Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Guess.”



It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. Today’s prompt is “Guess.” Linda Hill says we can use it any way we want. If you would like to participate, visit Linda’s blog and find out how. Here is the link

Guess by John W. Howell ยฉ2017

“So if I had to guesstimate the amount we needโ€””

“Yeah, hold on a minute. What do you mean guesstimate?”

“You know. An estimate and a guess rolled into one.”

“So why not just say a guess?”

“Cause my number will be more accurate than a guess.”

“Well, then why don’t you call it an estimate?”

“Real simple. My number will be less accurate than an estimate.”.

“Now you have me confused.”

“Not hard I’m sure.”

“Very funny. So you are saying your guesstimate is somewhere between a guess and an estimate.”

“Yes. I think you have it.”

“And you count on these number to do your job.?”

“Sure do. At least I’m not coming up with a SWAG.”

“Okay, what’s a SWAG?”

“Scientific Wild Assed Guess.”

“And that’s good you aren’t coming up with a SWAG?”

“Oh yeah. A SWAG takes some input and when all is said and done it is still a guess. Too much work. A guesstimate gets you there with a lot less effort.”

“Here we are trying to figure out how much beer we need for the game. What do you do where you use guesstimates?”

“I work for NASA. In charge of fueling the rockets.”

“So sorry I asked.”


  1. I love it!

    There you go again, Boss. Keeping us guessing to the very end.

  2. Sounds like my budgeting process. Nice job, John. Let’s hope it’s 100% fiction, but you never can tell.

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    LOL!! I loved the definition of guesstimate – brilliant! And, SWAG? – too funny! I’m hoping NASA is laughing as well. Great job, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ha ha ha!๐Ÿ˜„ love Swag!!! You’re always such a fun part of my day!!

  5. LOL! This was great, John! I always liked that word. Happy Saturday!

  6. ROFLMAO! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Why do I feel like guesstimates is how the stock market works?

    1. I think because that’s how it works.

      1. Well there you go.

  8. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    Author John W. Howell gifts us with a very humorous prompt response based on the word “guess”. I’m sure you’ll love it. Please, read on…

    1. Thank you, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. You’re welcome, good sir!

  9. My Manager: Greg, I am going to double your estimate.

    Me: Why?

    My Manager: Because you are too optimistic.

    Me: Okay.

    My Manager: But I will only give you half of your original estimate to complete the project.

    Me: Again, why?

    My Manager: Because that is all the budget will allow.

    1. and we need to shorten the timeframe by half. Thanks Greg. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Loved the NASA line.

    1. Thanks, Teri. ;-D

  11. The NASA twist was perfect!

    1. Thanks, Jan. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Haha! โ€œScientific Wild Assed Guess.โ€ Love it. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Hugs

  13. The last line caught me by surprise again. Cracked me up.

    1. i’m so glad. That was the idea. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Jami Carder · ·

    This made me chuckle๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. So glad. Thanks for letting me know.

    1. Glad you liked it Laurie

  15. I ran with a lot of those NASA guys and gals in Houston. Jokesters ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun, John

    1. I’ll bet they were fun.

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