Fandango’s Friday Flashback — May 8

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 8th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This post was originally published on May 8, 2018. It was written for that day’s daily one-word prompt from WordPress, “rapid.”

Rapid Transit

441E04ED-AA8B-4E7E-9770-6A27CE143635Eugene looked at his watch as his patience was running thin. He looked at the overhead display. It read “NEXT TRAIN IN FIVE MINUTES.” It had said that for the last three minutes.

Eugene looked around at the others waiting on the platform. No one else seemed bothered by the delay. Some were reading books, magazines, or newspapers. Others had their eyes glued to their smartphones, and still others were moving to the beat of silent music heard only by them through their earbuds.

“We’re like a group of lemmings,” Eugene thought, “standing at the precipice just waiting to step off.”

Eugene looked at his watch again. Then he heard the rumble of the subway train heading into the station. He looked towards the tunnel and saw the train’s light growing brighter.

“Finally,” Eugene said aloud. But then he heard some grumbling from the crowd on the platform. He looked up and saw that the display had changed to “TRAIN WON’T STOP” as it rumble through the station.

“Rapid transit my ass,” he said.

22 thoughts on “Fandango’s Friday Flashback — May 8

  1. Stroke Survivor UK May 8, 2020 / 3:42 am

    I heard some weird fact once that it was quicker to get from Ocford? to London?, a distance of about 60 miles, in the 1930s than it was in the 2010s 🙂

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  2. The Real Cie (@therealcie) May 8, 2020 / 9:14 am

    At this point, I have to apologize if this is a triplicate comment. I don’t know if the other two went to a moderation queue, or if they just got eaten.

    That sure is what my life feels like sometimes. Good story.
    I flashed back to a Renga and a whole bunch of other thoughts I wrote last year and added to them. Come for the poetry, stay for some cheese with the whine.
    It’s my son’s thirtieth birthday today.

    I am at poetryofthenetherworld dot blogspot dot com
    or
    publish0x dot com slash naughty-netherworld-press

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  3. Stine Writing May 8, 2020 / 3:30 pm

    I wasn’t blogging then so I will have to wait for a while before the year flashback. I think mid-September will be my one year anniversary.

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    • Fandango May 8, 2020 / 11:33 pm

      You can always post something that was written on the same day (e.g., the 8th) of a previous month if you’ve been blogging for less than a year.

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        • Fandango May 9, 2020 / 11:34 pm

          The same date any previous year (not just one year ago) if you’ve been blogging for a year or longer. If not, then on the same day of the month within the past year.

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