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Pegman – It’s Good to be Home

Here is my little story for What Pegman Saw. This week the little Pegman is wandering around Athens, Greece.

Copyright Dylan Watson for Google Maps

 

“My home, my beautiful home! Ruined!“ Athena looked around. She was not happy.

“Hey, kiddo,” came a familiar voice. “Long time.”

“Daddy!” Athena squealed. “I was taking a nap. What’s happening? Why are you dressed like that?”

“I have a job!” explained Zeus. “Electrician. Suited to it, I thought. The humans neither need nor want us any longer. So we’re making do.”

“But what of the others? Poseidon?”

“Fisherman.”

“Hephaestus?”

“Blacksmith.”

“Surely not Uncle Hades too?”

“He’s had various jobs. Lawyer. Politician. Reality Show producer. He’s decided it’s much more fun tormenting humans while they’re still alive.”

“Oh dear. Maybe if I’d got up when I first woke I could have stopped this, but I dropped off again. I wanted one more millennium in bed. What should I do?”

“’Strategic warfare’ is one of yours, yes?”

“Surely by now humans have abolished war?”

“Ha! Prepare to be very busy, my girl.”

 

  1. November 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    This probably explains everything. ALMOST everything. What is Loki doing? He probably invented social media.

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    • November 14, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Probably. Maybe if we get a Pegman in Norway we’ll find out!

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  2. November 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    The part about Uncle Hades made me chuckle.
    Unfortunately, humans manage to wage war without any outside help. *sigh*

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    • November 14, 2017 at 7:54 am

      We do. But now with Athena at the helm we’ll learn how to do it “right”.

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      • November 14, 2017 at 8:38 am

        Not sure if anything is ‘right’ about war …

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      • November 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        No. Hence the quotation marks 🙂

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  3. November 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Well, that explains a great deal!😱

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  4. November 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I always wonder what the gods think of humans! Uncle Hades is well-suited to his new professions! Great story! 😀

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    • November 14, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Thanks! It’s nice that the Greek gods have found suitable professions 🙂

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  5. November 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Theirs a high-concept sitcom in this idea! Good fun.

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  6. November 14, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I am never disappointed at your storytelling. Still chuckling at Hades’ various jobs. But I’d like the god of peace to show up!

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    • November 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

      It’s funny how, out of all the ancient godly pantheons, I can’t name a single “god of peace”…
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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      • November 14, 2017 at 9:56 am

        Eirene was a Greek goddess of peace. Here is the link to the Wikipedia entry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eirene_(goddess)

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      • November 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

        Cool, thanks! And she was big in Athens as well by the looks of it.

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      • November 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

        Yes, she absolutely was big in Athens. Last time I was visiting Greece I went to see a play by Aristophanes which dealt with the kidnapping and imprisonment of Eirene. The play hinged on the way some powerful Athenians didn’t want her rescued because they were making too much money out of war. The play has a happy ending I’m glad to say!

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      • November 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

        Sounds good. And very true to life, some people make a fortune out of war 😦

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  7. Lyn
    November 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

    LOL Brilliant, Ali, Brilliant.

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  8. November 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    That’s brilliant, Ali. Had me chuckling. I love the sentence ‘ “Daddy!” Athena squealed.’ The thought of Athena squealing is just too hilarious for words!
    Your last two lines are very telling.

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    • November 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      She’s just a kid at heart 🙂 I’m glad you liked it, and the more serious note at the end.

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  9. November 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Very clever! You have obviously done lots of research on Greek mythology.

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    • November 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks! Well, I’ve certainly watched a lot of “Clash of the Titans” type stuff on the telly 🙂

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      • November 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

        Well, that counts as research too!

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      • November 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm

        Yay 🙂

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  10. November 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Very clever! LOL! I loved it!

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  11. Lavanya
    November 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    That’s an interesting tale.

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  12. November 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Ha! Love it! And what Hades has been up to made me smile most of all – very fitting 🙂 Great story

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    • November 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      He’s having the time of his eternal life 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  13. November 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Nice one Ali. 😀 Probably a good explanation for what’s going around.

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    • November 16, 2017 at 7:56 am

      There’s always a higher being fiddling around somewhere in the background 🙂

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  14. November 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I’m sure Athena would look a lot better at press briefings than all of those old, tired looking five star generals…

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    • November 16, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Just imagine the recruitment posters. Sign me up!

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  15. November 18, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Another great story! Uncle Hades, who would imagine?

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    • November 19, 2017 at 6:59 am

      He’s making “good” in the modern world. Or having fun anyway. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  16. November 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    This is hilarious. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

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