Flash Fiction #158

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HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN

He’d thought through this move and job change well…. At least he thought he’d thought it through well.  More money, better perks, better advancement chances – yup!  Best of all, no more Pennsylvania winters, so cold they froze his ballpoint pens off, and shovelling snow, drifted as high as an elephant’s aah…..  eye.

Only after moving did he think – if Atlanta’s that warm in the winter, how hot is it in the summer?? Don’t Georgia houses automatically come with air-conditioning?  Praise Saint George Carrier!  What was his promised installation date again??  He might have to sleep in the office until then.  😯

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

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Click on the title if you’d like to hear Leon Redbone sing A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight, a happy little ditty from 1927, a time of Flappers, bathtub gin, and no worries about nuclear war.

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27 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #158

  1. I enjoyed reading this. Hope he gets his air conditioning before that Atlanta summer hits! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Me too. A tour guide explained to the wife and I, how homes in Charleston were built to take advantage of every breeze, but at least Charleston gets some sea breezes. Atlanta??…. 😯

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  2. BrainRants says:

    A photo that captures the essence of Atlanta summers – droopy fan blades. Been there, done that, and our protagonist will have to make sure his pens don’t boil and leak ink.

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  3. Dale says:

    Funny how that works, eh? Too cold, to too hot. Let’s hope the A/C gets fixed before he cooks!
    Great old tune, too 😉

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Some of us are never happy, unless we have something to complain about. I think he’ll keep his cool.
      I chose the Redbone version because I find his performances strangely attractive. He’s an oddity, and an anachronism. I saw him with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show several times. Bessie Smith, or Louis Prima and Keely Smith’s versions are as good or better. 🙂

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  4. Mike says:

    If only we could mix the two weathers together. Then again, alternatively boiled and freeze dried. No thanks I’m staying in Yorkshire, and putting up with rain, rain, rain and rain again.🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Here in Southern Ontario, I’d settle for rain, rain, rain. On April 14th, my rain got thick and white, and there’s 3/4 of an inch of it lying on my deck and sidewalks. 😯

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    Haha! Not such careful planning after all! I hope the job opportunities compensate!

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  6. Dear Archon,

    Every region has its advantages and disadvantages, doesn’t it? I felt the heat through your words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. lisarey1990 says:

    A very enjoyable read.

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  8. wait till he sees the Atlanta traffic…

    Good yarn.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I don’t know what surface traffic is like in Atlanta. I’ve only been through on I-75 several times. The first time, I got to witness a serious rear-ender in the next lane. About ten years ago, we came in from Augusta, and went 1/4 way around on the ring-road, to go north on I-75….at rush-hour! I think the wife’s still got her hands over her eyes. 😳

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  9. jillyfunnell says:

    I like the ball point pens! He’s obviously cracking on with his research, albeit a little bit later than is wise. Witty story, full of information too.

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  10. Fun story, I hope he gets his air-con in time, extreme heat can be so uncomfortable

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  11. James McEwan says:

    I liked this character, “Freezing his ballpoint pens off.”

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  12. granonine says:

    Aw, Pennsylvania’s not that bad 🙂 We actually had a mild winter until March came along, and April is being rather fickle, too. It was 80 degrees here on Friday and Saturday, back down to 40 yesterday and today. If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment. I went to do some research for my answer and got caught in an ice storm. We live about 90 miles north of Erie, PA, so our weather is quite similar.
      I plan to publish a post around June 18, which includes a trip down and up on PA 19, small towns including Du Bois, a Weyerhaeuser company town, a Pittsburgh Glass company town, and the Johnstown flood. Please stop by and leave your impression of it. 🙂

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      • granonine says:

        I have never spent much time in that area–we’re always on our way to or from somewhere else when we pass through that end of the state. Lots of interesting things out there, though.

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