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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)

TITLE: Larry's Troubles
By Ken Ebright
08/22/11


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Larry usally had fun on out of town speaking engagements, but not this time.

Larry was the national director for Christians For Life. He would often help crises pregnancy centers raise money.

Ring ring went the phone, "He...llo."

“Larry, this you your wife, it’s 10:00 am, wake up, your speaking in two hours,”
“Oh my goodness, honey, you're right, thanks for calling.” Larry sprung out of bed and ran over to his suitcase and got out a dress shirt.

He then got the ironing board out, heated up the iron and got his shirt ready to iron. While it heated up, he went over to his briefcase and looked for a copy of his speech. He went through it and couldn’t find it.

He grabbed his cell phone, called his wife, and started to iron his shirt. “Hello,.” answered his wife.

“Honey, I can't find a copy of my speach. I think I left it on my desk. I need you to go to my computer, and get into word and put it in a e-mail so I can print it out at the hotel's business center. Can you do that?”

Larry walked away from the ironing board and left the iron on his shirt. “I Listed it as C-a -l-s-p-h.”

Okay I found it , I will put it in a e-mail. Anything else?”

Larry smelt this funny oder, “Oh no, I just burned my shirt!”

“What happened?” his wife asked.

“I was ironing and I left the iron on my shirt. There is a burn mark on it.”

Larry ironed another shirt and was able to print out a copy of his speech. He then went to the banquet and had lunch. After lunch the master of ceremonies got up and started to introduce Larry. He decided to quickly finish off the two remaining French fries; he grabbed the ketchup and accidentally spilled it over his tie and shirt.

As the MC said, “Please welcome, Larry Millford, from Christians For Life.”
Larry grabbed a cloth napkin and tried to wipe off the ketchup quickly, but didn’t get rid of the spot. He then stood up.

"As you can see I have a ketchup stain on my shirt and tie. I’m here to talk about life issues, but I had my own life issues on the way here today. Things like oversleeping, leaving my speech on my desk at home, and burning my shirt. I’m not going to let that stop me from talking about preserving life in the womb."


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Camille (C D) Swanson 08/26/11
Hahahahahaha...good story- and truly a comedy of errors!

I enjoyed it, and the way he didn't allow the hurdles that were thrust in his path, to stop his important speech about "life," and preserving it as we know it!

God Bless you~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/26/11
This is a nice story.

Even though you said Larry gave speeches for Crises Pregnancy centers I didn't realize it was an anti-abortion speech until the end. I liked his perservance in still giving his speech.

You have to be careful with your proofreading. There are many errors that you missed. For example you used your instead of you're and you spelled odor like Oder. Also this technically isn't an error but in the US smelt isn't correct it would be smelled but in British English it is acceptable.

I enjoyed the humor in this. You have a special way with delivering comedy, I think it might feel awkward to you but you are quite good at it. I think if you keep using humor you'll get better and better. The ending really packed a powerful punch. There's a great message there for anyone who feels overwhelmed or has had a bad day.