Danger Bay—Episode 16—Trouble’s A-Comin’!

By Molly Halloran

From our last episode: “Boomer,” Fred suggested, “is here, right?” 

“Boomer’s not a Codger!”

“Why?”

“Why indeed?” the Codger asked, and then added, “He’s certainly curmudgeonly enough! And he seems to always be around.”

“Curmudgeonly?” Boomer asked, “I’m curmudgeonly? Sometimes I feel old, but I’m no curmudgeon!”

“Curmudgeonly!” the Codger exclaimed, smiling, “Just get you taking about politics, and you can be damned curmudgeonly.”

“There is that, I guess,” Boomer surrendered, and then smiling, “But unlike you, M—ummmm, Codger, I’m not stuck with it as a permanent personality trait.”

“Thanks for the compliment.” the Codger smiled.

“Okay then, it’s settled,” Jay concluded, “Boomer’s officially a Codger.”

Meanwhile down in Two Ports, at the western most point of Big Lake, in his spacious office on Superior Street, we join Sig Hanssen owner of Big Lake Cruises, speaking his operations manager, Allen Stanley “Big A” Simpson.

“Whaddaya mean not sold out!” Hanssen roared, “We always sell out the last long cruise of the year!”

“It’s true, the Viking Explorer II left Twin Harbors last night,” Big A replied, “thirty passengers short of a sell out.”

“How many reservations?” Hanssen asked.

“Sixty,” Big A, looking at a printout of the manifest, “and there were ten walk-ins—still thirty short.”

“We usually turn people away from this cruise,” Hanssen murmured, “Do you suppose it’s the economy?”

“Competition,” Big A replied.

“WHAT COMPETITION?” Hanssen roared, yet again.

“The Sparrow Big Lake Cruise Company,” Big A replied, “operating out of Danger Bay.”

Danger Bay? What is that?” Hanssen snorted.

“Danger Bay is a former fishing port,” Big A answered, “about twenty miles up shore from Twin Ports.”

“Well then,” Hanssen smiled, “Get your ‘big a’ up there and check it out. We gotta squash this bug.”

“With pleasure.”

TO BE CONTINUED

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Danger Bay—Episode 18—The Village Council!

By Molly Halloran

From Episode 17:

“Not a problem,” Simpson smiled, “We’d want an exclusive deal—let me explain.”

And so he did…

The following morning, the village council met in emergency session to consider the proposal submitted by Allen “Big A” Simpson the previous night. Attending the meeting were (at the counter L to R) Hiram Silverthorn, Jr, Sarah Cooper, Ines Hegedus-Garcia, the “Codger,” George Gamboge (the Mayor), Shaddock Farkleberry, Medlar Farkleberry, Hiram Silverthorn, Sr, and behind the counter, Sam Silverthorn (not a member of the council).

“So,” Mayor George Gamboge began, “just what are these guys offering?”

“I have it here,” began Hiram Sr, and he read the preliminary proposal by Big Lake Cruises:

  • Repave old Hwy 61 from new Hwy 61 to the harbor.
  • Build a luxury hotel on the harbor.
  • Purchase all supplies & fuel locally.
  • Expand the pier to accommodate their larger boat.

“There’s more, but these are the main points.” Hiram concluded.

“That sounds impressive to me,” Gamboge said, while mentally contemplating the money this would bring to Danger Bay.

“Are they serious?” Shaddock asked.

“So it would seem,” Hiram Sr replied, “but, there is a catch, they want exclusive rights to operate out of Danger Bay Harbor.”

“We can cancel our agreement with Sparrow Big Lake Cruise Company,” the mayor replied with $-signs going through his head, “we just have to vote on it.”

“That’s a pretty skuzzy thing to do,” Shaddock exclaimed, “we did accept their offer, and they’ve begun operations.”

“That’s business!” answered Gamboge, “We gotta do what’s best for Danger Bay!”

“Is this really best?” asked Sarah, “It seems too good to be true.”

“Luxury hotels have bars,” Ines chimed in, “right?”

“It is too good to be true,” the Codger opined.

“I like them folks from th’ Sparrow,” Medlar spoke up, “It jus don’t seem right t’me.”

“It’s BUSINESS!” Gamboge heatedly replied, “It’s our responsibility to do what’s best for the village—we’ll never get another such offer to revitalize our town.”

“Well,” Shaddock said, weakening, “it would certainly get us moving again.”

“I think we’ve had enough discussion,” Gamboge said, “I move we end debate and vote on this.”

“Second,” said Shaddock.

And a vote was taken!

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Danger Bay—Episode 13—The Tour!

by Jay Merton (writing as Molly Halloran)

Our guests were all settled in and enjoying the decaffeinated version of our extra-tasty organically & shade-grown, fair trade, custom Danger Bay-Roast coffee, and various beverages contributed by “swigs!” (formerly know as “Shadbush’s Saloon” and now owned by Ines) as a way to promote business.

“Feel free to enjoy the upper deck,” 1st Officer Trigg Guudlender announced, “It’s a lovely moonlit evening.”

“Aw, we LIVE on th’ Lake,” Lar Farkleberry replied, “I’d kinda like ta explore this big boat, if ya don’t mind.”

The other guests murmured in agreement—there’d be plenty of time to go on deck later.

Meanwhile crewmen “Howell” & “Gilligan” were in the pilot house…

The guests, after a couple of hours exploring the boat, went out on the deck to enjoy the evening. All too soon the tour was over, and the Sparrow was safely docked in the harbor.

For most, it was a nice uneventful cruise!

NEXT

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Danger Bay–New Characters Arrive–Episode 5

by Jay Merton (writing as Molly Halloran)

Previously: So, how’s business here?” I asked.

Better than its been since they straightened 61 five years back,” Hiram replied, “moved it out of town 6 miles east, and killed most of our business. If it wasn’t for Farkleberry’s station, we’d have gone under. And now Molly’s cruise outfit may bring in more business. Oh, and before I forget, thanks for the new organically and shade grown, fair trade, (various blends) coffee source you set me up with Jay, I’m selling lots of breakfasts with that fine coffee.”

Yah-sure, you betcha!” I said as I drained my mug.

Season I, Chapter 4, Episode 5:

Jay & Boomer in front of Silverthorn's CaféThe next morning finds Jay & Boomer enjoying their mugs of organically & shade-grown, fair-trade, French Roast coffee on the boardwalk of Silverthorn’s Café. Medlar Farkleberry has just opened his “Star Service” station (full service only, thank you very much).

Jay said they were not going to be part of this story, but I guess the draw of Danger Bay is too much for them! Let’s listen in—

Nice & quiet this morning,” Jay observed, “I see Lar is already open for the day.”

Dark,” Boomer added, leaning against his car, “not like in the city with all its light pollution, gotta love it.”

I need a refill of this fine organically & shade-grown, fair-trade, French Roast coffee,” Jay said as he turned to go inside the café.

Wait fer me fellers,” Lar shouted as he ran up to join them, “I’m ‘bout ready fer some java m’self!”

Inside Silverthorn's Café When they entered the café, they found Trigg Guudlender, Maggie Dokic, and Cyber-Daisy, all except for Daisy enjoying their mugs of (never mind—you know this part). Hiram Silverthorn and his son, Hiram Junior at the counter, and Hiram Junior’s twin, Sam behind the counter were already there.

Also at the counter was a familiar looking fellow in a maritime uniform.

You look familiar,” Boomer said, a quizzical look on his face, “don’t I know you?”

Maybe,” the large fellow replied, “name’s Mac, I’m the chief chef aboard the Sparrow.”

Carl McIntyre,” Jay shouted with glee, “you old reprobate! I thought you were too busy since the “Codgers” broke up for this sort of thing.”

The ‘Real World Carl’ IS too busy,” I said, “but I convinced the Cyber-Carl, as ‘Mac’ to help me out on the Sparrow.”

And then the café door opened, and in walked…

Hey I know you,” Jay greeted with a big smile, “You’re…

To Be Continued…

 

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Danger Bay—Episode 14(a)—Spending Labor Day in Danger Bay

By Jay Merton

Happy Labor Day, Gentle Readers! It is a fine Saint Paul, Minnesota morning with the temperature a pleasant 65ºF. I was just thinking that all too soon we’ll be reporting temperatures in degrees below zero [[shudder]]!

Pleasant as the weather is in Saint Paul, we decided to have our chipped & well-used “Codger Collectible (January ’07 Edition) Mugs” of organically & shade-grown, fair-trade, Guatemalan-Roast coffee, here in Danger Bay at Silverthorn’s Café instead. We both have a very busy Labor Day in front of us in the Real World.

As we clumped up on the boardwalk and entered the café, we saw Hiram, Sr. behind the counter, Medlar Farkleberry, and an old geezer (who we haven’t yet met) at the counter.

We headed for our usual table, the one by the front plate-glass window when Hiram called out: “G’mornin’ fellas. Please have a seat here at the counter—it’s too early for me to be traipsing all the way over there.”

Saving your energy for the morning rush? Boomer asked as we ambled over to the counter.

The Sparrow is making her first Voyage from the harbor this morning,” Hiram replied as we sat at the counter between Lar and the strangely familiar looking geezer, “Maggie tells me they have 30 reservations for the trip, so I figured I’d better save my energy for REAL customers.”

Aww Hiram, Lar piped up, “That ain’t what ya’ told me when these fellers came in th’ door, You said: ‘Let’s jes see who wins a battle o’wills, me—or that stubborn old man—bet I kin get ‘em ta sit at th’ counter!’ That’s what ya said.”

Stubborn old man? the geezer next to me piped up, “Just a short time here and he’s already got you pegged!”

I took a closer look at the geezer (in Minnesota—we don’t generally stare at people we don’t know—part of our passive-aggressive nature) and realized who it was: “M…” I began, but was interrupted by Boomer:

…Jay! We gave him back that name for his own purposes—remember?

The ‘Codger,’ as he is known in these parts,” Hiram said, “used to fish commercially, until 61 was re-routed away from Danger Bay. Used to sell fresh Lake Trout from his shop on the pier, but the realignment of the highway caused his business to dry up. In fact, that’s where you guys have your office now.”

Yep, the Codger added, “I left the blog, but kept the keys. I have all the passwords (heh-heh), so I can visit whenever I wish, and regale you with my wit & wisdom.”

But, who drew you?” I asked, taken aback just a little, “You can’t draw worth spit!”

Boomer only smiled.

OK, there’s only one ex-Codger left,” I thought aloud, “but he says he’s waaay too busy for this stuff anymore.”

Is this where we meet for the boat trip?” came a voice from the entry…

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Danger Bay—Episode 15—the Codger & Fred Jaworski Arrive!

by Jay Merton (writing as Molly Halloran)

First, before we continue with the story, as the “Official Author” of the Danger Bay Stories series here on Our Saint Paul, I feel I must apologize to our Gentle Readers for allowing Boomer and especially Jay to muck up our story line. I should have known better. Go ahead Jay—just try to delete me!

The story continues with Fred, Boomer, Jay and the Codger, all enjoying their mugs of organically & shade-grown, fair trade, Danger Bay-Roast coffee, along with Hiram Silverthorn:

“Fred,” Hiram asked, “are you just here for the boat tour?”

“At this point, yes,” Fred replied, “but this Danger Bay of yours may have some possibilities as an escape destination for me. I’m sorry, sir, I didn’t catch your name.”

“Hiram Silverthorn, at your service,” he introduced himself, “owner & operator of this fine establishment.”

“Pleased to meet you Hiram,” Fred replied, “This is fine coffee.”

“You can blame Jay for that!” he replied, smiling, “Jay took some exception to the coffee we were serving when he arrived and convince me to try this stuff.”

“I’ll just add that to my list,” Fred smiled.

“We’re all here now, Fred,” Jay said, “Carl, Med—oops—the Codger, you and I—at least most of us…”

“I miss Harold too,” Fred replied, “but hey, there are still five of us here.”

“Your math is off,” Jay replied, “there are only four of us remaining.”

“Boomer,” Fred suggested, “is here, right?”

“Boomer’s not a Codger!”

“Why?”

“Why indeed?” the Codger asked, and then added, “He’s certainly curmudgeonly enough! And he seems to always be around.”

Why indeed!—TO BE CONTINUED…

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Danger Bay—Episode 4—Jay & Boomer visit Danger Bay

and meet Hiram Silverthorn!

by Jay Merton

Previously:

I’m confident that you’ll get it all handled,” Jay said, “I really must be off, I need to draw another ship’s officer, and to make Lenn happy, some cars & trucks for the village.” And with that, Jay disappeared.

Did I tick Jay off with what I wrote yesterday?” I asked, “You know, the part about not letting them speak.”

Nope,” Trigg replied.

How do you know?”

Simple, Jay controls the ‘Delete’ key!”

Season I, Chapter 4, Episode 4:

The following morning…

Boomer & Daisy in front of Silverthorn's CaféJay! What have you done?” Boomer exclaimed after stepping out of my house, and on to the boardwalk outside Silverthorn’s Café here in Danger Bay.

As he, rather befuddled, came back through the door, not to my home office, but to the café, I said with a big smile, “Welcome back to Silverthorn’s!”

You really are out of control,” Boomer cracked as he walked up to the counter, “to have dragged me into one of your fantasies.”

Jay Boomer & Daisy at Silverthorn's CaféIt takes a bit of imagination on your part,” I quickly rejoined, “for you to realize you are here and not in the real world.. You must have needed a visit.”

So, you’re the famous Boomer Jack,” Hiram Silverthorn greeted, “I remember you sitting with Jay at the table by the front plate-glass window a few days back.”

I’ve been here before?” he replied, and then continued, “Jay, was I part of this before?”

You must not be reading my posts,” I answered with feigned insult, and then turning to Hiram, “You were saying before my young surprised friend came in?”

My grandfather started this restaurant,” he continued, “after leaving the hopelessness of the reservation in the forties, to start a new life. He struggled for a long time—first to be accepted by the locals, and then to establish this place. It helped some that he became friends with old Phineas Farkleberry, whose gas station brought in tourists.”

I have a friend who runs the bus service on one of the northern reservations,” Boomer chimed in, “he says things are improving there.”

You must be referring to Mike,” Hiram rejoined, “he does a great job with those old buses. And yes things are improving. With the small profits from our casino (the bands closest to the Cities make the big bucks), we are returning the money to invest in the res.”

How so?” I asked.

Investing in our schools, job training, abuse counseling, alcohol abuse prevention, police & fire,” he explained, “We have a long way to go, but Grandfather would be amazed at the changes there.”

Do you ever think of moving back?” Boomer queried.

Our home is here,” he answered mildly, “but we visit there every winter over Christmas. I want my kids to know the old culture and learn our history from the tribal elders, so every summer they spend three weeks on the Res with my cousin. They love it.”

So, how’s business here?” I asked.

Better than its been since they straightened 61 five years back,” Hiram replied, “moved it out of town 6 miles east, and killed most of our business. If it wasn’t for Farkleberry’s station, we’d have gone under. And now Molly’s cruise outfit may bring in more business. Oh, and before I forget, thanks for the new organically and shade grown, fair trade, (various blends) coffee source you set me up with Jay, I’m selling lots of breakfasts with that fine coffee.”

Yah-sure, you betcha!” I said as I drained my mug.

To Be Continued…

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All Good Things

PREVIOUSLY: While the rest of the Posse HQ™ waited outside—Boomer & Chris went inside Silverthorne’s store, “Hello Hiram,” Chris greeted the original Hiram Silverthorne.

“Chris Shouse,” Hiram replied, “Welcome back to the 19th Century—how is the 21st Century Hiram Silverthorne doing?”

“It’s Chris Earp now, Hiram,” Chris replied, “Wyatt and I are married now—and Hiram is fine, as is the entire family.” Continue reading

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“Hello Hiram”

The Past is Back Banner ©JBoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “Perhaps, Joey,” Boomer replied, “If they didn’t see Simpson—they know him, but probably don’t know Keller.”

“Let’s ride,” Chris suggested, “And learn what we can from Hiram Silverthorne.”

Simpson, Keller and O’Hara arrived at their hideout, “Here we are, again.”

“Yes, Al,” O’Hara replied, “We’ll not go into Danger Bay, but Moosehead City to recruit.”

“Or ride to Grand Marais or maybe Duluth.”

“We may just do better in Grand Marais,” O’Hara suggested, “Duluth is, at least, nearly twice as far away.”

“I agree,” Keller replied, “And probably more down-and-outers for us to select recruits.”

 “We’d best get started,” Simpson suggested, “There’s no telling when the posse figures-out where we’ve gone.”

“Pack-up,” Keller said, “And let’s get on the road.”

Two hours later they were on the road to Grand Marais.

Season 19, Adventure 2, The Past is Back—Episode 2—Scene 1 … On the Road to Grand Marais … “Well—LOOKIE here,” Keller grinned, “An opportunity!”

“An opportunity!”

Keller, smiling, waved at the driver.

The stagecoach driver returned Keller’s wave—it would be his last wave ever.

Keller pulled his Colt .44 and fired.

Cyrus Smith died smiling.

“It appears we now have some money to entice new recruits,” Simpson’s grin almost fractured his jaw with its size.

“We must be very careful who we hire,” Lawyer Eric O’Hara said, “We have made some unfortunate choices in the past.”

“Yes, we have,” Simpson replied, “Perhaps we should ask for a résumé?”

“Actually, Al,” Keller replied, laughing, “That is a good idea.”

“The résumé will likely be verbal—we’re not recruiting rocket scientists,” O’Hara added

The Past is Back—Episode 2—Scene 2 … Inside Silverthorne’s Store … While the rest of the Posse HQ™ waited outside—Boomer & Chris went inside Silverthorne’s store, “Hello Hiram,” Chris greeted the original Hiram Silverthorne.

“Hello Hiram”

“Chris Shouse,” Hiram replied, “Welcome back to the 19th Century—how is the 21st Century Hiram Silverthorne doing?”

“It’s Chris Earp now, Hiram,” Chris replied, “Wyatt and I are married now—and Hiram is fine, as is the entire family.”

“Wonderful,” He replied, “And you Boomer?”

“Finer than frog’s hair, Hiram,” Boomer laughed.

“What brings you two here?”

“The entire Posse™ is with us,” Boomer replied, “Simpson is here—somewhere, and we’re looking for him.”

“I haven’t seen him yet,” Hiram replied, “But I’ll send White Eagle and his friends to scout for Simpson.”

“Thank you, Hiram,” Chris said as she & Boomer turned to leave the store, “We’ll stay in touch.”

Our story will be Continued …

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“Oh—wait, CUJO!”

The Past is Back Banner ©JBoardmanPREVIOUSLY: Fred O’Conner, Ambrose Fisher, Jim Douglas, Wilson Jones, Jim James, Jayson Smith & Willie McGraw were all present at a meeting called by Joey Keller.

Also present was the gang’s lawyer, Eric O’Hara, “Gentlemen, to make things very-clear—when we call a meeting—we expect you to be here before the scheduled start-time.”

“Why?” Smith asked, “We were here at the scheduled time.”

Instead of answering the question—Keller & Simpson—drew their weapons and killed all their gang-members.

Keller, Simpson, and O’Hara were the only survivors.

“It’s time to contact Juco—and return to the 19th Century,” Keller stated, “We seem to be unable to find decent help in this 21st Century.”

(Fortunately—GENTLE READER—Cujo was eves-dropping on their conversation.)

Season 19, Adventure 2, The Past is Back—Episode 1—Scene 1 … Inside the 19th Century Posse HQ™ … “How did we get here?” Chris Earp asked, “Oh—wait, CUJO!”

Inside the 19th Century Posse HQ™ ©JBoardman

“Oh—wait, CUJO!”

“Yup—It HAD to be!” Boomer replied, “No more indoor plumbing.”

“I forgot about that part,” Linda added, “I knew there was a reason I preferred the 21st Century.”

“I suggest we get re-acquainted with our steeds,” Chris said, “I’m sure they missed us.”

“And then see if we can find Simpson & Keller,” Debra suggested.

“We should ride into town and see if the Silverthorns know anything,” Joey added, “They might have seen our, ahem, friends.”

“Perhaps, Joey,” Boomer replied, “If they didn’t see Simpson—they know him, but probably don’t know Keller.”

“Let’s ride,” Chris suggested, “And learn what we can from Hiram Silverthorn.”

The Past is Back—Episode 1—Scene 2 … Outside Keller & Simpson’s Hideout … Simpson, Keller and O’Hara arrived at their hideout, “Here we are, again.”

Outside Keller & Simpson’s Hideout ©JBoardman

“Here we are, again.”

“Yes, Al,” O’Hara replied, “We’ll not go into Danger Bay, but Moosehead City to recruit.”

“Or ride to Grand Marais or maybe Duluth.”

“We may just do better in Grand Marais,” O’Hara suggested, “Duluth is, at least, nearly twice as far away.”

“I agree,” Keller replied, “And probably more down-and-outers for us to select recruits.”

“We’d best get started,” Simpson suggested, “There’s no telling when the posse figures-out where we’ve gone.”

“Pack-up,” Keller said, “And let’s get on the road.”

Two hours later they were on the road to Grand Marais.

Our story will be Continued …

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