“The Ultimate Insult”

Dear Diary,
Longest week of my life. Housed in a bus station that looks like a phony façade in a cheap spaghetti western. Sleeping in bunk beds (men on one side; women, across the aisle). Eating from cans (had it better when I was given thirty days for DUI). Unisex port-a-potties (no mirrors). Fellow travelers, all strangers: scuzzy men, dowdy women, screaming brats. Can’t wait to get back to the city even though it means fourteen hours on a bus with twenty stinking has-been, never-were actors; equally unattractive crew. Ultimate insult: just found out I ended up on the cutting-room floor.

(Inspired by Ron Pruitt’s photo, madison-woods.com, Friday Fictioneers, October 19, 2012.)

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20 Responses to “The Ultimate Insult”

  1. janet says:

    I’d like to say, “Sounds like fun” but of course, it doesn’t. You made it wonderfully unattractive. 🙂

  2. Deep in the bowels of some country oh say Mexico! so real , felt like I was there!

  3. Sandra says:

    And they say there’s no glamour in the film industry… nice one, and an original take on the prompt.

  4. Tom Poet says:

    All for the love of fame. Nice original take on the prompt.


  5. Paul says:

    Nice. Well, not really. Sort of depressing, actually. How many people really live this life? I grew up with a few of them! You did a great job, though.

  6. brudberg says:

    If I ever read a humoristic feel-bad story this is it.

  7. You painted a realistic picture of the un-romantic,low budget film industry. You nabbed this guy’s feelings.

  8. Wow, some days you are the dog and others you are the fire hydrant! Poor guy.

  9. Poor shnook is really having a tough time. Very well written, VB. You put me in the stinky, uncomfortable situation…thanks. (I think.)

  10. Hi VB,
    How did you get that cute little tail on the c in facade? I like that. Great decriptions of the people you meet on bus trips, and a nice twist at the end. I think I have bus whiplash. ron

  11. writeondude says:

    I hope he was well paid. Very good.

  12. unspywriter says:

    Ah, the bane of all actors! Great description of what a bus ride (or plane) can be like.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/an-inverse-relationship/

  13. Lora says:

    They call this a non-union, non-SAG .. “CATTLE CALL”….The insult is also… lousy pay, no insurance, no overtime, crappy existence. AND you end up on the cutting room floor. Poor sucker. IF you have REAL talent, come to NYC and try the stage.

  14. rich says:

    sum’bitch dangit. hate when that happens. well done.

  15. billgncs says:

    Taking the glamor out of the movies for the little guys?

    Reminds me of when I was young, a friend of mine who was a chef and had gone to the culinary institute of New York got in a fight and ended up in jail for the weekend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Manners Big Boy sandwich and french fries.

    You meal reference brought back that story.

  16. Oh man, reminders of the business! (And why I’m not in it.) Well done!

  17. wuzzman says:

    Sounds like a Wednesday to me~~~

  18. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear VB,

    The Ultimate Insult is a great take on the prompt and an inside look at the business from a jaded performer. Well rendered.



  19. Sounds like your protag has hit the bottom of the barrel. Very interesting story!

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