WDYS — The Sinkhole

“I told you that you shouldn’t build your house on this particular site,” the architect told Frank as the two of them were assessing the damage to the partially sunken house. “This area is known to be a liquefaction zone.”

“I don’t know what that means,” Frank’s said, “but I have a feeling you’re going to tell me and I’m not going to like it.”

“Liquefaction occurs when saturated or partially saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, such as shaking during an earthquake. When that happens, the soil, which ordinarily is a solid, behaves more like a liquid,” the architect explained. “Because this area is prone to earthquakes, which cause the ground to oscillate, the land is unstable.”

“You never told me that my house would fall into what amounts to a giant sinkhole in the ground,” Frank. “I’m going to sue the shit out of you.”

“Good luck with that Frank,” the architect said. “I sent you a written report in which I did warn you that this property was in a liquefaction zone and I recommended months before you started to break ground on your house that you needed to find a different piece of property, one that was not in a liquefaction zone,” the architect said, “but you rebuffed my recommendation and insisted on building here on this site because you liked the view. How do you like it now, Frank?”

“So what am I going to do?” Frank asked. “My beautiful new home is ruined.”

“I think you need to call your homeowners insurance company, Frank,” the architect said. “Good luck with that.”


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Lance Anderson @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (particular), The Daily Spur (feeling), Ragtag Daily Prompt (oscillate), Word of the Day Challenge (month), and Your Daily Word Prompt (rebuff).

The Un-President

Years ago, from 1969 to 1975, 7-up started to advertise itself as “The UnCola” in an effort to differentiate itself from Coke and Pepsi.

I was thinking about the American disaster known as Donald J. Trump, the fraud and con man who is now our country’s first un-President.

Trump says he prides himself on being unpredictable. But the leader of the free world must be a stabilizing influence, and Trump is clearly unstable. His behavior and demeanor are totally uncharacteristic for someone in the position of President of the United States. Many of his actions have been unprecedented. On the world stage he seems to be taking our country into uncharted waters.

He’s undoing most of the regulations intended to protect our environment. He’s also undermining Obamacare mostly because it’s named for Obama.

Trump may lead us into an unwinnable nuclear war with North Korea. He’s even undercutting his own Secretary of State’s efforts to come up with diplomatic solutions to North Korea. And he’s unlikely to re-certify the nuclear deal with Iran.

There’s an undercurrent of discontent among those who deal with Trump both within and outside of the White House. Many pundits and politicians are declaring Trump to be unfit for the office and that he has become totally unhinged.

From my perspective, the only hope we have to save the American democracy is for our elected representatives in Congress to grow a spine, to show some backbone, and to put the good of our country ahead of the good of the Republican Party and their own unenlightened self-interests and start the impeachment process.

My concern, though, is that Donald J. Trump, America’s first un-president, America’s most unpresidential president, America’s most un-American president, may also be America’s most unimpeachable president.

And that’s unfunny.


I originally published this post about an hour ago. But then I saw today’s one-word prompt, “fraud,” and decided this post fit that prompt well. So….