Wednesday, February 6, 2019

If It Weren’t For the Rust (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    

This week's words are:

1. consternation
2. tourist
3. attached
4. fresh
5. specific
6. memory


1. advantages
2. amount
3. spray
4. reef
5. ouch
6. living

Much to his CONSTERNATION, the TOURIST had ATTACHED herself to him like a piece of coral on the REEF they were above.

She was relentless in her questions, and in LIVING MEMORY he could not think of anyone asking for so many species SPECIFIC details on what they were seeing.

No AMOUNT of dodging shook her loose, even as he worked with others to prepare them for the snorkeling adventure they were about to have.  There were so many ADVANTAGES to working in this paradise, but tourists like her were not one of them.

He'd hoped she'd be as tired as he was by the end of the snorkeling, but she came out of the water with a FRESH batch of questions as she shook the water out of her hair, SPRAYing everyone around her.  Even his long-suffering captain yelling "OUCH" as she removed her equipment with vigor and bopped him on the head with it did not douse her ardor.

This was one day he couldn't wait to get home.


Today is:

Aldus Day -- death anniversary of Aldus Manutius, inventor of italics

Asahikawa Winter Festival -- Asahikawa, Japan (through the 11th)

Bob Marley Day / Reggae Day -- Jamaica (birth anniversary)

Gamelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate)

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation -- United Nations

Lame Duck Day -- US, on the anniversary of the passage of the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution; a day to recognize those whose tenure is running out

National Chopsticks Day

Oto Matsuri -- Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (fire festival)

Pay-A-Compliment Day

Rubik-Cube Muddling Championships -- Fairy Calendar

Sami National Day -- Finland, Norway, Russian, and Sweden

St. Dorothy of Caesarea's Day (Patron of brewers, brides, florists, gardeners, midwives, newlyweds; Pescia, Italy)

St. Peter Baptist's Day (Patron of Caceres, Philippines; Japan)

Vancouver International Boat Show -- Vancouver, BC, Canada (with two venues in the city, there is sure to be enough to delight even the pickiest sailors; through Sunday)

Waitangi Day -- Maori, New Zealand and Niue (treaty with Britain, 1840; also considered National Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Accession of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952 (upon the death of her father, George VI)
Massachusetts becomes the 6th US State, 1788
The College of William and Mary in Virginia is founded by royal charter, 1693

Birthdays Today:

Axl Rose, 1962
Barry Miller, 1958
Kathy Najimy, 1957
Robert Townsend, 1957
Natalie Cole, 1950
Bob Marley, 1945
Michael Tucker, 1944
Fabian, 1943
Gayle Hunnicutt, 1943
Gigi Perreau, 1941
Tom Brokaw, 1940
Mike Farrell, 1939
Francois Truffant, 1932
Rip Torn, 1931
Mamie Van Doren, 1931
Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1919
Mary Leakey, 1913
Ronald Reagan, 1911
Babe Ruth, 1895
Aaron Burr, 1756
Nicolaus II Bernoulli, 1695
Chongzhen, Emperor of China, 1611
Christopher Marlowe, 1564

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Masque of Kings"(Play), 1936
"Rhenisch"(Schumann's 3rd Symphony), 1851

Today in History:

The United States signs its first treaty, in which France recognizes the US and promises aid, 1778
New Jersey issues the first US railroad charter to John Stevens, 1815
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore, 1819
The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia, 1820
Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony, 1840
Harper's Weekly publishes the first picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers, 1869
The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Netherlands' Senate ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree, 1900
The Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC, 1902
The "Monopoly" board game goes on sale for the first time, 1935
Turkey holds its first election in which women can vote, 1935
K Elizabeth Ohi becomes the first Japanese-US female lawyer, 1937
Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom and several other realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, George VI, 1952
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit, 1959
Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed, 1987
The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe, 1989
Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile, 2000
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes significant damage to villages along the coast of the Solomon Islands, 2013
Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha, 2017
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, 2018


  1. Couldn't wait for tomorrow morning, had to visit today and I'm glad I did. I love your story. I have a neighbour who causes me consternation :(

  2. Sigh.
    I hope that no-one at home causes him any consternation and that tomorrow's tourists are MUCH more amenable. Love your story.

  3. Hmm, good use of the prompts, but isn't he a bit ... I mean if it's his job to take tourists diving at the reef, shouln't he be glad for a person really showing interest in what theyre seeing and doing? Too many moron-like tourists just do things to tick them off their list. One like her would make my day, not ruin it - that is if her questions are not stupid, but my impression is, that they are not.

  4. Mimi,

    We have an outdoor firepit like that, except ours is black. Unfortunately, we haven't had many opportunities to use it. We really ought to change that and yet we do nothing about it. Your story is good with the prompts at hand. I always admire the job you do with weaving the words together forming a scene in my head. :) Have a good day, dearheart!

  5. Luckily I'm consternationless heheh!

    Have a tanfastical week :-)

  6. I like that fire pit. The rust looks good on it. I was going to say it gives it character, but that didn't sound right.

  7. Those fire pit thingys are super popular these days.

  8. I have a very similar fire pit thingy moldering in the garage...

  9. A nice warm fire is always a nice thing!

  10. I bet that fire pit could tell some stories!

  11. Leave it to Congress to pass a lame duck bill that doesn't really apply to them. Every day should is a good day to pay someone a compliment because you just might be the bright spot in their day. Thank you for hosting this blog and all of the research you do to make it happen. Have a blessed week.

  12. I love fire pits. They make going outside in cold weather very comfortable. If you can get close enough that is.

    I always enjoy your stories. You use word prompts very well. I could feel the frustration in that young man.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  13. Such a plethora of information here! Love it. ☺ Some rust paint might restore that smoker. Great use of all the words for the prompt. Happy Wednesday to you.

  14. now this is a well aged fire pit!

  15. I love those things. A wire brush, some rustoleum and it is as good as new.

  16. It looks like somebody didn't take good care of it. It looks like something I would do LOL. I believe what joeh in his comment. some work is done and after that you'll have a wonderful fire pit. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  17. Great fire pit and will look great when it is lit!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. That is so funny- and probably true :)

  19. Where would bloggers without italics?

    In long summer days, all will enjoy that firepit.

  20. Rust is not usually a good thing....but the patina and design it's made is very interesting. Hopefully, it will continue to bring you many cozy nights by the fire pit.

  21. Good story for wfw, pesky tourist!


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