The Friday Four

TFF – Season 2 – Game 5

Question Fun Directory Look here for the original post: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/11/06/the-friday-four-21/

The Friday Four
Once A Fortnight Question Game

Ah questions, questions, questions – what is it about you and questions Rory?

Simple, l just like asking questions.

Today some more brain tickling thought provokers …
Do you think society could survive without governmental authority or structure? Absolutely NOT! There are too many idiots in this world who think that there is only one way to do things, their way or no other. These people don’t care about anyone but themselves and getting whatever they can. Maybe they are narcissists or sociopaths but once they get the taste of control, they won’t ever give it back. On the other side of the coin are the other idiots who follow whoever because they can’t make up their own damn mind. In the middle is the rest of the world who only wants peace, equality and fair treatment with the ability to live a fulfilling life without fear of war or consecutive pandemics.
Do we really need all the technology we have? Absolutely NOT! We need technology to get some of our things done and for some communication. We do not need it to find out someone’s secrets or ugly history. We do not need it to steal things from people. We do not need it to replace human interaction. We definitely do need it to monitor the fear of consecutive pandemics.
Everyone has a passion that can absorb them for hours and that includes talking about it with others for hours if left unchecked – do you have such a passion and if so – what is it? Absolutely NOT! I cannot be consumed with hours of someone else talking so I would never consider putting anyone through that, unless of course, there were consecutive lockdowns for consecutive pandemics.
What have you found yourself thinking a lot of late and that seemingly will not leave your brain alone? I’ve been feeling a little negative about the state of the country here in the US and the worry that we may end up seeing consecutive pandemics.
©2020 CBialczak: Disclaimer – all of my answers are true for the most part!

Fibbing Friday : 6th November

Find the questions here: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/11/06/fibbing-friday-6th-november/

1. Who met for the first time at The Duck and Drake Inn in London on May 20th 1604? Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny met that night and then the following night Porky Pig showed up.
2. Why was the opening of Parliament delayed from July to November the following year? Renovations
3. Who used the name John Johnson as an alias? That has to be Michael Michaelson
4. Why did the Gunpowder Plot fail? Because nobody brought a lighter or matches to set it off!
5. Who designed the iconic Guy Fawkes mask? Some creepy-ass pedophile that thought smiling at children would be a good way to lure them to his bag of candy.
6. Why are the cellars of the Palace of Westminster inspected before Parliament opens? To make sure they have enough bottles of wine to accommodate the guests.
7. What do MacBeth and the Gunpowder Plot have in common? MacBeth wanted to kill that other guy so he made up this plot to blow him up with the gunpowder, but like I mentioned above, he didn’t think to bring a lighter or a match so it failed.
8. Where will you find Guy Fawkes Island? On a map
9. Who was on the throne at the time of the Gunpowder Plot? Obviously the King!
10. How did Guy Fawkes die? He was given the death penalty when he was arrested for being a pedophile. He committed suicide before they could do the public hanging because he didn’t want children to see him get hung.

©2020 CBialczak

First Line Friday: November 6th, 2020

Dylan Hughes is our host for the First Line Friday challenge.
Here are the rules and link to her original post: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/11/06/first-line-friday-november-6th-2020/

flf-6-nov.jpg (512×256)

The splashing of pink rain boots announced her impending arrival.”

The splashing of pink rain boots announced her impending arrival.” 

Martha had been waiting six months for this day to come. With the lockdowns from the pandemic, she hadn’t seen her grandkids in over six months, but they had been planning this particular visit since the state went into phase 2 opening.  

Her grandkids were precious and all this time that she hasn’t been able to see them has felt like pure torture. Talking over video calls isn’t the same as wrapping your arms around these sweet babies. She didn’t care how she looked right now, she only wanted to get to the door and open it to see them! 

©2020 CBialczak Flash fiction

Thursday photo prompt: Copper #writephoto

Thanks to Di from pensitivity101 for helping to keep #writephoto up and running. Peace to her and to Sue! Enjoy and write on! :

write-photo-3-oct.jpg (400×300)

She walked quickly, the leaves noisy under her sneakers. The trail was turning up ahead and she didn’t understand why this part of the path looked so unfamiliar. Where were the other runners? She started to feel some unease. Was someone following her? Was someone watching her from behind the autumn trees. Her pace was quickening in conjunction with her heart rate. She tried to convince herself that she was causing the anxiety, that her mind was doing all the manipulating. But the feeling was too real. She glanced down at her phone. No service. What now? She no longer felt safe, she felt very afraid. Her slow jog turned into run when her mind started thinking about the serial killers who did these things on purpose.  

©2020 CBialczak

Three Line Tales 249

three line tales, week 249: a crow in front of the full moon at dusk
photo by Lavkush Gupta via Unsplash

For Only 100 Words: https://only100words.xyz/2020/11/05/three-line-tales-249/

Before the moon drops to reveal a new day, the raven sits and waits to see if death will be coming to call.
This lonely raven caws softly, hoping to fly soon, as the sky starts to brighten.
Tonight is a good night, the raven continues to sit, death is nowhere near; a quiet night is a fine-spun night of peace.

©2020 CBialczak

Sandman’s Q and A for November 3rd

Written for Sandman: https://sandmanjazz.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/sandmans-q-and-a-26/

Have you ever bought something, I mean, you KNOW you’ve bought it, and not been able to find it afterward? So many times! I have bought things, put them aside in a nice shopping bag, until I had the right spot for it, and totally forgot I even bought anything! I have also ordered things online and then forgot that I ordered them. Only a few times have a re-ordered the same item….But, there have been plenty of times that I know I paid for it…I know I put it in the bag…I didn’t go anywhere else….Did I buy it or lose it?….or am I losing my mind.

Would you prefer more light in the morning or at night? Definitely in the morning. I am more productive in the morning so if I had more time that it was light out, I might get more done.

Have you started any of your Xmas shopping yet? I have only picked up a few things that would make the perfect gift…

©2020 CBialczak

What do you see # 54 – 2nd November 2020

wdys-2-nov.jpg (500×347)

Thanks to Sadje for hosting another What Do You See photo challenge
https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/11/02/what-do-you-see-54-2nd-november-2020/

Being a Bear

If I were a grizzly 
I’d have some huge, sharp claws 

If I were a polar bear 
Cold snow wouldn’t bother my paws 

But I’m a little panda bear 
with black eyes right from birth 

My arms are black as are my legs 
including around me in girth.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 11/3/2020


Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

Famous Quotes




*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

**************************************************************************************************************

Sunday Writing Prompt – 1st November –It Was A Joke

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/11/01/sunday-writing-prompt-1st-november-it-was-a-joke/

My father is 88 years old. He has dementia and he remembers quite a bit from when I was younger. He does get me confused with his sister, or at least his relationship with me, but I am just happy he remembers I am family.

Anyhow, when I was little on April Fool’s Day, I would run into my parents’ bedroom and wake up my dad and say, “Dad, hurry up, the toilet is overflowing!” He would jump out of bed and run to the bathroom and I would laugh and say “April Fools!”.

When I was in college and then when I was married, I still called him every April Fool’s Day and say, “Dad, what do I do, can you come over? My toilet is overflowing!” He would calmly tell me it was not a big deal, to not worry…I’d let him start to tell me what to do and then I would say, “April Fools!” I honestly believe I tricked him every year. He would laugh that he fell for it again.

I haven’t done that for a few years. I think now my father would just be too worried that he wasn’t able to come help me that it would cause him too much stress. It is still funny to think about though.