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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: Speedy Delivery
By Beth Muehlhausen


Speedy Delivery

A bright-eyed gentleman with a silver-tinged moustache is wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a blue-gray uniform resembling that of a postal carrier. His twinkly gaze seems both intent and compassionate.

“Mr. Mac-Feely’s my name. I work for a make-believe company called Speedy Cyber-Delivery,” he says jovially. “My make-believe Apple-Mac laptop computer sends and receives make-believe electronic messages with lightning speed – it uploads and downloads here in my make-believe neighborhood via a make-believe internet.”

There’s an air of trustworthiness about Mr. Mac-Feely, as if he might be a grandfather, a guardian angel, or a patron saint. He hardly seems make-believe!

“I spend far more time downloading, or transferring incoming files, than uploading, or transferring outgoing files,” he explains. “But in either case, my goal is – yes, you guessed it – a lightning-quick, speedy delivery!”

He presses a key on his Apple-Mac keyboard, and music wafts from the laptop’s speaker. Mr. Mac-Feely tilts his head and places one hand carefully behind an ear as if listening intently. “I just finished a special recording. Shhhhh. Listen, now …”

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,
A beautiful day to be neighbors.
Will you be mine?
Will you be mine?

“Perfect! Definitely worth uploading as a YouTube video!” Mr. Mac-Feely exclaims. “One, two, three - a quick series of commands and presto, there we have it, a speedy delivery to all of you in cyber-space! Enjoy this neighborly song!” He nods to himself as if confirming a job well done, and swipes his hands together - back-and-forth, back-and-forth - to demonstrate being thoroughly finished.

However, a nondescript, tan-colored cat named Harriet Pussycat appears, and rubs her cheek against the edge of the computer screen. “Meow-meow, Mr. Mac-Feely. Can you meow-meow the computer to meow-meow my favorite meow-song?”

“And what song would that be, Harriet?”

“It’s about meow-meowing you,” she replies.

“LIKING you?” Mr. Mac-Feely asks.

“Meow-meow - that’s the meow-one,” says Harriet, shaking her entire feline body in affirmation. “I meow X-Y-Z-Owl to meow it.” Harriet taps three times on a nearby tree – an alarm to wake the slumbering Owl named X-Y-Z. In a quiet voice, she whispers, “I meow-love him, Mr. Mac-Feely.”

Mr. Mac-Feely replies, “Yes, I know you do, Harriet – and I dare say he loves you as well! Now let’s see. That song is already available online … so just one second … yes, I can download it … right … here … and play it … with the volume turned up, yes?“

“Meow-please-meow,” replies Harriet.

You’re the one I like,
Not the clothes or shoes you wear,
And not the style of your hair –
But you’re the one I like …

Harriet claps her paws. “Meow-meow, Mr. Mac-Feely!” she exclaims. Just then, X-Y-Z pokes his head from the tree’s hole and sings along with his own adapted lyrics while gazing down at Harriet:

You’re the one I like,
Every piece of you,
Your fur, your claws, your feelings
Whether old or new …

Mr. Mac-Feely points his characteristically perky finger toward the sky. “I like you both – in fact, I love you both! Because, you know, God (he accentuates his pointer finger) loves us all!”

He pauses before turning to head off toward some other adventure. Almost as an afterthought, he stops to say, “I am always happy to provide speedy delivery via the make-believe world-wide-web – to help my dear friends upload and download important information! Good-bye now, Harriet and X-Y-Z Owl, and remember, speedy delivery!”

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/02/11
This is a cute story about the topic. You had me smiling. I did wonder if there was a hidden message that I was missing. I often miss play-on-words phrases. I'll have to keep checking the comments to see. Usually when I do finally get it, I end up thinking duh why didn't I get that before. Sorry didn't mean to ramble. This is a fresh take on the topic that left me with a nice feeling.
C D Swanson 12/11/11
This was well written and had me fully entertained throughout the entire entry. I am not sure I understand fully "the meaning" behind the words-but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Thank you. God Bless~