Thursday Inspiration — On the Brighter Side

“I bought the place because I want to keep it simple. I want to create a Bed & Breakfast that would offer real country comfort, you know what I’m saying?” Ted said.

“That sounds nice,” Ted’s cousin Mike said. “Do you believe you have the talent, though, to pull it off?”

“At the risk of sounding bellicose,” Ted said, “I will stop at nothing to pull it off.”

“Interesting,” Mike said. “By the way, I looked at the town inspection report on the property and there are some flagrant code violations, including a leak in the septic system that could be harmful to the ground water.”

“Yeah, yeah, that’s going to be a major expense,” Ted admitted, “but on the brighter side, once all of those code violations are resolved, I’m going to have the best B&B in the state.”

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word “brighter,” and the image above, are the prompts. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (simple), Ragtag Daily Prompt (country comfort), Word of the Day Challenge (talent), Your Daily Word Prompt (bellicose), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (flagrant), and MMA Storytime (harmful).

M is for “Mork & Mindy”

“Mork & Mindy” was an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from September 14, 1978 to May 27, 1982. A spin-off after a highly successful episode of “Happy Days,” it starred Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship, and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.When his egg-shaped spaceship landed in Boulder, Colorado, Mork encountered 21-year-old Mindy, who was upset after an argument with her boyfriend. Mork offered assistance, but when Mindy noticed his unconventional attire and behavior, she asked who he really is, and he innocently told her the truth. She promised to keep his identity a secret and allowed him to move into her attic.

Storylines usually centered on Mork’s attempts to understand human behavior and American culture as Mindy helped him to adjust to life on Earth. It usually ended up frustrating Mindy, as Mork can only do things according to Orkan customs.

Then-unknown Robin Williams impressed producer Garry Marshall with his quirky comedic ability as soon as they met. Marshall was looking for an actor for an episode of “Happy Days.” When Williams was asked to take a seat at the audition, Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair and Marshall cast him on the spot, and later wryly commented that Williams was the only alien who auditioned for the role.

“Mork & Mindy was Robin Williams’ first major acting role and he became famous for his use of his manic improvisational comedic talent. Williams made up so many jokes during filming that were considered superior to the writing staff’s contributions that eventually scripts had specific gaps where Williams was allowed to freely perform. Pam Dawber found him so funny that she had to bite her lip in many scenes to avoid breaking up in laughter and ruining the take.

After four seasons and 95 episodes, Mork & Mindy was canceled in the summer of 1982.

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FOWC with Fandango — Flagrant

FOWCWelcome to April 15, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “flagrant.”

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. You will marvel at their creativity.

Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmatic

Rory wants to know about our blog reading and writing habits and there’s even a little math involved. So let’s answer Rory’s blog questions.

Are you ‘mostly’ a short content or a long content reader and how many words within those defines can you comfortably read per post?

I prefer shorter posts, say 500 words or fewer. But sometimes a blogger can’t say what he or she wants to or needs to say in 500 words, and if I like the blogger and the way he or she writes, I will occasionally read longer posts.

How many blogs do you read per day?

Here’s the math part. I follow a lot of blogs (more than 150) and I try to read them all each day, as well as posts that bloggers I don’t follow write in response to some of my prompts. But depending upon what other things are going on in my life, I can’t always do that every day.

Are you a short, long or varying length content writer and if so what is your preferred length for a post that you create?

More math. Given that my average post length so far this year is 237 words, I’m going with short. That said, because some posts have word limits, ranging from six to 20 to 100 to 200, I do write some longer posts, but I strive to keep them to 500 words or less.

What kind of relationship do you have with the blogs that you follow – in so far as Like only, Read only, Interact only, Comment only or a combination of all?

It’s a definitely a combination of all of those things.

Flash Mob

“You need to get out of here immediately,” the store owner said. “With all of this nonsense, you’re putting the customers of my establishment in jeopardy.”

“Oh come on, dude,” Mike said. “This whole impromptu flash mob thing is driving traffic into your store. You should be thanking me.”

“Thanking you?” the store owner said. “Your friends are swarming into the place like a bunch of pesky insects. You need to get your mob out of here before I call the police.”

“That’s cold, dude,” Mike said. “We’re just trying to have a good time and to entertain your customers. But I know when I’m not welcome, so don’t call the cops. I’ll gather my pals and we’ll trundle on outta here.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (establishment), MMA Storytime (jeopardy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (impromptu), Ragtag Daily Prompt (insect), The Daily Spur (cold), and Your Daily Word Prompt (trundle).