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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Reference Point
By Allison Egley


Setting: A bedroom floor or a kitchen table with three people dressed as reference books sitting/lying on it. Off in the corner, a young girl or teenager is sitting at the computer. A backpack sits near or beyond the "books."

Costumes: The girl, Lucy, should wear jeans and a t-shirt... typical clothing for a young girl or teenager. For the books, the costumes could be as elaborate as cardboard boxes made to look like open books or as simple as t-shirts that say "Dictionary," "Thesaurus," and "D Encyclopedia."

Equipment: Computer and computer table, printer, kitchen table (optional), paper, backpack


Encyclopedia: Man, have I got a crick in my spine.

Dictionary: Yeah, at least you've been taken off the shelf more than once in the past year. I thought I was going to be stuck there forever, right between Decisions Points by George W. Bush and My Life by Bill Clinton. Why did I have to get stuck between them? They're always yelling at each other. Some mumbo-jumbo about politics.

Thesaurus: You know what's wrong with these kids today? They're too impatient. Restless. Anxious.

Dictionary: Yes. Do you know what word they added to me?

Encyclopedia: What?

Dictionary: Google.

Encyclopedia: Well, that doesn't seem that bad. I've had an entry for that for years.

Dictionary: Not googol the number, Encyclopedia. Google. G-O-O-G-L-E. As in "To use the search engine Google to obtain information."

Thesaurus: Why, that's outlandish. Preposterous. Crazy.

Encyclopedia: You know what they added to my entry about dog breeds? They added "labradoodle" as a dog breed. Why, when I was a wee booklet, we called 'em all mutts, plain and simple. None of this crossbreed stuff.

Dictionary: You know the problem with kids today? They want instant gratification. They want things spoon-fed to them. If they can't *ahem* pardon the term, Google it in under 30 seconds they don't want anything to do with it.

Encyclopedia: You've got that right, my friend. I miss the good ol' days when kids had to use us to get information. None of this newfangled computer stuff. Why, I once met a set of encyclopedias who were used all the time. The kids in that family would read them... for fun. One of them said he was always hearing the kids yell out "Hey, where's the D encyclopedia?" I miss those days.

Thesaurus: Ah, how I love to reminisce. Remember. Reflect.

Dictionary: Boy, I'm not used to staying open this long. I'm getting tired. I want to go back to the shelf, even if I do have to listen to George and Bill battle it out.

Encyclopedia: At least you get entertainment. This is the best entertainment I've had in years. I sit between "C" and "E" and they're used so seldom that they just sleep all the time.

Thesaurus: Seldom. Rarely. Occasionally.

Dictionary: That's enough, Thesaurus

Thesaurus: But I have to do it. It's something I enjoy. Adore. Fancy.

Dictionary: Fancy. Now there's a word you don't hear much anymore; at least not in that context. Now it's just "You new car is fancy."

Thesaurus: Fancy. Elaborate. Lavish.

Encyclopedia: Thesaurus, now you're the one who's being outlandish.

Thesaurus: I can't help it. Resistance is futile. Pointless. Useless.

The girl gets up from the computer, grabs her paper from the printer, and walks towards the table/books.

Encyclopedia: Hey, look. Lucy is coming back. Maybe she found something that computer doesn't know.

As Dictionary says the next line, Lucy puts her paper in the backpack, then walks off stage.

Dictionary: Nope. She's walking right past us and putting her paper in her backpack. And now she's going to bed. Well, it might be a long night, friends. I guess I'd better get to sleep too.

Thesaurus: Sleep. Rest. Slumb....

Dictionary and Encyclopedia (interrupting): Good night, Thesaurus.

Thesaurus (Sheepishly): Good night.

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Robyn Burke05/26/11
Cute. I especially like, admire, am fond of, your talking Thesaurus.
Bonnie Bowden 05/27/11
This was so humorous and true. To think that someday kids might not even know what a book is or does.

I also really liked the thesaurus.

Michael Throne05/30/11
Fun, amusing, enjoyable! I liked your premise, that kids want things spoon-fed to them, and it was done in a clever way. Iím not sure, though, that you made a case for using reference books, since an online thesaurus is so much faster. Still, the piece was original, well written and a fun read! Well done.
Carol Penhorwood 05/31/11
A delightful, creative read! A winner!
Phee Paradise 06/02/11
Rolling on the floor funny. I especially loved the Thesaurus Congratulations on your EC.
Beth LaBuff 06/03/11
Wow, A+++ on the creativity meter. This is excellent for the topic and just plain fun to read! Congrats, Allison.