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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: For Nothing
By Edy T Johnson


They say if you find a job you'd do for nothing, you've found your life's work. Our youngest, Ben, is a born entertainer. He can be such a riot, I'd like to sign him up for Last Comic Standing. He wouldn't use rotten language, either, to carry off the votes.

For example, he loves phone calls from telemarketers. He doesn't see them as a nuisance, but an opportunity for some fun. How he can think so fast on his feet is beyond me. All I can do is weep laughing when I hear him in action, or listen to the story, later. Like the time he got a call from some gal with a dating service. This was just too juicy for Ben's alter ego, "Joey," to let pass.

"Hi-ya, this is Joey. What's yer name?"

"Hello, there. I'm Monica with Singles Surprise. Have you ever tried a dating service?"

"Naw. I don't think so. What's it for, Monica?"

"Well, Joey, you give us information about yourself -- your personal profile. Then we look for someone who matches your interests and expectations and we arrange for you to meet. Now, to begin, how old are you?"

"I'm twenty-two. But, I don't know..."

"Great, Joey! What do you do for a living?"

" '...for a living?' What do you mean?"

"Wha...? What sort of job do you have?"

"Oh! A job! Yeah, I have a job. I collect refrigerators."

"You collect refrigerators? ...That sounds ...interesting. I would never dream someone could make a living...er...get paid for collecting refrigerators. What, exactly, ...er how does that work? What do you do with your refrigerators?"

"I let people have tours, to see my refrigerators."

"Tours, huh? I wouldn't imagine there'd be much market for a refrigerator-collection tour. It must be quite the collection. Let's move on to the next question. What is your average annual income?"

"You mean, how much money do I make every year?"

"Yes, Joey, that's what I mean."

"Oh, about forty thousand dollars."

(Choke) "Forty thousand dollars? I had no idea you could make money like that with a 'refrigerator collection.'"

"Oh, that's not where I get my money."

"It isn't? Oh, you have another job?"

"Yeah, I sell drugs...."

"I'm outta here!" (click)

There you have just one example of our Ben at work with his "Joey" character. It's just too bad the whole world doesn't have the opportunity to enjoy all the stories I could tell about our own private comedian, who loves to entertain us for nothing. And, just for the record, he does have a responsible job working for a laser company where he is a beloved employee.

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Ann FitzHenry08/03/06
Hahahahaha! That's a great one! I only wish I could come up with something that good when the telemarketers call. Thanks for giving me a smile today! I think Ben has found his life's work. :-)
Marilyn Schnepp 08/05/06
Ditto! I'd like to hire Ben alias "Joey" to come over and answer MY nuisance calls! Very neat entry. Loved it! And such an uplifting take on "work". Thanks so much! (PS: but what does he do with those mechanical recorded ones? - love to hear that answer.) Good job!
Dolores Stohler08/09/06
I laughed so hard I cried. The only thing this story lacks is a spiritual application or is there one?
Steve Uppendahl08/11/06
Too cool, Edy. It's great to read a light, fun story and this is a great one.

So, I take it that "Joey" is NOT on the Do Not Call List, huh?

Great take on the topic for this week. Tell your son he should invest in a speaker phone and have parties. Mix those phone calls with some alcohol and he'd bring down the house.

Thanks for sharing your story.
Laurie Glass 08/12/06
I love it! It's great to read something lighthearted. Ben sounds like a real card - bet he's great fun to be around. :)
Marilee Alvey08/23/06
Hey, Edy, I really enjoyed AND related to this! Your writing style is so natural that it inspires me! We have a Russian "son" who lived with us for four years. I got so tired of the telemarketers trying to get us to buy stocks that I put our Russian son and his American counterpart, our youngest son, to work. The Russian son would get on and talk Russian until the guy was totally confused. The American son ended up asking for more information. "It's for a company in Hawaii, mom!" No more calls for him!
Carol Penhorwood 01/17/10
Oh, this was too cute for words! When do I get to meet your son? We could party!!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/17/10
Beware: Delightful humor here!