Friday Fictioneers: My Favorite Song


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This is my submission for Friday Fictioneers, a weekly 100-word story project helmed by the gracious Rochelle. I’m feeling a but nutty this week, a smidge more than usual, probably because I may be coming down with something. 🙂 I apologize if this is unfunny and I look back on this when I’m feeling better and think – why oh why did that seem like a good idea? This story is inspired from real-life, pre-GPS experiences with the enigmatic and mysterious Route 1 whose presence like a ghost in the night is often hinted at more than seen – especially when you’re trying really hard to find it. I am NOT making this up!


For our first get-together, I decided to take the scenic route: Route 1 from Southeast Philly through to North Jersey and then upstate New York. Simple, I thought. Just follow the signs, I thought.

Maybe it’s a conspiracy or bad luck, but every single Route 1 sign was overgrown, knocked over or in one case simply not there.

By the time I reached the restaurant, a half hour late, I had decided two things:1) from now on I was going to find my own way and 2) my new favorite song was Signs by Five Man Electrical Band.

5 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: My Favorite Song

  1. Dear Anne,

    This was my theme song for fifteen years as a grocery store sign maker. Well this one and “Here’s Your Sign.”

    I felt your MC’s frustration, enjoyed your story and loved listening to the song. One of my favorites.



  2. Dear Anne,

    If one sign was completely missing, how did she know it was supposed to be there? This has the feel of ‘First draft theater’ and I’m left with an image of Lieutenant Dan talking to God during the hurricane in Forrest Gump…

    Good luck with whatever you’re coming down with. Rest, retool and stand by for the next prompt.



  3. I think we are all spoiled by GPS these days. I remember the days when we had to follow signs. When they were covered by overgrowth it was a daunting task to get from point A to point B. Great write 🙂

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