Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Difference

 

A large box was left on the porch today. Since it wasn’t from Chewy, I was pretty sure Linda Hill had paid a visit with this week’s prompt. The box did have a sinister look about it.  Sure enough, after a precautionary soak in a tub of water, here is what was inside.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “difference.” Whatever the word “difference” conjures first in your mind, write about it. Enjoy!

If you would like to enjoy little things like this and want to experience difference go to Linda’s blog and read how easy it is to participate.

Here is the link.

https://lindaghill.com/2021/04/09/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-10-2021/

Difference by John W. Howell © 2021

“Hey, there, my man. Why are you hanging that wet paper on the line?”

“This is the prompt from Linda Hill.”

“Why is it wet?”

“I wanted to make sure it wasn’t from a bomber, so I soaked the package in water.”

“Surely you know the difference between Linda’s messages and something strange like a package from a bomber?”

“I don’t like to be called Shirley. Yes, I know the difference between a Chewy box and Linda’s. This one looked a little strange.”

“How so? Give me an example of the difference.”

“The return address on this one was blacked out.”

“Yeah, okay. That does show a difference.”

“There was a printed warning on the side.”

“What did it day.”

“Explosives – Do not drop.”

“A total difference for sure. Anything else?”

“Another note.”

“Which said?”

“Loud ticking is normal.”

“Hahahaha. I think Linda was playing a trick on you.”

“See, that just shows the difference between you and me.”

“What difference?”

“You laugh at everything.”

“And you frown at everything.”

“Like I said, there is a difference between us. You see the glass as half full.”

“And you see the glass as half empty.”

“Speaking of.”

“Yeah, a nice full glass of beer.”

“You’re turn to buy.”

“I’ll make it a pitcher.”

“Even better.”

“Viva the difference.”

 

53 comments

  1. Well playing riffing of “difference”–and you even got in an “Airplane” reference and shades of Wile E. Coyote!!

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    1. Tried to get everyone involved, Liz. T-t-that’s all folks

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  2. You are the man! Good one! 🙂

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    1. Thank you , Billy Ray. 😁

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  3. “I don’t like to be called Shirley.” Laughing out loud at that.

    Great banter, John. A little late, you had me worried. Speaking of being worried, like the box says, ticking is normal…until it stops.

    Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Yes indeed. Had a schedule malfunction. I wrote the post yesterday at abut 10:26. I scheduled for today and for some reason the 10:27 stayed. Didn’t notice until late today. I would love to blame WP but probably isn’t the truth. Operator error. Thanks, Dan

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      1. As long as it wasn’t October 27th, we’re OK.

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      2. Yes. I could have been too.

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  4. With any luck this story will require a relief pitcher to come in and save the day.

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    1. Yes the second one for sure. Thanks, John

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Well done, John. I kept hearing Robert Frost, and then with the half-full and half-empty image, I concluded that your story took the path least expected which made all the difference. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I have to worry about poor Robert and his reaction to a link to me. I appreciate it though. 😁

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  6. Well done, John! Always proceed with caution I say – except where beer is involved.

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    1. I agree. When there is beer all bets are off.

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  7. Another one well done, John! Thanks for the ending chuckle. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jan 😊

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  8. Good one, John. Glad it ended well despite their differences!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. It did.

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  9. Good one, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you * sung to the tune of Concrete and Clay by Unit Four plus Two

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      1. Great tune! I had to YouTube since I had never heard the song.

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  10. Knocked the prompt right out of the park. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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  11. Hmmmm … I thought there was a bit of overreaction on your part with dunking the package in water, but the “Explosives — do not drop” message convinced me that I, too, would have soaked it. I’m glad Linda uses waterproof ink, else you might not have gotten the message. Enjoy your beer … I’ll pass on this one, for I’m still suffering the effects of that pitcher of Margaritas!

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    1. Yes you should take some time to recover.

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  12. Tongue-in-cheek humor is the best. Love this, John 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jacquie. I agree with you on the Tongue-in-cheek.

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  13. Love this one, John! Got a good giggle out of it. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad. 😁

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  14. Viva La difference indeed, John. Well done! I’m sending a crate of beer by FedEx … it won’t be ticking, 😁

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    1. Thank you, Soooz.

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  15. Loved this, John! Cheers! 🍻🍻🍻

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. 😁

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  16. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.” I think you were having a little fun with that memorable line from Airplane, John.

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    1. Yes, I was, Pete. Thank you.

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  17. Brilliantly done, John, you certainly made good use of the prompt.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. 😁

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  18. The difference between you and some other bloggers, John, is we are guaranteed a good time when we stop here for a visit!

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    1. My mission. Not here to preach or hawk books. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. You succeed at your mission!

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  19. ACME Bomb Kit. Fool your friends. Great at parties.

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    1. Endorsed by the Emergency Room Physician’s Association.

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  20. Love the airplane reference! Well done, John!

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  21. Well done, John! I love the ending.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  22. LOL! Great take on this prompt, John! I too liked the “airplane” reference.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.😁

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  23. I guess if the contents message wasn’t a practical joke, it would be alright since the USPS is currently running three weeks behind . . .

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    1. Yes. It never would have arrived in time.

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