Friday September 13th, 2013

The exercise:

Write four lines of prose about: the operator.

Max spent most of the morning with his Grandma, so that freed up Kat to come out to the garden and help me harvest for tomorrow's market. It was great having her working with me again.

We'll be heading back to Penticton tomorrow morning in the truck, hauling apples, plums, potatoes, green beans, onions, garlic, carrots, and tomatoes. Not a huge abundance of anything in particular, but hopefully it'll all combine to make for a decent market.


The ringer sounds again and I can't help but flinch. It's been a long, long day and I'm afraid of what might be waiting for me at the other end of this line. As I move to answer it I can only pray that it's not that same, tired, moronic joke yet again...

"Operator, quick - give me the number for 911!"


Greg said...

It might not be huge amounts of anything, but they all sound good to me! I'm planning on making a parsnip dauphinoise this weekend, so many of the things you're selling are on my list of potential items to go with it!
Did Kat enjoy getting out in the garden again with you, too?
Heh, your poor operator! Although I have heard people ask equally stupid questions before, so it might not have been a joke... the very first time :)

The operator
Max pointed to the newspaper, his finger shaking with rage and his face almost puce.
"It's says Fork Lift Operator!" he yelled.
The Warehouse Owner nodded. "No hyphen," he said, "because we want you operating the lift for forks, not driving a fork-lift truck around."

Aholiab said...

The Operator

Kyle shook his head as he reviewed the orders one last time.

He sighed, “It’s amazing that they can be so precise about their desires: ‘One to one point five centimeters of the left earlobe’.”

Moving his eye to the scope, he adjusted its focus slightly, gently pulled the trigger, and watched the burst of blood three-quarters of a mile away.

As he quickly dismantled his sniper rifle, he murmured, “And that’s why they call me the Operator.”

Marc said...

Greg - yeah, she was definitely happy to be out there and to get a break from watching Max as well.

Hey, I'd totally do that job. I'd be super good at it too!

Aholiab - yeesh, that is some precise direction. Though I must admit there have been times I might have requested such exact actions...