I Don’t Want to be Late

“We can’t leave for the the restaurant until you’ve disposed of all of the ashes in the fireplace,” Zelda said. “How long have I been bugging you about that, Hank?”

“But I’ve reserved a table at the restaurant across from the fairgrounds where the concert is being held,” Hank said. “If we’re fifteen minutes late for our reservation, they’ll give away our table. Then we’ll be late for the start of Aardvarks Utd’s live show. You know I’ve been waiting for months to see them perform.”

“Okay fine,” Zelda said. “We can get it done with a division of labor. You sweep out as much as you can and I’ll vacuum out the rest. I wouldn’t want you to miss a second of your precious Aardvarks.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ashes), The Daily Spur (fireplace), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (reserved), Ragtag Daily Prompt (concert), My Vivid Blog (aardvark), Word of the Day Challenge (division), and Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge (fairgrounds).

Fandango’s note: When I started thinking about how to respond to these prompts, I decided that The Aardvarks would be a good name for a band. I mean why not? There were The Beatles and The Monkees, right? So The Aardvarks sounded reasonable. After I wrote the post, on a whim I googled “the Aardvarks band” and guess what I found:

Aardvarks United (Utd.) is a band of guys from the Seattle area who deliver a high-energy show that fuses straight-ahead rock sets with funk grooves and disco favorites across several decades.


I even found this video of the band on YouTube:

COVID Is Alive and Well

I hired a contractor last week to do some work on my house. He and his crew were supposed to start today. This morning I received the following text message from him:

So, folks, if you think COVID is gone and things are returning back to “normal,” you’ve got another think coming. COVID is alive and, well, it’s still fucking us over.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #177


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.

Above is a recent cover of The Week magazine. I had a mixed reaction to it. Seeing Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President under George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Republican Congresswoman from Wyoming, shown wielding the hypothetical knockout punch to Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential ambitions pissed me off.

Sure, Liz Cheney has been a rare anti-Trump voice among Republicans in Congress, and as vice-chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attempted Trump-inspired insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, DC, she has been articulate and very effective in presenting what Cheney, in her closing remarks at the last televised hearing until next month, called a mountain of damning evidence amassed by the committee that should make “every American” question whether Trump can “ever be trusted with any position of authority in our great nation again.”

But make no mistake about Liz Cheney. She is a conservative Republican through and through, and apart from matters directly involving Donald Trump, she consistently votes along Republican Party lines.

So it angers me that she has become the darling of Democrats. In fact, Democrats are not only fund-raising for her in her effort to beat a Trump-endorsed opponent in the Republican primary next week, they’re also asking Wyoming Democrats to vote for her in the GOP primary race. If she does win the primary, she’ll almost certainly retain her seat in Congress in the general election in November by beating her Democratic opponent. And her re-election could possibly be the straw that would break the camel’s back when it comes to keeping the Democrats in the majority in the House of Representatives.

But my provocative question has less to do with Liz Cheney, specifically, than it does with the impact of the January 6 committee overall.

Do you think, based upon what you’ve seen, read, or heard about the evidence presented so far by the House Select Committee, that it has, in fact, ended Donald Trump’s political career?

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