At one of the companies I worked for, the guys loved to play practical jokes on each other. The one-upmanship was intense at times but always done in fun.
I had never set out to partake in the fun – even after becoming a “victim” of their attention. One of the guys had wrapped magnetic tape (think of the insides of a video cassette – only it is metallic) around every object in my cubicle. I couldn’t push on the tape without it causing something to fall over. Another couple of friends spent who knows how long tilting everything that could be tilted – at exactly the same angle. So all my millions of snapshots on the walls, my monitors, mouse, keyboard. It was seriously funny and I enjoyed knowing that they thought highly enough of me to spend that time doing it!
I was determined not to participate. After all, I knew where that could lead. However, when I about heard this trick at a Photoshop class, I just couldn’t resist…
One of the guys worked with Photoshop all the time and is super smart. Annoyingly at times. He shared a studio with another friend of mine and so I asked my friend to let me know when there was an error message on the screen – AND to not clear it. I then proceeded to do a print screen, opened the image in Photoshop, and then went into full-screen mode. It now looked like it was on the screen with the error message. But – nothing would happen when the button was clicked. Genius.
I only wish I was there when David saw the screen. According to him, he figured it out right away. But, from what my friend told me, it was only after quite a bit of muttering and frustrated clicking …
And the best part is that I became somewhat of a legend among our co-workers as the one who got David – and on a computer issue nonetheless!
The Cul-de-Sac War
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date November 10, 2020
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Virginia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Melissa Ferguson’s new novel proves that good fences make good neighbors—and that sometimes love and hate share a backyard.
Free-spirited Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count—and the next stop on her journey is the nation’s oldest live performance theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady in Abingdon for one full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s cabin. She feels like her dreams are coming true.
But life at the theater throws her some curve balls.
And then there’s her new neighbor—Chip McBride.
Chip is the man everyone in town seems to love, yet he’s nothing but a thorn in Bree’s side. She would move heaven and earth to have him out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she cannot move out of her house. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast.
Bree isn’t the only one who’s a wee bit competitive, and as Chip registers what Bree’s up to, he’s more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, both of their fragile job ambitions start to wobble. And it doesn’t help that the line between love and hate is starting to blur.
In Melissa Ferguson’s latest rom-com, two enemies find something they never expected in one another—taking “all’s fair in love and war” to a hilarious and heartwarming new level.
I would like to thank Edelweiss Plus, Thomas Nelson Publishing for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Bree and Chip’s initial meeting actually went quite well. Considering she was running for help due to a costume mishap during a performance and smashed him with the door. But, after he saved the day for her, she was a little smitten.
Until the first misunderstanding. But Bree was livid and determined to get revenge on her arrogant, insensitive, huge dog-loving neighbor! Who just happened to be the guy she thought she connected with on the steps of the theater.
My husband was chuckling at my laughter as I read. I try to restrain myself and keep my giggles inside while I’m reading but sometimes it is just not possible. And it seems like it is impossible while reading Melissa Ferguson’s books to hold back the reactions. I mean, really! My favorite was the deal they made about the invisible fence and the deadline. What a riot!
And then Bree’s roommate’s response to the loss of water in their house for that week. Oh my! If Chip was trying to drive Bree crazy, he couldn’t have done it better than that.
Chip was so much fun – his delight in the battle of wits showed his great sense of humor. And that was despite his struggles with starting a new business – one that was in competition with his own family’s business. But wasn’t. He had such struggles with a sense of being inadequate for his family. That they viewed him as being incapable of doing things on his own.
As with life, The Cul-de-Sac War was not all fun and games. Bree was dealing with grief over the death of her Nana and fear over the potential loss of her job. She, also, struggled with thinking she wasn’t enough as she sought to find her place in the world. And the pressure her parents put on her didn’t help! Nor did the fact that when they met her handsome neighbor, Chip, that they loved him and decided he would be perfect for Bree.
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story. Though I wouldn’t consider it Christian or even Inspirational fiction. God and church are mentioned yet in such a fleeting manner, it falls more under the category of Rom-Com and Clean Romance.