The Crime Scene

524EC1C6-6683-45B8-B0A4-049802D0BD69Detectives Jim Morrisey and Ron Hayden entered the room after Morrisey kicked open the door. The first thing they noticed was the awful smell that hit them in the face as soon as they entered the room. “Oh my God,” Hayden said, covering his nose with his hand. “Remind me to carry a can of that Glade air freshener spray next time we bust into a crime scene.”

Morrisey shot Hayden a dirty look. He then flicked a light switch on the wall next to the door, which turned on a very bright light directly above a long, metal table in the middle of the room. Morrisey noticed how spartan the room was. In addition to the table, there were a few wooden chairs and a large wooden desk, upon which were what appeared to be some surgical tools spread out on its surface. An old claw foot bathtub stood in one corner of the room. There were no lights other than the one situated directly above the metal table, and the few windows were covered by blackout curtains. “So this is where the perp brought his prey in order to harvest their organs,” he said.

“Well,” Hayden said,” that explains the stink.”

“Okay, Ron,” Morrisey said, “quit bellyaching about the smell and start dusting for prints and seeing if you can get any blood samples. If we’re going to catch this sick bastard, our procedures need to exemplify a flawless investigation.”


Written for these prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (glade), Scotts Daily Prompt (prey), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spartan), Your Daily Word Prompt (harvest), Daily Addictions (exemplify).

Take It To The Limit

For my one-word prompt today, “limit,” I’m simply going to post one of my favorite Eagles’ songs, “Take It To The Limit.” It was written by Randy Meisner, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey and was released in 1975. Meisner was the lead singer on the record. I saw him sing it live in concert and he was incredible.

My favorite lines from the song are, “You can spend all your time making money / You can spend all your love making time.”

Anyway, here’s the song, followed by the lyrics.

All alone at the end of the evening
When the bright lights have faded to blue
I was thinking ’bout a woman who might have
Loved me and I never knew
You know I’ve always been a dreamer
(Spent my life running ’round)
And it’s so hard to change
(Can’t seem to settle down)
But the dreams I’ve seen lately
Keep on turning out and burning out
And turning out the same

So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time

You can spend all your time making money
You can spend all your love making time
If it all fell to pieces tomorrow
Would you still be mine?

And when you’re looking for your freedom
(Nobody seems to care)
And you can’t find the door
(Can’t find it anywhere)
When there’s nothing to believe in
Still you’re coming back, you’re running back
You’re coming back for more

So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
One more time

Share Your World — Stress Relief

SYWAnother Monday, another Melanie’s Share Your World Q&A. So without further ado…

What’s your go-to for unwinding after a stressful event or day?   Can be someone or something – music, pets, family or whatever you choose.

0AD13252-7716-4744-8E92-A2B38C49AB06Given that most of my stress these days comes from what’s going on in American politics, anything that can divert and distract my attention away from politics is helpful. Non-political comedies or dramas on TV, a good work of fiction, sex with my wife. Or, if all else fails, a pot-infused cookie. Stress? What stress?

The plane you’re flying in is going to crash, no survivors.  If you had one song you could listen to before it happens, what would it be? (credit to NewEpicAuthor for this one).  Please share the link to the song if you can.

I saw this question on Jim’s blog and, to be honest, if I were on a plane that was about to crash, I don’t think I’d give two shits about listening to a song. I probably wouldn’t be able to hear it over my screaming, anyway. That said, as I told Jim in the comments on his post, I’d probably choose “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place” by the animals. Because if the plane was going to crash, it would be the last thing I would ever do.

What is one thing you’re really, really good at and not ashamed to admit it?  I worded that deliberately because aren’t we taught to be humble and not pushy about our achievements?  Celebrate your ability!

I don’t know that I’m “really, really good” at any one thing. So I’m going to say nothing.

Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?

9A8E57C5-88AB-4BD7-A2B4-2B81F77F3154Well, considering that I count the pictures I’ve taken to be among my valuables, I can’t answer this, since it’s not a real choice.

What were you grateful for or something that made you smile during the past month?

During the past month and not the past week? Well, I’m grateful that we have entered San Francisco’s “summer” season, which is generally mid-September through mid-November. If you want to visit the City by the Bay, this is the time of year to do it. That said, they are calling for some rain tomorrow, so wait until Wednesday before you arrive.

Democrats and Republicans

AE32E48D-A4FD-46E3-BF88-E95FEAD232EBGroucho Marx once said, “All people are born alike — except Republicans and Democrats.”

Unfortunately, what Groucho said decades ago is even more true today. The partisan divide is at an extreme like I have personally never experienced…and I lived through the Vietnam era, when this country was very politically divided.

We all share stereotypical views of those on the other side of the aisle. For example, if someone you’d never met learned that you were a Republican, they would likely assume that you are not black, lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, nonreligious, or Jewish. If they learned you were a Democrat, they would likely believe that you are not a white evangelical Christian and you don’t live in a rural part of the county.

Most Democrats are left-leaning, liberal, and are usually associated with progressiveness and equality. Most Republicans are right-leaning, conservative, and are associated with big business, economic freedom, and with self-reliance. But to be fair, “most” doesn’t mean “all.” There are plenty of crossovers, like me, a social liberal and a fiscal conservative.

I consider political party affiliation to be like religion. When babies are born, they have no religion. But they are taught about religion from their parents and most children embrace the religious beliefs of their families and maintain those beliefs into and throughout adulthood.

Similarly, babies are not born either Democratic or Republican. But they will typically embrace and follow the political leanings of their families.

My question is what has happened to moderates within either political party? These days moderates are ridiculed as being either RINOs or DINOs (i.e., Republicans/Democrats In Name Only) and of being disloyal to their party (even when being loyal to their party is being disloyal to their country). Political compromise and a willingness to negotiate with the other side are considered signs of weakness.

It’s a sad state of affairs when the primary purpose of a political party is to do everything it can to stymie the other party, thus effectively blocking the government from getting much of anything done. For anybody.

FOWC with Fandango — Limit

FOWCWelcome to October 1, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC).

Wow, it’s October already. Today is the start of my fifth month posting a daily word prompt. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Thanks to all of you who regularly participate. I will continue to try to provide you with a word each day that might help you to get your creative juices flowing.

This prompt is 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 “limit.”

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.