Every Man for Himself

“I don’t know, officer,” Frank said. “It happened so fast that it’s all kind of a blur.”

“Can you start at the beginning?” The Coast Guard officer asked.

“Well, a bunch of us got together to celebrate Brad’s thirtieth birthday on his yacht,” Frank said. “Brad is filthy rich, you know. He designed a way to build modular vehicles and made a fortune.”

“Please focus on what happened when you were on the boat?” The officer, who was losing patience, said.

“Yeah, right,” Feank said. “So Brad castoff and took us out off the coast to some remote place somewhere. Meanwhile, we were all drinking beer and smoking grass and barbecuing a bunch of baby back ribs when the boat hit an iceberg….”

“An iceberg?”

“Okay maybe a large rock or a reef or whatever,” Frank said.

“And then?”

“And then the boat started to sink,” Frank said. “I grabbed a lifebuoy ring thing and jumped in the water and started swimming toward the shore.”

“And what about the others?”

“Hey listen, dude,” Frank said, “at the first sign of catastrophe, it’s every man for himself.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (blur), Ragtag Daily Prompt (together), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (modular), Word of the Day Challenge (castoff), The Daily Spur (remote), and MMA Storytime (ribs).

One-Liner Wednesday — QAnon

Nearly three in ten Republicans say they believe the widely debunked QAnon conspiracy theory that “there is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power (i.e., Joe Biden and the Democrats) and restore the rightful leader (i.e., Donald Trump).”

Source: Public Religion Research Institute

And if you think that’s fucked up, the same survey said that…

28% of Republicans say that “because things have gotten so far off track” in the U.S., “true American patriots may have to resort to violence” to save the country.

Or how about this?

Almost a quarter of Republicans say they agree with the baseless QAnon allegation that “the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex-trafficking operation.”

What the hell is happening in — and to — America?

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #121


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question I’m going with more fun than provocative.

Let’s say you found a fancy bottle, rubbed it, and a wish-granting genie was released. This week’s provocative question is this:

What three wishes would you ask the genie to grant you?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Modular

FOWCWelcome to June 9, 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 “modular.”

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.