Alas Poor ‘Droid

Putting My Feet in the Dirt: #21 Terrible Traffic and  Peaceful Pathways

Vincent van Gogh


Over the weekend my phone went to Silicone Heaven.

Unlike what I’ve seen people go through when their phones give up the ghost, I didn’t exactly go into a panic.

I don’ t keep anything on it, I have an old fashioned  address book so I’m not going to lose any contact info. I don’t even store pictures on it.

So when my phone-which I’ve had for six years and got for free because of a real old plan that was grandfathered into Verizon’s plans  that gave me a brand new top of the line phone for just signing up again ( those sweet days are gone )  I wasn’t in a hurry to replace it even when niftier models came out. I mean. Those  phones weren’t going to be free.

It was funny to see that phone struggle to function. I mean, it was impressive. But I pulled the battery and set it aside and let it go into the eternal night.

Of course my new phone is on back order, but I’ll get it soon enough and in the mean time I got a burner phone and believe it or not I have a landline.

Still. I was fond of that little phone of mine, it served me well. Like it or not, it was always there and I probably touched it as much as I pet my dog .

On the other hand, since it went into the great beyond my days are so quiet and I like that.

I suppose I should enjoy it before my new phones arrive and I’m back on the leash again and those calm, peaceful  sweet days  when I was free to roam through my life without  the entire internet beeping and buzzing for me to pay attention to it are gone.


In a Second

RDP  Wednesday: Breach

“Thelonius Monk” 1959
Photographer: Herb Snitzer

In that second

before silence turns to sound

In that moment

before the darkness is filled with light


In that moment when there was nothing at all

something opened the breach

and let the emptiness out.


I wonder where it went to,

which attic, which basement whose bed it’s hiding under now

don’t you?

Mr O’Hara’s Plums

Word of The Day Challenge: Grounds

Vincent van Gogh’s last painting ‘Tree Roots’

” You kids can’t play here! ” Mr O’ Hara used to bellow from his back porch.

He’d stand there  with a bottle of something that would burn his throat as it went down and holler and curse into his overgrown Plum orchard for hours at a time about those trashy kids treating his property like their own private playground.

When he carried on,  the bees who were feasting on the over ripe plums that had fallen to the ground would buzz louder and some of them would fly up into the sky and fly around the tops of the trees and watch him turning redder and redder as he carried on.

Convinced that he wasn’t going to stumble down the broken flagstone path into the orchard where the grass was as high as your waist and treacherous patches of nettles patiently waited for careless wanderers, the bees would return to their meals.

Mr O’ Hara’s Plum Orchard always smelled a little dusty, a little moldy a little rotten no matter how green the leaves on the trees were.

There was a time when the crows visited the Plum orchard because Mr O’ Hara not only grew delicious plums ( which the crows weren’t crazy about,but they did like resting in the trees ) but sometimes resting under the trees were meals fit for a king and the Crows would help themselves until Mr. O’Hara showed up with his shovel and chased them away.

The Crows took his anger in stride, after all he fed them well.

At the end of last Summer, when most of the plums had either rotted away or been eaten by the bugs and the birds, the Crows saw Mr. O’ Hara stumble down his porch, they watched him trip over the broken flagstones and they saw him stumble into the over grown grass.

” I know you kids are out here! I told you what I’d do if I caught you out here, didn’t I? Well didn’t I? So why are you here? ” Mr. O’ Hara was carrying a spade.

It was rusty and the handle was bleached bone white.

They heard the grass crunching under Mr. O’ Hara’s feet. They could smell him and they could taste his anger…and his fear.

One crow called out to another and then that crow called out to crows further away and in minutes the sky was black with crows.

Mr O’ Hara went further towards the back of the orchard and just before he got to the fence line he stopped. He stamped around. Then the crows saw him raise his spade over his shoulder and he drove it into the ground.

” I told you kids what I’d do if I caught you here…I told you!”

The crows were as loud as an ocean wave crashing against slick green rocks.

Then  the Murder of Crows heard a crack and then another crack and then the air was filled with dust and bones and  they saw Mr. O’Hara pitch head first into the sink hole he had opened up.

The crows stopped cawing and they listened. Even the bees stopped buzzing.

Mr O’Hara yelled for a very long time and when he was done the crows and the bees had a little more to eat for the next few days then Mr O’Hara’s plums.