My First Ride #Flashfiction #gas #car


home-made_car

Seems like yesterday

March 1st 2025 when I bought

my first two-seater shopping cart vehicle for $5000

It sure beat traditional automobiles;

gas had gotten up to $1200 for a fill up. My parents parked our SUV and lived in it.

shucks a bag of groceries was $1000 for bread,, milk, cheese, and a pound of hamburger

you had to economize back then.

my best girl loved getting tangled in the wire baskets in the back seat.

oh the memories of being young and in love

now we have a family sedan with heated handlebars. Dog gone if they didn’t convert fuel from corn oil to turkey manure.

The prompt of the shopping cart vehicles comes from Friday Fictioneers

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Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Now that was an interesting story! Must be a lot of turkeys in the future (and I only mean of the bird kind, although…) if they’re using the manure for fuel. Ill be right back. I’m off to buy some turkeys!

    janet

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    1. Hi Leo,Thanks for the comments. Since you have ptoesd the prompt in advance, I have prepared some haikus in advance and ptoesd even a day or two. I can’t be sure of posting it the same day but I will try as I have real life commitments. See you~

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    1. Although all that info about fruit trees actually pcrouding fruit in short order is encouraging (to we of the black thumb), I’d still be leaning toward blueberries if they can be grown locally. Not that you care about healthy eating. But aside from being delicious and versatile (dry em and pop em on your oatmeal in the middle of winter), they’re about the healthiest of all fruits. Good for the brain. Can’t really say that about apples.Somewhere in your vicinity, you should have a university extension agent (often at the local courthouse or courthouse annex if there’s no actual school nearby). She would know. Also, all those Mormons who specialize in turning deserts into gardens. Someone there will know.

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  2. this sentence: “Dog gone if they didn’t convert fuel from corn oil to turkey manure.” i think you mean something more like, “Dog gone if they didn’t convert fuel out of everything from corn oil to turkey manure.”

    but that’s three extra words. what do we cut?

    here: “gas had gotten up to $1200” can become “gas reached $1200”

    there’s three words cut.

    happy new year.

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    1. sorry if the wording was not as clear as it could have been – they are already using corn oil in Cali so my meaning was that they went from using Corn Oil to using turkey manure…

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      1. i knew what you meant about the corn oil, but i was trying to help you adjust to wording that sounds more like phrasing that we’ve already heard for something like that.

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  3. @ gas prices that high it would be best to seek out some cave & become a recluse cave dweller… 🙂 love your story! let’s hope it stays fictional…ha!

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  4. Even though a mcsule sprain has temporarily reduced me to a wheel chair and a walker, I was able to spend 3 days on vacation with my daughter Natalie. We went over to the lovely little German town of Levenworth. where we have visited a number of times before. The trip through the mountains was beautiful with all the fall color.Gold and red leavesChecker steep rocky cliffsAutumn mountain pass.Even with the ‘wheels’ I was able to check out all the shops and we also took a couple of road trips. We sited two big horn sheep in a residential neighborhood nestled in acres of orchards. We spent a few minutes looking each over before they dropped over the other side of a hill. There has been forest fires in Eastern Washington for a couple of months now, and many of those towns are encased in smoke. We didn’t spend much time there. Traveling through the hill sides we saw the horrible evidence of fire, still some smoke raising from the devastation. Some fires were started from lightening, at least one from people which is even more sad.Fire scarred treesCan a forest shed tearsFrom mans carelessness

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  5. Blueberries require deep, rich, acdiic soil to start with. They would be very difficult to grow in the desert, even if you could acidify your soil and water enough. Oh yes, there is a serious alkaline component to most desert water, and that would quickly overwhelm any soil amendment you might use. I tried various acid loving plants in my desert gardening, though nothing as much as blueberries and I did not have much success. Far better to plant something that has a good chance of thriving in your conditions. Merely surviving wouldn’t produce much fruit. Talking to the local ag extension office would be a very good idea. They would provide both printed material and tips on best places to purchase plants and trees compatible with local conditions. And, in fact, you can probably get most of that sort of information right on the computer from home.

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