Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt Up/Down

A picture of a string with drops of water- the logo for SoCS

 

I just got up and went to the window to see what all the chirping was about. I looked out on the back lawn, and there was a box sitting in the middle of the yard. There must have been a hundred birds all jumping up and down and all around the box. I quickly went outside to see what was causing all the commotion. The birds parted, and I see that the box is from the ACME seed company. That certainly explains the excitement. What is not explained is how the box got there in the first place. Deciding to ignore the mystery, I opened the box and found a note from Linda Hill with the following message:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “up/down.” Use one, use them both, but try to put one in your first sentence. Bonus points if you use the other in your last sentence. Have fun!

I let the birds have the seed and thought I heard a “beep, beep” as I walked back into the house.

I had to check back to my first sentence and was pleased to see I had used “up.” So I’m on the road to bonus points and one step closer to the Turbo Bentley Convertable.

Up/Down by John W. Howell © 2021

“What are all these birds doing around your house?”

“It’s a long story.”

“Involves the prompt for today, I’ll bet.”

“Yeah, it does but only in a transcendental way.”

“Okay I’ll take you word for that. What’s the prompt?”

“Up/Down. Bonus points for using one in the first sentence and the other in the last sentence.”

“Oh, too bad. You missed the first sentence opportunity.”

“Au contraire mon frère. I nailed it. It was before you arrived.”

“I’ll take your word. So what else is up?”

“Oh please, that is as trite as all get out.”

“Just trying to help.”

“Next you are going to say you are down with something like beer drinking.”

“Had crossed my mind.”

“We need to think of some way to use up/down in an original way.”

“How about up/down exercise.”

“Common.”

“Uptown/downtown.”

“Not really the pure form of up/down.”

“Okay, I give up.”

“That’s a start.”

“No I mean I quit. Give up. Surrender.”

“Yeah, I get it. You’ve had it up to there.”

“Now you are doing dumb. What do you say about packing up.”

“I like it. Where should we go?”

“Down to the pub.”

“Now I can say anything since that could have been the last sentence.”

“You could say you were down with going to the pub.”

“And lay down all my principles?”

“It’s only down the street.”

“I’m down with it.”

“You are a good man.”

“Don’t say any more. I need to end this with down in the last sentence.”

“Okay then.”

“Grrr, I may have to come down hard on you.”

“Not saying a word.”

“I’m down with that too.”

 

58 comments

  1. Oh, well-played!!!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  2. What fun! I tried this with my husband and we had some good laughs.
    Hope the birds are enjoying the seeds.

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    1. What a nice thing to do, Karen. Laughs are good. Yes the birds loved the seed.

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  3. Your takes are always refreshing to read, John. Even if I’m in a down mood, your musings seem to pick me up. 👍

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    1. That is a good thing, Steve. Thanks for letting me know. 😁

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  4. Great job, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you. Happy Saturday to you, Jill * sung to the tune of Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult.

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    1. Thank you, Michael. 😊

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  5. Delivered in time! Well done, John! Isnt it the great difference. We are loving the flowers, but birds are happy with the seeds itself. 😉 Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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    1. Have a great weekend as well, Michael.

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  6. […] Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt Up/Down Source: […]

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    1. Thank you for the link too.

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  7. Good job, John. I was getting worried. I chuckled at the description around the ACME Seed Company – fond memories.

    Be sure to invest those bonus point wisely.

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    1. I will invest them, Dan Thanks for reading. See you at the bar. 😊

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  8. I’m Up town Top Ranking. Now getting down and jiggy with it. Since I haven’t the foggiest idea what I just said I apologise if it’s rude.
    Hugs

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    1. Not rude at all but pretty humorous. Thanks,David.

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  9. No one ‘up and/or down’ does it better!

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    1. Up down turn around. Thanks Billy Ray.

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  10. I’m a little lightheaded from all the ups and downs. 🙂 Great job, John!

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    1. Yes you should take a lay down before the vapors get you. Thank you, Jan.

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  11. You did it! So fun…loved it. Oh, and this… “Au contraire mon frère…” isn’t used in daily life nearly as much as it should. 😂

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    1. Thank you, Audrey. I agree we should use certain phrases more often. 😁

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  12. Very clever, John. I had to get my kids to explain the difference in nuance between “I’m up for doing that” and “I’m down for doing that.” If you’re down for it, you really want to do it, apparently. No need to write that down, John because you are up on it all 😉 Happy Saturday!

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    1. I’m up and down for anything. Thanks, Barbara.

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      1. That does not surprise me!

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  13. I miss watching The Roadrunner- Beep, beep!
    Fun, uplifting post, John. I enjoyed it while downing my morning coffee 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad, Jacquie. 😁

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  14. You are the king of the SoCSP!

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    1. Aw you re so nice to say so. Here’s a hug. 🤗

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      1. Aw shucks. You know I speak true. So a hug to you! 🤗

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  15. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Fun exchange, John — as always. 😀 I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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    1. Nice to see you, Gwen. Hope all is okay.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Good one, John. I know that coyote is just down the road:)

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    1. Yes he is. Thanks, Denise.

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Good one, John. I know that coyote is just down the road:)

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  18. I was up for reading this!
    Now, I’m down with it!

    Thanks John!

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    1. Good one, Resa. 😁 Thank you.

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      1. Thank you! Means a lot to me. I do try to be smart and witty. However, mostly I’m …. never mind! 😀

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      2. You should stick with people who think you are smart and witty. “Oh I see a hand up in the back. Yes Johnny do you want to say something.” “Yes miss Jones I think Miss Resa is smart and witty.” “Thank you Johnny.” There you have it Resa come here more often. Johnny thinks you are smart and witty.

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      3. Lol!!! Thank you Johnny and John!

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      4. 😁 You are so welcome.

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  19. Yup, now write those bonus points down in your passbook.

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    1. I have them. One step closer to a Bentley Turbo Convertible. Thanks, Craig.

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  20. Cue the elevator music . . .

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  21. Great job, John! 😁

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    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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  22. Thumbs up. 🙂

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