Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Mash

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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time, and there was a small envelope lying on the front sidewalk. I opened it, and here is what it said “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “mash.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”

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Mash by John W. Howell ©2021

“Why are you staring at the piece of paper. Oh wait, don’t answer that. It has to be Stream of Consciousness time again.”

“Yes, it is. This week is a one-word prompt that has me flummoxed.”

“Flummoxed, eh? Must be a big word.”

“You just get in from Toronto? No, it isn’t a big word. it’s a confusing word.”

“Like antidisestablishmentarianism?”

“No, like mash.”


“Yeah, mash. What can you do with mash?’

“Oh, man. How about a song and dance?”

“Song and dance?”

“Yeah, Monster Mash and Mash potatoes.”

“No, everyone will do those.”

“Okay, then let’s go to sour mash.”

“Sour mash? What the heck is that?”

“The makins for whiskey. You get corn and let it ferment and—”

“That will be fine. We don’t need to go on about sour mash.”

“How about Mash 4077?”

“The TV show? Um, that’s another one everyone will do.”

“Okay, I’m close to giving up. How about an idea from you?”

“I could talk of the Mash bike.”

“Yeah, that would be a real crowd-pleaser.”

“At least it would be unique.”

“Like green hair.”

“It is getting close to lunch.”

“yeah, so what does that have to do with the prompt?”

“The pub is calling.”

“I’m always game for that. You need to complete your prompt exercise.”

“Okay, how about we have a black and Tan and . . . wait for it. . . bangers and mash.”

“You did it.”

“Yup, I did.”

“Let’s go. The first is on me.”

“Uber is waiting.”



  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Another great dialogue, John. These characters belong in a book of their own — a Howell version of the George and Gracie show. Laugh a lot this weekend, you’ve prompted mine. 😁

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    1. I love that idea for a book, Gwen!!

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      1. Yeah, these two probably couldn’t carry it off. Thanks, Liz

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      2. You’re welcome, John. 😀

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    2. How nice, Gwen. Laughter is good for the soul. Oh, wait. Someone already said that. Live , love, laugh. Oh, crap that was taken too. Okay, let’s just leave it at we gotta laugh more. 😁

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  2. That one definitely seems harder than it looks. The mind really does go right to either Monster Mash or the show MASH.

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    1. Yes indeed. THere is also a kid game called mash. I never played it so I didn’t include it. 😊


  3. My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes. Great job, John. I enjoyed this one. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Oh, I love mashed potatoes. We are having some tonight. Happy Saturday to you, Jill * sung to the tune of Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley

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      1. They were excellent.

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  4. […] “And David, I assume you want the curious collection known as the John Howell’s Special?” […]

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  5. This was a hard one, John. You did well. Enjoy the bangers and mash. I bailed out with one of the easy ones.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I liked yours.

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  6. I was wondering if you might go Southern with this one, as in mash the button (i.e., press the doorbell). When I first moved to the South, it took me the longest time to figure out when people meant by mashing a button.

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    1. Had not heard that one before. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John. It must be a regional Southern thing.

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  7. These are so much fun and I was gonna suggest bangers and mash! Great minds 😉

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    1. Yes indeed. Great minds. 😁

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  8. Well, ‘Mash’ my potatoes!

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    You came up with all the mash could think of, John, including the monster mash:)

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    1. I used to laugh at the line, “Igor you impetuous boy.” Here is a review.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        This song always gets me dancing around:) His faces really make it though…lol. Thanks for sharing the video!

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  10. Now how did I hear that song so many times and miss the reference to Igor ? Oh well lets drift back to the bourbon part…

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    1. If you drank more you wouldn’t miss as much.

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  11. I think Gwen captured these weekly dialogues very well: like George and Gracie! You must be George 😉

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    1. That could well be. Thanks, Marie

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  12. 4077 M.A.S.H – one of the best TV shows ever. Great post today, you got em all 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jill.

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  13. Now that you mention sour mash, it’s about that time at the Boyack house.

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  14. Certainly kept me going, John!

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    1. Excellent, Becky. 😊

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  15. In Palm Bay, Florida, there is Mash Hoagies. A very popular place to eat, but sorry to say they do not have any sour mash.
    I agree with Gwen this read like a George and Gracie routine.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Big compliment. 😁


  16. When you hit on the sour mash, I thought I knew where you were heading, but you fooled me. Good one, John!

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  17. Bangers and mash and a couple black and tans is the perfect anytime meal, breakfast included (If it’s a vacation).

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    1. ys indeed. I remember having a Heineken at 7:30 with my eggs and bacon. It was devine

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      1. I haven’t been there since the days that inspired my Irish posts. It was great though.

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  18. An excellent mishmash of mash examples, John. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Mark. 😁

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  19. Well done, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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