It’s Between Me and Him

Trust me,” Steve said. “If things get contentious, I’ve got your back.”

“Truthfully,” Liz replied, “it’s none of your business and you need to butt out.”

“But you know what an instigator he is,” Steve said. “We need to be able to outfox him, you know what I’m saying?”

“There’s no ‘we’ here, Steve,” Liz said. “This is a divorce proceeding with his and my lawyers and it’s between me and him. I’m not some innocent blushing bride, you know. I can hold my own against that narcissistic SOB I made the mistake of marrying.”

“Fine, Liz,” Steve said, “but don’t forget that I offered to be there for you. If things go south, it’s your funeral.”

“That’s a risk I’m willing to take on my own, Steve,” Liz said. “I know your heart’s in the right place, but I need to do this by myself.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (trust), Your Daily Word Prompt (contentious), Word of the Day Challenge (business), My Vivid Blog (instigator), Ragtag Daily Prompt (outfox), and The Daily Spur (bride).

Throwback Thursday — Hanging Out

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren asks us about a place or places we liked to hang out in our youth.

Here are Lauren’s questions.

1) Did you spend more time hanging out at friend’s houses or away from the eyes and ears of parents?

I would hang out at friends’ houses or with friends in the sub basement of my house, at the local recreation center, and at the local neighborhood pool. Mostly away from the eyes and ears of my folks.

2) If you stayed home, how did you spend your time?

For those alone times, I invented a game I called “baseball with cards,” where I would select cards from two different decks and combine them to replicate statistical facsimiles of baseball games. Aces were home runs; Kings, triples; Queens, doubles; Jacks, singles (one-eyed jacks would advance base-runners two bases, two-eyed jacks, one base); deuces were walks, tens, strikeouts, nines, sacrifice flies, and the rest of the cards were outs. I’d sit and play baseball with cards for hours on end.

3) Did you have a favorite eatery?

A few. There was the Hot Shoppes, with its “Mighty Mo” double burger (a forerunner of the Big Mac) and the Little Tavern, with its 5¢ grilled burgers and the tagline, “Buy ‘Em by the Bagful,” which my friends and I often did.

4) Did you go to the mall with friends?

Yes, my friends and I used to ride our bikes to Wheaton Plaza, one of the first large indoor malls to open in our area.

5) Did choose to socialize at bowling alleys, arcades, or roller rinks?

Yes. There was a duckpin bowling alley across the street from Wheaton Plaza and the Hot Shoppes, and near a Little Tavern. It eventually converted to tenpins. There was also an indoor roller rink in Rockville that we would often go to on Saturday afternoons. Both the bowling alley and roller rink had a bunch of pinball machines.

6) Did you go miniature golfing or do another outside activity?

Sure, there were a few mini-golf courses nearby that we would go to. Plus some public golf courses. We would also hang out at the local recreation center where we’d shoot hoops on the outdoor basketball courts. I also played for our community Little League baseball and football teams. And during the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, there was the community pool.

7) Did you hang around after school killing time? What did you do?

Not really. I mostly came home after school and hung out with my neighborhood friends.

8) Did your parents typically know where you were?

Generally, yes. Specifically, no.

9) Did you prefer to “hang” with friends or family members?

I had two significantly older sisters, so I had little choice but to hang out with my chums.

10) Was it “cool” to be seen hanging out at any particular place?

I don’t know how “cool” it was, but we would hang out at the roller rink and at the Hot Shoppes drive-in restaurant (think of the movie “American Graffiti”).

11) Was there a place you wanted to hang out, but weren’t allowed to?

There was a movie theater about two towns over that used to show “blue movies” at midnight on weekend nights. We weren’t “allowed” to go, but some of my friends and I managed to go there a few times.

My New Toy

Before I tell you about my new toy, I first have to set the stage. About two and a half years ago I had to have surgery on my left ear to remove a non-cancerous growth in my middle ear. The growth was successfully removed. However, by the time the damn think was excised, it had consumed the tiny little bones inside my middle ear that connect my eardrum to my inner ear, therein rendering me profoundly deaf in that ear.

My inability to hear out of my left ear created a problem for my wife. First of all, she had to speak very loudly when she was talking to me so that I could hear her and not be constantly saying “what?” But also, whenever we would watch TV together, which is almost every night, I had to turn the volume way up in order to hear the dialogue. Plus, I’d turn closed captions on. Neither the high volume nor the closed captions pleased my wife.

So I bought noise canceling Bluetooth headphones that I could don when watching TV, and they worked great for me. But any time my wife wanted to say something to me, she had to wave or shout at me to get my attention, since I couldn’t hear her when wearing my headphones.

Earlier this year, the hearing in my right ear started to deteriorate a bit, and my ear doctor suggested that it was time to consider hearing aids. Three months ago, I did, in fact, get hearing aids, as I described in this post, and they helped with my hearing in general. But when watching TV, it was still a bit challenging to make out dialogue. So I would turn down the volume on my hearing aids inside my ears and place my headphones over my ears.

A few weeks ago, when I had a follow up appointment with my audiologist to check my hearing aids, I mentioned that I was wearing headphones over my hearing aids while watching TV. That’s when he told me about a TV adapter device specifically made for my hearing aids.

My new toy

The device connects to my TV’s audio output and wirelessly sends the audio signals to my hearing aids, and it works great. The dialogue is crystal clear, as it’s being pumped directly into my ears. I can adjust the volume for each ear from an app on my iPhone and I can even hear some sounds from my left ear.

And best of all, my wife doesn’t have to wave or shout at me if she wants to get my attention. Win-win!

FOWC with Fandango — Trust


It’s July 14, 2022. Welcome 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 “trust.”

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.

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