Don’t Hold Your Breath

“Did you get your invitation to the Cloudscape Conference in Austin?” Brad asked Jim.

“Yeah, but I don’t think I’m going to attend this year,” Jim answered.

“Why not? You always attend,” Brad said. “And last year’s conference was held over Zoom due to COVID. This year’s conference will be live again, and I heard it’s going to be quite the spectacle.”

“Maybe so,” Jim said, “but I don’t yet feel comfortable getting on a plane and being inside a convention center crowded with people, especially in Texas where all those assholes are refusing to get vaccinated or even to wear face masks.”

“I hear you, buddy,” Brad said, “but the conference isn’t until December and maybe by then, the virus will be gone.”

“Now you’re sounding like Trump back in early 2020 when he claimed the virus would miraculously disappear,” Jim said.

“Whatever,” Brad said. “But you have until early November to register, so we should keep checking. Maybe by then the virus will actually dissipate and you’ll be able to go.”

Jim shook his head. “Don’t hold your breath, my friend.”


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (cloudscape), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (attend), Word of the Day Challenge (spectacle), The Daily Spur (comfortable), and My Vivid Blog (check).

Truthful Tuesday — Movie Watching

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

When it comes to movies, do you prefer watching them in the comfort of your own home, or would you rather go to a theater?

If we could go back in time to 2019, my answers would unequivocally be a movie theater. But it’s 2021 now and it’s been more than a year and a half since I last set foot in a movie theater. COVID is not under control. Infections and hospitalizations are on the rise. I’ll be damned if I want to go to a crowded movie theater and be surrounded by a bunch of potentially unvaccinated, unmasked people.

I’ll take the comfort — and safety — of my own home, thank you.

The Big 7-0

“Can I tell you a secret?” Betsy asked.

“Of course you can,” Andrea responded.

“You have to promise not to tell,” Betsy said.

“Don’t be ridiculous, Betsy. My lips will be sealed,” Andrea assured her friend. “So tell me, what’s your big secret?”

“It’s Fred’s seventieth birthday next month and I’m planning a big surprise party,” Betsy said. “I am going to confer with his poker, bowling, and golfing buddies to set the date and the place.”

“Oh, I’d forgotten that this was his 70th. That’s a biggie,” Andrea said.

“Indeed,” Betsy said. “That’s why I’m being so assiduous in my planning. And you know that Fred has been preoccupied with getting old ever since he retired. So I want this to be a celebration of his birthday, not an event that could cause him any trauma. I’m going to keep it low-key and not brandish any decorations or reminders that he’s reached seventy. It’s just another birthday, right?”

“I get it. But, Betsy,” Andrea said,” “he should be happy to have reached that ripe old age in the era of COVID.”

“You would think so, wouldn’t you?” Betsy said. “But this is Fred we’re talking about.”


Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is secret.” And for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (birthday), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (confer), The Daily Spur (forgotten), Your Daily Word Prompt (assiduous), MMA Storytime (trauma), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (brandish).