Monday, December 9, 2013

CheersFest 2.0 starring the one and only Arlee Bird!

Come one, come all and cheer on!  This year's cheer fest is hosted by the wonderful Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King, Stephen Tremp and, of course, Alex Cavanaugh.  Make sure you stop by and say thanks to everyone for leading the cheer!

This year's cheersfest is roasting the wonderful Arlee of Tossing it Out, creator of the A to Z Challenge and all-around awesome guy.  There are four questions, one flash fiction piece and a bonus caption about Lee today.  Check out the list below to see everyone participating.

Four questions for you to answer - keep the retorts short – (no longer than 20 words each):

Why did Lee come up with the A-Z Challenge?
Because one day simply wasn’t enough to celebrate his birthday, so he made it 26 days.

If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean?
That their latent goals of joining the circus still lurk in their subconscious.

Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?
I’d say it’s worth at least eight seeing as he has four active blogs at any point in time.

Who could play Lee in a documentary? (Living or dead.)
I gotta go with Paul Newman- I could see both the humor and the seriousness there.  Now if we can just find a way to resurrect him we can start shooting…

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:

Bird, Juggler, Challenge, Brown Jacket, Tossing

The Inheritance

It was a rather innocuous- looking brown jacket with no distinguishing marks or other signs to alert you to its true nature.  But he knew his uncle better than that.  There was no telling what devious tricks may hidden inside.

He recalled watching the juggler as a child and being amazed when, in the middle of tossing three pins in an intricate hand-off he produced a bird from nowhere which flapped its wings in a frenzy over the heads of the audience before flying away. 

He observed it and wondered if he was up to challenge of continuing his legacy.

For Bonus Points:
In +/- 40 words, can you come up with a caption for Lee’s Facebook picture? 

Why, yes- this is my prom tux... why are you laughing?

I hope you've enjoyed my contribution to todays fun.  Make sure to say hello to the BlogMan himself today 
Then hop along to see everyone's cheers.  Congrats, Lee! 



  1. Prom tux!! Hilarious.
    Paul Newman is a popular choice today.
    Thanks for participating in CheersFest!

  2. Love your caption for the pic LOL.
    Congrats to Lee!

  3. Love the prom tux line too. Ha! I'm even going to go out on a limb and suggest that lapel is made of velvet. :P

    Congrats to Arlee on being roasted this year. It's all in good fun. :)

  4. Loved your flash fiction piece! And LOL to the caption and answers. "Why are you laughing?" :):):) Too fun, Beverly! Lee will love this!

  5. This was great Beverly! You gave the best answer for why Lee created A to Z! Thanks for reminding me that his birthday is April 1st. Fun flash fiction and caption too!


  6. Prom tux! Yes, I AM laughing, at that and all your other silly answers! I never knew Lee resembled Paul Newman, but I've seen that suggestion several times, so it must be true. Great post Beverly! :-)

  7. Great piece of Flash Fiction and the second Paul Newman I've encountered today. Good job!

  8. Prom tux! Now that is very unique and clever! Great CheersFest post!

  9. Couldn't to totally see Lee in the circus as the straight faced juggler.

  10. Loved the flash piece! But really I thought it was awesome from innocuous. ^_^ The Prom Pic & Caption are hilarious.

  11. That brown jacket is becoming the stuff of legend. Since I didn't go to my high school prom I guess I had to find some use for that jacket.

    Thanks for the fun post.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  12. Yeah, that looks like a prom tux from the early 70s hahaha! Why not double as a stage garb. And a jacket for church. And be married in. And a Halloween costume.

  13. I have enjoyed reading all the posts on Lee and cheer him on in his career.

  14. This was a fun Cheerfest post for Arlee! 26 days of birthday celebrating. Yay! : )


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