On Wheels and Walls

994c23b5-55c0-49c5-9e21-8d2a0f5c5f0b“They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall,” Trump said today, later adding, “The wheel is older than the wall, you know that? There are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works. Nothing like a wall.”

Then our imbicile president said, “And I looked, and every single car out there, even the really expensive ones that the Secret Service uses — and believe me they are expensive — I said, ‘Do they all have wheels?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh. I thought it was medieval.’”

It’s kind of ridiculous to have to fact check every “fact” our lying leader spews, but here goes.

The oldest walls found in existence so far are those of the temple of Gobekli Tepe in Urfa, southeast Turkey, which date to 11,500 years ago.

Conversely, the first wheels were created to serve as potter’s wheels around 3500 BC, or around 5,500 years ago, in Mesopotamia.

Donald, Donald, Donald. Haven’t you heard what a truly great president, Abraham Lincoln, said? “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

50 Word Thursday —Trippin’

4C9C1579-F39C-4C36-B0D5-520A9F12CA0C.jpeg“Are you seeing what I’m seeing?”

“That depends.”

“On what?”

“On what you’re seeing.”

“I can’t describe what I’m seeing.”

“So how am I supposed answer your question?”

“What question?”

“You asked me if I’m seeing what you’re seeing.”

“Are you?”

“Am I what?”

“Seeing what I’m seeing?”

“Sure. Whatever.”

(50 Words)


Written for the 50 Word Thursday prompt, hosted this week by Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith.

What Will It Take?

32654DAC-CA88-4674-9F3F-3373A7640313.jpegI wonder how many Trump voters are feeling remorse for having put their hopes and faith in Donald Trump. Are they experiencing any sense of frustration for having fallen for his con?

And what about the feckless, unscrupulous Republicans in Congress who, knowing that he’s a liar and a con artist who is a danger to our country and to society, continue to partner with him and give him cover? Do they seriously believe, all evidence to the contrary, that he did not conspire with the Russians in order to steal the election?

In what alternative universe do these lemmings reside? Are they blind to the narcissism of the forlorn old man who sits alone at his empty desk in the Oval Office? When will they get up off their fat, complacent asses and on their feet and say “enough is enough”? When will his next set of irrational executive orders be his last orders?

What will it take to end this chaos? What will it take to remove this menace, who prefers dealing with the Kremlin and with China than with the US Congress, from office? What will it take to restore sanity to our nation. What will it take to make America great again?


Written for these one word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (remorse), Your Daily Word Prompt (frustration), Ragtag Daily Prompt (partner), Daily Addictions (universe), Word of the Day Challenge (forlorn), Nova’s Daily Random Word (feet), and Michael’s Writing Prompts (last orders).

JusJoJan — Early to Rise

08dba28b-bfee-4cde-a3a3-3a4522c0143bToday’s jot for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt was suggested by Toortsie. The word is “sunrise.” As Linda noted, Toortsie’s native language isn’t English, it’s Afrikaans. When I opened up her post using the Chrome browser on my iPhone, I was asked if I wanted Google to translate the text from Afrikaans to English and voila! I could read every word.

So now on to my jot for January 10th.

When I lived in the east, I used to love to go to the coast and watch the sun rising up and over the Atlantic. It was breathtakingly beautiful. But also when I lived in the east, the nearest ocean coastline was easily 100 miles from where I lived. And, as a younger man, I typically stayed up later at night and slept later in the morning. So my opportunities to witness the sunrise at the ocean were few and far between.

Now I live on the west coast, and even though, in my old age, I often wake up before dawn, I’m 3,000 or so miles away from being able to see the sun rising over the ocean.

But there’s no need to feel sorry for me. No indeed. Because now I live only a few miles from the ocean and I can go watch the sun setting into the Pacific anytime I want.

What I’ve discovered is that, whether you’re looking east at the Atlantic or west at the Pacific, both the sunrise and the sunset at the ocean’s shore are breathtakingly beautiful. And if you show someone a photograph, and ask them if they’re looking at a picture of a sunrise or a sunset, they’ll be hard pressed to give you the correct answer.

100WW — Snow Tires

4374407b-e5ed-45cb-a707-95cad2401b31Marsha went to the kitchen sink and glanced out of the window. She was shocked to see that it was snowing. It never snowed in San Diego. Not even in the winter.

Marsha called her husband, who just came downstairs from their bedroom, over to the window. “Look, Douglas,” she said. “Snow.”

Douglas looked out of the window and turned to his wife. “You see, Marsha,” he said pointing at the window, “this just proves that the whole global warming thing is fake news, like Trump said. What we should be worried about is getting snow tires for the car.”

(100 words)


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