Five Minute Friday: Bloom

Bloom County comic character Opus at podium with lots of microphones, tips his political straw hat

(I participate with a group of writers in a weekly “Five Minute Friday” writing exercise. In response to a word prompt, each writer sits down for five minutes for “no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” This is also described as a sort of writing flash mob and a great form of “free therapy”.)

Five Minute Friday: Bloom


I miss Opus.

The funny pages just aren’t the same without Bloom County.

Of course, it’s also no longer the 1980’s.

The 1980’s were my decade of college…and graduate school…and first real job…and three different years of studying or working in Germany.

The 1980’s were a big decade for me.

So here we are in 2014.

No Bloom County.

But plenty of political unrest and foreign policy drama and uncertainty.

We had that in the 1980’s, too.

We had the Cold War, cruise missiles, apartheid, AIDS, Chernobyl, the Falklands War and violence in the Mideast.

But we also had Bloom County.

The world is still turning and it’s as nuts as ever.

That’s evident just from the past 24-hour news cycle.

The world has gone CRAY CRAY!! (As we say in 2014…)

It’s just harder to cope without Bloom County in the funnies.

I miss Opus.

I even miss Bill the Cat.

Ack! Thbbft!


From Bloom County comic - Opus imagines turning a water hose on an inconsiderate smoker who is ruining his meal.