I tried to click on the CD-ROM's icon to open it. A gray box popped up, saying, "Please enter the unbreakable top secret password."
"That's definitely Tad's sense of humor," I said. "In case we had any doubt which CD-ROM was his."
"I tried everything I could think of," Michael said. "Including all the Greek words I know."....
"I don't have to guess," I said. "that writing just told me. That's not Greek, it's Elvish."
"Or maybe Elven; I forget which is correct. It's been years. Ever read Tolkien?"
"Yes, but as you said, it's been years," he said.
"remember the scene where they kept trying to guess the password to the door of Moria, and realized that it was right there in the inscription--'Speak friend and enter'?"
Page 211 of "Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos" by Donna Andrews
I loved this quote and it was another that I read out loud to my middle who loves "The Lord of the Rings" and was tickled over a quote from a "Psych" book that she read where that was the stupidest password...password.
She and Michael are working together to find out who killed Benson. He seems to have made a lot of enemies and many of them were in the area or close by. Tony, another crafter, is known for stealing other people's work and saying they developed along parallel lines, but his work is shoddy and poorly done. He had seen Meg showing a flamingo to her mother's friend at another fair and decided to make one, too and then compare to her work. Because his work is unoriginal and shoddy he is able to sell for less and people think they are getting something.
I so enjoy these stories. So much happening and so many eccentric characters.
I love how Donna Andrews books are able to be read out of order because she doesn't just dump a murder victim on us, she gives us time to meet the characters and learn some back story.
There are so many laugh-out-loud moments in her book. In Chapter 15, we are introduced to a new character, a deputy sheriff who comes from a big city in OH. You see in the small town of Yorktown, VA most everyone is related to everyone else. This big city deputy is from "Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, no Canton." Now I am curious is the in there just for Ohio readers or does it change like some songs do to other areas? I wonder this because it was funny to find a person from my neck of the woods (I am from near Cincinnati and have been to the other places frequently).
In another moment, she gives some great history lessons on the Revolutionary War. For instance why you don't walk barefoot on VA battlefields (cacti).
My all time favorite moment was when Michael and Meg go to the Cannoneers Camp and beg them to stop blasting the cannon all night long. As they discussed why they were doing it, the one man says it is to please Madame Van Steuben. Meg explains that in history, Von Steuben was the Prussian general brought over by Washington to get the men into better fighting shape so they could win the war. Then she explains to Michael that they are referring to this mother. The men are terrified thinking that they have offended the son of the woman footing their bill, but he laughs and loves the description.
As I laughed out loud to this my daughter decided she needed to get into this book, too!