Coffee Share 220318: Free Pi

This essay was shared on Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share at this link.


I’m so glad you stopped by.  It’s been a busy and productive week so Let me tell you the quick version. I have new lizard facts and observations. I also have 3 new flash fiction stories to share.

gw card shot 2 croppedI was tired of writing small experiences of Stub and his buds so I studied up and found some relevant and fun facts.

The Blue Belly Lizard (aka: Fence Lizard) despite not liking to be held much are often kept as pets. There is lots on the web tabout how to care for them.  I’ll not be doing that, but just enjoying their living behind our brick planter box and trying to discern their ways.

They live from 5 – 7 years, grow only to about 6 inches (just over 150 mm) and it’s now verified that they can change their skin color to match their environment – except for their iconic blue belly.  That stays bright blue.  I’ve been trying to catch a photo of one of their displays of their cool neon green, but, A) they don’t do it often and B) they’re not keen on showing it off.  I did manage to catch a couple of them, um, let’s call it playing in the sun (but I really have no idea what they were doing other than it looked fast, rowdy and fun) until I came upon them at which time they stopped, starred at me like the most unwelcome guest to the party ever.   Fine, just give us a quick smile — and  “click” — got it.  You can carry one. Excuse the blur – they wouldn’t let me get very close.

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The photo did not capture as much green as I saw, but recall their natural color starts with the color of this guy’s hind leg. The green covered his back and much of his tail.  This feat of changing one’s skin color is fascinating and I’d like to know more about how they manage it.

Oh, I did update my coffee share last week, but who goes back and reads those?  I’ve had now two Stub sightings, so the old man is still with us.  In his reduced condition, he is nowhere near to 6 inches long, but the bugs he hunts don’t seem to discriminate and he looks otherwise healthy and well fed.

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Then writing this week. A devoted Wilson reader would have consumed three stories this week.  Two were new 99-word items and the third was a 1000 word normal short story

  • Pi DayThe first one for the week was from The Carrot Ranch asking for a story about “Free Pie” It seems that the college where Charli teaches decided to celebrate “Pi Day” by giving out free slices of pie.  After high school, I attended a vocational college to study Electronics Engineering. In those days, they insisted that we use only slide rules to do our work, but after 2 semesters the overwhelming popularity of pocket calculators was undeniable so they opened their doors to these silicone miracles. We loved the change of course, but could afford only the most basic – which did not yet include a Pi key. Anything to do with analog sine waves is based on Pi – so we had to memorize it.  To this day – I can still instantly pull from the much older gray matter the digits: 3.1415926 without looking it up. Most folks, if they understand anything about Pi, have to stop at 3.14 (~ March 14, thus Pi day). Anyway, This prompt took me to a memory of a friend who I painted my way through (later real) college with and a job he described that involved real “free pie”.  I think this is pretty funny. My 99-word story is fiction but highly based on his memory, told to me back in the 1970s. Here’s the link to “Free Pie Day”.
  • stairs beneath the streetThe second 99-word story came from a KL Caley photo, She asked us to tell a story of where some dark stairs went. I again chose to produce a 99-word story because I want to master this art form and, frankly, I find that I can normally produce something decent in just a few hours. I really like my result for this challenge and hope you’ll spend a quick 30 second with:  A Deeper Trauma :: N2W 220317
  • Finally, if you still have 3 minutes for a quick dreamy visit to a tropical island, I hope you’ll spend them on my final short story for the week: The Laps of Life  This is the kind of thing that happens in a man’s mind when he’s — um, well, just give it a read and you’ll see. It’s a fun flash fictional story where I play with the narrator voice versus pure character dialog.
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Photo by Asad Photo Maldives on

That’s my week.  Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be making my rounds later today and this weekend to visit yours.

I hope you have a great week queued up.
Blessings all! 

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37 thoughts on “Coffee Share 220318: Free Pi

  1. Loved the lizard facts…Tell me though, were they neon green when they were, um, playing in the sun? Off to check out the flash fiction. Have a great weekend.

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  2. It’s always enjoyable to read about your lizards! Your story about the basement restaurant was interesting and made me think of a basement restaurant I visited in Edinburgh a few years ago.

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  3. Sounds like you had a lovely week indeed. We have Fence Lizards here in NM. They’re actually one of my favorite neighbors and make beautiful models for summer time photography 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend and wonderful week ahead! Happy Spring!

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    1. Hi Melis –
      I was just beginning to wander through your blog because I did not recognize you as one of our normal weekend group.

      So welcome! I think you’ll find this to be a very casual and friendly group. There’s not many male in the mix, so I try to hold up our part in creating interesting blog and story articles that folks just enjoy reading.

      On your blog you cited, 743 days since your last post. . . Wow! You really were blown out and I’m glad to be part of your welcome back group.

      Covid and our most recent presidential elections with the broken news media pretty much blew me out too – but for me I just stopped consuming what made me crazy and kept what was keeping me sane. That was creating, editing, and curating a fun collection of my own original stories.

      So you heard it from me, I’d be honored to have you as a reader. My overall collection is in pretty good shape after about 5 years of tinkering with models, blog formats and story genres . If I can interest you, then I’d first offer you my “About” page as a good place to see how I’ve sorted my stories. Some are real memories while others are pure fiction and a whole bunch are shortish weekly coffee shares from over the past several years. But almost everything I’ve written can be read in 10 minutes or less and I have a stack of micro-fiction that I created solely to learn this art form and the 99-word stores take only 30 seconds each. I try hard to deserve a reader’s time but still feel very new to this blogging thing.

      If you enjoy a good laugh, most of my “I recall” collection should deliver.
      They’re all clean and family friendly but sometimes a tad-rowdy in a young-boy sort of way.

      Can I tempt you to try a few out?
      My About link is:
      My favorite story to offer new comers is:

      But regardless, welcome to our group. I hope you find us as welcoming as I did when I first arrived.


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      1. What a lovely welcome, Gary! Thank you so much! I’ll definitely pop around and check out the links you shared and your format. I hear you about doing what you loved over the past couple of years and am so glad writing remained on point for you! For me it was focusing on our family and farm + re-starting a physical journal after too many years without one. I also dove headlong into our family history, so that was (and still is) a trip! Thank you again for the warm welcome, I’m excited to be participating in coffee share posts again (soon, officially) as I’ve missed them so the last few years. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  4. Your “pets” are entertaining, my daughter now wants a lizard…yesterday it was a hamster..last Christmas it was a dog..Best of luck with your writing. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. The lizards are fascinating. Your 99 word fiction has become a very good exercise. Keep at it. It looks fun and your writing is tightening so well.

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  6. I took care of one of a friend’s iguanas, many decades ago. It’s much different from lizards in the wild that care for themselves. (At least he didn’t hand over the monitor lizard.) Was fun, watching them swimming in the bathtub, making certain nobody took a break for the door. Love yours! Steve’s were more bland. 🙂 I like the pictures and hearing about the wildlife.

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    1. And left to be wild while living behind our brick planter, and hunting their own bugs and watching out for that feral cat and the local hungry hawks is all itself a micro-drama of nature. Educational and sometimes rather raw, yes, I do enjoy being their personal benevolent giant.
      Thanks for stopping by Lizl.

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  7. Love the lizard facts. We have lace monitors – a large lizard-like creature – here in Australia. They are magnificent. I haven’t been around my blog for a while but plan to contribute to Natalie’s WE Coffee and Chat this weekend. Thanx for the hot chocolate and catch up. Linda


    1. Hi QP and welcome to my story collection.
      Thanks for the comment and yes, I’m aware that in Australia, you have all kinds of strange critters who don’t naturally appear anywhere else. It has to be both fun and a tad disturbing sometimes – but I’d love to live with such a problem. I’m so glad you found your way to the Weekend Coffee Share too. I’m a confirmed tea drinker myself with coffee maintaining a distant 2nd place – but I’ve been known to contaminate my coffee with that wonderful brown powder used to make hot chocolate – so I’ve got you covered.
      Consider yourself invited to curl up with that warm mug and explore a few of my short stories. My newest additions are at this link: and everything, the full collection can be found in one of the menus at the top of any page from my site. Let’s share a laugh or two. Thanks for connecting.


  8. It seems like you had a wonderful week. I learned more about Blue Belly Lizard through this post. Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen lizards, but never knew this many details. Its interesting to see how they change colours.


    1. Hi Amila.
      So glad you stopped by. Yea, several years ago, a few of them found a safe place to hide and even hibernate behind a brick planter we have in the back yard. I walk out there almost every day, so I note their sun bathing and bug hunting and what is most likely them playing in a lizard-reproductive kind of way. I rarely get to touch them. They’re harmless to us but are not fond of being held and be skittish has to be part of what keeps them alive in a yard they share with a neighborhood feral cat and several hawks all of whom would love to have them all over for dinner. When I can get close enough for a good photo, they are amazing to study.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      You’re welcome here any time.


  9. I always love interesting facts and can easily go down a rabbit hole. I’ll have to read your latest stories tonight when I get home from work.

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  10. Gary, what a lovely week you’ve had – and busy. I love your blue-bellied lizard. Ours are tiny little guys right now, just brown with no blue belly. Congratulations on all your flash fiction. You are amazing to be able to keep up with all of them. I am featuring this post by linking it to your comment in the Story Chat Summary for this month. Thank you for your marvelous participation each month. You add so much.

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    1. Hi Marsha, You are always so kind and my time spent with your story chat always feels valuable to me as well. There is always stuff to learn from your other contributors. I count myself lucky to have such access to them.
      kindest regards,

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  11. I can’t post my comment on your most recent Coffee Share, and I can’t find it on your blog, so I’ll just post it here. “You are one of the few people I know who names your lizards. We have so many and they are so fast and indistinguishable that we have no time to name them. I love the names you gave them, especially Trunk. That’s so totally you – math guy! Have a great week. I’m off to read one of your stories at least before hunger gnaws a hole in my tummy!” Sorry I couldn’t find it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Marsha,
      I’ll check the comments setting.
      Naming my critters gives me someone the chat with as I get my daily steps done.
      This group is also fast so unless they have some distinctive features, they get no names.

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