Share Your World — 06/20/22

Another Monday has rolled around and that means it’s time for another edition of Melanie’s Share Your World. Here goes.

What are three scents you like?

Coffee, bacon, freshly baked bread.

What is something true (factual) that most other people don’t believe?

I think a true fact is that most people can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction, nor truth and lies, especially when it comes to politics and religion.

Would you rather have a massage or get a facial?

A massage…with a happy ending! 😉

Have you ever thrown someone a really extravagant party?

My daughter’s wedding reception.

GRATITUDE SECTION

The Letter J

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter J.

Here are Deb’s J-words:

Place – jumping castle
Emotion – jaded
Adjective – jinxed
Verb – jiggle
Animal – jaguar

Anita asked her classmate Diane if she was planning on having one of those inflatable jumping castle set up in her backyard for her birthday party again this year. She knew the answer was going to be yes, because Diane’s parents set one up every year for her birthday.

Anita was self-conscious about her weight and she remembered at Diane’s party last year when some of the other girls teased her, saying that when she jumped around in the inflatable castle, her belly fat jiggled like Jello.

When Anita’s mom asked her if she was going to Diane’s birthday party this coming weekend, Anita started to cry. Her mom asked her what was wrong. “I’m so fat and ugly and I feel jinxed because I’m unable, no matter how hard I try, to lose weight. I’m embarrassed to be around my so-called friends because they make fun of me.”

“Oh sweetheart, those girls can be so mean and you’re too young to feel so jaded about being a little overweight,” Anita’s mom said. “I wish you would have talked to me sooner about how you are feeling. Listen, sweetie, I’m going to call my personal trainer. He won’t be able to help you lose weight in time for Diane’s party, but I promise you that if you work with him, in a few months you’ll have a figure as sleek as a jaguar’s.”

The Fundraiser

“I thought you knew everyone who was invited to this fundraiser,” Jon said to his wife.

“I’m kind of in shock,” Maria said. “I don’t know anybody here.”

“Are we at the right place?“ Jon asked. “Could you have gotten the address wrong? Or maybe you got the wrong date. It can be easy to accidentally juxtapose some numbers.”

Maria gave Jon a caustic look. “I am extremely diligent when it comes to such details. This is definitely the right address. I’m the guy’s assistant campaign manager. I know where he’s going to be when he’s on the stump, for crissake.”

“Why don’t you ask someone if we’re in the right place?” Jon suggested. Maria nodded, walked off, and spoke with someone. As she was walking back to Jon, Maria’s face was red and Jon couldn’t tell from her expression if she was about to burst out crying or laughing. “Well?” he asked.

“I’m trying to absorb the reality of what’s happening,” Maria said. “It’s the right date, the right time, and the right address.”

“So what’s the problem,” Jon asked.

“Wrong town,” she said. “The fundraiser was in South Binghamton and we’re in West Binghamton.”

Jon started to laugh. “You’re shitting me! Then who’s event is this?”

Maria started laughing, too. “This is some random couple’s engagement party.”

“That explains a lot,” Jon said, laughing. “Let’s get the hell out of here.”

“Absolutely,” Maria agreed. “I think we can still make an appearance at the fundraiser if we hurry.”


Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid (shock), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (anybody), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (juxtapose), Word of the Day Challenge (caustic), Your Daily Word Prompt (diligent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (stump), and The Daily Spur (absorb).

Fandango’s Provocative Question #137

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

My provocative question for you this week was prompted by a question that Melanie asked in her Share Your World prompt on Monday. She asked, “How could carousels be spiced up so they are more exciting?” In my tongue-in-cheek response, I suggested, “First, make it adults only (i.e., 18 or over) and second, require everyone to shed their clothing before getting on the carousel. That would make it more exciting. Or possibly more frightening!”

That got me thinking about a question some of you might find a bit provocative. Are you ready?

Have you ever been to a clothing-optional (nude) venue, such as a beach, resort, club, party, etc? If so, what did you think of the experience? Would you do it again? If not, would you ever consider going to a clothing-optional gathering? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

Share Your World — It’s My Party

Melanie is back with her Share Your World prompt and she’s asked some interesting questions today. Let’s she what she wants us to share this week.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be for? (Covid considerations are suspended for this question.)

The landscaping and hardscaping in our backyard is almost finished, so once it’s all done, I’d want to invite our family, friends, and neighbors over for a backyard cookout.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

The depends upon the prompt. Some are limited to just 100 words. Some up to 200 words. A few allow up to 300 words. But none, as far as I know, are worth a thousand words.

Where IS Waldo?

Poor, misguided Waldo. Waldo was identified as a participant in the January 6th siege of the U.S. Capitol building by fanatic Trump supporters in their effort to stop the official certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Since being identified by the FBI as one of those who breached the building, Waldo has gone into hiding at an undisclosed location. There is a worldwide manhunt going on to try to locate him and bring him to justice. The FBI is asking for our help and has posted a Twitter message with the hashtag #Where’sWaldo. A significant reward is being offered to the person or persons who can assist the FBI in locating where Waldo is.

What’s the best part of waking up?

I’m tempted to say “Folgers in your cup,” but have you ever actually tried to drink Folger’s coffee. Yuck.Instead I’m going with the first pee right after you get out of bed. Oh what a relief it is.

Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales?

Okay, truth be told, I’m a rather hairy guy. Almost Neanderthal-like. And since I’m pretty much already covered in fur, fur it is and fur it must be.