Senior Superlatives

Anyone who knew Ginny knew that she was not at all quixotic. If anything, she felt a lot of antipathy toward those she thought were unrealistically idealistic. And she was never shy about expressing her animosity for her more Pollyanna-like classmates.

So when Ginny didn’t win the Most Likely to Succeed award in the high school’s Senior Superlatives contest, she was totally unperturbed.

But given Ginny’s cynicism and aloofness, she was shocked and surprised — as was everyone else in her school — when she received the trophy as Most Congenial.


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt Prompt (quixotic), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (antipathy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (unperturbed), and Word of the Day Challenge (trophy).

Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine

“I’m so pissed,” Ted said as he walked through the front door. “I’ve spent 35 years busting my hump for that damn firm and this is the way they recognize me?”

“Oh dear,” Angie said. “I guess your retirement luncheon didn’t go well.”

Ted walked over and handed a small box to his wife. “Look at what that fugal bastard gave me as a retirement gift.” Angie opened the box and looked up at her husband.

“Yeah, I wasn’t expecting a fucking Rolex, but a thirty dollar Timex watch? Are you kidding me?” Ted said. “I went up to my boss afterwards and said, ‘Seriously, this is it?’ You know what he said?”

“What?”

“He said the company has taken a financial hit since the pandemic started and that I needed to refine my expectations.”

“But didn’t you tell me that the company’s stock just reached an all-time high?” Angie asked.

“Yes,” Ted said, “but the CEO, who is like the prince of darkness, and his senior team and major shareholders, are the only ones who are lining their pockets. They’re buying Rolexes while treating the rest of us like cheap Timex watches.”

“I’m so sorry, Ted,” Angie said. “I know how disappointed you must be.”

“Give me that watch,” Ted said. “I’m going to wrap it up and send it back to my boss and tell him to shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (frugal), Word of the Day Challenge (watch), Your Daily Word Prompt (refine), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (darkness).

Peaceful Demonstration

“How long have we been stuck in this stinking hellhole?” Barry asked.

“I don’t know, I’ve lost track of time,” Gary answered. “Days? Weeks?”

“This is all your fault, you asshole,” Barry said. “I didn’t want to go to that goddam anti-Trump rally in the first place, but you were vehement. You said it was our civic duty. You were always such a goddam idealistic dreamer.”

“How was I to know that Trump and Barr would call out some sort of secret paramilitary force and have them round us all up, arrest us, and toss us in jail?” Gary asked.

“You should have known, dammit,” Barry said. “As soon as you saw that group of armed counter protesters waving their confederate flags and marching almost arm-in-arm those federal stormtroopers, you should have seen the handwriting on the wall.”

“Look, Barry, you may be willing to wave your constitutionally guaranteed rights as a citizen to peacefully demonstrate?” Gary said, “That’s your choice. So go ahead and call the damn guard and denounce me and the rest of us as being guilty of sedition. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop fighting to restore what was once our free and fair country. I’d rather being hanged for sedition than live another day in Trump’s America.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (hole), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vehement), The Daily Spur (dreamer), Word of the Day Challenge (wave), and Your Daily Word Prompt (sedition).

This Is Not a Drill

Climate ChangeWhen will people finally awaken to the threat humanity faces due to climate change? How can they simply ignore the frequent “100-year floods” and larger, more intense hurricanes, the significantly hotter summers and colder winters? And what about the staggering increases in the number of devastating wildfires?

How can people close their minds and refuse to correlate climate change with greenhouse gasses and burning fossil fuels?

We are no longer living in the land of milk and honey, folks. There’s no cause for elation, especially if we, as a species, are unwilling to take actions that will slow the trajectory of the inevitable disaster that climate change poses.

This is not a hoax. This is not a drill.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (awaken), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (climate), Your Daily Word Prompt (correlate), The Daily Spur (milk), and Word the Day Challenge (elation).

Stop Staring at Women’s Tits

“This doesn’t make any sense to me,” Carl said. “We’d been exchanging message after message on that dating site and everything seemed great.”

“And now?” Carl’s roommate, David asked.

“Nothing but frustration,” Carl answered. I can’t reconcile her latest message with how we’ve been messaging before we finally met in person last night.”

“What did she say to you in her message about last night?” David asked.”

“She said she’s not interested in seeing me again.”

“Did you say or do something that she might have considered inappropriate or possibly even perfidious?” David asked.

“First, I don’t even know what that word means,” Carl said. “But she kept reminding me that her eyes were in her head,” Carl answered.

“Why would anyone have to remind someone that their eyes are in their head?” David responded. “Where else would someone’s eyes be?”
“I don’t know,” Carl said, “although she was wearing a really low cut blouse and I must admit that I had a hard time taking my eyes off of her tits. They were quite, shall we say, ample. Then she said something about my suffering from agastopia. Again, I have no idea what that is, but maybe I should go see a doctor about it. It might contagious.”

“No, I don’t think you need to see a doctor,” David said, “but you might want to improve your vocabulary and you should definitely stop staring at women’s tits.”


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (message), Ragtag Daily Prompt (frustration), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reconcile), Your Daily Word Prompt (perfidious), and Word of the Day Challenge (agastopia).

Okay, I know this post is a bit odd (i.e., bad), but so are words like “perfidious” and “agastopia” odd. I mean seriously, who uses words like those in everyday life? Go ahead, you try fitting both of those words into a single, reasonably coherent post and see if you can do any better.