Truthful Tuesday — Whitest, Brightest

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary (?) hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie asks…

Is there too much emphasis on having the “whitest, brightest smile”? Is that a mainly American thing or has it caught on globally?

Alas, I was a cigarette smoker for about 30 years and I’ve been a coffee drinker my whole adult life. Hence, my teeth are, regrettably, anything but white and bright. And yes, that’s my mouth and my teeth you’re seeing in the photo above.

Were I a movie star or a model or engaged in some other activity that required really white teeth, then perhaps it would be important for my teeth to be their whitest and brightest. But I’m just an everyday, ordinary guy who is retired. I’m just happy that the teeth in my mouth are my real teeth and that they are in good shape. I haven’t had a cavity since I was a teenager, so I’m happy about that too.

To answer Melanie’s question, despite the fact that my smile could probably be the before picture in an ad for tooth whitening procedures, yes, I think there is too much of an emphasis on having a white, bright smile and not enough on having a healthy smile.

It’s a Wrap!

“Cut!” the director shouted. “I deem that the scene where the gremlin jumps out from behind the furniture and scares that poor little freckle-faced girl is a wrap. Good job everyone. Let’s take 15 before we start shooting the next scene.”

The director looked around the soundstage and bellowed, “I need a cup of coffee now and that tenderfoot craft services apprentice is never hereabouts when I need him.”

“Sorry sir,” a meek voice behind the angry director said. Handing the director’s mug to him, the kid said, “I know you’re a director, but there’s no need to make a scene over this. I went to get your coffee as you were wrapping up that last scene and I asked them to brew a fresh pot because I know how you like your coffee freshly brewed.”

The director grabbed the mug from the apprentice’s hand and walked away without so much as a thank you. The kid just stood there and softly mumbled “you’re welcome” under his breath.


Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (deem), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (scene), Word of the Day Challenge (gremlin), My Vivid Blog (furniture), The Daily Spur (freckle), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tenderfoot), and Your Daily Word Prompt (hereabouts).

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Uplifting Chatter

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “uplifting chatter.

E.M. said that with all of the negative things we are facing on the news, she wanted to give everyone a forum to uplift one another through the responses to this ramble. So let me see if I can dig deep to find some “uplifting” answers.

1. When you feel negative, what techniques do you use to bring yourself up to feeling positive?

Stop reading or watching the news and watch “Young Frankenstein” on TV.

2. What is a smell that made you smile when you woke up today?

Freshly brewed coffee.

3. An owl is known for its wisdom, what are you known for?

I’m known for not being an owl.

4. Do you know any good recipes? If so, can you share one?

Funny you should ask. This afternoon I’ll be grilling some surf and turf in our backyard. For the turf (New York strip steak), I will marinate the steak for a few hours in a mixture of barbecue sauce and teriyaki, season it with garlic powder, onion powder, and Montreal seasoning. I will then quickly sear it on both sides and then grill it for a few minutes until it’s medium rare. For the surf (lobster tail), I will be butterfly the tail, brush the meat with olive oil, and season with sea salt and black pepper. After grilling meat side down for a few minutes, I’ll flip the tails and brush a mixture of melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and cayenne over the lobster meat and continue grilling for another minute or two.

5. How do you console the people around you? (Online or in-person)

In person, there’s nothing better than a hug or a cuddle. Online, I send my thoughts and prayers.

Yeah, right. 🤣 Actually, I think the best way to console someone online is through expressing some empathy for what they are going through.

My Last Photo — March ‘22

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in March.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in March.

My wife and I decided yesterday morning to go out in our backyard and sit a spell with our morning coffee. It was a little chilly outside at 8 am so I decided to fire up our gas fire pit.

One-Liner Wednesday — Starbucks

“Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on its coffee cups. The very first quote will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!’”

Conan O’Brien, American television host, comedian, actor, and writer


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.