key in site to aid in this very early dilemma. It was 7:00 am and cold, my feet are cold, and this is a summer robe. I was able to take the screen off the window and then proceed to step up the ladder. As I swung one leg in I realized I had a high desk to step onto, and to far to reach the floor. I swing around and stretch with the one leg in the window to the desk chair, and with if I must say (agility,) I proceeded to pull the desk chair toward the high desk. Ah huh!!, mission accomplished and I have the one foot on the chair now, but now I have another problem. I cannot lock the chair and it is swinging around like mad. I finally am able to get my foot toward the back of the chair in hopes of stabilizing it. I gave myself a little praise for this feat of accomplishment and swing in the other foot. That chair knew it had me where it wanted me and away we went around and around until I fell flat on my back between the desk and the filing cabinet. One leg on the floor and I am not sure where the other leg was because it was still connected to the chair. The only thing I could think of to do at that point is pray to God that nothing was broken, but I do have a lot of bruises, and I think a slight concussion.
It is with a sense of accomplishment that I had time for prayer, and laughter at myself, because
no one was here except the cat to see this magnificent blowout.

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Caitlin Dea05/05/11
Praise:Funny the messes we find ourselves in :) This was very funny the way you explained everything. I love the bird poop covered ladder.

Red ink: Try to keep the same verb tense throughout your work.

>>Good Job on not taking the obvious meaning for blowout. Nice to read something different ;)
Bonnie Bowden 05/06/11
Very humorous story. I think your work could have been more readable if you had broken it into paragraphs and inserted double spacing.
diana kay05/10/11
funny story and i like your chatty style .... just like you were talking to a friend on the telephone about your story....

you added enough descriptive detail to color and enhance the telling... good one

i think you could try a more inventive title for this very funny story... this would draw people in even perhaps you could use the last line of the tale.