#FOWC — Mister Succinct

Grim FandangoI’m a man of few words.

I am the strong silent type.

I don’t beat around the bush.

I tell it like it is

I don’t pull any punches.

I don’t mince my words.

I say what I mean and I mean what I say.

I tell it like it is.

I don’t sugarcoat things

I’m a straight talker.

I’m a straight shooter.

I come straight to the point.

I’m direct.

I’m blunt.

You always know where I’m coming from.

You always know where you stand.

I’m Mister Succinct.

Written for today’s One-Word Challenge, where the word is “succinct.” Perhaps the word should have been “absentminded,” because I almost forgot to respond to my own prompt!

Hang Up the Phone!

Old fashioned green telephoneDo you still have a landline telephone? If you do, that’s so twentieth century of you. We gave up our landline phone in 2010. My wife and I both had cellphones, as did my son and daughter, so it became somewhat redundant to have a landline. And more importantly, to pay for a landline.

Well, my friends, it turns out I was prescient. I was reading the newspaper this morning and read an article that informed me that more than half of U.S. households have ditched landline phones.

(And yes, I see the irony of reading in a physical newspaper about how cellphones have replaced landlines, so no need to point that out to me.)

In 2006, just a dozen years ago, only 15.8% of survey respondents said they didn’t have a landline phone. Now, 53.9% of American households rely entirely on cellphones, according to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The shift from landline to wireless isn’t all that surprising. Today’s smartphones can do so much more than landlines. Like texting, emailing, surfing the net, and watching porn. At the same time, the quality and connectivity of cell service has become increasingly reliable, and many people who grew up in the age of cellphones and data plans have never even had to use a landline.

But before we Americans get all braggadocio about how tech-savvy we are, let’s bear in mind that in some European countries, 80 to 90 percent of households are wireless only.

Midnight The Cat

391BDD02-110A-49D6-9328-3EEEEBCA9265I have a black cat.

His name is Midnight.

He likes to go in my backyard.

And sit in the grass.

Waiting for his prey.

Then he brings me a present.

His bountiful catch.

A big, juicy rat.

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Teresa. The things are cat, grass, and midnight.

FOWC with Fandango — Succinct

FOWCWelcome to June 11, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “succinct.” Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.