Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Caption Contest!!

Impromptu caption contest. This is one of my favorite photos from childhood, and I recently rediscovered it on a trip home. Yes, those are '80s-style Walkie Talkies.

Your mission: come up with the best caption for this photo. The winner will receive a signed galley of JACOB WONDERBAR and a free query critique (if you have nothing to query at the moment you're welcome to take a rain check).

Gangster.

Enter in the comment section of THIS POST (please don't e-mail me your vote!). The thread will be open until 6pm on Wednesday, and I'll announce a winner on Thursday.

Good luck!






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heather said...

These blond robots aren't as lifelike as they seemed on TV...

Loralie Hall said...

"Be careful, 001/2. Those may look like your brothers but they're really sharks with laser beams on their heads in very convincing costumes."

alwayscoffee said...

We tried to find ET, but the Reeses Pieces didn't work.

Jenny said...

Now available at Old Navy.

Stoich91 said...

Who him? Oh, he's with me. The other two are our controllable minions!

Elizabeth said...

Home with our Blue Light Specials

Katie L. Carroll (KT) said...

"The Devil wears retro jogging suits."

Sierra McConnell said...

"Mission Control, we have captured the escaped Justin Bieber clones with our shrink ray..."

Ted Fox said...

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find
them, maybe you can hire: The Kids Who "Missed" the Bus.

Manifest Money said...

I thought tuesdays were brown trainers day?

Me said...

Stick close to me, buddy. Scotty will beam us up any minute, I just know it!

Cynthia said...

"Are you done yet so you can fix these things? They arn't working."

Amy said...

Susan was surprised that her nephews came with remote-controlled blonds, but the North Dakotan branch of the family had always been avant garde.

Bob J said...

1971 was the year of horizontal stripes...

Munk said...

"We represent the Walkie-Talk Guild..."

Misty said...

The Recon team has successfully hidden the evidence. *Crrch* Over.

StephenAckart said...

Who hit the "Serial Killer Mode" button on the remote?!?

A. N. Rosen said...

No matter how hard we tried, we could not shake the shifty-eyed neighbor boy. I have taken this picture in hopes that if anything happens to any of us, you'll know who did it.

A.L. said...

It was all fun and games until someone called in the Junior Vice Detectives!

Jenise Frohlinger said...

What a cute couple with their two little boys.

Rebecca said...

Come play with us, Danny...

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

"Despicable Me" got nothing on our little blonde minions.

scott neumyer said...

"I love it when a plan comes together." - Here's your new A-Team.

Joshua said...

"Who are you?"
{Beat}
"We're the A-Team."

Linda Anger said...

In a voice bubble coming from the Walkie-Talkie: "Your mission, gentlemen, should you accept it...."

janetpiller said...

Can you hear me now?

Daniel Smith said...

Just for fun... ;)

"Even as a child it was apparent that young Nate Bransford and his gang of hard-boiled hoodlums would grow up to become the most infamous mafia crime lords to ever conquer the southside and the envy of every two-bit Bonnie and Clyde wannabe."

J. R. McLemore said...

Fred didn't grasp the concept of the walkie-talkies and kept me close so we could talk on them in front of the younger kids to show off.

Matt Krol said...

We call ourselves "The Goonies" ... we just found a treasure map and now we are looking for pirate treasure. Hey, anyone seen Chunk?

aneducationinbooks said...

You think these two tow-headed kids are cute? Hah! Just wait 'til our robot remotes kick in.

J. R. McLemore said...

Our first neighborhood watch!

Valerie Ormond said...

We're going to keep these phones, and promise to stay in touch...even when we're REALLY old, like 30.

Bri Clark said...

"Hey Billy."

" Yeah Donnie."

"I bet one day we could take these and make them phones and one day people could take then and talk without cords and...."
" Billy that's stupid. Now let's go play Trumps Helper."
" Can I be the boss this time?"
"is your last name Trump?"

Tiana Smith said...

"The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of the Murdered Neighbor"

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David Kazzie said...

Um, no, actually we don't know who remote-detonated the garbage can full of dog poop.

NanC said...

Okay, pay attention. Are these things working? Good, you go to the left, I'll go to the right. We'll have the two little ones distract the adults with their cuteness while we grab the cookies... OK, GO!

Red said...

"Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson. We have successfully infiltrated JC Penny's. Awaiting further orders. Over."

Tim said...

One of these things is not like the others...

Mira said...

I can't think of a caption, and once again I see that signed galley going to....someone else. So sad. But I want to say that picture is adorable.

Which one are you? I'm guessing you're the second tallest one in the back, Nathan.

Awwww, so cute.

Nathan Bransford said...

Nope! I'm the little one wearing blue. I used to have blond hair.

Curt said...

"Our demands are simple. No more asparagus, bed time gets moved back to 9pm, and little Johnny here needs some gold chains for his track suit. You have 30 minutes or I push this button, and boom goes the dynamite."

Cathy Yardley said...

"Just smile, boys. They don't suspect a thing."

Mira said...

Omg - you were that adorable little boy? I have no idea how your mom was able to let you grow up!!

Just sheer and utter cuteness, Nathan.

Erin said...

When he refused to play the part of Erica in their reenactment of "Red Dawn," the boys made little Brad stand slightly outside the group for the movie poster photo shoot.

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Shane B said...

Ah yes, the old crew. That was Billy and Freddy on communications... Charlie (the guy in blue) was our driver... and Jim, well, you don't mess around with Jim.

Karen BB said...

Gentlemen, the women of the future have no idea what they're in for.

Lori M. Lee said...

"Ready to form Voltron! Activate interlocks! Dyna-therms connected!"
"Dude, Nathan won't get on his knees to form the legs."

Mr. D said...

Social networking before the internet.

L.A. Colvin said...

After failing to communicate with the Mother Ship, the alien life forms transmorphed into the most feared terrestrial being: THE BOY.

L. Shanna said...

No one gets past this fence unless it's through us. No one.

Anonymous said...

The Walkie-Talkie-Socky-Jockey-Society. Est.1979

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

"I didn't know these things could make Grandma's scooter could do a wheelie."

"Don't worry, she can swim."

J.J. Bennett said...

Geranimals?... Check! Planetary communicators?... Check! Oh no, Diaper change? Diaper change?

Kimberly Lynn said...

“Protector, our little brothers are hostile aliens. Requesting two pods for their departure.” Nee-beep!

AJ said...

Did Lard-Ass have to pay to get into the contest?

Maureen said...

"Stick with me and you'll be going places."

Laura Campbell said...

I told you to "pause" Mom. Why is she still running around with the camera, nagging us?

My stupid remote isn't working. Just smile so we can get this over with.

Red Boot Pearl said...

Who's that kid? Dunno, must be the dingleberry's dingleberry.

(p.s. sorry nathan didn't know you were the original dingleberry, before I wrote it. haha.)

Cindy Noble said...

"Back Yard Expedition 1, go for com check!"

Phil Clements said...

Jimmy Burchfield Hooligans.

McClappin' Hands said...

It was always apparent which of the four was not potty trained.

T.J. said...

Take THAT, Small Wonder!

Kevin said...

"I still remember it like it was yesterday. How our shoes seemed to stay blinding white no matter how much we played in the mud, and each of us always had the coolest toy in our arsenal.

Well, maybe not Tommy."

Anonymous said...

sorry I can't participate in the contest, but those WALKIE TALKIES, and that photo are just ... fantastic. nostalgia, something. I was immediately taken back to being a boy, on the hunt for (<<<whatever lurks in bushes, and can be dug, and is hidden around tree trunks in a dark neighborhood).

That Guy! said...

Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots got nothing on RC Battle Bros.

Sarah W said...

We promised our kid brothers a real spaceship ride, but we ran out of corn dogs . . . Lucky thing we kept the universal remotes from the last one!

Felicity said...

Fear us. We will dominate you with our lethal combination of bold stripes and soft, shiny hair.

Loree Huebner said...

"Ground control to Major Tom"

Samantha said...

Please understand that we come in peace and seek to control you only for your own good. These two small ones are examples of how our technology will benefit you. The happy one has been with us for only 15 of your earth minutes.

sheribomb said...

"Though he was the oldest and the tallest, poor little Johnny had yet to earn his stripes."

The Decreed said...

Mom wouldn't get us a Wii.

CourtneyC said...

Mikey gave Billy a walkie talkie hoping to encourage him to take a step back, but to no avail. Billy was snuggling up for warmth.

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janetpiller said...

If you are still knock-kneed when you turn seven, you get a walkie-talkie, boys.

Yat-Yee said...

I couldn't top these entries!

Beth Navarro said...

These are our chore-bots. All the perks of a little brother, but they can't tattle.

D. Ann Graham said...

The Wonder Boys... wondering

Chris Phillips said...

This photo taken from the failed 81' action comedy pilot of the C-TEAM. From left to right: (Bo,Luke,McBransford,Rainbow Brite)

J. Noel said...

"The Kid Kommander forgot that today was striped-uniform day."

sexycalimomma said...

A parent's early version of the GPS.

Robena Grant said...

"We'll trade the kid in the blue track suit for three corndogs. Roger...over and out."

AJ Mass said...

As our colleague previously informed you, we want our TWO DOLLARS!

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Kayla Olson said...

Contrary to popular belief, even Vulcan technology—and fashion—left something to be desired in the 1980's.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Good Will Hunting in the making.

JaysonC said...

"Hey guys, your radios from the future are scrambling the picture so can you turn them off…wait, did I hear right, The Cubs finally won the World Series?"

Paullina Petrova said...

Mom, do not worry, we both know how to take care of our younger brothers. Father, believe us! Someday you will be proud of us!

Alwyn said...

"First the backyard, then the world!"

Marsh said...

1980 B.H.D, Before High Definition.

terryd said...

Beam us up, Mr. Sulu. We've located the track suit.

Nate Wilson said...

The earliest known photo of the Tube Sock Trio, with their eventual nemesis Double Rainbow.

Laurel said...

Your time machine sucks. This is NOT the set of Return of the Jedi plus it broke my cell phone.

D.G. Hudson said...

"Beam us up, Scottie! We've got hostages."

Great idea, Nathan. Captions are fun. Old pictures are even better. I just published a post on one of my blogs about saving these types of photos as part of your life story.

Michael Offutt said...

Two of these boys were diagnosed with walkie talkie envy.

Munk said...

Nathan, I know this is my second post, but I just took a closer look at the picture. Are you holding an inhaler, or is that pepper spray?

Joe C said...

playing with my brothers--before Santa delivered the Nintendo

Stephanie@thecrackedslipper said...

Mom doesn’t know where she went wrong with me. How Jimmy and Eddie took Silicon Valley by storm and Donnie made millions in women’s sportswear, but I ended up in solitary at Lorton. My anger management therapist gave me some darts. Express my feelings, you know? But my aim sucks.

Thx for fun distraction!

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Debbie said...

Start of the first annual android race.

mrcommodore said...

Gor-Tak of Centari, hailed by their primitive radio messages, had arrived to consume the earthlings. He started with their delectable shoes, saving for last the footwear of their humbled champion, Captain Rainbow.

Lisa (@lablady) said...

Hey, bro, let's ditch these neighbor kids. Meet ya' in the fort in 10.

Nathan Bransford said...

munk-

That's a matter of some debate. I'm not sure if it's a toy car or I came from the future with a Wii remote.

Rachel Giesel said...

"Roger, over."
"Who's Roger?"

Josin L. McQuein said...

Leaders of the coming invasion -- cute is the best camouflage.

ToniD said...

No, YOU be the agent.

Anonymous said...

You have the corn dog. Now where's our spaceship?

K.L. Brady said...

My dad said if we press the buttons and point at them for thirty minutes, the radio waves will turn them into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But we gotta be outside for it to work.

Sean said...

"Red Leader to base, we have Darth Jenny Thompson in target. Bring the rain. Over."

Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches said...

Little [Timmy] became painfully aware of his exclusion from the group when his brothers began forcing him to wear a jacket handed down from the girl next door and calling him "Sprite".

Formerly stealth reader said...

over to you

Stephanie Garber said...

The rest of the boys thought they were just having fun, but Kyle wanted revenge for the bowl haircut.

CourtneyC said...

They called him Tiny, but not to his face. Little Nate had the cash to splash out on the coolest matching tracksuit on the block, and pay the local muscle to be his enforcers. Those who weren't cool were out. And brown shoes were definitely out.

Kevin said...

Walkie-talkies? Check. List of houses to TP and doorbells to ditch? Check. All around extreme awesomeness? Check. Wait! Here comes Suzy Reynolds! Everyone look cool!

Tucker said...

The range of early walkie-talkies was somewhat limited.

ed miracle said...

Okay, Chucky, when Osama's jeep passes the fake mailbox, press the button.

Rebecca Stroud said...

Who says blonds have more fun?

LizzieFriend said...

The '80s: It was the best of times, it was the worst of fashion crimes.

Jaime Loren said...

"Activate RAIN!"

Shaunna said...

Middle-aged men in training

Jaye Zobair said...

"I promise, Mom. We'll call you and Dad if anything goes wrong. Now have a good weekend and we'll see you on Sunday."

Sara said...

"We told you we'd take care of it, and we did. But now it's gonna cost you."

Laura said...

Criminal masterminds aging in reverse, the Button boys spent their retirement in the suburbs, guarding their home with an advanced network of satellite surveillance and remote control booby traps. Only Priscilla Hatch, a childless neighbor and former 1980s fashion designer, knew the truth.

Phil said...

"Hi. We're the Midwich Cuckoos. We're coming to a town very, very near you."

Michael said...

"Quick, act normal!"
"what about the walkie-talkies?"
"Maybe nobody will notice."

Risa said...

"We called E.T. but he hasn't called us back yet..."

Josin L. McQuein said...

(after reading Munk's post -- the thing in your hand looks like a PEZ dispenser to me.)

L.G.Smith said...

"It's a package deal, mister. We give you our corndogs and you give us the walkie talkies AND the spaceship."

Marlene Nash-McKay said...

'That was awesome guys. Now someone call the lady in the house that has the key to the cookie cupboard and knows where the fresh milk is hidden and we're in business.'

Tingy said...

If you can see them, RUN. If they can see you, IT'S TOO LATE.

Mister Fweem said...

PhotoSmoosh One-Hour Photo. Blurring Your Childhood since 1976.

Bryce Daniels said...

Excommunicated from his group and deprived of the communication system so necessary for survival, one of the explorers secretly plots his revenge for later that evening. "Humm.....a tube of toothpaste in those mops will do quite nicely."

Dawn Simon said...

Now we can send messages to Captain Krinktar on planet Murt to see what we can get for a set of evil minions.

Jen P said...

Released without charge from questioning over the missing corndogs, the kids knew they hadn't done it, but they had a pretty good idea who had. "Watch out Jacob Wunderbar, here we come!"

TraciB said...

YOu know, one day we'll be able to talk around the world on these things...

Marsha Sigman said...

'Don't be fooled by this rainbow jacket. I kick ass in this family.'


And at some point all of you were kneeling in mud. Boys.

Jen P said...

Amazon and Sony seemed to have the technology market all sewn up between them, but little Apple still had a plan up his sleeve....those white shoes had given him an idea.

Will the Writer said...

Guys, don't worry. The picture is going to continue to blur. Once we are completely obscured, we can grow up to be anything!

So, we won't be known as the four geeks forever?

Rachael Harrie said...

Reporting for duty, Mr Wonderbar, Sir!

Nicole said...

Rainbow Bright fashions - now for boys!

Michael G-G said...

The four trainee Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Grandma's house, circa 1984.

Deb Levy said...

Sadly, no one could tell the difference between farts and static, so they had to hold the contest in close range.

(And, Nathan, to answer someone's earlier question about what's in your hand - looks like a matchbox car transport truck to me.)

iheartya said...

We always made Johnny participate in the tesserae. We didn't even give him new shoes.

Thermocline said...

Shunned by the White Shoe Gang, Gary plots his revenge.

TKAstle said...

No, really Mom, I swear. We just heard a Cosmic Space Kapow. We *have* to go investigate. We'll be home by dinner...promise.

Neil Vogler said...

Back in the Eighties, remote control Milky Bar Kids were all the rage.

therealjasonb said...

Auto-what? Focus? No way, man. Next thing, you'll be telling me that in twenty years everyone will have computers; we'll all walk around with teeny, tiny miniature phones in our pockets; and Star Wars will start to suck.

markwise said...

Yeah our mom dressed us, got something to say about it? Do you?

Calliopenjo said...

Attention Space Rangers, be prepared to board immediately. Danger is imminent.

salazarbooks.com said...

Don't worry guy's – they're only dangerous once their eyes have focused.

Yeah, and then they only attack brown.

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

TERMINATOR X: The Revenge of the Children

quill quirks said...

...These? My buddy and I will demonstrate...They're podcast boosters, all the authors will be using them in the future, right guys?

lora96 said...

Quick! Adjust the remote--the little one's about to make a break for it!

Juli Page Morgan said...

Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the planet's surface along with the security guy in the red shirt (who looks nervous for a reason!)

Tara Tyler said...

Roger that!

Yuenmei said...

Do little blond boys dream of electric sheep?

jess maree said...

"They would reshape the Future by changing the Past. The plan required something that felt no pity. No pain. No fear. Something unstoppable. They created 'THE TERMINATORs'..."

jess maree said...

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.


(yes, taken from your caption, but it just works!)

Marilyn Peake said...

(This isn't a contest entry, although I'm going to try to come up with one later. I just had to say, that is such a cute photo!)

Kim Rogers said...

Good trade on the Bubble Tape gum for the walkie-talkies guys. Think we could trade a corndog for a spaceship?

Tanya Reimer said...

Everyone ACT innocent.

Lizardbreath McGee said...

When his older brother had first suggested racing their new remote-controlled toddlers, Paul hadn't been too sure about it. But now, moments away from the start of the race, his big brother's arm attempting to intimidate his narrow shoulders, Paul could feel imminent victory pulling his mouth into a smile.

Marilyn Peake said...

Preparing for future careers as literary agents, the boys of the 'burbs negotiate a major deal. "Whoa. Look at that spaceship, and the guy in silver just wants one corn dog for it. What d’ya think I’m doing? I’m calling the walkie-talkie back home. Mom, Mom, can you make me a corn dog? Over."

Tana Adams said...

The backseat boys.

Anonymous said...

we be chillin'.

J.N.I. said...

Brothers are as close as hands and feet. Walkie-talkies only make them closer.

The Zies said...

"BoomerJack. This is Ringo. We have a poo at 9 o'clock."

Peggy said...

I thought YOU replaced the batteries!

Kaylen Duarte said...

"Four blond boys, two Walkie Talkies, and one mission--to stretch the indeterminate boundaries of space and time...and Mom's patience. We had made great headway toward this ambitious end with mud-stained jeans, and there were still three hours till dinnertime..."

Jay said...

Photograph by He Who Walks Behind the Rows

Mizrepresent said...

Alright now, everyone FREEZE. I think they discovered us, just act human.

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

We're not the men they think we are at home
Oh no, no, no, we're jacket men
Jacket men, burning up our walkie-talkies
out here alone

*parody of Elton John Rocket Man lyric (damn I love that song!)*

Susan Antony said...

The Good, The Bad, and the Muddy.

Melinda Elmore said...

Defending the fort.

Stephanie S. Kuehn said...

Coming Soon: Track Suit Time Machine

Ben Campbell said...

Beam us up, Scotty!

Deniz Bevan said...

The Five Doctors. But where's the TARDIS?

Avil Beckford said...

How about "The Mischievous Four"

Avil Beckford

Anonymous said...

re: "a signed galley of JACOB WONDERBAR and a free query critique"

Is the galley free too? :)

Danielle said...

"I ask my mom for a pair of white shoes, she laughed at me saying nobody wears white shoes -- yeah, who's laughing now mom. "

Jennifer Rose said...

Cue Journey.

Emma Connolly said...

[wish I knew the names of these boys]

"Mom? Come in, Mom?"
Yes, Timmie?
"Mom, how long do I have to keep my arm around Johnny?"
As long as it takes to get this camera figured out.

Trish said...

"Wasn't us, Mrs. We weren't anywhere near your window when someone put a hose through it. And anyway, our mums' are young and pretty and you're about a hundred."

Jodi Webb said...

Gentlemen, your mission--should you choose to accept it...

Sheryl said...

The inventors of the iPad test their prototypes.

Brent Peterson said...

"Just one more Polaroid kids and then I promise...JellO Pudding pops and Tang!"

Sean Lindsay said...

Possibly cheating with multiple entries:

"Previously unpublished photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald's early years show he wasn't always a sociopathic loner."

"Come on, guys, someone has to be Mindy."

"No, no, no, I don't wanna be called Nate-Dogg anymore, I'm DJ Branster."

"Unaware of the age restrictions, many people at the first casting call for New Kids on the Block were left frustrated and dejected."

"I call this first meeting of the Eighth Street Magnum PI Fanclub to order."

"Seriously, dudes, you are all gonna want one of these sweet blue tracksuits when you see Kanye wearing them."
"What's a Kanye?"

Eastbaywriter said...

"I know your mom likes to takes pictures but can't she wait until we're back from Megatron."

Aloha Kugs said...

Garanimals: they're not just for the cool kids...

Krauss said...

These Kindle things are funky. They're never gonna catch on.

Glory Lennon said...

If we move real slow he might not notice we're gone.

Haley said...

"Have you been practicing your magic incantation?"

"Yes."

"Good. We'll recite it together while we push the buttons on our remotes and our little brothers should turn into frogs."

"Can we alter the spell to make them dogs? You can only have so much fun with a frog. If they were dogs we could truthfully say that my dog ate my homework."

Happy said...

Suburban Cowboys

Matty McFatty said...

Set phasers on smooth.

MCT said...

"Five points for heads, three for bodies, the roof is just two."

ARJules said...
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ARJules said...

The Bransford boys learning about remote explosives detonation in 3... 2... 1...

Happy said...

Suburban Cowboys

(forgot to put URL!)

Anonymous said...

"Geez, how'd I get stuck with this motley crew? We'll never get 007 at this rate."

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