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No Go Photo (Booth) – a RetroFlash by
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Prompted By Photo Booths

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As mentioned, I thought I would take a Retro “Time out” while off in Jamaica. And this new story is the first indication That I’m now back home from that sweet, lazy vacation. So I’m thinking, “How much more time should I take-a?”   Though my threat to stop writing was utterly toothless, At least…
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The Grand Hotel Vesuvio by
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I’ve earlier written about “The Grand Tours” that my mother took us on when I was a kid (“TGT”).  And also some TGT’s my former wife and I took with our daughters. But let me focus here only on the first TGT with my mother (and grandmother and older brother) in 1962 when I was…
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Is There A Proctor in the House? by
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Prompted By Cheating

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I never cheated at tests.  I’d like to think that is because I am morally above doing so.  But that sounds awfully sanctimonious and the truth is that, at least in part, I was always terrified of being caught. Or maybe it was just inherent Jewish (pre-) guilt.  In any event, the noted community activist…
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This Old House Attic by
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I grew up in a big old (c.1830) colonial in a small town outside of New Haven.  So, not surprisingly, it had a large attic, though its ceiling tapered down to the floor at two ends due to the house’s steeply pitched roof.  By nice coincidence, my wife and I were in New Haven last…
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Time Out? by
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Prompted By Time

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The “timing” of this prompt is perfect for me — play on words obviously intended — because I have been contemplating taking a “time out” from Retro and this seemed like the perfect time to consider doing so.  But why?  I truly love Retro, both writing my stories  (160 now) and reading so many great…
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To DIY For by
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I’ve always liked to build things, if I could.  As with other DIY-ers, I suspect, it is as much for the personal sense of accomplishment as for the finished product.  But I’ve also always had a keen sense of the very real limitations of my technical knowledge and abilities.  This is not false modesty; I…
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Spelling Bee by
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Prompted By Guilty Pleasures

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When I first tried to recall my guilty pleasures as a kid, I immediately thought of my recent Retro story about watching Soupy Sales at noon on Saturdays with my weird sandwiches.  But then I considered my lifelong enjoyment of doing various sorts of puzzles and decided, even if that was not quite so guilty,…
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Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Reprise, Sort Of) by
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I try to avoid republishing Retro stories, as I think of myself as like the proverbial infinite number of monkeys who can just keep typing something new, even if it is usually gibberish.  But this week the prompt brings back, not just in subject but in title, the story I wrote several years ago about…
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Soupy and Sandwiches by
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Prompted By Comfort Food

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As I have noted in a previous Retro story, I used to watch the Soupy Sales Show as a kid. A lot.
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Nearly a Newsie by
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Prompted By Newspapers

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I have always loved newspapers —  both their production and their consumption.  As to the latter, I even read the New York Times religiously as a kid, despite the fact that, in those days, out of town subscriptions were delivered by mail one day late.  I am now about evenly split between digital and print…
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