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Tue 30 Nov 2004, 11:44 PMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
by Mike Midas, Ace Developer
The low sexy voice came over the phone with the kind of invitation that grabbed you by the scruff of the neck and dragged you three thousand miles through the ether, no matter the consequences. I'd never met the dame, but you could tell by her first words that I'd never walk by her in a crowd.
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What has been said:
238.1. Duffbert (12/01/2004 04:42 AM)
You are on an incredible roll, my friend. If I were to vote on best blog post of the year, this one would just have become the front runner.
"I laughed! I cried! Runaway hit! Two thumbs up..."
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238.2. Christopher Byrne (12/01/2004 07:07 AM)
I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat with every word, waiting for the part where Mike Midas grabs his overnight bag and runs for the airport to help this lady in distress...
"The writing is superb, the story taut and takes one back to the bygone days of radio drama, with tales of the Naked City, Sam Spade and the Shadow":-)
This one is a keeper Ben!
238.3. Stan Rogers (12/01/2004 07:08 AM)
I don't know -- I found the premise kind of derivative of Raymond Chandler, but the plot moved along quite nicely after the first scene, and the taste of Bogey as Phillip Marlowe sort of faded away....
238.4. Ben Langhinrichs (12/01/2004 07:33 AM)
I've never really read Raymond Chandler, but from some of the quotes I find on the Internet from his stories, I see the resemblance.
So, do you think I should ask Mike back as a guest blogger again? I hear there are a thousand stories in the naked city, and he might be willing to share some more.
238.5. Duffbert (12/01/2004 07:50 AM)
Yes... "Mike" can blog any time he likes! :-)
238.6. jonvon (12/01/2004 04:08 PM)
lol, this is great!
mike's use of simile is astounding. ;-)
actually he reminds me a lot more of tigger than chandler. but then, i'm raising a three year old...
great stuff ben, love the Mike Midas image too.
238.7. Richard Shergold (02/12/2004 00:07)
Ben. Great post - very entertaining! I'd say you could even afford to give up your day job...
238.8. Devin Olson (12/02/2004 09:05 AM)
SUPERB! Bring Mike back often. BTW Ben, have you seen "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"? I ask because I imagine Mr. Midas looking similar to Rigby Reardon.
238.9. R.Langhinrichs (12/02/2004 02:40 PM)
Nah, not Rigby Reardon, but a Humprey Bogart look-alike! This story kept me pinned to the next paragraph. Style, humor and suspense--exactly what I demand in my "literature." Notify me of anything this guy writes!
238.10. Ben Langhinrichs (12/02/2004 07:44 PM)
In reverse order -
Oh, I am honored. For those who don't know, R. Langhinrichs is my mother in law, and a former editor of the Ladies Home Journal, as well as a long time playwright. I'll take her praise any day... I'll take it to Mike, that is.
Devin - I haven't seen the movie, but I've heard it was good.
Richard - Three kids to get through college and then we'll see.
jonvon - Mike's a pretty astounding fellow all around. I don't have any kids that young anymore, but I guess I can see the Tigger attitude at least.
Chris - Thanks! We'll see if Mike does any travelling... maybe to Lotusphere, as I'm sure Annika will be there.
Tom - Thanks!