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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Today's Post is brought to you by the Letter A

And so it begins.  The roller coaster of writing, the montage of letters, the treachery of letters like Q and X.
Today's post is brought to you by the letter A.

Now many of you would think that is an easy one for me because my wife's name is Angel.
Sure bet right there but let's be a bit more creative.  (Love you babe)

Have I told you the story of the apple tree and the pear tree?
When I was a kid we lived at 855 Pontiac Drive.  I was approxiamtley 13 ish.  We had a backyard full of fruit trees.  Peaches, plums, cherries, pear and apple.
Across the street lived the Whitneys.  They were quite the eccentric family.  The dullards of the neighborhood you could say.  Looking back I suppose we were pretty mean to that family but kids are cruel you know.
One time we placed a sprinkler on their front porch and hid in the bushes next to the valve.  One of us knocked on the door and ran like hell while the other one crouched in the bushes, only sprinting away once the valve was turned on as the door opened.  Cruel indeed.  Numerous pranks were played on this family the entire time we lived at 855 Pontiac Drive.  We never were caught for our misdeeds until one day, evening rather, we decided it would be a good idea to pummel their house with fruit.
Into the backyard we went gathering up a bucketful of fruit.  The pears were the best as they were still firm and easily thrown at an unsuspecting home.  Twilight (not the vampire kind) crept closer and the shadows grew long while we belly crawled to the end of the fence line which separated the properties.
The clock ticked, the sun melted, our anticipation grew with each passing second.  A quick nod from the others and the barrage commenced.  We gave a new meaning to the word fruit fly that night.
As quickly as it began it ended and we raced off into the night squealing with delight.  Boys will be boys!
The next morning the Whitneys were at our front door.  We had completely forgotten that we were the only house in the neighborhood that had fruit trees.  We had also, in our mad dash to escape, left the bucket behind which bore the name of our family business.  Seems as though a few pears made it through a window or two and landed none too politely inside the Whitney residence.
Of course they (Whitneys) were left with only one option and that was to.............................................

Thanks for reading.  See ya tomorrow! 


  1. I think the Penwasser clan was a lot like yours! Oh, the stories of my youth would fill a book. In fact, they have! 'Shag Carpet Toilet'-still on Kindle and still for sale! Act now while thousands are left!
    By the way, I solved the 'Q' dilemma. It was a little tough, but I managed a 'Q' word without using a 'U.'

  2. ahh youth and stupidity!

    i still have a scar on my knee from my ding dong ditch years...

  3. Loved this little link to your past. Just goes to show that a criminal needs to work things out--and that you'll never be one.

  4. Hello, Fellow Challenger, from #424-Rockin'Chair Reflections! Boy! You brought back some memories that I'm going to have to ask forgiveness for now that I'm mature and old enough to know better. Thanks, alot! Great post.

  5. Great story and I love how you left the "A" for the end! Of course you toyed with us with apples! Julie

  6. Hey there Bushman...way to shake the "apple" tree...and I "assume" you boys got a right good whuppin' - eh!

    Great start to the A to Z Challenge...glad to have you on board - it's going to be a fun ride with you topside!

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

  7. Cute post! You lived on Pontiac drive and there were a lot of fruit trees? This sounds like the Midwest to me!

    I'm here to say hi and welcome you to the Challenge!


  8. Those Witneys shouldn't have assumed anything. Teehee.

    Catch My Words

  9. Hi Bushman, good start to the challenge!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

  10. That was an expensive fruiting, love the stories keep it going.


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