Pow! Bang! Zoom!

“Why do you always try to needle me into doing things I don’t want to do?” Ralph said to his wife, Alice.

Alice pulled the TV remote out of Ralph’s hand, pointed it toward the television and zapped it off. “Ralph Kramden,” she said, “I’m tired of our life together. Since you retired from the bus company, all you do, day and night, is watch TV. It’s a sickness within you, Ralph, and I’ve had it. I’ve tried various and sundry approaches to get you up and off that sofa and to motivate you to do something, anything, besides watch that goddam TV, but nothing works. I could parade in front of you buck naked and you wouldn’t take your eyes away from that damn screen.”

“One, two, three, four….”

“Are you doing a countdown, Ralph?” Alice asked.

“Yeah,” Ralph said, “and by the time I reach ten, you either have to strip naked and strut for me, hand me back the remote and leave me alone, or it’s pow, bang, zoom, you’re going to the moon, Alice.”

Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (needle), My Vivid Blog (remote), Ragtag Daily Prompt (zap), The Daily Spur (sickness), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sundry), and Word of the Day Challenge (countdown).

Thursday Inspiration — I Pity the Fool

For Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt this week, he’s asked us to respond using the word “fool,” going with the above image, and/or leveraging the Doobie Brothers song, “What a Fool Believes.”

First of all, let me just say for the record, that I was never much of a Doobie Brothers fan until Michael McDonald joined the group. He added depth and dimension to their sound, giving it a more jazzy, sophisticated vibe. And after he departed from the group, I once again lost interest in the Doobie Brothers.

Now, with that out of the way, when I saw the word “fool,” my mind harkened back to that 1980s television series, “The A Team,” with the iconic Mr. T and his classic tag line:

One Minute Fiction — Split Peas

You said that we were
Made for one another
Like two peas in a pod
That we belonged together
But then
Without any warning
You left the pod
And now here you are
With nothing to say
You can’t even look at me
How could you betray me?
I never expected you to be
The kind of pea
Who would split on me

Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Cyranny.

FOWC with Fandango — Sundry


Welcome to December 30, 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 “sundry.”

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.