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Home Cooking

May 18, 2017

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Roger Bultot.

THE STORY:

Home Cooking

He read the name on her ID before she made it to the counter. The other two wore no IDs, he had no idea who they were.

He was prepared.

“Help you ladies?” he said.

She flashed her badge. “Russ Benson. He work here?”

“Did.”

“Can you be more specific?”

“Russ quit yesterday.”

“Any reason?”

“Something about owing money; needing to hide.”

“That strike you as odd?”

“Hey, I don’t ask questions, you know?”

“Mind if we look around.”

He didn’t mind. If they didn’t look in the plate at the end of the counter he didn’t mind at all.

(Note: I didn’t notice the kid’s arm behind the ketchup bottle until I had finished. Would it had made a difference if I’d seen it earlier? Probably not.)

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The Richter Scale of Culture

May 18, 2017
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I’ll never know this in my lifetime for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the guy who invents it, Dr. Alonzo Richter, won’t be born for about 150 years, but it’d be interesting to know where Earth falls on the Richter Scale of Culture.

I guess technically it’s easy to puzzle it out and decide that not only are we not ready for a first contact visit, but that we’re a world at a level of development low enough that the Prime Directive would still apply. Anyway, when I think in terms of an overall rating, especially when the word “Culture” is in the title of the scale, I think beyond science and technology and of adding in other things like how serious the world is in pursuing things like peace and acceptance and in an overall providing for the welfare of every living being on the planet.

3D Model - USS Enterprise NCC-1701 by AwesomeMcEpicDude on DeviantArt

 

Designated Survivor

May 15, 2017
I finally watched last week’s episode of Designated Survivor and I have to say that while I think this is one of the most hackneyed, implausible and contrived TV shows I’ve ever watched, it’s a tremendous amount of fun. My partial thanks for that fun go to Italia Ricci and (a little help here) whoever it is who plays Aaron’s cousin.
My biggest problem with the show – other than it’s silly – is that it’s really two shows in one. Half the show is a political drama and the other half is a government conspiracy action thriller. Sure, I like both halves, but I think they take away from each other and personally I’d prefer if it was just one or the other. I mean how can we care about Hannah’s predicament when we’re concerned about Kirkman’s political initiatives? And how can we care about Kirkman’s political initiatives when we’re worried about Hannah’s predicament?
Here are 10 random thoughts as we prepare for the action-packed (and probably slightly confusing) season one finale this week:
1) That guy from Montana, Senator Bowman, I think he’s great. He’s the perfect character you love to hate.
2) In a show of mini-cliffhangers, I thought this last one with Hannah surrounded by bombs ready to blow up and government agents ready to take her down was pretty cool.
3) Is Jason dead? I don’t know, but my guess is that like Nestor Lozano, it doesn’t matter on this show if someone appears to be dead.
4) Is there not a better actor in Hollywood than Rob Morrow to play the role of the crusty journalist? I don’t know if I should laugh or cry when I watch him. This might be a moot point because the bad guys said something about him having served his purpose so he might be killed off in the season finale.
5) I think this show could be a lot better if they replaced the overly subdued Kiefer Sutherland with Sylvester Stallone.
6) If #4 isn’t possible, then how about turning that Secret Service guy named Mike, into Gerard Butler from Olympus Has Fallen and setting him loose?
6a) But hold off on #5 because I’m not 100% convinced at this point that Mike isn’t working for the bad guys.
7) And who exactly are the bad guys and what is their goal?
8) Speaking of the bad guys: Patrick Lloyd and the “True Believers” would be more entertaining if they weren’t so frightfully reminiscent of current events. I want to watch this show to escape reality, not to be reminded of what I have to see when I turn it off and go back to the news.
9) You know how Captain Kirk always was getting his shirt torn in episodes of Star Trek? Why can’t the same thing happen once in a while to Maggie Q?
10) Is it possible to bring in Aaron Sorkin for season two to write the show.

ABC Cancels “American Crime”

May 13, 2017

Despite winning a bunch of Emmys and Golden Globes and telling stories that are relevant and seen nowhere else on broadcast television, ABC has cancelled John Ridley’s “American Crime”.

But fear not, 18 – 49-year-olds, because the network that apparently has a firm grasp on the smarts – or attention span? – of the average American TV watcher, they’re bringing back “American Idol”.

I think the word “irony” fits in here somewhere.

Dear ABC: I’ll give you three guesses where I won’t be on whatever nights “American Idol” airs and the first two don’t count!

The Bastard

May 11, 2017

(It’s been a while since I’ve “Fictioneered”!)

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, the inimitable host of Friday Fictioneers herself, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Hopefully this picture is not her car!

auto-aftermath - © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

THE STORY:

The Bastard (100 words)

It was night. No excuse.

And it was raining. Still no excuse.

The bastard.

This ain’t a new car and I don’t care about the mirror. I got a guy works on cars who can fix that mirror and pound out the quarter panel in a few days. To hell with the car, it’s my reputation I’m thinking about.

I’m hired to take a guy out, make it look like an accident, and the schmo steps to the side at the last second and limps into the woods.

Alive.

And now I’m the guy’s gotta face the boss.

The bastard.

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Random Thought #24: Being Eaten

May 11, 2017
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Can you imagine being a spider or an ant, just minding your own business, out looking for something to eat in order to feed your little spider or ant family, and being chased and bitten by a big old, ugly, hairy-legged, funny-eyed, giant-antennaed house centipede? I think if it were me I’d rather be stepped on and squashed and flushed down the toilet. At least that would more than likely be a relatively painless end.

 

Isolated Subject

May 9, 2017

From Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, the prompt is an ‘isolated subject‘. My isolated subject is a dragonfly perched on a branch. The first one is the actual picture and the second one is one I made playing around with it in Photoshop.

Dragonfly on a branch

Dragonfly on a branch again

 

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