Old People and New Tech

“This newfangled technology is taking its toll on me. I can’t get this damn machine to work. Back in the day you just plugged the damn things in, pressed the on-button, and voila. Nowadays they have these small screens with myriad tiny icons and who knows what the hell they mean.”

“Don’t feel forlorn,” grandpa,” Teddy said. “Most old people like you have trouble with high tech stuff these days, but I’ll help you out. And I’m good at it. I’m a scion with icons.”

“Did you just come up with an anagram for icons with ‘scion’?” Teddy’s grandfather asked.

Teddy blushed. “Yeah, I’m good at that, too.”

Evidently,” Teddy’s grandfather said.


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (technology), Word of the Day Challenge (toll), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (machine), Ragtag Daily Prompt (myriad), My Vivid Blog (forlorn), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (anagram), and Your Daily Word Prompt (evident).

Forty Whacks

“That damn pink magnolia tree has got to go,” Robert insisted. “I hate the mess it makes all over my lawn. It makes my beautiful green grass look like it has a pink stain all over it.”

“Oh stop being such an ornery old fool,” Lizzy said. “With all of the crap going on in the universe, you’re grousing about magnolia blossoms littering your lawn? How shallow can one man be?”

“Old fool, huh?” Robert said, an indignant tone in his voice. “I’m going down to the Fellowship Lodge to get drunk with my lodge bros, where they appreciate my shallow grousing.”

“Yet another milestone on your long list of beer drinking belt notches, eh,?” Lizzy said.

“Yeah, and right after I hit that milestone,” Robert said, “I’m going grab my axe and chop down that damn magnolia tree.”

“Oh yeah” Lizzy said. “Well I swear on my name, Lizzy Borden, that before you can do that, I’m going to pick up that axe and give you forty whacks.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (magnolia), The Daily Spur (stain), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ornery), Ragtag Daily Prompt (universe), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (fellowship), and My Vivid Blog (milestone).

Back to the Drawing Board

I was thinking about using that old platitude about men being from Mars and women being from Venus for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday post. But then I remembered that that was a book title, not a quote, so what I thought was a super idea began to crumble like a box of old, stale spaghetti noodles.

So now it’s back to the drawing board. I’ll see if I can come up with a better one-liner quote, one that is both inscrutable and relatable.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (platitude), The Daily Spur (Venus), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (Wednesday), Word of the Day Challenge (super), Ragtag Daily Prompt (crumble), My Vivid Blog (noodles), and Your Daily Word Prompt (inscrutable).

Grin and Bear It

As I was scanning the articles on my newsfeed today, I couldn’t rid myself of my sense of doom after reading the headlines of almost all of them. I moaned audibly and my wife asked me what was wrong.

“I read all this shitty news on the internet and it makes me almost cower in fear not only for my country, which was once an exemplar of freedom, democracy, and decency, but for the future of humanity itself,” I said.

“Oh you always make everything seem like a tempest in a teapot,” she said.

“That’s because, unlike you, who tries to escape reality,” I said, “I read the news and I get involved in what’s going on in the world.”

“You’re such an old fart,” she said. “What you need to do is learn to grin and bear it. Besides, you’ll be dead in a few years and then you won’t have to fret about the state of the world anymore. So you might as well lighten up.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (scan), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (internet), The Daily Spur (cower), Your Daily Word Prompt (exemplar), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tempest), Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge (escape), and My Vivid Blog (involved).

SoCS — Let Me Make One Thing Clear

I love using the daily word prompts that a number of bloggers post daily and weaving together a piece of flash fiction. In addition to my own FOWC with Fandango prompt, I frequently craft posts that incorporate prompt words from the Word of the Day Challenge, Your Daily Word Prompt, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, E.M.’s Random Word Prompt, The Daily Spur, and My Vivid Blog’s Daily Prompt.

But sometimes the bloggers behind these word prompts seem to want to fuck with us. For example, just yesterday, the Your Daily Word Prompt word was “gasconade.” Seriously? Have you ever heard of that word, much less used it in a normal conversation?

Or how about yesterday’s Word of the Day Challenge prompt word, “pareidolia”? Just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it?

And not to be outdone, The Ragtag Daily Prompt word yesterday was “frowzy.” Come on. Frowzy?

Even I am guilty. My own daily prompt word yesterday was “per se,” which had a number of bloggers a bit flummoxed. And the day before yesterday my FOWC with Fandango word was “bodacious,” which is not that unusual of a word, but some of you, based upon a few comments, were not big fans of bodacious.

So, I want to make one thing clear. I will not jump through hoops or twist myself into a pretzel trying to write posts that incorporate such unusual, archaic words like gasconade, pareidolia, or frowzy. It hurts my head too much.

I don’t mean to offend those who chose these words, but the idea of prompt words is to inspire, not to frustrate.

So, I leave my fellow daily word prompters with this piece of advice…

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the word is “clear.”