Sunday Writing Prompt — The Fists Began to Fly

“The problem is that his strategy all along was to do a snow job on the voters and now that he’s out of office, the snow he’s piled on will melt, and all the nut-brown mounds of shit he’s leaving behind will become visible,” Mick said.

“You’re wrong, Mick,” Jason said. “I’ve done a definitive analysis, and my concern lies in the blatant disregard of our government to address the critical needs of the citizens it’s supposed to serve.”

Mick got a smirk on his face. “Your conclusion, my friend,” he said, “is highly subjective. The blame lies in the president’s disregard for the rule of law and in the GOP’s failure check his abuse of power and to dissent to his outrageously corrupt acts.”

The tension in the room between the two friends was high. “It’s clear to me that our two minds are at loggerheads,” Jason said, “because of your ignorance.”

“And it’s clear to me,” Mick responded, “that you’re an asshole.”

That’s when the fists began to fly.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt about the phrase “two minds at loggerheads.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (strategy), Word of the Day Challenge (snow/smirk), Ragtag Daily Prompt (nut-brown/dissent), The Daily Spur (analysis/subjective), Your Daily Word Prompt (concern/blatant), MMA Storytime (government/tension), and Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January prompt (check).

A Hot Button

“I know this is a hot button for you, Dan,” his buddy Alan said, “but I’m sure he’ll get his comeuppance some day soon.”

“The trouble is, Alan” Dan said, “I don’t think he will. I think he’ll do anything he can to finagle his way out of this. He always seems to figure out a way to blame others for things he is responsible for having done.”

“He won’t get away with it this time,” Alan said. “Between the FBI, Congess, and the courts, he’ll get what he deserves. I guarantee it.”

“Wait,” Dan said. “The FBI? Congress? The courts? Who are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about Donald Trump,” Alan said, “Isn’t that who you’re talking about?”

Dan started to laugh. “No, Alan, I’m talking about my teenage son who downloaded that ransomware app to our family computer. He’s now trying to blame me for not having sufficient antivirus protections on the computer.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January prompt, where today’s word is “button.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (comeuppance), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (trouble), The Daily Spur (anything), Your Daily Word Prompt (finagle), and MMA Storytime (download).

FFfPP — The Flat

Russ was in his kitchen unpacking the boxes the movers had delivered the day before. A very organized guy, Russ was eager to get everything set up in the townhouse he’d just moved into, which is why he became irritated when he heard his doorbell ring. He thought about ignoring it and continuing to put the dishes into his kitchen cabinets, but then the doorbell rang a second time.

Reluctantly, Russ made this way through the boxes and got to his front door. He opened it up to see a young woman, fairly attractive, perhaps in her mid-twenties, standing there. With a big smile on her face, she thrust out her hand and said, “Hi, neighbor, my name’s Terri and I live right next door to you. Welcome to the neighborhood.”

“Nice to meet you, Terri,” Russ said as he shook her hand. “I’m Russ. Listen, I’d love to chat with you but my household goods were just delivered yesterday and I’m trying to get everything organized as in place, so if you’ll excuse me….”

Terri interrupted. “I was hoping you could give me a hand. My car has a flat tire and I’ve never changed a tire before. I have no idea how to go about it. Could you change it for me, please?”

Never one to resist the call of a damsel in distress, Russ agreed to change her tire. She led him to her car and when Russ saw the shredded tire he was shocked. “Holy shit!” Russ said. “This isn’t just a flat tire, it looks like it exploded.”

“Yeah, well I didn’t realize it was flat and I’ve been driving around on it for a few days,” Terri admitted. “I did hear a thumping sound, but I thought it was just road noise.”

Russ shook his head, mumbled “women” under his breath, and set about changing the tire on Terri’s car. To show her appreciation to Russ, Terri offered to cook him dinner that night. It was the first of many that she would prepare for him over the course of their forty-plus years together.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practitioner. Also for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January prompt, where the word in “neighbor.” Photo Credit: Morguefile. Apologies to Roger for exceeding his recommended 200 word limit by about 75%.

I’m In Trouble

I’m had a very tough time today coping with the direction and health of my country and the direction it’s heading in. Given the series of events over the past week, and the predictions of more violence on the part of pro-Trump fanatics to come, a feeling of woe is almost overwhelming me.But Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, came to my rescue when he posted 18 random questions. This was just what I needed — a welcome distraction if only for a few minutes. So let me sing Rory’s praises and write this post in response to his questions.

1. Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were a growing up?

Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Friends.

2. Have you ever had a crush on someone as an adult?

Ask me again once I become an adult.

3. Night or day time — which is best for you and why?

I sleep at night, so I’m going to go with the time of day that I’m conscious, and that’s day time.

4. Have you ever had sex in deep snow as opposed to a light frosting?

I’ve had sex when there was deep snow outside and when there was a light frosting outside, but I was always inside at the time.

5. What are three of your weirdest quirks?

  1. Consuming a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream each night.
  2. Obsessively reading the newsfeed on my iPhone.
  3. Spending at least an hour in bed going through my WordPress reader each night before I go to sleep.

6. Can you sum up your personal life for the year 2020 using only 7 words?

  1. Angry
  2. Frustrated
  3. Isolated
  4. Upset
  5. Disappointed
  6. Volatile
  7. Healthy

7. What’s the most embarrassing position you have ever been stuck in?

This is not so much a position as it is a situation.

I was an usher at an out-of-town wedding and had to get fitted for a tuxedo. All of the men in the wedding party went to the tailor together. We were in a large fitting room when the tailor instructed us to remove our trousers.

Back then I was a hippie who went commando (i.e., I didn’t wear underpants). I dropped trou and there I was with four other guys in the fitting room and I was the only one fully “exposed.”

The tailor knelt down in front of me to measure my inseam, my junk in front of his face at eye-level. Unfazed, he looked up at me with a blank expression, and politely asked, “Will you be wearing underpants at the wedding?”

8. Some words simply roll off your tongue as if they were honey, what are three of your favorite words?

These aren’t words, but they are my three favorite things to say.

  1. Bite me!
  2. What’s for dinner?
  3. Whatever floats your boat.

9. What sweet things do you like to consume for pleasure?

Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.

10. Do you currently have a favorite song and if so what is it?

Right now it’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” by Billy Joel. Trump started the fire.

11. PJ’s, Tee shirt and shorts, Naked or Other – What is your preference?

During the day it’s jeans and a t-shirt or sweatshirt. At night I sleep in sweat pants.

12. What is your most favored breakfast dish?

Cold cereal with raisins and sliced bananas.

13. Which color is best worn to display your passion with life?

I don’t know if it displays my passion, but I generally favor blue.

14. If you had to be soaked in a liquid that wasn’t water, what would you choose and why?

How about a tub of chocolate. That sounds like fun, right?

15. Underwear or Commando?

Underwear today, but back in the day…. Well, see my answer to question 7.

16. Which bed size do you prefer for whatever – Single, Twin, Bunks, Double, King, Queen or Other – and why?

California King. Why? Because I live in California and I’m the king of my house.

17. How quick are you to react to no warning, last minute moments?

I always try to go with the flow.

18. You have just woken up …. the first thing you do is?

Get up, walk to the bathroom, and pee.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (coping), MMA Storytime (direction), Ragtag Daily Prompt (health), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (series), Your Daily Word Prompt (woe), Rory’s Chocolate Box, and Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt (sing).

Post-Surgery Instructions

The veterinarian told us to be sure to keep the protective cone collar on our dog for two weeks after the operation in order to prevent her from gnawing and picking at the area where the surgery had been done. He said that no matter how eager we might be to take the collar off, we should exercise patience and abide by his instructions to not remove the collar for the full two weeks.

It was hard to keep the cone collar on our dear dog, especially at night when she couldn’t get comfortable. We figured at night she’d mostly be sleeping anyway, so we decided to remove the collar in the hope that she…and we…could get some sleep.

Fast-forward one week, when we were back at the vets so he could treat the infection around the surgical site. He looked at and chastised us for not following his instructions to the letter.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt, where the word is “letter.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (operation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (gnaw), Word of the Day Challenge (picking), Your Daily Word Prompt (eager), The Daily Spur (patience), and MMA Storytime (fast-forward).