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Tuesday October, 31 2006

Happy Candy Day

Filed under: General — makani @ 1:08 pm

Happy Halloween all!

J and I will be dressing up this year and both giving out candy and going Trick or Treating.  Pictures of our costumes will follow.

Thursday October, 26 2006

Leaf Pile Part Deux

Filed under: General — makani @ 10:46 am

Remember that pile of leaves?
We attacked it over last weekend and made a good dent in it.


See?  We’ve made it shrink!


J stands in triumph!

More leaf moving to be done this weekend.

Wednesday October, 25 2006

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Filed under: General — makani @ 10:11 am

If you have a moment you might want to check this out:
The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.
You can watch the movie or download the song there.

Thursday October, 19 2006

Captain, there be leaves here!

Filed under: General — makani @ 11:47 am

I asked the City of Lexington to dump a truck load of leaves in my yard so I could use it to kill some grass so I could eventually plant some flowers.
They dumped them today.

I am totally going to jump in those after work.

Wednesday October, 18 2006

Great Reasons to Buy a Wii

Filed under: General — makani @ 10:22 am

Legend of Zelda.

Prince of Persia.

Smash Brothers.

Metroid.

All that and the great prince point.

Yeah, I’m totally buying one once some of those games come out.

Wednesday October, 4 2006

Handbasket Posted

Filed under: General — makani @ 9:43 am

The Journey to the West handbasket is up at Monkey’s Shrine. I think I may finally have enough Monkey pictures to do an icon challenge, look for that in a couple of weeks.

Monday October, 2 2006

Journey to the West: Book 1, Chapter 2

Filed under: General, Journey to the West: HandBasket — makani @ 10:28 am

Finally, I have another Chapter. This will be going up at The SunTemple soon.
Book 1 Chapter 3
Monkey builds an army, gets his Ringed Wishing Staff and erases his name from the Book of Death


WU’CHEN EN
So Monkey King returned home after slaying the King of Havoc.MONKEY KING
Hey, kids! I’m home, and I’ve got a nifty Scimitar! Let’s play army!

MONKEY KING teaches all his little MONKEYS to make WOODEN SWORDS and march around in formation.

MONKEY KING
This is all well and good but we need real weapons. What if we get attacked?MONKEYS
Umm, we live up on a mountain? We could all just hide behind the waterfall.

FOUR SENIOR MONKEYS
We have privileged knowledge. It’s easy to get real weapons.

MONKEY KING
Oh?

FOUR SENIOR MONKEYS
Just go buy some from the kingdom that’s two hundred miles away.

MONKEY KING
Good idea! Wait, how do you know about a kingdom that’s two hundred miles away?

FOUR SENIOR MONKEYS
We read the book.

MONKEY KING
I should do that. Ok. You kids play, I’ll be right back.


MONKEY KING uses his CLOUD SOMERSAULT and flies two hundred miles to the Kingdom of question.

MONKEY KING
Hmm, there are lots of weapons here but why buy them when I can just steal them?

And so MONKEY KING makes a MIGHTY WIND that stirs up more POETRY but also makes everyone in the Kingdom run into their homes.

MONKEY KING
There, now I’ve got the armory all to myself.

MONKEY goes into the Royal Armory and making little monkeys out of his hair, steals all the weapons. He flies back to FLOWER FRUIT MOUNTAIN.

MONKEY KING
There, now everyone has real weapons.

Other Demon Kings are impressed by all this and bring MONKEY KING TRIBUTE.

MONKEY KING
That’s right. Honor me for I am wonderful. Except for this Scimitar, it’s not so wonderful.FOUR SENIOR MONKEYS
Why don’t you go visit the Dragon King of the Eastern Ocean and ask for something else?

MONKEY KING
You’ve got to give me a copy of this book, it would speed things up.


MONKEY KING goes down to visit the DRAGON KING.

AO-KUANG
High Immortal, what brings you to my home?MONKEY KING
I need a weapon and I heard you must have some spares.

AO-KUANG
Let’s see, I’ve got a scimitar, a nine pronged fork, and a giant halberd.

MONKEY KING
Scimitar is no good and this fork and halberd are both too light.

AO-KUANG
The fork weights three thousand six hundred pounds and the halberd weights seven thousand two hundred pounds!

MONKEY KING
Too light! You must have something else!

DRAGON MOTHER
Psst! Honey! Give him that piece of magical iron!

AO-KUANG
But it’s just a magical ruler, what use could he have for it? Do Monkey Generals often find the need to measure the square footage of their throne rooms?

DRAGON MOTHER
Who cares? Just get him out of the house!


AO-KUANG takes MONKEY KING to see the MAGICAL IRON.

MONKEY KING
Ohh, shiny!

MONKEY KING picks up the COMPLIANT GOLDEN-HOOPED ROD, which is labeled as such along with its weight of thirteen thousand five hundred pounds.

MONKEY KING
It’s handy having all these things labeled. And damn handy that this thing is compliant! Thanks, neighbor. And would you look at that, I can make it shrink and grow. Neat!AO-KUANG
Please, don’t mention it.

MONKEY KING
Now, how about some new clothes to go with this new staff?

AO-KUANG
I’m afraid I don’t have anything suitable. Why not try someplace else?

MONKEY KING
Nah, I’m too lazy. You know, this is a nice place, it would be a pity of someone smashed it up with thirteen thousand pound staff.

AO-KUANG
Let me go see what I can find.


AO-KUANG sends a TURTLE GENERAL to beat an IRON DRUM and GOLDEN BELL to summon the other Dragon Kings to the Palace. They arrive quickly.

AO-CH’IN
Hey Bro, what’s the big idea ringing the bell? I was in the middle of dinner!AO-KUANG
I’ve got this Monkey here and he won’t go away. I gave him a weapon like he asked but now he wants clothes! Give him some clothes so he’ll go away!

AO-CH’IN
Let’s just raise our armies and knock him into next week.

AO-KUANG
Maybe I wasn’t clear enough when I said I gave him a weapon. A piece of Heavenly Iron to be exact. Do you want to fight a monkey with a staff that weighs thirteen thousand pounds?

AO-CH’IN
Well that wasn’t too bright of you now was it?

AO-KUANG
I was trying to be a good host.

AO-JUN
Let’s just get some things together and then send a formal complaint to Heaven before people lose track of who we are. Our names are all very similar you know.

AO-SHUN
Why, I just so happen to have a pair of cloud-treading shoes.

AO-JUN
I brought this yellow gold chain mail.

AO-CH’IN
I have a red gold cap with phoenix plumes.

AO-KUANG
That’s wonderful! What a perfect coincidence! How did you know to bring these things?

AO-JUN
Four monkeys came by and said they might be useful.


AO-KUANG and his SIMILARLY NAMED BROTHERS present MONKEY KING with some new clothes in the hopes he’ll GET THE HELL OUT!

MONKEY KING
Now I’m looking good!

MONKEY KING leaves, creating HAVOC as he goes. The FOUR DRAGONS brood and write to HEAVEN to complain. MONKEY KING returns to his mountain, SCARES THE CRAP out of all the other Demon Kings nearby and forms a BROTHERHOOD of sorts. All is FINE AND DANDY until one day WARDENS from the UNDERWORLD come to arrest MONKEY KING.

WARDENS
Let’s see, this is the Flower-Fruit Mountain so that must be the Water-Curtin Cave, so that must be the Monkey.MONKEY KING
Who are you?

The WARDENS drag MONKEY KING off to the REGION OF DARKNESS, which despite what the name implies is not a Goth Bar, but the home of the KING OF HELL.

MONKEY KING
Hold up, what am I doing here? I’m Immortal!

Never being one to ask for explanation, MONKEY KING draws his staff and beats the crap out of everybody until the TEN KINGS OF HELL come out to see what the fuss is all about.

TEN KINGS
Hey, dude, chill out. Lots of people in the world have the same name; it’s probably just a mistake.MONKEY KING
I want to see the register of births and deaths and give me a writing brush while you’re at it.

Never ones to argue with a MONKEY with a really heavy stick, the TEN KINGS bring MONKEY the REGISTER. MONKEY KING promptly crosses out his name and the names of every other monkey he can find.

MONKEY KING
There, that takes care of that! I’m getting out of here!

Even though NO ONE has threatened him in ANY WAY, he fights his way out of HELL. The TEN KINGS sulk for a bit, before they decided to TATTLE on MONKEY KING.

TEN KINGS
Let’s tell The Jade Emperor about this, he’ll fix that punk!

MEANWHILE, MONKEY KING trips and then WAKES UP.

MONKEY KING
What do you know; I was asleep the whole time.FOUR GENERALS
You must’ve been really drunk; you’ve been asleep all night!

MONKEY KING
Silence! Monkey King does not get drunk! Anyway, I went down to Hell and crossed all of our names out of the Register of Death, so effectively we’re all immortal.

FOUR GENERALS
Sounds like a great reason to have a party!


And so they party, meanwhile, the DRAGON KINGS and TEN KINGS OF HELL complain to the JADE EMPEROR.

DRAGON KINGS
We gave him gifts and he didn’t even say thank you!TEN KINGS
And, on a more serious matter, he erased all the monkeys’ names from the Register of Death, so now we’ve got a pack of immortal monkeys on our hands!

JADE EMPEROR
Hmm, I guess we can’t have that. What shall we do about it?

LONG-LIFE SPIRIT OF VENUS
Let’s bribe him. Have him called up here to Heaven, we’ll give him a job and then we’ll be able to keep our eyes on him.

JADE EMPEROR
Make it so.


And so GOLD STAR SPIRIT OF VENUS was sent down to tell MONKEY KING to come to Heaven.

GOLD STAR
Hey, Monkey King, you’ve been offered a job in Heaven.MONKEY KING
It’s about time! That’s a good reason to have a party!

GOLD STAR
No time for parties, the Jade Emperor is waiting and he’s cranky if he has to wait long.

MONKEY KING
Fine with me. You kids be good while I’m gone.

WU CHENG’EN
Want to know what his job is going to be? You’ll have to read the next chapter.

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