3TC — Tiny Dancer

song-ballet shoe (done)Danny was relaxing in the den and listening to an Elton John album. Eyes closed, he was immersed in one of his favorites Elton John songs, “Tiny Dancer.” Suddenly the music stopped. Danny opened his eyes, looked at the stereo, and saw that all the system’s lights were off.

He got up and pressed the on-off switch a few times, but to no avail. He checked to make sure it was still plugged into the wall outlet. It was. Then Danny went to the circuit box to make sure the circuit breaker that powered the den’s outlet hadn’t tripped. It was fine.

Perplexed, Danny opened the top drawer of the cabinet the stereo was sitting on to see if he could find the instruction manual for the stereo. But the instructions were missing.

Danny’s little sister, Pam, came prancing into the room. “Have you seen the stereo instructions?” Danny asked her. “It suddenly stopped working.

“It’s under the flower pot on the dining room table,” Pam said.

“What the hell is it doing there?” Danny asked.

“Mom was watering the plant and overfilled the pot,” Pam explained, “so she asked me to get her something to put underneath it before it ruined the finish on the table, and all I could find was the stereo instructions manual.”

Danny ran into the dining room, lifted up the potted plant, and pulled the manual from underneath it. The soaked manual pretty much disintegrated in his hand.

“That’s just great,” Danny lamented.

“Get over it,” Pam said. “I’m sure if you just google it, you’ll be able to find the instructions online and then you can print them out. Even I know that, big brother.”


Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are flower pot, stereo instructions, and dancer.

Time To Write — Your Only Sibling

66E3710E-B091-4572-86AF-1FA1691FF5BE“You really shouldn’t speak to your brother that way,” Paula chastised.

“I know,” I said. “I shouldn’t have done it, but it was a reflex response. He’s so guilty of oversimplification. And he speaks with such bravado even though he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Just like that unhinged lunatic he so admires.”

“I understand that he does that on numerous occasions,” Paula admitted. “But I think he’s just naive.”

“Naive? He’s clueless, gullible,” I responded. “I’m sorry, but I can’t deal with him anymore. It’s time to close the proverbial curtain on my ignorant brother.”

“Don’t do that,” Paula pleaded. “He is your brother, your only sibling.”

“So you want me to be all warm and fluffy when he tells me what a wonderful president that orange moron is?” I asked.

“It’s ‘warm and fuzzy,’ not fluffy,” Paula corrected.

“Whatever,” I said. “His thinking is incredibly fuzzy. I won’t put up with his stupidity one minute longer.”

“Well,” Paula said, “Just remember what the Beatles sang in ‘Hey Jude,’” she said. “‘It’s a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder.’ Don’t be a fool and cut your brother out of your life.”


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My Hygiene Hijinks Answers

Man taking a showerYesterday I posted “Hygiene Hijinks” in which I posed a series of intrusive questions about personal hygiene habits. One of the astute readers of that post, Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, commented, “Now where are YOUR answers, sir? I notice you left that part out.” Fair enough. Here are my answers.

I prefer showers. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I took a bath.

I shower every other day, unless I do something physically strenuous and/or sweat a lot, in which case I shower daily or possibly even more than once a day. The good news is that I’m an old man, so I rarely do anything strenuous. And I live in San Francisco, where it’s almost never hot enough to cause me to sweat.

I brush my teeth twice a day, once when I first get up in the morning and once right before I go to bed at night.

I wash my hair every time I take a shower. Well, to be more precise, since I’m mostly bald, I wash my head every time I shower.

I pretty much wash my hands every time after I go to the bathroom.

I wash my hands before eating when I remember to (or when my wife reminds me to, which is more often than when I remember to on my own).

I put on clean underwear every day, even on those days when I don’t take a shower.

I wear jeans maybe three or four straight days before washing them. As to shirts, I may wear them two or three times before tossing them in the hamper.

I have a neatly trimmed beard, but I shave my neck below my beard line two or three times a week. I don’t shave my armpits, legs, or any other parts of my body…ever.

I weigh myself whenever my wife gets worried that our cat is losing weight. She asks me to get on the scale to weigh myself and then hands me the cat to see how much I weigh when I’m holding the cat. Our cat weighs 11.8 pounds.

Friday Fictioneers — The Festival

F9E39B9C-E892-470D-980B-FF4B539E28CBThe Light Up the Lake festival was the highlight of the summer for the townspeople. Nearly everyone in the community would construct a small, handheld, floating craft that held a candle. They’d light the candles and set their crafts on the water and let them float out onto the lake.

It started out small many years ago when the then-mayor came up with the idea. But on this, the 25th anniversary of the first Light Up the Lake event, it was a sight to behold, as the tiny, candlelit crafts nearly filled the entire surface of the lake.

Truly beautiful.

(100 words)


Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Carla Bicomong.

FOWC with Fandango — Reflex

FOWCWelcome to August 24, 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 “reflex.”

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.