21 November 2014

Published November 19, 2014 by rochellewisoff

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The following photo is the PROMPT. Whether you spell it ‘tire’ or ‘tyre’ doesn’t matter. What matters is what you see. Step outside the box. I dare you.😉

My story is after the prompt and the blue inLinkz frog. I appreciate honest comments and crit. 

It has come to my attention through a myriad of enthusiastic and well meaning comments in my comment section that inLinkz is requiring a log in from those using the code. I apologize for any confusion and encourage you to contact inLinkz.com DIRECTLY for help. Also, I’ve been told that the blue frog does a disappearing act from this page for some. I don’t know why this happens nor is there anything I can do about it. If you want to vent about it feel free to email me at Runtshell@gmail.com. I’ll do what I can. 

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            After weeks of rolling waves and seasickness, Robert William Thomson arrived in America. Banished. A fugitive all because he refused to go to Seminary. Sentenced to apprentice as a merchant with his uncle in Charleston.

            The weary boy tried to find a comfortable position in the carriage as it lurched and bounced along the rock strewn road. His back ached with each bump and he longed for his beloved Scotland.      

            “I couldn’t learn Latin either,” said his uncle with a wink. “What would ye really like to do, laddie?”

            “I’d like to take the corners off these bloody wheels.”




Thomson's US patent

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118 comments on “21 November 2014

  • Rochelle,
    when I saw the picture I suspected you would do something about the history of tires. I’m not sure if I’ve heard of Robert Thomson before this or not, but we should all thank him for his contribution. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable travel used to be. We all have a lot riding on his invention.


    • Dear David,

      You’re up early this morning.😉

      I hadn’t heard of Robert Thomson until I started following the threads. Ain’t the internet grand? I’ve always thought of wagon and carriage travel in romantic terms.

      Am I becoming too predictable?

      Thank you.




  • What a great piece of history you’ve introduced here — thanks!
    Poor RWT — being sent to the States must have felt like a prison sentence.
    Loved this, Rochelle —


  • I had never heard this story before.. But that era was a time of big inventions. And also any education had to start with Latin .. I love to learn new things… and as you say Internet is wonderful.

    I will ponder this picture to see if I can come with something..


  • Wow, that was a good one with a brilliant bit of background research. That link was one of the best I’ve followed in a long time. I always learn something when I come here, Rochelle. The man was indomitable.


  • Rochelle, As always you’re written a story that not only entertained us, but informed us. This was done thoroughly and well. I feel rather sorry that most people will never know this man’s contributions. He was just ahead of his time. Well done as always.🙂 — Susan


    • Dear Susan,

      I wonder just how many unsung heroes we’ve missed in our history books. I’m always happy to take passengers as I travel through history.😉

      Thank you for your head turning compliments.




  • Awesome. I clicked on all the links you provided and got an education in tires (tyres?). Too bad that Thomson doesn’t get the credit and Dunlop does. I loved the last line of the story. It made me laugh. Necessity truly is the mother of invention. Great one, Rochelle.🙂


  • Talk about reinventing the wheel, Rochelle – this guy actually did it! once again, thank you for the history lesson. You leave so much unsaid in your stories, allowing us to really get to know the characters, and to infer the lessons. Caps off, as usual.


    • Dear Jennifer,

      It amazes me how much is out there on the interweb for the learning. When I find tidbits like this it sets my imagination reeling. I don’t know how true to life my stories are.😉

      Thank you.




  • Dear Rochelle
    Exile is cruel, whatever the day and age. You portrayed very well young Robert’s feeling of being cast into a huge expansive alien world, full of discomforts. I love his final comment about the wheels.
    Further to what Sandra has said about the blue frog – it just displays as words and not a frog on my blog. As I understand it, WordPress doesn’t allow external html code to be added to blog posts for emblems/gadgets, or to widgets, due to the risk of introducing a virus that spreads across the whole blogging platform.
    Defeated by the frog, I just display a link to the relevant post on your blog, plus a link to any guest who provides a photo prompt, plus copyright acknowledgement. But, of course, I’d prefer to display your frog!
    All the best


      • Hi Janet,
        I remember following Rochelle’s instructions when I tried, and I’m fairly certain I was in the “text” section. Just as she suggested, I tested it out by adding it to an old post to test it out, but when I looked at the updated post, it was just letters and symbols where the blue frog should be.


        • Sounds as though the WordPress gremlins are out in force these days. I had register last week and now have to log in to get the link code, but at least it shows up as a frog. What’s really annoying is that there’s no one to read complaints (from WordPress, that is.)


          • My experience is that if you begin a new topic in the forum, if it’s about a technical issue, a WP techie usually comments. I think it was one of them who explained to me about the hazards of html code and viruses when I was having some issue with adding widgets.


            • This is actually not a WordPress issue but an inLInkz one. I emailed them this morning and here’s the reply:
              Hi Rochelle,

              there is no need to login in order to add links to a linkup.

              On the other hand, due to abuse of the system by non users adding
              linkups to spammy blogs, co hosts are required to at least have a
              free inlinkz account to have access to the code. (only for the code, not to
              view the linkup)

              If you do provide them with the links to add the linkup to their own blog,
              then they will need
              to sign in to grab the code. If you just send them the link to view the
              linkup , they should have no
              issues at all.

              If they need access to the code, just let them know that they only need to
              signup for a free account.
              It will only take a minute and I am sure they will understand that this is
              done to prevent your
              linkups appear in inappropriate blogs.

              There is also a notification on the page where your link leads them to grab
              the code:
              [image: Inline image 1]

              If they still have trouble, then forward them to us so we can understand
              what exactly they are
              doing and they are asked for an account and guide them

              Let me know if I can be of any help

              All the best,
              Maria, InLinkz.com


    • Dear Sarah,

      As I’ve added in a note at the top, I have nothing to do with the disappearing frog or the inLinkz. Now that I’ve plodded through all the technical cross talk here I’ll say thank you for your kind comments on my story.




    • Dear Anonymous,

      Now that you mention it, I guess I do spend a lot of time reading obscure history. It’s kind of how my research for a story works. As in this week, I started with history of the tire and Robert Dunlop. The article mentioned Thomson and from there…well, you could say, the rest is history.😉

      Thank you whoever you are.




    • Dear Marie Gail,

      I couldn’t help but think a fourteen year old boy sent to live with an uncle across the sea for not being able to learn Latin might have some anger issues.😉 Pity he was far ahead of his time and didn’t get the credit he deserved while he was still alive.

      Thank you.



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  • So maybe it’s adversity that is the mother of invention more so than necessity? Well written story as usual Rochelle! How do I go about submitting a photo to you for FF? I have a pic of a seagull trying to swallow a starfish that’s just hilarious.


  • Dear Henny Penny,
    Both tires and roads have come a long way since 1847. That young man’s mind would be blown away if he saw some of the cloverleaves at any of our major cities. I’ve ridden in an iron-wheeled wagon. It jars the stuffing out of you.
    Yours truly,
    Poppin’ Fresh


    • Dear Poppin’ Fresh,

      Tires have come a long way indeed. Change notwithstanding, I still manage to run over nails and have to have the tyres plugged. I

      I wonder what Mr. Thomson would say if he saw rush hour.

      Thanks for poppin’ by.


      Henny Penny


  • Love the story. As a Harley rider, I am so thankful for the new wheels. Those wooden ones were a pain in the….oh wait, I wasn’t there. Thanks dear for another wonderful story and history lesson. 👍


  • Fantastic story Rochelle, I’m so glad I followed the link to the history lesson. Good on you for giving Thompson a plug, Goes to show what you can achieve when you find your creative side. Dunlop’s certainly reaped the benefits over the years. I enjoyed, thank you.


  • My goodness what bumpy rides those must have been before! I can just feel the body aches that went along with such trips…
    Once he saw the photograph, my husband gave me a full history on Michelin tires. So much so that I almost named my own piece “When Michelin Was King”!


  • My Scottish blood is rising up again in pride. My mother is always reminding me of just how many inventions were actually from Scotland. A great story Rochelle, and very interesting history.


  • Wow Rochelle:

    This is quite an interesting story … so sad that he never got much credit for this great invention! Thanks for sharing this tidbit of history with us! Have a great Sunday, Georgia


  • Dear Rochelle, History class is in session and our Professor has given us another wonderful tidbit of interesting information. I didn’t know this about tires but I do know the Michelin man. Great story and fun! Thanks Rochelle as always! Nan 🙂


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