Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Code Red

Four of my five drops made it into buckets yesterday. Not bad considering I spent 35 minutes in my car, lost and looking for the Chili's Bar and Grill (apparently located less than 7 minutes from campus). And, that was WITH my GPS! No, Monday wasn't winning any awards.

What I don't have in sense of direction, I like to think I make up for in my sense of fun. Raindrops in buckets are fun, it is true. But, raindrops written in code have to be the equivalent of red galoshes, deep puddles, splashing, and singing in the rain.

We'll keep yesterday's rainstorm going, but today we would do it while wearing red galoshes. Today we'll write our raindrops in secret code.

So many codes, so little time.

How about Ray Latin:
If the first letter of a word is a consonant, move it to the end of the word, and add the letters ray. If the consonant sound is made of two or more letters, like sh or ph, move all of them.
  • blog = logbray
  • phone = onephray
Silly Spaces:
Put a space after each vowel rather than after each word.
  • A re we ha vi ngfu ye t?
Dots and Dashes
-.-- --- ..- -.- -. --- .---, .-.. .. -.-- . -- --- .-. ... . -.-. --- -.. .
Code for, "You know, like Morse Code."

Of course you can use the old, twist-a-piece-of-paper-around-a-pencil-then-write-the-note-and-unravel-the-paper trick, as is pictured at the top of today's post. The only thing the recipient needs is her own pencil to decode your message.

Or, you could use our code of choice today - By the Numbers. Here we write out the alphabet and then, beginning at an agreed upon letter (for us it will be "R"), each letter is assigned a number. I'm using dashes between words.
  • 16 18 5 14 - 18 3 - 10 - 6 17 18 1 21. Code for, "Give it a whirl."
So excited am I about red galoshes, I'm going to do two things:

Right this very minute I am going to pull the names of three people from my Random Acts of Kindness Bag. If your name is drawn, you will receive a coded message from me in the mail late next week. Once received, decode your message and post in the comment section for that day's post. Be first and you will win a prize. And the winners are:
  • 22 18 2 3 8
  • 14 1 18 12 10
  • 12 1 18 2 3 18 23 14
Second, I am going to suggest that today we send one another coded rain drops. Pick another reader and use our By the Number Code to send your message. I'll start...

12 17 10 24 3 18 12,

8 24 4 1 - 14 10 1 21 8 - 22 24 1 23 18 23 16 - 25 24 2 3 2 - 10 21 6 10 8 2 - 17 14 21 25 - 2 14 1 - 10 - 23 18 12 14 - 3 24 23 14. 3 17 10 23 20 - 8 24 4!

Think this is fun? This book is $6.00 at Barnes and Noble (cheaper if you have their membership card). Think of the fun you, your kids, your neighbors, and co-workers could have!

2 18 16 23 18 23 16 - 24 15 15 - 4 23 3 18 21 - 3 24 22 24 1 1 24 6...


24 comments:

Heather said...

This is fun but I just spend my whole morning decoding those messages! haha.

Yesterday was a FULL, FULL day and I definitely didn't hit my quota of 5 drops so I'm making a commitment to do 5 today.

As for readers I'll have to work on my coded message at lunch time otherwise I'll be late for work =).

Chaotic said...

that is just great!! Back later, spent morning catching mouse (not mine, a walk-in)

Katie K said...

I love codes! Fun post, Claudia!

I will be back later this morning with my coded message for another reader!

BeeKayRoot said...

This is making my brain hurt! yikes.

Peggy said...

I agree with Brian! I have 1 minute before I have to get ready for work... this is a task that will take at least two minutes...I check in throughout the day to see who knows how to break the code!

Sorry, I failed with my droplets... people at work were crabby...honestly.. I didn't even want to speak to them with the weird vibes they were giving off! I know I should have.. but I hate it when I'm all happy and goofy and their 'like'.... all that! Know what I mean?

Chaotic said...

I got it!! LOL... lesse...

25 14 16 16 8,

23 24 - 6 24 1 1 18 14 2!!

2 24 22 14 24 23 14 - 17 14 1 4 -
6 18 21 21 - 17 14 21 25 - 8 24 4.

Cheryl said...

I love code!

I got one drop in yesterday. ONE! But, I think part of this drop in the bucket thing has to be a little bit spontaneous with all the deserving that needs to be included. Am I rambling or what!

Okay, okay... I have a lot to do today to wrap up things here before I leave on vacation so I will try to get my coded message in the 12:30 to 1:30 hour while I'm at the Concierge desk. Hopefully we won't have too many guests!

Eesray ouyray aterlray!

Claudia said...

Yeah, Chaotic! Your message to Peggy is 100% correct! Thanks for playing along. Now... did you decode the message I sent in my post to a lucky highlowaha reader? You should!

Claudia said...

Nicely done, Cheryl. See you later too, Cheryl.

Anonymous said...

De-coded Claudia's post... is it me or could one number/letter be off on the 7th word???

Here's mine:
12 17 14 1 8 21,
21 24 5 14 8 24 4 1 1 10 8 2
24 15 2 4 23 2 17 18 23 14!!!

This is tough!

aka Peggy at work @@

Robin said...

OMG! You guys are giving me a headache! LOL

I have like 12,000 words to write before 7/1 and they have to make sense. You're distracting me...

How do you turn this thing off????

*comes back to peak again later to see if anyone will send her cheats so she can play too!*

Katie K said...

11 1 18 10 23,

18 – 21 24 5 14 – 3 17 10 3 – 8 24 4 – 17 10 5 14 – 2 3 10 1 3 14 13 –
1 14 10 13 18 23 16 – 3 17 14 – 11 21 24 16 – 14 5 14 1 8 13 10 8!!!

18 – 17 24 25 14 – 8 24 4 –
6 18 21 21 – 25 24 2 3 –
3 24 13 10 8!!!

Robin said...

2 3 10 12 18 14- 8 24 4 - 10 1 14 - 10 - 16 1 14 10 3 - 22 24 22!

B Joyce said...

Okay, okay! Since you demanded through code I will comment for the first time. Katie K has me hooked on the blog! I admit it!!!!

Claudia said...

Peggy, Katie, and Robin... Your participation has made my day and I am sure will make the days of Chaotic, Brian, and Stacie respectively.

Way to go, Highlowaha! That's the 218 (not 2 18) spirit. Making time for the small pleasures in life! Thanks for reminding us it is possible.

Claudia said...

B Joyce... Welcome or should I say... 6 14 21 12 24 22 14!

heather said...

So here's a fun story and I don't have the time or patience to put it in code. My husband called me this morning to say that he experienced something we should blog about. Turns out he let someone in front of him in the line at Starbucks (he's a nice guy what can I say?) well he thought nothing of it but that lady bought his coffee because she said it made her day which in turn made his day enough that he called to tell me about it.

Anonymous said...

13 14 10 1 - 15 1 18 14 23 13 2,

18 - 17 24 25 14 - 8 24 4 - 10 1 14 - 17 10 5 18 23 16 - 10 - 16 1 14 10 3 - 13 10 8!

2 24 5 14, 12 17 14 1 8 21

3 17 10 23 20 - 8 24 4, 25 14 16 16 8!

Claudia said...

Cheryl... well done. Signing "Anonymous" added to the mystic. Nice touch.

Anonymous said...

20, 10, 3-

6, 17, 14, 1, 14 --10, 1, 14 -- 8, 24, 4?
18--22, 18, 2, 2,--8, 24, 4--6, 17, 14, 23--8, 24, 4--13, 24, 23,'3--25, 24, 2, 3!

12, 24, 22, 14--11, 10, 12, 20.

21, 24, 5, 14--17, 14, 10, 3, 17, 14, 1

Anonymous said...

Dr. Beeny
slow at work.
googled you.
you are one top notch lady!

aka Peggy at work @

(countdown 11 days left, do you think I can collect unemployment?)

Chaotic said...

Claudia-- yes, I did... that was what the "I GOT IT!" was for!

as a matter of fact, it is way past my bedtime now but I have decoded all but the last post ... back for it tomorrow!

Chaotic said...
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Chaotic said...

i did it!! I got them all!! LOL... now I guess I should actually do some WORK, since that is where I am!