Thursday, October 22, 2009

Carpet Parking

This week's Thursday News of the Absurd Will Someone Please Write This Book Inspirational Moment (TNoftheAWSPWTBIM) is photographic.

On the walk to Tink's school today, cutting through undergraduate student housing, I saw this:

In case you can't tell, that's bike parking, and it's holding a bike, a bike, a bike, a carpet, a bike, and a bike.

Other people speculated that the carpet had been washed and was set there to dry. Muggles, all of them.

Because it's clearly magic. You can't just park those things anywhere, you know.

What I didn't understand, though, is why it wasn't locked. I mean, I know it's a beige Stainmaster cheapie and not an elaborate oriental, but won't someone steal it?

And then it occurred to me: someone already has.

Who will write me this book?


blog nerd said...

Hi Jaqui! I finally got a chance to visit your blog. I followed one of your links to Letters of Note. Love that site! Thanks for that--I'm going to post it and I'll nod in your direction.

Nice to blog-meet you.

Write2ignite said...

Bikes need to be loved, too. I can see it now...the first paragraph of the book:

My only possessions in the world - the only thing Grandma left me...that old ten-speed rusty-blue bike and worn out carpet. We went everywhere together - like peanut butter, jelly and bread. We went to the park (the blanket came in handy as a place to sit when all the benches were full), the movies (only drive-ins, of course) and my favorite... Look Out Hill. I could see the whole city from there. Grandma's house was too the left. Sometimes I'd throw acorns at it. But they never quite reached...

(Hold the applause, please. I know you're on the edge of your seat for more. I'll give you the low down: Aliens landed on the hill one night as the MC was launching acorns at his grandma's house. They took the the whole enchilada...sorry...the whole peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Our MC is never heard from again and this whole book was put together from the notes he etched in the trees on the hill.)

The end.

You can give me my Book Idea of the year award now. I'm ready.


Jacqui said...

blog nerd, welcome! The rest of you, blog nerd (who is really Jen) has a great series on writing over at her blog called The Enchanted 15. It's lovely.

WordWrangler, you win. It's the alien abduction done it. :)

C.R. Evers said...

I'm thinking of a title. Ten Ways to Park your Magic Carpet in the Mortal World

1) Disguise it so that it looks like someone hung it out to dry.

cath c said...

i think i would have ahdf the same reaction walking by....hee-hee, magic carpet!

Jacqui said...

Christy, 2) Wrap it around yourself and fasten with a decorative brooch.

cath c, always good to know I'm not the only crazy one!

Amber Lough said...

I love my friends here at this blog. Of COURSE it's THAT kind of carpet. Only boring muggles wouldn't see it for what it is.