First Line Friday — Coffee, Tea, and Me

“A perfectly brewed cup of tea can’t fix everything,” the waitress said to the young man sitting at the café table, “but it sure comes close.”

“Huh?” Brad said, looking up at the pretty waitress who suddenly appeared at his table.

“You had such a forlorn look your face and I thought a nice, hot cup of tea might brighten you up a bit,” she explained.

“Well,” Brad said, “I’m not a tea drinker. I know that they say when in London do as the Londoners do, but I’m an American and I drink coffee.”

The waitress smiled at Brad and said, “First of all, I think the expression is ‘when in Rome,’ but that aside, I’d be happy to swap this cup of tea for a cup of coffee.”

“That would be great,” Brad said, a smile gracing his previously sullen face, “because a perfectly brewed cup of coffee can, indeed, fix everything. And it would certainly brighten me up if you could sit and join me.”

“I’d love to,” the waitress said, “but I don’t have a break for another hour. My name is Lizzy, by the way.” Lizzy put out her hand for the young man to shake.

Brad returned Lizzy’s handshake. “Great, Lizzy, I’m Brad,” he said. “Hold that perfectly brewed cup of coffee, please. I’ll be back in an hour.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the first line is “A perfectly brewed cup of tea can’t fix everything.”

Fibbing Friday — Product Placement

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 Di ‘s turn to host and here are her questions.

1. You either love it or hate it.


2. They said you want to ‘Splash it all over.’

Aftershave lotion when you’re a teenage boy going out on your first date with a girl.

3. Why have cotton when you can have silk?

Because Q-tips work better and are cheaper with cotton on the ends of the swabs than with silk.

4. ‘Because you’re worth it’

My retirement savings account.

5. ‘It does exactly what it says on the tin……..’

Keeps the peace.

6. What ‘Gives you wings’?

The U.S. Air Force when you become an airborne ranger.

7. Where will you find an ‘awful lot of coffee’?

Behind the counter at any Starbucks.

8. What is ‘Any time, any place, anywhere?’

It’s when and where Republican sycophants and MAGA-maniacs are ready and willing to accept Donald Trump’s Big Lie that he, and not Joe Biden, won the 2020 U.S. presidential election and to challenge the votes in many states by claiming that the election was stolen from him and he is the legitimate POTUS.

9. What is soft, strong, and very, very long?

My heart, my head, and my…well, you figure it out.

10. Name the product where ‘A little dab’ll do ya’

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — May 21st

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 21st) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on May 21, 2018.

Let It Bleed — Nothing Ventured

“I don’t know,” Jon said to Angela, his older sister. “I feel really awkward.”

“You can do it,” she whispered. “I heard her talking to Sarah and she told her that she thinks you’re cute.”

“But she’s never even said hello to me,” Jon countered. “I don’t think she even knows that I exist.”

A look of frustration crossed Angela’s face. “Don’t be such a wuss,” she said. “She’s right over there on the bench sitting all by herself. Go talk to her, ask her out. What’s the worst that could happen, Jon?”

“She’d turn me down flat and I’d be devastated,” Jon said. “And then she’d tell all of her friends and soon I’d be the laughing stock of the school.”

“That could happen,” Angela admitted. “But think of the risk-reward ratio. Take a risk and ask her on a date. If she says yes, think how rewarding that would be.”

“But I’m also risking being rejected when she says no,” Jon said.

Trying to encourage her brother, Angela said, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

“I choose nothing ventured,” he said.

Angela was pissed at her brother about his lack of self-confidence. She walked over to the bench where Sally was sitting and started talking with her. The two girls looked over to where Jon was standing. Angela signaled for Jon to join them but he couldn’t. He just stood there, frozen.

He saw Sally stand up and walk towards him. He felt his stomach tie up into knots. “Hi Jon,” Sally said when she reached him. She stuck out her hand for him to shake. “Angela says that you would like to ask me for a date but you’re afraid I’ll say no.”

Jon hemmed and hawed for a second before finally finding his voice. “Well,” he said, “I’m sure you’ve got lots of guys wanting to go out with you.”

“You’re right, I do,” she said, smiling brightly. “But you’re smart and kinda cute and way too shy. So since you seem reluctant to ask me out on a date, I hope you won’t find it too awkward if I ask you to go out with me.”

“Not at all awkward,” Jon said. “I’m glad you asked.”

“You know what they say, Jon,” Sally said, grabbing both of Jon’s hands. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

This is a twofer, written for today’s one-word prompt, “awkward,” and the this week’s Let It Bleed prompt, where the phrase, “‘You can do it,’ she whispered,” appears in the post.

FOWC with Fandango — Zealot

FOWCWelcome to May 21, 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 “zealot.”

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.