January Quotes: 3 for #3

Flash Fiction: Her Name

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything fiction since I’m finishing up my rewrite. I look forward to starting my new novel idea (the one that will be the hardest and most rewarding to write) until the next one comes along. In the meantime, here is a little story I had no idea I would write until my fingers were punching the keys. Okay, maybe a little bit of strategic mapping within my brain. Enjoy.

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Her name was a name like no other. Her name was a name I don’t remember. Her name was a name her mother must’ve thought at the last minute. However, her face brought a different kind of emotion. It was one of fast relief. It was one of strong joy. It was one that her father could not deny. She was a strange little child, but boy did she make random eyes stare inappropriately.
 
She grew up to be a beautiful teenager and much too young to be thought of in such a vile way. She could’ve been a model with those long legs. She could’ve been a basketball player with those long arms. Her father begged her to join the high school team and it disappointed him greatly when she took no interest in his love of sports. She answered his statements with questions.

Who is Larry Bird?
 
Who is Michael Jordan?
 
Who is Karl Malone?
 
Who is Shaquille O’Neal?”
 
Why would I care that Pearl Jam’s lead singer wanted to name his band Mookie Blaylock?
 
By the time she graduated high school, she had quite the following on social media. People swooned over her videos on Instagram. People enjoyed her snappy comebacks when haters attacked her on Twitter. People liked her Facebook posts all hours of the day and night. She had become a worldly sensation. Her future had become an opportunity of social media bliss.
 
So, it was a shame when the effects of her narcissism knocked at her door on a fall day. She had gone through many phases in her short life and now it had come full circle. The rapping got louder.
 
“Keep your pants on,” she yelled.
 
She opened the door and found a man in a long coat. “You need to come with me,” he said.
 
"The hell I do.  Who are you?” she asked.
 
“That shouldn’t concern you,” he said.
 
He clamped one of the cuffs on her wrist and twisted it enough she had no option but to comply.
 
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” she screamed.
 
“I’d advise you to shut your mouth. You’re only making it worse,” he said.
 
She failed to pick up her feet as he ushered her toward the door.  He picked her up by the scruff of her collar and took her outside to his car.  Her curious neighbors looked out their windows and took pictures with their cellphones.

“You’re going to be sorry.  My dad's going to have your ass.  He’s a powerful man in this city,” she said.
 
“Not as powerful as the big eye in the sky,” he said.

 “I'm fucking innocent,” she screamed.

 "That's what they all say."  He shut the door before she could say another word.

Trifecta #50

January Quotes #2

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

-Lucille Ball-

Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.

-Edith Wharton-

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.

-oprah winfrey-

Be first and be lonely.

-Ginni Rometty-

Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.

-Jodie foster-

I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.

-Tory Burch-

You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.

-Tina Fey-

Don’t live life in the past.

-Samantha Ettus-

More You Know: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

In tradition, I tend to post information that is relevant to what is occurring in the world. The Presidential inauguration will occur next week in the U.S. What are some of the past inauguration facts? Here they are and sources are from Politifact, Wikipedia, and Britannia.

  1. In 1789, George Washington had the shorted inaugural address of 135 words.
  2. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first inaugural address to be printed in the newspaper.
  3. In 1809, James Madison was the first have an inaugural ball not sponsored.
  4. In 1829, Andrew Jackson had around 10,000 people at his inauguration.
  5. In 1841, William Henry Harrison had the longest inaugural address of 8,460 words.
  6. In 1853, Franklin Pierce was the first not to have any inaugural balls.
  7. In 1857, James Buchanan was the first inauguration to be photographed.
  8. In 1897, William McKinley was the first inauguration to be recorded on film.
  9. In 1925, Calvin Coolidge was the first inauguration to be broadcast nationally on public radio.
  10. In 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to be sworn in on January 20th.
  11. In 1949, Harry S. Truman was the first inauguration to be televised in black and white.
  12. In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to be lassoed by a cowboy.
  13. In 1961, John F. Kennedy was the first inauguration to be televised in color.
  14. In 1977, Jimmy Carter was the first president to walk in the inaugural parade.
  15. In 1981, Ronald Reagan was the first inauguration to be televised for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  16. In 1981, Ronald Reagan had the coldest (7 degrees) and warmest (55 degrees) inauguration.
  17. In 1997, Bill Clinton was the first inauguration to be streamed live on the Internet.
  18. In 2001, George Bush was the first inauguration to be 100+ million dollars.
  19. In 2009, Barack Obama had the highest inaugural attendance with around 1.8 million people.
  20. In 2021, Joseph R. Biden will be the first to have a virtual parade.

Poem: Insurgency

Count to ten. Let’s begin again.

Never mind, we can’t, the time has already passed.

The march was clear as the day began.

Breeding violence with words and action.

Clamping down on all kinds of numbers.

Those who breach can’t reverse the high.

The impact was severe. The damage was done.

Count to one, let’s not do this again.

Remember, we don’t have to, a choice not realized.

The break was evident as night fell.

Pointing fingers with bullhorns and crutches.

Refusing to believe this was a lie.

Those who return can’t produce an apology.

The sentence was swift. The death was historical.

Journal Entry Type #73: Two Yokes Equals Good Fortune?

Okay, so 2021 is off to a great start. I wish I had many things on my list to back it up. I suppose it’s a mediocre start to a New Year. The U.S. keeps starving for unwanted attention and showing how stupid we are when it comes to handling our differences and losses. I can’t believe I wrote my last journal entry type only two days ago. The U.S. got the results of the Georgia election but that was overshadowed by U.S. insurrectionists. Mind you the last time the U.S. Capitol was overtaken by a group of people was the War of 1812. I won’t say anything more about this. The whole world has seen and heard enough.

Because of all this drama, I took the last three days including today not writing and trying to remain calm during the storm. I made more of a resolve to incorporate things to relax today. I thought of simple images I could design and color to relax after my rewrite. I did a favor and forced myself to stretch my body for 30 minutes. I suggest this to anyone as stretching is good. I’ve jogged a few times since January 1st and did yoga that almost killed me because I’m not used to it anymore. I finished my puzzle I said I wouldn’t start until after I finished my rewrite. My justification is that it’s only 500 pieces.

This morning it dawned on me how crazy it was to have two yokes in my egg after I cracked it. I made fried eggs and this is the first time I’ve come across this. I had to look it up. It’s a rare occurrence with one out of 1,000 chance. I’m not that superstitious so it’s a good thing it won’t result in death, but I will take the good fortune whatever that means. What’s the purpose of this blog? It might be don’t take yourself too seriously all the time, but let others be serious when necessary (what happened at the Capitol not included). More bad things will happen in 2021, but so will the good things. 2021 is a resetting in many ways for people. Take it because it’s yours.

Trifecta #49

More You Know: Top 100 U.S. Cities Keeping NY Resolutions

If you’re wondering what U.S. cities that keep their promises in terms of its people with NY resolutions, the partial list is below by Wallet Hub. If you want to know their full list and other information, click on the photo below. It gives you the methodology used as well.

Rank U.S. City/State
1Scottsdale, AZ
2Salt Lake City, UT
3Seattle, WA
4Irvine, CA
5San Diego, CA
6Overland Park, KS
7San Francisco, CA
8Fremont, CA
9Raleigh, NC
10San Jose, CA
10Plano, TX
12Atlanta, GA
13Huntington Beach, CA
14Austin, TX
15Columbia, MD
16Virginia Beach, VA
17Chandler, AZ
18Charleston, SC
19Tempe, AZ
20Madison, WI
21Boise, ID
22Portland, ME
23Orlando, FL
24Minneapolis, MN
25Gilbert, AZ
26Tampa, FL
27Portland, OR
28Charlotte, NC
29Colorado Springs, CO
30Lincoln, NE
31Omaha, NE
32Denver, CO
33Honolulu, HI
34Fargo, ND
35Durham, NC
36Sioux Falls, SD
37St. Petersburg, FL
38South Burlington, VT
39Fort Lauderdale, FL
40Washington, DC
41Peoria, AZ
42Jacksonville, FL
43Grand Rapids, MI
44Phoenix, AZ
45Pittsburgh, PA
46Las Vegas, NV
47Sacramento, CA
48Nashua, NH
49Bismarck, ND
50Houston, TX
51Chesapeake, VA
52Los Angeles, CA
53Glendale, AZ
54Pembroke Pines, FL
55Mesa, AZ
56West Valley City, UT
57Cape Coral, FL
58Oceanside, CA
59Boston, MA
60Henderson, NV
61Fort Worth, TX
62Rancho Cucamonga, CA
63Pearl City, HI
64Cedar Rapids, IA
65Lexington-Fayette, KY
66Chicago, IL
67Tucson, AZ
68Miami, FL
69Burlington, VT
70Albuquerque, NM
71San Antonio, TX
72Nashville, TN
73Chula Vista, CA
74Reno, NV
75Dallas, TX
76Santa Rosa, CA
77Rapid City, SD
78Kansas City, MO
79Des Moines, IA
80Columbus, OH
81Santa Clarita, CA
82Arlington, TX
83St. Paul, MN
84Oklahoma City, OK
85Vancouver, WA
86Oakland, CA
87Spokane, WA
88Cheyenne, WY
89El Paso, TX
90Billings, MT
91Modesto, CA
92Cincinnati, OH
93Tacoma, WA
94St. Louis, MO
95Greensboro, NC
96New York, NY
97Huntsville, AL
98Garden Grove, CA
99Aurora, CO
100Anaheim, CA

Journal Entry Type #72: So are the Days of Our Lives

I have to say it’s really hard not to stay tuned to the news when the U.S. is still in the midst of their election (one state, Georgia, in a runoff) and then the Congressional counting of the Electoral votes (House and Senate) on January 6th. There’s going to be objections from both House and Senate Republicans. While this is nothing new, it holds a different kind of spotlight in 2021. The phone call done by Donald Trump should answer for itself, but as many Americans like myself, I just want the whole damn thing to be over. I have never been more glued to the TV as I have in the last four years. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I want politics to normalize a little bit, but I’m not naive to think Republicans will stop their schtick or more seriously, their seditiousness when the House rules that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won. I’ve been going as strong as I can in my rewrite to finish it up. I’m closer than I was a day ago and have about 50 pages left before I send it to someone to proofread. This is what I should really be focusing on all the time. I hope too very soon no matter which side wins in Georgia.

I could say so much more, but I’m less inclined to rattle on and on because I’m tired. When I say I’m sick of the shit show happening on the political stage in the U.S., it’s an understatement. I don’t understand why it’s so hard to help regular American folks who are literally waiting in food lines to feed their families. It really bothers me and yet there isn’t much I can do. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head and that my unemployment hasn’t run out, but if my unemployment runs out and I’m still not working, well you know the outcome of that. I struggle and then some. I try not to think about the what ifs, but the reality of the situation needs realistic viewpoints. If the U.S. leaders (both corporate and governmental) could get their heads out of the sand, maybe things would change. I’m going to tell you right now, the U.S. is not number one in the world for many reasons. Sure, we have a great military, but what good is that when we can’t even give some of our citizens the basic needs to live. And please, spare me the label of being a liberal snowflake, which I’ve been called before. I take it in stride but now is not the time to be flinging stupid names around. So yes this far into 2021, I’m a little frustrated at the struggles most Americans are going through and the unnecessary struggles the ones in power thrust upon us.

With all my talk of politics in this blog, trust me I’m looking forward to speaking less about it. I really think America has been in a do or die time for a while. The powers need to restructure, recalculate, and make the changes necessary so the U.S. doesn’t fall further into becoming a democracy disguised as some other form of government. There was a splintering of the Democratic party when the Progressives made their voices heard in 2016 as there is now a splintering in the Republican party with those who are objecting to the 2020 presidential election. The most damaging outcome is Donald Trump’s blatant goal to undermine the success of any administration other than his own. I hope Washington, D.C. can accomplish something in the next four years, but if not, I would also hope people realize it takes all parties to tango. Some a lot more than others and right now, it’s clear to me who is the more stubborn moving party. Maybe we need to change the power of the two party system in America? Maybe I need to change my views and say get rid of the electoral voting system? How can it be that a handful of states dictates who wins the Presidential election four years after four years? That doesn’t seem very representative. I’ve exhausted all I needed to say and thanks for reading this if you did. I’m going to go jogging now (my second time this month) to let off some steam and get more energy.

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