Lost Between the Lines

Have you ever been accused of rambling? Are you the kind of person who likes to talk just to hear their head rattle? Me neither.

People like us don’t mince words. We get right to the point. If you ask us what time it is, we’re not going to spend half-a-day telling you how to build a watch.

Do you know someone who does? I bet you do. You may even live next door to one of these talk-a-holics. Let it all out. Tell me how they drive you up the wall.

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copyright – Sandra Crook


Coffee spewed from the chief’s nose and mouth.

“You want to do WHAT? Lowry, you’ve lost your freakin’ mind!”

“I know bringing in mimes for a line-up sounds unusual, Chief, but how many mimes can there be in the Kansas City area. We’ve got some good photos of the suspect, and Mr. Wingnut volunteered to look over the line-up.”

“Two mimes would be two too many. And how do you propose to find these mimes?”

The chief rose and walked around the desk.

“Do you have a mime detector?” He made a sweeping motion as if searching for explosives.

*an excerpt from Criminal Mimes




48 Comments on “Lost Between the Lines

  1. I suppose I could be accused of having my own rambling moments 😉

    As for this situation… good luck Detective. You’ve been batting a thousand 😉

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    • Well, I’m not accusing you of rambling. We’ll let your close friends & family be the judge of that.

      Poor Lowry has an uphill battle. Not only is it hard to pin this crime on mime, he doesn’t have the support of the chief.

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      • You’re right, Dale. He is falling in love with the gal who owned the invisible box and is determined to get it back for her. Love makes men do crazy things.


  2. Mime not to reason why. Corny I know, but I think that sits easy with you. I seldom ramble, except in my sleep. And as I seldom sleep, ergo…

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  3. Dear Rambling Ross,

    You’ll never pick Shelley out of a line-up. Her head doesn’t reach them and she’s hiding behind an invisible wall. Well, I don’t mime if you don’t mime. Feh on your detector.


    Betsy Ross W(T)F

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    • Dear Betsy Ross W(T)F,

      I’m sure Lowry will have her stand on a chair during the line-up so that Harvey Wingnut can get a good look at her. There will probably be a few Do-Not-Remove tags sticking out from under her beret.

      I’ll shut up now,
      Rambling Ross

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  4. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    More two-for-free zaniness from Russell Gayer. If you want more of this, just float to the top of the blog, paddle right, and click on one, or better, both, the book covers there. You can also help out Russell by reblogging this post from your blog as I’ve done.

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  5. LOL!

    I have people in my life who can’t just tell you they went to the store. They need to tell you the whole backstory, which can go back pretty far. I love them, they’re not going to change; so I let my mind float, and smile and nod whenever they look at me expectantly.

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  6. Would a mime detector pick up on one who used to mime, but no longer does? Or someone who will take up miming in the future? I’m guessing there will be a lot of false positives.

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    • It depends on the settings and how deeply the mime DNA was buried in their subconsciousness. I’m sure there will be some false readings, but better safe than sorry.

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  7. The mime is the lowest form of wit, I believe we have established before. There definitely should be a mime detector, hunt the devils out! And as for rambling – guilty as charged. Just don’t lock me up with the mimes …

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