Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Ing”

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this week the prompt is “ing.” On top of the prompt, we get extra points for using ing in the first and last word of the piece. You may think these points aren’t important. Well, let me tell you …..hmm. If you would like to know more about this craziness visit Lind’s site and read all about it. Also, there is quite a few clever writers  all working hard for the points. Here is my interpretation.

ING by John W. Howell © 2015

“Ing come over here.”

“Yes, boss. What is it?”

“I’ve noticed you have not been using your last name on all your project requisitions. Mind telling me why?”

“Well, boss I think my first name is distinctive and to add my last name would take away from that. Ing Schtingmeister does not roll off the tongue. I’m gaining a rep as the Mighty Ing.”

“I can appreciate that Ing, but company policy dictates a full signature on all project requisitions.”

“Since when has this rule been in effect.”

“I don’t know. Since the beginning of the company I guess.”

“I never heard of such a thing.”

“Well as your boss I’m asking you to comply since I don’t need auditing to come in here and give us some findings simply because your signature is not complete.”

“Is this a legal thing or company nit-picking?”

“No, it is a legal. Here let me quote the rule. All project signatures must be the full legal signature of the requisitioner. So you see you need to use your legal signature.”

“Terrific. No Problem. I changed my name a year ago.”

“Changed it? To what?”



“yup. Just Ing.”

“I’ll be darned. Ing?”


“No more problems then Ing. Use Ing.”

“I was thinking of changing it again.”


“Yup. This time it will be Mighty Ing.”

“You know we may be talking about a firing Mighty Ing.”

“I’ll keep Ing.”

“Smart thing Ing.”


  1. Just think of the different personae he could wear for his various roles in life: work Ing, relax Ing, play Ing, parent Ing – the list is never-end Ing

    1. Excellent. This could be pushed forever. Thanks

  2. Good one John, names can be the bane of our lives confounding almost…

    1. Almost. I think addresses might be a close second.

  3. Nicely done John. Given the names I’ve seen cropping up lately, this probably isn’t that far fetched.

    1. The new kids seem to have a different idea of self. Thanks Dan

  4. Reminds me of an old coworker who signed stuff as ‘Batman’ for a day. That didn’t end well.

  5. Years ago, a man in Northern Minnesota legally changed his name to the number 1504 which, he explained, had mystical significance. He then applied for a drivers license under his legal name – but the DMV refused to issue him a new license. Their old computer code written in Basic Assembler Language (BAL) couldn’t handle it.

    The man went to a judge who ordered the DMV to comply. The DMV appealed, arguing that it would cost several million dollars to modify their code. After a few years of legal wrangling, the adults prevailed.

    On an interesting side note, I did a study for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on the frequency of names and dates of birth in the DMV database. Even in a state populated mostly by the Johnson and Anderson family, there were almost no duplicates – until I reached Muhammad, Muhammad 01/01/1983 and found several thousand of them.

    Our state has a very large Somalian population, a people who do not normally record birthdays, only the year.

    1. Very interesting how cultures are different. Thanks.

  6. Ing? Well, gee, at least he stands out, right??!

  7. Thinking Ing should come back for another visit. Tee-hee! Or maybe drop in on your Wednesday story. Hugs! I mean hugging!

    1. Good old Ing. I’ll put him on the shelf. (or in the freezer) 🙂

  8. 😀 😀 What’s in a name. Ha ha. Glad he didn’t use first and last name and changed Ing to something like Bill. 😀

  9. I was dubious when you told me the rules of this “Ing” party…I was like…”How’s John gonna pull this one off?”. I’m sorry I doubted you. It will never, ever happen again.

    have a great weekend Boss

    1. Thanks Pilgrim. You as well.

  10. Very clever! I would give you extra points!

  11. Haha! Definitely extra points for you, John. 🙂 By the way, I pay close attention to your introduction every week – it’s half the fun! 😀

    1. I had hoped so. 🙂

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