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It’s Different Now

May 25, 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, J. Hardy Carroll, who can be found HERE.

THE STORY:

It’s Different Now

I enjoy exploring abandoned buildings. Houses, barns, garages, makes no difference to me. Abandoned buildings are great places to pretend to be an adventurer and, with camera in hand, to let my creativity fly free.

When I was young these abandoned treasures were everywhere, but there aren’t many of them around nowadays. They’re torn down and redeveloped quickly and fences keep people out.

It’s different today.

Today when I play adventurer and take pictures in broken-down structures I think of Israel, New York, Boston, Paris, Iraq and Afghanistan. And now Manchester.

Different ruins. Different destruction. Different abandonment.

Different reality.

– 99 words. One word left over in memory of the victims of terrorism –

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7,300

May 24, 2017

Twenty years ago this evening I took a cigarette out of the pack – a Marlboro in the red box – and tucked it behind my ear. Then I squeezed the half-empty pack and gave it a twist and dropped it into the trash. I emptied the ash tray into the trash bag. I picked up the trash bag and put it into a plastic bag, tied the plastic bag and hauled it down three flights of stairs and dropped it into the dumpster in the back of the building. I went back upstairs, washed my hands and did whatever I did that night, always feeling the cigarette behind my ear. A couple of hours passed and right around 10:00 – 10:30 pm I lit the cigarette. I enjoyed lighting the cigarette and I smoked it slow.  I held the smoke in as long as I could before exhaling, and when I exhaled I enjoyed watching the smoke drift slowly out of my nose and mouth. I enjoyed watching the ember flare bright red. I enjoyed tapping the ash off into the ashtray. I smoked that cigarette straight down to the filter before I stubbed it out in the ashtray. I stood up and emptied the ashtray into the toilet and flushed the butt and ashes down. I dropped the ashtray into a trash bag along with my Bic lighter. I took the bag, crumbled it up and went back down the three flights of stairs and dropped it into the dumpster in the back of the building. I went back upstairs, washed my hands and went to sleep. The next morning, May 25, 1997, I woke up a non-smoker. For whatever reason, that night was the charm and after I don’t know how many attempts I stayed a non-smoker.

It’s been 20 years since I’ve had a cigarette. Two decades. 7,300 days. That’s a long time.

Random Thought #25: Stupid Movies

May 22, 2017

It’s possible that  “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” is the dumbest quote in movie history.

“So, Susie, I got tired of your dog barking all the time when you’re not home so I sort of killed him. I’m sorry.”
“Hush, Tommy, love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
“But . . . ”
“Shhh . . .”

“Uh, Tina, you know your friend Gretchen?”
“Uh huh, what about her?”
“I, uh, slept with her. I’m sorry.”
“Stop, Billy, l love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
“On our wedding night. I’m really sorry.”
“Sweetheart, look at me: love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
“But . . .”
“Shhh . . . ”

“Helen?”
“Yes, cupcake?”
“I sold your Barbie doll collection.”
“My . . . my Barbies?”
“Yes, all of them. Even the ones going back to the 60’s. I’m sorry.”
“Oh, cupcake, stop. Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
“I sold them for booze.”
“Uh uh. You stop now. Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

If I hurt anyone’s feelings with this random thought I’m sorr . . .  Oh, I don’t have to say that!

On the subject of movie quotes here are a few good ones.

 

There are so many more but I guess that’s a topic for another blog.

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!

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