Thursday Thirteen #9

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
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Thirteen Things about Mark Caldwell as though I was a character in a (badly written) detective story…

  1. He was tall, not too tall. Tall enough to have to duck through low doors. Tall enough to be asked to reach things down from high shelves.
  2. His gut had the the soft padding of years of pleasant eating and to much time working at the web face rather than the coal face.
  3. His hair was dark with a few blond strands and maybe the odd white one too. It varied in length from short to slightly too long.
  4. Like his gut his face was soft. Once the skin had been tight, a little gaunt, now though it had a soft lived in quality.
  5. His nose was in the middle of his face where it ought to be.
  6. His eyes of indeterminate colour sat behind rimless glasses resting high on his nose. It hadn’t moved from its proper place.
  7. His teeth were all there all his own originals. They looked well looked after like teeth that had taken a lot of abuse to get in the right place so he didn’t like the idea of losing any of them.
  8. A dark shadow showed around his jaw. After shaving his face was free of the of it for a second or two but then it returned.
  9. A little fine, dark hair peaked from the open neck of his shirt and from under the coughs of his shirt.
  10. His hands were small, out of size with the rest of him. Too small to be pianist’s hands. They wern’t the hands of a man who did a hard days labouring. They were soft like his face and his gut. The only marks were a mess of paper cuts and a couple of chunks of scars on the finger tips of his left hand. If you looked really hard at his right hand you might find a saw spot from holding a pen but it had almost faded into history.
  11. He kept his nails short and clean. The lengths uneven, cut with scissors but bitten off when one broke. They could have used a bit of work with a file but that just crossed too far over the line from personal hygiene into preening.
  12. For a man with a soft gut his legs were surprisingly muscular. Maybe he walked places.
  13. Like his hands his feet appeared small for his size. The shoes were clean and looked after. They needed to be as he inflicted a couple of miles on them every day.

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2. Kim Rees
3. Barb
4. Selena Kitt
5. Joan
6. Wolfbernz
7. Sue
8. karen (miscmum)
9. Starrlight
10. Gabriella Hewitt
11. dew
12. pussreboots
13. YellowRose
14. Damozel
15. she
16. Fence
17. Rene Lyons
18. rhian
19. SusieJ
20. Lori
21. Sparky Duck
22. Di
23. Thomma Lyn
24. Robin
25. MissMeliss
26. Sword Girl
27. Karina
28. Vic Grace

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27 Responses to Thursday Thirteen #9

Vic Grace Friday, May 11th, 2007

Sounds like a perfectly normal computer geek to me

Karina Thursday, May 10th, 2007

What a wonderful idea for a TT!!! Very cool! I may have to borrow it somewhere down the line in my TT travels.

Mine's up, but it is simply 13 different ways for me to vent about my crazy week at work. Not nearly as creative as yours!

Sword Girl Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I love guts! They can be used as a pillow. :-D You are very creative; I saw the tree picture down below in WW, and I thought that was one of the best from last week. :-D

Agapetospaidiske Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I didn't watch NCIS the first season it was on. I started watching it this season, and thought it was fine. Then i realized that one of the guys was also from Dark Angel and I've loved it ever since.

MissMeliss Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Hah, this is great. But now I've got film noir stuck in my head.

Robin Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Brilliant! I love it.

I can almost visualize the bad lighting...

Thomma Lyn Thursday, May 10th, 2007

LOL! That's marvelous. :-D And I'm so glad that none of your facial features have moved from their proper positions! ;-D

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Di Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Your #7 about the teeth made me turn back to the page in The Whistling Season (which I am reading right now) to share this description:

"His voice was sized to the rest of him, but there was an odd clack to it as if it had been out of use a long while. Something about his face was out of kilter, too. It was as if the upper part belonged to one countenance and the lower part to some other. I only figured it out when Turley, still glowering across the ranks of desks at Morrie, opened his mouth to say more. He had false teeth, but just the uppers. The bottom of his mouth was an ugly, sharp ridge of gum line. From sentence to sentence, the choppers on top gnashed away and then the pink gums below leered out."

Sparky Duck Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I love the description of the gut, kinda sounds handsome. And its always good to have the nose where its supposed to be

Lori Thursday, May 10th, 2007

lol...love your list.

Rhian / Crowwoman Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Nose in middle of face - resulted in coffee spewage. Damn that was funny.

Rene Lyons Thursday, May 10th, 2007

So, we have the same gut. heh.

Fence Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Happy T13, I love "For a man with a soft gut his legs were surprisingly muscular. Maybe he walked places."

she Thursday, May 10th, 2007

ROTFL. Great (and very original) list this week. Loved the description of the teeth!

damozel Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Okay, that ROCKED. Loved it. That is a meme in itself.

YellowRose Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Very creative, I got a very good idea what this detective is like! Good descriptions!

Happy TT!

dew Thursday, May 10th, 2007

This was so creative. Love it!

gabriella hewitt Thursday, May 10th, 2007

This actually does sound like the character description in many of the mysteries I read while living in London.

That said. You're brave. I'd have a hard time not slicing off several pounds of weight and ignoring some of those wrinkles around the eyes...LOL!

Starrlight Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Nose in middle of face is good! Happy TT! Mines up =)

Miscellaneous-Mum Thursday, May 10th, 2007

LOL - well, now you have the hero to your tale, you need the villain. Who's that going to be?!

Sue Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I agree with the others, this is very creative! Happy TT .. :)

wolfbernz Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

#5 made me... LMAO
That was great.
Happy TT

Joan Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Oh, I really like this idea! I might try describing myself as a character in a novel. My TT is not nearly so original, but it is posted.

Selena Kitt Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Very creative! Kudos! :)

Barbara Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Why not write the story now? pretty good!!

Check out my TT

Kim Knox Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

LOL - you and your gut may have to forego the Everyman desserts for a while. But then so must I *grin*

Tink Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Well, sounds like an interesting character to me! I'd like to read that detective. ;-)
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