Monday, December 9, 2013

Roasting "The Bird", CheersFest 2.0

Today's the day of the CheersFest 2.0, where we honor Arlee "Lee" Bird.

CheersFest 2.0 is being hosted by Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King, Stephen Tremp, and Alex J. Cavanaugh.

We've been asked to answer four questions:

Why did Lee come up with the A-to-Z Challenge?
There's an issue sweeping the globe wherein people are losing the ability to alphabetize. Lee realized the issue and stepped forward to do his civic duty to educate the masses.

If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean?
Straight up, it means they've got too much going on in life, that they feel like they're juggling important things. On the other hand, it could mean your brain is doing gymnastics.

Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?
No jesting here, of course it is!

Who could play Lee in a documentary?
Paul Newman. Come on, tell me you don't see it...

Write a flash fiction piece, 100 words, with the required words:

The challenge was on, the room full of jugglers sweating in their intricate outfits. (One wore a suit of feathers.) They eyeballed each other, sneering and snarling, and then they began tossing jibes at each other.

"You couldn't juggle two oranges if they had strings attached!"

"Oh yeah, well you couldn't catch a bowling pin if it had super glue painted all over it!"

Just as it looked about to come to blows, he walked in, the Man in the Brown Coat. He was a legend, a man they'd all heard of, one they all respected. The Bird. And he didn't need a feather suit to prove it.

"What's up fella's? Ready for the show?"

Feathers fainted, one tiny yellow bit of down floating gently to the ground.

And that's when everyone else in the room knew they'd already lost the challenge.

Now for my caption:

Carl looked at the pin with trepidation, knowing that it could only keep him upright for so long before it lost its balance.
All jests aside, I give my thanks to Lee for all he's done for the blogging community, for bringing so many of us together, and for creating something that a multitude have enjoyed these past few years. His support has meant a lot to me, and I hope for his success. Thank you for being you, Lee!

May you find your Muse.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Couldn't juggle two oranges if they had a string - funny!
I chose Paul Newman as well.
Thanks for participating in CheerFest!

A Beer for the Shower said...

A throw down at a juggling competition? Now that's a fight I want to see. And no doubt Paul Newman's doppelganger would win with just a single stare.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Far too many Paul Newmans this morning! Lol

Elise Fallson said...

That flash was fun, I could hear movie western theme songs playing in the background as 'Man in the Brown Coat' walked in. Congratulations to Lee!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I see it! And the brain doing gymnastics - cause for pause and applause!

klahanie said...

Hi Shannon,

If ever a Bird deserved toasting, it would be our good buddy, Lee. Yes, the dude who dubbed me, "the official anti A to Z spokesman." And ironically, as much as I've satirised the darned thing, I actually brought further awareness of the darned thing.

This was excellent and you bowled me over with your flash fiction. Now that I know what flash fiction is.

Yes, as usual and without fanfare, I shall discreetly share your posting.

Before I go, Arggghhhh!!! blogfests, alphabet challenges! Make them STOP! Phew, sorry about that!

Gary :)

D.G. Hudson said...

Loved the feathers and the tossing of jibes! Well done. With a name so suggestive, he's bound to get the fowl references.

Ida Thought said...

Ripper Shannon... There definitely needs to be a movie about bloggers and the Alphabet challenge - Paul Newman would be a perfect lead. I've only done one A-Z challenge but feel like you've written a complimentary 'in-joke' that I'm in on - a lot of very funny :)

Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Hi Shannon,
Very interesting piece, on roasting our dear friend Arlee BIRD
Roasting bird is always,,,,,?
I liked the flash fiction in 100 words Lol
Keep inform

Andrew Leon said...

How does one "sweep a glove"? Just to be sure.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Andrew, I think that glove was supposed to be a globe. :-)

Shannon, great job. I can see Paul Newman as Mr. Bird.

Unknown said...

Cheers to the Big Bird!!

Ella said...

I love your Flash and your sweet thoughts about Lee! He deserves it~
Nicely done~

shelly said...

I'm good at juggling tasks. That's about it.

Trisha said...

I'm usually not too bad at juggling tasks, but occasionally I will drop one ball. :P

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Lee is great and I totally see Paul Newman.

Arlee Bird said...

Okay, I'm starting to see the Paul Newman resemblance. I have been known to whip up some good batches of salad dressing.

Thanks for the Roast fun and most of all for the great blogging friend you've been over the past few years. You were a great A to Z Co-host to have on our Team.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Morgan said...

Love the Paul Newman idea! Shannon, you rock. Plain and simple. I totally enjoyed this post/toast/roast. Thanks so much for participating. Great flash and love your answers. :) :) :)

David T List said...

I think you've hit on something with your answer #1... we are gradually losing the ability to spell.
And I do see an uncanny resemblance to Paul Newman. Interesting.
I've already begun my pre-planning for A to Z April!

Anonymous said...

Great piece and I also picked Paul Newman.

Anonymous said...

Great piece and I also picked Paul Newman.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Shannon. I enjoyed reading your Cheerfest post to Arlee. : )

Shannon Lawrence said...

Alex, haha, I am not so good at slinging juggling insults, so glad that was amusing.

B&B, it would be quite a sight, wouldn't it?

Wendy, it means he really must resemble him, right?!

Elise, yay on the Westerns themes!

M.J., pause and applause, love it!

Gary, you okay there? ;)

D.G., ha, yes, it's a great name for those.

Ida, wonderful! You going to do it this year?

Phil, thanks!

Andrew, you put it on the ground and get a broom, silly. But yeah, Roland was right. Corrected!

Roland, thanks for the clarification!

Sam, yes!

Ella, thank you!

Shelly, yeah, I can briefly juggle two items, but then they hit the ground.

Trisha, tasks I can juggle, but I drop that one sometimes, too.

Susan, now I can't unsee Paul Newman!

Lee, ha! Especially funny as I have a bottle of his dressing in my fridge at this moment. It's good! And thank YOU, Lee.

Morgan, thank you, one who rocks, as well! It was fun; thank you for running it!

David, Facebook is definite evidence of the spelling issue! I haven't started planning yet. Well, thinking about it, but nothing is set in stone.

Medeia, because it's apt; he looks like him!

Susanne, thanks!