Yesterday – after I had sent this little lady on her way
something strange happened here. That doesn’t come as a shock, does it?
The BBC had gathered and presented me with a selection of items that confused me. Frankie, their spokesbear, said it was “a recipe for success”. It included a goat, a hot steak, a trout and a plate of peas.
As you can imagine, I immediately had to figure out what was going on. After a lengthy discussion, it seems that they had eavesdropped on my telephone call to Dr. T. Bear. (I had contacted him for advice on how to work out the best deal between the BBC and myself.)
They had heard only my end as I made notes on, and repeated, the advice I was getting from Dr. B. This is how it went:
Dr. B: Now here is how you can remedy this mess.
They heard: Recipe for Success
Dr. B: You must negotiate gently.
They heard: the goat she ate
Dr. B: You need to mediate the differences.
They heard: the meat he ate
Dr. B: There is a lot at stake.
They heard: a hot steak
Dr. B: It is important to sort it out.
They heard: a poor little trout
Dr. B: Then you can come to a place of peace.
They heard: a plate of peas
Naturally, they presumed that the recipe for success included food – even if it seemed like a strange combination. It appears the negotiations with the BBC will be taking a little longer. This is due to the fact that, at present, I have a goat tied to a tree in my front yard munching on some peas and I have to find out where he belongs before he begins to munch on my azaleas.
The BBC will return; we just have to work out the terms.
“Terms!” I said, “Terms! Terms, not worms!”
Oh well, I’ll let you know how it goes.