Some Tough Guy

E18DB560-571A-49EF-AB4F-6F905CE9CBF6“Some people just rub me the wrong way,” Detective Ron Hayden said to his partner.

“Some people?” Detective Fred Morrisey asked. “Can you be more specific?”

“You know how, when you collar some real low-life and this supposedly tough guy starts to howl and cry?” Hayden said. “Well, these guys behave like such wimps once they get caught and that kinda pisses me off.

“So are you saying you want these perps to fight back harder and to make our lives as cops more difficult?” Morrisey asked.

“Nah,” said Hayden. “But there’s a certain mythology around being able to nab the bad guys and it seems these so called hardened criminals just don’t live up to the myth” anymore.

Written for Today’s Three Things Challenge prompt from Di over at Pensitivity101, where the three things are “rub,” “howl,” and “collar.”  Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (myth).

Share Your World — Deep and Dark Thoughts

Share Your WorldFor today’s Share Your World challenge, Melanie is asking us to dig into the deepest and darkest regions of our lives. So let’s go digging.

What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex? Or to put it another way “Can men and women ever be platonic friends? Doesn’t sex always get in the way?”

I consider my wife to be my best friend, and she and I are of the opposite sex, so I think it’s great.

But that’s not what you’re getting at, is it Melanie? To be honest, I think there are often, if not always, sexual undertones in any close relationship between a man and a woman — and even, depending upon sexual orientation, between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Sometimes the parties to the relationship can control those sexual urges in order to not jeopardize the friendship or to put a strain on the relationship. But occasionally the sexual tension becomes overwhelming and, well, sex happens. When it does, does it get in the way of the friendship? That depends upon the couple, but it definitely changes the dynamics of the relationship.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome?

I think it’s been my lifelong battle with “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo”  (BPPV). If I put my head in certain positions, like looking up toward the ceiling, laying flat on my back in the supine position, and lying down or sleeping on my left side, it triggers what, at times, can be severe dizziness. So the way I manage this malady is to do my best to avoid putting my head in any position that triggers my vertigo.

What is the darkest thought you’ve ever had? What about the darkest thing you’ve done that you’ve never told anybody about?

Darkest thought: I want, in the interest of preserving the American democracy, to assassinate the current president, the current senate majority leader, and the current attorney general. I sure hope the NSA doesn’t read your blog, Melanie, or my next post may be from a federal prison.

And to the good folks at the NSA, who I respect very much for the fine job you’re doing to protect our country and our citizens, let me point out that the question is about dark thoughts, not dark actions or deeds. Do you feel me?

And one ‘fun’ one because I realize those others were pretty deep.

What is your least favorite food?

Brussels sprouts. And fruit cake.

Fandango’s February Expressions #24


Let sleeping dogs lie

Each day during the month of February, at around 6 am Pacific Time, I will be posting an old adage, an old saying, a familiar expression that we’ve all heard and have probably used during our lifetimes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to post a story, a poem, an image, an interpretation of what the expression means to you, or to do whatever it is that you want to do based upon the daily adage.

Please tag your post with #FFE and create a pingback to this post or include your link in a comment on each day’s post.

Have fun and be sure to read what others have posted in response to this prompt.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #54

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 flash fiction piece or poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the Brainsparker app for iOS.FCAEF8DC-8C7F-45E6-8F26-A793FCE8685AFor the visually challenged writer, the black and white photo shows a bedroom alarm clock.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Myth

FOWCWelcome to February 24, 2020 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 “salient.”

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.

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