Share Your World — Sure, Why Not?

38B87E39-FDF7-4E88-8D95-8BD9B09B45C9I’ve enjoyed reading other bloggers’ responses to Cee Neuner’s Share Your World weekly prompt, but I’ve never actually participated. But this week’s SYW questions are irresistible. They are:

If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? Sure. It’s been a long time since anyone has wanted to poke and probe my body, so why not?

How tall are you? Are you satisfied with your height? I used to be 6’1, but I’ve shrunk to around 5’10-1/2. I guess that’s what happens when you get older (sigh). Am I satisfied? Well, I’m still able to stand erect, so yeah. I’d rather be 5’10-1/2 vertically than 6’1 horizontally (i.e., six feet under).

Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours? Not a chance. My iPhone is my lifeline. I use it for my blog (writing, reading, and commenting), to get my news, to get the sports scores, to buy things online, to read books I’ve downloaded, and to play solitaire when I get bored. I use my weather app, my Google Maps app, my iTunes app, my Notes app to create shopping lists, my calendar app, the timer, a bunch of photo apps. Omigod, I can’t inagine going for 24 solid hours without my iPhone…unless I was in a coma.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? That I haven’t yet been abducted by aliens, haven’t shrunk another half inch, and haven’t had to give up my iPhone for 24 hours.

Also when Bill Maher quipped about what the conservative right believes: “Life begins at conception and ends at the Rio Grande.” that made me smile and cringe at the same time.

You didn’t really think I’d write a whole post without saying something political, did you?

Supreme Court — Racially-Motivated Gerrymandering is A-OK

 

795C3892-5DAE-4CD7-891E-E1F0D7FA98AFIn a 5-4, party-lines decision, The Supreme Court of the United States voted to approve racially-motivated gerrymandering, which is surprising because, in the past, SCOTUS has held that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) outlaws gerrymandering when it dilutes the votes of minority citizens.

The VRA was meant to enforce the 15th Amendment’s bar on racial voter suppression by blocking state voting laws suspected of racial discrimination. Section 2 forbids any “standard, practice, or procedure” that “results in the denial or abridgement” of the right to vote “on account of race or color.” But that is exactly what gerrymandering is intended to do.

In Abbott v. Perez, Trump’s only (so far) SCOTUS appointee, Neil Gorsuch — along with the Court’s conservative majority — has position himself as a fierce opponent of the Voting Rights Act. Gorsuch held that Texas’ maps for its congressional seats and statehouse districts do not prohibit racial gerrymandering, even though those who drew those voting district lines have privately confessed that that was their intent.

How in the hell will the United States ever recover from this kind of partisan bullshit? How can these Supreme Court justices, who allegedly possess such brilliant legal and constitutional minds, be so fucking dense?

#FOWC — Estranged Conversation

0C51D22E-E673-4B4B-9769-235C0D87B0A7“Ugh,” Greg muttered under his breath.

“What’s the matter?” Harvey asked.

“I have to go to my lawyer’s office this afternoon for a settlement conference with my estranged wife,” Greg said.

“What’s so strange about her?” Harvey wanted to know.

“Not strange,” Greg answered. “Estranged.”

“Okay, whatever,” Harvey said. “What’s so estranged about her.”

“Do you even know what that word means?” Greg asked. “She’s not estranged, we — she and I — are estranged.”

“I don’t think you’re strange,” Harvey said.

“No, Harvey. Estranged doesn’t mean strange. It means alienated,” Greg explained.

“Your wife is an alien? From Mexico?”

“No, from the planet Krypton,” Greg said sarcastically.

“Isn’t that where Superman is from?” Harvey asked. “Yeah, that would make her a strange alien, all right.”

“I give up,” Greg said. “See you when I get back from the lawyer.”

“That was one the most estranged conversations I’ve ever had,” Harvey said to himself after Greg left.


Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “estranged.” Image credit: Geralt at Pixabay.

FOWC with Fandango — Estranged

FOWCWelcome to June 25, 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 “estranged.” 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.