Friday, February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010     Dow 10,0012
Mama Bear and Goldilocks had just finished cleaning up the dinner dishes when Goldilocks’ cell phone rang.
"Hi Ferdinand, Where are you? I can hardly hear you. The background noise is very loud" she complained. She jammed the phone against her ear and listened.   
"How did you get to Mexico?" She asked. "Yes, I heard their stock market set record highs."
"How did you land in Mexico?" Goldilocks asked again as the three bears gathered around listening intently.
Now, Ferdinand's voice was very loud, Goldilocks quickly pulled the phone away from her ear.  "Do me a favor, OK? I think you should call up Mrs. Santa and tell her to buy him new bifocals." 
"OK but where are you in Mexico?"
Ferdinand's voice continued to boom through the cell phone "I'm staying at Speedy Gonzales' Cheese factory. You should see all the lovely heifers who live here. Speedy is a great friend. He knows everything about flowers. This is one great country."
Mama Bear whispered, "He sounds very happy"
"But I thought you planned to go with us to Dick Whittington's Cat's wedding in India. " Goldilocks voice was a bit irritated.
"Of course I plan to go, I'm ready, I even have a present for the lovely bride." Ferdinand explained.
Mama Bear signaled Goldilocks to say good bye quickly.
"I'll get right back to you, Ferdinand. We have to call Mrs. Santa right now."
"Oh, don't worry Ferdinand, I'm sure Santa will pick you up in time for the wedding, but he can't fly anywhere until he has new glasses."
Goldilocks scrolled down her cell phone numbers. " Mama Bear this is Mrs. Santa's number right?"
"Here let me talk first, I'm sure that Grumpy Old Man hasn't told her a thing"...Mama Bear took the phone and pushed the send button.
“Merry we have a problem.” Mama Bear’s explanation tone of voice was very deliberate. “You have to talk Santa into going to the eye doctor for new bifocals. We have several in our neighborhood, if you two could fly down for a visit.”
Mama Bear and Mrs. Santa chatted for a while and the arrangements were made. Mama Bear then sat down at the kitchen table and started making a list. 
Goldilocks and Baby Bear sat down across the table and waited for Mama Bear to stop writing.
“Are they really coming? Goldilocks asked.
“They’ll be here for Valentines Day”  Mama Bear handed a ‘to do’ list to Goldilocks and Baby Bear I’ll make an appointment at the optometrists for Papa Bear, too.

Valentines Day brought new bifocals for Santa and Papa Bear.  Both gentlemen spent many happy hours reading the newspapers. The newspapers began to stack up and on Mardi Gras Day Papa Bear and Santa were reading the Business newspapers.

Suddenly Papa Bear jumped up from his chair folding his IBD newspaper in half and in quarters and pointed to a one inch news item in the right hand corner of  page 2.  He handed it to Santa who  studied the item. Santa read it out loud.
"Ponzi Scheme operator Artful Dodger escapes from Minnesota Federal Prison believed to be in route to Wall Street.  Papa Bear took the paper and continued to read the item aloud as Mama Bear, Goldilocks, Baby Bear  and Mrs. Santa gathered around. “ Believed to have stashed gold coins in the area of Wall and Broad St.”
“Santa you have to take Goldilocks out of here and maybe we should go with her.”
Goldilocks pulled her cell phone out of her apron pocket. “ Yes, but Papa Bear where should I go”
Back to the North Pole with us? Mrs. Santa suggested.
To London, I could stay with Dick Whittington. Goldilocks suggested.
"Mexico " said Baby Bear. “ Ferdinand would introduce you to Speedy Gonzales
“India and you could help with the wedding” Mama Bear said quietly.
Santa lit his pipe and the rings of smoke circled round and round and round. Everyone knew he was thinking about travel plans.
“Papa Bear do you think we could teach your RV to fly? “ 
Papa Bear nodded his head
“OK this is the plan I take Goldilocks Mexico leave her with Ferdinand. Then I’ll come back and we will give flying lessons for your RV, then Mrs. Santa and I  will pick up Dick Whittington in London fly to Mexico pick up Goldilocks and Ferdinand and you all fly to India and we all meet at  the rehearsal dinner.”
“Sounds like a plan” Papa Bear nodded his head and sorted through his key ring while Mama Bear called everyone on Goldilock's cell phone.
Mama Bear put the cell phone into Goldilocks' apron pocket then ordered “Go get your suitcase Goldilocks and don’t forget you new dress and be sure to put on your hat and scarf and mittens.”
Everyone trundled up to the roof to the sleigh. Santa grabbed the reins for the sleigh and signaled the reindeer  “I’ll be back in the twinkling of an eye. Climb in Goldilocks. Rudolf find Ferdinand they tell me you dropped him off in Mexico at a cheese factory”

Monday, January 11, 2010


Papa Bear explains the events at Artful Dodger's Trial.

Dinner dishes finished. Mama Bear and Goldilocks gathered around Papa Bear.  Baby Bear was already asleep in Papa Bear's lap.
"Tell us everything that happened at the trial" Goldilocks waited while Papa Bear gathered his voice.
"OK First of all it was a Bench trial and Artful Dodger threw himself at the mercy of the Court. That means he confessed everything to the judge.
Art explained that one day he was walking down the street and he saw an abandoned briefcase next to the curb on Wall street.  He picked it up and looked inside to see if the owner had left some identification and then he would find the owner and maybe get a reward for his efforts.  He said that inside he found a smelly tuna fish sandwich, about $500 and a stack of papers, but nothing that would identify the owner.  He said he found a Deli, ordered his lunch, and started reading all of the papers.  After reading a while he figured the briefcase owner was running a pretty good racket. The guy was selling certificates for oil futures, promising he would double their money in weeks and then keeping the money in his own pocket.  
Art decided that it was a pretty good scheme. He bought himself a suit and tie and couldn't believe that people just fell for the whole scheme hook line and sinker. He could fill up his new briefcase with cash several times a day.
However once in a while his old customers would catch up with him and he would have to cash in their certificates.  For a while he didn't mind but then September 15, 2008 happened. Remember Goldilocks that was the day he tried to steal your hair and I had to give him a good swift punch.  He was desperate. 
Artful Dodger told the judge about that too. The Judge gave me a high five and winked.
He said he went underground until he saw the Bear family leaving town.  He said he shaved his head, bought a new three piece suit, and a new briefcase.  He made up a new sales pitch and hit Wall Street with an even better Ponzi scheme.  
Then he said, Papa Bear imitated Art's tenor voice, "You know Judge, some of those guys will fall for anything.  I was selling them shorts on real estate, gold certificates, long certificates on oil.  If I had actually bought the stuff I was selling I could have made some money too.  However I didn't I just kept the cash, but I did buy silver and gold coins. " 
The judge search through a huge stack of papers and finally asked Art where he hid the coins.
Papa Bear imitated Art's voice again, "I'm not telling you, or the police, or the FBI, or the SEC.  When you lock me up the secret will be my passport in prison. "  
Papa Bear leaned over toward Mama Bear and continued. "The judge seemed to understand exactly what Artful Dodger was saying.  He asked Art's attorney for help. Papa Bear changed his voice to a growl,  "Can you talk him out of his silence and retrieve the coins so we can pay back Art's investors ?" 
The attorney shook his head very sadly saying  'NO'
The Judge slammed down his gavel and pronounced the sentence, Papa Bear returned to his growling voice, "Twenty years in Minnesota and if you tell your attorney where the coins are stashed then I'll reduce your sentence."
Art told everyone thank you even the judge.  Then the policeman took him away.
The judge and Art's attorney talked to me for a few minutes and asked if I could do anything to find the coins and I told them I had been out of town during the time period they were talking about. " 
"Papa Bear," Goldilocks explained. " You know he will escape. No jail has ever held him."
Mama Bear nodded her head.  "Wonder where he hid the coins?" Then she picked up Baby Bear and everyone said "Goodnight"
Goldilocks stood there for a minute punching into her I phone search 'Federal Prison Minnesota' results: Near Mayo Clinic elderly and infirm prisoners most are Mafia Dons.
She said to herself "They plan for him to escape."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

goldilock Jan 10

Goldilocks ran into Mama Bear's kitchen. Baby Bear was right behind her.
"Is Papa Bear home yet? Baby Bear questioned as Mama Bear tried to give him a hug then saw he was covered with beads of honey.

Do you think Papa Bear will have news today about Artful Dodger?"  Goldilocks questioned Mama Bear as she leaned over the kitchen sink and turned on the faucets.  She picked up Baby Bear and scrubbed off all the honey.

"We sold a 1000 bowls of porridge today at the Kiosk"  Goldilocks explained as she handed Baby Bear over to Mama's waiting towel.
She continued talking "Papa Bear says Art will be in jail forever, he tried to run a Ponzi scheme with oil futures." 

Mama Bear set Baby Bear on the table drying his eyes and ears and then suddenly turned to Goldilocks. "Did Ferdinand answer his phone?
"Yes, he said he's going to the wedding. He heard that India has lots of single heifers."
Baby Bear and Goldilocks heard Papa Bears keys in the door. 

Baby Bear tumbled off the table and tripping over each other both ran to the door to open it.
"Papa, papa what happened to Art today?" they questioned simultaneously .
"It's a long story, I'll tell you after dinner, OK?"