Death With Dignity?

298F0D1C-D219-44A0-891A-D7E7D43FA959“Listen, I know I’m no spring chicken. Sure, I’m out of touch with all the latest technologies and I’m not, as the kids say, ‘with it.’ But is it fair to expect me to pay a penalty for being a bit of a troglodyte? I don’t think so. I don’t even know why I’m here.”

I was in a dark room standing in front of a giant screen. I was looking up at an image of a woman. An exceptional woman. A stunning woman. She was staring back at me with piercing eyes. I felt as if those eyes were penetrating me, reaching down deep into my very soul. The whole scenario was freaking me out; she was freaking me out.

“Stop!” a sultry, but, at the same time, a brash voice coming from the screen said.

“Stop what?” I asked. “I’m just standing here watching your image on this screen. I don’t even no why I’m here.”

“You are here because you are elderly and are a drain on society and our country,” the voice said. It seemed to be coming from the woman on the screen, but her lips weren’t moving. “You are costing society more than you are contributing, so you have been deemed to no longer be cost effective nor a worthwhile investment for the government.”

“I see,” I said, feeling like quite the underdog. “So what happens next?” I asked.

“You will be assigned a death with dignity counselor who will walk you through your euthanasia process,” the voice said. “Do you understand?”

“I do,” I said. “I was wrong. I’m not an underdog. I’m being put down like an actual dog. It’s really too bad that life experience and the wisdom of age is no longer valued in our society. Is this really what our so-called leader meant when he said he was going to make our country great again?”


Written for the September Speculative Fiction Prompt from Carol J Forrester. Speculative Fiction is a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. Photo credit: Pixabay Free Image.

Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (spring), The Daily Spur (penalty), Ragtag Daily Prompt (troglodyte), Your Daily Word Prompt (exceptional), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brash), and Word of the Day Challenge (underdog).

Advice From Nextdoor

EEAB8B7D-DED0-4689-B117-5513D26B24CEI have this app on my iPhone called “Nextdoor.” According to its website, “Nextdoor is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood — whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them.”

I’ve actually found out some interesting and useful things on the Nextdoor app. Like temporary road closures, new local restaurants opening up or old ones closing, crime reports, and some suggestions for who to call for what services.

But I have to admit that what I saw on Nextdoor the other day had to be the weirdest, possibly the sickest piece of advice I’ve ever seen. I swear this was actually posted on on the Nextdoor app. But to be honest, I don’t know if this posting was a legitimate one or a prank. I’m hoping it was a prank, but these days, you can never be sure.

Are you ready?CE018E16-9390-4744-BC71-6A767FE09664Okay, speaking about pets, and to lighten things up, since the above post, if you’re a pet owner, might freak you out, I also saw this picture posted on Nextdoor.AB904335-3644-4A81-B843-44A362E02CE2

Random Facts About Me That You Never Wanted To Know

DCB8634D-2A00-4D89-9605-9B3BC9DBFEEDBarbara, over at Teleportingweena, came across some fun questions to answer that she saw people doing on Facebook. She posted them on her blog and said that the idea is to answer 23 random questions that would reveal facts about yourself “that may surprise your friends.” Then she said, “Maybe you’d enjoy answering them, too.”

Challenge accepted, Barbara. I don’t know if any of this will actually surprise anyone because I’m an open book. But I’ll let you readers be the judge.

1. Do you make your bed every morning?

No. My wife does.

2. What was your first car?

1961 Corvair Monza that my parents gave me when they bought a new car in 1965.

3. What two grocery items do you never run out of?

Coffee and bananas for my morning cereal. Just to be clear, the bananas are for my morning cereal, not the coffee. I have my coffee separately BEFORE I make my bowl of cereal. I do not put coffee IN my morning cereal. 

4. At what age did you start doing your laundry?

I suppose it must have been when I was 18 and went off to college.

5. If you could, would you go back to high school?

NFW!

6. Can you parallel park in under three moves?

Give or take

7. A job you had which people would be shocked to know you once had?

I was a soda jerk at an ice cream parlor.

8. Do you think aliens are real?

I think there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. These days, though, I’m wondering if there is still intelligent life on Earth.

9. Can you drive a stick shift?

Most of my cars, up until recently, were stick shifts (i.e., had manual transmissions).

10. Guilty TV pleasure?

“The Voice,” the only “reality” TV show I watch.

11. Tattoos?

Not a one. No piercings, either.

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of survivors?

If the world ends, there would be no survivors. Duh!

13. Sweet or salty?

Salty and spicy.

14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath?

I’m strictly a shower guy.

15. Do you consider yourself a strong person?

Physically, not really. But emotionally and mentally, you betcha.

16. Something people do that drives you nuts?

Supporting Donald Trump no matter what crazy, insane things he says or does.

17. Do you have any birthmarks?

I have a few small moles on my back.

18. Favorite childhood game?

Sports: baseball; board game: Risk; card game: Spades

19. Do you talk to yourself?

Only when no one else will talk to me.

20. Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?

I prefer crossword puzzles.

21. Tea or coffee?

Coffee. Tea is what you drink when you’re feeling sick.

22. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?

A radio sportscaster.

23. Favorite game now?

Sports: still baseball; card game: Hearts;  board game: Yahtzee (well, it’s technically not a board game per se, but you play it on a table and there is a scorecard); electronic game: Solitaire on my iPhone.8688A30A-13C0-42D0-9245-3B0112686238

Okay, your turn.

FOWC with Fandango — Brash

FOWCWelcome to September 12, 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 “brash.”

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.