Throwback Thursday — Spaces and Places

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, Maggie wants us to amble around through the spaces and places of our youth.

Here are Maggie’s questions.

1. Did you grow up in an urban or a rural environment? How would you describe the geographic area where you lived? Was it mostly buildings or mostly trees? Four seasons, or always warm or cold?

I was born in Newark, New Jersey. We lived in an apartment building and it was definitely an urban environment. But when I was around five, we relocated to a suburb of Washington, DC and lived in a rental house, a single-family home, for about four years before my folks bought a house in a typical suburban development. We definitely had four seasons.

2. What about the place in which you resided? Was it a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a boat, or something else? Did you like it and do you miss it now?

The place my parents bought when I was nine was a split-level house. I did like it at the time, but I decided that I would never buy a split-level house myself.

3. What about the bedroom you had in the home? Did you share it with someone or did you have it all to yourself? If you shared, with whom? How was the space decorated?

In our split level home, there were three bedrooms on the top level. My parents had one, and each of my sisters had their own rooms on that level. My room was in a large recreation room below the main living area and that my parents had converted into a bedroom. It was mostly decorated with my toys and posters I had put up on the walls.

4. When you did family activities at home, in what room did you spend your time? What did you do together? TV? Cards? Board Games? Reading?

Other than reading, which I did mostly in my bedroom, we watched TV in the living room and played cards and board games at our dining room table.

5. Did your friends’ living situation seem similar to your own? Did you prefer to be at your friend’s home or did you prefer your own? Did your friends like to hang out at your house?

It was a typical, 1950s suburban development with cookie-cutter homes, so with only minor differences, everyone’s home was like everyone else’s. My friends and I would hang out at each other’s houses. That said, my room, being a recreation room converted to a bedroom, was the largest of all of my friends’ bedrooms, so we hung out there a lot.

6. What kind of school did you attend? Large or small? Religious or secular? Public or private?

I went to public, secular schools from K-12.

7. Did you attend church, synagogue, temple, or some other religious facility? If so was it large and ornate, or small and homey? Did you feel comfortable there?

No, ours was a relatively non-religious (mixed religions) family, and we didn’t actively participate in either religion.

8. Did you have a hang out spot? Skating rink? Mall? Burger joint? Bowling alley? Friend’s house?

All of the above. Plus movies.

9. Where did you typically go on dates (if you dated)? Movies? Out to a restaurant? At home watching TV? Library? Gym? Dances? Clubs? Mall?

Yes to all of the above. Plus, we went to a lot of parties. My friends were big party-throwers.

10. What kind of place did you live in when you first moved away from home? Was it a big adjustment or were you ready to strike out on your own? Describe your first place.

I was ready to strike out on my own after I graduated from college, for sure. When I first moved from home, I lived in a small, spartan, one bedroom apartment, but I then bought an old fixer-upper about two years later with a friend of mine. It needed a lot of work, but we sold it about four years later for a tidy profit.

Thursday Inspiration — Me or the Dog

“Absolutely not!” Jim said to Darlene. “When I agreed to let you bring this fleabag dog home from the pet store, you promised that you would keep it off of our bed. So what do you do? You go out and buy steps so that hound of yours can use them to climb up on our bed. I won’t have it, dammit.”

“But honey, he’s so cute and when he climbs up on the bed, he stays on my side, cuddles up next to me, and loves to snuggle, which, by the way, is more than you ever do anymore,” Darlene said.

“I don’t care,” Jim said. “You made me a promise and I’m going to hold you to it. I will not have that mutt in our bed. Now where did you get that step thing? I’m going to take it back and get a refund.”

“You’re not taking it back,” Darlene insisted. “And if I want the dog to sleep in our bed all snuggled up next to me, he will.”

“It’s me or the dog, Darlene,” Jim said.

Darlene smiled. “Bye, Jim,” she said.

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where we can use the prompt word step, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Hold On,’ or by going with another song by Wilson Phillips, or anything else that you think fits.

Does this fit?

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

If you don’t know who Herschel Walker is, he is a former football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons. He is the Donald Trump-endorses Republican nominee in the 2022 United States Senate election in Georgia running against the Democratic incumbent, Raphael Warnock.

Like Trump, Walker’s campaign has been littered with false and misleading claims. He’s lied about being in the military, about his education, about being a cop, about his business ventures, about his charities, and even about how many children he has with different women. He claims he is anti-abortion, but he paid for at least one abortion for one of his girlfriends. He is totally unqualified to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.

In the midterm elections in Georgia earlier this month, Warnock received 49.4% of the votes (1,943,737) while Walker received 48.5% of the votes (1,907,272). A third-party candidate received 2.1% of the votes (81,278). But because neither Warnock nor Walker received a majority (50%+) of the vote, a runoff election between the two is scheduled for early December. If Democrat Warnock wins, the Democrats will have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. If Walker wins the runoff, the Senate will be split 50-50.

But here’s where it really gets weird. During a stump speech yesterday, Herschel Walker said this:

“I was watching this movie called ‘Fright Night.’ It was about vampires. I don’t know if you know, vampires are cool people, are they not? But I want to tell you something that I found out. A werewolf can kill a vampire, did you know that? I didn’t know that. So, I don’t want to be a vampire anymore, I want to be a werewolf.”

How bizarre is that? Yet this man, Herschel Walker, could possibly be elected to serve in the U.S. Senate representing the state of Georgia if he beats Senator Raphael Warnock in the runoff election next month.

You just can’t make this shit up.

FOWC with Fandango — Happenstance


It’s November 17, 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 “happenstance.”

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.