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Bait and Switch [fiction 220]

“Excuse me,” Karen said to the scruffy guy who was leaning against the wall smoking a cigarette, “are you the manager?”

“No, just the Archie the drummer.” He scratched his head. “The third one akshully. The other two, well… they couldn’t get in.”

Karen rolled her eyes. “Your band sucks. I was promised Jimmy and Janis. I never even heard of the Bathtub Gingers.”

He grinned. “Cool name, wot? I thought of it! It’s like bathtub gin, but gingers cos two of us have red hair. I mean, I did, before the um explosion.”

“What about Bobby?” Karen demanded. “And Otis? Dock of the bay ring any bells?”

Archie shook his head sadly. “Never heard of them blokes. We do a righteous cover of ‘Pillow Biter’ though. I can dedicate it to you after the break. Wozz yer name?”

“Karen,” she sighed. “And I don’t even know the original ‘Pillow Biter.’ It doesn’t sound like a song that should be played in Rock and Roll Heaven either.”

“The angels like it well enough.” Archie shrugged. “Sometimes they join in on their harpsichords. How’d you get here so early anyways, Karen? You look awful young and healthy.”

“That’s a rude question!” she snapped. “But if you must know, my psychiatrist mixed up my prescriptions. I’m sure it was an accident however.”

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge 42

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Hungry

I’m thankful for Jim Adams and his great SLS prompts! What a wonderful job he’s done taking over this cool participation game. It’s super fun to see what everyone comes up with each week and if anyone chooses the same song I do. This week, I have a feeling I won’t be alone in selecting “Hunger Strike,” the hugely popular song written by the enormously talented Chris Cornell. What a tragedy he passed so early at age 52. Rest in peace. 💖

Anyway, there is a ton of info about this song and how Eddie Vedder ended up duetting with Chris on it. Just incredible to hear these two magical voices together. I’m not going to copypasta all the deets here, but if you have time, read more about the history of “Hunger Strike” and Chris too.

The basics are that this song is credited to Chris’ band at the time, Temple of the Dog. It was released as a single in 1991 from their self-titled album and became their most popular song, peaking at No. 4 on Mainstream Rock, though it’s considered a “grunge” genre song. Now, onto the lyrics and video!

Well I don’t mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can’t feed on the powerless
When my cup’s already overfilled
Yeah
But it’s on the table
The fire’s cooking
And they’re farming babies
The slaves are all working
Blood is on the table
The mouths are all choking
But I’m goin’ hungry
Yeah
I don’t mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can’t feed on the powerless
When my cup’s already overfilled
But it’s on the table
The fire is cooking
And they’re farming babies
The slaves are all working
And it’s on the table
Their mouths are all choking
But I’m going hungry (Going hungry)
I’m going hungry (Going hungry)
I’m going hungry (Going hungry)
I’m going hungry (Going hungry)
I’m going hungry (Going hungry)
I don’t mind stealing bread (I don’t mind)
I don’t mind stealing bread
I’m going hungry (Going hungry)
I’m going hungry (Going hungry)

https://youtu.be/VUb450Alpps

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Image credit to Jim Adams.

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PFF23: Not Stirred

Ephemeral time

Welcome to my Friday Flashback! This is a post from exactly 4 years ago when I reviewed the new (then) 007 movie Spectre. There’s another one coming out in 2020, and although Daniel Craig swore he was finished with them after the 2015 film, he is in the upcoming one as well. But! That’s it. Absolutely. No more.

Spectre

OK, I saw Spectre yesterday, and it was a lot of fun as Bond movies always are. Craig does an awesome Bond (and I was one of the original skeptics). Overall, I recommend the movie to Bond fans and action movie lovers in general.

But.

I was disappointed in a couple things. Right at the start there was something I considered a faux pas. Bond’s in a hotel room with a beautiful girl and tells her he’ll be right back. He goes off to kill a guy, get chased, leap across rooftops, etc., as he does… and then the film cuts away to the opening song and credits. Wtf? The Bond of old would have kept the date and they should have shown that. (“Now, where were we?”)

Next, I did not like two of the main plot twists. One, Franz the villain turns out to be Bond’s brother via (Bond’s) adoption, which leads to a bunch of babble about Franz killing their father out of jealousy and always having it out for Bond cuz he stole daddy’s attention. Ugh. Yuck. Two, Franz announces that he has taken his mother’s surname and is now called Blofeld (complete with white cat). No! No no no no. This was not a REMAKE of an old 007 flick, but a progression in the life and times of James Bond, and it’s totes uncool for them to grab back a done and dusted bad guy. (Supposedly, Blofeld died at the start of For Your Eyes Only.) What next ~ Scaramanga? Goldfinger? There was no reason not to have a new bad guy with a new name “reboot” Spectre. No reason at all.

I think writers should be a lot more careful with reboots/remakes and the like. Either you stick to the original and update it with cellphones and shit, or just move the hell on and write something new. Certainly don’t take a franchise and grab stale fries from fifty years ago to scatter about a film in the here and now. That’s kind of a cheat, and we know what happens to writers who use cheats a la Stephen King’s Misery.

My last criticism of Spectre is more basic. I object to this kind of SOS writing we’re seeing in action movies lately of having the hero always be a dude who is bravely going against his own government because of one flimsy piece of info, and then it turns out his boss is in cahoots with the villains, or is the biggest villain of all, blah blah blah. Usually Alex Baldwin plays a belligerent general at some point. Then, there are always one or two other peeps in the gov’t who believe in the hero and help him save the world, thereby putting their own careers in jeopardy. Yawn.

I am sick of this storyline altogether. Write something else, dammit.

Other than these minor nits, I enjoyed the movie. If it’s true that Craig is tired of playing 007 and tossing out his tux, I look forward to the next actor (rumored to be Idris Elba).

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The Monday Peeve 7

The Monday Peeve

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

Here we go then with today’s…

Alrighty, this is not the hugest annoyance ever, but it is mildly irritating… and since mild irritations can build up to ruin our day, they count as peeves too. What am talking about? Thank you for asking! I’m talking about the commenting cashier. Now, on our blogs we love comments, yes we do, but when paying for stuff… not so much, amirite?

I don’t really wanna know what the cashier thinks of my purchases. I’m not sure when it became a thing for clerks at checkout to tell customers that they approve of their items. We aren’t in an upscale restaurant asking for suggestions from the waiter. I’m so happy you also like Brie, grocery store clerk! Am I supposed to say thank you for admiring my good taste? So awkward.

Steve Martin

I wonder if a clerk ever disparages an item? Now, that would be a funny skit. I can imagine Steve Martin playing the part of the clerk.

Cashier: “I see you’re buying Brie.”

Customer: “Yes.”

Cashier: “I don’t like Brie. It’s nasty.”

Customer: “I’m… sorry?”

Cashier: “In fact, I don’t like cheese at all. It gives me the runs. I think I’m lactose intolerant, thought I’ve never been tested.”

Customer: “That’s too bad. Can I have my bag now?”

Cashier: “A lot of people say they’re gluten intolerant, but I think that’s just a fad. I love bread! Did you see we have our French bread on special?”

Customer: “No, I–”

Cashier: “It’s two for one! Why wouldn’t you get some? It would go perfect with this nasty cheese.”

“Customer: “Fine! I’ll take the special. Then may I please have my bag?”

Cashier: “We’re all out of the special. You waited too long standing here talking.”

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321 Quote Me ~ Confusion

321 Quote Me Game

I’ve been tagged by Rory aka A Guy Called Bloke to participate in this round of 3-2-1 Quote Me. Thanks Rory! 😻❤️🎉

The thanks was the “1” of 3-2-1. The “2” will be the two quotes after this paragraph, and the “3” will be the three bloggers I tag to continue the game. Yes, we do the 3-2-1 bass-ackwards as 1-2-3, and also I suspend my usual no-tagging rule for this particular game. If I didn’t, it would end up being a one and a two, like a Lawrence Welk game, but it’s not. It’s the Blokey Guy’s game, so there will be tags. Confused? That’s rather the point. 🤣🤣

Confused emoji

Stephen King Quote Silence beats drama

Please continue the theme…

Crushed Caramel

John Holton

Laura Venturini

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The Ninth Four

Shamrock

[Disclaimer: This is Rory’s ninth Daily Four game this season; I haven’t played them all, given that pesky 24-hour day thing.]

Question Fun Directory

Welcome to The Daily Four! [via Rory]

Today’s Questions to the Readers are….

1. How often do you read magazines as in daily, weekly and what magazines do you enjoy and why do you read them as opposed to simply reading articles online?

Pretty much never unless they just appear out of the aether. I was receiving Us in the mail as a freebie, which I’d leaf through to see pretty celeb dresses and royal doings, but it may have run out now. My daughters bought The New Yorker for me as a gift for a year, but I wasn’t getting enough out of it. If I’m in a doctor’s office or hair salon I’ll leaf through a magazine or three.

2. What will you never answer about yourself if asked?

Specifics about work or family.

3. If you had to pin point with a certain amount of commitment your top five environmental concerns what would they be?

Unfortunately, I have neither the luxury of time nor funds to commit to any causes. When I retire I hope to be able to volunteer at an animal shelter, as animal care is my top concern. Cats, to be exact. Other than that, I think people should try to pollute less and quit trashing the planet. That goes for everyone, corporations, righties, lefties, etc. I understand that people dislike being told what to do by Hollywood hypocrites, so to get even they’ll garbage up our home even further, since that would be a logical adult response. 🙄

4. What are your views on ‘robots’ at work and the impact they could have on the human workforce in our future?

Mm I dunno… is there one that looks like George Clooney? I wouldn’t mind giving him a bit of filing.

The Daily Four

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Scarf

Ooh, I had such a hard time choosing between two great songs this week for Jim Adams’ theme! But I’ve posted a lot of Eagles, so I put “Those Shoes” away and decided to go with “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon. She released the song in 1972, and there has been intense speculation ever since over the identity of the male subject. Personally, I think it’s a fabulous song that can apply metaphorically to any selfish, narcissistic man who breaks a girl’s heart, which makes it universally appealing.


You walked into the party
Like you were walking on a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf, it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror
And watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner
They’d be your partner, and
You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain,
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?
Oh, you had me several years ago
When I was still naive
Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and
You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, you’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?
Well I hear you went to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you’re where you should be all the time
And when you’re not, you’re with some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend,
Wife of a close friend, and
You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, you’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

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All Apologies

There are many forms of apologies, most of them insincere. We’ve all seen the political apology (not limited to politicians, of course), where the person is simply sad they got caught doing the thing and hopes to continue doing the thing, but differently. The people who support the politician will forgive him, and the ones who don’t won’t, whatever the thing may be.

Then there’s the the celebrity apology. This occurs when a celeb says something stupid, which happens on the daily, and they come trotting out in front of the cameras, all abashed looking, saying how deeply sorry they are if they’ve caused offense to anyone and they certainly didn’t mean to. Usually they’re forgiven because they’re pretty.

The cheater’s apology is a combo of the above. Mostly, the cheater is deeply sorry he got caught. He has suddenly realized his behavior is wrong ~ or hers, in the case of those college scam moms. S/he promises to make amends to those s/he has wronged.

Blah blah blah.

I say sorry a lot. Usually it’s because I’m clumsy and bump into people or drop stuff. Or I’m not paying attention and don’t hear something or have forgotten it two seconds later. I’ll say sorry when I hear someone else’s sad news even though it’s not my fault because I feel sympathy for them. Saying “my sympathies” sounds too formal for me.

Generally, if I feel badly about something I’ve done to someone, I’ll change my behavior rather than issue a meaningless apology, but this is rare. Why? Well, I don’t interact with many people, and I’m also careful. In my opinion, there are plenty of folks who should apologize to me! Do I expect them to? Of course not. They’re jerks.

I used to be quick to accept apologies ~ too quick. It feels good to forgive. Don’t want to be a dour, unforgiving grump. But this hurt me because I didn’t analyze why a person was apologizing and often it turned out they simply wanted back into my life in order to do the same thing (or worse) yet again. I learned. Took a long time though.

Recently however, I did receive a very nice apology with an offer to be taken out to lunch. I declined the lunch, but the warmth of the apology was appreciated. Now, I do get that it was partly motivated by other concerns, which is fine. It was still gracious. It’s rare to be the recipient of graciousness in this world lately.

Enjoy it when you can.

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Written for Mindlovemisery

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Sky

Once again, Jim Adams gives us some great prompts to work with for our tuneful Sunday. I chose sky… “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles from the 1967 Sgt. Pepper album. The lyrics are credited to the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership. Some people believe the song was about LSD because of the keywords and it’s weirdness. They said it wasn’t. Who knows. Who cares… it’s a fun song!

For the video, I’m sharing with you William Shatner’s absolutely bizarre take on the thing, because you just can’t have enough strangeness. Amirite?

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FPQ39: This Magic Moment

Fandango’s provocative question

Fandango provocatively asks…

“Do you believe in magic? Define magic any way you wish and explain your belief about magic.”

My definition of magic (for the purpose of this discussion*) is events occurring via the supernatural ~ thats is, outside the realm of physical laws. Things that fall into this category include but are not limited to: vampires, ghosts, gods, and life after death. And my answer is no.

Certainly, there are things that science has yet to explain. But that doesn’t mean we should leap to the idea they were caused by “magic” ~ that’s what people did when they didn’t know anything. We know so much now… not me personally, but scientists and others who take more of an interest in keeping up with the latest developments in the various fields.

Now, for writing and poetic purposes, it can be fun to include some magic. I enjoy art that’s about escape from reality, so I often try to create the same myself. It makes life more sparkling to have these fantasies.

*Outside of this discussion, we can use the word magic (or magical) to mean a magic show/seance or something wonderful, such as a kiss by the beach, warm chocolate chip cookies, a snuggly puppy, or a spectacular piece of music.

I wouldn’t use it to describe cereal with little colored marshmallows however. Maybe s’mores…

At midnight…

With John Cusack…

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