No Cash, No Carry

8B7E7ED6-F014-4482-9398-F842B15172FA“Oh damn,” Rebecca said, turning red with embarrassment. “I was sure I brought my money with me when I came to town.”

“It’s okay,” the proprietor of the bake shop said. “We accept credit cards.”

“Actually, I don’t have a credit card,” Rebecca said. “Haven’t you read all of those articles about people having their identities stolen when they use credit cards?”

“I have no direct knowledge about such happenings,” the proprietor said, “but there’s a bank at the end of the block. You can use your ATM card to get some cash.”

“I don’t have an ATM card, either. Those dang machines can be hacked, too, you know,” Rebecca said.

“Well, do you have a check?” the proprietor asked. “I usually don’t take personal checks, but under the circumstances, I’ll make an exception and will accept your check.”

“No, sorry, I don’t have a checking account,” Rebecca said. “People can steal or forge checks.”

“Well, I don’t know what to say,” the bakery shop proprietor said. “No cash, no credit card, no ATM card, and no check means no carry.”

“I have a lot of cash that I’ve been able to squirrel away under my mattress at home,” Rebecca said. “How about if I take these baked goods with me now and I’ll stop by tomorrow and pay you in cash then.”

“Tomorrow is Sunday and my shop is closed,” the proprietor said. “Why don’t you go home now, get your cash, and come back this afternoon to pay for baked goods. I’m open until five. Then, once you’ve paid for your goods, you can take them with you.”

“Your animosity toward me is not very subtle,” an angry Rebecca said.

“My animosity toward you is justifiable given the scam you’re trying to pull here,” the proprietor said. “Now get the hell out of my shop.”

“Well I never,” Rebecca said and started to storm out of the store. As she got to the door, she turned around and said, “I’m going to give your shop one star on Yelp.”

At which point Rebecca was hit in the head by a blueberry scone adeptly thrown at her by the proprietor.

Written for Di’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “stop,” “Sunday,” and “squirrel.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (town), Daily Addictions (bake), Word of the Day Challenge (knowledge), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cash), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (subtle).

Share Your World — Facepalms and Censorship

Share Your WorldIt’s another Monday and you know what that means, right? It’s time for Melanie’s intriguing Share Your World questions and for Fandango’s answers.

When was the last time you face palmed?

The last time (and virtually every time) I hear Donald Trump open his mouth. The guy is an imbecile.

When is censorship warranted? Ever?

B3F6E806-5CD6-459B-8A38-3512DAED3705This is a tough one. I think some censorship of “inappropriate” language or images for children is not a bad thing, but I suppose it depends upon your definition of “inappropriate.” It seems that in today’s society, it’s okay for kids to see violence on TV and in the movies. There’s little to no “censorship” when it comes to violence on the screen, but nudity is something children are generally not permitted to view. Maybe that’s why gun violence is rampant in our country and why nudity is considered to be taboo. Personally, I think it should be the other way around. What is wrong with kids being able to see the naked human body? It’s beautiful, and our current approach to censorship makes it seem like we should be ashamed of our bodies. Of course, graphic sex is a different story — until you’re my age, that is. But that’s a whole nuther story. 😉

As to censorship in media, I’m torn. I’m all for free speech, and I am troubled by the notion of the censorship of ideas. But with all of the hate speech, misinformation, lies, abusive language, etc., perhaps some form of censorship is warranted. As I said, I am a proponent of free speech, and I am concerned that those in power might attempt to censor things they don’t like. For example, our American president seems to like free speech, too, as long as it’s favorable to him. If it’s not, he calls it “fake news” and wants to censor it. Go figure.

If there were commandments for the modern day world, what should (could, would) some of them be? Get creative!

I have just one: Live and let live.

What did you Google last?

The names of prospective contractors who can potentially replace my rotting wood deck with a composite deck.

Weekly Song Challenge — Smile

9FC24DBF-795E-468A-8F5E-D6928D4F45A9For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post videos about smiles, strength, and the letter E.

Her rules are:

  • Copy the rules and add them to our own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
  • Post music videos for our answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people anyone who wants to participate!

So here goes.

1. Post a video of a song that is about smiling.

2. Post a song about mending, healing, or strength.

3. Post a video of a song by a singer or band that begins with an E.

Okay, your turn!

Ups and Downs

Last week I got an email with some exciting news from Comcast (aka xfinity), my cable TV and internet service provider.2F4455A4-CC03-4418-8D9E-E8F47BE47A2AWoohoo! Faster internet speeds! What’s not to love about that?

But the strange thing is that subsequent to getting that email, my internet has seemed sluggish. Even opening up posts from other bloggers in my WordPress Reader and doing internet searches on Google have been noticeably slower.

I have a handy-dandy iPhone app that does periodic internet speed tests, so I ran it and my download speeds were about 80-90% slower than normal. I used the app to chart my speeds over time and this is what I found:2715EA7F-A16E-4ACF-88A0-67F7CAF2CACEWTF Comcast? You get me all excited about lightning fast download speeds and then you screw me with performance that is closer to dial-up speeds.

I guess I’m going to have to spend the rest of the day on the phone with Comcast customer service. Ugh! You know what that’s like, right?

Thanks for nothing, Comcast! Sheesh.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #33

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 this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from alexlibris999 at 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.