Ahrrrr, that be a problem.

Captain Levasseur was pleased with his vessel rolling out of drydock. His crew would be eager to begin plundering the Main at once, and the “Arabella” would be perfect.

She was a three-masted barquentine, fitted with a square foremast and mizzen rigged fore-and-aft. A beautiful ship, and with proper rigging and supply she’d be much faster than the slow moving Spanish vessels. And with her crew of ninety and eight-pound guns, she would be more than a match for any lightly armed merchantman.

Except— It would be difficult to scourge the seas from inside this bottle.

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Inspired by this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction image:

(actually, I believe that image is a straight-up Barque because the mid-mast is rigged Square, but I’m hardly a nautical expert)… let me ask Ken.



Ugh, don’t eat that in here.

Peanut butter.

When I was a kid, I loved a PB&J sandwich. Who didn’t? Tasty, succulent peanut butter, sticks to the roof of your mouth, nom nom nom.

But suddenly, at some point years later, I just couldn’t stand the stuff. Annie adores it still. But the very smell can drive me from the room.

I don’t know why. I don’t understand what happened, or when. But please don’t eat that in here, Annette, that smell, ugh. Worse than pickled herring, even.

In the interest of domestic tranquility, I believe, she mostly avoids peanut butter when the surly old grump is around.

But I’d like to tell you about the chocolate and peanut butter combination that I still enjoy. Yes, I can and do go for a Reese’s, once in a while. Are you scratching your head in confusion yet? Is it purely an odor thing? Is it.. which way to the Shrink couch?

I’m just a twitchy old mess. Sorry Annie. Even I can’t figure me out, sometimes.

I can’t stand to be around you while you’re eating that stuff, but I’ll die to defend your right to.

Can I have that last Reese’s Cup?

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Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.

Peanut of Contention