Happy Thanksgiving from the Towers! (and btw, winner of the Last Train contest revealed)


The entire Moscow staff (Moi) and the entire branch office in Vista, California (Tiffany) thank you all for boarding this train. We hope you had fun with it. After tallying all the bribes, the winner, to everyone’s surprise, including his own, is MIKE CASPER. Mike is the author of “The Sing-Song Child: A Love Story,” available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Song-Child-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B00Q5RTSE6)

Parisianne Modert aka Rufia Solitaire guessed ten of the authors correctly, and will receive a gift card from Starbucks in the mail for being closer to the answers than anyone else.

I speak for all of us here at the Towers that are A Word with You Press when I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday:  It takes a tough guy (Moi) to wish you a tender turkey.  We’ll announce a new contest before long.


Boxie Carr                                                        Rufia Solitaire

Mick Coolie                                                     Mike Stang

Binari Ferroviari                                             Laura Girardeau

Ona Journey                                                      Janet White

Amadeus Track                                                Derek Thompson

Dee Rayel                                                           Julie Cohen

Addison T. Peaka                                            Kyle Katz

E. Uro Rail                                                        His Moiness-in-Chief

Spike Ties                                                         Judge Chase Katz

R. Choo-choo                                                  Sal Buttaci

A. M. Trakke                                                   Parisianne Modert

Thomas                                                             Mike Casper

D. Whistleblows                                            Afrose Ahmed

Clarksville’s Last                                            Stephanie Allison

R.R. Spike                                                        Parisianne Modert

Metro L. Ink                                                    Stephanie Allison

Casey Jones                                                      Mike Casper

X. Press                                                              Kristy Webster

Chad Anyuga                                                   Tiffany Vakilian

I. Ron Spike                                                      Grant Laurence

N. Jin                                                                    Tiffany Vakilian

Clarence Odbody                                              Sharon Hightower

Toot Oot                                                             Parisianne Modert

Richard Trevithick                                          Judge Chase Katz

Carolina Tweetsie                                            Diane Cresswell

Gandy Dancer                                                    Mike Casper

C.S Exxe                                                               Christopher Delicino

A. Fusee                                                                Micheal Stang

Trackwood Von Broekn                                 Don Maker

Tren de la Fresa                                                  Wendy Joseph

D. Reichsbahn                                                    Monika Brinkman

Doubleback McGillicuddy                         MIKE CASPER

It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry   by Robert Zimmerman

Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby
Can’t buy a thrill
Well, I’ve been up all night, baby
Leanin’ on the windowsill
Well, if I die
On top of the hill
And if I don’t make it
You know my baby will

Don’t the moon look good, mama
Shinin’ through the trees?
Don’t the brakeman look good, mama
Flagging down the “Double E?”
Don’t the sun look good
Goin’ down over the sea?
Don’t my gal look fine
When she’s comin’ after me?

Now the wintertime is coming
The windows are filled with frost
I went to tell everybody
But I could not get across
Well, I wanna be your lover, baby
I don’t wanna be your boss
Don’t say I never warned you
When your train gets lost

18 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving from the Towers! (and btw, winner of the Last Train contest revealed)

  1. Parisianne Modert says:

    “On behalf of Rufia and I, we wish to thank….”
    “Yes, dear?”
    “Uncle Thorny thinks we are the same person. I mean ew…ew!”
    “Well sweetie…”
    “You’re old. I’m prime. You’re lesbian. I’m straight. You call yourself Lilith after some freaky, darkside moon goddess & you call me your Diamond Girl. I worship a real goddess, Taylor Swift.”
    “We both see your Daddy Ghost Pete everyone once in a while, don’t we?”
    “Well, yes. And the pretty white gloved lady who points at you when she visits.”
    “She’s a motherly angel Rufia.”
    “Mommy, how did Daddy Ghost Pete really die?”
    “Not here dear…not here. Thank you everyone for a wonderful contest.”

  2. Parisianne Modert says:

    Rufia and I both wish to congratulate Mike Casper, Doubleback McGillicuddy, for your well deserved victory from two excellent stories. I am very happy that you were the one to strike gold.

    • Parisianne Modert says:

      “Sorry dear, but I hit enter before I realized I left you out. I send in a correction.”
      “You aren’t the best editor, Mommy.”
      “That’s your Uncle Thorny’s business dear.”
      “Sending it now. We both applaud your win Mike.”

  3. Parisianne Modert says:

    Rufia and I both wish to congratulate you, Mike Casper aka Doubleback McGillicuddy, for your well deserved victory from two excellent stories. We are both very happy that you were the one to strike gold.

  4. Mike Casper says:

    There were so many excellent entries that I was surprised and elated to be selected as a finalist…let alone dare think that I had a shot at winning. Thanks to everyone for regarding my stories so highly. I’ll cherish the honor forever. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  5. Michael Stang says:

    Mike, I know everyone here has anticipated you winning for some time. I am thrilled. I sit early morning watching the sun rise over the buildings of Hull, in Boston’s harbor, waiting for the holiday to begin with this smile on my face, thinking of you. Thank you for keeping this light turned on.

  6. Parisianne Modert says:

    “Do you ever feel invisible Mommy?”
    “Yes, Rufia dear, I often do, but do you?”
    “Always. Does anyone even read our stories?”
    “I’m sure some do, because they comment.”
    “Like Uncle Thorny & Aunt Tiffany?”
    “A handful of others too, but I wonder how many.”
    “I meant invisible as in Ghost Daddy Pete.”
    “Would you like to hear a bedtime, ghost story?”
    “I’ve heard yours, but that gives me an idea.”
    “Tell me dear.”
    “What about a contest at AWWYP for Ghost Stories?”
    “Well, the winner this time did have a last name of Casper.”

  7. Parisianne Modert says:

    Dickens’ Christmas Carol Ghosts, Ghost Riders in the Sky, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Topper & Hamlet, countless stories about human-ghost interactions. Warning’s redemption, legend, romance, comedy or murder? A Jewish wedding in a cemetery so all the relatives can attend? A haunting, an angel trying to earn his wings or scaring off the trespassing? Anime or manga haunting you in paranormal time. Is there a linkage of time about ghosts or are you are a ghost buster? Are you Patrick Swayze with Demi Moore, resurrection, insurrection or Holy Ghost visiting Mary? Or is a ghost haunting you Mr. Editor-In-Chief?

  8. Parisianne Modert says:

    “Yes, Rufia dear?”
    “If you were the editor here what contest theme would you use, but it has to have a ghost in it?”
    “I’d choose Gordon Lightfoot’s song, “If You Could Read My Mind”. It has “a ghost from a wishing well”.
    “I prefer to read about people’s real unspoken lives , Rufia.”
    “Did Daddy Ghost Pete know this song?”
    “He use to sing it to me dear when he was courting me.”
    “When Daddy & you were young?”
    “Yes, dear, many years before your Daddy became a ghost.”

  9. Parisianne Modert says:

    “Have the Cow Towers in the land of Double Entendre become a genuine ghost castle, Mother?”
    “Seems like it Rufia.”
    “Is Uncle Thorny a ghost knight?”
    “No, dear, he’s Editor-In-Chief.”
    “He lives inside a Native American Chief ghost who can fly, haunt & hunt! Wow.”
    “Have I ever flown Mother?”
    “Yes, in jet airplanes, Rufia, but you were too young to remember our trips together.”
    “How old was I?”
    “A few months to meet your Uncle Geraldo Rivera & at three to help me find a home in San Diego.”
    “And our house has ghosts who pop in! Is Uncle Thorny going to boo visit?”
    “Doubtful, but he would be welcome to.”

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