The Heat is On

It a cruel twist of fate, I found myself in the position of having to vanish. I guess that’s what happens when you cross someone who has a lot of political influence. If only I’d have known that I was stepping into a big pile of chicken shit, I wouldn’t have made such a blunder.

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have conflated expediency with integrity. Now I’m paying sevenfold for my naïveté. At least I still have people I can count on to help me out of this mess. They’ve arranged for a small outboard motorboat at a dock at the mouth of the bay that I can use to get me to a cabin on an isolated island that I can hide out at until the heat is off and this whole thing blows over.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Saffu @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (twist/influence), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vanish), My Vivid Blog (only), Word of the Day Challenge (chicken/blunder), Ragtag Daily Prompt (conflate), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (sevenfold).

Truthful Tuesday — Food Fright

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie asks…

Have you personally felt the food ‘pinch’, whether due to cost or unavailability?

I have noticed that food prices are going up and the net weight of many products in boxes, cans, or jars has gone down, so we’re paying more and getting less.

Do you think there is a danger of us ‘running out of viable food’ due to lack of green space and non-polluted ground to grow things on?

Not in the near term, but maybe a few generations from now this will be an issue. Perhaps agricultural scientists can come up a way of growing crops in areas currently thought of as inhospitable or can otherwise restore currently polluted lands so crops can be grown on them again. And it might help if the politicians would put some limits on unbridled development of lands.

Have you changed your meal planning or schedule to include fewer meals or reduced portions?

No, not yet, anyway.

TMP — More Whine Than Peeve

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. I didn’t get around to it yesterday, so I hope nobody minds that I’m a day late. Plus, my peeve today is not really a peeve as much as it is a whine. Are you ready?

When I was a kid, I was rather tall and skinny. Perhaps that’s why my best friend’s father used to call me either “String bean” or “Beanpole.” How skinny was I? Well, when in the 10th grade, I was 6’1” and weighed in at 105 pounds.

As a young man I filled out a little, but when I bought dress shirts or sport shirts, I had to buy what they called “tapered” shirts back then, and which are now typically referred to as “fitted” or “slim”

I wore tapered shirts for years until I was in my late-thirties, when the tapered shirts were beginning to feel too tight on me. So I then started buying “regular” cut shirts. 16/34 for dress shirts (for work) and large/regular for sport shirts/casual shirts.

Today, I wear mostly T-shirts and sweatshirts, but I have about half a dozen collared, casual sport shirts in my closet that I rotate through when I have to go out of the house. I recently noticed that most of my shirts have fraying collars and are starting to look a little ragged. So, I decided it was time to pick up a few new shirts.

I typically don’t tuck my shirts into my pants, which means when I do wear casual, collared shirts, the shirttails hang down pretty long. I had recently received a brochure in the mail from a shirt manufacturer called UNTUCKit®. Their shirts are meant to be worn untucked, so their shirttails are cut shorter. UNTUCKit shirts come in standard men’s shirt sizes and in three cuts: slim, regular, and relaxed. So I ordered three new shirts in size large, regular cut.

They arrived last week and I pulled one out of the box, put it on, and asked my wife how it looked. “It looks a little tight,” she said. “And I’m afraid that when you sit down, you might pop a button or two.”

Ugh. There is some fine print on the UNTUCKit website that says that their regular cut shirts “run slightly smaller than traditional shirts,” but I must have missed that notation when I made my original order.

So I packed up the large/regular shirts that I received, went onto the UNTUCKit website, and initiated an exchange for three large/relaxed shirts. The UNTUCKit website says the relaxed shirt adds three extra inches of room in the body compared with the regular cut.

So now I wait for my replacement shirts to arrive, feeling depressed that my body has evolved from “slim” to “regular” to “relaxed.”

Fandango’s Story Starter #50

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:

Truth be told, my heart wasn’t in it and I declined the opportunity until I found at that…

If you care to write and post a story built from 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 their stories.

And most of all, have fun.