A Fresh Start

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 20 July 2018

Dale Rogerson

Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson
 
Olympia had a hard time coping with loneliness following the death of her beloved husband.

Josh, the ever mindful grandson, bought her something that could help bring the excitement back into her life.

It came just in time for her birthday wrapped in a plain brown box.

When she opened it, she blushed for a moment and then a smile emerged from her face.

“Naughty boy,” she burst out.

She went to the bathroom and look at herself in the mirror.

“I guess it’s not too late for a makeover,” she mused. “Thank you, Josh, for the Ultra Beauty Kit.”
 

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July 18, 2018 at 9:03 am 8 comments

Wordless Wednesday: The Lion Prince

The Lion Prince
Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, Eastern Africa

 

July 16, 2018 at 8:49 am 4 comments

Recycling is the Pits

Zoran Milich
Photo Credit: Zoran Milich/Getty Images

 
The local sanitary district held its free e-waste collection recently at the middle school parking lot. All county residents can bring their unwanted desktop computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, phones, TV sets, old batteries, fluorescent fixtures, and other obsolete electronic equipment for recycling.

As a member of the community, I felt it was time to dispose of stuff that were just gathering dust in the storage. They included a scanner, port replicator, USB CD writer, motherboards, hard drives, camera, and old batteries. Since I just bought a new computer, I thought my aging desktop computer was fair game, too.

The decision to get rid of the old but still trusty desktop wasn’t an easy one for me. It was originally a windows 95 computer that I had kept on upgrading to keep up with the times. I had changed the motherboard and CPU twice, replaced the video card twice, added more the memory, etc. Come to think of it, the only parts I probably hadn’t touched were the case and the floppy drives. With the money and amount of time I had invested on it through the years, it was no wonder it held a special place in my heart.

I could have done it again, but decided against it at the last minute. When I added the amount I’d need to keep it up to date, I came to the conclusion that it was no longer practical. A new computer would cost about the same thing and it wouldn’t make my hands dirty. It would also save me from swearing when the upgrades don’t work on the first boot.

It was with sadness that I drove to the collection site. It made me cringed when the attendants just tossed some of the stuff into a large bin with no signs of respect whatsoever. To add insult to injury, after serving so well, they’d be torn apart and cannabalized for parts and then shredded to bits and pieces.

July 14, 2018 at 8:38 am 4 comments

Sweet Revenge

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 13 July 2018

Liz Young

Photo Credit: Liz Young
 
Billy was the high school bully.

The authorities found him all gagged up and taped like a mummy in an abandoned shopping cart. When they asked him who did it, Billy wouldn’t tell. Aside from the obvious humiliation, he suffered from a broken leg.

I met him on the first day of school in the restroom where he grabbed my crotch. It was so hard that I cringed in pain but nobody gave a damn.

“It serves him right, eh, Connor?” Uncle Milt said.

I didn’t say a word. I just smiled at the man who was my boyhood hero.
 

July 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm 38 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Big Bird Spotted

Grey Crowned Crane
Location: Babati, Tanzania, East Africa

 

July 9, 2018 at 8:51 am 4 comments

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