Looking For A Vice

Jennifer was ready for the big announcement.  Her boss was promoting someone to move up into the vice president’s spot as the current one was retiring.  She had given 30 years to the company joining right after college and had moved up nicely through the years.  She knew there were only a handful of people that could move up and she had seniority over each of them.

Steve stepped out of his office and said, “Can I have your attention everybody?  A decision has been made for the new vice president.  First of all, I want to thank Hank for his many years in this position.  He implemented a lot of positive things for this company.  Thank you, Hank.  I have a little gift for you.”

Hank came towards Steve and they shook hands then Steve gave him a small box.  Hank opened it finding a gold Rolex watch.  He seemed very surprised and gave a small speech then stepped back towards his office.

Steve said, “This decision on Hank’s replacement has not been an easy one.  We took into consideration experience, education and devotion to the company.  I would like to introduce you all to the next vice president, Robert Caldwell.  The office gave a nice round of applause for Robert and Jennifer’s mind started racing.

As soon as the meeting was over, and all the congratulations and good lucks were passed around Jennifer sat down at her desk.  She turned to her computer and did a little typing and then pressed print.  She stood up and went to the printer, picked up the piece of paper and went to Steve’s office.

He started to say something first and she just said, “No, read this Steve.” She handed him her sheet of paper.  After the letter head there was one sentence typed.  “I resign.”  Her signature followed and she turned on her heels, grabbed the few things at her desk that were personal, and she walked right out the doors.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – resign https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/29/fowc-with-fandango-resign/

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She has had enough

Life is too chaotic

She must find a way

To focus on calm

To find clarity again

To once more be centered

She draws a bath

And sinks into the warm waters

The tub like a comforting hug

Breathing deeply

She feels peace

Slowly wash over her

Like sun breaking through

On a cloudy day

She washes away

The ugliness of the day

The hate and lies she’s faced

The evils of society

And the sadness she feels

She stays until the waters grow cold

And she is finally relaxed

Hoping it will last

She steps out

Clinging to the feelings

Of an inner harmony

And she thinks she will make it

Through one more day

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – tub https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/27/fowc-with-fandango-tub/

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Polka Dots

Fandango’s word for today is innuendo … I have not looked at that word the same since 1986. And since I know a couple of my followers are having a bit of a rough time I think we could all use a laugh. So, sit back and take a listen to Polka Dot Undies…

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – innuendo https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/26/fowc-with-fandango-innuendo/

First Date

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“Well, that was a wonderful dinner Jeff, thanks so much,” Karen said with a slight smile.  “I should probably be headed back home now.  I do have to work in the morning.”

“Karen you are more than welcome.  Please let me take you home, I hate to see this night end.”  Jeff helped Karen into her coat and walked towards the door of the nearly empty restaurant.

“Oh, I don’t want to make you do that I can call an Uber.”

As they stood out on the sidewalk Karen had her phone in her hand.  Jeff reached over to touch her hand and said, “Please Karen?”

“Alright, it has been a nice evening.”

The two of them got into Jeff’s car and he started the car.  As he put the car into gear the door automatically locked, and Karen noticed for the first time there was no handle on her door.  She began to get a queasy feeling.  “Jeff, I live up on Suncrest Blvd, it is about half-way down the block from Third Street.”

Jeff said nothing.  Just kept driving with a serious look on his face.  Karen grew scared, “Which way are you going?”

Suddenly in a much different tone of voice Jeff said, “I know a shortcut.

Karen figured he was driving to the city limits.  She had to think fast there was not much longer until they would be out of an area with any hope to get help.  Starting like a low growl Jeff slowly began to laugh, a very deep sinister laugh.  Karen said, “You can drop me off here please.”

Jeff just laughed louder.  Now was Karen’s chance.  He was laughing so much and slowing for a stop light.  She slowly reached into her purse and removed her hand quickly as she pushed the tab on the can of pepper spray aiming for Jeff’s eyes. He slammed on the breaks and cried out in pain.  She threw the gearshift into park and used the point on the end of the pepper spray canister to break her window.

Karen reached out to grab the door handle outside the car and swung the door open.  She went to jump out but had forgotten her seatbelt.  She fumbled for the latch and just as she was about to jump again headlights came up behind them and Karen felt her biggest swell of hope.

Jeff, recovering from the spray, was gunning the engine trying to go forward.  He realized it was in park just as Karen jumped.  The car took off, slamming into her legs as they had not cleared the door yet.  She fell to the pavement and blacked out.

Three days later she awakened in the hospital.  Much of what she had been through was still hard to remember.  She learned she had badly broken her leg and had a serious concussion.  It turns out the car behind them was a retired police sergeant and he quickly got the license plate information to the police when he called 911.  The police caught up with Jeff in no time and found he had abducted and killed two women in different states.  He would face a lifetime in prison.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – shortcut https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/25/fowc-with-fandango-shortcut/


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I’m not like the women you’ve know,

I’m far from a size five beauty.

I have never been seen as glamorous

Or a prize men would love to win.

You say I really caught your eye

And that you are intrigued;

But more and more I feel that I

Am less than what you need.

You reference the women of your past,

So how can I compete;

When they are still on pedestals

And I am so, well,


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – reference https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/24/fowc-with-fandango-reference/

Mumbles … Maniac

There is only one thing that comes to mind when I hear the word maniac. A few years back George Carlin did a bit on driving that was very funny. His take was the slow drivers were idiots and the fast ones were maniacs. Here is a little taste of that bit… wish I could have found the whole thing. He was a great comedic mind that I still miss. My mom would always say it would be fun to take a vacation in his head for a day. I’m not sure I could have lasted a day. Here it is…

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – Maniac https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/23/fowc-with-fandango-maniac/

Fandango’s Friday Flashback – May 22

(I am about 2 hours past Friday but shhh, no one will notice.)

This week for Fandango’s Friday Flashback (FFF) we are going back to 2017 to this post for the daily prompt unmoored…


Castles In The Air

My hopes become unmoored

Along the sea of dreams,

To set sail on the night sky.

Drifting between the stars,

They trail down the milky way

Chasing comet tails.

They are searching for their destiny –

A vision in the darkness,

Of fantasy and wishes.

Mumbles … Block

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Let me mumble a little while.  Word Press is once again “improving” things.  This time it is the block editor.  I used it last night and it is not too awful bad, but that is on my laptop.  I have heard if you blog on your phone it is different.  The only major problem I came up with is I was unable to find the place to mark what category it was.  I did find the tag section when I went to post so I know I don’t have to hashtag everything.  Maybe it is a link in that section?  Anyway those who are wondering about it, I found it was not too bad.  You have to take your time and look over everything, but I am sure we will all get used to it in the long haul.  I did see that it is not mandatory so that is a saving grace for those of you who blog on the phone.

Now I think I am going to block out the world and try to get some sleep.  Have to go out and face civilization tomorrow… still not feeling brave enough to go without a mask.  I don’t want to catch it and I certainly don’t want to give it to someone if I am asymptomatic.  At least the store is close by (only about 15 blocks) and I HOPE there are not a lot of people out, but it is a holiday weekend so who knows!

Stay safe everyone!  (((HUGS)))

Getting Better With Age

(This is my maiden voyage with the new block editor… if it is messed up, I blame WordPress. Ha ha!)

Just like a fine wine

You get better with age.

Your laugh lines show more

And your hair starts to grey

(In that salt and pepper way).

I can easily see how

You’re a classic now.

And deep in my heart

You will be treasured

Like a rare antique car

That still purrs like a kitten

And runs like a dream.

For you are in my dreams,

My past,

And thankfully

My future.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – classic https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/21/fowc-with-fandango-classic/

#aging #dailyprompt #FOWC #classic #love

(never did find a place to mark category so I just did hashtags. Does anyone know where the category selection is in the block editing?)