3TC — At the ATM

I was about to use the ATM at my local bank when a man came up behind me and stuck a gun in my back. “Do as I say and you won’t get hurt, understand?”

“Yeah, I get it,” I responded.

“Good. Turn around.” I did as I was told. He was a little taller than me. He was wearing a hoodie and a ski mask covering his face. He handed me an envelope and instructed me to withdraw all of my cash and stuff it all into the envelope. Again, I did as I was told. I handed the envelope with the money in it to him. He put it in a pocket in his hoodie and then took out his mobile phone. “I got it,” he said into the phone. “What do you want me to do now?” There was a pause. “Are you sure?” he asked.

He looked at me, pointed to the woods behind the bank building. “Let’s take a little jaunt to the woods, shall we?” he said.

I looked at him and I said, “Look, I did exactly what you asked me to do. I have no idea what you look like and so I can’t describe you to the authorities, which I won’t do anyway. Just let me go and we can forget all about this, all right?”

“You’re a loose end, pal,” he said. “My boss doesn’t like loose ends.”

“You’re a smart guy,” I said. “Are you going to let your boss bully you into committing homicide? That’s a lot worse than armed robbery. Let me go and no one will be the wiser, I promise you.”

“Sorry, no can do. Now march,” he said.

“Wait!” I said. “There’s $500, the daily limit, in that envelope. I’ll give you my ATM card and my PIN and you can withdraw $500 a day until all of my money has been exhausted.”

I actually heard him chuckle. “Quit trying to honeyfuggle me, pal,” he said. Then he motioned towards the woods. I knew that if I did what he asked, I’d be a dead man. I’m no hero, but I had to do something. Thinking fast, I kneed him in the groin, causing him to double over. I had hoped he’d drop his gun, but he didn’t. I went after the gun in his hand and we struggled over it.

The sound of the pistol firing was deafening.


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (jaunt), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bully), and Word of the Day Challenge (honeyfuggle). Also for the Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensivity101, where the three things are “cash,” “envelope,” and “mobile.”

Truthful Tuesday — Why?

Truthful Tuesday

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know why. He asked,

Why did you start blogging, and is your reason for blogging still the same as when you started, or has it changed?

I’ve been asked this question many times. But being the good sport that I am, I’ll answer it again.

I started this blog — This, That, and the Other — in May 2017 because I had retired at the end of 2016, and by May, my constant presence around my wife (i.e., always being underfoot) prompted her to say to me, “Why don’t you start a new blog?” I also needed a vehicle to vent about the horrible mess known as Donald Trump.

This blog isn’t my first blog, by the way. I initially started blogging in October 2005, as I noted here. It was more of a personal journal back then. I wanted to do some creative writing and to express my views and observations on life, politics, and society. When I expressed that to a co-worker, he suggested that I might want to start a blog. And so I did.

Now, fifteen years later, my blog is still about expressing my views and observations on life, politics, and society. Except now I also host a few prompts. See, I have grown as a blogger over the past decade and a half!

The National Lampoon

National LampoonWhen I was a lad, I used to collect superhero comic books, baseball cards, and my two favorite humor magazines, MAD and National Lampoon. Unfortunately, neither of those magazines is around in print anymore.

MAD was an American humor magazine founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, It was launched as a comic book before it became a magazine. MAD was widely imitated and influential, affecting satirical media, as well as the cultural landscape of the 20th century. It reached its peak circulation in 1973, after which it steadily lost readers and relevance. The last issue of MAD was published in 2018.

National Lampoon was an American “adult humor” magazine which ran from 1970 to 1998. The magazine started out as a spinoff from the Harvard Lampoon. National Lampoon magazine reached its height of popularity and critical acclaim during the 1970s, when it had a far-reaching effect on American humor and comedy.

I remember going to a National Lampoon Live road show in the early 70s and among the members of the cast was a pre-Saturday Night Live Chevy Chase. I really enjoyed it.


This bit of reflection on days past was written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (lampoon).

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Hive

I don’t know how much more of this I can take
The constant buzzing
It’s incessant
Twenty-four by seven
Day in
Day out
This place is like a hive
And I’m a worker bee
A drone
Living in a cell
Inside a honeycomb
There’s no escape

I’ll climb to the top
Above the din
Where the sun shines
Where the breezes blow
Where I can see the horizon
I’ll look around
And see what could be
I’ll look down
And see what is
And then I’ll decide
To take flight
To free fall
Either way
I’ll be set free


Written for this week’s Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: Aleksandar Pasaric on Pexels.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Lampoon

FOWCWelcome to September 8, 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 “lampoon.”

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. Please 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.