20 February 2015

Published February 18, 2015 by rochellewisoff

Another Hightway

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

SCHIST HAPPENS

            I’ll never forget Mike O’Hara, my fellow New York sanitation worker. What a storyteller. Every Friday night me and the boys would settle round for a long listen.

            “So I says to Mr. King, ‘whatcha make a dis rock I dug up?’”Mike took a long swig of beer. “Heavy sucker.  Looks kinda like a red diamond. King says he knows a jeweler who’d kill for it.”

            “This might be your tallest tale yet, O’Hara,” said Pete.

            Mike had the last laugh when his “sewer garnet” made headlines in 1886. Pity he didn’t sell it hisself. Could’ve made a fortune.   

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http://www.johnbetts-fineminerals.com/jhbnyc/articles/garnet.htm

http://www.johnbetts-fineminerals.com/jhbnyc/articles/nycminerals2.htm

 

 

106 comments on “20 February 2015

  • Intriguing story, and I loved the disputed versions of the garnet’s origins. Human nature always adds a little extra to the mix, and you also added a unique perspective to the story. Nice one.

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    • Dear KT,

      I couldn’t find a thing about the sanitation worker who actually dug up the garnet. However, with my father being from Brooklyn, NY I had a pretty good idea of what dose guys might have sounded like. I love historical fiction and I love feedback such as yours.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Janet,

      Of course you couldn’t resist. 😉 I would be disappointed if you did. Of course I hope the comment isn’t all tongue in cheek.

      It’s now hot coffee in the morning and hot tea in the evening weather. L’chaim.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      It’s amazing what one can dig up by starting a research trail with “crystals.” It was the first time I’d heard of it, too. That’s what I love about writing historical fiction. 😉 Glad you liked the title.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • A lovely story, and creatively brought to life! A very minor thing – in the middle section I think you’re missing a single ‘ after the question mark. I had to read it a couple of times to work out who was speaking.
    Claire

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  • That’s incredible! Nice job inventing the character who is the man behind the legend. Those stones/rocks on those pages are impressive and so interesting in their different shapes and colors. Nice job and thanks for sharing this cool information. 🙂

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    • Dear Alicia,

      Nothing’s more exciting to me than beginning a research trail that takes me to interesting history I knew nothing about. My husband used to be something of a rock hound, too.

      Glad you liked.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • As usual, you’ve unearthed an interesting piece of real history for us this week, Rochelle. I found the last paragraph a touch explanatory; I think I’d have liked a bit more of Mike rather than the narrator’s commentary, but down to you.

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    • Dear Jennifer,

      As always, I appreciate your perspective and honesty. In this case I saw the narrator as a character equal to Mike. Perhaps I’ll play around with it at a later date, taking your comment into consideration for there’s always more than one way to write a story. 😉

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Rochelle, I like Garnets! Your story is great! Recently there was a one hour show on the Smithsonian Channel on the Hope Diamond. Wow – I don’t think I would to own that stone ever. They say it’s cursed (and I know it isn’t) but it makes you wonder about all the tragedy surrounding it. Good story! Nan 🙂

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    • Dear Nan,

      What would one do with the Hope Diamond anyway? I’m quite happy with the ones in my engagement ring and a few other pieces of jewelry from my honey.

      Glad you liked my story. It was a fun write.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • You sure do find the most interesting stories, Rochelle. I feel like I must have gotten at least a Bachelor’s degree in history just from reading your stories. 🙂 This is great, although it’s too bad he didn’t get to sell it.
    This is quite the picture. I looked at it on my phone when I first woke up this morning and I confess, I could not make anything of it until I saw it on a bigger screen at my office.

    Take care,
    David

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    • Dear David,

      It’s a pity I never had this kind of interest in school, but it’s never too late to learn, is it? Your words have me, as Doug would say, chopping some pretty tall cotton. It’s all out there on the internet for the taking, some of it’s even true. 😉 At any rate I love learning and I’m happy to take anyone along for the ride.

      Marie Gail does have a knack for snapping interesting photos and I appreciate her generosity in sharing them.

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Gah,

      You might have guessed by now that my favorite genre is historical fiction. Of course Mike O’Hara and his narrator friend are figments of my imagination.

      For some reason, my title is getting a lot of notice this week. 😉 Glad you liked both title and story and came by to say so. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Ali,

      There’s a lot out there on the internet. I started my search with “crystals.” I’m usually amazed where the path will lead me. Of course Mike is a work of my imagination, but that’s the fun of historical fiction. 😉

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Liz,

      I’d love to know about the real worker who found the garnet and what really happened. Ah well, I was left no choice but to resort to fiction. Glad you liked the title, too. 😉

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Wow, that’s absolutely wild. I think the phrase, “Fact is stranger than fiction” might need to have a post-script that says, “but historical fiction is more interesting to read.” Great story, so much life and atmosphere in only 100 words. Nice use of dialect too, by the way. I’ve known that to be kind of a hard thing to juggle without it becoming phony-sounding. But I think you handily avoided that.

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    • Dear Michael,

      Your comments make me smile. I agree, dialect can be overdone and my editor of my anthology called me on it. She taught me a little seasoning is better than the whole salt shaker.

      Thank you for your much appreciated words. Wow is always nice. 😉

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • The “sewer garnet,” that’s great. I bet he has his regrets. That must have raked in a pretty penny. Great story and historical account I knew nothing about. Fascinating, Rochelle. You captured it well.

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  • LOL @ “Schist happens”! I didn’t quite get the story until I followed the links you included. I love how all your stories have a historical truth to them.

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  • I’m sure that’s one of the nicer things he’s pulled out of the sewer! NYC’s infrastructure is fascinating, as are the people who maintain it/built it.

    When we go up to Lake Superior every year, I go garnet hunting, though I only find little chips here and there. The water carries them from its eastern shores all the way to Minnesota. That stuff is always so interesting.

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    • Dear Emilie,

      I wonder if the sanitation had any idea what he’d found. History doesn’t tell much about him so, of course, Mike’s my invention.

      I’ve never been garnet hunting. Sounds like it could be fun.

      Thanks for coming by to read and comment.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Oh no, poor Mike! I hope he got something out of the find. The dialect/dialogue is great in this piece, Rochelle. I can imagine the bar and the patrons 🙂

    Enjoyed the historical links and how you wove all that together.

    I’m so behind in my reading this week 😦 Ah well, not much one can do when schist happens 😛

    Ellespeth

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    • Dear Ellespeth,

      I understand about being late getting around. I am this week. Trying to finish reading before tomorrow. And life is about to take a turn for the busier.

      I’m glad you were able to find time to read and comment on my story. Thank you for your kind words.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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