SoCS — Point Taken

CBDA963C-B68B-40D0-B4B5-97B4219E0024Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt this week is less of a word than an action.  She wrote, “Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘point.’ Open a book on your lap, close your eyes, and put your finger on the page. Whatever you land on, whether it be a word, a phrase, or a sentence, write about it.”

This challenge proved, um, challenging for me because I no longer have any physical books. Every book I currently own is an ebook that is in my Kindle app on my iPhone. So I couldn’t exactly open a book on my lap, close my eyes, and put a finger on the page, could I?

Instead, I opened up the Kindle app, handed my iPhone to my wife, and asked her to randomly pick a book, open it up, pick a page in that book, and then pick a word, phrase, or sentence on that page, highlight it, and copy it. She did, and I pasted it below:

“One day he rose from his arm-chair, and went to his library in search of a book.”

This sentence came from the Victor Hugo classic, Les Misérables. It can be found in “loc 442 of 27004.” That means it’s fairly early in the book. In the first one percent, actually. I can’t tell you what the page number equivalent would be in the print edition because I don’t have a print edition of the book.

I asked my wife why she chose that particular sentence to copy. She told me that she thought it was apropos for the prompt that asked us to select a book and to choose a line from it. And she also thought that it held some irony in that I don’t have a physical library with actual books, but instead have a virtual library with electric books. Very clever, my wife is.

As to the context of the specific sentence she selected from the book, I have no idea. It’s been quite a few years since I read Les Misérables, and I’m pretty sure I’d have to go back and read at least a chapter or two before that sentence to figure out who “he” is and why he went in search of a book.

But I don’t want to do that. So instead, I am writing about the process of finding a random sentence in a random book so that I can respond Linda’s rather random prompt in a randomly stream of consciousness way.

FFfPP — Technological Obsolescence

img_2854All of Bill’s photographic and video equipment was laid out on the crocheted bedspread.

“I know Bill’s going to take me,” the Pentax SLR said. “I am the most sophisticated camera here.”

“Great,” said the long, telephoto lens next to the Pentax. “Then he’ll probably take me, too.”

“Hey, what about me?” objected the Olympia SLR.

“You’re old,” said the Bell & Howell 35mm. “I think I’m the perfect solution…compact and lightweight.”

“Excuse me,” said the Samsung Maxima. “I’m compact, lightweight, and digital! No futzing around with filming and developing.”

“Fuhgeddaboudit,” said the Sony video tape camera. “You stills are so one dimensional. I can catch all of the action, not just snapshots.”

“Hold on a second,” said the Chinon digital video camera. “I use an SD memory card for my video images so that Bill can shoot his videos and easily upload and edit them on his computer. I’m the obvious choice.”

“Shh,” Bill’s coming,” said the Snappy.

Bill entered the room, pulled out his iPhone and took a picture of all his photographic equipment. “Now that my iPhone can take great pictures and videos, let’s see what I can sell all this junk for on Craigslist.”

(198 words)


Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: OctMorgueFIle 2018 3aaef119ddeda7b5fc5175d55c4df183.

Share Your World — Apples or Oranges

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World questions. So, here are my answers.

Do you prefer Apple (‘I’ products) or Android for your technology ‘fix’?

I have an iPhone. My wife, son, and daughter each have the Google Pixel 2 XL phone, which is an Android device. I love my iPhone and will likely stick with it, seeing no reason to switch. Of course, I also said that of my BlackBerry device about a decade ago.A02E92B9-B934-46F2-A8E6-25D3FF884464

What’s something on your personal bucket list?

My bucket list has one thing on it: the revival of the American democracy after Trump, one way or another, is no longer president.

What would you name your boat if you had one? The Unsinkable 3? The Please Don’t Sink? Your choice! Also, what would it look like? Do you want a motor yacht, a sailboat, or perhaps a dinghy?

A houseboat named “This, Too, Shall Pass.”

Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

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What brought gratitude, a smile or laughter to your life this week?

After the events of this past week, there was not a goddam thing that brought gratitude, a smile, or laughter to my life. Sorry.

Share Your World — Coffee and Climate

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Time for another series of Share Your World questions from Melanie. Here goes:

If you drink coffee, how do you like it best? Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black?

I do, indeed, drink coffee. Only hot coffee, only black coffee sweetened with one packet of Splenda.91AC3DFE-3D90-4FA1-A8D3-84E94D02B5D9

In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?

I’m using it to respond to Melanie’s SYW questions: the iPhone.94C25DF7-A8B9-4F49-8EBA-4B671FB8D0AE

Global warming? Reality or myth?

Global warming (aka, climate change) is reality. The Bible is myth.Once upon a time

Are you an explorer or more a home body?

I used to be an explorer back in the day. Now that I’m retired (and old), I’ve become more of a home body.DB8ADFC3-4E20-4196-96B8-FA8D97D53972

What were you grateful for this week?

Hmm. Other than I’m still alive and well (as are my wife, kids, and pets), I can’t honestly think of anything else. But maybe that’s enough.C0CAC0E9-781C-4507-8991-576E84794DFD