Al and Marge got up a bit earlier than usual this morning, so Al turned the TV on, tuned to Channel 8, in anticipation for KSWS-TV to sign on air...Back in those days, TV stations would go off the air for the night until morning. KSWS-TV already had their test pattern up, which showed up on that Zenith television...accompanied with that >woooooo< sound being transmitted with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On1b2TCbnUc "Care for some coffee while I get breakfast ready?", Marge asked Al as the coffee was already brewing "Yes I would, thank you", Al answered as he turned the TV volume down just enough so that >woooooo< sound wouldn't be so loud. As Marge almost had the coffee ready, Clarence was the first cub who woke up being that he sleeps on the pull-out sofa in the living room...As Al helped Clarence fold in the pull-out bed back into being a sofa, Jed and Rex woke up and came into the living room, not expecting the TV test pattern to still be on. "Good morning, everyone", Marge said to the cubs as she brought Al's coffee to him. The cubs yawned and one by one said, "Good morning, Mom". That >wooo< sound with the morning station sign-on only goes for about 10 minutes, then about three or four minutes of, what the cubs call 'boring music', plays along with the test pattern before the actual program broadcast begins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvQ2VC28GM "There's one of those pookey TV test songs", Rex said, and everyone chuckled. Donna finally woke and came into the living room as the TV was still playing music with the test pattern still up. "Hello, little one", Al greeted Donna. Donna yawned, then said, "Hi'. Then the music on TV stopped as the test pattern went off, followed by, "This is Television Station KSWS-TV beginning another broadcast day. Channel 8 on your television dial. Today is Thursday, February the 18th...And it is cooold this morning...". Marge had breakfast ready as KSWS-TV was announcing the morning local temperatures during the weather report, "...And in Roswell this morning it's 20 degrees, Albuquerque 18, Alamogordo also 18, Estancia, Carrizozo and Duran also coming in at 18. Corona 20, Tucumcari 21, and Fort Sumner a little warmer at 22...And in case you haven't been outside yet if you live in Vaughn or Santa Rosa, just hope your winter fur hasn't molted yet...a brisk chilly 11 degrees..." At the dining table, Rex asked Clarence, "Did you know Channel 8 has the tallest TV tower in the world?" "Right here in New Mexico?", Clarence replied. "Yup", Jed answered. "But I hear there's in Maine that's bigger now". "They built that one just last year", said Al". "They're both even taller than the Empire State Building". "Bigger than the biggest building!", Donna proclaimed as she proudly held up a spoon. "And taller than the World Trade Center?", Clarence asked. "World Trade Center?", Al asked as the family thought Clarence was talking about a flea market or a mercantile store...or possibly a city civic center which would be a little taller. "These TV towers are higher than fifteen hundred feet", Al said to Clarence. "Oh, I do know they are", Clarence replied. "But...I guess the World Trade Center didn't get built yet, did it?". "Evidently not", Marge said. "No one's ever heard of it". "It's gonna be these two buildings in New York taller than the Empire State Building. Tallest ever in New York City", Clarence said to everyone's surprise. "But nine years before I was born, terrorists blew them up with airplanes". "Oh my gosh! That's horrible!", Marge exclaimed. As everyone pause a moment from eating breakfast, Marge asked, "Al. Now that we know this is going to happen someday, is there something we can do or say to prevent it?" "I don't know what we can do", Al answered. "It's not like we can go to the authorities and tell them...Hey look, we have a son from the 21st Century. And he knows about these sky-scrapers that haven't been built yet, and that saboteurs are going to blow them up forty years from now". "Yea. I see what you're saying, Al", Marge admitted. "That would get someone hauled away in a straight jacket". "There's nothing we can do", Al affirmed. "Besides that. Since Clarence arrived in that time machine, I've heard Poindexter Fox on several occasions warn against tampering with past and future time eras". "Mom! Dad! I know what to do!", Jed proudly proclaimed, then asked Clarence, "Clarence. Do you know what day that happened...Or I mean will happen?". "Yea. September 11th...In 2001. That's why they call it 911", Clarence answered. Then Jed Coyote announced his seemingly brilliant idea, "That will be when I'm about fifty years old. I'll just remember to go warn someone on September 10th, 2001. That won't be messin' with the future like Poindexter says. It will be the present by then". "I'm sure by then, you can give it a try, Son", Al advised Jed. "But I can tell you now, no one will believe you until it happens...They could even perceive your warning as a threat". "And after it happens, they might think you had something to do with it", Marge told Jed. "Jeepers. I didn't think about that", Jed admitted. By then, the family came to the conclusion that the attack on what will be the tallest buildings in New York City in 2001 was among the many future events that fate has destined to someday happen. "There are lyrics in a song which I guess applies to this situation", Marge said. "What ever will be will be". "Yup", said Al. "The future's not ours to see". Referring to the song; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpIutjXvK5c Thus, the family now knew of the 911 attack that would take place 41 years into the future, on the World Trade Center twin towers that were not yet built in that day and time. As everyone resumed enjoying breakfast, Al told the cubs about that 'cheater plug' adapter he mentioned to Marge about, the evening before. "When W M Hindi opens, I'll go over and see Zachery Bobcat about getting one", Al said. "And it will work with my laptop charger, right?" Clarence asked. "All that round prong is is a ground", Al assured Clarence. "As long as the two flat prongs can plug into the sockets this house has, it will work". "Awright!", Rex exclaimed. "We'll have it going again". "I'm gonna draw Tom and Jerry", Donna said. "I'm happy for the cubs we got that solved", said Marge. "That seems like such a wonderful toy to just let it sit idle". "I have a feeling it's made to be more than just a toy", Al told Marge. "It is", Clarence affirmed. "In the 21st Century, even grown ups use these for work in offices and stuff. You can even send messages on them...It's called e-mails". "Can you show us how that e-mail you said works?", Jed asked. "You have to have another laptop for the e-mail to go to", Clarence said. "And without an internet, it won't work anyway". "In this day and time, Clarence's laptop is only good for drawing and artwork", Al informed his oldest son, Jed. "The Wordpad still works", Clarence mentioned as he briefly explained what that also is. "A space age typewriter to us", Al replied. "Instead of typing it on paper, you save it on that flashdrive recording device". "Gee. What would it be like to travel to 2018?", Jed asked. Marge told oldest son Jed, "If you live to be old enough, you'll someday see that day and time". Al then asked Clarence, "I was wondering something out of curiosity. Will most homes have three prong power receptacles in 2018?". "They all do", said Clarence. "I never saw these kind of sockets like you have here where I came from in 2018". "You were right about that, Marge", Al said to Marge. "I figured that had to be", Marge replied. As everyone was finishing breakfast, that southbound Southern Pacific freight train could be heard in a distance approaching Duran. "You cubs better get on out to the bus stop", Marge said. "Yea, once that train goes by, it's not long before the bus gets here", Al added. Thus it was a good thing that train always did come through Duran at the time it does...Otherwise, everyone would have continued conversing, and the cubs would have missed the bus. With that said, the cubs grabbed up their books and homework, made sure they had their lunch money, and hurried out to the bus stop. An hour after the cubs left for school, the W M Hindi store opened, and Al walked over to get the adapter. The store did have them in stock, thus Al was able to purchase one to bring back to give to Marge so the cubs will have it when they return from school that afternoon. A little while after Al returned to the house with the adapter, it was getting time for him to leave for work...Al was back on daytime work hours again. Al and Marge hugged and kissed, then Al got into the car, and he was off to work.
______________________________ At work, Al Coyote and Samuel Weasel had gotten caught up ahead on project assignment they had going, so Al had some spare time to drive out to the time machine landing site to see how everything was coming along. Upon arriving to the site, Al checked the rear view mirror, making sure there were no other cars within sight before pulling off of Highway 54, then driving over to behind the rock formation where the scientists were working on the machine. The crew out there this day were Harold Wolf, Woodrow Raccoon, Lenard Wolverine, Johnny Ferret, Greg Otter and Poindexter Fox. As Al Coyote drove from out of view of Highway 54, the others already knew it was Al as they recognized his 1960 Chrysler 300. Al then parked just past Woodrow Raccoon's '58 Edsel...well out of view of the highway. "Hello Al", Greg Otter greeted Al as he stepped out of the car. "Thought I'd drop by and see how it's going", Al replied, followed by the other animals greeting him. "Poindexter and I did get the problems figured out that Harold and the others encountered early yesterday morning", Greg told Al. "We're still at a dead end with what we encountered before we left here yesterday afternoon", Lenard Wolverine added. "Yes, we're far from being out of the woods it would seem", Poindexter further added. "What's wrong?", Al asked. "Let me see where to begin", Poindexter said, then explained, "Okay...The first process of how this machine works...Or should work had it not been damaged...The machine first has to establish a time avenue, by which it can navigate in order for a jump through time to even be possible". "Seems similar to how prior to a lightning strike, a step leader is established for the main bolt to follow", Al mentioned. "The process in which this machine is designed to operate on is that very same exact concept". Poindexter Fox affirmed. "Here is only part of the problem we are dealing with...The system in by which this machine establishes that time avenue had sustained considerable damage during Clarence's trip here to the present...Without the ability to establish that time avenue, the machine will not work". "Can't it be fixed?", Al asked. "That's just it", Woodrow Raccoon interjected. "We have not yet been able to master the technology in order to complete a design for that system. In this day and time, we have only the beginnings of engineer sketches for a few of the components...which none of it yet exists on our technical drawings. And it might be years before we can develop all the successful prototypes needed for that system". Poindexter then mentioned, "Since Clarence arrived in this machine last week, we now do have this machine here in this present day and time. Greg and I have been attempting to back-engineer that system from what we can see on the actual machine". "Keep in mind it's still a 1970 machine we're attempting repairs on with our present day 1960 know how", said Woodrow Raccoon. "Still doesn't sound so good, does it?", Al asked. "It's not as dire as it would seem, being now we have the machine here with us", Greg Otter assured Al. "After all, we were designing everything from scratch before Clarence brought the machine to us". "So it can soon be fixed", Al surmised. "Possibly", Poindexter answered Al, then gave two case scenarios..."The scenario we quite naturally are hoping for is that we can get this machine fully operational within this year, or optimistically, within a month or two. Then Clarence can be reunited with his original family in 2018...We no longer have to design everything from scratch. We hope to figure out how to refurbish this machine we now have". "And the other scenario?", Al asked. Poindexter Fox continued, "What we're trying to avoid is, letting it come to being about or near the year 1970 before we have the know how to get the machine operational...Although this is still 1960, we do know we will at least have the technology by then. Johnny Ferret obtained records off the machine's activity archive system that show the completion date as January 24th, 1970". Johnny Ferret assured Al, "If we would not have the needed technology by then, I would not have gotten records from the machine's activity archive system showing the machine's year of completion being in 1970". "That makes sense", Al replied. Al then said, "Well...If THAT happens...That would mean Clarence would live with the rest of us through the decade of the 1960s, growing up in the 60s before he can go back to 2018...Would his biological family even know him as an 18 year old?". "That's why if the machine can't be fixed until 1970, Clarence would be sent back to 2028 and not 2018", Harold Wolf mentioned. "By the time Clarence is eighteen years old, his rightful place in time will be in the year 2028". "I never got involved in Project Courier, so pardon me for asking, "Al mentioned. "But in that given scenario, would Clarence even be with his same family?...or with a time duplicate of a family?". "Of course he would be with his actual family", Poindexter Fox replied. " This might explain it...Right now, I'm age 33. I became an adult in 1945. In 2018, I will be 91...Which I will still be alive then, so Clarence indicated in a conversation we had Tuesday evening at the lab...Now that doesn't mean between those eras in time that I'm three Poindexter Foxes now does it?". "That would be silly come to think of it", Al replied. "It would be", Poindexter mentioned. "I'm still the same Poindexter Fox. Just different ages at any different given time era. It's still me, like with anyone else". Harold Wolf then mentioned, "If you were to send Clarence from 1970 to 2018 as an eighteen year old, that would cause him to go through the rest of his life always being ten years older than what he should be". "Yes, I see what you're saying. In that given scenario he would be eighteen in the year 2018", Al agreed. "When he should be eight years old in 2018", Harold affirmed. "So by the time he would live ten years of his live into 2028, he would be twenty-eight in 2028 when he should be eighteen", "Yea, I see that now", said Al. "Al, you expressed concern of Clarence's originally family knowing him if he can't leave us until 1970", Poindexter reminded Al. "Yea I did", Al replied. "In case things do happen that way, find out from Clarence where his home in the 21st Century will be. So in that day and time, your cubs and grand cubs...also you and Marge if you're still alive by then...can get a chance to explain to Clarence's original parents and siblings who he is", Poindexter Fox advised. "Clarence had already showed us where that is during a trip into Vaughn", Al assured Poindexter. "It's presently an empty field off of Highway 54 and 60 right now". "According to Clarence, I myself will someday be acquainted with the family by then", Poindexter said. "Though I'd have to make to 101 if that time turns out to be 2028". After talking with the others a while longer, Al eventually said, "I should be getting back to the lab". That's when Harold Wolf advised Al, "Al. When you get home this evening, there's no need to mention the possibility to Marge and your family of the machine still being down until 1970. We might have this thing fixed in a few months, and there wouldn't be any need of upsetting Clarence and having Marge and the cubs feeling sorry for him". "I'll just tell Marge everything's coming along good then", Al agreed. Lenard Wolverine added, "We still haven't given up on it. And if we do come to a point where we know we have to wait until 1970, We'll deal with that then". "That will work", Al said, getting into his car. Harold Wolf had Johnny Ferret look out for approaching cars before Al drove out from behind the rock formation, then onto Highway 54.
______________________________ Also on that day, Bucky Beaver's parents went to see Attorney Alfonzo Weasel about bringing a small claims court case against Reginald Pitbull and his wife Diana for the doctor bill stemming out of Reginald and Diana's son, Biff, beating up Bucky. Much to the dismay of Bucky Beaver's parents, Attorney Weasel told them, "I hate to have to tell you this, but you'd be wasting your time and mine. Reginald Pitbull is good friends with the mayor and a judge here in Estancia. And unfortunately, he has a lot of politician friends and associates in Albuquerque as well. In this part of the state, I'm sorry to say a law suit against Reginald Collindale Pitbull won't even get off the ground". For a while, it seemed like that doctor bill would have to come out of the clip-on wallet of Daddy Beaver...However, after Bucky's parents talked with elementary school Principal Monty Wolverine over the matter, Monty Wolverine made arrangements for the Torrence County School System's liability insurance to pay out a claim for Bucky Beaver's doctor bill and any other related expenses. ______________________________ Oh by the way, It was now 3:00 in the afternoon, and school was letting out for the day...And today was also the first day of Biff, Richie and Gaston's scrubbing sidewalks for an hour after school. And they were hauling that water in pails like Principal Wolf said they'd be doing...No water hose, even though with temperatures near 40, it wasn't cold enough for water to freeze in a hose. It was all so tempting for the three of them to say, "Fuck this bullshit" and skip out on it...However, they knew all too well that high school Principal Clayton Wolf meant every word about "reform school being only a phone call away"...And they didn't want to take a crack at assaulting Clayton Wolf either...Doing so would have been a special kind of stupid...It didn't take rocket science to figure out that it would have been a really quick way of getting hurt, and hurt really bad, and then going to reform school on top of it. About 10 minutes into the job, Principal Wolf left the pitbull bully threesome under the supervision of janitor Rufus Opossum, who doesn't normally get off work until 4:30 in the afternoon anyway...And Rufus Opossum didn't cut them any slack either. "If they give you any static, Rufus, just let me know tomorrow morning", Principal Wolf said to Rufus Opossum. "I sure will", Rufus replied. "I don't think these boys will give me any problem". Just before Clayton Wolf left, Gaston Pitbull asked him, "It's not down to freezing right now. How come we still hafta carry water in pails?". "Because I said so", Clayton Wolf replied as he was leaving to go home. "You wanted games, you got 'em". "Good nuf answer for ya?", Rufus opossum rubbed it in on Gaston. Janitor Rufus Opossum was fond of the students who attended school there, and he thought a lot of them...But Rufus never did like Biff, Richie and Gaston. Just before Rufus Opossum was about to go inside to sweep the floors after school let out", he told the pitbull youths, "And you better not be denting any of those pails if you know what's good for ya...Now I'm going inside to do some sweeping, and I better see some progress when I come back out here". Rufus didn't really care about dents in the pails...In fact, most of the pails already had a small dent or two in them anyway...This was just a good opportunity for Rufus Opossum (pardon the pun) to 'dog' the three delinquent pitbull bullies. On the way to the building, Rufus Opossum called back to Biff, Richie and Gaston, "And don't let me catch you with your paws on any hoses". Once Rufus went inside, Richie mocked Rufus. "You better not dent those pails. Don't touch the hoses. Or I'm gonna tattle tail on you to Principal Wolf. Ynah ynah ynah ynah ynah". "Damn it I'd like to deck the livin' shit out of that dick head Opossum", Biff retorted. Of course, Biff, Richie and Gaston knew all too well they better not dare even think of laying a paw on Rufus Opossum...And Rufus Opossum knew that Biff, Richie and Gaston knew it too. "Who in the Hell died an' made that fuckin' son-of-a-bitch King anyway?", Gaston added as the three pitbulls went back to scrubbing. After the delinquent threesome had been scrubbing the sidewalk for a while, Gaston mentioned, "Here comes King Ring Ding", as he, Biff and Richie noticed Rufus Opossum coming back outside. As the three delinquent pitbulls continued scrubbing the sidewalk, Rufus Opossum looked at a section of sidewalk where they already been...The section had been properly cleaned, however, Rufus thought it would get his jollies off to have them go back and scrub that section all over again. "You stooges call that section of sidewalk back there clean?", Rufus Opossum asked the pitbulls. "Go back there and clean it right". "What are you talkin' about?!", Richie retorted to Rufus Opossum as he took a look at the already cleaned sidewalk section. "It looks clean to me!", Biff retorted. "Not to me it don't", Rufus insisted. "Do it over, and this time do it right". "We just cleaned that, and it's clean!", Gaston retorted. "Look at it!" "It's not clean. You're just lazy, that's all. And I know so", Rufus Opossum taunted Biff, Richie and Gaston. "Just back off and let us do this job!", Biff scoffed at Rufus Opossum. "Can it right there, hot rod!", Rufus Opossum reprimanded Buff. "I'm giving the orders around here! Not you! Principal Clayton Wolf put me in charge of you three clowns. And if you don't like it, reform school just might be right up your alley". "You ain't got no say so to send us to reform school!", Gaston retorted at Rufus Opossum. "You don't run this school". "But Principal Clayton Wolf does", Rufus Opossum replied. "And true I don't run this school. But I've been put in charge of running you three nut jobs right now...You don't like it, tough. As Rufus Opossum went back inside, he called back to them, "And don't you forget. I'm keeping an eye like a hawk on you immature delinquents". Once Rufus Opossum was inside, Richie mocked Rufus, saying, "I'm in charge around here. I'm the head cheese. Clean that side walk again. Principal Wolf promoted me to King Opossum Shit". "King Opossum Shit aright", Biff added. "I'm gettin' really pissed off taking orders from that smart ass, eggs over banana split opossum". "Aye yi Captain Eggs Over Banana Split, Sirrrrrrr", Gaston mocked. "Hey, here he comes", Richie notified Biff and Gaston as Rufus Opossum stepped outside. "You're not out here to talk and have a circle jerk", Rufus Opossum called out as he came back outside and caught Biff, Richie and Gaston standing around and complaining. As the delinquent pitbull youths went back to scrubbing, Rufus Opossum exclaimed, "Your wimpy scrubbing ain't gonna clean that sidewalk. Put some good ole elbow grease into it". When Gaston dumped another pail of water on the sidewalk, much of it ran off the side and into the grass. "Very brilliant, Ding-a-ling", Rufus Opossum retorted at Gaston. "The more water you waste like that, the more water you have to haul...But I guess you three lack the common sense to figure that out, don't you". Then Rufus Opossum noticed that was the last pail that had water in it. "YOU THREE NINCOMPOOPS GET THOSE PAILS BACK TO THAT BIB AND GET SOME WATER OUT HERE!", Rufus Opossum hollered at Biff, Richie and Gaston. As the three pitbull youths were hauling more pails of water out to where they were scrubbing the sidewalk, Rufus Opossum told them, "You three must think you can clean something without water. You're really stupid...A special kind of reeeeaaally stupid...Why, I bet if they put something the size of your brains in the edge of a razor blade, it would look like a pea rolling down an eight lane highway...I bet when they were pawing out brains, you three thought they said trains, and said no thanks, my cousin has plenty of them. If I had my way, you three would be sent back to kindergarten where you belong". Once Biff, Richie and Gaston got the water and were back to scrubbing, Rufus Opossum told them, "Watch how hard you're pushing on those pole brushes. You break them, you pay for them...Then you'll be on your paws and knees with block brushes". Then Rufus Opossum went back inside to restock the restrooms with soap, toilet paper and paper towels for the students to have tomorrow morning. "I came really close to ramming this pole brush up that fucken' ass, shit headed, bastard ass, son-of-a-bitchen' opossum's ass. I swear I did", Richie ranted, though he knew, had he done so, that would be all Principal Wolf would have needed to make that phone call to the Torrence County Sheriff's department to have the three delinquent pitbull youths taken to reform school". Gaston added, "I can picture that stupid ass opossum now, standing in Principal Wolf's office with that pole brush still hanging out of his ass, saying, Oh look Mr. Wolf. Look what they did to me. Seeeee? Lookieeee. See the pole brush they stuck up my ass. Oh look, Clayton. Are you gonna send them to reform school now?". "That damn opossum's a real brain damaged pain in the ass", Biff said. "Janitor who thinks he's a fuckin' Emperor". "Looka meeeeee", Richie mocked Rufus Opossum. "I'm Emperor Eggs Over Banana Split Rufus Opossuuuuuummmmme...And a toilet brush is my scepteeeerrrrr...And a toilet is my throooonnne". "I'd like to cram that rat tail, smart ass opossum's head down a toilet", said Biff. "One that ain't been flushed in a month". "Speak of the Devil, he's comin' back out here", Gaston said as he noticed Rufus Opossum coming back outside, which the three pitbull youths went back to scrubbing the sidewalk. "Don't look like you three got a lot done since I was out here a few minutes ago", Rufus Opossum said as he approached the pitbulls. "Wait 'till I tell Principal Wolf tomorrow on you boys". About now, the blood of Biff, Richie and Gaston was at the boiling point with anger. Rufus Opossum then went back inside to finish up his afternoon chores before getting off of work. "I'd just love to slap slam that batty opossum", Biff retorted as he , Richie and Gaston hauled more pails of water to where they were working, then went back to scrubbing on the sidewalk. "I bet Principal Wolf put that dizzy brain opossum up to this shit", Gaston retorted. "You know he did", Richie exclaimed. School had been let out since 3:00...and detention time was suppose to end at 4:00. Though the delinquent threesome didn't have a watch to know that it was going past 4:00. Rufus Opossum came out and announced, "It's 4:15 guys. You three must like it here". "No shit. Let's get outa here", Gaston said to Biff and Richie. "Ah ah...You got equipment to put back away first", said Rufus Opossum. "Why didn't you tell us it when was 4:00?!", Biff retorted. "You didn't ask", Rufus Opossum wisecracked. "You should have kept tract of the time anyway, Booboo". "How do you expect us to know what time it was!", Biff replied in a very angry tone. "I could have told you what time it was", Rufus told Biff. "Time for you to buy a watch. Maybe that money you three morons spend on cigarettes and booze could have been used to buy a watch...Oh oh oh! I forgot...That money wasn't yours to spend anyway, because it was lunch money you stole from elementary school cubs you beat up". "WHO TOLD YOU THAT?!", Biff retorted. "None of your business", Rufus Opossum answered. "And I'll ask the questions around here. Not you...Get it?...Good". Right then, Biff pitbull came only seconds within deciding to pound Rufus Opossum's ass from one end of the school yard to the other...But he knew if he did, Principal Wolf would have him in reform school right along with Richie and Gaston tomorrow morning. "Maybe your cheapskate daddy who makes all that money building houses should by you a watch, huh", Rufus Opossum continued. "YOU LEAVE MY DAD OUT OF THIS!", Biff ranted. "DON'T PUSH ME!". "YEA!", Richie added. "Don't push you or you'll what?", Rufus asked Biff..."You'll do what?" Biff Pitbull was at about that time seeing red, and was mad enough to kill Rufus Opossum. "Of course you do know the longer you stand here and argue with me, the more time goes by before you boys get out of here", said Rufus Opossum. "As for me, I get paid overtime past 4:30 and you don't...It's no fur off my back". Rufus Opossum then ordered..."Now you three brainiacs get this stuff put up before you get out of here...Oh yea...And you still got to put de-icer where you got water on the sidewalk. Principal Clayton Wolf said so...It's suppose to get down to freezing tonight you know". "Who gives a fuck what Principal Clayton Wolf says", Gaston Pitbull muttered as not to be overheard by Rufus Opossum. "Fuck him". After Biff, Richie and Gaston put the equipment away, Rufus Opossum got some de-icer from the utility room for them to put down on the wet portion of the sidewalk. Thus it was 4:27 before the pitbull youths were allowed to leave. As Biff, Richie and Gaston were leaving, Rufus Opossum told them, "Well, I clock out in three minutes...It's been fun, boys. See you guys tomorrow". The three pitbull youths were so pissed off by the time they got into the car, Biff floored his dad's '59 Cadillac as hard as it can go on the way out of the student parking lot, and must have burned an eighth inch of rubber off the rear tires as he left a huge cloud of rubber smoke on the way out...The car fishtailed for 200 feet as Biff kept the accelerator floored, flying like a mad-dog driver down the street. Come tomorrow, Biff, Richie and Gaston will have the same crap to deal with again after school...Needless to say, they were not looking forward to couple of weeks more of it either...three weeks more of it for Biff.
______________________________ Back at the Coyote Family's house in Duran...After the cubs had arrived home from school that afternoon, Marge presented the cheater plug to the cubs, that Al had dropped off that morning, so the laptop can be plugged into a two prong receptacles the home was equipped with. Now the battery can be charged, and in practically no time at all, and before long, the cubs were having fun creating all kinds of art cartoons and sketches with the drawing tablet. Only Clarence and Rex's class had homework to do that evening...However, there was the house rule, the TV still doesn't come on when cubs still have homework that was not yet done...Thus Jed and Donna were allowed to continue drawing with the laptop and drawing tablet until Rex and Clarence got their homework done. Then it was TV time, for a while anyway. Plans were already made to invite neighbors, Frank and Wanda Coyote, with their offsprings; Jerald, Dotty and Cheryl, for a friendly game of dominoes that evening.
When Al had returned from work later in the afternoon, Marge told Al how well that cheater plug adapter worked. Then Al gave Marge another update about the progress that had been going along on attempting to get the time travel machine repaired...Al did follow Harold Wolf's advice not to worry the family with that possible 1970 scenario. Al did mention that Poindexter Fox and Greg Otter had that day been working on the machine. After the discussion concerning today's progress on the time machine, Marge commenced to preparing supper, while the cubs continued watching cartoons; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9IdcVG0Z-s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2O5tMUQmBI Supper was ready right around nightfall, thus the TV was turned off and everyone came to the the dining table to eat. Not long after the family finished supper, Frank, Wanda, Jerald, Dotty and Cheryl dropped by, which they walked over being it was only several houses down the street. "Come on in", Al invited them in as he opened the front door. "Glad to have you over", said Marge. "Getting to be another cold night", Frank said as he hobbled in with his cane. "It sure feels like it", Al replied. Everyone else greeted as teenagers, Dotty and Jerald, and 8 year old Cheryl came in. Cheryl put an arm around Clarence to give him a hug, which Clarence was a little bashful. "Aw, how sweet", said Dotty. "Looks like we got two little lovers here", Wanda added. Marge had baked some cookies for everyone, and prepared some Wilkins brand coffee for the adults, and Kool-Aid for the cubs. Marge asked Frank and Wanda's teens, Jerald and Dotty,"You want coffee or Kool-Aid?". "I'll take coffee, please", Dotty answered. "Kool-Aid is cubs stuff. Make mine coffee too, Mam", Jerald said to Marge. "Kool-Aid ain't cubs stuff", six year old Donna exclaimed. "Then would you rather have coffee, Sweetie?", Dotty teased Donna. "Oooo, coffee, no way. Yuck", Donna replied as everyone laughed. According to Donna's reply, Kool-Aid must have been 'cubs stuff ' after all. The radio in the living room played turned low, and the fan in that Seigler oil heater ran with it's usual soft hum, as the dominoes were dumped out onto the living room coffee table, shuffled, then divided out to begin the first round. During the dominoes games, adults; Al, Marge, Frank and Wanda sat on a sofa at the coffee table, teenagers; Jerald and Dotty sat on chairs pulled up to the ends of the table, while Cheryl along with Al and Marge's cubs sat on pillows on the floor along the other side of the table. Clarence didn't understand the game at first...The only thing he had ever seen done with dominoes was setting them up in a row, then having them fall in sucession. As the first round of dominoes began, everyone did teach Clarence how it was played. Clarence and Cheryl, sitting together, would sit snuggled up to each other, leaning away only when it was their turns to make a move during the game...Everyone found how Clarence and Cheryl were sitting together to be so darling and cute. Although it was obvious that Clarence and Cheryl were very affectionate toward each other, Al and Marge, along with Jed, Rex and Donna, knew all to well that if the time machine can be repaired, this would be a cubhood romance that will some day end in sorrow when Clarence is able to return to his rightful place in time in 2018, while Cheryl's rightful place in time while at age 8, is with her family presently in 1960, which Cheryl's rightful place in time would not be in 2018 until she is 66 years old...Al and Marge never thought of how this could be explained to Frank and Wanda. But after all, being that the time machine can't be made known, Al and Marge decided it was better for Clarence and Cheryl to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. However, Frank and Wanda's family still knew nothing of a time travel machine, and were still thinking that Clarence was born in the year 1952, and during some recent time became an orphan before Al and Marge adopted him...Thus they had high hopes that Clarence and Cheryl would continue to be sweethearts, and sometime in 1970 or thereafter, the two of them would get married and start a family. As the families continued playing dominoes for the evening, the station that the radio in the living room was tuned in to played a relaxing and beautiful selection of music; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dni5_UL1Ggo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV591gpe91E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSQqLef23HY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oe_iHgQ_B0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYOPP66FZXM
Everyone had a good time that evening. It was late that night, and getting bed time by the time Frank and Wanda's family walked back to their house.