SoCS — Coming Home

Gary was heading to his car when his cellphone rang. It was his wife. “Hi, hon. Yeah, I’m in the Home Depot parking lot about to get into the car. I should be home in about 15 minutes. Of course I remembered that I’m taking the boys to the game tonight. Yes, I know they’re very excited. This is the last home series for our hometown heroes and I wouldn’t want the boys to miss tonight’s home game. Yeah, tell them that I love them and I’ll be home soon. Yes, I love you, too, babe. Bye.”

Five Hours Later

“Hi, sweetie,” Gary said. “The boys and I are in the car on the way home. They had a great time, but they’re both exhausted and are dozing in the back seat. Yeah, it was a fantastic game. We won and it was amazing when Jackson hit that inside-the-park homerun in the bottom of the ninth. When he slid across home plate to break the tie and give the home team the victory, there was pandemonium in the ballpark. Everyone in the home crowd was going crazy and the boys, well, I’ve never seen them so excited. They were actually crying tears of joy. I wish you could have been there with us. Anyway, it’s probably going to be a while before we get home. Traffic leaving the ballpark is really backed up. But I’ll get me and the boys home safely. Yeah, see you soon, babe. And, hey, keep your home fires burning for me, if you know what I mean. Love you. Bye.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda has asked us to use the word “home” as a noun, a verb, an adjective, or an adverb.

Virtual Reality

“I’m really excited about getting my new virtual reality Dream World game for my VR headset,” Danny said.

“I heard that game is disappointing,” Eric said.

“Your ignorance about virtual reality games is remarkable,” Danny said. “This is version 2.0 and a lot of the petty annoyances in the previous version have been fixed.”

“So you think this so-called revised version will be significantly better?”

“Yes, I really do.” Danny said.

“Then, my friend, you should definitely enjoy the game,” Eric said, “because I think you actually do live in a VR dream world.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (excited), Ragtag Daily Prompt (dream world), Word of the Day Challenge (ignorance), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (petty), and The Daily Spur (revise).

One-Minute Fiction — Hide and Seek

Why do you keep doing this?
Do you think this is a game?
Do you think this is funny?
You know I don’t like change.
I like consistency.
But nonetheless you do this.
It’s just mean.
But one of these days,
You’re going to regret this.
I’ll leave a surprise you weren’t expecting
And one you won’t welcome.
So tell me.
Where is it?
Where did you move it to this time?
I hate this hide the litter box game you’re playing.

Written for Cyranny’s One-Minute Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Cyranny.

First Things First

08E0431E-46A8-4E7D-8E34-DBC9704B96A2The blogger at The Extra..aaamile, whose name is Savio, I think, because, in his About Page, he wrote, “I love my name ‘Savio’ …in Italian it means clever or bright,” challenged me (and a number of other bloggers) to something he calls “First Things First.” It’s a game where you say the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says a word. Savio has given us two examples to illustrate how this game works:

~If I say “Love” …what’s the first word that comes to your mind?

~…and detest? [it is a stronger word than hate – so answer carefully]

Finally, Savio suggests that we “don’t think too much” when we play this game. I think I’m highly qualified to do that! 😉

So let’s do this:

~Love — This is a tough one. I’m torn between ‘blogging’ and ‘family.’ But just in case anyone in my family reads this, I’ll go with ‘family.’

~Detest — Donald Trump

~Red — Sunburn

~Money — Stock Market

~Commitment — Pledge

~Home — Shelter-in-place

~House — Home

~Honesty — Integrity

~Beautiful — Stunning

~Passion — Heat

~First glance…what do you look at? Male and Female — Eyes

~Woman — Beauty

~Sunset — Calm

~Heartbreak — Pain

~Experience — Wisdom

~Ageing — Experience

~Past, Present, or Future? Why? Timeline. Why? Because a timeline often shows the past, present, and future. Duh!

~Vulnerable — Weak

~Time — Magazine

~Date — Blind

~Relaxation — Meditation

~Death — The end

~go to person…besides family/spouse, etc. — I don’t know. Maybe Rachel Maddow?

~Childhood — Innocence

~Gift — Present

~Regret — Sadness

~Foundation —Base

~If you were to rewind? And fast forward – what’s the one thing you’d want to witness — Unless I could alter the past or change the future, not a damn thing.

So thank you, Savio, for tagging me. If any of you wish to play this game, I tag you.

Thursday Inspiration — Game Over

0F7F2818-EB64-4289-9A3F-750CD9F29E4EYesterday’s Thursday Inspiration theme from Paula Light, “game,” was very timely, in that yesterday was the day we learned that in the United States it’s game over. Most major professional and college sporting events in America have been cancelled or indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA has canceled college basketball’s March Madness tournament. Major League Baseball (MLB) has canceled the rest of spring training and will delay the start of the regular season by at least two weeks. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has suspended professional basketball for at least 30 days.

The National Hockey League (NHL) has put its season on hold, as has Major League Soccer (MLS) and the PGA. Professional tennis has suspended matches through April 20th, and even though NASCAR IndyCar races will still be held, there will be no fans attending.

The economic and social impact of these cancellations and suspensions is going to be enormous. NBA officials are anticipating potentially “losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars across the sport.” And that’s just one sport.

The NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament is 15-day, 14-city event that, between media, marketing, broadcasting, ticket sales, gambling, and the rest, generates billions of dollars.

It’s hard to say whether or not these suspensions and cancellations of major sports in America would have happened regardless of the bungled actions of the Trump administration in dealing with this global pandemic, so I’m not going to point the finger of blame at our total incompetent and unfit president. But he certainly hasn’t done anything to help the situation and our country is going to pay a very high price.