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Ten Cent Taters

Pickin' taters to make some money

19 total reviews 
Comment from Debbie Pope
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This is awesome, Robert. I'm surprised the Mickey Mantle card is worth only a few hundred.
But as to your story, I love it, and I will definitely be checking out some of your others. Growing up in the sixties myself, of course I love that time period. Kids were stronger then. Thank goodness we did not have socil media.

 Comment Written 14-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 14-Oct-2019
    Hi Debbie. I believe social media is "herd media." There is nothing social about cyber bullying or what I call "disgracebook." I see no redeeming value in any of it. Thanks for reading and reviewing the story. I have many of the "Bevo" stories I will be posting. I'm looking at publishing them in a printed anthology next year. Need to do a lot of work before then to clean them up. I don't know the latest price on the MM rookie card but it is a LOT. Robert
reply by Debbie Pope on 14-Oct-2019
    I?ll be watching for them
Comment from Katherine M. Kean
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This is very vivid and full of imagery, from the texture of the rotten potatoes to the rotten smell. The notion as well that he had to work so hard for his day, and clean up so hard, being totally unaware of how much money he held in his hand from the baseball card is exremely powerful.

 Comment Written 12-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 12-Oct-2019
    Thank you Katherine. I appreciate your positive review and generous comments. I'm always happy to hear from you. You only need to smell a rotten potato one time. You will remember it for life. robert
Comment from Jerome Goldberg
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Poor Bevo. Although he is not the only one to through away what would later become valuable baseball cards and comic books. But, never the less, I would not hire as my financial advisor. Maybe he needs a kiss from Ralphie.

 Comment Written 12-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 12-Oct-2019
    Hey Jerry. Thanks for reading and reviewing. Ralphie didn't like this story because Bevo ruined the Mickey Mantle card. I reminded Ralphie he can't ride a bike. He jumped up on the couch and went to sleep. Robert
Comment from BeasPeas
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Very nicely done, Robert. I identify with your story of Mickey Mantle, Bevo and the extra baseball card. When I think back to the "objects" I parted with, not knowing their value at the time, it makes me wish I'd kept them. Marilyn

 Comment Written 10-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 10-Oct-2019
    Hello Marilyn. Thank you very much for reading and reviewing the story. I had boxes of cards that disappeared when I entered the Army in 1967. I guess we can all say that. That's why they are valuable now. Robert
Comment from Sandra du Plessis
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A very well-written introduction to the planned series about Bevo's childhood adventures and hard work for a little money and when baseball cards were holding value to young boys.

 Comment Written 10-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 10-Oct-2019
    Hello Sandra. Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem about taters. This story was a brief introduction to Bevo. There are lots more adventures coming. Robert
Comment from aryr
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What an interesting start for the story of Bevo. I think anyone who has dealt with potatoes has come across a bad one and you described it perfectly. It was an odor that clung to you. I do adore your picture of your muse, Ralphie, he is adorable Robert.

 Comment Written 09-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    Hello aryr. Thank you for reading and for your positive review. Rotten potatoes might be the stinkiest things in the world. Ralphie has been here about six months. He makes me laugh and keeps me on my toes. Robert
reply by aryr on 10-Oct-2019
    You are so welcome Robert, yep potato stinky is bad. I do so love Ralphie and even his name lol.
Comment from Mystic Angel 7777
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This meets the Club Challenge splendidly, my friend. You deliver a complete and thoroughly engaging story in exactly 250 words. The content is engaging and easy to follow. Poor Bevo could have made a mint on that card today LOL. Well done and thank you very much for sharing it.

 Comment Written 09-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    Thank you M. I appreciate you reading and reviewing the story of Bevo. I'm considering posting many of the stories in a series that I have written about him. Some are very dramatic and others are just very silly. They run between 1500 and 2000 words each. Robert
Comment from Spangle
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LOL You do have a way of posting off-beat exceedingly excellent postings my friend! I enjoyed this thoroughly.

However, there's a technical point that I'm not sure about. There may be new varieties now so I'm outdated; but, growing up, potatoes were never 'picked'. We dug them up because they were attached to the root system.

If I could, I'd be tempted to give you a six for your artwork!!! :-)

 Comment Written 09-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    Hi Janet. Thank you so much for your positive comments and review. I have dozens of these eclectic stories. Most of them are 1500 to 2000 words. I guess you could say pretty much everything I write is off-the-wall. It usually whatever strikes me that day. When I picked potatoes as a kid the farmer had a wagon that he pulled behind a tractor. It would dig up the mounds where the potatoes were and it would shake the dirt off the potatoes and drop them back onto the ground. That's when we would pick them up and put them in the baskets. The rotten ones were just absolutely awful. Robert
reply by Spangle on 09-Oct-2019
    Phewy!! Rotten potatoes are the pits! LOL
reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    OH YEAH!!!!
Comment from Sally Law
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Oh, haven't we all done this. My sons, too. Boxes of baseball cards live at my house, unkept and unattended. No Mickey Mantel though. Just a Honus Wagner rookie card.
Sal xo

 Comment Written 09-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    Hello Sally. Every time I got a nickel when I was a kid, I went to the store to buy a pack of baseball cards. I had tomato baskets full of them. In later years when I went off to the Army they all disappeared. Honus Wagner was one the most famous baseball cards ever printed. Mickey Mantle rookie cards are valuable but the Honus Wagner card is way more than that. Thanks for reading and reviewing my story about Bevo. My baseball cards are all gone, but I still have the memories. Z
reply by Sally Law on 09-Oct-2019
    I don?t really have a Honus Wagner. It?s worth a fortune if in mint condition. :]
reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    That is the most expensive card of all time. I wish I had the ones I left behind in 1967. :(
Comment from Maria Jose Garcia
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So this is really about you?
I enjoyed it very much.
I love this sentence:yucky, white, stinking mess that smelled like a skunk and looked like sour cream.
Thanks for sharing.

 Comment Written 09-Oct-2019


reply by the author on 09-Oct-2019
    Hello Maria. The me say it this way about Bevo. I worked in potato fields when I was a kid and that's how I know Rob Cadiz stink so badly. A lot of the Bevo stories that I've written are semi- autobiographical. Thank you for reading and for your favorable remarks about the story. Robert