Mistress Elaine

2C988684-F5B3-42E5-BBA2-E573C22A9F61“Wow, Elaine, that meal was sumptuous,” Eric said. “I have to tell you that you fixing me a meal like that is not very common.”

“That’s what I call a backhanded compliment if I ever heard one,” Elaine responded, looking hurt. “Are you testing the bounds of our friendship by saying that?”

Feigning upset, Eric said, “I would never do that, Elaine. Let me be as lucid as I can be. I’m crazy about you and I value your prowess in the kitchen almost as much as I do the way you dominate me in the bedroom.”

“Well that’s good, but you need to be taught a lesson,” Elaine said, a wicked smile on her face. “Go to the bedroom, take off your clothes, and get in bed. I’ll meet you there after I change into my black leather corset and get my riding crop.”

“Giddy-up, Mistress Elaine,” Eric said.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (sumptuous), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (common), The Daily Spur (friendship), Your Daily Word Prompt (lucid), and Word of the Day Challenge (dominate).

Share Your World — War and Peace

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S. and Melanie has given us a bit of a Memorial Day themed Share Your World today. Let’s see ale a look at her questions and my answers, shall we?

Do you consider yourself a pessimist or an optimist?

Generally, I’m an optimist, but these days, when it comes to what is going on in the world of geopolitics, I’m feeling quite pessimistic. I don’t see any happy endings in sight. 

Can war ever be just?

Only as a last resort. I certainly don’t condone starting a preemptive war and I think every possible effort should be made to come up with a diplomatic solution to whatever divides us. The human cost of war is far too great to enter into war without having exhausted all other options.DD7C4052-9891-4D34-964A-92D8DCEFE399

Think about the people you love most in your life, what do you do for them?

I try to support them in whatever they do and in any way I can. I will offer my advice when asked, but whether or not they take it, I will support them.

Are you health conscious?

More than I used to be when I was younger. Now I watch what I eat, and get mostly organic produce and groceries. I try to get at least some exercise each day, even if it’s just walking our dog. And I get an annual physical exam and go to the dentist twice a year. The good news is that, for an old geezer, I’m in pretty good health with no significant health issues.

Gratitude, Thankfulness, Wonder, Awe, and Joy!

Nothing really jumps out at me that was particularly great, but I’m always thankful to be alive and healthy with a family that I love and pets that adore me…as long as I feed them regularly.

Anyway, for those of you in the U.S., happy Memorial Day. And for those of you elsewhere, have a great Monday…or what’s left of it in your neck of the woods.

Old School

c2ccc1b1-a5cf-4050-a2d1-aed67dd0c67e.jpegI’m an old guy — as in senior citizen old. And I’m sometimes challenged to keep up with the latest and greatest language lingo and usage.

For example, when my daughter’s boyfriend told me that he was “down with” something I said, I became very defensive, thinking that I was being insulted. I later found out that it meant that he agreed with me or was “okay” with whatever it was that I said.

And when someone recently asked, “Do you feel me?” my response was, “Um, in this #MeToo era, do you really want me to?” I’m glad I asked first.

So these days, before I react to something I hear or read, I often look to the Urban Dictionary to help me understand what the hell people, particularly younger people — which, at my age is almost everyone — are talking about.

A few days ago, I heard someone use the phrase “off-the-hook.” The way I always understood the phrase “off-the-hook” is that it means being relieved from responsibility. For example, when Donald Trump heard that Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report found “no collusion and no obstruction” (it did not, in fact, find any such thing), Donald Trump felt like he was off the hook.

But it turns out that the person who used that expression meant it in an entirely different way. When he said it, his intended meaning for something being “off the hook” was that it was “fresh” and “new” and so in demand that the items in question are virtually flying off the hooks (or hangers or shelves) at stores.

Sure enough, when I went to the Urban Dictionary site, that was the second definition. The number one definition was “cool, happening,” as in “Bob’s party was totally off the hook!”

“Off the hook” also refers to something that exceeds a minimal standard of satisfaction or is appealing to one’s mind, as in “that song is off the hook!”

My definition for “off the hook” (to get away with something or to not be responsible for it) is what the Urban Dictionary calls the  “old school” definition.

So I’m “old school,” huh? Well, that’s okay. I don’t really mind being thought of as old school. I take it as a badge of honor. And, by the way, the Urban Dictionary defines “old school” as “anything that is from an earlier era or previous generation and is looked upon with high regard or respect.” Woo hoo!

Besides, it’s also one of my favorite Steely Dan songs. I mean that song is off the hook.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #15

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for my fifteenth weekly Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Bruno Aquirre@unsplash.com.C373D3B0-AD6F-4387-AA87-E4C800F3E76EIf this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Common

FOWCWelcome to May 27, 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 “common.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.