Detective Story

As the half-light began to fade, Detective Morrisey realized that his investigation, at least for the day, would have to end. Tomorrow will be another day, he thought, as his stomach began to rumble from hunger, having not eaten anything since breakfast.

He knew that there were nuances to this case yet to surface, but if he kept at it, he was sure he could lay bare the relevant facts by knitting together all of the evidence into a solid, prosecutable case to hand over to the DA. Morrisey didn’t want to put his hard-earned reputation at risk by leaving any stone unturned. The ultimate disposition of this investigation required diligence, and he was bound and determined to eschew even a hint of failure.

So he’d go home, have some dinner, a beer or two, get a good night’s sleep, and proceed tomorrow where he left off tonight. Just turning another page in his personal detective story.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (half-light/hunger), Word of the Day Challenge (fade/reputation), My Vivid Blog (investigation/nuances/knitting), The Daily Spur (stomach/bare), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (determination/eschew/proceed), and The Twiglets (turning page).

One-Liner Wednesday #2

I know I already posted my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, but I couldn’t resist publishing this quote remarkable quote from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

It came out at yesterday’s House Select Committee hearing that, in the ongoing attempt to overturn election results in service of Donald Trump’s Big Lie about voter fraud in his defeat by Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani told the Republican speaker of the Arizona house, Rusty Bowers, “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”

The problem with what Giuliani said to Bowers is that he, Trump, and all of Trump’s liars, knew full well that their “theories” were 100% bullshit, but they kept on pushing the message. And remarkably still do to this day.

5 Things — Buyer’s Remorse

Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about five things we’ve purchased and have suffered buyer’s remorse. In other words, purchases we regret making.

1. 1961 Jaguar XK-150. Back in my younger days I used to be into classic British roadsters. At various times I owned a Sunbeam Alpine, an MG Midget, a Triumph Spitfire, and an Austin-Healey 3000. At one point I decided I needed another classic British roadster, so I bought a Jaguar XK 150, like the one pictured below.

While 60s-era British roadsters were very sexy cars and so much fun to drive (not to mention, chick magnets), they were not known for their reliability. But my XK -150 was, far and away, the worst of the lot, spending more time in the shop than on the road. It’s a good thing it was my second car. I finally ended up selling it to the mechanic whose shop it was in most of the time I owned it.

2. Sonic mole repellent stakes. I bought these because they allegedly offered a “humane” way of ridding my yard of moles. But as I wrote here, not only did they not repel moles, they seem to attract them, as I have more mole holes in my backyard now than ever before.

3. Casual shirts with no breast pocket. I buy most of my clothing online and when I buy casual shirts, I like them to have a breast pocket where I can keep tissues in case I need to sneeze or my nose starts running. I recently bought three casual shirts online from a company called UNTUCKit, as I wrote here. I had to return my original order because the cut was too snug for my old man body. I called the company and told them I needed to return them and exchange them for the “relaxed” fit. When I spoke to the customer service rep, I said that I needed these relaxed fit shirts to have a breast pocket. When my order arrived, two of the three shirts had breast pockets and one didn’t, even though the customer service rep assured me that all of their casual shirts are made with breast pocket on the left. Now I’ve got to initiate a return of the breast pocketless shirt. Why do they make men’s casual shirts without breast pockets anyway?

I was reminded of this when I read this post from Sandman Jazz this morning.

4. A combination dining and ping pong table. Our house has an open concept layout with a kitchen, family room and dining room all open. Most of the time it’s just me and my wife here and we have a beautiful, 45-inch diameter antique oak table with exquisitely carved claw feet that is perfectly suitable for the two of us.

But we still have room in our open concept living area for a larger dining table for when family and friends come over.

I wanted to use that space to get a dual purpose table, one that we could use as a dining table when needed, but that could be used as a pool table at most other times. My wife agreed in concept, but she wanted a combo dining table and ping ping table, suggesting that our kids and grandkids would love it much more than a billiards table.

I caved, because you know, happy wife. But what we didn’t take into consideration when making this purchase decision was our pet cat and pet dog, both of whom loved to pounce on stray ping pong balls and destroy them. Our cat is now gone, and so is our dog from when we bought the combo table. But a few months ago we took home a rescue dog who is obsessed with ping pong balls. Hence, we almost never us the ping pong aspect of our large dining table.

My regret is that I didn’t stick to my guns and buy the combo dining/billiards table, which I’m sure we’d have gotten much more enjoyment from and use of.

5. A BlackBerry Storm smartphone. I’d been using BlackBerry smartphones for years before Apple introduced its first iPhone in 2007. When it was time to upgrade my smartphone, I examined the iPhone and it seemed to me to be little more than an iPod with a phone capability added on. I was also a very loyal BlackBerry customer, so I opted to upgrade to a BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry’s answer to Apple’s iPhone, rather than jumping on the iPhone bandwagon.

What a mistake. The BlackBerry Storm was a piece of shit. By 2010, when I bought my first iPhone, the iPhone 4, BlackBerry, which had been the market leader in first generation smartphones, was barely a blip on the radar. In hindsight, I should have done two things: bought the iPhone instead of the BlackBerry storm, and bought stock in Apple!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #170


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.

This week’s provocative question is focused on something that might be more specific to Americans, but for those of you who live outside of the United States and who have an opinion or perspective on the topic, please feel free to weigh in.

The topic at hand is the House Select Committee Hearings investigation the January 6, 2021 attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol Building. I’ve been diligently watching the televised hearings this month and, to me, they have been riveting.

These hearings have exposed Trump’s Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election, which was decisively won by Joe Biden, and which Donald Trump has yet to concede, having been stolen from him. They have also proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump knows the election wasn’t “stolen” from him even as he continues to this day to publicly claim it was. The hearings have also demonstrated how Trump and a handful of his advisers have attempted by clearly illegal means, to overturn the election results even though they knew there was no legal basis to do so. And they have also made it completely clear that Donald Trump instigated the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th, and, while watching the whole assault on the Capitol live on TV, Trump, like Nero in Rome, metaphorically fiddled while America burned.

So my multiple questions this week are:

Have you been watching, or at least following the news about, the Select Committee televised hearings?

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment of what has come out of the hearings thus far?

Do you think that Trump and others who took part in the attempt to overturn the election should be criminally charged and incarcerated.

Do you think that they will be criminally charged and incarcerated?

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.