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FF – Ramblings from the Pub Part 2

Here is my contribution to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dawn Miller.

 

“Yeah, he had total tunnel vision.”

“Wow.”

“He couldn’t see anything unless it was right in front of his face.”

“Sounds nasty.”

“Yeah. The latest fad. Gym every night. Then no more gym. Night clubs every night. Then no more night clubs.”

“So what happened to him?”

“Hit by a bus. Never saw It coming. Very sad.”

“Very sad… sorry, I didn’t think you meant literal, medical tunnel vision.”

“What? No! Got obsessed with an online dating app. Head buried in his phone, didn’t like the look of someone, swiped left, BAM!”

“Karma.”

“Karma. Pint?”

“Yep.”

 

  1. February 19, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Ah, the sensation of laughing at something that maybe you shouldn’t be laughing at. But what the heck, it’s funny…and then sad…but funny.

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  2. February 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    He was swiped left for real

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  3. February 19, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    😀 (Ashamed to be laughing so much at this!) I’m surprised more people are not run over by cars and buses as they are glued to their phones when crossing the road.

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    • February 20, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Me too. Many seem to have some sort of sixth sense, swerving around you on the pavement. It’s weird!

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      • February 20, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        Not everyone swerves. I’ve been run into by pedestrians looking at their phones!

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      • February 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm

        And I bet they snapped “watch where you’re going” at you, too…

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  4. February 19, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Serves him right really. It could happen to so many, I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

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    • February 20, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      They probably don’t even notice when cars swerve into walls to avoid them…

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  5. February 19, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Yes, I know about the tunnel vision. Although at the pub, I often see two of everything – except on her, she has four. Randy

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  6. February 20, 2020 at 1:19 am

    A gem. Just wondering at what Tinder age he died?

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  7. February 20, 2020 at 2:24 am

    Sounds like an obsessive kind of guy. So into his phone … Great dialogue!

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  8. February 20, 2020 at 3:56 am

    I read an article that in parts of Europe they have banned WALKING while using your mobile phone.

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    • February 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      Yeeks! I’d like to see how they police that.

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  9. February 20, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Real karma would be if he got the opposite of tunnel vision and could only see out of his peripheral. Gonna be hard to look at those dating apps when you can’t see what’s right in front of you….

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    • February 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      That would be a most annoying condition to be sure.

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  10. February 20, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Love the light-hearted tone of the narrator. Clearly no great loss for him.

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    • February 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      No, just a bit of gossip over a pint!

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  11. February 20, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Goodness, echoes of reality!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  12. February 20, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Such a casual conversation about a tragic event. All too true to life in every aspect. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • February 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, many people have become quite jaded and tragedies can become gossip fodder.
      Ali

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  13. February 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    I feel bad for laughing, but I really enjoyed your story.

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  14. February 21, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Obsessions kill. Eventually they’ll put motion sensors on phones like they do cars. 😀

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    • February 21, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      Linked to a little exoskeleton which would steer you away from trouble 🙂

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  15. February 21, 2020 at 7:40 am

    I liked this!

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  16. February 21, 2020 at 10:09 am

    The worst part was it should have been his round! Nice one.

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    • February 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Some people will do anything to get out of their round…

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  17. February 21, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Haha this made me laugh. Excellent 🙂

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    • February 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  18. February 21, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Death by a dating app. How sad. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • February 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Tragic, but it happens… 🙂

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  19. February 21, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, ouch, that bit hard. Good one!

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  20. February 21, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I like the way you led the readers down the tunnel, then BAM!

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  21. February 21, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    So true and I bet the driver of the vehicle had his eye on his phone – swipe left BAM.

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    • February 22, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      The driver was probably the one our hero was swiping left on too…

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  22. February 21, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    did somebody put him under the bus? how sad.

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    • February 22, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Well, he walked out into the road without looking so I guess he put himself under the bus.

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  23. February 22, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Very amusing as always, Draliman. A tale of our times

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  24. February 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Sad but funny. Great piece.

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    • February 22, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks! Sad but funny, just like life sometimes 🙂

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  25. February 22, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Too funny. Second post I read this morning – totally unrelated – on the dangers of texting, or listening to music on the earbuds, and walking!
    This was funny because of the dry way you delivered it!

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  26. February 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Sad story, I shouldn’t laugh, but something about the telling cracked me up. I can’t believe it, another “tunnel vision” story! We all caught it, and we all told different stories.

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    • February 23, 2020 at 7:06 am

      Yes, quite a few tunnel visions this week!
      It’s just a bit of pub gossip for these guys, so it’s all quite matter-of-fact 🙂

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  27. February 23, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I read it like a parable : ‘be warned’ or this can happen to you. I like the sentence with ‘Karma, pint ?’ very witty.

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    • February 23, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  28. February 23, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    You’ve written this very skilfully, with a lovely crisp dialogue between the drinkers and a cunningly crafted confusion between medical tunnel vision and obsession for the latest fad. Nice work!

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    • February 23, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked the dialogue 🙂

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  29. February 23, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Loved the ending 🙂

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  30. February 24, 2020 at 7:22 am

    LOL…love this one!

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  31. February 24, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Just when I thought herpes was the worst thing that could come from online dating…

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    • February 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      To be fair, I hear a lot of these smaller online dating sites can distribute viruses…

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  32. February 24, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Didn’t see it coming… haha.
    “Pint?” 😀

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