535A0F71-4C94-4C95-91F0-18A4B9DA2362I consider myself to be fortunate. I’m not allergic to anything. I have no food allergies, no airborne allergies, no allergies of any kind.

I never break out in hives, get watery eyes and a runny nose, swollen airways, rashes, or gastrointestinal distress due to allergies.

Oh wait, I take that back. I do have a very specific allergic reaction that causes deep pain in my gut and makes me feel like I’m going to puke.

What is it that causes such a severe allergic reaction? Well, it must be due to watching too much news on the television and reading too many articles in the newspaper or on my iPhone’s news feed.

But there is a very specific trigger that really causes my intense distress. It’s whenever I see or hear Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, anyone in Trump’s cabinet, all of Trump’s sychophantic surrogates, and most GOP members of Congress.

There’s only one cure for this horrible allergy and it’s an injection of the Robert Mueller vaccine. The only problem is that the Mueller vaccine takes a long time to work and there are a lot of anti-vaxers in Congress and in the media (e.g., Fox News) who are claiming that the Mueller vaccine, like all other vaccines, is ineffective and can have negative side effects.

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

#JusJoJan — Memories Are Made of This

Today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill was suggested by fellow blogger and author Cage Dunn. The word Cage chose is “memories,” which, as I’ve gotten older, seem to be fading rapidly.

But I do remember a 1955 song from crooner Dean Martin titled “Memories Are Made of This.” If you are too young to have ever heard the song, or too old to remember it, here it is:

Friday Fictioneers — The Artist’s Inspiration

“How did you come up with the concept?” the TV interviewer asked the man responsible for the billowing, semitransparent, ribbed tubes hanging from the geometric patterns elevated on mast-like poles above the walkway between the buildings. “It’s truly awe-inspiring on a grand scale. What served as your inspiration?”

The artist was pleased that his work was being so positively received, yet he wasn’t sure how people would react if they knew his true inspiration. But when she thrust the microphone in front of his face, he said, “You know those inflatable dancing tube men they have outside of some stores….”

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Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Roger Bultot.