Truthful Tuesday — Delivery or Takeaway

Di, host of Pensivity101, is standing in for Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, for today’s Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Di wants to know…

Would you be bothered having a Chinese/Indian/Chippie/Pizza or similar on your doorstep or would you enjoy the convenience of having a takeaway outlet within walking distance.

When we lived in San Francisco, we were within walking distance (one to four blocks) of any kind of restaurant you could imagine. So yes, I did enjoy the convenience of being able to walk to dozens of restaurants for carry out/takeaway food.

Since we moved to the East Bay, though, there are no restaurants within walking distance of our home. If I want takeaway food, I either have to drive my car or hop on my ebike to pick it up, or order it online for delivery to my doorstep. Hence, these days we rely on food delivery services like DoorDash and GrubHub to deliver such foods. And no, I am not bothered by that at all.

Alone and Alienated

Sometimes I feel as if I’m standing alone in a vacant lot at the end of a large, empty tract of undeveloped land. I can see the water vapor in the mist rising as the sun starts to warm the air and the early morning fog begins to burn off.

Why do I feel alone and alienated, you ask? Perhaps it’s a feeling of fragility because, in today’s America, my denial of the myth of God puts me in a rather precarious position. Our nation is being pushed more and more by the Christian conservative movement toward becoming a theocracy rather than a multicultural, secular democracy.

I hope I’m wrong but I fear I’m not.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (vacant lot), Your Daily Word Prompt (tract), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vapor) E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (fragility), The Daily Spur (denial), Word of the Day Challenge (myth), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (precarious). Photo credit:

Share Your World — 08/09/2022

Share Your World

For this week’s Share Your World prompt, Di, at Pensitivity101, is pinch hitting for Melanie. So let’s see what Di wants to know.

1. When you’re on holiday, do you prefer self catering or a hotel/B&B?

In my younger days I used to a lot of camping and there was nothing like cooking out over a campfire. But now that I’m an old fart, when I go on vacation, I prefer eating out, be it at a local restaurant or at the hotel restaurant or café.

2. Do you have a favorite meal you cook for yourself or order when out?

My favorite meal when at home is whatever my wife cooks for me. When at restaurant, if it’s available on the menu, I’ll order either Chilean sea bass or black cod.

3. In the current fuel crisis, have you made a conscious effort not to use the car unless absolutely necessary?

We have an electric car, so we’re not directly affected by the cost of gasoline. But despite that, we typically only drive between 30 to 60 miles a week anyway.

4. If you were to compare yourself to a plant, what would you be?

A prickly cactus.

I am lucky to have a lot of happy memories from my childhood. Please share one from yours.

There were a bunch of kids my age who lived in my suburban development and hanging out with them made up some of my happiest childhood memories.

Fandango’s Story Starter #58

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:

I woke from a sound sleep up with a start, turned on my nightstand light, and…

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Precarious


It’s August 9, 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 “precarious.”

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. Show them some love.