Fibbing Friday — Across the Pond

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. What’s the difference between “going on holiday” and “taking a vacation”?

A holiday lasts one to three days. A vacation lasts one to three weeks.

2. What’s the difference between a “rubbish bin” and a “trash can”?

A rubbish bin is where you store worthless stuff that you don’t want to throw away, whereas a trash can is where you put worthless stuff that you do want to throw away.

3. What’s the difference between the “boot” of a car and the “trunk” of a car?

You load boots and shoes into the car’s boot, but you load suitcases (aka luggage) into the car’s trunk.

4. What’s the difference between a “nappie” and a “diaper”?

A nappie is what you take when you’re tired. A diaper is what you wear when you’re incontinent.

5. What’s the difference between the “pavement” and a “sidewalk”?

Pavement is the surface material for a street. Sidewalk is a way of walking like a crab.

6. What’s the difference between “chips” and “French fries”?

Chips are small, flat, round pieces of plastic used for playing poker. French fries are people from France who have consumed excessive quantities of alcohol and are “fried.”

7. What’s the difference between the “bonnet” of a car and the “hood” of a car?

The bonnet is another name for the retractable top on a convertible. The hood is the part of a sweatshirt you wear over your head to keep your head warm and your hair from blowing around while driving in a convertible with the bonnet down.

8. What’s the difference between a “rubber” and an “eraser”?

A rubber is another name for a condom. An eraser is another name for the morning after pill when you forgot to wear a rubber.

9. What’s the difference between a “flannel” and a “washcloth”?

A flannel is a soft, warm shirt, often with a plaid-like design. A washcloth is what you use to wash your baby’s butt after he or she has had a messy diaper.

10. What’s the difference between a “pram” and a “stroller”?

A pram is a type of plumb jam. A stroller is what they call an elderly person who goes to a shopping mall before the stores open and who strolls around the mall for exercise.

Friday Fictioneers — Another Direct Hit

“This is like a bad dream,” Max said as he surveyed the damage, “a goddam recurring dream.”

“More like a recurring nightmare,” Peg said. “This is the third time just this season.”

“Yes, and the season isn’t even over yet,” Max said.“Honestly, Peg, I think we need to consider selling the place. It’s not worth the aggravation.”

“Well, I’m the one who convinced you to move to Florida,” Peg said, “but I think you’re right.”

“I knew going in that Florida is prone to hurricanes,” Max said, “but I didn’t think they’d always take a direct hit on our house.”

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.

Z is for “Zorro”

“Zorro” was an American action-adventure western series produced by Walt Disney Productions and starring Guy Williams. Based on the Zorro character created by Johnston McCulley, the series premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC. The final network broadcast was July 2, 1959. Seventy-eight episodes were produced, and four hour-long specials were aired on the Walt Disney anthology, “Disneyland” series between October 30, 1960, and April 2, 1961.For most of its brief run, the episodes were part of continuing story arcs, each about thirteen episodes long, which made it almost like a serial. Guy Williams played Don Diego de la Vega, the foppish dandy by day, and Zorro, the masked swordsman who slashed Zs everywhere by night.

Don Deigo was depicted as a former University student, newly recalled by his father from Spain to his home outside of what was later called Los Angeles. Just before reaching California, Diego learned of the tyranny of Captain Monastario, and realized that his father, Don Alejandro, summoned him to help fight this injustice. Although he won medals for his fencing back in Spain, Diego decided that his best course of action was to conceal his ability with a sword, and to affect the demeanor of a milquetoast intellectual rather than a decisive man of action. His alter ego, Zorro operated primarily at night, taking the direct action that Diego could not. Diego relied heavily on his wits, both with and without the mask on. Later in the series, Diego emerged as a respected figure in his own right, a clever thinker and loyal friend who just happens to be hopeless at swordplay.

Bernardo (pantomimist Gene Sheldon) was Diego’s manservant, confidant, and co-conspirator, the only person at first to know Diego’s secret identity. Unable to speak, Bernardo used gestures to communicate. He also pretended to be deaf as well as mute, the better to overhear the plans of Zorro’s enemies. He also played the fool, adopting clownish behavior so as to seem harmless.

Sergeant Demetrio López García (Henry Calvin) was fat, superstitious, and overly fond of drink, but he was also kind-hearted, brave, and loyal. Sergeant García believed that he must obey orders from his commanding officers, however cruel or unjust they might have been. Although García seldom departed from his sworn duty, he developed considerable respect for Zorro and later in the series was openly glad when Zorro escaped capture. Nevertheless, García dreamed of catching Zorro himself to collect the reward money, a dream that Diego encouraged from time to time.

Despite good ratings, the series ended after two seasons due to a financial dispute between Disney and the ABC network over ownership of “Zorro,” “The Mickey Mouse Club,” and the Disneyland anthology television series. During the legal battle, however, Disney kept the franchise going for a few years in the form of four new hour-long “Zorro” adventures that aired on the anthology series. Guy Williams was kept on full salary during this period, but by the time Disney and ABC resolved their differences, Walt Disney decided that public interest in the character had flagged.

I remember as a kid that I really loved watching “Zorro.”

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Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 30

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your 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 30th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on April 30, 2018. It was the final day of the 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge.

Z is for Zig Zag


Well, this is it. The final day of this year’s A to Z Challenge. And that means that it’s also time to post about the last letter of the alphabet — Z. My Z word is “zig zag.”

Decades before medical marijuana could be sold with a doctor’s prescription and, even more recently, in a number of states that have legalized the sale and use of marijuana for recreational use, the only way to score some pot was if you knew a guy who knew a guy.

Hence, there was a vibrant underground for the buying grass. At the same time, though, a number of small, retail places that serviced the pot-smoking community sprung up in strip malls and shopping centers. These storefronts were called “head shops.”
Most head shops had a lot of psychedelic posters, black lights, multicolored plastic beads hanging from the front door and separating the front of the store from the back room, and smelled of burning incense. Some had beanbag chairs and played albums from Hendrix, Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane on the shop’s stereo system turntable.

These head shops from the late 60s through 70s didn’t sell pot or any other drugs. Their merchandise consisted of pot paraphernalia, from pot and hash pipes to bongs, roach clips, posters, and scented incense. And, of course, joint rolling papers, the best of which were Zig-Zag brand papers.
C6B23260-C282-4EAF-A7E7-C1E2D14CCA9CThe label on the Zig-Zag packaging called them “cigarette papers,” but I never, ever saw anyone smoking tobacco in Zig-Zag rolling papers. And it’s not like you could find Zig-Zag rolling papers at the local pharmacy, grocery store, or convenience store. Just at head shops.

So, I dedicate this final A to Z Challenge post to Zig-Zag brand rolling papers. They really helped keep my shit together back in the day.

FOWC with Fandango — Mercurial

FOWCWelcome to April 30, 2021 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 “mercurial.”

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.