The Assignation

EB939CB1-743D-4475-8809-C30DC2AA0717Carolyn was very nervous. She was not the kind to play these clandestine games. In fact, she’d never done anything like this before. But she so did admire this man. Unlike her husband, who was boring and predictable, this other man was eclectic. His interests were varied and wide, his style was sophisticated, and his conversation was fascinating, especially given his delightful British accent. Not only that, he was gorgeous.

So when he invited her back to his home after they had met after work for drinks at a local bar, she decided to say yes. The excitement, the intrigue, the very idea of engaging with someone like him, so different, so new, so refreshing, and, of course, so damn gorgeous, clouded her better judgment.

They had been at his place for only a few minutes, locked together in a passionate embrace, when the sound of a key being inserted into the lock of the front door could be heard. “Damn,” he said. “It’s my wife. She wasn’t supposed to be back from her trip until tomorrow. Quick, there’s the back door,” he said pointing toward the kitchen. “You need to skedaddle.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (clandestine), Word of the Day Challenge (admire), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (eclectic), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (skedaddle).

Share Your World — Sounds Right

It’s Monday and that means that Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind is, once again, asking us to Share Our World with all of you. So let’s get to it, shall we?

What’s wrong but sounds right?

This may sound petty, but when you pass a stranger who is trying to be friendly and who says something like “how are you doing,” “how are you,” or “how’s it going,” and then just walks off before you have a chance to even say “fine thank you.” I mean why bother asking if you really couldn’t care less? It’s a totally empty, meaningless expression. To me, a nod or a simple “hi” or “hello” is a lot more genuine than having a stranger ask me how I’m doing and then continue walking on.

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic?

Hmm. Well, how about when a woman sticks out her tongue and licks her lips from one side of her mouth to the other? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure I’d find that romantic as much as sexy. But it might prompt me to ask her, “How are you doing?” Or maybe “How much?”

What’s something you really resent paying for?

With all the state and local taxes I have to pay, I really hate paying for city services that I think my local tax dollars should cover. Like trash collection. You’d think, with what I pay in taxes, I wouldn’t have to pay extra to have my trash, recycling, and compost picked up, dammit.

What’s your favorite romance movie?  A movie you may find romantic, even if that’s not the genre.  I’ve been watching a lot of those lately, loosely titled “romance movie” and found a surprising number of dramas, action and comedy among the hearts and flowers.

Personally I’m not a big “romance movie” fan, so I’ll defer to my wife, whose favorites include “Pretty Woman,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”  Although I will admit that “Annie Hall” and “When Harry Met Sally” are funny and enjoyable.

And of course we have our gratitude of the week question: What were you uplifted by in the past week?

The Patriots winning the Super Bowl.

My Wife Is Pissed At Me

7AEBD6FE-CE80-4097-9274-7E790BFFA3B5Why is she pissed at me? Because the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl last night. And because I rooted for them and was happy that they won.

But why is she pissed at me simply for rooting for the Patriots? Because the owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, is tight with Donald Trump. And because the head coach of the Patriots, Bill Belichick, and Donald Trump admire one another. And because a red MAGA hat was once spotted in Tom Brady’s locker.

Trump has repeatedly hailed the Patriots as “winners” and touted his friendly relationship with Brady, Kraft, and Belichick. He claims that they support his presidency.

My wife really hates Donald Trump and anyone who supports, endorses, or enables him. And in her mind, by rooting for the Patriots, I was, by proxy, endorsing Donald Trump.

Never before has she given two shits about how the owners, coaches, or players on a sports team felt about the person occupying the Oval Office. Or about what teams the president liked. Nor have I.

So thank you, Donald Trump, for politicizing professional football. Isn’t it bad enough that you have divided the country with your divisive talk and deeds? Now you have created a divide between my wife and me over the Super Bowl.

I’m sure that, in a day or two, my wife’s anger at me for rooting for the Patriots and for being happy that they won the Super Bowl will blow over.

But in the meantime, fuck you, Donald Trump. Just fuck you.

FOWC with Fandango — Eclectic

FOWCWelcome to February 4, 2019 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 “eclectic.”

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.