Vote Early, Vote Often

Hello Fandango Fans! Today is voting day in [insert wherever you live here]. Yes, Linda G. Hill is holding her annual badge contest for her One-Liner Wednesday prompt. As Linda noted, thirteen people, including yours truly, are completing for the honor of having their badge serve as the official #1LinerWeds badge for the next 12 months. Here’s my entry:0A8DF2A1-A357-4ECA-B2A4-2D609C05C697But there are 12 other worthy contenders who have posted some truly creative badges.

So head over to Linda’s voting site and cast your vote. And don’t vote often. Just once.

And remember who sent you there when casting you vote, Fandango Fans!

2019 #LinerWeds Badge Contest

91845F49-2C1C-4A81-B9D9-50EEA07944F6Linda G. Hill, the blogger responsible for the enormously popular One-Liner Wednesday prompt, has implored us to “get out your art supplies, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s time for a new One-Liner Wednesday badge!”

The current badge, from Cheryl at Dreaming Reality, is displayed at the top of this post. But Linda likes to shake things up, so she holds this annual contest in which she asks her One-Liner Wednesday followers to come up with new badge designs. Thus, this week’s One-Liner Wednesday will be the last one with Cheryl’s badge.

The rules for this badge contest are listed on Linda’s post HERE. Linda will be sharing all badge submissions on her blog on Monday, June 10th, along with a poll that will close the next day, Tuesday the 11th. The new One-Liner Wednesday badge for the next 12 or so months will be the one that receives the most votes from her readers.

I am submitting my badge design below. It’s a picture I took last fall during Fleet Week in San Francisco. The image below was taken from Golden Gate Park and it shows the Navy’s Blue Angels jets in formation doing a steep climbing maneuver, reaching the zenith and then arching back down. And then I ran it through a Prisma filter for the final effect. Here it is:0A8DF2A1-A357-4ECA-B2A4-2D609C05C697So if you like this badge design of mine, go to Linda’s blog this coming Monday and vote for my badge!


V is for Vacant


I’ll be honest with you. I was having trouble coming up with a V-word for today’s A to Z Challenge post. I was going to use “vote” because I really think that the only way we’re going to get rid of Donald Trump is to vote him out of office next year. But I figured a whole host of people would have that same thought and would use the word “vote” today.

But then yesterday afternoon when I was walking my dog, I noticed that a house on my block that has been vacant for about two years continues to remain vacant. And then I remembered reading a headline from a few weeks ago in the local newspaper, which claimed that “an estimated 100,000 homes are sitting empty in the San Francisco Bay area.”

I also saw another statistic saying that there are more 30,000 vacant homes in the city of San Francisco alone. And that’s not just in the shitty parts of the city, either. There are around three or four properties that have been sitting vacant within blocks of where my wife and I live.

That’s when I decided that “vacant” would be my V-word.

Another article I recently read estimated that there are between 7,500 and 8,000 homeless people living in the city.

So I thought that if there are 30,000 vacant homes, some percentage of which must be fit for human habitation, and only around 8,000 homeless people, couldn’t we make a big dent in the city’s homelessness problem by housing many of the homeless in habitable, currently vacant houses?

Well, just a thought.

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

Fish Story

CDC40A5D-77CB-4252-A499-072919C08EE4Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, has this new game he calls Spin the Keyboard Yarn. Rory has asked us to create a 300-word yarn and today’s yarn is to be based on this topic:

“I caught a fish … it was THIS big?!”

At the end of my 300-word story, you, the reader, will be asked to vote, on a scale of one to ten, how believable my story is, where one is not at all believable and ten is totally believable.

Got it? Good! So here’s my 300-word fish story.

When my cousin and I were about 12, my uncle rented a boat on a lake near St. Louis one summer to introduce us to fishing. It was a large, beautiful lake and my uncle told us that the lake was teeming with bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.

By mid afternoon my cousin, my uncle, and I had managed to catch around a dozen fish and we were stoked. We were also sweltering, as it was very hot and muggy. Since none of us was wearing bathing trunks, my uncle suggested we strip down to our skivvies and jump into the lake to cool off.

Unbeknownst to us, a fish native to the Amazon basin, the pacu fish, which has human-like teeth and can weigh up to 55 pounds, had been spotted in the lake.3D6F049D-91FB-4A49-B074-85D80743247BPacus use their teeth to crack the tough shells of nuts and seeds. But Pacus have acquired the nickname, “ball cutters,” because they have developed an affinity for using their human-like teeth to crack a different kind of nut — human testicles. Honestly, I’m not making this up. Google “pacu fish” if you don’t believe me.

But back to my fish tale. The three of us had dived into the water to cool off when my uncle started screaming. My cousin and I swam over to him, saw lots of blood in the water, and somehow managed to drag the man over to and onto the boat. What we saw sent chills up and down our spines. A huge fish’s mouth was clamped shut on his ball sack. I picked up an oar and pounded on the fish until it eased its grip and then my cousin threw the fish back into the water.

My uncle lived, but, according to my aunt, their sex life was never the same after that.

Now it’s audience participation time. In the comments, please tell me what you think of my story. And most important, please rate my story. Out of ten, how believable do you think my story is?