Feeling Groovy

“Look at that guy over there,” Donna said pointing to a man wearing shades sitting at the table by the window. “He’s really groovy looking, isn’t he?”

“Groovy looking?” Elaine said. “The seventies are calling want their bell bottoms back. Besides, Donna, that guy is radioactive.”

“You mean he’s glowing?” Donna responded.

“No, that’s ludicrous,” Elaine said. “I mean he’s a bad person and you need to stay away from him. He’s the kind of guy who will bring you nothing but tears and heartache.”

“You’re always so pessimistic, Elaine,” Donna said.

“Girl, I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret,” Elaine said. “That man is a bundle of emotions that seems to change with the tides. He’s the type who likes to straddle the fence and you never know which way he’ll go.”

“I hear you, Elaine,” Donna said, “but he’s so damn hot.”

Elaine let out what can only be described as a bloodcurdling scream. “Fine,” she said, “just remember that I tried to warn you about him.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (groovy/tide), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (radioactive/dirty), Word of the Day Challenge (ludicrous/bloodcurdling), The Daily Spur (tears/pessimistic), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (emotion/straddle). Brooke Cagle at Unsplash.

Truthful Tuesday — Famous Encounters

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

With the exception of an autograph table at a concert or book signing, have you ever met anyone famous? Were they anything like what you expected?

Back in 1985, I was in Los Angeles on business and after my meeting ended, I went to the parking garage to get my car and to head to the airport for my flight back to Boston. There was a man standing in front of me waiting for his car and he looked very familiar. I must have been staring at him and was about to ask him if he was OJ Simpson, who, at the time, was well known for being a college and professional football star and for running through airports in Hertz rental car commercial. But before I could get the words out, he looked at me, smiled, and said, “Yes, I’m OJ. Do you want my autograph?”

“Sure,” I said. I opened up my briefcase, pulled out a notebook and handed it to him. He asked me my name and then he wrote a personalized note to me and signed it.

Wow, what a great guy OJ Simpson is, I thought. Then his Bentley pulled up and he stepped inside and was about to take off. “Wait, OJ!” I shouted. He lowered the window and looked at me. It was a few weeks before the Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears and I asked him who he thought would win. He said, “Bet on the Patriots,” and then raised his window and pulled away.

I did bet on the Patriots. The Bears won big! Thanks a lot, OJ. Thanks.

And then nine years later this incredibly nice man stabbed his wife to death.

Fandango’s Story Starter #15

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

She was shocked when she opened the envelope and saw that it was…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with this teaser.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Dirty


Welcome to October 12, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “dirty.”

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.