Scrapbook Two Hundred Twenty Six…

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November, 2019

 

Frankie and Johnny

kelly

This is either Frankie or Johnny with my daughter Kelly. They were a pair-the parrots I mean. I couldn’t tell the difference between them. (I don’t like the way this story is going)

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They lived in a big pandoroma just outside of our bedroom door upstairs at the gallery. It was not unusual for one of them to lose their footing on the roost, in the middle of the night, and tumble crashing about 3’ to the floor. It made a terrible noise that caused me to think someone was breaking into our gallery. So of course, I had to go down stairs, half asleep and half naked, to check it out. I hated doing that and always questioned the logic of doing anything at all. 

What if there actually were a couple of huge convicted felons with big knives breaking in? What was I supposed to do, apologize for interrupting them and serve coffee to keep them from killing me? 

patch

On the other hand, If I called the police and just sat there waiting for them to arrive, it would be at least 20 minutes. By then half of our stuff would have been hauled away, and my wife would kill me. it was a no-win situation.

There was a story about a man who heard two burglars robbing his garage. He called 911 and the lady apologize and said she didn’t have anyone to respond, and hung up. So the man called 911 again and said, “forget my last call lady, I just shot the two guys and they are bleeding all over the floor.” 

About 2 minutes later the police came rushing in and arrested both burglars. The 911 lady said, “I thought you said you shot them,” and the man replied, “I thought you said no one was available to respond.”

I think that’s what I’m going to do next time. Either that, or get my parrots a padded floor. f 

 

 

 

149 thoughts on “Scrapbook Two Hundred Twenty Six…

  1. Forrest – What the blazes is a ‘pandoroma’? In Latin, do you mean, ‘pando roma’ or, ‘disclose Rome’? I read that ‘pandor’ is also an archaic form of ‘pander’. Did you make up a word again? The Romans had lots of problems with Pirates attacking their Western coast.

    And Parrots always go with Pirates. Did you draw a picture of Long John Silvers, as your burglar? Looks like he has an ankle bracelet, instead of a peg leg.

    Aaaarrrrgghhh, Matey!

    • Forrest – What? You think I didn’t know my illustrious Roman ancestor was captured by Pirates?:

      “In 75 BCE, Julius Caesar was captured by Cilician pirates, who infested the Mediterranean sea. The Romans had never sent a navy against them, because the pirates offered the Roman senators slaves, which they needed for their plantations in Italy. As a consequence, piracy was common.”

      Probably why he crossed the Rubicon River, later.

      Avast Ye!

    • The question is: what does “pandoroma” mean to Mr Fenn?
      And those parrots have been dead many years since the Fenn’s owned their gallery. So what does he mean by “next time”??

      • Pandorama is probably his meaning for a big bird cage shaped like a box? Is his meaning of ” next time” , pertaining to your question ; mean in his past thinking in recollection of thoughts back then? Or it’s a riddle within this riddle? Does it mean something not a face value within the story? Being as a riddle is not about the story, but a shadow weaving within the story?

        Good question, Randawg.

        IMO .

        • randawg – Forgot an ‘Aaarrrr’ in ‘parrotlets’.

          Now I am thinking about Marlon Brando in “The Godfather”. And Fran Warren, in that treasure movie she was in. Get it? That’S ‘warren’. Another Rabbit Hole for you, there, Forrest.

          Giggles.

  2. Forrest,

    Is that Frankie or Johnny with the broken blue wing? Do they keep you up at night with the thudgs from their perchanced mishaps? Or do they spend the nights talking to each other and with you? Prey tell what do they say???

  3. Nice riddle! The one before the next one always , like a sitcom at around the end credits; gives a preview of the next episode. Having friends in Hollywood has its influence lol.

    There are two parrots mentioned ( second to last in this series) but only one is shown. Also , the sketch has one eye covered by a patch . So it’s only one eye remaining to be seen out of .

    Parrots are vocal repeaters- has used a couple of old SB pictures for these new ones. Who’s the cracker?

    911 call- There’s an urgency , but it all depends on on your perspective of what is serious. Are any of these SB’s serious insight?

    The next one being the last in the series, is big! He will ,quite frankly, say …here’s Johnny! Or is it ( one eye ) Jack with the shining smile?

    Now get in the car son! Or maybe I’m Batty and flew over the kookoo’s nest.

    lol.

    IMO .

    • 911 operators translate situations with codes to the respective departments. We have again: greens, yellows , red and strategic blues in the last two. Blue in the head yesterday, blue for wings with red in the head today.

      So, the colours may be an influential purpose?

      Hospital Colour codes:

      Code blue- medical emergency- cardiac or respitory
      Code red- fire or smoke

      In This SB quote:

      “This is either Frankie or Johnny with my daughter Kelly. They were a pair-the parrots I mean. I couldn’t tell the difference between them. (I don’t like the way this story is going)” FF

      SB 223 ” Pansies on the West Fork” quote:

      “It would be kind of like a toast-of-thanks if I could go there next summer and pour warm water on roots of that pine tree. But I don’t even know if it’s still there.” FF

      A Pansy definition – ‘a garden plant (Viola wittrockiana) derived chiefly from the hybridization of the European Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) with other wild violets also’….

      Johnny ,be good.

      Hmmm. Nah.

      IMO .

  4. Ok, go ahead and rub it in Forrest, I’m blind, not in one eye but both. At least I can see where I’m searching. Where’s Ehrlichman when you need him?

    Pinatubocharlie

  5. Forrest,

    I can see where you’re headed with this story.

    My neighbor leaves candy outside for Halloween on her drive way with a sign, “Please take what you want, but be courteous and leave some for the next person.”

    I guess she was old and didn’t want to be bothered anymore and didn’t want her house TP’d. She is a strange bird. I never see her put out garbage on the street to be picked up, I wonder where she puts it.

    I would install a safety net in your bird cage and stretch it out at night so they wouldn’t have too far to fall. I used to sleep walk at nights and one time in college I dreamt that I fell in a gorilla cage at the zoo and I wrestled with a gorilla. I slept on the top bunk. When I woke up in the morning my dormitory room looked like it had been ransacked and my nose was bloody and I had a black eye.

    s.

  6. Kiwi would love to meet frankie and Johnny maybe swap some bird stories and fishing stories?
    Kiwi has been to the Madison river looking for someones childhood. Time is irrelevant in ones own reverie, but maybe a few birds can flock together?

  7. Forrest give us a bird. Johnny was the person who saw the Wolverine, in the right place at the right time. Now Johnny the parrot crashes?

  8. Reminds me of a funny I read don’t remember how it goes but,a guy was in jail so he could no longer help his mom till the garden .She spoke to him and told him how sad she was she could no longer garden because of her age and not having him to help her so he called the FBI and told them he had a bunch of bodies buried so they came and dug up the whole yard. He got the job done for her without leaving his cell lol

  9. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island, where the villainous Long John Silver has a talking green parrot named Captain Flint. …

    Why is Juan, I mean John or Johnnie the name and 2 yes 2 of them? John 22 or 2:2 ? Do we get the message, violence is what?
    hear my words they will become idioms and what is the poem full of? IDIOMS new and old..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTt64eBF7TA

    Frankie and Johnny were lovers,
    Oh Lordy how they could love
    Swore we’d be true to each other
    Just as true as stars above
    I was her man, she caught me doing her wrong
    My luck in poker was fading
    When a new gal caught my eye
    I gambled, I tried to change my luck
    With a chick named Nellie Bly
    I was Frankie’s man but I was doing her wrong
    Yeah! Frankie came looking to find me
    Yes, she wasn’t looking for fun
    For in her sweet loving hand
    She was totin’ a 44 gun
    To shoot her man if he was doin’ her wrong
    Well Frankie walked into the bar room
    And right there in front of her eyes
    There was her loving johnny
    Making love to that Nellie Bly
    I was her man, she caught me doing her wrong
    Frankie, I beg, please don’t shoot me
    Well they’ll put you away in a cell
    You know…

    TT

  10. I loved this story Forrest. It would appear to me that when faced a near impossible situation, you improvised, and got a successful outcome. I call it “Marine Corps Ingenuity” You would call it “Air Force Ingenuity” – they seem pretty much the same to me. OOH RAH!!! JDA

  11. I love the story Forrest! If anyone had tried to rob your gallery I suspect they’d probably get bogged down somewhere or have to run from Beowulf or Elvis. Someone of your talents wouldn’t have made it easy for a robber to breach anything. Now a cat burglar might be a different story.

  12. Pandora-ma…Pandora’s cage?
    Did Frankie or Johnnie repeat something meant for strict privacy, and open Pandora’s box in the Fenn house?

    Why the RED headed parrot in ff’s doodle?

    Caged birds make me sad, seems so unfair for a creature made to soar on the wind.

  13. On one of my first searches I felt the need to buy a big bottle of bear spray. I don’t bother taking it with me anymore when I search in Montana. I use loud music instead. I don’t know if it is working or if no bears even care.

    Now the bear spray sits on a shelf in my bedroom closet along with a scuba mask. Put on the mask before deploying the pepper spray is the only think I need to remember..

  14. Question for you Forrest…

    Did Frankie screech “oh $hit”- creating the racket?
    Birds covered in feathers wouldn’t make much noise at all in a fall.

  15. By the way…

    The letters P-A-R-R-O-T are in order in the poem.

    Justify poem right, all spaces removed, look in upper left quadrant DIAGONALLY to find the word, letters are in order bottom to top. (Not kidding)
    I have no idea why. I wonder if my in-laws know.

  16. As a 911 dispatcher, this made me laugh!

    We dispatch for 27 fire/EMS agencies and 7 police departments. For the record, we never say we aren’t responding. It may take a few minutes for officers/deputies to get there but they always respond. Yes, I understand that it was a joke. Lol

    I love these SB’s and I find myself looking for more every day!

    TimM

  17. Forrest,

    White bird dreams of the aspen trees
    with their dying leaves turning gold.

    But the white bird just sits in her cage
    growing old white bird must fly or she will die.

    Have a Beautiful Day!

    s.

  18. Halt is footing in German so the parrot lost his halt (foot hold). Forrest tells us the definition in this scrapbook “lose their footing”. I don’t think the name of the parrot is important but the fact that it imitates or echoes is…

  19. Pandoroma. I believe this word to be a mashed up structured glob words,… Ponder, Gander, Panorama, and Aroma. I may have missed one, forgive me. It’d be a great viewpoint to gaze and wonder with a wide occular observation while your nasal palette is pleasantly tickled.

  20. I like the scrapbook. Birds fall off the perch while sleeping and go “thump” in the middle of the night? Crazy birds. (Giggle.) Mr. Fenn, I know what you mean about checking to see if anyone is in our home. We seem to have this built-in something which makes us protect. Good to see your misspelled word. 🙂 Scrapbook made me smile.

  21. Tell us, how restful was your bedroom? Did you sleep on one of those spring-frames? Was it comfortable, the bedroom not the springframe.

  22. Not only is it a funny story but perhaps the twin parrots, love birds you might say, in their mimicking ways are a metaphor for … let’s see how do I say this politely …. hmmm …. a couple of somewhat noisy and perhaps annoying … searchers? Such a guess. Well maybe it’s just my overactive imagination. Yea, that’s it.

  23. Oh, boy. That’s got to be one of my favorite doodles ever. Sort of reminds me of one of those toucans, tho. And the song American Mouth by Flightless Bird. Its about a witty boy with coins, a dog-eared map, and fishing lures. Yeah, I’d put those bird wings to work at the sawmill.
    Interesting that Frankie and Johnnie were robbers, and the other doodle is a pirate-lookin the”if”.

  24. Forrest i’m A very light sleeper and wake up at the slightest noise. Guess that’s from always being the protector.

    Now with you having the gallery, and living quarters at it, of course you’re always on the alert and that would be normal. But “what if” you could of maybe trained those parrots to be “Trained Attack Birds” then all you worries about burglars would not have to happen. They would protect the gallery. Of course you would have to put a sign in the window with a warning –
    Guarded by ATTACK BIRDS
    This is Not a Joke.
    Lol

    This post made my day.
    Bur

  25. Not sure what to make of the “pandoroma” part. Panorama is the closest word that pops into my mind.

    Lol. It would be just my luck to be out there looking for a panorama, when were really supposed to be trying to find a “pandoroma”. LOL.

    I’m not sure what to make of the parrot’s either, except there are two in the story, or a pair. The only other connection to birds that I can think of is the loonie bird story, from SB 105.

    I don’t know. Still thinking on this one.

    Thank you for the SB Forrest.

    Thanks Dal.

    SRW

    • SRW – I will be looking below a Ponder•O•S•A pine, and I may even pour hot water on the roots.

      Maybe Forrest meant ‘Ponder•O•M•A’?:

      History and Etymology for pansy
      Noun

      Middle English pancy, pensee, from Middle French pensée, from pensée thought, from feminine of pensé, past participle of penser to think, from Latin pensare to ponder — more at PENSIVE

      That ‘M’ would be for ‘Montana’, the Treasure State, in my solve. And I think a mutinous Pirate, marooned by his ship at my hidey spot, would find that location to be a great ‘pandoroma’: a place to open and contemplate the mysterious Pandora’s ‘box’ of YNP.

    • Pandorama is most likely a play on Pandora’s box which is a source of unexpected troubles mixed with a lot of drama. See my explanation of parrots above, and the one eyed Hack he got rid of just like he did in the poker game. Of course none of this will help you find the treasure. But hey the blogs are for entertainment only.

  26. AH HA- eye patch. So pirates could see quicker when they entered the dark hold. I know FF said not in a mine, but what about a dark crevice?

  27. Now why is the parrot doodle colored differently from the actual parrots? A red head with blue wings? I’ll chalk it up to artistic creativity.

  28. Forrest just returned from a BOTG. No Joy. But I learned from you a new clue to help out. I guess I’ll be making a 10th trip, to the colorful state and trip to another top of the nation spots. At least I don’t have to be like Daniel Boone when he explored Tennessee and Kentucky and be the first there.. But still will have to wear my cold weather socks if I camp there. I hope my effort will be worth the cold. I am not the meek that would call that place Hell,, like some others did I am sure.

  29. I think Forrest is drawing a picture he doesn’t have the crayons for. The birds don’t match. Someone send him some green.

    And who, exactly, was the pair? Maybe a searcher looks like Kelly! Or maybe they look like Frankie.

    I bet people will be reconsidering their state of choice this winter. This is good stuff. Thank you.

  30. Forrest, Your daughter is so beautiful and innocent, and the parrot is cuter than cute, but the title of this scrapbook, Frankie and Johnny, brings to mind an incident of cheating ending in murder. Then something goes bump in the night, and suddenly there is the threat of thievery, again with the possibility of boodshed by knives or bullets.

    Reminds me of the verse from Hosea, “There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed” (Hosea 4:2). (No wonder you don’t like where this story is going). This scrapbook seems to have a rather ominous message, despite the humorous call to 911. Is there a warning concealed here – something like loose lips sink ships? Is it related to your prior scrapbook about giving out Peggy’s number, which could result in unwanted attention?

    P.S. There was just a story in the news this morning about 2 women in Salt Lake City who were attacked by a knife-wielding intruder who called 911 four times, but no one responded. Finally, the neighbors called 911, and the police responded. They sure could have used your technique Forrest!

  31. I’m clueless! Cute picture of Kelly and the parrot.
    I know parrots live to be old, it’s a good thing the Fenn’s had a pair. At least the parrots didn’t get lonely.
    Fair to understand the what they have in common with the Chase. I’m a little slow!
    Thank you for sharing Mr. Fenn and Dal.
    Parrots and Pirates and buried Treasure??
    MJ

  32. This is so awesome! Forrest, YOU are the thrill of the chase!!!!
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    And Kelly is so beautiful!!!

  33. Beautiful Eyes.

    Two Daughters
    Two Birds
    Two Calls
    Two Thieves
    Two Minutes
    Two Omegas
    Two Too Close Calls

    Too much.

    Forrest, it seems time is of the essence?

    God Bless You All Ways

    Good Luck All

  34. Forrest,

    It is very noble of you to try to keep Dal occupied
    with all these new scrapbooks now
    that he is unemploy…errr, I mean retired and doesn’t
    know what to do with himself. (He’s probably got the
    grass mowed by now.) Keep up the good work, Forrest.
    Thanks for all you do.
    D.C.

  35. These parrots, Frankie and Johnny, roosting high up in the Pandoroma, must have had a great broad, and panoramic view of the the whole gallery?

  36. Let’s see—SB titles

    Frankie and Johnny
    Young at Heart
    Three sevens and a vacuum cleaner
    Pansies on the West Fork
    Athletic Addie
    Us and Mexico Beach
    Singer-Fleischaker Oil Company
    Good Food times in SF
    Kids Toys
    Verdun
    Relentless Pursuit

    Lead Searcher(s) just maybe-

    Two people who are young at heart (older), who have showed their winning hand out west. They have met the athletic challenge after coming from a beach area in Florida. Who’s posts here are mostly “Forgotten”. They have enjoyed good times searching, and considered their kids in this process of their never ending pursuit as partners always do.

    Ok maybe I’m reading into these titles or contents wrong, but like the clue solves who’s to say what’s right or wrong, until the lead searcher(s) has Indulgence in hand.

    All in fun.
    Good luck to all,
    Bur

  37. Hi All
    Quit way over thinking these SB’s and or trying to do brain surgery on
    on them. Think of the Rosetta Stone.The simple solutions are the
    best. Clint

    • Clint,

      If you’re referring to that Occam’s Razor thing, trust me. I tried one of them a while back and almost bled out on the floor. They’re REAL sharp, be careful.

      Just kidding around. He did say ‘simplify’ …….but…… that’s easy for him to say. Right?

      Pinatubocharlie

      • Right.

        Forrest posted about his propensity for Pareidolia seen in the random patterns of his shower room tiles which were nigh impossible for some readers to see. Similarly, his ability to clearly and easily see a distinct and simple pattern in his poem which leads to the chest, does not indicate that it will be easy for a searcher to see or successfully decode the map in Forrest’s mind. The dilemma is compounded by the fact that Forrest crafted the poem’s verbiage to be vague and intentionally ambiguous. This leaves searchers straining through their own unique cerebral porridge of pareidolia and confirmation bias, while simultaneously trying to perfectly marry their imaginations with Forrest’s mind map. As a lurker and observer, I’ve seen many “solves” and interpretations where meaning is interpolated from the meaningless—fancied ideas are forced to fit solutions like square pegs hammered hardly to fit where they will never go. We all love a challenge and the satisfaction of working out a puzzle, but this one, hatched in Fenn’s mind, may be the greatest Gordian knot ever tied. In the end, solving the Chase may well prove to be an impossible task—no matter how well one listens good.

        • The man said difficult but not impossible. My opinion is they live next door to each other. I’ve been thinking about posting this for some time now, but my lurker instincts always kick in. Maybe it’s the machine gun barrage of scrapbooks that has me breaking my own “rules”. On the other hand, maybe l’m just tired of not having anyone to talk to about the chase.
          I thought about waiting until Christmas, kind of a “present” to y’all, but I have a better idea what I want to share at that time (assuming I can get a hold of it and my family OK’s me sharing it; not “solve” related but relevant to a recent scrapbook; I just “know” F will appreciate it).
          Anyhow, to be clear, I don’t think this is part of “the solve” but it certainly got me on what I feel is the correct path. Just something to think about… not saying nothing about no one. I haven’t read the book, but a lot of his quotes seem to pertain. I know who I think of when I hear the term flutterby anyhow. It’s a bit long, but I think it worth the read.

          When we learn to work with our own Inner Nature, and with the natural laws operating around us, we reach the level of Wu Wei. Then we work with the natural order of things and operate on the principle of minimal effort. Since the natural world follows that principle, it does not make mistakes. Mistakes are made–or imagined–by man, the creature with the overloaded Brain who separates himself from the supporting network of natural laws by interfering and trying too hard.

          When you work with Wu Wei, you put the round peg in the round hole and the square peg in the square hole. No stress, no struggle. Egotistical Desire tries to force the round peg into the square hole and the square peg into the round hole. Cleverness tries to devise craftier ways of making pegs fit where they don’t belong. Knowledge tries to figure out why round pegs fit into round holes, but not square holes. Wu Wei doesn’t try. It doesn’t think about it. It just does it. And when it does, it doesn’t appear to do much of anything. But Things Get Done.

          When you work with Wu Wei, you have no real accidents. Things may get a little Odd at times, but they work out. You don’t have to try very hard to make them work out; you just let them. […] If you’re in tune with The Way Things Work, then they work the way they need to, no matter what you may think about it at the time. Later on you can look back and say, “Oh, now I understand. That had to happen so that those could happen, and those had to happen in order for this to happen…” Then you realize that even if you’d tried to make it all turn out perfectly, you couldn’t have done better, and if you’d really tried, you would have made a mess of the whole thing.

          Using Wu Wei, you go by circumstances and listen to your own intuition. “This isn’t the best time to do this. I’d better go that way.” Like that. When you do that sort of thing, people may say you have a Sixth Sense or something. All it really is, though, is being Sensitive to Circumstances. That’s just natural. It’s only strange when you don’t listen.
          Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

          • As an artist, there are those paintings that seem to paint themselves. It’s also popularly known as being “in the zone.” It usually happens when the self editor is muted and the correctness of the choices in execution of the work are allowed to flow in a state of poetic abandon. I think maybe this is analogous to What you’ve shared..

      • Hi Pinatubocharlie
        Funny you mentioned Sharp,seams like Forest says
        a lot about sharp things in the not so distant passed.
        When you know how all this comes down ,sharp
        plays a big role,in more ways than one.Clint

  38. I just read them then relax the mind and breath. Within 12 minutes I enter the Vortex of the mind to receive from the Core. I observe the thoughts received. Therefore , it’s more of an observation of thoughts than it is of thinking. Lol.

    Next one should be interesting…..drum roll?

    IMO .

  39. As I was reading this SB, my mind told me the pic of Kelly is the same one in TFTW pg 23 River Bathing is Best.
    Must be a mirror image and a hint of riches new and old.

  40. Names…. Frankie and Johnny. One is the free one the other gracious Lord. Kelly’s name makes her the guardian. Guardian and a bird. Sounds like Athena and her owl Minerva. The parakeet word comes from the name Peter or in French Pierre. Was this the French soldier’s first name?

  41. That doodle parrot looks like it’s about to take off.
    I don’t know about it’s wings , though. ( sorry Forrest 🙂 ) maybe it
    was involved in a parrot altercation and lost some feathers?

  42. The parrot kinda looks like a landscape to me. Mountains and a valley with a path that gets you warmer then red hot with a “parrots eye” to the treasure! Lol! Gotta keep that imagination up!

  43. If the Parrot’s eye is the focus of ff’s doodle, there is a T.S Eliot connection..,
    T. S. Eliot’s little-known sonnet “On a Portrait” (1909) describes a painting by Edouard Manet from 1866, Woman with a Parrot.

    “parrot, a symbol of intelligence, but also of secrets. For at that time, the parrot was considered a pet privy to the innermost thoughts of his owner, particularly if she was a woman.”

  44. The doodle with one eye is Moshe Dayan, former Israeli minister of diffence, he holds a wand.
    Moshe=MO-SES=WATER BOY (In Pharaonic language, ancient Egypt)
    Thank you Mr. Fenn, i understand
    Zvia ben ami

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