Sunday Photo Fiction — Snapshots

“I don’t get it, Jack. You never go anywhere without your camera. Why would you put it up for auction on eBay?”

Jack looked at Stan. “First of all, it’s big and bulky,” he said. “The cameras on smartphones have gotten so much better over the past few years that I’m not sure it still makes sense to carry around a camera and a smartphone anymore.”

“But you’re such a great photographer, Jack,” Stan said. “Do you really think you can take photos on your phone that are as good as what you can take on your camera?”

“Probably not as good, but reasonably close,” Jack answered. “Besides, the phone is digital and my camera uses film. With digital, I don’t need to take the film in for developing, I can edit the images and add special effects on the fly, and I can instantly upload them to Instagram and Facebook.”

“Yeah, I guess that’s more convenient these days,” agreed Stan.

“Besides,” said Jack, “I’m not a professional photographer. I’m fine with just using my phone to take snapshots rather than using a large, heavy camera to take photographs.”

Stan sighed, “Yeah, welcome to the 21st century, I guess.”

(199 words)


Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo prompt: A Mixed Bag.

A Good Egg

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Most people who knew him called him “Eggman.” It wasn’t because he was obsessed with eggs, although eggs were among his favorite foods. It also wasn’t because his livelihood had anything to do with eggs, although he did work in the dairy department at the local grocery store.

There were two reasons people called him “Eggman.” First, his name was Zachary Eggerly. So for most of his life, people called him “Eggs” or, after he grew up, “Eggman.”

Second, his torso was egg- shaped. He had narrow shoulders, a large mid-section, a big butt, and ample hips. Some thought he was pear-shaped, but most described him as egg-shaped.

But rather than being upset with being called “Eggman,” Zachary took it in stride and even leveraged it. For example, whenever he pronounced the word “exactly,” he would always say “egg-zachary.” And instead of telling a joke, he’d say he had a “yoke” to tell you.

His favorite love-making position was the missionary position and he would occasionally say to a women with whom he was having sex, “The yoke’s on you.” Surprisingly, it rarely killed the mood.

So, yes, Eggman was well-liked and thought of by those who knew him as a good egg. But deep down inside, beneath his lighthearted shell, there must have been something rotten lurking. So when it came out that he’d had a mental and emotional crackup, it came as a shock to his friends and acquaintances.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “egg.”

Song Lyric Sunday — We Didn’t Start The Fire

I am a huge Billy Joel fan. I have most of his albums/CDs and have seen him in concert at least a half a dozen times. So it was only natural for me, when I saw this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, “fire,” to think of Billy Joel’s 1989 hit, “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”

Per Wikipedia, the song’s lyrics, written by Joel, include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between 1949, the year of Joel’s birth, and 1989, when the song was released by Columbia Records in September of that year. “We Didn’t Start The Fire” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and was a number one hit in the US.

Below are the lyrics to “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather Homicide, Children of Thalidomide…

Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say?

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law
Rock and Roller Cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on…

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it