MLMM Tale Weaver — Be Careful What You Wish For

5e7192d9-6efa-47e0-97b9-c5a625aead0c“If I were you, I’d stay away from her. She’s trouble,” Chris advised his friend.

“But, dude, she’s gorgeous and she’s available,” Andrew said. “Look at this photograph of her on Instagram.”

“Yeah, I know she’s hot,” Chris admitted, “but I know a guy who went out with her for a while. You’ll be working overtime to try to keep her happy.”

“Why would you say that?”

“Just look at her Facebook page,” Chris said. “She’s been zigzaging all over the freakin’ globe for the past two years.”

“So what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” Andrew asked. “What are you hoping to accomplish by telling me this?”

“Oh jeez, man,” Chris said. “Do I need to spell it out for you. Do I need to write you a letter?”

“No, but I just want to know why you are so down on this girl, dude,” Andrew said.

“I’m just saying, Andrew, that you need to be careful what you wish for.” Chris said. “That chick is ultra high maintenance.”


Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Tale Weaver prompt where the topic is “maintenance.” Also for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (photograph),  Michael’s Writing Prompts (overtime), Daily Addictions (zigzag), Nova’s Daily Random Word (globe), Word of the Day Challenge (accomplish), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (letter.)

Friday Fictioneers —Cyber Distraction

A91CDF1D-3715-4707-BC58-0D0FB6D62E27David was happy with the progress he was making on the homemade globe for his science class project. He’d applied a layer of papier-mâché all over a round balloon to give it shape. Once dry, he used a layer of chicken wire to provide structural integrity before applying the next layer of papier-mâché.

David’s mistake happened when he decided to take a short break. He opened his laptop and logged on to Facebook. Six hours later he realized that his “short break” meant he’d have to pull an all-nighter to have his globe ready in time for class the next day.

(100 words)


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Douglas M. MacIlroy.

Questionable Friends

5210CE76-CF13-4E02-B937-D8816236DDCDSo Nova, at My Namaste 365 Online, found this thing on Facebook where there are games you can play “with friends.” Then she wrote,” I thought I’d write up some interesting questions and see if my friends would like to play? I’m hoping so anyway.”

She then tagged ten of us “friends” to pose her questions to. So here are her questions.

Finish the Thought:

  1. Those words I couldn’t say… It’s my fault.
  2. It’s quite simple really… Turn it off and then turn it back on again.
  3. Sometimes I forget… to stop and smell the roses.
  4. I can sum that up easily… In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
  5. A famous person born on my birthday is… Hayley Mills

Firsts

  1. Job? Paperboy
  2. Thought in the morning? Gotta pee
  3. Car? 1961 Corvair Monza
  4. Decision you made as an adult? I have no idea
  5. Concert? Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

This or That?

  1. Hamburger or hot dog? Cheeseburger cheeseburger; Coke no Pepsi.
  2. Mountains or beach? Either/both
  3. Electric or standard tooth brush? Standard
  4. Call or text conversations? Text
  5. City life or country life? City

Would You Rather?

  1. WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A CREATIVE PERSON OR A TECHNICAL PERSON? At my age I’m not “becoming” anything. I am what I am, which is not really a technical person (anymore).
  2. WOULD YOU RATHER BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH HOT SAUCE OR WITH RANCH DRESSING? Eww, neither.
  3. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE TWO PERMANENT LAZY EYES OR ALWAYS GET NOSE BLEEDS AT EXTREMELY EMBARRASSING MOMENTS? “Are you looking at me?” I guess, lazy eyes. But maybe not. I rarely get extremely embarrassed, you know.
  4. WOULD YOU RATHER EAT PIZZA EVERY DAY OR NEVER BE ABLE TO EAT PIZZA AGAIN? Pizza every day, for sure.
  5. WOULD YOU RATHER ALWAYS GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC OR ALWAYS HAVE A REALLY SLOW INTERNET CONNECTION? Since I hardly ever drive anymore, I’ll go with stuck in traffic. No one has time for a slow internet connection.

Okay, friends. Your turn.

Welcome to 1984

896BBA2F-2D65-4186-92DF-DAFC5EA76EA3Fox News host Laura Ingraham is at it again. The last time we heard the twisted “wisdom” of Ms. Ingraham, as I noted here, was a few weeks back when she lamented that, “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”

Well, Ms. Ingraham is back at it again. Only this time, she wants to turn America into China, where the state controls what its citizens can see and read on the internet by strictly controlling social media.

Ingraham suggested on her Friday night Fox News show that the American government should take over private social media networks so that they can be regulated.

“There’s a thought that, given the enormity of these corporations [Facebook and Twitter], and this is a public square today. This is the equivalent of what we used to see in the old town square was people with a bull horn. And so could there be a movement to treat them more like public utilities, so they have some quasi-government oversight of these entities?”

Ingraham claims that the tech industry is controlled by “intolerant” liberals on the West Coast. “The west coast,” she said, “otherwise known as the ‘left coast,’ is overwhelmingly left wing, overwhelmingly probably voted for Hillary. They say, this is just an algorithm.”

So Laura Ingraham wants the government to run Facebook and Twitter so that they won’t be biased against conservatives and Donald Trump.

And this follows the path set by her Dear Leader who, earlier this week, as I pointed out here, railed against how how searches for Donald Trump on Google always show negative news about him. So Trump directed Larry Kudlow, his Director of the National Economic Council and his chief economic adviser, to “take a look” at whether Google and its search engine should be regulated by the government.

So look out, America. Donald Trump and Laura Ingraham want to turn Facebook, Twitter, and Google into Fox News and to turn American media into a propaganda machine like those in China, Russia, North Korea, and other autocracies where the government controls what you see, hear, and read.

Welcome to 1984.

Bathroom Humor?

F87D8CB3-F031-4D76-9330-08ED632E5BCFI don’t often look at Facebook anymore, but the other night I was suffering from insomnia, so I reached for my iPhone and fired up Facebook.

I am telling you this because I came across something that I thought was a bit, well, strange. One of my Facebook acquaintances asked this question:

“When you wipe yourself, which hand do you use, your dominant hand or your non-dominant hand?”

I never really thought about that question and when I saw that there were more than 50 comments to this informal survey, I became curious to see how people would answer this question. So I started reading the comments and one comment in particular totally cracked me up.

To the question about which hand you use to wipe yourself, one guy wrote, “I use toilet paper.”


And speaking about toilet paper, here’s a question for you:A3E7302A-EB72-4292-9A1F-1B21584EFD82