Sunday, January 2, 2011

Just a dab will do 'ya'...


It's 2011 and I wonder how long it will take me to stop writing and thinking it's still 2010? I did remember the change yesterday mainly because I'm a techie and numbers like 010111 are more than a little interesting. Does anyone else get a kick out of number patterns?

Well, I'm way off topic tonight as we head into Microfiction Monday #64. Our host Susan, over at Stony River, posts a picture and asks us to compose a "story" in 140 characters or less (including spaces and punctuation). I also struggled a bit with this week's picture-I didn't want to do the obvious but I ended up giving in and going with my gut on this one. Here is this week's picture and my prose:


Carlos motioned the gentleman closer. "Gapacho, look, just for you. Texaco grease-fix your car, your hair, and attract the ladies!" (136 characters) *Note: "Gapacho" means foreigner.

Now I almost gave up on a poem tonight even though I thrive on challenges. My major mistake was trying to write it while guiding my kids to bed, and the words just wouldn't come. I also thought I would tackle it in a couplet, but that was not to be. Here is what I came up with:

He tugged my sleeve
And lured me in
To gaze upon
A tiny tin
Grow hair, tame curls
Add color, get shine
For just pesos
The tin was mine
(Another 136 characters-interesting...)

Well, I hope none of you are having the trouble I was having, and I look forward to reading your posts. And if you are new, why not try your hand at 140 characters of less-just be sure to link up at Stony River.

I promised some upcoming reviews, but it took me a while to get back into the blog after being away for a week-just know that I will be doing these in the next couple days. Happy New Year everyone!

32 comments:

  1. The first one reminds me of a long-ago Saturday Night Live special--"It's a floor polish! It's a dessert topping!" Good one.

    I really like your poem--it scans well, plus it's hilarious!

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  2. Talk about a double-pleasure, both of your flash tales hit the spot!

    Happy New Year!
    SparkleFarkle~~~~~*

    P.S. Sorry if this turns up as a duplicate post. My first attempt at commenting snagged a White Screen. If you end up reading this twice, just think of it as "doubling your pleasure." LOL!

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  3. You did great this week, Susan!! I love them both! Just the giggle I needed for the evening! Hope your new year is off to a great start! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. Hey Susan, HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

    I think I remember what Pat was talking about. Your story reminded me of a commercial; now I believe it was from the old SNL.

    Your second reminds me of my 90 year old friend, a widower, who invites ladies to his home to see pictures of his Spring Texas Bluebonnets. I told him he reminded me of the old 'come see my etchings' line joke.
    ..

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  5. I thought he looked hispanic too!

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  6. Ah, that wily Carlos is SO convincing! Fun story!
    Happy New Year!

    :)

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  7. wow, very nice poem, I couldn't come up with a poem this time, nothing came to mind but I love yours.

    I know what you mean about the dates, it feels a little weird when the numbers line up like that.

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  8. Both of your offerings are great. Your poem made me laugh out loud and I am pretty sure I know the salesman from your first story.

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  9. That poem is fantastic! Well done.

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  10. I giggled at those! You did a great job!

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  11. Both are good, but your poem really made me smile. Nice going.

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  12. Enjoyed both the micro and poem. Nicely done.
    I'm back blogging now, with a new blog.

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  13. Both utterly brilliant and (might attract the flies too!) I love the new background. :O)

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  14. Love the story and the poem. I could actually hear the accent in the story.

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  15. Oh both are great and very clever takes! Wonderful.

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  16. LOVE the second one. Too clever! :O)

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  17. I love both of them. : ) Happy New Year!

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  18. You're two great MF just reminds me when I'm having trouble to not give up!
    Just wonderful Susan!

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  19. I thought you was talking about a cold vegetable soup....

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  20. Gotta like that One Stop Shopping, Very Nice Susann I enjoyed these.

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  21. your poem is wonderful!! glad you didn't give up on it

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  22. Terrific job on both, and I learned a new Spanish word. :) I like your poem, too; doesn't seem like putting the kids to bed was a deterrent!

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  23. Susan,
    Loved the poem...you are so good at these. Glad you didn't give up. Both good MM's this week!

    ~Jean

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  24. Liked them both. I played for the first time. Better late than never.

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  25. lovely done...
    enjoyed the rhymes.

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  26. Gotta love those all-purpose products! :))

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  27. Wow, wish I got so inspired and poetic putting my kids to bed! Enjoyed both of yours, Susan.

    Happy New Year.

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  28. OK--totally impressed with your rhyme-ability and love the concept!!
    Happy New Year!

    :)

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  29. Susan, you're so GOOD at these! Loved them both. Your take on the picture is perfect in both of them.

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