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Re: Characterization

Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 10:53

The radio talk show host did a pretty good job of trashing old Slacker, no? Ha, ha, haaaa! Key Wes!

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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2015, 10:54

gali wrote:I agree with bookowlie and thought as well that the people judged Slacker too fast.
Particularly the Hooks.
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Post by gali » 14 Oct 2015, 10:55

Lee Stone wrote:The radio talk show host did a pretty good job of trashing old Slacker, no? Ha, ha, haaaa! Key Wes!
He did, lol. I never suspected Slacker though. 8)
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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2015, 10:57

Lee Stone wrote:The radio talk show host did a pretty good job of trashing old Slacker, no? Ha, ha, haaaa! Key Wes!
His name was pretty funny. In fact, pretty much all of the characters' names were cool - Blinky, Conch, Honey and Rusty Hook, and, of course, Slacker. Can you imagine going to work in an office and telling your new boss, "My nickname is Slacker"? :lol:
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Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 11:11

bookowlie wrote:
Lee Stone wrote:The radio talk show host did a pretty good job of trashing old Slacker, no? Ha, ha, haaaa! Key Wes!
His name was pretty funny. In fact, pretty much all of the characters' names were cool - Blinky, Conch, Honey and Rusty Hook, and, of course, Slacker. Can you imagine going to work in an office and telling your new boss, "My nickname is Slacker"? :lol:
You touched on something that made me laugh at myself when I wrote it. Once little Harry Mills' mother started calling him Slacker, her expectations of him seemed to disappear. He took note and started signing his school work with the Slacker handle ... hoping his teacher's expectations would go away too!

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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2015, 11:35

He wasn't such a slacker when it came to doing the activities her loved....or should I say activity. :) I wish his grandfather had come to live with him in Key West while he was alive. They would have had a lot of great time together, not just the short trop his grandfather took.
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Post by gali » 14 Oct 2015, 11:42

bookowlie wrote:He wasn't such a slacker when it came to doing the activities her loved....or should I say activity. :) I wish his grandfather had come to live with him in Key West while he was alive. They would have had a lot of great time together, not just the short trop his grandfather took.
I agree and wish the same.

Actually I thought it was bad of him mom to call him thus. What kind of a mother gives her son such a nickname?!
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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2015, 11:46

I agree. Still, it was nice to discover later in the story that his mom had invested the money his grandfather left for him, to be put aside for him. She might not have be positive in the way she treated him as a child, but at least she wasn't greedy.
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Post by gali » 14 Oct 2015, 11:47

bookowlie wrote:I agree. Still, it was nice to discover later in the story that his mom had invested the money his grandfather left for him, to be put aside for him. She might not have be positive in the way she treated him as a child, but at least she wasn't greedy.
A good point! :)
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Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 11:50

gali wrote:
bookowlie wrote:He wasn't such a slacker when it came to doing the activities her loved....or should I say activity. :) I wish his grandfather had come to live with him in Key West while he was alive. They would have had a lot of great time together, not just the short trop his grandfather took.
I agree and wish the same.

Actually I thought it was bad of him mom to call him thus. What kind of a mother give her son such a nickname?!
A very frustrated mother! Hey, I want to pay tribute to you, owlie and gali. You are both very attentive and retentive readers. You amaze and please me with your recall. Do either of you write? I'd love to return the favor.

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Post by gali » 14 Oct 2015, 11:56

Indeed and I understand your point. Still as a mother myself I would never give my kids negative nicknames, no matter how much they frustrate me at times... :wink:

Thank you. I just write reviews, but thanks all the same. :)
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Post by Lee Stone » 14 Oct 2015, 12:04

Slacker didn't like the nickname at first either ... seemed like harsh treatment of a son who put so much fresh fish on the family dinner table!

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Post by bookowlie » 14 Oct 2015, 12:24

Lee Stone wrote:
gali wrote:
bookowlie wrote:He wasn't such a slacker when it came to doing the activities her loved....or should I say activity. :) I wish his grandfather had come to live with him in Key West while he was alive. They would have had a lot of great time together, not just the short trop his grandfather took.
I agree and wish the same.

Actually I thought it was bad of him mom to call him thus. What kind of a mother give her son such a nickname?!
A very frustrated mother! Hey, I want to pay tribute to you, owlie and gali. You are both very attentive and retentive readers. You amaze and please me with your recall. Do either of you write? I'd love to return the favor.
Thanks for the kind words. I am not a writer, but it's nice of you to offer! I am a little too attentive and retentive at times. If I wasn't so afraid of guns or the risk of being around criminals, a police detective would have been the perfect career for me. :)
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Post by Christinar81 » 21 Oct 2015, 09:43

bookowlie wrote:Believe it or not, my favorite characters were Rusty and Honey! I loved that they took Jerry's ideas and ran with them. The setting of the bar where the locals gathered regularly reminded me of Luke's Diner in the Gilmore Girls TV show.
I agree with you about the Rusty Hook. It had the same feeling of Luke's Diner or the bar from Cheers where all the locals come to gossip. I often wish my town had someplace like that. Rusty and Honey were also my favorite characters in the beginning, but they turned on Slacker so quickly. I found it hard to like them then.
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Post by bookowlie » 21 Oct 2015, 10:06

I agree about Rusty and Honey. It's weird, but I took it personally when they turned on Slacker so quickly. :)
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