Dad’s Adventure

Posted: May 16, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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I seem to have made up for going over the word limit on my last two Friday Fictioneer stories by coming in under the 100-word limit by 7-words! Thanks to our fairy blog mother, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, we have a pair of tape covered boots to write about this week.

Dad seemed to be held together with duct tape.
The old man used the silver strips to repair his straw hat, reinforce his raincoat,
patch his bicycle tires and the toes of his rubber boots.
When I caught him using it to anchor his glasses to his face
I hid the tape in the back of a drawer he never, ever used.
Or so I’d thought before the police called.
“Arrested? Why?”
“It’s bloody strange, mate. The booking officer wrote:
Unlawful possession of wild raccoon taped to bicycle seat.
No headlamp on bike.

(93-words)

 

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Comments
  1. That’s great!! Loved the visual! 😂

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  2. Jelli says:

    A good laugh is had by all… Great write. I can just picture it.

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  3. Varad says:

    I guess I’m reading too much between the lines, but is dad suffering from memory disorder or something? Loved the last line, Alicia. Now, I can’t unsee the raccoon taped to the bicycle.

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    • Yes, Varad, Dad is going downhill fast. Thanks for reading between the lines. I actually read something like this in a police report. “Unlawful possession of a wild raccoon, no headlamp on bicycle. I just added the tape. Alicia.

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  4. neilmacdon says:

    You can tape almost anything together. Good on Dad

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    • My friend’s father duct-taped his wife’s prosthetic breast together when it fell apart. My friend was appalled and paid for a new one. Wish I could have worked that into my extra 7-words. Thanks, Neil.

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, a nice chuckle. Eccentric he may be, but in our throw away culture, he has the right idea – except maybe for the raccoon.

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    • Thanks, Iain. This pretty much describes my dad before he passed, minus the raccoon. Growing up during the depression, he rarely threw anything away. He did duct tape his hat together and reglue his shoes and … He was a truly dear man. No dementia involved.

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  6. The pictures this created in my mind had me laughing, great tape. Unlawful possession of a wild raccoon taped to a bike is brilliant, surreal even if the reason for it being there is sad and serious.

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  7. draliman says:

    At least Dad hasn’t been drawn into the “throw-away” culture.

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  8. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! We throw things far too early and really need to learn for our father’s generation. Not tape but araldite was my father’s go to thing for fixing things that fell apart. Nice one.

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  9. Dear Lish,

    I guess Dad was able to buy more duct tape? Or was it that he lost his glasses? Oh Magoo, you’ve done it again. Fun story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  10. Hilarious!☺☺☺

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  11. Absolutely brilliant I was hoping for a smile and then along came your tale!

    My FriFic tale is called Jim and Jan!

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    The stuff is damn useful – never thought to use it on a raccoon though! Nice tale Lish

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  13. pennygadd51 says:

    Nice story, Alicia. Never underestimate the persistence of a dad. I bet he went through every drawer to find that reel of tape! I loved the voice you found for the police officer!

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  14. Mike says:

    Marvellous stuff that tape, and a marvellous story to go with it,

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  15. granonine says:

    Wonderfully funny 🙂

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  16. Alice Audrey says:

    LOL! OMG. I visualize this a little too well.

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  17. Ha ha – that was a great read. I loved the image of a raccoon strapped to his bike!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  18. Glad it wasn’t a skunk!

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  19. yarnspinnerr says:

    The duct tape has replaced all skilled workers like the cobbler, the locksmith, the tailor etc and we keep finding new uses for the duct tape and instant glues. Great imagery with lot to read between the lines.

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  20. James McEwan says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing, I know the feeling, give someone duct tape and they just have to use it for everything. It’s as if they are addicted.

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  21. Liz Young says:

    All the other uses for duct tape are perfectly reasonable – why use it for that poor raccoon?

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  22. Dale says:

    No one can keep a man from his tape!
    This was funny… though, I do feel for the racoon – troublesome creature, or not!

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  23. shivamt25 says:

    Haha! Dad seems very interesting. Dad actually do have a thing with duct tape no? My dad keeps ‘fixing’ everything with it. 😅

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  24. So imaginative….loved the ending!

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  25. Duct tape addiction is serious… but there is so much fun you can do… have you seen the prom dresses made from duct tape? — but I feel sorry for the raccoon.

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  26. Love your story – especially the quirky ending – a racoon ! Made me smile – well done.

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  27. gahlearner says:

    Funny and sad and funny. Great writing, Alicia. Maybe it shows my age, but I can sympathize with Dad. It’s not only reparing things, it’s also: the things we love get worn the most and then they break. We know we’ll never get a hat, boots, bike just as good and comfy as the broken ones, so tape it is.

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    • I think you’re so right about that. I have things I’ve repaired a million times because I’ll never find another like it. And sometimes I wish I’d bought ten of something I’ll never find again for the same reason. Thanks for noticing that, Gabi.

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  28. Nan Falkner says:

    This is the most clever story I’ve read so far. Funny – really funny.

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  29. jillyfunnell says:

    Oh so funny. Nothing like a taped racoon to make me laugh and set me up for the day!

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  30. Sarah Ann says:

    Okay, so no headlamp would be the offence? I imagine the raccoon was just to make the seat more comfortable, Dad’s getting on and not wanting to waste anything. A great thrifty story.

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  31. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh dear! Hilarious.

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