Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A Bathroom is an Odd Place for the Sign (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday, BeThere2Day, 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 to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, Alex J. Cavanaugh is providing the prompts which will be posted by Elephant's Child.     

  • Cobwebs
  • Tiger
  • Japan
  • Black
  • Cobblestones
  • Hurt



  • Atlantis
  • Pyromania
  • Guacamole
  • Energetic
  • Slither
  • Slice

Charlotte (MotherOwl) has given us Mint Green as the colour of the month.  If you can also incorporate it into your stories she (and I) will be grateful.

She sat up and tried to shake the COBWEBS out of her brain.  Which day was this, and what country?  She'd already decided these "tour five countries and ten cities in 30 days with a group of crazy strangers" trips were for the birds and made a mental note to stick to one city or country at a time in the future, and bring a friend.

Preferably a friend who didn't have a thing for PYROMANIA, like the weird guy the tour guides kept trying to pair her with because they were both single.  Even he was better than the guy whose long-suffering wife had to put up with his everlasting talk about finding the lost continent of ATLANTIS.  He's apparently made it his life work, as a sideline to his job as a college history professor, to do enough research to prove it really existed.

Meanwhile, though, she would try to act ENERGETIC and up to continuing and SLITHER out of bed early this morning.  She almost changed her mind and was about to flop back down to sleep more when she remembered she'd bought some avocados for GUACAMOLE this morning, to give herself and the nice couple from JAPAN with whom she'd made friends something different besides the usual tour "continental breakfast" of glorified bread and coffee included in each day's menu.

Not that she was going to turn down the coffee part, of course, and the lunches and dinners at nicer places mostly made up for the simple start of the day.   Except today, of course, she just wanted a change.

She decided on her Mint Green sweater today over the slacks and blouse, then washed up a bowl she'd bought as a souvenir and got the ingredients she'd bought the day before when she'd wandered a bit on her free time and found a nice farmer's market.  How they'd had avocados, well, she figured the world was shrinking and they'd certainly been priced as if they were exotic.  It was worth it, in her mind.

The slightly cheesy picture of a TIGER over the dresser in the second-rate hotel room they'd been booked in gave her the creeps, but the dresser top was the only place where she could SLICE the avocados and tomatoes and onion, with a knife she'd borrowed from the hotel restaurant kitchen.  She'd just finished and set out the tortilla chips she'd also found at a specialty shop with the fresh guac when there was a tap on the door.

The couple came in with coffee they'd grabbed from the breakfast service downstairs, he carrying two cups, one for her.  She thanked him and they sat, she on the bed and they in the two chairs in the room, with the tiny bedside table between them for the food, and ate and talked.

The wife had come in limping a little and noted, "Those BLACK COBBLESTONES HURT to walk on with heels!  We found a shoe store yesterday and found good walking shoes, and that's all I'm wearing no matter how bad they look with my outfits."

"These tours are most assuredly better for the physically fit," she noted, and they discussed some of the places they'd been, and talked a little of life back home.

Eventually, though, it was time to clear things up and return the borrowed knife to the kitchen, then board the tour bus for, oh, yes, it was Wednesday, they were in Florence.


Today is:

Ashi Vanguhi -- Ancient Persian Calendar/Zoroastrian (celebration of Ashi Vanguhi, or Holy Blessing; date approximate, always two days after a full moon around this time of year)

Dita e Clirimit -- Albania (Liberation Day)

Electronic Greetings Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Festival of Saturnia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (for the Sons of Saturn; Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto)

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People -- UN

National Chocolates Day -- yes, another one

National Lemon Creme Pie Day

National Unity Day -- Vanuatu

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting -- NY, NY, US

St. Andrew's Eve -- in many traditions, a night to fortell the future, especially whom you will marry

St. Saturnius of Toulouse's Day (Patron of Toulouse, France)

Square Dance Day -- internet generated, and fun to do, but here's some information about square dancing

Thanksgiving Day -- Norfolk Island

William Tubman's Birthday -- Liberia (it's longest serving President)

Anniversaries Today:

Erwin Rommel marries Lucie "Lu" Mollin, 1916

Birthdays Today:

Jon Knight, 1968

Don Cheadle, 1964

Andrew McCarthy, 1962

Kim Delaney, 1961

Cathy Moriarty, 1960

Jeff Fahey, 1956

Howie Mandel, 1955

Joel Coen, 1954

Garry Shandling, 1949

Petra Kelly, 1947

Chuck Mangione, 1940

Peter Bergman, 1939

John Mayall, 1933

Jacques Rene Chirac, 1932

Diane Ladd, 1932

Vin Scully, 1927

Madeline L'Engle, 1918

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., 1908

C.S. Lewis, 1898

Busby Berkeley, 1895

Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1876

Louisa May Alcott, 1832

Wendell Phillips, 1811

Christian Doppler, 1803

Charles Thomson, 1729

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Tatort"(TV), 1970

"I Want to Hold Your Hand"(Beatles single release), 1963

"Bells Are Ringing"(Musical), 1956

"Kukla, Fran, and Ollie"(TV), 1948

"Gay Divorce"(Musical), 1932

Today in History:

Jews of Augsburg, Germany, are massacred, 1349 (Sometimes, it seems, the more things change...)

King Philip II devalues Spanish currency, 1596 (See above...)

Sir James Jay invents invisible ink, 1775

San Jose, California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, 1777

Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent, 1803

First Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC), 1825

Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph, 1877

The first motorcycle race ever is held in Surrey, England; the distance was one mile and the winner was Charles Jarrot in a time of 2 minutes, 8 seconds, 1897

The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1910

Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California, 1915

Howard Carter opens the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun to the public, 1922

Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole, 1929

The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, 1944

The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine, 1947

Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space, orbits earth twice, and is successfully recovered after splashdown, 1961

Canadian Space Agency launches the satellite Alouette 2, 1965

Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California, 1972

The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution stating that Soviet Union forces should withdraw from Afghanistan, 1983

The Czechoslovakian Parliament votes to end Communist rule, 1989

The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by the following January 15, 1990

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique, 2007

Pablo Picasso's electrician reveals 271 previously unknown works he claims were gifts from the artist, 2010

NASA announces its space probe MESSENGER has almost certainly found water ice buried beneath the surface of the north pole of Mercury, 2012

Tens of thousands Indian farmers protest the agrarian crisis at parliament in Delhi, 2018

Singapore's parliament repeals the British-era law in Section 377A, decriminalizing gay sex, while introducing amendments to protect the current definition of marriage, 2022


  1. Love your story - and feel sure she has made two new friends for life.

  2. I've been on loads of group holidays, and several things in your story seemed a little familiar!

  3. The fishing sign in a bathroom is rather disgusting, but maybe it depends on the kind of bathroom. Mom would never travel in a tour group. It is so much better to go off on your own and find your own adventures without all the oddballs in the group.

  4. Good story and a funny sign in a funny place

  5. I love the "No Fishing" sign in the bathroom. In ours we have a sign that says, "NO SALES PEOPLE". I'd hate it when they call whilst I'm in the shower.

    God bless.

  6. No fishing in the bathroom. Got it. You made me laugh out loud.

    Love your use of the prompts. You're an excellent wordsmith. High heels on cobblestone streets. I'd have found some good walking shoes too.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Hugs. ♥

  7. A tour with a lot of people wouldn't appeal to me. When we cruise we try to take small private tours or a cab. The sign on the bathroom door reminded me of a time also on a cruise.
    A Chinese lady came rushing over when we were going to go in the pool. She was quite agitated and said, "fishies in pool, don't go in!" We thought someone must have caught some fish and thrown them in as a joke. Then we saw the floating faeces!

  8. Oh wonderful story created by you ~ and fun sign in the bathroom ~ lol

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had a full house 23 people... I also have a big family! Wait until Christmas... speaking of which... today I do a thorough cleaning and then start to decorate.. Woo Hoo! This is my time of year! I love it! God bless my friend and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. I love the picture! Putting aside what someone might be fishing for in the bathroom, I still want to hang one in mine.

    "Sometimes, it seems, the more things change..." How true and how very sad :(

  11. Good story and yes, that's a funny place for that sign.

  12. That was a great story. I felt like I was there. XO

  13. I seldom fish in a bathroom...unless I drop something.

  14. I loved that story! As for that sign, I'm pretty sure we don't want to catch whatever's swimming around in the bathroom. Just saying.

  15. I love your story, you used the words well. I'm still struggling to even begin.

  16. I laughed at the very involved description of washing dishes. That is great!! The picture prompt reinforces in me that I detest shopping crowds around the holidays. I've not been "Black Friday" shopping for decades. Saw a meme on FB that said: Only in America so people trample each other for things they don't need the day after giving thanks for the things they have"! Perfect. 🤣


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