FFfPP — Technological Obsolescence

img_2854All of Bill’s photographic and video equipment was laid out on the crocheted bedspread.

“I know Bill’s going to take me,” the Pentax SLR said. “I am the most sophisticated camera here.”

“Great,” said the long, telephoto lens next to the Pentax. “Then he’ll probably take me, too.”

“Hey, what about me?” objected the Olympia SLR.

“You’re old,” said the Bell & Howell 35mm. “I think I’m the perfect solution…compact and lightweight.”

“Excuse me,” said the Samsung Maxima. “I’m compact, lightweight, and digital! No futzing around with filming and developing.”

“Fuhgeddaboudit,” said the Sony video tape camera. “You stills are so one dimensional. I can catch all of the action, not just snapshots.”

“Hold on a second,” said the Chinon digital video camera. “I use an SD memory card for my video images so that Bill can shoot his videos and easily upload and edit them on his computer. I’m the obvious choice.”

“Shh,” Bill’s coming,” said the Snappy.

Bill entered the room, pulled out his iPhone and took a picture of all his photographic equipment. “Now that my iPhone can take great pictures and videos, let’s see what I can sell all this junk for on Craigslist.”

(198 words)

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: OctMorgueFIle 2018 3aaef119ddeda7b5fc5175d55c4df183.

100WW — Halloween Party

img_2855“This is the best Halloween party I’ve ever been to,” Barry said.

“No bones about it,” Barbara agreed. “Look, there’s Melanie.”

“Oh my God,” Barry said. “She’s lost so much weight since we last saw her. She’s just skin and bones.”

Melanie joined the couple. “Hey, you two, do you like my costume?”

“How fitting, Melanie,” Barbara said, “that you’d dress as a wicked witch.”

“Retract your claws, Catwoman,” Melanie said.

The party’s host let out a bloodcurdling scream. “It’s almost the bewitching hour,” she announced.

“That’s our signal to head back to the cemetery until next Halloween,” Barry said.

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: NeONBRAND.

And for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (weight), Ragtag Daily Prompt (costume), Your Daily Word Prompt (wicked), Word of the Day Challenge (bloodcurdling), and Daily Addictions (signal).

One-Liner Wednesday — Vote

F288B686-B838-4A93-A189-125455455BE6Next Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes, in that the fate of our American democracy and way of life is at stake.

I never thought I’d see happen what has happened to this country since Donald Trump became president. He has nearly torn the very fabric of America apart. And the only option we have to stop him from tearing it to shreds is to go out and vote on or before next Tuesday. Vote to elect people to Congress who will enable it function, as the Constitution requires, as an appropriate check and balance on Trump, something the Republican-led Congress has refused to do.

So if we care for this country, we must vote. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and depend upon others. Voting is our civic responsibility, our duty.

But, hey, I’m just an old man. I may not be alive a decade from now, so while it breaks my heart to witness the events of the past two years, I won’t suffer the brunt of the damage Trump has done and, if left unchecked, will continue to do.

But my children and grandchildren will. So I implore you millennials (and post-millennials who are old enough to vote) — you whose future is on the line — to stand up and be counted. You need to be Supermen and Superwomen. I know it’s a corny cliche, but you need to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.bece7a21-d392-4b3d-8a71-72e966adcc5f.jpeg

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

FOWC with Fandango — Weight

FOWCHappy Halloween! Welcome to October 31, 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 “weight.”

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.