The Tunnel of Love

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 20 January 2017

 Dale Rogerson

Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

It was called the Tunnel of Love. Its bright neon sign never failed to greet him as he walked home to his dingy apartment.

One night, Nelson was feeling so lonely he stopped by the place.

He was about to enter when the young lady behind the counter stopped him.

“Wait!” she said. “You have to pay first.”

“How much?”

“How much you got?”


“I’m afraid that’s not enough,” she said with a smile that reminded him of his former girlfriend. “But you’re always welcome to come back.”

Nelson left just in time before the cops raided the place.

January 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm 19 comments

To Each His Own

Last night, I watched Big Fan, ABC’s new reality show featuring a celebrity and three of his or her super fans. It starts with the fans going head-to-head against each other to see who knows more about the celebrity. The winner then proceeds to the ultimate showdown with the celebrity.

Kim Kardashian was the celebrity in the first half-hour of the show. I’m no fan. I don’t watch the Kardashians. I admit further that I’m not into her. I can’t stand her. She’s too self-absorbed in presenting herself on social media. I consider her trash. Fortunately for her, I’m in the minority. Millions of fans has made her a recognized brand and a multi-millionaire.

Kim Kardashian’s presence on the show, however, put her under a new light. She appeared to be more likable, intelligent, and charming. She showed herself being a good sport, too, when she lost 2-7 on the quiz portion asking facts about her.

I guess I’ve been guilty of prejudging her based solely on published photos and tabloid news. I should give her the benefit of the doubt. They may not actually represent the real person behind the hype. If anything, she’s just a shrewd businesswoman using social media to promote her products.

That said, she has gained my belated respect. Still, to each his own. I won’t follow her and patronize her products.

January 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Wordless Wednesday: The ABBA Museum

The ABBA Museum
Location: Stockholm Sweden

January 16, 2017 at 9:18 am 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience

Tivoli Gardens
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens has an ambience of a place where you can relax and share the moment with your loved ones. Don’t take my word for it. Walt Disney was a believer. When he visited it in the 50s, he was seen taking notes as he walked around the park. Four years later, he opened Disneyland in California.

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Opened in 1843, it predates Disneyland by more than a century. According to Wikipedia, it’s the second oldest operating amusement park and pleasure garden in the world superseded only by Dyrehavsbakken in Klampenborg, Denmark. Incidentally, the founding fathers might not even be aware of the hidden meaning of its name. When spelled backwards, TIVOLI means I LOV IT.

Tivoli Gardens has a wide selection of attractions in both traditional and modern settings. For one, it features the oldest wooden roller coaster called Rutschebanen built in 1914. It’s a must-see if you’re in Copenhagen.

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January 14, 2017 at 4:38 pm 7 comments

The Baseball Cap

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 13 January 2017

C.E. Ayr

Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr

“You sure, Jimmy, you sure?” Kevin was incredulous when I gave him the baseball cap.

When I nodded, he was so happy. He hugged me so tight I couldn’t breathe. It was a moment I’d later regret.

Kevin and I were cousins. He appeared normal when we were kids. But growing up, I realized he was mentally handicapped.

Months passed. He was walking along the tracks when a sudden burst of wind blew the baseball cap right off his head. He was hit by a train trying to retrieve it.

“Jimmy!” was the last word he uttered before he died.

January 11, 2017 at 9:57 am 44 comments

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