Who Does Your Hair

Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa the Gorgon sisters were chatting over tea and Stheno said, “Men can come and go, and eventually they will all break your heart, but sisters make the best friends in the world.  Life is a beautiful thing and we all have a lot to smile about.”  Euryale said, “My dear sisters, looking at both of you is like looking in a mirror shining back at me, although I know better than to try and ever do that, but when we are together I see a world of possibilities, however some days you are the reason that I wish I was an only child.”  Medusa said, “Please eat the fruit that I put out for you and don’t worry about it being poison, as it is not in my instinct to ever harm either of you.”

Stheno grabbed a cherry and thanked her sister for her hospitality and then she said, “I feel empathy for you since you got caught out in the hail and three of your snakes died.  Last year I had one of my snakes freeze to death when I get stuck out in the snow.  I had to pull it out by the roots and throw it in the incinerator.”  Medusa said, “Euryale your hair is looking rather spiffy today, what is your secret?”  Euryale replied, “I just discovered a new technique that I will share with you.  At night I wrap up all of my snakes with a belt, which helps me sleep better and then the first thing in the morning I go to the cell where I keep rats and then I feed my snakes.  You girls should definitely try this.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Empathy, for the Daily Spur prompt – Cell, for the Daily Spur Photo prompt – Fruit provided by Unsplash, for FOWC with Fandango – Instinct, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie NEKNEERAJ’s Photo Challenge #264 Image Found on MindCore, for Ragtag Community – Snow, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – belt, hail, incinerator and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Hospitality.

Circle The Dragons

Conan said, “Circle the dragons, go to the warehouse and gather all our weapons as our enemy is approaching and they have a fervent desire for our blood. A sword is good against anything but sorcery, so put your trust in steel as this and our courage are these are the only things that are not disingenuous. Although fog surrounds us now, it will soon breakup and the great god Tengri has promised to give us a blustery day to blow our foe off the face of the earth and the sunshine will smile at us. Fight together and say no to defeat, as today will be remembered and there will be no JOMO or joy in Mudville.  We will drive them back to the brook where the cypress grows.  Only pain hurts and all that matters is for us to crush our enemies, and see them driven before us, so we can hear the lamentation of their women. Brace yourself, stay placid, inhale the verdant countryside and be vigorous in battle. We may hit a snag or two, but the proximate cause of all our problems is our enemy, so enough talk and don’t forget what we are fighting for. Death to the world and if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I don’t want to sound like a twitter, but has anyone seen my moose helmet?”

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Fervent, for the Daily Spur prompt – Kitchen, for FOWC with Fandango – Disingenuous, for Ragtag Community – Blustery, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – breakup warehouse moose and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Fog and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #134, hosted by Yves prompts – Placid Brook JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) Twitter Cypress Verdant Proximate Snag Inhale Brace Sunshine Vigorous.

Raccoon Face

Mercy me, what a surprise I got walking into this cement building.  It put a song in my heart and hope back into my life.  I used to come here when I was in High School and I remember sitting in that very booth when Betty Lou first kissed me.  It was a soft kiss that caught me off guard, as I had gum in my mouth.  I tried to keep the gum in the back of my mouth, but that did not work so well as I almost choked, so I wedged it into the side of my cheek.  My good friend Durango saw me and he made this raccoon face bulging his cheeks out which made me laugh.  Disaster as I spit my gum out on Betty Lou, however the waitress just happened to pass by and she handed her a napkin.  Betty Lou smiled at the waitress, but she said that she would need a washcloth to get the gum off of her blouse.

Betty Lou excused herself to go to the washroom and I told her that I was sorry, but I also said that she should hurry back. Durango came and sat in my booth and it was good to see him as he had just gotten back from a foreign excursion where had been studying the sex lives of mosquitoes abroad in Beliz.  I asked Durango how long he had been back and he went on with this lengthy narrative about all the trials he had been through being eaten alive by mosquitoes.  He said that he slept under a net, but still those pesky buggers continued to stalk him.  He said that he was happy to be back and that his parents had just put in a brand new swimming pool.  He said that I could stop by any time that I wanted to go swimming, but I had to make sure that I closed the gate, as he did not want his dog getting loose.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Narrative, for the Daily Spur prompt – Hurry, for FOWC with Fandango – Abroad, for Ragtag Community – Stalk, for Sunday Photo Fiction hosted by Susan and the Photo Credit goes to Terri Smeigh, for the Sunday Whirl Wordle 404 prompts – Mercy surprise walking cement gate trials song heart soft booth hope back, for Swimmers the New Community Pool prompt – Brand, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – gum, washcloth, raccoon, and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Foreign.

The Eyes Have It

When a person identifies an object with their eyes, then it can be said that, “The eyes have it”, thus meaning that because the observation was obtained through the virtual use of their eyes, they can see and understand the object that they have observed and the nature and purpose of the object is now clear.  When the eyes have it, it is likely that a multitude of people will understand because it is not esoteric, obscure or abstract.  The eyes are said to be the windows to the soul, and they can convey many things about a person.  That is why we ask people to look us in the eye so we can determine whether or not they are telling us the truth.  Some people are able to spot a quizzical look in another person’s eyes and immediately know what they are thinking.  Someone might give you the evil eye, or the stink eye, or they could have wandering eyes.

Drinking too much wine might cause a person to have glassy eyes.  A lower-back tattoo is also known as a tramp stamp and since women’s lower backs are often viewed by people as an erotic body part, these tattoos can be thought of as having a bulls-eye or a target on you.  Helium is a safe, non-flammable gas that is used to fill party and parade balloons, but medical science is now using helium-neon lasers in eye surgery.  Every person’s iris has a unique pattern of ridges and folds, specific only for them and modern technology employs algorithms and some mathematical calculations to distinguish these patterns and personal attributes for biometric security.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Esoteric, for FOWC with Fandango – Quizzical, for Ragtag Community – Patterns, for Swimmers the New Community Pool prompt – Though and Convey, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – wine, stamp, helium, and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Virtual.

Here Goes Nothing

Looking at the prompt words for today “anomaly, calendar, cynical, dolphin, graduate, jest and ruby”, all I have is a blank slate.  I can see creating something from cynical and jest, as I feel that I am a cynic and I also like to jest.  Since crystals are formed by the coming together of atoms, there is an occasional possibility that as the crystal grows, something unusual might happen and it forms differently, thus creating an anomaly.  A ruby has astounding metaphysical properties and this exquisite crystal emanates the pure Red ray with a vibrancy unsurpassed in the mineral kingdom, thus a ruby can come with an anomaly and now I have two more words put together, leaving me with calendar, dolphin and graduate.  I could make this easy and tell you that I plan on buying a Miami Dolphins calendar, because I love the cheerleaders, or let you know the date on the calendar that I will graduate and become a doctor who works with dolphins.  Instead I will make up a story.

I was cave diving in Bimini, which is the westernmost district of the Bahamas and comprises a chain of islands located due east of Miami.  Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, and it is known for having miles of pristine beaches and for being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape.  There is an underwater rock formation made of man-made blocks near North Bimini island that forms a road, which is often considered to be a possible location for the lost continent of Atlantis.  Cave diving is a form of scuba diving underwater that people do in water-filled caves.  I enjoy this sport and I like to find treasures.  One day while diving just off this road, I found a ruby ring inside of a cave.  I put the ring on my finger and it fit perfectly, which made me smile.  I noticed a dark spot on the ring, an anomaly which I rubbed hoping it would disappear, but no matter how much I rubbed the spot, it was still there.

As I exited the cave, a dolphin swam right into me, which I thought was odd, but apparently that dolphin was not able to see me, because the ring made me invisible.  I had never believed in magic before and I was cynical about anything that I not previously seen.  This treasure was going to change my life and I would mark this day down on my calendar.  I could go visit a nudist colony wearing all my clothes and nobody would be able to see me.  I started thinking about all the fun I would have being invisible and I could say things in jest and nobody would know where the remark came from.  I don’t need a reason to be invisible, but also I don’t want no one to squeeze me, as they might take away my life.  I hoped that this ring would not cause me to become evil, effectively making me graduate to killing others like The Ring of Gyges did to the shepherd.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Cynical, for FOWC with Fandango – Anomaly, for Ragtag Community – Graduate and for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – calendar, dolphin, ruby and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jest.

The New Shuffle

Green jellybean it all goes fubar
I think therefore I am Renee Descartes
It’s good to walk a mile in someone else’ shoes
Why did they put a gargoyle on the drain spout
Try and do the new shuffle

Kisses so sweet they soften my heart
In Geneva he pulled the heavy cart
Fortitude and I paid my dues
Why did they put a gargoyle on the drain spout
Try and do the new shuffle

Try not to have a cow
A different point of view
Thumb sticking up, and how
Teacher this is not what I said
I love to feel your touch
You make me proud
Why did they put a gargoyle on the drain spout
Try and do the new shuffle

Welcome strange and bizarre,
This incredible power
Latent image puts me in awe
Fame told me to reach for a star

Green jellybean it all goes fubar
I think therefore I am Renee Descartes
It’s good to walk a mile in someone else’ shoes
Why did they put a gargoyle on the drain spout
Try and do the new shuffle
Yes I’ll try out your new witches brew
Try and do the new shuffle

Written for Mathew’s Daily Inkling – Latent image, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Fortitude, for FOWC with Fandango – Welcome, for Ragtag Community – Fame and for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – Geneva, thumb, teacher.

The New Chinese Fire Drill

“Look at that”, Mary said, “I haven’t seen one of those since the 70s.”  We used to do this when I was young, being a teenager out on a night of joyriding when the car stopped if somebody called, “Chinese Fire Drill” everyone had to get out run around and get back in a different door and then we would continue on our way.  This was often done at a stop sign or a red light and we were considerate not to hold up traffic too much.  This game has been described as being stupid and pointless, but we did it because it was fun!

The modifier Chinese was a derogatory term meaning that it was negative and inferior and it evolved from military phrases like the “Chinese ace” and the “Chinese landing”, which referred to an incompetent pilots from the first World War and maybe even to the earliest contacts between Europeans and the Chinese.  Adding Chinese before anything made it absurd, backwards, confusing, disorganized, or inept, thus giving us the Chinese fire drill.  Political Correctness killed this game and I don’t condone anything that comes off as being racist, but kids nowadays don’t interact with each other anymore, so it is no wonder that Mary was so surprised.

Kids who were born in 1995 and later, grew up with cell phones, they are on facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and all the other social media sites that I have no clue about, before they started high school.  They do not remember a time before the internet existed and this has made them less social, as they don’t know how to interact with anybody, mostly because they are too involved with their cell phones.  Kids get bored way too easy these days, because they are addicted to their Smartphones where they can switch to Netflix anytime they want to occupy themselves.  According to a new study, fifty percent of teens are addicted to their cell phones and now I will take out my violin to show my sympathy for them.

I am suggesting a new game for kids, one that I think will be fun and it works a lot like the Chinese fire drill.  When kids go to a party and someone calls out, “Chinese Fire Drill”, then everyone has to switch cell phones.  They look at what others have on their phones and learn about their friends, so they can communicate with them better.  I am not looking for a lawsuit, as even though I feel this would be a lot of fun, this game has the potential for plenty of things to go horribly wrong.  Maybe this game could be called “Switches”, or something like that.  What kind of stuff is stored on these phones?  You might find out that your friend is a real basket case by seeing their dirty laundry, or perhaps there is a picture of them wearing a dog collar.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Condone, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Plenty, for Ragtag Community – Laundry, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge where the three prompt words are “basket, violin, lawsuit”, for Rachel Poli Time To Write Sentence Starter Prompt – “Look at that” and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Collar.