August 20, 2006
Liz published this at 1:41 pm
[For those of you just tuning in, this is based on the 301 Lists that Darren Rowse's List Group Writing Project brought together. You'll find Chapter 1 here --> A List Becomes 301 Links in Story Ã¢â‚¬â€ Chapter 1 ]
As the plane landed, Lizzie heard Fred finally snoring. The sound he made made her think of Five Happy Dog Movies. Fred wasn’t such a bad guy after all. He just wasn’t one who would be on her list to share the Asian Beaches to See Before I die.
Fred was still asleep as she got off the plane, but Lizzie left him a good-bye note that wished him well and offered a few things she had up her own sleeve: 7 Personal Finance Tips, Ten Ways To Spot A Scam, 5 Secrets to Fabulous Financials, 15 Government programs we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need, and How to Organize Your Debts.
She’d always thought of the last title as funny. Imagine little debts all in line just like soldiers.
Our creative young lady took a minute to fold those five sheet into an origami bouquet of flowers. She took the blue satin ribbon from her hair and tied them together just so. Then she added a note that said, “Have a wonderful life, Fred.” on the back of Top 10+ ways to Save Money and Help the Environment.
Listless Lizzie was brightening a bit. She was finally at her destination.
On to Baggage
Paris. This was Paris
As Lizzie went through customs with her documents, she had the typical Lizzie response Something Funny, Something New. As our young, tired traveler stood on the airport floors waiting her turn, she wondered about slipping How Not to Lose Your Ass – Customer Satisfaction in with her passport for customs, but somehow she knew that they wouldn’t consider it a helpful gesture.from an American. So instead Lizzie concentrated on 9 Steps to Transform Stress into Strength. By the time it was her turn, she was ready to give the nice looking man at the desk advice on How to Achieve Peak Performance and 10 Tips on Leading a Balanced Life.
Needlessly to say, our young lady was smiling a most charming smile.
Her smile was so charming, in fact, that folks were noticing and the French were deciding they might make an exception for this one American. .
Lizzie, of course, was clueless about this reality as she read a List of Important Financial Documents that Fred had given her. She stood baggage claim for more waiting and waiting and waiting.
“I liked Fred more than I thought,” Listless Lizzie thought as she considered her investments and her taxes and that she missed Fred. She had heard there were 3 Ways it costs more being a man.
“Ha!” Lizzie thought, “I can think of at least Three Reasons Why I Might Be Poor When I Retire.
She kept that thought with her. It was about then that she realized that her bags weren’t coming.
Lizzie checked her ticket, sure enough her ticket said Paris. Her bag claim said Milan. She referred back to her list on 10 steps to improve your ESP, healing and psychic abilites. Lizzie read it carefully in hopes of figuring out how to reconnect with her bags, but the only thought she had was 10 Reasons Why a 20-Year Old Hates Driving in Europe. She was in no mood to figure out what she had with her. She hated Listmaking – The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Old SchoolÃ¢â‚¬Â Way.
That’s why we call her Listless Lizzie.
It was definitely time for a change of plan.
Lizzie went to work. Before she left the airport, she found the airline club, took out her computer, and confirmed her a room at the Paris Hilton.
“That’s right,” she said. “One room, King size bed, Listless Lizzie. I’ll be there as soon as a taxi can bring me. And you guarantee no Gawkers.”
Then she used her wireless connection to get one more thing –31 Emoticons to woo your online loves — not that she had any, but she didn’t like being bored.
“I’ll take a nap, and then I’ll wander aimlessly until I make some friends and have some sort of adventure. I’m good at that.” Lizzie thought, And sure enough she did all three, and she was.
But that’s what happens in ————————-Chapter 4.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
A List Becomes 301 Links in Story Ã¢â‚¬â€ Chapter 1
301 Links in Story Ã¢â‚¬â€ Chapter 2 Lizzie Meets Fred
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