#100WW — Behave Yourself

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“You need to behave yourself when we go inside, do you understand?” Beth said.

“Are you still bellyaching about my gaffe at the Zenith Grill yesterday?” Danny asked.

“Gaffe? You and I have very different definitions of that word, Danny. What you did was breathtaking, and not in a good way.”

“Oh come on, Beth. You expect me to tiptoe on velvet around you, don’t you?”

“You know, if I were a man I’d belt you one,” Beth said.

“Fine,” Danny said. “I’ll behave myself, Beth. Let’s grab a few beers, some grub, and enjoy the rest of the day.”

(100 words)


Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gaffe), Your Daily Word Prompt (zenith), Weekly Prompts (definitions), Ragtag Daily Prompt (breathtaking), Word of the Day Challenge (velvet), and The Daily Spur (belt).

No Wonder

60F00C78-DD72-4A79-930D-2E638D965902It’s no wonder that the people associated with Donald Trump are defying congressional subpoenas. I mean why not? They apparently are facing no penalties and no negative consequences for refusing to comply with those subpoenas.

But former Trump cronies, from Paul Manafort to Michael Flynn to Michael Cohen, are either in jail or will be going to jail for testifying before Congress. While those who are refusing to respond to subpoenas are walking around scot-free. They are being rewarded for not appearing.

It appears that Congress, the Legislative Branch of our federal government, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government (along with the Judicial Branch) and which is supposed to have oversight responsibility over the Executive Branch, is a toothless tiger. What can Congress do when the president, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and everyone else in the Trump administration chooses to ignore Congress? Write sternly-worded letters? Ooh!

Oh wait. I almost forgot that Donald Trump, Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Junior apparently got to dictate the terms of his appearance before the Republican controlled committee. He set the time limit to no more than two to four hours and is willing to address a limited number of questions focusing on just five or six specific topics.

That’s like a defendant in a murder trial agreeing to testify only if his appearance is limited to a few hours max and the prosecution cannot ask him any questions about the murder. Besides, Junior takes after his father and will just lie and lie. And why not? No consequences.

It’s time for Congress to impeach the bastard.

In Other Words — Contentment

CE8AE2FE-D786-4BEB-8A11-A4A5E6454F69You ask me if I’m happy in our relationship and I answer that I’m not particularly happy.

You ask me if I’m unhappy in our relationship and I answer that I’m not particularly unhappy.

You want to know, if I’m not happy and I’m not unhappy, what, then, am I?

I tell you that I’m content.

You smile and tell me that you’re content, too.


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “unhappy.” Today I used only the word, not the picture Patricia provided. I substituted another image I found on the internet (credit: iStock/Monsterstock1) that I felt better illustrated my story.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #24

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

The fear of failing can be immobilizing. It can cause you to do nothing. Most people, at some point in their lives, have probably experienced this fear of failure. As a result, they may resist taking a chance on doing something that might otherwise have led to great success.

So my provocative question is this:

“Have you ever been so afraid of failing at something that you decided not to try it at all? What’s one thing would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

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