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Job Of a Lifetime (MJ Halloween Challenge)


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Late at night, the highways of North America are filled with conversations of truckers chatting on the CB radio. But this one particular dark and stormy night (!!) a rookie driver hears about a dream job any driver would kill to have.

There's only one tiny little detail.......

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Thanks to Little Queenie for this delicious Challenge. Hope this one's up to your standards.....

MM
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Uploaded: Oct 26, 2009 - 11:57:19 AM
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drakonis said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
very nice...
Love the idea of the rookie driver having to think long and hard about that one, nice pacing on the story, had me listening to the very end, and as always, I'm watching the "play" meter get near the end, and I start inventing all the possible endings that might happen in the last 20 seconds, wondering which route you're going to take, and your ending was PERFECT.

ttfn,
Drakonis, always liking a good story.
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mr_mordenus said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Storytelling
I had this idea in my head for a month but absolutely no time to put it together, but then I got a day off today and went warp speed into it. Originally it was supposed to be an old trucker telling his tale in a truck stop, but I realized it would be much more dramatic to set it up as a CB conversation on the road - the anonymous nature of the voices brings the imagination into much higher gear.

And the ending just happened. I knew it when I hit it - that's a great feeling, isn't it?
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magnatone said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Job of a Lifetime
GREAT STORY Mr. M!! this is SO creative - totally enjoyed, what a great idea!
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Thanks Magna
It all kind of fell together as I was recording it. This was a challenge I didn't want to miss, but I wasn't sure how to present it. Glad you came for the ride!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
nice
Very cool entry, you had me along for the ride from start to finish. Im with Drak, I loved that long pause when the driver asks what cargo he carries. This whole conversation was put together really well. good job. perfect tone on that voice effect 2.
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Long pauses
...there's no greater device to scare the crap out of someone than their own imagination, and that long pause lets all manner of shadows creep into the listener's mind. I had to tinker with the tone until I got that just right: just what *is* driving that truck?
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Char said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
You did all these
voices? Great! Thanks.
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Yup
...those are all my voices. Sometimes "Alex The Robot" just doesn't cut the mustard..... (laugh). I've always enjoyed doing voices, particularly villain voices because they get to have a lot more fun. (Think Darth Vader as opposed to Luke Skywalker - Darth gets all the killer lines).

Maybe I should create a fun cartoon villain to menace MacJams City..... maybe a crazed scientist or mad doctor? Hmmm.......
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awigze said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Delivery
I delivered Credit Cards to SWBell Regional in Houston... does that count? Cool story Mr. Mordenus! The perspective on the CB made this work!
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Sure it counts
That's a big 10-4, good buddy. Glad you enjoyed the ride: the CB perspective was a happy experiment that gave me just the right setting to tell the tale.
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sheilad said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Mr M....
been waiting for you on this! Only you can be this original in a fantastic way! What I want to know is how you managed to get my internet to shut down right at the "all you have to do" part... CREEPY! The suspense nearly did me in right there !
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Sorry about the Internet
...but I had nothing to do with that. Heh heh....... but thanks for the kind words, Sheila. If ya can't scare yer friends, who can ya? There's sure no shortage of originality around this place, that's for sure.

Thanks for riding along!
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sloparts said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Very cool Mr Mordenus
Love this story my friend. Make a deal with the Devil today. Get yer Semi here.

Spooky man, very spooky, and very well done. Love it

Ed
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Deal with the Devil
just watch the fine print, right? Seriously, though...........

Once, many many years ago, I was driving on I-79 when I was passed by a big red semi with smoked windows, and the unit number on the trailer was - wait for it - 666. Uh huh. I figured it was just a driver's sense of humor, until I smelled the exhaust from the stacks. Wasn't quite like diesel, more like a sulpher smell.

Brimstone?

Not chuckling quite so much now...... seriously, that actually happened. Never saw the truck again either.

'Course, it couldn't be that.........................
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Halloween-2009-Challenge said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
You have a sick, twisted mind Mr M.
A quality I really admire in in my Demon friends. So tell me, did the rookie ever go for it, or are you still driving that truck taking souls to hell

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Queeny
mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Ha HAHHHAHH HAH
Queeny, you are a woman after my own heart. This Challenge was a complete riot - can't wait to hear the rest of the Hallowe'en entries.... after I get back from this delivery run. Been a lot of bad boys and girls out there, and we're gettin' busier every year.

Ever think about a change of career...............................?
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maxruehl said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Excellent

job, Mr. M. I think this would make an interesting episode of Masters Of Horror or some other horror anthology series. I think the premise is good enough to flesh out and hold an audience for a half hour or so.

I just posted my own story today. Check it out if you like.:)
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
I was thinking
that this would make kind of an interesting episode of Twilight Zone. I could just hear Rod Serling.

Glad you liked the ride - I'll check out your story soon. If I'm not too spooked by all the Hallowe'en entries in the Challenge!
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davisamerica said 2771 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
quiet
insane...loved it
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Sometimes
the "boo" that scares us the most is the one that whispers, very quietly, in our ear.

Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!
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Jarvoid said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
excellent punchy little tale
This has legs and could be good extended with music and Sfx,but equally good as is as a pithy little 'campfire ghost story'Nice one and thanks for giving us Hallowe'en as you do it....yeah I know it's international and different here and there ...but I have been hooked on the US version ever since reading 'peanuts' as a kid.
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Campfire Tale
... if it's ever extended with music, I think someone else will have to do the honours, I think. It's a cool idea - I could hear some delicious electric blues guitar, the kind a guy who'd put his soul in hock to the Devil could play. Unfortunately, that's way beyond my musical league.

Thanks for taking a ride!
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bud said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Well I never expected this
But I shouldn't be surprised. Great piece - perfect for the challenge - and chilly - very chilly.
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mr_mordenus said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Even I Didn't Know
... how I was going to present this when I started recording - started out as a monologue, threw that out. Changed to a first-person story told by an old trucker in a truckstop with a lot of cluttered sidestory - threw that out. Then the real-time, CB conversation idea... and here it is. What I really like are how the silences can be creepier than the words.

Sometimes less really is more.

Thanks for hopping on the truck, Bud. Always a place for you here.

Even I was surprisedN
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MarkHolbrook said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Love the
profile art! LOL... Lost a little weight there you two did...

Great! This is really cool!
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mr_mordenus said 2769 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Song Art
You wouldn't believe how long it took to find a pic of a semi, at night, running in the rain. Almost took longer than recording the actual piece. Whoulda thunk it?

Glad you and all your squirrels could drop in for a visit - always a pleasure.
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TERRAPLANE said 2770 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
very creative
What a great Halloween challenge submission !!! ` enjoyed much,,keep on keepin on ,T
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mr_mordenus said 2769 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
That Face
is just too cool. You're having way too much fun with this (laugh), Terry!

Glad to have you along for the ride - drop in anytime.


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DWL said 2769 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Had to listen to the end...
Fantastic story and beautifully done.

Cheers

Dick
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mr_mordenus said 2769 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Sir Dick!
Thanks for lending an ear. It was a lot of fun doing the voices and creating the right mood. Will get caught up with your music as soon as I can.... and again, Happy Thirds!
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Doug Somers said 2769 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Well written and well performed
Easy to slide into this story and get hooked. And as others have said, I just had to know how it ended. Very nice job here. It has a nagging feeling I'm left with about what this means both before and after what we hear.

Thanks!!
Take care,
Doug
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PaulaMunk said 2769 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Way to keep
us on the edge of our seats. Great voices. Perfect casting. A story worthy of the Twilight Zone. Well done. I thank you.
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Daugrin said 2768 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Unemployment is Better
Well done MM.
Clock is ticking for next year... another installment will come due...

Daug
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sschedra said 2752 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Woah!
Wicked scary. Really neat story for Halloween.
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TG said 2680 days ago (January 25th, 2010)
Ummm
Hunts point is in the Bronx
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mr_mordenus said 2674 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Hah!
I realized that a few days after I posted this. Eeeep. Nobody noticed during the Hallowe'en festival, and I almost thought I was going to escape without getting caught. Bonus points for you, sir!
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Char said 2674 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Not
an important mistake. Merits a Bronx cheer! :)
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Char said 2674 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
Not
an important mistake. Merits a Bronx cheer! :)
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guygrooves said 2513 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Way to
Coool I really enjoyed this Rik. I was a truck driver before I settled in with the transit company in my home city. I have a similar story about a fellow who fixed my guitar and taught me a scale to play on it. I'll save the rest for another time.
Peace
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