Tasteless and Offensive

AE24E8F8-FD87-4CEE-9A9C-16E4E53EB8EF“You really need to do something about your sense of humor,” Gary said. “That comedian was very funny.”

“I thought his jokes were way too abstract,” Judy said. “And that joke, if that’s what you’d call it, about how men can empower women, was just tasteless and offensive.

“See, that’s what I mean,” Gary said. “The fact that you didn’t appreciate his joke about female empowerment is yet another manifestation of your lack of wit.”

“You know, Gary,” Judy said, “Sometimes the words that escape from your mouth frighten me.” She looked at her watch. “It’s getting late. I told the babysitter we’d be home before midnight.

Now it was Gary’s turn to look at his watch. “It’s only 11:25, Judy,” he said. “It takes approximately ten minutes to drive home from here.” At least let me finish my beer.”

“If we don’t leave this instant,” Judy said, “it won’t be my alleged lack of wit that will manifest itself.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Weekly Prompt (humor), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (abstract), Ragtag Daily Prompt (empower), Word of the Day (manifestation), Your Daily Word Prompt (frighten), Scotts Daily Prompt (late), and Daily Addictions (approximate).

100WW — Reunited

C27256EC-FD65-4C84-AEAE-BE64CA6AB454The officers had taken away Camila’s daughter, Sofia, at the detention center. She asked the officials about her daughter, but they were no help. Camila sought out legal aid resources who were working on behalf of detained immigrants, and they were finally able to locate Sofia at a juvenile center in another state.

As she was walking into the center with the woman from legal aid, Camila spotted Sofia’s stuffed teddybear on the floor on the other side of a barbed wire fence. She knew she was about to be reunited with Sofia, and her eyes filled with joyful tears.

(100 words)

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

The Least I Can Do

Teresa over at The Haunted Wordsmith was nominated by two different bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She didn’t nominate my blog for that same award, but she did list my blog as one of 11 “great blogs to check out.” So the least I can do is answer her 11 questions.

  1. Paper or plastic? Neither. In San Francisco plastic bags are outlawed and they charge you 10¢ for each paper bag. So I always carry cloth bags with me when I go shopping.2B79C1E7-3D62-4C3E-B602-B7EA32BA8CFE
  2. Drive Thru/Take Away, Eat-in, or Delivery? Pretty much all of them.
  3. Favorite pizza toppings? Mushrooms, pepperoni, and onions.
  4. Ice cream, Frozen Yogurt, or Frozen Custard? Ice cream.F429CF16-3D9D-4EBF-B50D-2488C8742FCC.png
  5. Favorite Hamburger toppings? Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and ketchup.
  6. Coffee, Tea, or Soda? Coffee.
  7. Favorite snack food? Potato chips.F9F3C6E3-AADF-48E2-BA4A-EB805C6365B4
  8. Sunny, Cloudy, or Overcast? Sunny, duh!
  9. If you could order anything from the machine in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, what would you order (its a machine that drops food from the sky)? Maryland blue crabs.4BF72B94-CE01-4A4D-807B-653605B6FB15
  10. Alien, Predator, or Human Villain…which would you rather face? Some choice. I don’t know. I guess a human villain because I might be more likely to know what to expect.
  11. What do you want from The Great Pumpkin this year? Does the Great Pumpkin bring you presents? Why am I just finding out about this?6EA5D205-5E4E-4597-989C-7E5BCA9DB22D

In Other Words — Keep the Change

BEDB7A78-E2EC-4F72-9443-FEE5937FBB51There are some things about myself I’d like to change.

But change doesn’t come easy for me.

I could chance a making a change

Or I can stay the same.

You can keep the change.

DB342365-BADD-48E0-8BF1-9501E81150D0Written for the “In Other Words” prompt from Patricia’s Place. We are tasked with writing a story or poem of 5 lines or fewer using the word “change.”