Oh My

7745281F-1901-4DC6-8F99-C01271B73B9D.jpeg“Pretty soon I’ll be free of this crap,” Edward said to the guy standing in line next to him.

“Oh yeah,” the guy said. “How so?”

“I’m retiring soon,” Edward said, “and then this rat race will be over and I won’t be rushing to the airport and standing in long check-in lines and having to deal with this bullshit anymore.”

“Lucky you,” the guy said. “I can only dream about being able to ditch this hassle. So where are you headed?

“I’m on my way to Los Angeles,” Edward said.

“No kidding?” the guy said. “Me too.”

“Really? What’s taking you there?” Edward asked.

“Well,” the guy said, “I run a company that puts on beauty contests around the country and I have to screen a bunch of prospective contestants before Saturday’s pageant.”

“You mean like the Miss America pageant?”

“Kind of,” the guy said with a smile on his face. “It’s the Miss Porn America pageant. It’s little more kinky than Miss America. And why are you going there?”

“I’m surprising my granddaughter,” Edward said. “She’s a budding actress and is auditioning for some show there.”

Edward thought for a second. “Oh my,” he said.

(200 words)


I spent much of today with family and friends, but I wanted to get my Sunday Photo Fiction post in before I called it a day. I also squeezed in these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (free), Ragtag Daily Prompt (dream), Scotts Daily Prompt (screen), Your Daily Word Prompt (pageant).

Day 9 — Don’t Worry, Be Happy

img_3121For Day 9 of the 30-Day Song Challenge, we are asked to name “a song that makes you happy.” And so, without hurting my head by giving it too much thought, I’m going with the 1988 mega hit song by musician Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

I mean seriously, how can you not be happy after hearing that song?8AA2FF76-6CDB-4E73-B65D-0577ECECF4A0

Song Lyric Sunday — Where the Boys Are

Helen Vahdati selected the theme “boys” for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt. So naturally, the first song that popped into my head was the Connie Francis hit single, “Where the Boys Are.”

“Where the Boys Are” was written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield for Connie Francis as the title track of the 1960 movie by the same name in which she was co-starring, along with George Hamilton. The song was recorded in late 1960 and was released as a single in January 1961. It reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.

The producer and director of the movie, “Where the Boys Are,” Joe Pasternak, had his own song writing team that he wanted to come up with a title song for the movie, but Connie Francis insisted that Sedaka and Greenfield, the team who had written some of her other hit songs, be given a shot at writing the song and Pasternak acquiesced.

“Where the Boys Are” is a simple song about a young girl hoping to find her one true love, the one-in-a-million boy who will be hers.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Where the boys are, someone waits for me
A smilin’ face, a warm embrace, two arms to hold me tenderly

Where the boys are, my true love will be
He’s walkin’ down some street in town and I know he’s lookin’ there for me

In the crowd of a million people I’ll find my valentine
And then I’ll climb to the highest steeple and tell the world he’s mine

‘Til he holds me I’ll wait impatiently
Where the boys are, where the boys are
Where the boys are, someone waits for me

‘Til he holds me I’ll wait impatiently
Where the boys are, where the boys are
Where the boys are, someone waits for me

FOWC with Fandango — Free

FOWCWelcome to December 9, 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 “free.”

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.