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Murders in Progress by Eldon Cene

February 19, 2013

phone call 4

Pitching Ruth

(Episode 33)

“How’s it going?” Nancy said, after she’d introduced herself.

“How’s it going?  Is that the sort of cleverly crafted question which keeps a writer publishing just below the fold of the New York Times these days?”

“It’s called a ‘conversation opener’, Ruth,” Nancy replied.  “And why are you trying to break my balls like this?”

“My name is not ‘Ruth’.  It’s Ms. Haphelstot to you.   And where in the world did you get that expression, “busting my balls,” Nancy?  You’re a 15 year old girl.”

“Sorry.  But I’ve been hanging out at the Café with the other journalists, and that’s just how professional reporters talk Ruth.”

“You have no balls.”

“It’s a euphemism.  A turn of phrase.”

“I know what a euphemism is, little girl. And I’m been intimately acquainted with a lot of turns of phrases in my day, and they’re all just dicks calling themselves Richard, if you can handle my French.   And I’m surprised Carmella would put up with it over there.    And I have half a mind to call your mother, that is, your father,  Nancy.  And I’m not Ruth.”

“Sure, you are.”

“Not to a 15 year old girl, I’m not.”

“Are you going to be a prude?”

Yes!  When I’m employed in a professional  capacity.”  Ruth was adamant.

“The Sheriff calls you Ruth,” Nancy whined.

“That’s because he’s the Sheriff.”

“Well, I’m a reporter,” Nancy retorted hotly.

“You’re a gossip,” Ruth replied.  “And a little, 15 year old one to boot.”

“That’s not what the New York Times thinks,” Nancy said.

“What the hell do you want, Nancy?”  Ruth said finally.

“You may call me Ms. Gillis, please.”

Ruth sighed.

“Alright.  Ms. Gillis it is.  What would you like to know, Ms. Gillis?  And does your father know where you are?”  Ms. Haphelstot asked tartly.

“Look.  Maybe we got off on the wrong foot here Ms. Haphelstot,” Nancy said solicitously.  “Because I’m merely calling to see how the investigation is going.  We haven’t heard much about it out here, where there is so much fear and so little real knowledge!   And I bet you can imagine how conjecture will fill in all those vacant spaces!  …!!!   So, I thought I’d call and nail down a few facts.”

“What facts are those?”

“Is it true the Federal Bureau has been dragging its feet in analyzing the evidentiary material in this case?”

“Where’d you get that idea?”

“Well, despite the scuttlebutt I overhear at the café, I figured it couldn’t be because our Sheriff is at fault.  He strikes me as a pretty sharp cookie, and pretty resourceful  law enforcement officer to say the least.”  Nancy hoped she wasn’t slathering it on too thick.

“He is.”

“Well, then, what’s the hold up?”

“Oh, for Pete’s sake.  I shouldn’t be talking about this.  But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let Leland take the fall here.   The fact of the matter is, we don’t know where the evidence is.  We sent if off to the FBI, two weeks ago.  We got back an intitial dribble of information.  And now it’s like it’s fallen into a black hole.

“I’ll bet Lelan…  Sherriff Leland’s pretty upset.”

“Would you call shouting, upset?”  Ruth asked.

“Um.”  Nancy replied, writing.

“But I can’t fault Agent Hailey.  She’s done all a body can do, as far as that goes.  In fact, I think she’s very embarrassed.  Her organization has really let her down on this one.”

“Um huh.”  Nancy said, taking more notes.

“But at least we still have the bodies.”

“The bodies?”  Her pencil stopped.

“Yeah.  You know, how when people are killed, their bodies often remain.”

“Do tell,” Nancy replied sweetly.  “And where are they?”

“That,  I can’t say.”

“But you’re sure they are still there?”

“What?  Why would the bodies be missing?”

“Well.  I don’t know.  But the other evidence is, right?”

The line went silent.  And Nancy could almost feel the vibration of Ruth’s mental gears turning through the phone; first slowly, and then at hyperspeed.

“You know what?  Something’s come up.  And can I talk to you a little later about this, Nancy?”

“It’s Ms. Gillis.”

“Certainly Ms. Gillis.  Just let me handle this bit of new business, and I’ll get right back to you.  Okay?”

“Sure,” Nancy agreed, and hung up.

By the time Ruth had locked up the Sheriff’s office and headed out in the Sheriff’s car, Nancy was following closely, pedaling hard, on the far right side of the road… the playing card in the spokes humming.  People rarely looked for tails, Nancy figured, riding bikes on the opposing sidewalk.

Nancy lost her after six blocks, 3 dodged dogs, one shopper and another biker, a small boy, going the opposite direction (poorly), but by then Nancy had already figured out the only place Ruth could be heading.

Ruth had reached the butcher’s and was talking animatedly and motioning with her arms, by the time Nancy arrived.  Nancy saw them go to the meat lockers together, and stood wondering what she should do.

She left her bike against the bushes and walked over to the Sheriff’s car.  Ruth had left it unlocked.  Nancy  looked in the back hatch window, but saw nothing as there was a security shade drawn.  So she opened the clam doors and saw plenty of room for a small girl to hide.

Nancy  considered.  Today was Friday.  So there was a good chance her father wouldn’t be back until the wee hours, and then, not up until eleven or twelve that next day.  Which gave her lots of time.  She still had a bottle of water and half of the hamburger she’d purchase at the restaurant wrapped up in a napkin.

Nancy hopped inside and closed the clam shell doors softly behind herself, just as Ruth was exiting from the butchers, at a calmer pace and looking relieved.

Photo taken from Google Images

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Seattle Celebrity News!

September 12, 2012

Francisco Menendez Directs

Film Release Today!

Fransisco Menedez – the director whose interview appeared right here in Seattle Celebrity News!  about 2 years ago – has just released his latest work… which looks to be a big budget, glitzy, hollywood type thing called Stealing Las Vegas.  It should be available for streaming on Netflix, I Tunes and Amazon now

Working in Seattle on The Divine Marigolds

Here is a photo of Fransisco, in the midst of a cold outdoor evening shot, taken in West Seattle while he was up here working on The Divine Marigolds about 2 years ago, when we last spoke…  To hear his interview, taken at the time, go to:  (https://schn00dles.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/seattle-celebrity-news-7/)

(Photo by Carl Nelson)

Seattle Celebrity News!

March 16, 2012

Noted Local Fashion Photographer is Switching to

INSECTS!

Regular Models and Actors are Getting to be a “Pain in the Ass”, he says.

 

 Editor:  The Seattle Fashion Community is all abuzz after the recent declaration by one of its leading photographers that he now intends to use insects and ‘bugs’ to replace human models and actors in his upcoming fashion shoots.  “Your average person knows that he or she can never hope to equal what a professional photographer can do with props, professional staging/make-up/lighting… and what we can’t do, that we accomplish with Photoshop.  Your average person is not made to feel better by looking at all these ads.  Quite the opposite!  We as professionals dedicate our days to making your average person  feel like a failure; like they can never measure up.  So, in part, it’s a moral decision,” he told The Seattle Celebrity News! during a recent interview.  “Plus they work for crumbs,” he added.  Read on to hear more:

Seattle Celebrity News! (SCN!):  So you feel that insects more objectify our present human state then?

Noted Local Fashion Photographer (NLFP):  That’s right.  They ARE the 99.999999999999999%

SCN!:  Can’t insects be hard to work with?

NLFP:  I’ve never had one talk back or refuse a task.  You treat them right and they’ll literally walk the extra mile for you.  And they don’t mind sharing a little of the rewards with the other workers in the industry.  Why, just as an example, we used a fairly non-descript, kind of an Everyman bug for a series of motivational posters I was creating for a large hedgefund, which operates out of Brussels.  Now this bug, I’ll call him “Bob”, lost one of his rear legs partway through the shoot.  Did he call Labor and Industries?  Was his agent and/or lawyer there and on my back in a nanosecond?  No.  He didn’t make a peep.  It was Continuity who picked up on it!  Said he had five more good legs, and that the other would grow back in time, anyways.  We wrapped that puppy without any further disruption.  The client was very happy with the result.  Bugs have that ‘can-do’, hive mentality which the clients appreciate.  They can’t tell you what it is, but I see it in the lens everyday.  It’s the authenticity.  ‘Bob’ is one of those guys who walks the walk.  But there are others.

SCN!:  What about modelling clothes, and such?

NLFP:  Well, they’ve got 6 legs, or more! you know.  That’s a lot of leg, and a lot of shoes.  Antennae are great to hang accessories on.  And, I’ve got to say, for some reason those Ladybugs just LOVE the little handbags.  In fact, they keep wandering away from the properties room.  I don’t know how they’re doing that…

SCN!:  Where do you find your talent?

NLFP:  More often than not they just wander in off the lot.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of real talent out there.  Of course, there’s always the stars.  The ones who have that certain something.

SCN!:  Could you give us some hints on some up-and-comers? 

NLFP:  Well, there’s this almost transparent green aphid who is really causing some buzz amongst the lighting people.  And then there’s my personal favorite: this Ladybug I call Emily.  But that’s as far as I want to say at this time.

SCN!:  Well, might we talk to you again, sometime?

NLFP:  Sure.  Drop by in 3 or 4 months and I think you’ll be amazed.

SCN!:  I’ll bring my reading glasses.

NLFP:  Good choice.

While we were there, one of the newer talents was positioning herself for a screentest.

SCN! photos by Carl Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

April 10, 2011

Esme DeCoster Interview

 

Backstage

Esme DeCoster has been working in theater, film and modelling since the age of five.  She carries around a calendar notebook which would rival an executive’s.  At ten she’s the ultimate professional.  Currently she’s appearing in “The Digital Divide” in Eight Plays Over Easy at TPS4.  She’s also currently appearing in Don Giovanni at the Bellevue Opera.  And Esme is slated to reprise her role for one performance of JILL in “The Digital Divide” at the Seattle Playwrights Studio Showcase at ArtsWest the end of May.  We caught up with her backstage in the dressing room for  TPS Theater 4 to file this 5 minute interview.

Photos by Carl Nelson

Work, work, work… with Rita Andreeva

April 1, 2011

Rita Lands Appointment with Mini Mart Bigwig

People Who Can Make Things Happen Are Usually Busy

“I got a first REAL appointment with a guy who runs the mini marts in CD on Monday 5 to 7 pm!
I talked to him about it a bit every time I came into his store, and today he told me he will bring a list of all the stuff he wants to sell online at 5pm on Monday and discuss business. Yahoo! Wow! It wasn’t like a student whiny thing; I told him that I’m working real hard at learning how to market stuff online, and I just suffered 6 miserable hours of like picking rice grains from a pile of sand, because they spent 3 out of 6 hours trying to sell their e-store at exorbitant prices and almost kicked me out for being a web designer. I promised the asshole that wanted to kick me out that I was just a student and had no money and wanted to learn the best way to go about building an e-store, and he had no right to kick me out because I paid for the class. So he left me alone, and I got my net book and I picked a few grains of wisdom out of a lot of BS.
So I went down to the neighborhood store to get a pack of cigarettes and the manager of all the local stores was there, and we talked for a few minutes, and he agreed to meet with me on Monday.
I told him to write a list of all the stuff he wants to sell, and then to imagine himself a customer, and write down all the possible ways he could think of what they’d search for. Shit, if he actually sits down and puts in the effort, he’s mine for keeps. Because a busy man like that would value his time in doing homework. Once I got his list, he wouldn’t want to do it again.
So I will sit down with him and go over his list and give him an estimate of how much it would cost him to do all that, and it will be only a half of what anyone else would charge. So I think I got the deal.
Feels damn good just to be able to work with someone for real, not just a bunch of people that want something for nothing, getting referrals from college for free interns who will be their slaves for the next few months.”  – Rita

Caveat:  Photo of Mini Mart Big Wig by Carl Nelson taken using a professional model.  (Repy to this blog for contact information.)

Seattle Celebrity News!

February 23, 2011

Rik Deskin 

Artistic Director of the Eclectic Theater / Manager of the Odd Duck

It’s the small, inexpensive rental venues around town which are the cracks from which much of the newly created local theater sprouts.  The Odd Duck, on Capital Hill, has a long history of being such a place.  It’s a cheap enough spot where you can afford to try virtually anything.  Currently, Rik Deskin, manages the Odd Duck… besides Acting, Directing and Being a Family Man.  This keeps him very busy and at the intersection of much of what is currently happening on the Seattle Fringe Theater scene.  So, he’s an interesting interview.  In this first section we talked a little bit about his comedy roots, and current theatrical aspirations.

What’s a sketch?  (one minute) 

“Sketch comedy is probably the weakest thing on the Seattle Theater scene,” Rik says.  “Ideally, what I would like to see…” (one minute)   

“The Comedy Workshop is where my roots are.”  (2 min. 30 sec) 

Photo by Carl Nelson

From the Editor’s Perch

February 16, 2011
Patrick Pelham is Travelling the World Filming Arists

Filmmaker Encounter

While my wife and I and friends were on Orcas Island for the Kindlings Muse Winterfest, we met Patrick Pelham/Filmaker.  After receiving his advanced degree in filming he has been travelling across the globe, on the cheap, creating short documentaries of artists he has decided to investigate.  He has a very nice website at: http://www.askingfordirections.tv/  Visit with a screenwriter who lives in the last castle on the northernmost tip of Scotland.  Or, for a sunnier look, visit a cellist in Barcelona, or many other interesting folks.  The world is a click away.

Photo by Carl Nelson

A Poet’s Lives with Lyn Coffin

February 8, 2011

Portable Art Gallery

 
 
 

Poet Lyn Coffin Takes Wearable Art to a Here-to-Fore Unseen Level

 

Hear another portion of our interview with the Poet Lyn Coffin:    (35 seconds!  you have the time…)

This is a little piece of art Lyn made for a charity auction, which is a small house with money in a drawer and burnt filaments of money coming out the chimney. I bought it for twenty dollars; then took my neighbor's advice and put a fifty in the drawer. I look like quite a shrewd investor.

Photos by Carl Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

January 25, 2011

And Consider These ELVI – Vote Now!

 
 
 

Clay Voltz Sang (and Tooted) "I Got A Feeling In My Body"

 

 

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Billy Joe Heultz Sang "One Night"

Photos by Carl Nelson

(And remember:  You can see all the photos by clicking Carl Nelson Photography in the blogroll at your right.)

Seattle Celebrity News!

January 25, 2011

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Nathan Alidina Definately Looked Vegas Sharp

Robert Sakay Sang "It Hurts Me"

Photos by Carl Nelson


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