Tales of the Punchies—Mitchum and Arnold Stack Wood

Deep within the Punchy Cave, Mitchum the Blue and Arnold the Orange were stacking wood.

“Boy this is tough work,” Arnold managed, after dropping a stack of wood in place. “This is hard!”

“Yeah.” Mitchum wasn’t happy. “And since Humphrey and Sylvester are on vacation, we’re the ones doing all the work. There’s no other Punchy to help us.”

Mitchum looked closely to see if Arnold would object to his last statement. No doubt he wanted him too.

“Well, there’s Kirk,” Arnold said.

“Yes, there is,” Mitchum said. “I’d forgotten about him. But, remember, he can’t help us because Punchy Murdoch said that he can’t work after spraining his little toe.”

“That’s not fair!” Arnold said angrily. “Look at me! I think all my fingers are sprained.”

Mitchum nodded. “And I sprained my nose.”

“Let’s go talk to Kirk,” Arnold suggested.

Both Punchies tramped off towards the meeting room.

Kirk was sitting, with his feet up, at the oak table, sipping—ever so loudly—Cups of Blueberry Jam.

“Ah, Mr. Orange and Mr. Blue,” he said upon seeing them, “hast thou both finished the mission?”

“No.” Arnold said it bluntly, too.

Mitchum nodded. “Nope at all did we finish.”

Kirk sat up suddenly. “But my father, the great Punchy Murdoch, ordered that you stack that wood! I’d help…but…my little toe…”

“Hey, Kirk,” Arnold began, “why do we need wood? We’re in a desert.”

“Yeah!” Mitchum said, finally realizing what he should have realized hours ago. “We’re not going to be starting any fires!”

“Wrong,” Kirk said happily. “Tonight we will burn a huge fire outside the cave in Punchy Murdoch’s honor. It’s his birthday.”

Both Arnold and Mitchum were silent.

“Oh…” Mitchum finally said.

“Gee, Kirk,” Arnold mumbled.

“Now back to work,” Kirk said. “So tonight we can have fun.”

Arnold and Mitchum left.

Kirk laughed to himself. “Imagine when I tell them tonight that they have to drag the wood back outside in order to make the fire.”

Kirk laughed, then he laughed a little more.

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124 Responses to “Tales of the Punchies—Mitchum and Arnold Stack Wood”


  1. 1 Hazy March 2, 2014 at 12:55

    Kirk is such a bossy, blueberry-jam-sipping bossypants. He seems to be bossier than before… I feel kinda sorry for Mitchum and Arnold.

    What’s the fire for? Just to burn wood for Punchy Murdoch? No roasting or anything?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:20

      :lol: He sure is! (Lovely way to put it.) Yes, me too. But they deserve it.

      Yes, just to burn. It would be better if they cooked something.

      • 3 Hazy March 16, 2014 at 14:07

        :lol: (thank you!)

        Yes, it would indeed.

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke March 16, 2014 at 19:20

        :lol: :D

  2. 5 L. Marie February 28, 2014 at 13:42

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again: No wonder they need a leader. They’re so gullible! I’m hoping a revolution is in the works.

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:19

      Sometimes Humphrey takes over, but it’s usually the same difference.

  3. 7 Tonia February 27, 2014 at 19:09

    omygoodness to gosh! I just wanna choke that Kirk on his jam..! May his eyes turn purple when the jam rises upward.

    Those poor fools dont have enough sense to know they are being exploited. Poor guys. You know i have inlaws like this..who think the rest of us should tow the boat and they get to ride…i wanna send them to punchy land with a few punches..har har!! :)

    ok, so,…tomorrow do we get a video..please, say Yes..??!!

    p.s. we do light fires in the desert..at night, when the breezes are cool and there is a moonlight, and we relax under the stars, smiling down at us for we have happy bellies and good companionship. :)…plus we like to roast marshmallows and converse about the matters of the world. :)

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:08

      :lol: Lovely expression, Tonia. :lol: And great insult. He was rude, for sure!

      Haha! Tonia, you understand the situation perfectly. Would you ever visit the PL, do you think?

      Yes! You sure do. :)

      So, was Kirk right, then?

  4. 9 bardictale February 27, 2014 at 18:39

    He is mean! I think I shall spike his blueberry jam with hot sauce.

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:06

      Yes, yes! Thank you, Bard. And maybe Tobasco?

      • 11 bardictale February 28, 2014 at 07:44

        That’s a bit overkill, no?

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:18

        What should happen then?

      • 13 bardictale March 1, 2014 at 17:07

        No idea. Exploding heads are only in cartoons, yeah?

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:51

        And in the PL!

      • 15 bardictale March 3, 2014 at 04:45

        Oh dear…

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:24

        Yes?

      • 17 bardictale March 4, 2014 at 04:55

        Exploding heads make an awful mess.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 13:34

        That’s true. We’ll just have to be far away when it happens, then.

      • 19 bardictale March 4, 2014 at 20:27

        Ah, so we will be adding hot sauce to his jam then?

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 00:18

        Yes, do you agree?

      • 21 bardictale March 5, 2014 at 17:33

        Indeed I do. His cruelty must be stopped!

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:20

        At once! Thanks, Bard. Speaking with you clears the air. :D

  5. 23 walt walker February 27, 2014 at 18:28

    Working with a sprained nose! How dreadful. I once sprained an ear lobe and was laid up for days. But I am a bit of a sissy.

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:05

      :lol: Was it painful?

      • 25 walt walker February 28, 2014 at 04:32

        Was what painful?

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:17

        Your sort of sprain?

      • 27 walt walker March 1, 2014 at 01:11

        Have you never sprained an ear lobe? Excruciating. I hope I am spelling that correcly. I suppose I could google it, but that seems like a lot of work.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:35

        It does seem to be too much work. No, I never did, and I know I will fear doing so.

  6. 29 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 27, 2014 at 17:48

    Is Kirk trying to teach them a lesson? I have a feeling that he must be. Either that or he has no friends and is a bully.

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:19

      I think he likes to take it easy and let others do the work. Doesn’t he seem snobbish?

      • 31 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 27, 2014 at 20:58

        It seems the professor may want to also put his feet up and let Audith write….never mind. :) Very snobby…are you snobby, too?

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:19

        :lol: I’m sorry… I don’t know. What is snobby?

      • 33 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 28, 2014 at 05:30

        Don’t be sorry!!! It doesn’t matter…who cares what it is…I love reading your very important stories.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:18

        Thanks, Audith. :)

  7. 35 Debbie February 27, 2014 at 16:01

    Kirk sounds mean — and quite selfish. Bet his popularity rating isn’t high either. And it must have been quite warm in that desert, especially for work as hard as chopping wood.

    • 36 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:18

      Not at all, actually. Sometimes he’s displaced and Humphrey assumes command. Yes! Definitely too warm. I’d have refused.

  8. 37 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 15:29

    :lol: I bet Kirk has a really evil chuckle! I want to know how Mitchum sprained his nose…

    • 38 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:14

      You know, I don’t know! Is it possible? (You like Kirk, huh?)

      • 39 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 21:05

        Well, if you don’t know, how am I supposed to?? Who’s supposed to be the creative one here, eh??? (I’m not sure – but I’d like to see him and DS go head-to-head in an evilness contest. Of course, my Schwarzy could beat them both…)

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:20

        We all know you’re way more creative than me. Gee, everyone knows that. Can’t you please tell me? I thought he was lying, personally.

        Why Schwarz? How you harp on him!

      • 41 FictionFan February 28, 2014 at 16:13

        Hah! I wish! I can only assume he was rolling the logs with his nose – strange, but Punchyish.

        Poor jealous Prof! I can’t help it – he’s so fascinating!

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:28

        I’m actually sure that’s how it was down. I should try, huh?

        He is. :D So is DS, though.

      • 43 FictionFan February 28, 2014 at 19:30

        Yes…and video it.

        Oh, the Sausage is OK, but not in the same class as my Schwarzy. He can’t sing nearly as well for a start…

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:30

        You would’t want to see a video.

        Oh, yes he can!

      • 45 FictionFan March 1, 2014 at 21:53

        Yes, I would!

        Well…I think we need a contest so I…er, I mean we…can be the judge…

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:12

        No, you wouldn’t!

        :lol: So interesting. Remember this comment for Friday, FEF!

      • 47 FictionFan March 3, 2014 at 13:14

        Would!

        Ooooh!!! How exciting!!!

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:27

        Wood not.

        :D

    • 49 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:53

      Let me know if that ever happens…I’d like to watch.

  9. 50 Bethy February 27, 2014 at 14:54

    Blueberry jam does not seem like an appropriate morning drink.
    And Kirk was just mean. I’ve seen people sprain their little toes and get around just fine.

    • 51 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:14

      Yes, so have I. Definitely not an excuse to not work. He needs beaten, but Punchy Murdoch affords him all kinds of things.

      The jam thing…doesn’t seem appropriate ever! Wouldn’t you try it?

      • 52 Bethy February 27, 2014 at 20:53

        Poor little “rich” boy? Or if we go for the current theory he’s just plain lazy and won’t make himself do anything. Which is worse I think.

        Nope. I prefer my jam on gluten free bread that tastes good…and it’s rare enough that you find that!

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:16

        Or he could just think that he’s really really great. That might be it, too.

        I agree with that! It’s hard to find a good piece of toast anywhere. I like honey on toast instead. :)

      • 54 Bethy February 28, 2014 at 14:28

        Some guys do think that without any outside encouragement.

        Ah…you know I might go for honey on toast if I didn’t like making different kinds of jam/jelly. I have in my freezer mango raspberry, blackberry (seedless of course), and strawberry. Almost time to make some more strawberry again for the coming year before the season ends around here!

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:24

        That’s true.

        I didn’t know you make jam/jelly! (You probably told me…) That’s so cool. Mango sounds awesome. The professor has a strawberry patch. :D

      • 56 Bethy March 1, 2014 at 19:51

        No way! A strawberry patch? I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted one and it just hasn’t worked out. Strawberries are my favorite.

        (I might not have mentioned it before?) I’ve made jam/jelly (mostly jam) since I started trying to get rid of high fructose corn sugar out of my diet. I do think that making my own (since I have more time then money) is cheaper, definitely gives me more control over the ingredients.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:55

        They’re lovely. I had one, then it died, and I found a leaf growing, and I planted it! Hope that makes sense.

        And I’m sure it tastes better!

      • 58 Bethy March 3, 2014 at 14:58

        Way to go! You must have a green thumb. I’m horrible at paying attention to gardening.

        Depends on who you ask! I like it better that’s for sure.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:35

        We’ll see. This will be the first year. If they die, my thumb is most definitely purple.

        :D

      • 60 Bethy March 4, 2014 at 16:10

        :D
        Purple is a nice color too. :D

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:40

        When it’s a lightsaber–especially!

      • 62 Bethy March 5, 2014 at 01:00

        ooooo yeah chickit!

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 15:56

        :D

      • 64 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:52

        Kirk has a dirk? How…poetic.
        I’m not sure that the Punchies are ever appropriate.

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:33

        In truth, it’s true.

        Why not?

      • 66 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 18:04

        They march to a different drummer.

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:26

        That’s for sure!

      • 68 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 22:02

        Have you seen them march?

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:17

        No, do they look grand?

      • 70 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 19:02

        I don’t think they look exactly grand…

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:54

        Why not?

      • 72 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:59

        Too punchy.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:33

        I wonder how I’d march…

      • 74 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:50

        In a wobbly way.

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 16:09

        Humph noodles. Is this an insult?

      • 76 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 20:09

        Because your knees, you said, are wobbly.

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:33

        Well, sort of. You see, I used to be terribly fast and athletic. Played sports all the time. But I’ve gone downhill in the last two years. People laugh when I say it (especially in person, as I found out last Friday) but it’s either true, or I’m insane.

      • 78 Susan P March 6, 2014 at 19:49

        As long as you’re happy, it doesn’t matter if you are true or insane. We’re all mad, don’t you know?

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:44

        The professor isn’t!

      • 80 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 16:50

        Perhaps not in the Punchy Lands…

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 21:08

        :lol: :lol:

      • 82 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 22:16

        :D

  10. 83 Simply Suspicious February 27, 2014 at 14:50

    The punchies are odd gullible creatures. Is it just their nature to have hues of color or is it due to all that gunky blueberry jam drinking? yuck….

    • 84 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:13

      Definitely gullible, you got a great point there, SS. It’s their nature, I assure you.

  11. 85 The Dancing Rider February 27, 2014 at 14:36

    Oh UGH, that dadblamed cup of Blueberry Jam again.

    Kirk makes me want to perhaps step on his foot! The one with the sprained toe! :)

    • 86 ladycheetah7 February 27, 2014 at 15:18

      Totally agree. And sitting there sipping on blueberry jam is gross-tastic. I would have a mind to drop a piece of wood on his foot for kicks and giggles.

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:14

        But what if he pulled out his dirk?

      • 88 ladycheetah7 February 27, 2014 at 18:26

        What’s a dirk?

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:05

        It’s a Scottish knife, I think.

      • 90 ladycheetah7 February 28, 2014 at 01:26

        Then he deserves to get shanked back.

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:35

        Just from carrying a knife?

      • 92 ladycheetah7 February 28, 2014 at 02:13

        If he uses it then he should expect to be cut back. And he shouldn’t pull it out to provoke. That wouldn’t be nice.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:15

        No…I suppose not…

    • 94 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:13

      :lol: It sure its.

      My goodness! But he’d get mad. Don’t you like him?

      • 95 The Dancing Rider February 27, 2014 at 22:03

        I can’t say I don’t like Kirk (or Punchy Murdoch, lol) generally, but what a cad here, in this little story!

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:23

        :lol: Love the part in parenthesis. He definitely is, DR!

  12. 97 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 14:25

    I think I just spraindeth my brain. :lol:

    • 98 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:12

      :lol: Oh dear. Really?

      • 99 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:45

        The Punchies will do it every time.

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:33

        Are they crazy?

      • 101 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 18:04

        Probably not. At least, not in their definition of it.

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:26

        You’re right. Too Punchy to be crazy.

      • 103 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 22:01

        :D

      • 104 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:50

        How do the punchies affect the Professor?

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:33

        Do they?

      • 106 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 18:04

        Don’t they?

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:26

        Na!

      • 108 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 22:01

        Bang-it!

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:16

        Humph noodles!

      • 110 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 19:01

        Watch your language, Professor. ;)

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:54

        *takes out his pipe*

      • 112 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:59

        Is it a lead pipe, or a smoking pipe?

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:33

        Smoking pipe!

      • 114 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:49

        That is such a manly man kind of thing to do. My great grandfather used to smoke cherry pipe tobacco.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 16:09

        Seriously? Now that is coolio.

      • 116 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 20:08

        You got that right, Chickit!

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:32

        I got that righter you mean.

      • 118 Susan P March 6, 2014 at 19:48

        Of course. And I got it lefter. Rats and a heifer, Professor!

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:44

        :lol: :lol: Now, wait a minute. I’d like to get it lefter too.

      • 120 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 16:51

        Lefter goes with righter.

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 21:08

        Hmm…I like lefter…

      • 122 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 22:16

        You didn’t leave her in St, Louis, did you?

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke March 8, 2014 at 20:46

        :lol: And you know, I read that again, and it did sound like that! I starred in that movie, you know.

      • 124 Susan P March 8, 2014 at 21:18

        :D


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