In Other Words — Pink Flamingos

17194ABB-B12F-4867-9BDB-8E7886DC5B0AShe said, “Let’s go to the movies and see ‘Pink Flamingos’ at the local art house theater.”

“If we want to see a pink flamingo, wouldn’t we be better off going to the zoo?” I asked.

“Oh no, ‘Pink Flamingos’ is a campy movie that was directed by John Waters and starred Divine,” she said. “I’m sure you’ll love it.”

It was awful; the worst movie I ever saw and I hated it.11F3AD74-5F5A-4FBA-9349-B55819D5E5C7


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “flamingo.” Top photo credit: Len from Pexels.

Y is for Yankees

9B98C3B5-973C-4665-A5FD-6746012E81A1The New York Yankees — the baseball team I love to hate.

When I was a lad growing up in the Washington, DC area in the mid-fifties and sixties, my favorite baseball team was the Washington Senators. They played in the American League and their arch rivals were the New York Yankees. Back then, the Yankees were the perennial American League champs, while the hapless Senators were the basement dwellers.

There used to be this saying, “Washington: first in peace, first in war, last in the American League.” Most Senators fans, including me, hated the Yankees.7715B4F8-1531-462C-884B-0C32EC35431CThere was even a 1956 Tony Award winning Broadway musical and a 1958 movie version titled “Damn Yankees.”

It was about a frustrated Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the American league pennant against the Yankees. I loved that movie!

About 35 years later, my family and I moved to the Boston area, where, once again, my home town team, this time the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees were — and still are — fierce rivals.

And even though it’s been a decade since I moved to San Francisco, I still, to this day, hate the Yankees just as much I did when I was a kid in DC and for the almost 20 years we lived near Boston.

In fact, the only thing I hate worse than the Red Sox losing is the Yankees winning.


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Should Have Swiped Left

5AC49519-71A0-4130-9E42-5D573B314EA5Chrissy was excited when her doorbell rang and she would finally get to meet the guy she connected with on Tinder. “Hi Chrissy, I’m Reggie,” he said, holding out his hand for her to shake.

After she returned the handshake, she said, “It’s so nice to finally meet you. I really feel we had a connection.”

“Look at you, you’re a feast for the eyes,” Reggie said, stepping back to admire his date after Chrissy let him in.

“Why thank you, Reggie,” Chrissy said, blushing slightly. “Do you like my outfit?”

“I do,” he said. “You look quite fetching.”

“This is just some old thing I pulled out of my closet, Chrissy explained. I was afraid it might be kind of unalluring, but since we’re just going to a movie, I thought it would do.”

“Well, I think it’s a very attractive outfit,” Reggie said.

“You know, some of my friends criticize me for where I shop for my clothes,” Chrissy said, “but it’s truly amazing what you can get at the Salvation Army store for such a paltry sum,” Chrissy said.

“Wait, you buy your clothes from the Salvation Army?”

“Yes, also from Goodwill,” Chrissy said. “You’d be amazed by the bargains you can get there.”

Reggie stepped back, looked at his watch, and said. “Oh my, will you look at the time? I totally forgot that I have a thing this afternoon.” Then he abruptly turned around and ran out of her house.


A0030D6E-1F70-48B9-840A-2ED119AF3967Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, where the words today are attractive and unalluring. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (feast), Your Daily Word Prompt (fetching), Ragtag Daily Prompt (closet), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (paltry).

P.S. I have actually purchased some items of clothing at Goodwill and Salvation Army stores, so this post should not be considered as a slam on either.

JusJoJan — Memento

Today’s Just Jot It January prompt is the word “memento.”

ed2d3cc8-e1fb-462d-960f-74f907c14063As soon as I saw the prompt, all I could think of was the movie “Memento,” an offbeat thriller released in 2000 and directed by Christopher Nolan, who adapted the film from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan.

The protagonist, portrayed by Guy Pearce, is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal rape and murder of his wife. But having been savagely beaten by the same man who killed his wife, his short-term memory had been destroyed and he was no longer able to retain any new information. Thus, he had to resort to copious note-taking and Polaroid photographs in order to keep track of what happens to him over the course of a day. He even tattooed himself with a few crucial bits of information that he couldn’t get along without. The character is obsessed with taking revenge against the man who has ruined his life, and he sets out to find him, getting help from some questionable characters.

What’s most intriguing about this movie, to me, anyway, is that it progresses backwards in time. The protagonist kills the murderer of his wife in the film’s first scene, and it then moves backward from that point, in roughly five-minute increments, allowing us to see how he tracked the guy down, and then ending with what is, chronologically, the story’s beginning. It sort of blew my mind.

So for today’s Jot it January, I suggest you jot down the name of the movie — “Memento” — and see if you can stream it. I think it’s available on Amazon Prime and on YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday — Where the Boys Are

Helen Vahdati selected the theme “boys” for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt. So naturally, the first song that popped into my head was the Connie Francis hit single, “Where the Boys Are.”

“Where the Boys Are” was written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield for Connie Francis as the title track of the 1960 movie by the same name in which she was co-starring, along with George Hamilton. The song was recorded in late 1960 and was released as a single in January 1961. It reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.

The producer and director of the movie, “Where the Boys Are,” Joe Pasternak, had his own song writing team that he wanted to come up with a title song for the movie, but Connie Francis insisted that Sedaka and Greenfield, the team who had written some of her other hit songs, be given a shot at writing the song and Pasternak acquiesced.

“Where the Boys Are” is a simple song about a young girl hoping to find her one true love, the one-in-a-million boy who will be hers.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Where the boys are, someone waits for me
A smilin’ face, a warm embrace, two arms to hold me tenderly

Where the boys are, my true love will be
He’s walkin’ down some street in town and I know he’s lookin’ there for me

In the crowd of a million people I’ll find my valentine
And then I’ll climb to the highest steeple and tell the world he’s mine

‘Til he holds me I’ll wait impatiently
Where the boys are, where the boys are
Where the boys are, someone waits for me

‘Til he holds me I’ll wait impatiently
Where the boys are, where the boys are
Where the boys are, someone waits for me