Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Flyer/Ad”


Stream of Consciousness

Yes, it is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this week’s prompt is going to take some explanation. I think I’ll let Linda Hill explain. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flyer/ad.” Look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is. Do not name the brand if you hate it unless you add that it’s an opinion/review of the product in question. You don’t want to chance getting sued. Have fun!”

Somehow I find the chance of getting sued and the word fun in the same sentence as ironic. If you would like to experience irony first hand, go to Linda’s blog and read how to participate.  Here is the link.

Me and Casper. By John W. Howell © 2019

“Why do you care where the flyer is from yesterday?”

“I almost hate to tell you.”

“Oh, let me guess. You are doing that Saturday Stream thing, right?”

“Er… In a word, yes.”

“I threw it in the trash.”

“Darn. I just dumped the coffee grounds into the trash.”

“No, wait. I think I may have put it in the wastebasket.”

“Okay, that would be better than going through the coffee grounds.”

“Here is the flyer.”

“Oh, thank you. This is a mattress company.”

“Well, can you work with that?”

“I’ll have to, I suppose.”

“So I can go back to living my life?”

“Yes. I have a question, though.”

“Okay, shoot.”

“Have you ever heard of The Casper Mattress Company?”


“I haven’t either. Maybe this is some kind of joke.”

“Well, they paid the postage to prank us.”

“So, you are saying they are a real company?”

“Yes, I have no reason to doubt them.”

“Do we need a mattress?”

“Why do you think the flyer was in the wastebasket? Why don’t you write the Saturday post and be done with it?”

“Cause now I’m curious. Maybe this company is named after the ghost.”

“You are killing me now.”

“Don’t you think it possible?”

“Anything is possible, including manslaughter.”

“Hmmm. I’ll be in my office if you need me.”

“‘Need’ is a relative term.”

“Well, you’ll know where I’ll be.”

“I hope you and Casper have a great time.”

“Me and Casper? It sounds like a great title to a post.”

“Knock yourself out.”



  1. I’m laughing at this. It never fails, when I need to dig something out of the trash, I’ve just thrown out the coffee grounds. Nice job, John. Happy Saturday!

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    1. It is almost a law. “When you need something back from the trash it is covered in coffee grounds in direct proportion to how badly you need the item.” Happy Saturday to you, Jill * sung to the tune of Give a Little Bit by Supertramp.

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      1. Or broken egg shells! Great tune! Here’s a tune for you…Marshmallow World by Dean Martin. 🙂

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      2. You took me back to 1966 and watching Dean Martin’s Christmas special. Two years into first marriage, one year into firsWas a good time. 😊


      3. I loved those Christmas specials, John. 🙂

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  2. Jill is so right – those coffee grounds get on everything. I’m not usually looking for a flier though. My hunt is usually for a receipt. Well, did you find out if the company was named after the ghost? (Cute story).

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    1. It doesn’t appear to be. Not much info on the flyer. Thanks, GP. Like you I hunt for receipts which I toss before I know if the item is going to work. 😀

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  3. Never had to work with coffee grounds. Sounds like they’re a problem if you need to retrieve trash.

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    1. A big problem. Thanks, Charles.


  4. I also through flyers in the trash. I guess some people look at them though or they wouldn’t send them.

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    1. I guess some do. Thanks, Robbie.

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  5. I love the interplay between the two characters. Speaker #1 is getting a wee bit exasperated!

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    1. Just a wee bit. Thanks, Liz.

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  6. Good job, John. I’m not sure I’d want a mattress from a ghost company. You’d never know who’s inside. Still, Casper always looked kinda fluffy.

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    1. Hahahahaha. I could see laying down and hearing someone sigh. Thanks, Dan.

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  7. There sure are a large number of alternative mattress companies out there. At least this mattress company might be ‘friendly’ if named after Casper.

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    1. Good point, Maggie. Since I have all the Mattresses I need I’m not going to find out. 😁


  8. Coffee grounds, while providing a more pleasant aromatic quality to the garbage, nonetheless cover everything in their clutches. I’ve had to root around a time or two after having thrown grounds away. Ugh.

    Casper must be expensive, because I don’t know why the mattress company wouldn’t use him for a spokesperson otherwise. He would seem to be a slam dunk proposition.

    Nicely played, Boss.

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    1. You would think so but no mention of the little guy. I think they are expensive sine they have a $200.00 off coupon. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. Yeah . . if they’re taking $200.00 off, you’re looking at a significant purchase, LOL.

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  9. Oh, there is nothing worse than digging through coffee grounds. 🙂 And yes, I have done it. Great use of the prompt, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I accidently tossed my auto insurance card and then dumped doffee grounds on top. Yes, I was digging in the trash to get it back. 😀


  10. So is it lucrative being a ghost writer?

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    1. One can imagine, right? Good one, John

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  11. My guess is the owner’s first name of the mattress company is Casper, and he’s never forgiven his parents for that name. But, yes, usually when I want a section of the newspaper I haven’t read, it’s “In the trash” where we don’t have coffee grinds (no coffee drinkers here) but wet soggy used teabags. 🙂

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  12. You never fail to entertain, John.
    What? you don’t recycle your newspaper/flyers? That’s the one thing that would NOT have coffee grounds in my house 😉

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    1. Fiction here. Thanks, Dale.

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Now I’m imagining how it would be to sleep like a ghost…lol.

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  14. I have a Casper- it’s like sleeping on a cloud 🙂

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  15. At least coffee grounds are better than the bottom of the bird cage.

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  16. Better “I just dumped the coffee grounds in the trash” than “I just scooped the kitty litter boxes into the trash”. Yes?

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    1. Yes. Much better

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  17. I loved this, John!

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    1. I’m glad, Jennie.

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