Monthly Archives: June 2013

Derrick Thomas May Be “The Man”

516a0d75f0476.image[1]Number two running backs have a way of making it to number one due to the most unfortunate circumstances, especially for the number one running back – an injury.

It seems like Boise has their number one running back on the field about 60% of the time, number two about 30%, and a wildcat formation or some sort of mishmash less than 10%.

For a running game to work effectively it is best to have no more than a hair’s difference between the number one running back and the number two. And for optimum effect, little to no difference between number two and number three.

It looks as though Derrick Thomas has been pegged as Boise’s number two running back behind Jay Ajayi. He brings two years of starting experience with him from Butler Community College and he looked good in Spring drills..

Not only does Thomas have good speed, but he is a patient runner. He waits to see where the hole is opening. Some runners predetermine the slot in which they will run. That slot or hole sometimes moves after the snap. The Derrick Thomas type runner gets the ball and watches with a degree of confidence that his offensive lineman will leverage an open hole. Sometimes the runner must wait with some degree of confidence that he hole will open.

At 6’0” and 210 he will carry some power with him. When he gets to the secondary he’s hard to bring down. If I were to compare him to any one particular runner it would be Jay Ajayi.

The odds of Jay Ajayi coming down with an injury are good. This is not doom and gloom stuff, it is reality. Running backs get injuries all the time.

It seems like I’m mentioning Jay Ajayi nearly as often as Derrick Thomas in this post. I don’t think you can say one without saying the other. Given Ajayi’s lack of motivation early last year and his off-campus run-in with law enforcement it may indicate a problem.

Also given Petersen’s lack of patients with men who are getting a free college education, it may be predictable that more will be seen of Derrick Thomas than what is projected. If that’s so Thomas could emerge as a force to be reckoned with when opponents start there game prep for the Broncos.

Talent will get a guy to Boise Stare, but manhood will keep him there. Whose going to be the man?

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Nature and Tech Support (short fiction)

togiak-wilderness1[1]Daily Prompt: The Natural World

Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?

Higgins was lost. He got away from his group; a group from corporate headquarters on a fishing trip to Canada. It was held at a small lake that had a lodge where they had to be flown in.

He had walked nearly four hours. He came upon a cabin. Splitting wood was man near Higgins’ age.

“Hello,” Higgins called to him. “I’m lost.”

“You’re not lost. I know exactly where you are.”

“I’m Higgins, research and development, Bradly Scopes, and Wellington.”

“Martin, marketing research, bears, beavers, and bison.”

“I can’t get a hold of anyone,” Higgins said. “I can’t get a signal.” He held up his cell phone.

“Ain’t that sweet,” Martin said. “Don’t worry. As soon as I finish splitting this pile I’ll get you back to civilization.”

“Thanks,” Higgins said.

“In the meantime there is a great new reality show about to air, I mean really air, today. Just sit on that stump, fight away the deerflies, and look out yonder, and enjoy.”

Spread before them lay a vast valley filled with pines, pastures, and a distant mountain range.

Higgins did what Martin told him, down to fighting away the deerflies.

After a half hour Martin was finished with splitting the wood. Higgins helped gather and stack the wood.

“Can you get me back to my group now,” Higgins said.

“First tell me what you learned from what you just got done looking at,” Martin said.

“Is this some sort of test involved here?” Higgins said.

“Yeah,” Mr. smarty pants,” Martin said. “Ya got yourself lost ya should at least learned something from it other than don’t go where you don’t have a cell phone signal.”

“I’m sorry,” Higgins said. “I have tendency to have a smart mouth and I can tell you do to.”

“You might be a hot shot back in R & D,” Martin said. “But here you are nothing more than food for bears.”

“That’s not exactly what I wanted to hear,” Higgins said. “Other than you must wake up to the most beautiful scene on earth I don’t know how to answer you.”

“If we observe and listen carefully nature is telling us to be humble; nature always wins,” Martin said.

“I can see that,” Higgins said.

“There have been times when I’ve stood on what is perceived as the edge of wilderness and the beginning of a frontier. It is cleansing and chilling, at least for me, to contemplate how unnecessary I am – we are. It all operates without tech support. All the R & D has been completed. It is a privilege to view, because of the lesson it teaches.”

“You must love it here,” Higgins said.

Martin continued as if Higgins was nothing more a bothersome deerfly in the dissertation. “We try to explain it, rationalize it, and duplicate it, but seldom stop to acknowledge the lessons it teaches. It reaches out and opens its volumes of vast knowledge to reveal who we really are; though we are small compared to its vastness it is our gift from God. Humans are the crowning achievement of creation.”

“I see what you mean,” Higgins agreed only to agree.

“It makes man’s greatest of achievements seem silly. Why would anyone want to take credit for anything or have a great name, fame, wealth, or power?”

“Beats me,” Higgins said.

“It’s the best reality show there is,” Martin said.

“It’s got my attention,” Higgins said.

“I’m starting to scare you, ain’t I?” Marin said.

“Kinda,” Higgins said. “Especially the part about bear food.”

“Let me get you back to your kind,” Martin said.

Higgins stood still for a moment. “You know more about my world than I know about yours.”

Martin smiled. “Five years ago I was you. Now I’m me.”

“Do you mind if I take another look at what I missed?” Higgins said.

“No,” Martin said. “But don’t look too long.”

Higgins looked again at a valley of pines, wild pastures, and distant mountains. “How long did it take to find out who you really were?” Higgins said.

“When I took the second look,” Martin said. “Then it’s all a matter of making adjustments.”

“Adjustments?” Higgins said.

“Yep,” Martin said. “Five miles from here is a good place. It’s looking for someone to care for it.”

“Tech support?” Higgins said.

“That would be me,” Martin said.

Natural born bloggers:

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  18. Maasai Mara – Nature pure | Chicomallorca’s Blog
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  21. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | suzie81’s Blog
  22. Catherine B.’s Blog | Nature | Daily Prompt
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  35. Daily Prompt: Growing Up | My Daily Prompt Blog
  36. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | Mindful Splatter
  37. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | Rolbos ©
  38. Seashells and Pinwheels | A Good One
  39. Daily Prompt: A weekend with Nature | prettywitgla33es
  40. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | Quirky Brunette
  41. The Natural World | Geek Ergo Sum
  42. Daily Prompt: The Natural World — Living There | SERENDIPITY
  43. Monte Cristo Day Trip Past and Present ‘gold in them thar hills’ | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  44. Nature in the City | Virginia Views
  45. Nature, No Question | draliman on life
  46. The outdoors I remember | tornin2’s Blog
  47. Our Garden | Thriving Pessimist…
  48. Dear Sun (Daily Prompt in 50-words or less) | Iam Who Iam
  49. Daily Prompt: Nature’s Bliss | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福
  50. The Natural World | The Nameless One
  51. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  52. The Nature I’ve Seen « Getting Rid Of Boredom
  53. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | Exploring Utah with MS and Apples
  54. Embrasing Nature | The only way to know: Is to walk then learn and grow
  55. Scarlet (Annie Part IV) | A Day in the Life
  56. Look closely and weeds are jewels! | Slow and steady
  57. Human Nature Round II (Annie Part V) | A Day in the Life
  58. Daily Prompt: Nature | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  59. Pretty nature | Spunky Wayfarer
  60. Nature at its best | theseeker
  61. A Three Hour Tour… | Icescreammama
  62. Daily Prompt: Facing Mortality Under the Sea | cinnwriterblog
  63. The Natural World: Flora, Fauna & Fishermen | Khana’s Web
  64. Daily Prompt: The Great Outdoors | One Starving Activist
  65. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | Postcards from
  66. Naturally Awesome! | Mind My Mind But…
  67. Daily Prompt: The Natural World | To Breathe is to Write
  68. Hurricanes:Daily Prompt | BLUE BEAD PUBLICATIONS
  69. The Call of the Sea | meanderedwanderings

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I’m On Medication And Can’t Come Up With A Title For This Prompt

Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal

You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?

This is one of the most intriguing Daily Prompts I’ve read to date. It captures the hidden theology, if you will, and reason for preparing one for the prospect of living forever. The Bible identifies this process in an interesting way at Ecclesiastes 3:11.

We only pose questions that are some how embedded into our logic. We can only imagine what is possible.

Wait a minute! One might argue; we can’t possibly fly, it physically and logically impossible. Yet, we see other creatures do so and by means of transference imagine ourselves doing the same thing. With the aid of manmade devices flight is possible for humans.

Living forever must, in some way, be possible and it is contingent as this prompt suggests; something (such as everlasting life) is expected to make it worthwhile and enjoyable.

The older we become it is likely we look back on our lives and earnestly conclude there are many times I (we) acted with only selfishness, bitterness, hatred, scheming, and so on as part of my motivation. Again we would likely recognize that, in truth, the ends did not justify the means. Is it, in reality, much better to say to yourself ‘I lost because of playing by the rules’ rather than ‘I won because of circumventing the rules?’

Some theology rests on the idea that our sins from the past are somehow revealed for all to see and we are held out to public shame . Thus one is shamed to do good because of publicly exposure.

There is another reason for living a good moral life revealed in the Daily Prompt. It is we also have a set of preexisting values and a concern for and the values of others so that we act with good conscience toward those values, ours and theirs. Those values or conscientious laws are nearly universal (Roman 2:12-16).

In other words we should live our lives in such a way that our present bad actions will eventually reap bad consequences. As an example think of the big lies you have told. Be honest, we’ve all told some whoppers. Let’s say we are basically an honest person and they are few. Now take all the little so-called ‘white lies;’ all of them and heap them on the scales of justice, not so good – aye. Who wants to live eternity with them piling up like a heap of garbage in a land fill forever?

Thus the Bible points out why we should live a life with eternity in view. It is not to expose us like Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter but to allow us to have a good assessment of out own personal worth and to live our lives in such a way we don’t offend others (1st Corinthians 10:29).

We often hear the phrase ‘what goes around comes around.’ Well sometimes death allows many to duck the responsibility, but living forever that little small moral lapse will eventually make its round and meet with us again. It’s logic.

Other mere immortal bloggers:

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  4. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal, Thank God | Mindful Splatter
  5. A Rider for Good… | The Rider
  6. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal « Mama Bear Musings
  7. Daily Prompt: No Longer Mere Mortal | Faraziyya
  8. Daily Prompt: Longevity is… a Douglas-fir tree | Postcards from
  9. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal | Under the Monkey Tree
  10. I’m On Medication And Can’t Come Up With A Title For This Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  11. Daily Prompt: Longevity | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  12. [Counting micromorts] | clarior e tenebris
  13. Leaf Litter | windandlaughter
  14. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal | Discovering Myself
  15. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/daily-prompt-mere-mortal/ | Stevie’s Words
  16. Superpup! | Haiku By Ku
  17. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal | Quirky Brunette
  18. 測試 | 黑米籤
  19. No Longer a Mortal | mycookinglifebypatty
  20. Relax…
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  22. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  23. Drank Immortality Potion Without Right to Refuse | Iam Who Iam
  24. That’s a good question! | Going New Places!
  25. We Live Forever | PROOF OF GOD! …and other tragedies.
  26. Daily Prompt; No Longer a Mere Mortal | terry1954
  27. Forever And After « Getting Rid Of Boredom
  28. Do you remember, where you were | A Teacher’s Blog
  29. Catherine B.’s Blog | Immortal | Daily Prompt | Mere Mortal
  30. The Tale of the Land of Bon (Long Fiction) | meanderedwanderings
  31. Siempre | A Day in the Life
  32. Daily Prompt: No Longer a Mere Mortal? I’ll pass. Thanks anyhow. | SERENDIPITY
  33. Not a mere mortal | The Nameless One
  34. It Feels Like Forever | Andrew J. Stillman | The Artist Mindset
  35. The elixir of eternal life only for the deserving! | 365 wings of hope
  36. Too much pain, too much tears | Vivir, que no es poco
  37. Daily Prompt: The End of A Long Haul | One Starving Activist
  38. The futility of the death-proof | Rob’s Surf Report
  39. If I could live forever….. | djgarcia94
  40. No Longer a Mere Mortal: Almost Immortal – Bhishma’s Tale | Khana’s Web
  41. Daily Prompt: No Longer A Mere Mortal | Morrighan’s Muse
  42. Brian’s Blog: No Longer a Mere Mortal
  43. Daily Prompt: Forever and Ever | Jane’s Journal

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A Square Peg In A Round Hole

imagesCA32RQ2ODaily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!

Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.

“I’ll never forget that as long as I live.” That is a phrase that we often use when speaking of a moment of great elation, tragedy, reversal of life course, or moments of truth. The amazing thing about them is that they are not planned, it happens at random, and unforeseen. Most unusual about them is that often little thought or recognition is given to those events. They occur as if only another breeze, another breath, another sunrise.

Occasionally we can freeze-frame those moments into our memory and preserve them like a precious gift.

It’s like a moment in a movie; the whole world seems as if scripted for your moment. It is the close up. It is the “You can’t handle the truth” moment, it is the “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” conclusion, or “Hell, the fall will kill us,” humorous reality.

What is equally fascinating about these moments is that we don’t remember many of them, but others remember them as being particularly poignant and memorable.

That is what great story telling is about, finding what is memorable in the mundane and making it meaningful for others.

I always remember moments when extraordinary kindness, compassion, and understanding has come my way.

It was the summer of ‘73. I had the responsibility of a wife and three children. I had a job that could not support us. There were job openings at a factory that paid well. My family’s future hinged on getting a job there.

An aptitude test was given and I qualified. During the interview process the HR person determined I did not possess the skills needed for employment at the factory.

I was crushed. I recall tears pooling in my eyes. “Sir, I really need this job. It takes no skill to push a broom. I will do anything. I just need this job very badly.”

Without looking up from the a papers on his desk he said, “You can’t expect us to fit a square peg in a round hole.”

“Please, give me a chance,” I said.

He made a movement as if shooing a fly.

On the way to my car a man caught up with me. “Hey, son,” he said. “I overheard you. I do hiring also. Show up Monday morning in department five. You got a job.”

I’ll never forget it as long as I live.

The factory eventually started the process of closing down. I was able to find a better paying job.

Five years later I’m secure in a new job and doing well. My company hired the HR man who turned me away six years earlier. He was not hired into our HR department, but on the floor, operating machines like a commoner.

It was lunch time. He sat directly across the table from me. He quickly pulled out the Wall Street Journal and began reading. It was like a barrier between us. I’m certain he had no memory of me.

As he read he talked to the men on both sides of him. “This company is completely insane. You have somebody, like me, with vast experience in management and HR and they stick me behind a machine. My skills and experience are going to waste. What kind of outfit is this anyway?”

I had enough of his whining about his lot in life and judging from the eye rolls of everybody else in earshot so where they. I finished my meal and grabbed hold of his Wall Street Journal and pulled it down. “You know what they way, sir, ‘You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.’”

Everybody later expressed appreciation for shutting him up, but none knew the whole story.

I’ll never forget it as long as I live.

Square pegs just need to have the edges rounded in order to fit in the round holes. It also takes others with vision to recognize the potential we all have. We all need just a little adjustment to fit.

More bloggers with teachable moments:

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  5. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! | My Blog
  6. Nuggets of Self-Awareness: Moments & “School” | just another outlet
  7. Pak Mie |
  8. If you keep on long enough, you’ll get there…. | The Rider
  9. We Can Be Taught! – The Fly & I | Khana’s Web
  10. ‘OSITETI Primary School’, Maasai Mara, Kenya | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  11. What Was Your Biggest Mistake as a 20 something? | BLUE BEAD PUBLICATIONS
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  13. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! Really? | Mindful Splatter
  14. Learning = Living! | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  15. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! | Under the Monkey Tree
  16. Musings of a Sleepy Dreamcatcher | just another outlet
  17. A Square Pet In A Round Hole | The Jittery Goat
  18. ONE HOT MESS | hastywords
  19. What I “Learned” While Traveling This Week | The Bookshelf of Emily J.
  20. You Live, You Learn [Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!] | unknowinglee
  21. “You Can Do This!’ | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  22. Friday Fast One – Learning | Tommia’s Tablet
  23. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! | Quirky Brunette
  24. She wasn’t a bitch, and neither am I. | Other than Lovie
  25. Daily Prompt // learning | simplylifestuff
  26. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  27. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught « Mama Bear Musings
  28. I can be taught … (I’m not an old dog yet) | theconsciouswriter
  29. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!|My Confession | Discovering Myself
  30. Great Teacher… | Haiku By Ku
  31. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! | Lines by Linda
  32. If Nothing Else | clarior e tenebris
  33. Patience…Please…. | Nanuschka’s Blog
  34. Don’t be afraid | Vivir, que no es poco
  35. Daily Prompt: I Don’t Wanna, But I Know Need To | Reclaiming My Narnia
  36. Lost, Alone, and Leery of Strangers | Iam Who Iam
  37. Hunting Skills « Getting Rid Of Boredom
  38. Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught! | New Lease–Same Hope
  39. “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  40. Daily Prompt: We can be taught! | Exploring Utah with MS and Apples
  41. The Good News: I Am Not Dead…Yet | This is your real mother speaking…
  42. Zen and the art of introspection | Rob’s Surf Report
  43. Get a Bigger Plate | Red’s Wrap
  44. We Can Be Taught | The self sufficient single mother
  45. Glenn’s Moment (Short Fiction) | meanderedwanderings
  46. The Lie That Changed My Life | Lewis Cave
  47. The meaning of the world | Relax…
  48. Nobody Taught Us To Quit | a former clarity

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What Art Did For Hank (short fiction)

images[10]Daily Prompt: The Artist’s Eye

Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

Penelope and Hank came from two different worlds. Penelope from a world of beauty, grace, and affluence. Hank from grease, mud, and manure. Their worlds were never going to meet, but they created their own little planet in a special corner of the cosmos.

“I don’t like art,” Hank said all the way to the gallery. “It’s full of weirdos and people who aren’t who they are and if that is who they are, I want no part of ‘em.”

“I spent two weeks birthing calves, stacking hay, and shoveling smelly stuff all for you,” Penelope said.

“And that’s the only reason I’m here with you today,” Hank said. “Two weeks on the farm is only worth an hour here.”

Penelope looked over her glasses at Hank and squinted one eye.

“Hmm, the evil eye; two hours,” Hank said. “I said two, right?”

They meandered along the hung paintings. Penelope stopped to study and give thought. Hank tugged at his collar.

“I’m sorry, Penelope,” Hank said. “Now just look at that, it’s a tennis shoe. It ain‘t art.”

“Yes,” Penelope said. “Anyone can see it‘s a tennis shoe, but what else do you see.”

“It’s old and worn-out,” Hank said.

“Is that it?” Penelope said.

“It’s got ta smell,” Hank said. “You can almost smell it.”

“Yes me too,” Penelope said.

“Looks to me like the guy must have been a guard,” Hank said.

“How so?” Penelope said.

“I can tell by the way the toe is worn,” Hank said. “I played ball with this guy who wore his toes the same way. You could line up all his old shoes and they looked as if they were made that way purposely.”

“Didn’t you have shoes like that when we met?” Penelope said.

“Those were the most comfortable shoes I ever had,” Hank said. “That shoe looks comfortable.” Hank pointed. “Look there, Penelope, look at how the laces are broken and tied back together. That’s detail. He even has one strand not making it through the loop.”

Penelope smiled.

“A pair of shoes like that is…” Hank hesitated. “A work of art.”

“How does it make you feel?” Penelope said.

“Relaxed and calm,” Hank said. “You get that way with an old pair of shoes. They’re like old friends.”

“There is the artist would you like to talk to him?” Penelope said pointing to a short, bearded thin man in his late twenties walking along his paintings and taking compliments from other visitors.

“Hey, buddy,” Hank said. “I sure like that tennis shoe.”

“Thank you,” the artist said.

Hank caught sight of the artist’s shoes. “That’s your shoe!” Hank said. “You’re a point guard.”

“Good observation,” the artist said. “You could tell from the shoe?”

“The way it showed it’s wear on the toe,” Hank said.

“I never knew that,” the artist said.

“That’s okay,” Hank said. “You got to have an eye for that sort of thing.”

An hour later Penelope and Hank left the gallery. Tucked under his arm a wrapped painting purchased for $900. It was called “Tennis shoe,” but Hank hung it in his bathroom and called it “Relax.”

Bloggers with eyes for art:

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  10. Tate Modern | thoughtsofrkh
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  13. That fat cat spying behind that thin tree |
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  15. What Art Did For Hank (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
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  19. Concept | Spunky Wayfarer
  20. Auguste Rodin and Montreal’s best burgher… | DCMontreal
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  22. (Not) Making Art | A Chesapeake Journal
  23. Daily Prompt – The Artist’s Eye | imexcited
  24. Art is a passion | sherrylcook.com
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  33. Daily Prompt: The Artist’s Eye | The Blogging Path
  34. Daily Prompt: The Artist’s Eye | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
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Hitching A Ride (short fiction)

header[1]Daily Prompt: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)

This is an excerpt from an unedited and unpublished novel that will likely be published this winter. Inasmuch as it involved a bicycle road trip I submitted it as a Daily Prompt. I hope you enjoy.

I peddled east out of Olean and stopped at a grocery. I bought a small can of corned beef, a couple of packages of Twinkies, a can of assorted nuts, and a half pound of bacon. I turned northeast and soon found a woods and camped about fifty yards from the road.

The next morning was foggy. I fried the bacon and sliced potatoes over a fire and had a magnificent breakfast. I cleaned up the campsite and pointed the bike north. In a couple of hours the fog lifted along with it the fear of being hit by a car.

The weather was incredibly pleasant and warm, not at all what was expected. There was no frost to this point, but knew it was coming. It was prepared for. There was little thought of home. There had to be turmoil and anger – perhaps some tears. I had tears. My emotions were many and did not know whether they were tears of sadness or determination. I peddled on straining the inclines and coasting down with speed and exhilaration that dried the tears.

A young lady (older than I) in a red Renault pulled beside me. “You going to Alfred?” she said through a rolled down window.

“Yeah,” I said as peddled along side.

“Do you want a lift?” she said.

“Sure,” I said and stopped.

She stopped the car and got out. “Can you tie it to the back?”

“I think so,” I said and lifted the bike on to the back bumper and secured it with rope.

We got in the car. The back seat was packed with clothing, household items and a plant. She was tall with black hair and horned rim glasses. She was dressed in slacks and a blouse and looked as though she was in her twenties.

“Mary Kaplan,” she said as she put the car in gear and drove away.

“Steve Barnett,” I said.

“Where ya from Steve?”

“Ohio,” I said, “How about you?”

“Buffalo,” she said. “This is my last year at Alfred.”

“You a freshman,” she asked.

The question stumbled me at first. I was thinking freshman in high school and it occurred she must have meant college. “I hope I didn’t give you the wrong impression. I’m not going to college at Alfred. I just happened to know there’s a college there. I’m just passing through.”

“Oh,” she said and hesitated.

“If you want me to get out that’s okay,” I said.

“No, no that’s okay. I just assumed,” she said. “Where are you headed?”

“Maine,” I said.

“You have family there?”

“No, just want to live there,” I said.

“Why a bicycle?” she said.

“I thought it would be the best way to see the country,” I said.

“How’s it going so far?” She asked

“Good,” I said. “New York is beautiful – not what I expected.”

“How so?” she asked.

“I didn’t expect so many hills. It’s hard to do on a bike,” I said. “What are you taking in college?”

“Astronomy,” she said.

“That’s interesting,” I said admiringly.

“Yes it is,” she said smugly.

“Are you going to go to college someday?” She asked.

“Perhaps,” I said.

“That usually means no,” she said.

“If I say perhaps it means perhaps,” I said.

“What are your interest?” She asked.

“I’m interested in everything,” I said.

“Can you narrow that down?” She said. “That means you have no interest. You’ll be like a steel ball in a pinball machine, bumping from one thing to another with no direction in your life.”

“As an example you’re interested in everything in the universe, right?” I said.

“Right,” she said.

“The universe is vastly and infinitely larger than the earth, right?” I said.

“Right,” she said.

“I’m interested only in what is on earth,” I said. “That makes it vastly and infinitely more narrow than your interest.” I smiled.

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I Could Be King And Drive a ‘49 Packard

Fit for a king.

Fit for a king.

Daily Prompt: 21st Century Citizen

Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?

Actually we have little to say in the matter. If we did it is likely we would all bounce around from era to era like a dead-beat tenant who skips out when the rent is due.

Yesterday I stopped at a used car lot that specialized in vintage automobiles. First I looked at a ’49 Packard, then a ’65 Vette, then a ’63 Thunderbird, then a ’55 two door Chevy wagon, and finally a ’61 Chrysler Imperial. Wow! I think in just those cars alone there was enough metal to build a battleship.

I kept going back to that ‘49 Packard. Memories began to stir in my mind as a little boy. The carpet in the back seat area was rough like sand and the seats weren’t that much softer. I looked at how basic and uncomplicated the dashboard was. There was only AM radio. Everything was built to be aesthetically pleasing but also the look of strength of durability.

In those days there was no new-car smell. They all smelled like an old damp sofa left on the front porch for a month.

It was easy for me to place myself behind the steering wheel and operate the clutch with the “three on the tree” gear shift. Indeed, I drove similar cars as a teenager.

For a moment I did that very thing. I was behind the wheel driving down North Main Street in Lima, Ohio on a warm Saturday afternoon. All my windows were rolled down (we actually had to crank them down) because there was no air-conditioning. I saw young boys in rolled up blue jeans and Davy Crockett coonskin caps. Little girls in pastel dresses and plastic purses holding the hand of their smartly dressed mothers wearing pillbox hats. Men walked briskly in grey suits and fedoras. The odor of a local hamburger shop wafted through the cranked-down windows of the car. The radio was playing Nat King Cole. I hear a horn from another car; not a beep beep, but a HONK! A breeze catches the courthouse flag and whisk dust and a page from yesterday’s down the sidewalk.

With what I know now I could be king back then.

Suddenly someone runs a light. There car is squarely in front of me. A collision is inevitable. I look at the steering wheel without an air bag. I look at the solid metal dash that my head might strike. I look over the hood of my ’49 Packard. It’s solid. It won’t absorb impact. I’m going to bounce around the interior of my ‘49 Packard like a pin ball.

That’s about the time I click my ruby slippers and say, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

In other words, “As soon as the rent is due I’m ready to move on.”

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