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Hard winter for Spindizzy expected! -
Squirrel City Expedition finds Souvenirs,
Trinkets, No Squirrels - NewsWire
Boki and Skanee Nominated for "old
hat" Status - NewsWire
Halloween Announcement from the Masquerade
Party Committee - Flutterz
Procedure for submitting an article
Guidelines for writing articles
||Hard winter for Spindizzy expected!
|| Mouser, resident fursnake
and member of the local wildlife, reports that his fur is turning
white about two weeks earlier than usual. Citizens are therefore
urged to prepare for a hard winter this year. When pressed for
details, Mouser declined, saying he was busy looking around for a
nice rat-infested barn to hole up in for the season.
||Squirrel City Expedition finds Souvenirs,
Trinkets, No Squirrels
|| Souvenirs, traps, and a
remarkable lack of squirrels greeted a mass expedition lead by
Nikon, who attempted the first major expedition into the ruins of
Squirrel City in months. While no survivors and no direct clues to
the fate of the city were found, the explorers did make the trip
safely and are hopeful another expedition can be mounted in the
future. Tuesday, a physically insubstantial squirrel who was one
of the Squirrel City residents before she became spectral, was
unable to participate.
Taking with her a variety of individuals, including
Austin Dern, Skanee (shrunk to fit the narrow confines of the
city), Argon (wearing one of the remote android drones salvaged
from the ruins), Terry (who has been miniaturized recently), Boki
the seagull, and PatchO'Black (who, as a Jellicle cat, could
shrink to fit), they made their way from Squirrel Park (located at
S4 E0) down into the vast underground tunnels of some slick black
liquid. Eventually, they found the remains of the Squirrel City
The Museum, founded by the Squirrels to commemorate their
escape from enslavement to the devilbunnies of Earth, looked
severely damaged as if by explosions. Several skeletons of small
animals, who apparently were not exhibits, littered the floor. The
gift shop was closed.
The search party split after this point. One of the
groups found their way to a central computer center. The center
displayed closed circuit television feeds of several former major
entry points into Squirrel City with warnings of Intruder Alerts
on many of the screens. One other screen had an unfinished
solitaire game on it. There were no squirrels apparent.
Austin was able to reach far enough to find the Squirrel
City Tourist Bureau and secure maps, a T-shirt, and several very
tiny bumper stickers for robot drones.
Overall the explorers were frustrated by an inability to
get past a number of locked doors, booby traps (including at least
one flame-thrower, though easily avoided, prevented passage
entirely until it destroyed itself), and apparent dead ends. None
of the main thoroughfares of Squirrel City were accessed and
eventually all the explorers fell through various holes, tunnels,
or traps into Heck.
No change in Tuesday's status as a ghostlike,
insubstantial squirrel wandering in a sleepless, sensationless
state was noted as of press time. The next expedition to explore
and map Squirrel City has not been planned.
||Boki and Skanee Nominated for "old
|| A popular pair of avians,
Boki the gull and Skanee the gryphon-like creature, were nominated
this week for inclusion in the elite inner circle of "old
hats" of Spindizzy. Although both are new to the muck, their
enthusiasm and well-received personalities have endeared them to
the usual Rose Garden or Park of the Day crowds.
Boki, the sea gull, has been on Spindizzy less than a
week but his entertaining encounters with the longtime residents,
including a fascinating and protracted struggle with Royce over
shiny objects and a can of tuna fish, have done much to make him
seem like one of the people you count on seeing before the night
Skanee, who appears to be the fusion of some raven-like
bird's body with the head and arms of some unidentified mammal
(and admits to uncertainty regarding it's species or gender), has
brought his curiosity, general good nature, mildly cynical without
being jaded comments, birdly habits, and knowledge of automobile
repair to liven up the Rose Garden or Park of the Day. Noted in
the nomination was his question, unanswered, to glass bat
Convergence whether he could fry an ant in the sun without using
an external magnifying glass.
Cinnamon, a living piece of paper who charmed crowds
earlier this month, would have been nominated for inclusion among
the "old hats" had it not been missing, and quite
missed, for the past week. All hope that it will return to enliven
the muck soon. If it does, it will be eligible for "old
hat" status as early as the second week of November.
Achieving "old hat" status guarantees that
individuals will notice your absence and entitles the holder to,
though not more than once every four months, throw a hissy fit
over a trivial issue and still receive the attention and sympathy
as if they had a real problem.
The responsibilities include regularly connecting to
report that nothing is going on, reflecting on occasion about how
much better the muck and the Internet were in olden days, and
being willing on short notice to steer any conversation about
computers to one's time on an eight bit or even more primitive
computer used in the early 1980s or before.
Assistance is provided to otherwise qualified "old
hats" who have no memories or who lack detailed recollection
of technical data for computers of that age.
||Halloween Announcement from the Masquerade
|| Masquerade, anyone?
Several of you have expressed interest in holding a
masquerade party to celebrate Halloween this year. However,
further information would be good to have. Should the masquerade
be for a few hours, one evening, or last a couple of days? Is
there anyone who would be interested in hosting the party on their
property or perhaps build something new like a graveyard, pumpkin
patch, or haunted house?
The tentative date for the masquerade is the Saturday
before Halloween. If anyone has a problem with this, page #mail
Flutterz with further details.
Looking for that special costume? The Foley Studio
might be able to help you out with special effects or translators.
For instance, are you a mouse who'd like to sound like a
crocodile? We can probably help.
Questions? Curious? Please head to N0 W1 (Just West of
the Rose Garden) and enter the Studio. Alternatively, you can
contact Ping for more information.
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