Same-ole, same-ole

Photo by: Al Forbes

Vikings were used to being misunderstood. Widely characterized as mindless raging barbaric berserkers, it’s less known that they established one of the first international trade routes. They traded from Scandinavia to the Middle-east. At each new society they were looked upon as being backwards, barbaric people. Ironically these alleged barbarians established a style of trade that modern civilized societies depend upon.

So when an apparent viking longboat and vikings arrived in modern Portland Maine, the reception was chilly. “Trade?” chortled Mayor Sanderson. “What could barbarians possibly trade that we want?”

“Same-ole, same-ole,” muttered viking first mate Evaard.

“But this will make your ships faster!” explained Captain Uther. He held out a curious metal construction.

“We have enough modern art,” chuckled Sanderson. And the Board of Trade members guffawed loudly.

Evaard took Uther’s arm and led him away. “I told you Earth wasn’t ready for our return,” he whispered. “We can sell these warp drives for a good price on Vega VII!”
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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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29 Responses to Same-ole, same-ole

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Ah, Mayor Sanderson the Ignorant, who doesn’t get what he doesn’t deserve. I’m glad the Vikings have other, more enlightened options for trading partners!

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    • EagleAye says:

      No kidding. He could’ve at least heard them out. Imagine how sheepish he felt when the long boat rose up on counter-gravity fields, then streaked into orbit at hypersonic speeds. You can be sure the Department of Defense would have some unkind words for the mayor. 😉 Thanks Joy! 🙂

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  2. James says:

    Earth’s always been a bit backward.

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  3. Love it. Nice twist at the end. Very Stargatish.

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  4. Enjoyed your interesting little tale. Too bad the Mayor of Portland wasn’t on the ball; we could have checked out Pluto already. 🙂

    Perhaps the Vikings came to be thought of as barbarians when Ragnar Shaggy-pants was king? A son of Horsehair Shaggy-pants, if I recall correctly. A name like that on a calling card could leave the wrong impression. And I’ve been deceived into believing that myth about their “trade” being the “slash, grab, and run” variety, so you’ve enlightened me.

    I do know that they left quite a few of their genetics in the north islands of Scotland and also over a lot of Friesland — so it wasn’t that they gave nothing in return. 😉

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. The Vikings left their impression on much of the world. I’ve got Viking that in my blood. Shaggy-pants is certainly not an awe-inspiring name, though it’s hardly worse than King Edward Longshanks. I guess folks could be especially informal back then. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much, Christine. 🙂


  5. Same ole’ thang… lol! well done! 🙂

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  6. Ahhh I see now. They are not “vikings” their name is Roman numerals. They are VI kings. Or from Vega I. V 1 Kings.

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  7. Lyn says:

    Appearances can be deceiving. Gunn-Sar, War Lord of the all male race of Homics did particularly nice embroidery 😀

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  8. List of X says:

    I’m sure that Vikings’s going berserk was just a negotiating tactic.

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  9. Thanks for the book, EA! I just checked your title on Kobo and found your book is free today. I almost feel guilty. Shall I mail you a dollar?

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  10. I think we Earthlings need to hire a good PR firm to deal with the ‘advanced’ vikings.Wonderful story.

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  11. You mean the monotheists painted polytheists as barbaric heathens? 😉 Studied Vikings for Year 2 of my Undergrad. My lecturer argued this very point. Thank you for posting.

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