A 100-piece puzzle

August 4, 2009

Recently, The Dollar $tore, a Chicago-based live lit show, came to the Brookline Booksmith.  Here’s how the show works, according to the Dollar $tore website:

…Each writer is given an item purchased at a local dollar store (mundane to insane) and a month to craft a story (fiction or non-) that involves the item as directly or obliquely as the author wishes. The item is then put on display during, or incorporated into the performance.

Through a very kind friend who works at the Booksmith, I was invited to perform on the show (except instead of writing a story, I was asked to do a rap).  Here is a picture of my dollar store item:

state map

Lucky me!  I already have a rap about the USA and the states in it.  But in addition to “Official State Mottoes,” which I’ve been performing for over a year, I wanted to take up the challenge and write something specifically for the occasion.  So I challenged myself to solve a different 100-piece puzzle: creating an anagram of the two-letter postal abbreviations for all fifty US states.  Here are those abbreviations:

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

And here is the anagram I came up with – it’s in the form of a dialogue between Person One and Person Two.

Fact: Many-state land is world’s most rocking.  Know which land?
I know!  Hmmmm…  Damn.
“Damn?!?”  Ninny!  Putz!
J.K.!  Viva America!
Exactly.  Viva.

One Response to “A 100-piece puzzle”

  1. Guth said

    Love it! Viva indeed. Just peed my pants laughing watching some of your videos.

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