Work of Art

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Once you’ve completed you stencil, you’re ready to stretch it across the frame and clamp it in place,” Gregory said. “Make sure the stencil is stretched tight, nice and taut. Otherwise, you might get a random ink droplet on your final product, which would betray your efforts to create the perfect stencil.”

Dick looked down at the frame and felt that everything was ready. “What’s next?” he asked.

“You pour the ink onto the screen, and use a floodbar to push the ink through the holes in the mesh,” Gregory said. “Then you take the fill bar at the rear of the screen and, using a slight amount of downward force, pull the fill bar to the front of the screen. This fills the mesh openings with ink. At that point you take the rubber squeegee and move the mesh down to the surface and push the squeegee to the rear of the screen. As the squeegee moves toward the rear of the screen, the tension of the mesh pulls the mesh up away from the material, leaving the ink on the material’s surface. That’s the silkscreen process, my friend.”

“Cool,” Dick said. “Now what?”

“Well, you have to give the ink time to dry on the material for a moment or two,” Gregory said. “In the meantime, you can add different colors once the first color dries. Just follow the same process for each color.”

“No more colors. I’m done!” said Dick.

“Let me see,” Gregory said.

Dick carefully lifted the frame up and off the t-shirt, exposing his handiwork to Gregory. “So, what do you think? Do we have a deal or what?”dumptrumpT“I like it,” Gregory said, a smile on his face. “Can you deliver 30 more in time for the rally on Sunday?”

“Deal!” said Dick.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (droplet), Let It Bleed Weekly Prompt (betray), Fandango’ One-Word Challenge (silkscreen), The Daily Spur (moment), And Word of the Day (deal). Sorry Sheryl, but I couldn’t figure out how to get exacerbate into this tale.

Another Clown Show

 

F1A2D0EE-B615-4D19-972B-97B1751FF7AB“He’s doing another rally somewhere tonight,” my wife complained. “It’s like he thinks he’s a rock star going on tour.”

“That’s exactly what he thinks,” I responded. “Just ask him. He’s not at all bashful when it comes to telling anyone who will listen how great he is, how he’s an ‘an extremely stable genius,’ and not merely a ‘stable genius.’ He’s a moron.”

“Yes, and then he starts reciting verbatim the things he heard Sean Hannity or Laura Ingraham on Fox News say,” my wife added, shaking her head.

“Right,” I said, “and as if following some sort of invisible prompt, the lemmings in the audience applaud whatever he says, no matter how incoherent, idiotic, inane, or uninformed it is.”

“I’ll turn on the TV, you go get the popcorn, and let’s watch him,” she said.

“Yeah, another one of his clown shows should be good for a few laughs,” I said.


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (tour), Your Daily Word Prompt (bashful), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (verbatim), Ragtag Daily Prompt (prompt), and Word of the Day Challenge (applaud). Caricature by Niall O’Loughlin.

Plummeting Approval Ratings

994cafa9-7d21-421e-9e35-cf1ea7f639f8“I don’t understand why my approval rating is plummeting,” the President said. “I’ve accomplished more in my first two years than all other presidents combined.”

“It’s the government shutdown, sir,” Jared said. “People aren’t happy about that and they blame you.”

“Blame me? It’s the Democrats’ fault. They don’t want to give me my wall. I want my wall. I’m determined to get my wall,” POTUS said.

“The truth is, Mr. President,” Sarah said, “that most Americans are against the wall. The polls show….”

“The polls?” Trump interrupted. “What do the polls know? Didn’t the polls forecast that I’d lose bigly to Crooked Hillary? And yet my victory was the biggest landslide in presidential election history. Isn’t that right, Ivanka?”

“Yes, Daddy. It was marvelous, just like my line  shoes, purses, and jewelry.”

“Exactly,” POTUS said with a smile. “We have to do something big. I can’t just float around like a piece of fucking driftwood, you know. I’m a star, we need to grab this thing like I grab women’s pussies, dammit.”

“I know,” said Mick Mulvaney. “Let’s end the shutdown, Mr. President. You’ll be hailed as a hero, sir.”

“Fuhgedabboudit!” Trump shouted. “I know. Let’s rent a large arena and stage a giant rally. No wait, a yuge stadium. It will be broadcast across all the networks. Millions will watch me. Then all those stupid suckers will love me again. The best president ever.


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (combine), Fandango’s One-WordPress Challenge (determined), Ragtag Daily Prompt (forecast), Your Daily Word Prompt (marvelous), Michael’s Writing Prompts (driftwood), and Daily Addictions (arena).

100WW — The Rally

02a53f4a-d4ea-404c-aebe-43268679557fAnita was crafting her intricate sign to bring to the rally. Donna brought her a cup of coffee and set it down on the table. “What are you hoping to accomplish?” Donna asked.

“My quest is to call attention to women’s rights,” Anita said. “Ever since Trump and his criminal associates took over, the rights we fought so hard for are frail. We must take umbrage with what they are doing not just in our words but with our actions.

“Well, it just so happens I read your horoscope today,” Donna said. “It said your endeavors will bear fruit.”

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo by T. Chick McClure.

Also for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (intricate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (coffee), Ragtag Daily Prompt (quest), Your Daily Word Prompt (associate), Daily Addictions (frail), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (umbrage), and Weekly Prompts (horoscope).

Ill-Conceived Celebration

559FE81C-5F73-4C41-A131-1A8BF3DD6516“I need a pencil,” Aaron said. “Can you quit squatting in that corner and find me one?”

“Why do you need a pencil?” Ray asked.

“I’m planning the celebration.”

“What celebration?”

“To honor the President. He’s coming to town for a rally.”

“You want to plan a celebration for that imperious bastard?”

“He’s the President. We can’t afford not to celebrate his being here.”

“I can’t believe how happy you are to capitulate to that moron who is destroying our nation.

(Exactly 82 words)


26D489A5-3E66-4D92-866E-0551A1656DA9Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt (“celebration” in exactly 82 words). And for: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pencil), Ragtag Daily Prompt (squat), Your Daily Word Prompt (imperious), Scotts Daily Prompt (afford), and Word of the Day Challenge (capitulate).