Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hey everyone! This is a short story of mine that's being published in issue #5 of Mississippi Crow.

Special thanks to Pat, because I can't imagine anyone as being mad chef besides him. My sister Amber (Wandering Knitter) says it's because the character embodies how serious Pat gets when he's cooking. In any case, enjoy!

How to Cook Roast Dragon

Mr. Ivins, well renowned Master Chef, has always hated heroes.

Oh sure, you may very well say that he hated a lot of things. He hated waiters who dropped plates. He detested barmaids that spent more time leaning over the counter and flirting than serving drinks. He hated the small elven folk who shared a single meal between four of them, but still took up an entire table. He fumed at the dwarven folk who paid in large lumps of iron. He despised saffron with a passion that I cannot even begin to understand. Yes, all that is true, but I can tell you from first hand experience that what he hated most of all were heroes.

I can see by your expressions that you're asking yourself 'how could a chef of such well renown possibly hate adventurers, who are nothing less than the largest spenders of all time?'

They ordered dragon.

They always ordered dragon.

The chef took dragon off the menu and they STILL ordered dragon.

You must understand, my dear listeners, NOTHING is harder to cook than dragon. First, you have to get the meat from a source that is dubious at best. After the giant fell beast is slain by heroes, the knackers practically trip over themselves to be the first ones to the carcass. Each grabs whatever chunks they can get their bloody hands upon and then hurries it over to the designer restaurants who then have to pay whatever ridiculous price the knackers want to charge (which will be about a tenth of the ridiculous price that'll eventually be charged for it in the restaurant) for a pile of miscellaneous dragon meat that can range from a shoulder flank, a few ribs, the tail, or an entire stomach. From these random assortments of meat, Master Chef Ivins has produced dragon steaks, dragon soups, dragon ka-bobs, and in one case, from a dragon stomach, a very shaken and thankful elf.

Secondly, you're going to have to cook it, which is going to take DAYS. Ever wonder why dragons don't burn themselves with their own fiery breath? The oven would have to be practically volcanic in order to even singe a piece of dragon's flesh, and even though our master chef kept his oven charmed with fiery enchantments, they still have to burn all day and all night, for days on end, just to get the dragon flesh to the point of 'rare'. Thankfully, some adventurers have begun ordering Dragon practically raw…but their expectations are somehow the highest when the meat is completely uncooked.

Which leads us to the last, and possibly most relevant reason why the Master Chef hated dragons: they taste horrible. Nothing is worse than breaking your back to cook a piece of magical lizard, preparing it with the skill and craftsmanship of a professional, and then having some brainless, magic sword toting muscle-head take a single bite and announce that it tasted funny.


Luckily, the chef wasn't the one who talked with the customer directly, or we wouldn’t be in business. No, he could only focus his rage upon the hostess, who in turn focused her rage on the waiter, who in turn went back and politely apologized to the customer, and offered to have the chef fix their dish.

"FIX IT?!!!"

The chef took a deep breath, extended his arms outwards, and then snapped them forward, stopping an inch from the poor waiter's face (the hostess had decided to hide in the women's room for the duration of the encounter, a tactic that the waiter, who happens to be myself, found slightly unfair). I stared at the end of an incredibly calloused and discolored finger, as the chef spontaneously regained his composure, and spoke in the voice of a wounded artist,

"How can you fix a catastrophe? You're asking me to redesign a ship that’s currently sitting on the bottom of the ocean. You're asking me to repaint 'The Bloodbath at the Crimson Gate' so that it's not quite so RED."

The chef stepped towards me (which was slightly intimidating, as the chef was by no means a small or weak man…in fact he was quite large and intimidating), and all I can do was back up, the dish still in my hand, as he continued,

"You're asking me to mend the broken leg of your great, great grandfather's corpse, in the hopes that he just might one day walk again. You're asking me to take a giant killer magical lizard, and make it taste like cow."

I was running out of room to back up. Any more and I’d have been knocked right down the steps into the old basement, leaving me no choice but to steer myself back towards the dining area. The chef hardly seemed to care.

"Well then, I guess you can march right back and let your adventuring friend know that he's free to ORDER THE BLOODY COW!"

I stumbled and spun out the door, a forced smile upon my face, and a deviously crafty plan for my survival already in mind. All I needed was a one of the spare chef's smocks, a fancy hat, a pinch of black pepper, a sprig of parsley, and an attractive waitress who owed me a favor.

A few minutes later, the waitress Penelope stepped up to the adventurer, the plate of dragon meat in her hands. The smock was tied tightly around her slim figure and the fancy hat was perched perfectly upon the top of her curly brown hair. She smiled nervously as she carefully placed the dragon steak back in front of the hero (who was either Barry the Barbarian, or Dan the Druid, I'm not exactly sure). Penelope then bit her lower lip in a disgustingly adorable fashion and apologized in a soft, quivvering voice,

"I'm so sorry, sir! I'm a little new, and when I heard that the meal was for you, I was so nervous that I forgot to finish adding the spices. I hope it’s alright now. I worked as hard as I could to make it perfect for you..."

Penelope practically purred the last lines as she batted her eyelashes and waited in anticipation. The adventurer gave Penelope a small smile, cut himself another piece of the slightly altered dragon steak, and then popped it into his mouth. His face was uncertain at first, but as he gazed up upon Penelope's beautiful, worried expression, his giant chin eventually broke into a smile as he announced to the entire restaurant,

"It's perfect!"

Penelope was visibly overjoyed, and the evening then proceeded as normal. I wouldn't be impaled by an angry hero, the cook wouldn't serve me up as a side dish for the next client, and all was well and good until the next disaster walked into the restaurant...which was roughly half an hour later.

It was another hero, but this one was slightly different than the normal bow/sword/staff/mysterious birthmark toting kind. This was the type of hero that didn’t have stories sung about them…although they were often mentioned in the news. This was the type of hero people talked about in hushed tones. This was the type of hero that the peasants hid from until he passed by. He was the type of hero that turned the tide of battles, killed legendary beasts, and brought down kings.

To put it bluntly, he was the type of hero that wasn't actually a hero at all.

He just happened to be VERY good at killing things. In fact, he had killed enough things to become famous for it. His name was Becksley…or rather Sir Becksley, ever since some king knighted him for slaying a minotaur, a gorgon and a thorp (by the time the exact details of the third slaying reached the king, Becksley had already left).

He stepped through the main doors of our restaurant about an hour before we normally closed, his giant, leather boots landing on the floor with ominous, echoing thumps. His face was dominated by a large, black beard, although the top of his head was neatly shaven. His cheeks were littered with numerous scars that ranged in sources from claws to fangs to what might very well have been human fingernails. Most of his body was covered by a large cloak, but he let it part open wide enough to let everyone see his dark, chain mail armor, and the oversized, spiky mace that hung off the side of his belt.

The pleasant banter, that had filled the air of our restaurant only a second before, came to a sudden and abrupt halt. People quickly settled their bills and in most cases didn't bother waiting for change. Half the waitresses darted into the back and the other half undid a few of the buttons on their blouses. The elves at the main table glanced at each other, tossed some coins on the table and then literally vanished into thin air. The hostess, who was already at her wit's end, calmly walked into the women's restroom, shimmied out the window, and was never heard from again.

This left me to be the one to smile widely, step forward, extend my hand and then get elbowed straight to the floor. Sir Becksley didn't seem to even notice my fall, or he just didn't care, as he stepped over to the main table where the elves were sitting moments before. With one long swipe of his arm, he knocked its contents out of the way, onto the floor. The dark knight then gave a single snort, took a seat, and then waited to be served.

I made my way to his table in a lightning quick rush, just as he took off his cloak. I carefully took it from him, carefully hung it upon a hook on the wall, and then barely made it back in time to take his chain mail, which I carefully placed upon one of the nearby abandoned tables (right before my knees gave out from its weight). I staggered back to the only customer left in the building, as he bellowed out the inevitable word,


It wasn't a question. It wasn't a request. It wasn’t an order. It wasn't even a promise, really. It was a statement. The statement was: if dragon was served to him shortly, than life would continue as we know it. To show how serious he was, he tossed a handful of coins onto the table. The value of those coins would easily match my salary for the month. I began the regular 'dragon order' speech.

"Dragon will take no less than an entire hour to prepare sir..."

His eyes, little more than black specks hiding in the center of a hedge maze of scars, shot towards me...

I waited to see if my life would be forfeit.

"I know."

His voice was calm and collected, as he wasn't the type of man to get angry. He dealt with his problems long before they had the chance to make him angry. Sir Becksley had obviously ordered dragon at least once before, and knew what was entailed. I continued my speech,

"How would you like it cooked, sir?"

Those twin black dots slid towards me again.

"Cook it as little as possible...and it better be good."

Ivins, our chef, wore a smile of triumphant resignation (the kind of smile that's worn by someone who's finally being allowed to quit) as he announced,

"We're out of dragon! He'll have to order something..."

Suddenly, outside the kitchen, there was a clamor and then a sharp feminine cry. We both turned to face the entrance to the dining area as Penelope darted through it, her face filled with shock and pain. As the door swung outwards, I saw a half spilled glass of beer on Becksley's table. The knight was chuckling to himself. As the door swung in, I glanced back at Penelope, who had a hand up to an eye that was beginning to swell. With her other hand she refastened the top buttons of her blouse. The door shifted and swung out again, allowing me to see another waitress nervously place an unspilled drink upon the dark knight’s table. Becksley snatched it up without so much as a glance, still smiling quietly to himself. The door then swung in and out one last time, but only far enough for me to catch a glimpse of the large spiked mace hanging from his belt.

By the time my attention returned to our Chef, his defeated smile was gone. This wasn’t the kind of guest that would accept disappointment, and Ivins knew that. I was already envisioning a destroyed building, partially in flames, leading me to start thinking of every crazy escape plan, trick, detour, or misdirection that might get us out of this (including a contingency plan for a small fire, if that's what it would take to live through the night).

All Chef Ivins did was look at the door to the old basement. I began to tell him my plan.

"So, we have someone shimmy out the window and run around to the front..."

Ivins stepped over to the main oven and picked up his heaviest leather apron.

"...then he runs through the door and shouts that half the town is on fire..."

He carefully tied the apron upon himself as he stepped over to the knives.

"...then we all start climbing out the back window, as you turn the ovens up to full blast..."

Chef Ivins selected the largest knife on the board, and then turned towards the pans.

"...or I could. I mean, if you didn't want to be the one to turn the ovens up, I'd gladly..."

He selected his heaviest pan. He held it in his left, as he grasped the blade in his right.

" anyway! We point the ovens towards the door, and we open the door just as..."

The Master Chef began walking towards the old cellar.

"...A BURST OF FLAME SHOOTS OUT! He's got to believe the place is on fire when he sees...or a REAL fire! It’s so simple, why didn’t I think of it? Let’s start an actual…sir, you can't go down there."

As much as I feared the knight outside, somehow Ivins was scarier as he growled,

"It's my damn restaurant and I'll go where I please. You mind the store."

"Sir, you can't go down there! Don't you remember why we made a new cellar? Don't you remember the long speech you gave about 'not worth the risks' and 'dangerous even at that size'..."


Ivins pushed forward and stepped defiantly down the dark, poorly kept stairway. I grabbed a nearby lantern and followed down closely behind him, eager to at least give him some light to work with. He didn't complain, and we made it down to the bottom at about the same time.

It amazed me how little had changed since I had last been down there. True, everything was destroyed, but you know, the rubble was all in the appropriate places. The shattered pieces of wood were where the barrels of pickled fish once stood. There were layers of broken shelves stacked on top of each other, their contents mostly ripped apart and eaten, besides the glass.

The Chef gasped suddenly and raced forward, putting his current quest on hold, as he sprinted over to the remains of the wine racks. He gave a low, hissing growl when he found that not a single ancient bottle had remaining intact. His face was contorted into a fury that was usually reserved for discovering slain kings or valued family members. He placed the pan down and retrieved a lightly singed label amongst the fragments of glass. After reading the words upon it, he crushed it tightly between his fingers. Someone was going to pay.

Throughout all this, I took every moment I could to scan the shadows. It was a relatively large basement, about thirty by thirty feet (the new one was on the opposite side of the building). I wasn't the one who went down there when they first heard the crashing within this room. It was the man who trained me, Peterson. He raced downstairs, gave a not so manly scream, darted back up the stairs, ran straight over to the restaurant across town, asked if they were hiring, had a quick interview, accepted a reasonable position given his skills and current level of experience, and never spoke of the old basement again.

I, like everyone else who had been there, had heard the word the Peterson kept repeating as he took flight from the basement and restaurant. Everyone knew what was down in that basement...or at least they greatly suspected it.

I, on the other hand, knew it was a dragon, albeit a small one.

I knew it was a dragon because I knew Peterson, and knew he wouldn't say such a thing unless it was true.

Also, the dragon was staring right at me.

It was bigger than I would have liked, about the size of your average pig...and a belly to match. The creature hadn't quite gotten through to the end of the larder down there, and had apparently gorged itself to the point it could no longer fly. I assume it crawled down a hole with the intention of flying back through it, only to find it was then too heavy to make its flight back up. Despite the very well stocked larder, it couldn’t have enjoyed itself much down there, as dragons, above all else, crave fresh meat.

I didn't move. It didn't move. Warning the chef would require moving, so I didn't move. The chef began to walk further into the basement, directly away from where the overweight monster was perched. As Chef Ivins moved, he whispered towards me,

"Bring the light over here."

That would have required moving, as would telling him why I couldn’t move, and since I wasn’t moving, the dragon didn't move, so I didn't move.

"Over here, stupid."

That required moving. Sorry.

"What are you looking..."

The Master Chef suddenly went quiet as he began to realize what was happening. He gripped his makeshift weapons and shuffled forward towards me…and I really wish he hadn’t, because that was movement.

Had the beast been clean, no doubt its scales would have been a bright red, a fearsome blue, or even an unfortunate pink. As it was, you couldn’t even tell what color it was, as the wallowing and gorging in the larder had left his scales a sickly, ruddy greenish-brown. His wings expanded, but they did nothing except make its appearance that much more fearsome as it bounded towards us…well, actually just me…the chef wasn’t leaping in front to save me as I had hoped, giving me no choice but to leap back…broken glass…I mean to the side…it’ll still get my leg…I mean forward.

The dragon wasn’t quite prepared for my panicked lunge towards it, which landed me flat across its disgusting back, its wings slapping me in the face as it spun, biting at my shoes as the lantern toppled neatly onto the ground, still giving off enough light to let us see the horrible creature. Its large beak-like jaw snapped down on my left shoe and wrestled it off, checking to see if it was edible. In a sense it was, but it wasn’t quite fresh, which led it to focus on the chef, who was already halfway through his swing.

The frying pan slammed downwards, like an axe, over its head (the top facing the dragon). A swing across would have probably done more damage, but the Chef knew what was coming next.

The beast belched flames through its fearsome, fanged mouth, right into the inside of the pan, causing the flames to leap backwards into the dragon’s eyes, across its face, and right up the back of my pants. My sudden shouts of pain led the beast to rear back, hurling me off into the rubble behind him (which was just fine with me), as it clasped its maw around the edge of the pan. Chef Ivins began stabbing away with his butcher knife, but even his best blades needed to get between the scales to do any real damage. As it was, he could do little more than scratch across its hide, as his largest, heaviest pan began to bend under the dragon’s bite.

Ivins sneered, tossed down his blade and put his free hand around the monster’s thick neck. With a single yank, the Chef pulled the pan free, wound his arm back and then brought the twisted piece of iron straight down upon the fat dragon’s head as hard as he could.

This made the dragon angry.

It reared back quickly, pulling Ivins slightly off balance. The pan fell free of his hand, and clattered onto the stone floor. With a high pitched squeal, the dragon pushed the large chef straight back against the wall with a single powerful lunge forward. I tried to help, but just as I managed to quench my burning pants, a small lick of the flame spread from them to some nearby debris, and it was all I could do just to keep the basement from burning up around us.

Master Chef Ivins slammed backwards against the stone wall with enough force to almost topple it in entirely. He then slid straight down upon the scattered remains of the shattered wine bottles as he desperately tried to recapture his breath. The dragon hopped up upon him with a single small jump, and focused its fuming twisted mouth right down towards my fallen master.

Flames licked around the dragon’s lips as it sucked in a large lungful of air, reared up once more, and pushed a giant jet of flame straight out just as the Chef clasped his hands tightly around its mouth.

The dragon stopped and sputtered like a misfiring oven. The flames hit the front of its mouth, but had nowhere to go, shooting back up its nostrils, into its sinuses, and then right back down its throat. I can only imagine how hot the beast’s mouth must have been, but the Chef’s heavily calloused hands merely sizzled slightly under the heat.

The fire shot back out its lungs, back against its closed mouth and sinuses, leading to the only other path available…its stomach. The partially digested food must have burst into flames, as black smoke began to shoot out into the air, and the beast began a coughing fit that gave the Master Chef enough time to spot a single unbroken wine bottle leaning against some nearby rubble, hidden between two pieces of wood.

Chef Ivins grasped upon the bottle, reared his arm back, and then…saw the label. As he clenched his left hand tightly around the disoriented dragon’s jaw, he slowly inspected the wine bottle within his right hand, and then with the utmost care and diligence, he gently placed the bottle back down upon the rubble. After making sure the bottle was perfectly secure, the Chef clenched his right hand into a tight fist and proceeded to punch the monster directly in the throat.

I finally managed to stamp out the last of the fire as my boss shifted his weight and planted a single knee into the small of the dragon’s back, pinning it to the ground. I picked up the fallen pan, bit my lip as it burned both of my palms, and forced myself to carry it over to the Chef, who eagerly snatched it from my blistered hands.

I took a few steps back as slam after slam, accompanied by snarling shout after snarling shout echoed through the basement. I dared not say a word until both the slamming and the snarling ceased.

“Is it dead?”

The Chef stared up at me with the distinct expression that all artists wore when they spoke with amateurs.

“Are you kidding me? It isn’t even unconscious! It’s docile though, completely flat on the ground. I think I’ve shown it who’s boss.”

The Chef took a moment to catch out breath and craft a plan of action. Not even a near death experience could take his mind off the job. After a minute or so of thought, he began issuing orders,

“Alright, go over there and CAREFULLY pick up that bottle of wine and then CAREFULLY bring it upstairs. Then get me an assortment of knives and a large mallet. After killing it and dicing it up, we’ll take off a few underbelly steaks…”

The Chef’s voice came to an abrupt stop. For a moment, he merely stared off into space. Eventually he continued, as his face began to tighten up,

“Which we’ll cook at nearly volcanic temperatures…and prepare with the utmost care and skill…”

A sudden sharpness within the Chef’s voice gave me pause. That familiar vein on his forehead was beginning to throb again, as he continued,

“…and I’ll produce another DAMN dragon steak for another DAMN ungrateful customer who will whine about it not being DAMN good enough because dragon meat is DAMN awful…”

Master Chef Ivins wasn’t exactly being loud, but every word he spoke was positively dripping with bitterness and rage. To the submissive dragon’s surprise, the Chef clamped his hands around its mouth and then lifted his knee off its back. It wasn’t exactly pinned anymore, but at the same time it wasn’t about to try anything. Ivins pointed his free hand at me and then snarled through clenched teeth,

“…and at that point he might get a little DAMN violent, but more likely he just won’t pay a DAMN thing for the meal…”

The way he implied it, it sounded as if the Chef was angrier at the thought of not being paid than he was at violence. He slapped his free hand down on the confused dragon’s belly, and then practically screamed,


Ivin’s expression, without warning, went immediately from ‘fuming with rage’ to ‘completely calm and placid’ as he asked,

“How did he want his steak cooked?”

“Your steak will be ready in just a single moment, Sir.”

Becksley didn’t pay any interest as to why my clothers were filthy, singed and smelling of sulfur. He merely grunted and then gave a mean smile towards the waitresses, who were all huddled in the corner, as far away as possible from the knight. I leaned forward and mentioned, in my most polite and formal voice,

“As requested, our Master Chef has cooked the dragon very little.”

The black knight turned his bemused expression towards me, glanced up and down my destroyed outfit, and then muttered, as his eyes narrowed to a squint,

“If it isn’t perfect, then you’re dead.”

Once again, it was not a threat, command or promise. He was just letting me know how things were going to be.

“You got that, kid?”

Years of practice allowed my smile to stay frozen in place, as I assured him,

“I can say sir, with absolute certainty, that it is humanly impossible for our Chef to have cooked your meal any less.”

Sir Becksley locked his gaze upon me, but seemed momentarily satisfied. His large, gloved hand grasped upon his mug of beer and he downed it in one gulp just as the kitchen door swung open, and Chef Ivins stepped out. He wore as wide as smile as I’ve ever seen him give.

Becksley turned slightly towards the Chef, looking through the bottom of the glass mug as he finished his drink. The knight shifted his eyes down towards the chefs hands, eager to get a look at his meal.

It looked back at him.

For a short moment (which I treasure with all my heart), Sir Becksley and the chubby dragon grasped within Chef Ivins’s arms just stared back and forth at each other, through the bottom of that glass mug.

By the time reality finally reached Becksley’s brain, he spit a long, sputtering spray of beer directly into the dragon’s face.

Dragons that young are never too smart, but even a beast of a limited intelligence can tell when a bad situation had gone completely too far. That was it. That was the last straw.

The beast screeched and erupted flames, and the effects were nothing short of disastrously hilarious. Becksley’s glass shattered and burst from the heat, spraying small shards of broken glass over half his body…by no means fun, but not deadly, or even enough to take his attention away from the fact that his beard was fully on fire and that blisters now covered over half his face.

The shock and the pain sent the knight toppling backwards onto his back, sprawled out in a way that was so absolutely hilarious that I almost forgot to slip off his spiked mace and toss it across the room.


Like a delightful cherry perched on top of an elegant dessert, Master Chef Ivins completed the perfect scene by casually tossing the dragon onto Sir Becksley’s chest.

I really wish Penelope was there to see that, but unfortunately she was far too busy untying Becksley’s horse and spooking it away.

Within a few moments (a few GLORIOUSLY horrible moments), our hungry knight was toppling out the front door, crawling his way towards the main road on all fours, too terrified to slow down for even a second, lest the small, furious dragon catch up with him.

The ruddy, fat monster lunged out the door only a moment behind him, all too eager to catch up with the focus of his rage.

The last I saw of Sir Becksley was the back of his smoldering clothes as he ran directly back the way he came, with that wonderful, bouncing, magical lizard snapping at his heels every single step of the way.

By the time I made my way back in, the coins were gone from the table and the only waitress left was Penelope. Her eye was beginning to blacken, but I don’t recall ever seeing her happier. Without a word, the fair lass stepped over to my side, planted a single kiss upon my left cheek, and then with what distinctly sounded like a jingle of coins in her pocked, skipped right out the door.

I wanted to leave…in fact I wanted to sleep for twenty-four hours, but I had to check on the Chef first. I found him in the kitchen, fishing a corkscrew out of a drawer as he smiled at the recovered bottle of wine. With a flick of his wrist, Ivins screwed out the cork, checked it, gave a smug nod, and then joyfully tossed the tool aside.

I hated to be a mood killer, but I had to ask,

“What should I do if Sir Becksley comes back?”

Master Chef Ivins didn’t seem too concerned. After the fight with the dragon, I imagine it’d take quite a lot to ever concern him again. He merely shrugged and casually replied,

“Nothing. We’re closed.”

With the bottle in hand, the Chef slowly descended the basement steps, eager to begin a very well deserved break.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


The highest achievement a hopeless geek can hope to achieve, is getting something they wrote on their hobby's official website. Remember the list of impossible questions I answered a while back?


They used my answers for almost every question and I even got special thanks at the top!

That Sam is going to be trouble though...he was right about the invisibility question (still think flour isn't going to work as well as they think though) and he's probably right on the astrophysics question, but his sarcastic tone is going force my hand.


Sam, I challenge thee to an honor duel. I don't think of it as a fight or battle, but more like the end of a well played game of chess...

I'll be at the top of the waterfall at dawn. Dress is casual. Bring a covered dish.

Anyway, in no particular order, to protect the innocent:


Posted Comment:

"Hey, check out this great survey site! They pay for your opinions! Use the following promo code..."

Next Comment:

"I AM SO SORRY! I didn't mean to send you that! I thought you were one of my other friends, and I accidentally posted a website we were talking about before...

the site I MEANT to tell you about was THIS one! Use promo code..."

Last Comment:

"Check out this site!"


0-1 (The judges decreed that I can't pass judgment without hearing responses, so this is the real final scoring)



*Huge cartoon image of a pair of lips, with the words 'MUAH' over them*

Okay. That really isn't much of a response...I mean, that's all I got. It's positive, definitely, but uh...that's it. Still, overall it's positive. I definitely wasn't disturbed and there's no scam, so yes, positive.



Friend request.

They want to be my friend. Cool. I made them a friend response. Huh. I guess they're leaving it up to me, but still, if someone sends you a message, and you offer to be their friend, don't you think they'd give some kind of message of their own with it? Cartoon smooch? Sales pitch? Anything? I'm going to have mulligan this one. I'm not sure if she's just busy, or if she's the type to just silently stare at me from across the table/room/internet. That's a little creepy.


We're all tied up! What the results be? Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 06, 2007


I just discovered that Myspace is even scarier than I realized.

Just as I was about to message all those scary, sketchy people...they began messaging me...let's watch!

Friend request #1:

'User and Abuser' is a sexy, shameless cam-whore who isn't afraid to appear completely naked in front of an internet camera. I'm not horrified by any means...but I'm pretty sure I can get herpes from touching the 'approve' button, so I'll call this one even.


Friend request #2:

'Broken Poets' starts their (it's about three people) page with the quote "everything in nature has its own will". It seems less a person as a group of people, and less a myspace page as a free advertisement for a band that's recently opened for Seven Mary Three, James McMurtry, and Ian Moore. The band has had recent performances at Los Angeles “hot spot” venues such as The Key Club, Whisky A Go-Go, Molly Malone’s, as well as some of New York’s top venues like Arlene Grocery, The Gaslight, and The Bitter End.

For more information, please contact: Kelly MacGaunn * kelleemack pr


Friend request #3: "Jayda" (no picture) who is just an average girl going to college, making her with with the help of PAIDSURVEY ADVERTISING! You can just take a look at the graph of how much money she's made through PAIDSURVEY ADVERTISING and click on the link to go directly to the PAIDSURVEY ADVERTISING site! She's a real person!


Friend request #4: "Lucy" has a wonderful picture of her pretending to...insert something in her mouth...something vaguely cylindrical shaped...I'm sure Amber will let me know when I'm a bit older. Or I can just ask Christian. Again, nothing too scary, I'll just click to the link her to see more pictures of her...on this amatuer porn site. Wow! How very interes...HEY WAIT A MINUTE! Still, that picture was worth clicking on.


Friend request #5: "Black Soap" is an amatuer rapper who's using myspace as free advertising...but unlike request #1 it is HIS myspace page...and he lists contact information so that he can actually communicate with people...and he's not making any shameless attempt to sell me anything...he's okay.


Friend request #6: "Morgan" is another shameless REAL PERSON and would like to let everyone know about her favorite website ADULT FRIEND FINDER! Nothing new. Mulligan.


Friend request #7: "My Shirt". Personal information: Coupon Special! $5 off!


Friend request #8: "White Mike". Another rapper, this one white and completely shameless.


Friend request #9: "Sara" is a bikini model who would like you to visit her website! Uh...I just no Max, stay strong. Still, mulligan.


Friend request #10: "Christian" is some guy with a beard and...oh hey Christian. Already a friend. Mulligan.


Friend request #11: "Mia" is a sexy 19 year old girl who would like me to go to...oh, she doesn't have a porn site. She's just a sexy 19 year old girl on Myspace. I didn't realize they actually existed.


Friend request #12: "Rachel" is a young attractive woman who lives in...holy cow! Freehold, New Jersey! She likes Family Guy, Goonies, Labyrinth and Lost! There's probably a scam in there somewhere, but I'm too intrigued to care!


Friend request #13: "Abigail" is wearing a t-shirt that says 'I wish these were brains' and she's a shameless cam-whore. Well, can't blame her for being open about it. Wait, I could probably blame her little.


Friend request #14: white rapper "Nominee"! In stores now!


Friend request #15: "Michelle" is another shameless bikini wearing...well she isn't selling anything directly, but the lack of personal information and her messaging of random guys is fairly sketchy. Mulligan.


Friend request #16: "Amber". Hey Amby! Mulligan!


Friend request #17: "Nicole". An 18 year old Asian girl who wants to meet me, played by a 30 year old Asian cam-whore.


Friend request #18: "Tracy" is 29 with no picture...but no scam...not enough information for a scam. Alright, I'll bite.


Friend request #19: "Angie" wants to know if I remember her! She makes no attempt to identify herself, and I've never met anyone remotely like her, but she would like you to check out SINGLESNET.COM. Her screenname is swtk877...and there's no such person on SINGLESNET.COM, but now that I have seen the website, I am SO interested in finding out more about this wonderful...moving on.


Friend request #20: "Sophia" appears to be a nice, normal woman from New York. Cool.


Friend request #21: "Robin" is a nice woman from Freehold, New Jersey. No, no scam here (at least not an obvious one). I might be in trouble.


Friend request #22: "Christy" wants to know if I remember her! She makes no attempt to identify herself, and I've never met anyone remotely like her, but she would like you to check out SINGLESNET.COM. Her screenname is kg136783...and there's no such person on SINGLESNET.COM, but now that I have seen the website, I am SO interested in finding out more about this, deja-vu.


Friend request #23: "Laura" appears to be a nice young woman who would genuinely like to hear from me. You know, these are probably all scams, but at least these ones are plausible.


We may need a tie breaking round, unless this next one is...

Friend request #24: "Alta" "Christy" wants to know if I remember her! She makes no attempt to identify herself, and I've never met anyone remotely like her, but she would like you to check out SINGLESNET.COM. Her screenname is jennyk7...and there's no such person on SINGLESNET.COM, but now that I have seen the website, I am SO interested in finding out more about this wonderful...

You know, they probably would have been more effective if they only did this once.


Satisfactory judges?

Saturday, May 05, 2007


I'm not sure if I've won the last challenge...Amber gave me a decisive win for my PC/MAC story (not having gay sex definitely helped), but Pat hasn't handed down a decision on the Discworld fic, so I might need a fanfic from Steve. In any case, I might as well get started on the next challenge: Myspace!

I made a myspace...'m not sure if I did that right, so if you get some strange fifteen year old emo-freak, then it's probably not me.

For this challenge I'm going to test this site's ability to deliver what it promises: contact and interaction with people in your area who aren't trying to scam you, don't scare you, and are actually a human being you wouldn't mind speaking with. I'm going to randomly select ten people, give them each a general greeting, and...who knows, I might meet some interesting people...but if the creepy/scamming/horrifying responses outnumber the nice responses, I win.

I might as well kill two birds with one stone and search for single women within my age range...let's say 24 to 33.

Let's spin the wheel!

The first result has a "<3" after her name. She's 24, has a glittery image of Ariel the mermaid instead of a picture, and her page has her name in giant glittery letters over a sunset. She's a high school graduate, single mother, and her occupation is 'bus driver'.

I had a good feeling.

Girl #2's profile is dominated by her description of the wonderful brand of diet pills that have helped her to slim down painlessly in virtually no time at all! Oh, and would you ever guess, she sells said product! I definitely get the feeling that I want to get to know this girl, and the product she has casually mentioned within her perfectly normal Myspace page, a little bit better!

Girl #3 starts with a faraway image...hard to tell what she looks I click to see her page and BAM! EVERYTHING HITS ME AT ONCE! A giant anime/chibi picture of herself! A giant Dominican flag on the background! A video of a giant waving Dominican flag! All this and midi Spanish music blasting at top volume!

What's she like? I have no idea! I'm now blind and deaf!

Girl #4...Gizmo the mogwai (from Gremlins) drinking a beer and wearing a Yankees hat. more Godawful midi music...Calvin peeing on the number 20...her picture has two other people in it and does not indicate which is her...and makes patriotic cakes.

I somehow have an even better feeling than before.

Girl #5...What's with the godawful midi music?! OFF! Let's see...favorite movies are Meet Joe Black and Meet the Fockers...promotes the test 'which Victoria's Secret angel are you quiz' (apparently I'm Tyra Banks)...her occupation is Alcohol that a fancy name for a bartender? If not, it should be.

Girl #6 OH GOD! MONKEES! *MINIMIZE* Okay Max...calm down. They're just monkees. Your extreme dislike of monkees hasn't interfered with your life up to now so just *MAXIMIZE*

Oh god they're hideous. *SCROLLS DOWN TO MORE MONKEES* What the fuck? She even has a link to special monkey picture hosting. Seriously, what the fuck?

Girl #7 More shitty midi of said shitty musicians...a page worth of listings of her favorite active member of the non-Indians for Bollywood...childish anti-Bush cartoons...and a blog post entitled: "Kill Em' With Education???"

My heart palpitates.

Girl actually pretty cool. Under her picture are RPG-like statistics including a speed of 0.6 and an ambiguity rating of 20. Uh...then it goes on to a 'What's your inner Faerie' test. Her favorite movies are Boys on the Side and Girl Interrupted...things are looking a little downhill...and it culminates with the quiz "what is the center of your dark core". I'm hoping I get the result "tootsie roll"....

Oh wait, she's a lesbian.

You'd think the search engine would have filtered that out...wait, she's also a parent.


Take two.

Girl #8 ...for the first time this challenge we have someone who has okay taste in music. It's R&B, which isn't really my thing, but at least it's good R&B. She has the most confusing image I've seen all day. It's raggedy old teddy bear...angel...and it's in a blue crystal sphere. That and apparently her hero is a naked female angel.

Girl #9 is straight from Hamilton, New Jersey...her background music of choice is 'Bitch' by Meredith Brooks...there's wall to wall Tinkerbell all over the page...and she's actually pretty cute in a Shelley Duvall kind of way.

You know, Shelley Duvall? The wife in 'The Shining'? Olive Oil in 'Popeye'? What? She's hot! I sat through 'Rock and Roll Mother Goose' just to watch her hop around in a Little Bo Peep outfit.

Oh yeah.

Anyway...this all leads us to Girl #10...and wall to wall drawings of half naked women (what's with straight women and pictures of half naked women?) of her trashed at a bar...all topped with more shitty midi music...

I'm ready to propose right now.

Wish me luck.