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Working Conditions

“This way.” Ken jangled the keys as he walked through the storage unit.

“You expect me to organize your storage unit for minimum wage?” Marge scowled. Her boss never knew where to draw the line. “I expect hazard pay.”

“No, no, no. It’ll be easy. We’ll just slip in and grab the box of files then head back to the office. See, I’ve got this new shelving system…” He unlocked a unit and rolled up the door.

A tower of beer cans, a trophy moose head, some tackle, and parts from a motorcycle all cascaded into the hall.

“We just need to set it up.”

The Challenge: Write a story in 100 words or less
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The Photo Credit: Amy Reese


Open Market and Hospitality in Flores

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Flores’s main claim to fame is its proximity to Komodo Island. It’s the closest place with suitable accommodations, and thus is considered a gateway to Komodo National Park. The island itself is very long and thin, running almost exactly east-west. It is essentially the ridge of a mountain range. That means there is precious little in the way of flat spots, and the roads are all very twisty.

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Suzie’s House 477 : Non-confrontational

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“What are you doing?” Miranda looked from Blind Pete to the rest of the band. Only the singer stood in the studio in front of a microphone. “No wonder you’re so badly over budget! All of you need to get in there and record it all in one go!”

Every face turned her way. Not one of them looked happy to see her.

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Must Love Dragons by Stewphanie Rowe p.234

“Alas,” Satan said. “No matter how tempting the offer is, I cannot give up the Goblet. She is mine only temporarily, and then I must return her to the dragon.”

Good boy, Satan.

He’s the nicest “Satan” I’ve ever seen.

MizB of Books and a Beat hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Books and a Beat for more detail.


Dinner on the Docks

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This particular travel company expects people to provide their own meals about half a dozen times through the course of a three week trip. This gives people a chance to explore on their own. Sometimes my mother and I opt to hang out in our room enjoying some down time and munching on whatever we might have brought with us. Cliff bars work quite well for this.

While in Flores, we had two such nights, but our guides offered to take anyone interested down to the docks to eat. This turned out to be one of the best meals along the way.

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Light Show

Deborah stopped half way up the stairs. The chandelier sent shards of light splashing all over the walls and ceiling. It was a light show she’d seen all her life. In the center of the cheerful display, the glare from a window revealed a form that left her cold. Her niece, dead now for nearly ten years.

“Mom? What’s wrong?”

“Nothing Dear,” she told her son. “Nothing at all.”

If she told him, he’d have her locked up some place where everyone would try to convince her she was crazy just like before. Better just keep it to herself.

The Challenge: Write a story in 100 words or less
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The Photo Credit: Roger Bultot


Mirror Rock Cave

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At this point our group split up. About half flew home. The rest of us continued on to Flores Island for an extra week of exploring.

We flew in, arriving mid-day. On the way from the airport to our hotel we stopped off at Mirror Rock Cave for a little light spelunking.

We were very lucky to do it during the dry season. On the walk in from the parking area to the cave you could easily see how the whole area might be boggy during the rainy season. They typically get 80 centimeters of rain per year. As it was, we encountered only a handful or mosquitoes.

There are thick groves of bamboo in the area. It’s considered particularly good bamboo because it is so solid that it can be made into furniture. Normally it would for for the equivalent of $3 for 20 meters. This particular grove belongs to the government and is not taken.

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Suzie’s House 475 : Working vs Not Working

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“It’s jarring.” Miranda’s co-worker stooped to see what was on her screen.

“Jarring’s not bad. Necessarily.” She sounded too hopeful even in her own ears.

“You should just use the canned music. It’s cheaper anyway, isn’t it?” The guy gave her a pat on the shoulder before exiting her cubicle.

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The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima p.489

“Look. I have one priority — rescuing the queen,” Han said. “And I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. If you’re not, well…”

Han is talking to the queen’s father here.

This brings me to the end of the Seven Realms series. It was fun, but I’m ready to move on.

MizB of Books and a Beat hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Books and a Beat for more detail.



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When we got on the boat to visit Trunyan Village and the Bali Aga Cemetery there were a couple of trays of offerings in the middle of the walk way. When we came back they had accumulated, spilled down the steps, and crept out onto the dock.

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Quick Decision

Jane tiptoed away from the rest of the tour group. She should have used the bathroom at the previous stop. Now, if she wanted to go, she would either have to announce the need to everyone in the group, hold it on the bus while they rattled over who knew what kinds of roads, or help herself to the nice family’s commode. She considered the choice obvious.

But where would the facilities be? She finally found a tiled room that must be it, though there was no running water. She lifted the lid of what might be the toilet. Corn.

“Hurry up, Jane. It’s time to get on the bus!”

The Challenge: Write a story in 100 words or less
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The Photo Credit: Shaktiki Sharma



150805n 877 All the places we stayed in Indonesia were quit grand. Marble floors were common. The beds were all very comfortable. Generally we each had our own double or even queen sized. Although I struggled with it, I could be sure every place offered wireless. They didn’t even charge extra for it. Every place offered some kind of breakfast. Most offered turn down service complete with sweets.

I didn’t get any pictures of the one in Jakarta. We arrived in the middle of the night to find their staff waiting up for us. They got us registered and sent to our room with gratifying speed.

It was a tall building with an elevated driveway to a wide but shallow entrance. I was so per-occupied with missing luggage and such that I didn’t’ really pay much attention.

To the left and above is the entrance to the hotel in Jogjakarta. We were there for several nights. They had the snack tray that looked like sushi, musicians who sang off-key in the foyer every evening, and the absolute best breakfast buffet with dozens of food choices available.

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Suzie’s House 474 : Pulled Over

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Jim pulled the blankets over his head and held very still. He was playing possum, but with so many people in the van, who was to say he wasn’t really sleeping? Maybe no one would even notice.

“License, registration, and proof of insurance, please.” The cop’s voice, firm and grave -the way cops all over the country always sounded, came from right above Jim’s head. It felt too close, even through Jim knew the man stood next to the driver’s side window on the other side of the seat.

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Julia Robert’s Beach

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This is at the very back of the farthest trail to the left at Uluwatu Cliffside Temple. they were very busy putting in a new segment to the trail when we arrived. I went just because I have a bad case of Down The Trail Syndrome. Though I like Julia’s acting, I feel no compulsion to visit a every place she’s done a bit of it. I don’t even know which movie that beach appears in. But if there is something to be seen, I must go. So go I did.

I found the walk way to be the most interesting part.
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A Stitch in Time

Becky pulled her chin up to look over the edge of the table at the noisy machine.

“Are… are you sure?”

“Yes,” her mother said. “This will fix it. Don’t touch that.”

Becky yanked her hand back away from the pointy thing.

The machine whirred. Mother snipped the loose threads. Then Teddy was back in Becky’s arms.

“And what did we learn from this?”

“Never put Teddy in the dishwasher. And.. and if you do, then don’t put in a whole bar of soap. Or Fluffy. Fluffy didn’t mean to scratch me or Teddy. She just didn’t like the bubbles. And call Mommy right away.”

“Close enough.”

The Challenge: Write a story in 100 words or less
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The Photo Credit: Sandra Crook