Oh Shit!

DEC301FA-5F86-4F5D-93EA-60458A653393It’s been a pretty shitty day today. We have about six rolls of toilet paper in our linen closet. So to be on the safe side, this morning I made a run to get some back up rolls, just in case. I went to two drug stores and three grocery stores and there was not a single roll of toilet paper in sight.

Then, right after getting back from my unsuccessful toilet paper run, I got a call from my bank about “suspicious activity” on my credit card. Sure enough, some evil people have attempted to use my name and credit card number to pay for Netflix and to purchase meals at Chipotle, a restaurant I have never been to and never plan to go to, particularly in light of a toilet paper shortage.

So the bank is canceling that credit card and will be sending me a new one with a different account number. What a hassle!

And if that wasn’t enough to ruin my day, I saw an article come across my newsfeed saying that many of Bernie Sanders’ hardcore supporters, also called “Bernie Bros,” are vowing that they will never vote for Joe Biden at the ballot box — even if that means handing Trump a second term.1BBD071C-D3BE-4FE8-9549-849F74C47575Are you fucking kidding me? Bernie, the handwriting is on the wall. You won’t win the nomination, so it’s time to drop out and get your so called Bernie Bros to pull together and support Joe Biden, if for no other reason than to unite the Democrats so that we can rid our country of the scourge of Donald Trump.

Yes, it’s been a pretty shitty day today.

SoCS — Off to the Races

When I saw that Linda G. Hill gave us the word “wire” for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, I was transported back to a job I had relatively early in my career. I was managing a call center for a benefits administration firm. One of the team leaders who worked for me, a real colorful guy named Jon, would reach out to me whenever the volume of calls got real high. He’d always say, “Hey boss, we’re getting slammed and I’ve got everyone running box to wire.”

I knew that meant he needed me to pull in additional resources to handle the unusually high call volume, but I hadn’t ever heard the phrase “box to wire” before, so one day I asked him what that phrase was about.

Jon told me he’d once been involved in racing greyhounds, and he explained that, in greyhound racing, the “box” refers to the starting gate from which the greyhound will be racing, and the “wire” is the finish line for the race. When they trained the greyhounds for racing, they’d time them from the box (starting gate) to the wire (finish line) in order to find the fastest dogs to compete in the money races.

So,” Jon said, “when I say I’ve got ‘everyone running box to wire,’ it means I’ve got them working as fast as they can to answer the incoming calls.”

Jon also told me that the phrase “down to the wire” originated with horse racing.D579ECAB-1EAD-4BFD-A4EE-FFCDEF6C02F7“In the late 19th century,” he explained, “a small wire was strung across the track, above the finish line, to help the judges determine which horse crossed the finish line first.”

Sadly, I ultimately had to let Jon go because I learned that he was addicted to dog and horse racing and wound up deeply in debt. But I did warn you that Jon was a colorful guy, didn’t I?

FOWC with Fandango — Cabin

FOWCWelcome to March 14, 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 “cabin.”

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.