The Bike Messenger

Freeze, boy!” The security guard yelled.

Malcolm was riding his bicycle around a fairly wealthy part of town. When he heard the command from the security guard, he brought his bike to a screeching halt. “Is there a problem, sir?” Malcolm asked.

“Show me some identification, boy,” the guard said. Malcolm reached inside his jacket for his wallet. The guard pulled out a pistol and pointed it at Malcolm’s head.

“Whoa, dude,” Malcolm said, “I’m getting out my ID as you asked.” Malcolm handed the guard his driver’s license.

The security guard looked at the license and then looked at Malcolm. “You’re not from this neighborhood. You better have a good reason for being here, boy.”

“This is ridiculous,” Malcolm said. “I work for a bike messenger service and I have a legal document to deliver to a client who lives on the next block. Can I go now? I’m already running late.”

“Not yet,” the guard said.

What’s next?” Malcolm asked. “Are you going to arrest me for being black and riding a bicycle in a white neighborhood?”

“Don’t you be impertinent with me, boy!”

“Oops, that’s the fourth time you called me boy,” Malcolm said. “I’m 22, I’m a senior in college, and my father is the chief of police. I’ve been recording this conversation on my iPhone since you told me to freeze. I hope you’ll enjoy being unemployed because I’m going to have you fired.

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (freeze), The Daily Spur (bicycle), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ridiculous), Your Daily Word Prompt (late/oops), Ragtag Daily Prompt (what’s next), and Word of the Day Challenge (hope).

5 Things — TV in the Pandemic

Dr. Tanya has this prompt called “5 Things” and this week she’s interested in hearing about five movies or shows we’ve watched and enjoyed on TV in the year of the pandemic. So here we go:


If you have a hankering for a good old fashion western, Pilgrim, you might want to take a gander at “Godless.” It’s a seven-part mini series on Netflix and I found it to be an excellent, well acted western drama. And I was surprised by the credible performance from Michelle Dockery, best known as Lady Mary in “Downton Abbey,” as a strong, tough, independent lady of the Wild West.


“Atypical” was a pleasant surprise for me. It’s sort of like “The Wonder Years,” only narrated by, and told from the perspective of, a teenage boy with autism. It is essentially a coming of age story about an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While he is on his journey, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? There are three seasons available for binge-watching and a fourth (and final) season is due in 2021.

Black Mirror“Black Mirror” is an anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. It first appeared in 2011 and has a total of 22 episodes. It sort of reminds me of a 21st century “Twilight Zone,” so if you’re into that genre, you might enjoy it.

UnbelievableI’m a fan of detective stories. I mentioned a few I really enjoyed watching this year when I designated seriously flawed detectives as my Who Won the Week winner in August. “Unbelievable” is an eight episode mini series that tells the the story of a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped and the two female detectives who team up to follow the path to the truth. I wouldn’t characterize these two detectives as seriously flawed as much as very human and very determined.

Orange is the New BlackMy wife and I finally got around to binge-watching “Orange is the New Black,” a series with 91 episodes spread over seven years. It’s based upon the story of a 30-something woman. Piper Chapman, who was convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend. Normally law-abiding Piper is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be. It’s got a quirky cast of colorful characters and is fun to watch.

Truthful Tuesday — The Best of 2020

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank accurately points out that for most of us, 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year. However, Frank posits that some good things may have occurred in 2020. So to that end Frank is simply asking us…

What is something positive that happened in 2020?

For me the answer is obvious. The most positive occurrence of 2020 was that my son and his wife had a baby boy, making my wife and me grandparents for the very first time. And they also just told us earlier this month that our daughter-in-law is pregnant again and their second child is due in August.

Other than that, though, Frank is right. 2020 was, indeed, a dumpster fire of a year.

FOWC with Fandango — Ridiculous

FOWCWelcome to December 29, 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 “ridiculous.”

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.