Abandon All Subtlety


Languishing in a boring bank,
we talked music for hours
and grew close through mixtapes
we shyly exchanged.

From “Purple Haze”
to “Dixie Chicken,”
friendship crept toward
something more.

How’d my next one end?
“Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”


#19 of 42 (Gargleblaster page, with my favorite comments and Gargleblasters from the grid) What is a Gargleblaster? Respond to a prompt in exactly 42 words.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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17 Responses to Abandon All Subtlety

  1. Natalie D says:

    I love this one. You have quite mastered the gargleblaster, I think. 🙂
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  2. I remember your first mixtape story. This is a perfect coda!
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  3. TNKerr says:

    You took me by surprise with this one Marcy. Well done!

  4. Shailaja V says:

    Quite a masterful execution, Marcy! I actually read it twice to savour the experience of that mix tape scene 🙂
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  5. Romance by mix-tape, a delightful gargleblaster. A story in 42 words. Well done!
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  6. Nathan James says:

    I’m hoping that pic is one of the shyly exchanged mixed tapes you received. I went back and read your first mixtape story. Is it weird that I’m kinda in love with your husband myself?
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    • Marcy says:

      The pic is the tape that my husband gave me in the “Love in a Mixtape” story. And, aw, he’ll be so flattered when I tell him 🙂

  7. Cumulus says:

    I don’t know, I’m beginning to wonder just how timid and squeamish you really were before you started this blog.

    • Marcy says:

      Fair point, I guess. I was timid about a lot of certain things–meeting new people, trying new things, doing things by myself, socializing, heights, athletics, germs…. I could go on and on. I didn’t have time to explain in the 42 words, but the end of the tape was not to be taken literally, but yeah, it wasn’t too timid. 🙂

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  9. My husband wooed me with custom CDs. And he had — has — really great taste in music. Loved this one from you.
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