Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Notice

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It is Stream Of Consciousness Saturday time again and this week’s prompt is, “notice.” Linda Hill says we can use “notice,” any way we want. If you would like to join in on the fun visit Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2018/08/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-25-18/ 

Notice by John W. Howell © 2018

“Would you look at this?”

“What?”

“This notice in the newspaper.”

“Let me see it.”

“Read that part about more taxes.”

“OMG. The county is raising the tax rate. Can they do that?”

“Yes, if they publish a notice they can.”

“Well, this looks like a notice to me. How about if we just ignore it.”

“Ignore it? Then what?”

“When it comes time to pay the taxes we’ll just say we never got the notice.”

“Doesn’t work that way.”

“Why not?”

“They posted a notice. Nowhere in the statutes does it say anyone has to read the notice.”

“That’s taxation without retnalization.”

“Without what?”

“Retnalization. Without making sure the eye sees the notice.”

“You been reading lawyer fiction again?”

“No, but it has to be a thing.”

“Good luck with the tax bill. As for me, I’m going to pay mine.”

“Well, I’m going to fight to my last fiber against unfair taxation.”

“It is a one mill increase.”

“One million? Outrageous. Get a gun.”

“A mill is one one-hundredth of a cent. It is almost not enough to count.”

“One one-hundredth? Hmm. That means my bill goes up by a dollar.”

“I’m not good at math, but it sounds right.”

“That’s different.”

“it is?”

“Not worth my time to fight.”

“What about the principle?”

“Principles are overrated. Let’s get some coffee.”

“No gun?”

“Please.”

79 comments

  1. Awesome, John. Great to see you up and running again.

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    1. Shuffling is more like it, but thank you.

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  2. I’m giving you fair notice that I am not a writer, and if you’ll notice, I have very little imagination!

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    1. Ha haha. I notice that you do a fine job with the prompt notice. Thanks, GP.

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  3. It starts with a dollar, John. Next think you know, you’re skipping a donut.

    Great job with the prompt.

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    1. Oh my gosh. I never thought it would go that far. Can’t skip a donut. Thanks, Dan

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  4. Little by little, it adds up. Great job, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. It does. Happy Saturday to you, Jill. *sung to the tune of You Got a Friend by James Taylor.

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      1. Great song! 🙂

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  5. Great word game. Following the step is to stop at each phrase to enjoy it. A lot of humor Happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Mac

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  6. And history shall remember the near rebellion that took place. 😛

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    1. Yes for sure. Right up there with the too hot coffee rebellion. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. That was a dark hour. May that Starbucks barista rest in peace. (He’s not dead, but he really didn’t like getting scowled at.)

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      2. Surprised he didn’t fall into a puddle of tears.

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      3. That’s a health violation.

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  7. Great post, John. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, John. 🙂

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  8. A mill is one one-hundredth of a cent.

    Yeah buddy, but it’s my one-hundredth of a penny. Come and take it! 🙂

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    1. Yeah. You tell em, Greg. 😀

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  9. I retinalized your post and giggled, How fickle to be so adamant and stociously object to a rise until … you realise you can afford it. Great post response you made me laugh. 😀😂

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. The exact reaction I was hoping for. 😀

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      1. You did good!

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  10. Hilarious, John. You need to publish “The Howell Dictionary!”

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    1. Ha haha. Thanks, John

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  11. Gwen Plano · ·

    So funny!! Thank you for the smiles. 😀 BTW on Branson news this morning, they mentioned the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey and showed footage of Port Aransas. It’s hard to believe a year has passed. All the best…

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    1. It is. There are several “memory,” events today which would have made a nice Views. Too bad I can’t get to them. Thanks, Gwen.

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  12. harmonykent · ·

    Love this, John! Made me sit up and awake notice! 😉. Have a great weekend 😊

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    1. Thank you, Harmony.

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  13. harmonykent · ·

    Darn auto-correct … that’s was sit up and take! Lol!

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    1. I kind of liked awake. 😀

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  14. “That’s taxation without retnalization.” I love it!!

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    1. Ha haha. Never thought spell check would leave me alone. Thanks, Laura.

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  15. Love how it went from “No way, José” to “What? Only a dollar?”… but they do get you in the end… it’ll creep up until you are paying through the nose.
    Great fun!

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    1. Yes. We all need to be more observant. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. And how much could we do about it…

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      2. Have you seen my AK?

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      3. I did… did I not comment on it?

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      4. This is weird. A duplicate comment. Sorry about that. Yes, you did comment.

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      5. No worries! Feel free to flush this one!

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      6. Kaaawoooshhhhh

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      7. Buahahaha!

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      8. Sorry… not in the neck of the woods 😉

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  16. John,

    There is a new ‘Murican phrase now, thanks entirely to you.

    Taxation with Retnalization.

    In another life, you MUST have been one of the founding fathers! They loved coming up with phrases that would live in perpetuity. And they loved their beverage of choice as well.

    To life, liberty and the pursuit of twenty twenty vision!

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    1. And a nice Claret. Thanks, Marc

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  17. Lol, I agree though. We’re taxed within an inch of our lives! Pretty soon I can’t afford to go for coffee and then things are going to get ugly 🙂

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    1. Real ugly for sure.

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  18. Ah! If only we could avoid taxation without retnalization :). You knocked another one out of the park sir!

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    1. Thank you, Jill.

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  19. I “noticed” how quickly the tide changed. 🙂 Great one, John.

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    1. Clever, Jan. Ha haha

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  20. Reminds me of that Far Side cartoon where a man is reading the paper, and some frightening thing with one eye and tentacles is sitting on a page. He says to his wife, “Did you see this thing in the paper?”

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, John

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  21. I’m out of words! JUST, STOP IT!!! Oh, and, by the way, melika mucho! ♥

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Billy Ray

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  22. Ha! If only the increases I see were that small. Everything seems to go up faster than wages… Virginia will nickle and dime you to death.
    But with so many battles, one must choose wisely which to fight. Good idea to forget the weapon on that one. 😉 Happy weekend hugs!

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    1. I guess the weapon isn’t necessary. Thanks, Teagan.

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  23. Loved this, specially the ending note 😀

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    1. Thank you, Neha.

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    1. Thank you, Traci

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  24. That’s how they get you. The speed of a snail.

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    1. death by a 1000 mills

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      1. The mill that broke the snail’s back.

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  25. Creeping taxation starts with a dollar here…then…

    Nice to see you back on schedule! Hope the recovery is going very well.

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    1. It is going well, Deborah. Thank you.

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      1. Good to hear that!

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    1. Thank you for the reblog

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