One hundred and one words

for Friday Fictioneers



zzzzI told my friend Rosey about a man who tried swimming across the English Channel, but two-thirds of the way he felt tired so he turned back. It was, of course, a joke!

She adopted a quizzical expression and started an interrogation.

But he’d have swum further.

Rosey, I wasn’t being serious.

You should be. He could’ve drowned.

It’s a joke!

You can’t joke about something like that.

Rosey, it didn’t happen.

But you said it did.

OMG Rosey, I made it up!


Rosey, would you like another drink?

Oh yes! A large Chardonnay, please!

Phew, subject closed. It works every time!



belton-lap-poolThanks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and supplying the photo.

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71 thoughts on “One hundred and one words

  1. Sandra May 15, 2019 / 14:50

    Maybe leave the jokes for someone else, then. A glass of Chardonnay will put everything in perspective. Briefly

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 15, 2019 / 17:19

      I often wondered if Rosey was a distant relative of Alice Tinker! I always enjoyed the ‘un-got’ joke at the end of each episode. RIP Emma Chambers.


  2. Na'ama Yehuda May 15, 2019 / 18:17

    Well, perhaps Rosey needed that glass of wine … 😉
    This was fun!
    As an aside — putting my Speech Language Pathologist hat on (not to ignore the humor, just … well … because … ;)) – while this perhaps isn’t the case for Rosey, there ARE those people whose humor perception isn’t ‘calibrated’ to that of their society, and who take things a bit more literally than many of us would, and have a harder time shifting into processing humor when they’re told a story was a yarn (or a pun, or …). I see them in therapy all the time … Some learn how to detect, respond, and manage humor … while others (especially those who did not get good help, early), may never quite ‘get jokes’ and sometimes get defensive and confused and pout around humor – especially the subtle one that requires extra processing. (taking my SLP hat off. Done.) 😉

    Again, this was fun!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 16, 2019 / 10:48

      Thanks for your most informative comment. It’s something I’d never considered. There’s is a world I’d rather not inhabit! Thanks Na’ama.

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      • Na'ama Yehuda May 16, 2019 / 15:32

        Yeah, I think it would be a very difficult world to live in, always a step sideways from full participation …

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  3. JoHawkTheWriter May 15, 2019 / 18:52

    Love the tale, Keith. I think I have met your Rosey. Maybe I should pick up a bottle of Chardonnay.

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  4. catscue May 15, 2019 / 21:08

    My head is shaking, can’t think of a thing to say without hurting Rosey’s feelings.

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  5. Memories of Eric and Flynn May 15, 2019 / 21:59

    LOL! Thank goodness for large glasses of wine!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 16, 2019 / 10:20

      Rosey tries to tell jokes sometimes, usually ones she doesn’t even get herself!


  6. Nancy Chan May 16, 2019 / 07:18

    Rosey takes your jokes seriously. You will be stuck if there is no wine to offer her. Lol!

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  7. ceayr May 16, 2019 / 08:22

    101 words!
    Man, you are verbose.
    No wonder Rosey doesn’t get you, she’s puffed out listening already!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 16, 2019 / 10:17

      I’ll be unverbose next week – 99 words max just to keep you and Rosey Pee happy!!


  8. Abhijit Ray May 16, 2019 / 13:28

    Rosie had a poor sense of humour or she took you too seriously. But she is a concerned human being, don’t make her anxious.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 16, 2019 / 14:20

      She never gets too anxious and usually ends up laughing at herself (as her followers know only too well!) Thanks Abhijit.


  9. rochellewisoff May 16, 2019 / 20:06

    Dear Keith,

    I have friends who never get the jokes. After reading Na’ama’s comments I feel I understand them a little better. I got a kick out of your story. Another Chardonnay, please.



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  10. tedstrutz May 17, 2019 / 16:38

    That was a fun story, I’ll have to read some more Rossy stories. That’s a nice photo of you, by the way, I always love to look at what’s on people’s shelves.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 17, 2019 / 17:54

      I’ve been writing about her for 12 years,s o there are quite a few! I like looking at messy shelves best. You can tell a lot from what you see. Cheers.


  11. Brenda's Thoughts May 17, 2019 / 16:38

    Love it! Great dialogue. I’ve had conversations like this before, sometimes I’m the one that “just doesn’t get it.” haha

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  12. granonine May 17, 2019 / 17:21

    Thanks for the laugh, Keith. Reminds me of the woman who called a local radio program to complain that the “Deer Crossing” signs ought to be put in place less dangerous to the deer.


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    • Keith's Ramblings May 17, 2019 / 17:51

      Oh deer! (pardon the pun!) There are several of those signs close to me – I’ll think of this everything I pass them!

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  13. Christine Goodnough May 17, 2019 / 21:44

    As they say, “Life is too serious to be so short.” Let the poor guy get all the way across next time. It’ll save Rosey a lot of distress. 😉

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  14. James McEwan May 18, 2019 / 08:43

    perhaps you need to find Rosey’s funny bone before you tell her anymore jokes. Reminds me of Alice in the Vicar of Dibley.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 18, 2019 / 09:39

      Imagine Alice Tinker and Rosey trying to tell each other jokes! Rosey tells jokes she doesn’t even get herself! Cheers James.

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  15. patriciaruthsusan May 18, 2019 / 09:40

    Rosey sounds like a literal thinker. That’s just the way some people’s minds work. She sounds like a kind person. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  16. Dawn M. Miller May 18, 2019 / 23:38

    Me and Rosey…love some Chardonnay.
    Enough if it and we’ll laugh at your silly jokes, even if we don’t get them 🙂

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  17. subroto May 19, 2019 / 08:47

    Ha! Ha! Nice one. She just rosé to the occasion, maybe that wine cask a spell on her.

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  18. LucciaGray May 20, 2019 / 11:32

    This time you made me laugh out loud! It also reminded me about how annoying it is when people don’t get your jokes😬 and you can’t be bothered to explain them, where’s the fun in that?🤣 Thank goodness there’ll always be wine to help out!

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