The day started with Murdo Girl and Yram having coffee in the employee lounge of the Brick House.
Murdo Girl: I’ve been wondering Yram. Why didn’t you participate in the goal setting seminar? It was short, but there were great handouts. You have to admit, you could benefit from establishing some professional as well as personal goals. You lack specificity.
Yram: I heard you all worked a puzzle. I don’t like puzzles. The other day I saw Lav trying to put these little pieces together to make a tiger. She must have sat there 2 hours staring at the picture on the box and working on that thing. I didn’t have the heart to tell her it wasn’t a puzzle. It was a box of sugar frosted flakes with a picture of Tony the Tiger on it.
Murdo Girl: That kind of thing is hard to hear about my Next Vice Pres. It’s like that crown has changed her. She won’t even take it off when she lifts her fake weights.
Yram: If you want my opinion, that crown is the only flash of brilliance you’re ever going to get from that girl.
Murdo Girl: Let’s get back to you Yram. Do you have anymore interviews set up?
Yram: As a matter of fact Next Pres, I do. I think it will really give you some insight into the daily life of your constituents. I’m going to shadow one of Murdo’s most esteemed residents.
Murdo Girl: You know Yram when you talk like this, you almost seem like you have it together. I have often thought that you and I are a lot alike. We have the right attitude, but sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot. Good luck on your report, and remember.. specificity.
We next see Yram with Sherri, the Photographic Drawer, walking into Sanderson’s Store.
Yram: Excuse me miss, I’m looking for Mr. M.E. Sanderson.
A voice behind her says, “Say! You must be looking for me. I’m M.E.”
Yram: Nice to meet you Mr. Sanderson, I’m Yram Sicnarf, a crack up interviewer from Gun Barrel City, TX. This is my Photographic Drawer, Sherri. Do you know why we’re here?
Mr Sanderson: Didn’t you mean to be here? You’re inside Sanderson’s Store, my son Jeff owns it. I could show you how to get somewhere else?
Yram: No Mr. Sanderson, we know where we are. Didn’t you get my message about spending a typical day with you? We want to shadow you.
Mr Sanderson: No Wyram, I don’t believe I did. I haven’t been to the Post Office yet. I’m headed there right now.
Yram: No, I didn’t mail it, I called..and
Jeff Sanderson is coming into the store. Hi Dad..wh..
M.E.: Interrupting. Say, Jeff, these young ladies are going fishing with me today. They want to be in my shadows. I guess they need a shady spot. We better get going. It looks like it’s going to be a hot one today. Say..where were you last evening when the sun was going down? I was headed home from that little dam East of here. The sun was shining in my face and I almost ran off the road. Did you know I painted the top of my car dark blue, so if I get caught in a snow storm someone will be able to see me? That was one of the best things I ever did. (side note..I’m not sure if this is true, but that’s what Valerie said.)
Jeff: Nice to meet you ladies. I’ll check on Mother when I go home at noon.
M.E. followed by Yram and Sherry head for the Post Office which is right next door, and they run into Slim Litsie, who is one of Grandpa’s fishing buddies.
M.E.: Say Slim, I’m taking these young ladies fishing. Why don’t you come with us. You can help me bait their hooks. Say, remember when we were out at the dam and we high centered the aluminum boat? I’m sure glad I had my wading boots. The boat grounded on a high spot and boy I was a muddy mess when I got home. It scared my granddaughter almost to death. If she sees my wading boots sitting on the porch, she runs to beat the band. HaHaHa…that was the day..let’s see, no it was last summer, that I took my grandsons Terry and Billy to that dam and we caught some big ones. Say Slim, this is Wyram and Sherri ?? Say Sherri do you just follow her around and draw her a picture?
Sherri: No Mr. Sanderson, I draw photographs. It all started when Wyram was going to interview Coach Applebee. She couldn’t afford a cameraman, so..
M.E.: Say, you girls wait here, while I go on in and get my mail. We don’t need to make a lunch. I packed a couple of peanut butter sandwiches and a thermos of milk yesterday. I didn’t wind up eating it, so we’ll have that today.
M.E. goes into the Post Office and Yram and Sherri wait, and wait, and wait. Several people go in the Post Office and come out of the Post Office, but no Mr. Sanderson. Slim leaves saying he’ll meet them at the dam. Yram was just about to go inside to see what happened when ME. finally comes out empty handed.
Yram: M.E. did you leave your mail inside?
M.E.: No..I didn’t have any mail. They must have lost that letter you sent me.
Later that same day. Wyram, I mean Yram and Sherri return to the big house. they are looking a little ragged and their faces are not red. They are baked. Yram’s frizzy hair is even frizzier and Sherri’s pencils are all dull. They are very, very hungry. The first person they run into is A I.
A I: Where have you two been? I saw you leave early this morning. I’m getting kind of bored just working on my short-term and long-term goals. I did get Airforce .0001 washed though. I have a special attachment to that plane. Then I organized all my spy stuff. What are you guys gonna do now?
Yram: I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. I’m going to see what we’ve got in the Biology Room/kitchen. Then I’m going to write-up my report. Mr. Sanderson told us lots of stories. One he told us was about his grandson Billy. When he was little, M.E. took him fishing and Billy had to go to the bathroom. M.E. pointed him to a tree and told him to go over there. Well on the way back, Billy saw a snake and took off running. He left his fishing pole, so his Grandpa told him he had to go back after it. Billy was scared so M.E. walked behind him. Pretty soon he stuck his pole between Billy’s legs and went Ssssssssss like a snake. He said Billy must have jumped three feet in the air.
Do you think there’s specificity in that story? The rest of the day, all Mr. Sanderson talked about was Lynn Brost. She must be something else. I’ll bet she’s got some wild stories to tell.
Sherri: Do you want to see my pictures A I? Mr. Sanderson took us fishing too, but after he told us that story, we spent most of our time watching out for snakes. I’m not as hungry as Yram because I had a PB & J sandwich soaked in warm milk. Why are you holding your thumb up at me like that A I?
A I: Don’t worry about it. Just speak into it. I’m trying out my new spy stuff. Now, let’s see your pictures. Wait! I have to go get my spy glasses.
The photographs Sherri drew
And so ends another long day in the Brick House. Soon there will be the inauguration and the 3 or 4 dances afterwords. I’m sure glad Pico will be handling all that.