Flash Fiction #236

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

FAIR TRADE

How do you get down off an elephant?
You don’t!  You get down off a duck.

I got a dog for my wife.
Seems like a good swap.

I saw a sign that said, Watch For Children.
I thought, that’s a fair trade.

Maybe I could get the Traders to exchange some new jokes for these old ones.  I would trade two weeks of COVID isolation for a fortnight visit to Wilmington, NC, to see how it took 75 years for Southerners to trade their insecure, racist bigotry, for acceptance, and peaceful coexistence.  It’s still not perfect, but it’s better.

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23 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #236

  1. Daniel Digby says:

    In our zoo’s elephant building, a sign asks “How do you make an elephant lay down?”. I guessed that first you had to make it lay an egg.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I’d be so busy being pedantic over ‘Lie’ vs. ‘Lay,’ that I’d entirely miss the joke. Crossword clue after clue says ‘racetrack shape,’ and the answer is always Oval. 😥 I insist that it’s an ellipse, or a flattened ellipse. An oval is a special-case ellipse, egg-shaped, with one end larger that the other. The (sort-of-triangular) NASCAR track at Dover, Delaware, is the closest to oval. 😳

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    We spent a lot of time in Wilmington when we lived in N.C. Lots of history, not all of it good.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s getting better (I think – I hope – Trump notwithstanding).
      If you had your ‘druthers, would you prefer to live ‘down south,’ or have you come to love beautiful New England? 😕 🙂

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      • Rivergirl says:

        While there are things I miss about the south… mild winters, hospitality, sandy beaches and hush puppies…. I was born a Yankee and will always be a Yankee at heart. New England for me all the way.

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  3. Dear Archon,

    I was in Wilmington in August visiting my brother and his wife. It was hot, but lovely. Spent most of the time on the beach. Yes, new jokes are in order. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Archon's Den says:

      The times we’ve been down that way – Myrtle Beach, Santee, and Charleston – we’ve gone in October. It’s not tourist season, not crowded, not blazingly hot (Perhaps KC natives find August temps normal) more like Ontario in summer.
      I’m constantly downloading new jokes. I publish a comedy post every other Monday. It was just that ‘down’, and ‘swap’, and ‘trade,’ seemed apt. 😀

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  4. James McEwan says:

    Marlene was run over by a bus.
    We didn’t see that coming.

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  5. lol (´∇ノ`*)ノ

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  6. Let me trader joke with you –

    What’s an island?
    Land surrounded by water except on one side.
    One side?
    Yes, the top.

    Here’s mine!

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  7. granonine says:

    It’s definitely better. I find it interesting that southern cities, by and large, are not being torched. Just northern ones.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Interesting observation. Being Canadian, I hadn’t thought of that. 🙂

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      • granonine says:

        They’re in Lancaster, PA right now. The rural area is heavily Amish, people who will rarely fight back. I haven’t heard of any Amish being attacked. Yet.

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      • Archon's Den says:

        I’m in Kitchener, ON, almost due north of Erie, PA, across Lake Erie. This area is filled with Mennonites, indistinguishable from Amish to an outsider, They trekked here from Lancaster, and Bucks County 200 years ago, to escape religious persecution from the peace-loving Amish.
        Is Granonine the end of the line – there will be no more?? Are there/will there be reasons for you to be a Great-Granonine?? 😕 😀

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      • granonine says:

        While the Amish refuse to go to war, they’re pretty harsh to their own who leave the faith. That’s what happens when you follow man-made rules, not biblically established.

        I won’t have any more grands, I’m almost certain. But my oldest grand is 23 and in a strong relationship. You just never know 🙂

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  8. Anita says:

    Some trade-offs will help.But, will they be accepted?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      In general, I think that acceptance will continue to increase, but there will always be those who are so desperate to believe that they are special, and the best, that they will never accept anyone different from them – male/female, black/white, gay/straight, Christian/Non-Christian. I just listened to a Christian Apologist admit that Atheists do good deeds but, They don’t do them for the right reason. 😯 👿

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