A Snail’s Pace

a snail’s pace“I don’t understand how you can get anything done when you work at such a snail‘s pace.” Charlie said. “Don’t you have any pride in your work?”

“That’s not fair, Charlie,” Carla said. I’m extremely fastidious about completing my assigned tasks. I find doing my job the right way to be very uplifting and it’s important to me that I’m thorough and complete. I want to make sure I decipher these top secret, coded communications correctly. And it doesn’t help to have you all over my ass. So you choose. Are you looking for speed or accuracy?”

“You’re right, Carla.” Charlie admitted. “There’s too much at stake if these covert communications are misinterpreted. Take your time and continue to decipher these transactions between Putin and Trump.”


Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (snail), The Daily Spur (pride), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fastidious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (task), Word of the Day Challenge (uplifting), and Your Daily Word Prompt (decipher).

In One Ear And Out The Other

In one ear out the otherI’ve always thought of the expression “in one ear and out the other” as an unkind way of saying that someone either doesn’t pay attention to what they’re hearing or has an inability to retain information. In other words, what they hear is essentially ignored, dismissed, or forgotten almost immediately after being heard.

These days, though, I would love to be able to hear things and have them go in one ear and out the other. Allow me to explain.

Since early October, I have had the sensation that my left ear is clogged and my head is stuffy. I can barely hear out of that ear, and it’s quite annoying. So I went to an ear, nose, and throat specialist last month, which I posted about here. Turns out I have an abnormal, noncancerous skin growth in the middle section of my ear, behind my eardrum, and I’m going to need surgery to remove that growth. Ugh.

The surgery to correct this issue is not scheduled until the end of December, right before the new year. Normally I would not be looking forward to having surgery on my head. But I’m also sick of the full, stuffed up feeling I’ve had inside my head for more than a month. And now I’ve got to wait almost another month to have it fixed. With my left ear clogged, most of the sounds I do hear come in from the right ear. Loud street noises, like sirens and the deep rumblings of large trucks and buses, get caught in my head and seem to rattle around inside my head, ricocheting from neuron to neuron with no way to escape. And that drives me crazy.

It’s also driving my wife crazy because I keep asking “What did you say?” whenever she says something to me.

All I want is to hear through both of my ears equally again without my head feeling all stuffed up. If the surgery is successful, that will be the case. And then I’ll be quite content to hear things go in one ear and out the other.

FOWC with Fandango — Task

FOWCWelcome to December 3, 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 “task.”

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.