Rory Deals Four Aces

d6aeb5c7-73c1-40f1-9cb5-0ed40604be7aWere I playing poker, I’d love to have been dealt four aces. I’d push all of my chips to the center of the table and, with a huge, shit-eating grin on my face, I’d say “I’m all in.”

But this is not poker. It’s Rory’s The Friday Four, where he poses four thought-provoking questions for us to consider. This week’s four questions are:

1] Do you think our society could exist without laws?

For better or worse, I think we have demonstrated over and over again throughout human history that, in order to avoid anarchy and chaos, society must have laws. Of course, when the leader of the country ignores or breaks said laws (yes, I’m talking to you, Donald Trump), the so-called rule of law loses its meaning.

2] How important is the freedom of speech?

In a free society, freedom of speech is extremely important. But it can also be easily abused by those with evil intent. So there needs to be a balance between allowing people to freely express their opinions without fear of retaliation, and controlling the expression of hate speech or speech that jeopardizes the sanctity and security of a country’s citizens. Remember:ebcd19d0-62e7-4f0a-beea-65d5a39e027d

3] How long do you think humans have left on planet earth?

At the rate we’re going, probably not far into the 22nd century.

4] Using your mind or losing your mind, where is the fine line between madness and creativity?

This seems to beg the question of whether or not there is a strong correlation between an original, creative mind and a troubled one. I tend to think that very creative people sometimes seem to have serious dark sides and suffer from depression and mood swings (i.e., bipolar disorders). But are creativity and madness just two sides of the same coin? Can one exist without the other? I honestly don’t know. I’m not a particularly creative person, but some that I personally know do tend to be high strung, sensitive, and emotional. But madness? Mentally illness? No, I just don’t see that.9dd32475-583a-46e7-987b-a7541ec0def7


MLMM First Line Friday — Stand Up

d53f765b-e2f1-430e-880d-825f69dcbc78“Well I think it’s funny!” Sharon said. “And it’s not a mean funny, it’s, you know, an affable funny.”

“Thank you so much for letting me run my routine by you,” Joel said. “I’m so glad you liked it. You know, it’s always been my dream to do stand up.”

“Well, as long as it’s not a chore, you should continue to pursue it,” Sharon said.

“A chore?” Joel said. “Not at all. I love it. And I have a method to my madness. I’m adamant that I have the power to be a successful stand up comedian.”

“I have confidence that you’ll make it, Joel,” Sharon said. “By the way, I saw a female comedian the other night at a local club. She was marvelous, so funny. Maybe you know her, Joel. Her name is Mrs. Maisel, the same last name you have.”

Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s First Line Friday. Also for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (affable), Nova’s Daily Random Word  (dream), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chore), Daily Addictions (method), Your Daily Word Prompt (adamant), and Word of the Day Challenge (power).


b6905cf2-2498-407c-a024-e5199cc4815bWhen I was drinking coffee this morning while reading the newspaper, my wife commented that nothing has been done since the 2016 election to fix the issues with voting machines being hacked, to combat Russian interference, to address voter suppression, or to fix state gerrymandering where Democrats receive more votes but Republicans win more seats.

“I have no doubt that, given all this, Trump will be re-elected in 2020,” she said. And then she suggested that Trump is positioning his daughter, Ivanka, to run in 2024, hoping to keep the Trump dynasty going. “That would also make Ivanka Trump the first woman president,” she added.

Ugh. Talk about a worst-case scenario!

We’re doomed!

And then, on a totally unrelated topic, I read an article on a site called Daily Writing Tips that “Google likes 1,500-word posts now, and dislikes 500-word ones.” 1,500 words? Seriously? Dislikes 500 word posts? Oh crap. My average post length so far this year is only 227 words! So much for having any of my posts show up highly ranked in Google searches.

I’m doomed!

JusJoJan — We are the Champions of the World

Okay, I screwed up “bigly.” You see, when I saw Linda G. Hill’s post for the Just Jot It January prompt for January 18 in my Reader, it was around 11:15 at night (my time) on January 17. That’s usually about the time I go to sleep. So I was in my bed on my iPhone when I saw that today’s word, which was suggested by Di, over at Pensitivity101, was “companionship.” Unfortunately, my old, tired eyes saw the word Di suggested as “championship.” Yeah, I know. Anyway, I spent the next half hour or so writing this post based upon the word “championship” instead of the word “companionship:

I’m lucky.

My favorite baseball team in the Boston Red Sox.40d9525d-8abb-46cb-88f4-df908519ad22My favorite football team is the New England Patriots.41b7a3c2-36fa-47b6-b5fa-8b0e2e2a6dcbMy favorite basketball team is the Golden State Warriors.56439fff-833c-47c0-ac5c-ed8094bb3eacMy favorite hockey team is…wait, I don’t follow hockey.

But my point is that my favorite teams have all had championship seasons in their respective sports in recent years. And that makes me very happy.

Okay, so I didn’t want to trash what I’d already written, and, at almost midnight, it was too late for me to start writing another whole post. Hence I decided to just go with what I had already written for my daily jot based upon the word “championship.” But to make sure that I managed to get Di’s actual word, “companionship” into today’s jot, I’ll add this one sentence:

It’s always more fun to watch your team win a championship when you have some good friends over for companionship. 


Friday Fictioneers — Broken Glass

0c69accd-7a1d-41a5-a75f-c263834bcc78I was just about to go to the glass shop to get an estimate to replace the glass in the door when my wife stopped me.

“No, I don’t want you to fix it,” she said. “Leave the tape on the glass.”

“Why would you want to leave it that way?” I asked. “It looks terrible.”

“I want you to leave it that way,” she said, “so you will be reminded every time you enter our house the damage you do when you come home drunk. This time it was the glass you broke. Last time it was my nose.”

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.