Well played

Sunday Photo Fiction time (I’ve been away too long) and another opportunity to turn a picture that’s worth a thousand words into a picture of 200 words or fewer — hopefully.

Where to go with that oh-so-harmless-looking well?

“Back to the well,” Jax said, a wry smile on his face.

It was a running joke. A well with no water, sandwiched in an alley and flanked by a flower bed that never needed watering. No one knew why. The soil was permanently wet and the flowers forever nourished.

“I’m welling up,” I replied.

The running joke had become a game. How many bad puns could you come up with before drawing a blank.

“Well said,” Jax answered.

“Well played,” I replied.

“Well enough?”

“I’ll allow it, though I don’t feel well about it.”

“Well done.” Actual awe in Jax’s voice.

“Well, I am the best.”

“Well, why not feel that way,” he said. “You’ve done well for yourself so far.”

“Ouch, a double helping of wellness,” I mocked.

“That doesn’t count,” he jumped in.

“Well, if you’d have waited I would’ve had another retort,” I smirked. “But you were well ahead of me getting out a response.”

He looked at me, then back at the well. It just sat there, not even echoing our bad jokes because there was no depth to it. Jax had no response.

“Well,” I stood up. “I guess I win.”

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U.S. soccer team headed for a long journey

United States' Jozy Altidore, left, scores a goal as he kicks the ball past Nigeria's Joseph Yobo, right, during the second half of an international friendly in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

United States’ Jozy Altidore, left, scores a goal as he kicks the ball past Nigeria’s Joseph Yobo, right, during the second half of an international friendly in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

After an impressive 2-1 win over Nigeria in a friendly on Saturday, the United States soccer team flew to Brazil on a flight that left Miami on Sunday and arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday.

The US was scheduled to have a training session later that afternoon before getting settled in final preparations for their World Cup opener.

But they won’t be settled for long.

Click here to read more about the many miles the US will log during World Cup 2014 in Brazil.