Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “Sky’s the Limit”

 

It is Stream of Consciousness time again, and here comes Linda Hill. She has a balloon on a string and an envelope attached to the string. I’ll bet it is the prompt for today.

“Hi, Linda. Want to come inside.”

“No thanks, John. I just need to deliver this prompt.”

“I like the balloon.”

“Well, grab the envelope and open it. See you.”

“Bye, Linda. Now let me see. I’ll open the envelope. Oops, the balloon just got away. Wow, look at it, climb. The sky’s the limit for that sucker. Let me see what the note says.”

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “sky’s the limit.” Write about something that has or seems to have no end. Enjoy!

The Sky’s the Limit by John W. Howell © 2021

“Hey, why are you looking up at the sky?”

“I just lost a balloon.”

“A balloon. What kind of craziness are you up to now? Oh, wait. The Saturday prompt, right?”

“That’s right. It came from Linda Hill on the end of a balloon.”

“Let me guess. You opened the envelope, and the balloon got away.”

“Once again, you qualify as a clairvoyant.”

“Only you would lose a balloon chasing something as dumb as this Saturday thing.”

“The prompt is for us to talk about something that is endless.”

“Yeah, so what have you chosen? The height that the balloon will go?”

“No, that’s not it.”

“The amount of time you will spend on this prompt.”

“Very funny.”

“Okay, I give up. What is it.”

“Your criticism of my prompt activities.”

“Huh?”

“It’s endless. You are always criticizing. Never supportive.”

“Now, wait a minute. People will get the wrong idea.”

“About you?”

“No, about you.”

“What do you mean?”

“You should be writing about big endless things like freedom.”

“Freedom can end.”

“Don’t we know that. How about endless possibilities.”

“That does sound better. Possibilities to do what?”

“Do something else on Saturday besides the prompt.”

“There you go.”

“You left yourself wide open.”

“I give up.”

“Beer time?”

“You’re buying.”

55 comments

  1. A very “meta” response to the prompt. I enjoyed it!

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    1. Thank you Liz. 😊

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  2. Good one, John! Happy Saturday to the Howell House!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you.* sung to the tune of Still the Same by Bob Seger.

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  3. hahaha. Loved it!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. 😊

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  4. […] “I’m in the mood to drink something quickly. I’ll have the beer and then I’ll have some John Howell’s bourbon.” […]

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  5. And here I thought it was always beer time!!

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    1. Well it is. I had a great time on vacation one time in my life. I caught fish for breakfast and had a beer with them. That beer has not been beaten for enjoyment yet. 😁

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  6. I like the way you bounced us around a few corners, John. Nice job! Hold on tight, to the balloons and to the good possibilities.

    Take care.

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    1. I’m gald you liked it, Dan. I do love to body check once and a while.

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      1. You do it well.

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  7. Feels like this one got turned against the prompt with ‘do something else’. Didn’t see that coming.

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    1. Thanks, Charles. 😊

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  8. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I like good possibilities! Nice one, John. Have a great day — maybe with a balloon or two. 😃

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    1. That would be a good idea, Gwen. Who doesn’t smile at a balloon? Thank you 😁

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  9. I love the introduction you added to this one, John. Thanks for a page full of smiles. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. 😁 I’m glad you like it.

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  10. You are an expert at Linda’s challenges. And I like that it invariably ends with a beer!

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    1. I get a beer on Saturday so I naturally gravitate to that. This week it is VooDoo Ranger an Imperial IPA (9% ABV) Look out.

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      1. Of course. You deserve one come Saturday 🙂
        VooDoo Ranger has quite the name! Was it good? IPA’s have a way of being great to not so great, for me.

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      2. I haven’t had it yet. 6:00 PM. I’ll let you know.

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      3. Silly me… I didn’t look at the time 😉

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      4. I had to put off the beer. Needed to go on an errand. Tonight is the night. 😊

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      5. You are so disciplined 😉 Do enjoy it tonight, though!

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      6. Thank you. I have this thing about drinking and driving. It is horrifying to me. I did have a glass of wine with dinner and I still have tonight to look forward to so all is good. 😊

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      7. It’s a good thing to have. Drinking and driving is not to be taken lightly. A glass of wine at dinner is not something to worry about but we all have our limits.

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      8. Yeah, I guess my days in pilot training gave me an aversion to even one drink before driving

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      9. Pilot training? Is there nothing you haven’t done? But yes, it is a very good thing to have – aversion to drinking and driving.

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      10. I never did any mountain climbing. 😁

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      11. Buahaha! Okay then…. shaking my head and laughing…

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  11. I was going to go with the aunt of Clara Voy. Then like in Young Frankenstein you went with the where wolf joke. There Hugo ! It is time for that beer.

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    1. I think you are right.

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  12. Very clever, John! Another successful response that made me chuckle. 🙂

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    1. A chuckle a day is a good thing. Thanks, Jan

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  13. Beer and balloons, my Saturday is perfect 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. Good combo for sure. Thanks, Jacquie.

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  14. Beer is always appreciated. The sky is not the limit if you turn to science fiction.

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    1. There you go. No limits there for sure.

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  15. Yep, leaned right into that sinker, LOL

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  16. Reading that was like a race. We all won!!! Great post 🙂

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    1. Thankyou, Jill. 😊

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  17. Surprisingly deep, John. Big endless things like freedom – freedom can end. Now Ima be pondering that all day.

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    1. Add this from Chris Christopherson “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,” as sung by Janus Joplin in Me and Bobby McGee.

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      1. Ooo yes! Though I have to admit being partial to Mr. Cash’s version 😉

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Good post and take on it, John.

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  19. John, you are the master of concise, snappy dialogue. I like it.

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  20. Bravo, John. I love how start with a balloon and end with a beer. Well, you always end with a beer, which is terrific. The freedom comment didn’t go unnoticed. Now I have Jimi Hendrix stuck in my head.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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