Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Inspire/Aspire/Expire

 

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

It was a quiet morning that could inspire incredible feats of mental productivity. However, before that process could begin, my carbon host kept reminding me to aspire to something even more important than the solution to the world’s problems. The shaking hands, frontal lobe pounding, and blurred vision led me to conclude that the carbon unit was set to expire without coffee. Lucky for it and me, the cup was already completing the beautiful act of creation. The aroma hit the olfactories like a linebacker determined to sack the quarterback. The olfactories called “time out,” and the rest of the unit stood at the ready for relief. Lips slightly parted, waiting for the hot potion that would soon be coursing throughout the entity, delivering its life-saving properties.

That done, it was time to visit the patio to get to work on the e-mails and post visits. As I was setting up the umbrella, a strange noise came to my now functioning hearing systems. It was like a small cry of a hawk. Looking up, I could see a speck in the sky that quickly turned into a dot. While my caffeine field brain was calculating the possibilities, my ocular sensors figured out that the flailing object was a man, and he was headed right for me.

The air was forcibly driven from my body at the point of catching the man. Yes, he landed right into my outstretched arms. We both hit the patio with a noise that could be described as resembling a watermelon hitting the street after dropping from a  twelve-story building. I think you get the picture.

I’m not sure how long I was out, but I opened my eyes to the biggest person I had ever seen. He had arms that looked like GI Joe on his best day and no neck. Around his waist was a belt with a buckle that read WWF Champ. “Hi, the name’s Tiny,” he said.”Thanks for catching me. This is for you.”

With that, he shoved an envelope into my immobilized hand, stepped over me, and left through the gate. I felt like a school project called flat me, forgotten on the concrete. Twiggy finally licked me back to life, and I opened the envelope. Inside was a message from Dan Antion. It read;

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “inspire/aspire/expire.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all if you want. If you use two, you get bonus points! If you use all three, Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. Enjoy!

Clearly, I deserve a drink.

If you want to participate, go to Linda Hill’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2021/10/01/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-1-2021/

Inspire/Aspire/Expire © 2021

“You’ve done it again.”

“What?”

“Used our time on that stupid prologue.”

“Well, I couldn’t help myself.”

“What brought Tiny back to life?”

“Jennie Fitzkee.”

“Of Teacher’s Reflections?”

“The very same.”

“You opening this blog to requests?”

“No, but she suggested that it might be fun to have Tiny visit.”

“Pretty short visit.”

“Big impact, though.”

“What happened to the prompt?”

“It’s all in the prologue.”

“So we can hit the bar?”

“Yup, and the first one is on Dan Antion’s buddy David.”

“Just the first?”

“What they don’t know won’t hurt them.”

 

56 comments

  1. Ha ha, you fooled me with that prologue. I thought it was the entire prompt response!

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    1. No I had more to say. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John. I really was fooled!

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  2. Nicely done, John. It’s always good to see Tiny, well, for us. I’m guessing you would have been satisfied with a different kind of zoom meeting. David’s credit card has not expired, and I think you will like what he’s been drinking lately. As Linda would say, enjoy.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I’ll be right over. 😁

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  3. Haha, I laughed so hard. Great response to the prompt!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, Priscilla. I ‘m glad you did.

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  4. Lol! Too funny, John!😂 Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy saturday to you*sung to the tune of I Call Your Name by the Mamas and Papas

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  5. Today’s entire post aspired to inspire us and it succeeded! Glad you didn’t expire when my old “buddy”, Tiny landed on you!

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    1. I’m glad too, GP. He is a heavy weight for sure. Thanks. 😁

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  6. It really has been awhile since Tiny retired from time traveling. Good to see he’s keeping himself busy.

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    1. Yes he got a job at the USPS as an airmail delivery person.

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      1. Does he have to bring his own parachute?

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      2. See the beauty of hiring Tiny is he doesn’t need one

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  7. Haha, John, your prologues just get better and better. I wonder if David is grumbling about the tab over at Dan’s. I guess I’ll have scoot on over and see.

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    1. We should find out for sure.

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  8. Great prologue, John. I was worried about you for a minute, but am glad you made it through unscathed. Poor David. He might be crying in his bourbon about now.

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    1. I think he is going to wonder about the gang of drinks on his tab. Thanks, Maggie.

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  9. I don’t think David is going to allow Dan to control SoCS and hand out drinks on his tab anymore, but nice job with the prompt and saving Tiny. I can only say that it’s a good thing Twiggy was there to lick you back to complete consciousness. What would you do without her and a prologue?

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    1. I know Mary. I was very thankful. Thanks.

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  10. Nice of you to help Tiny. Flat might not be so bad, might keep your clothes from wrinkling.

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    1. Hahaha. So true.

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  11. Pretty amazing, John. To use the entire prologue for the prompt was genius! 🙂 Love these!

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    1. Thak you, Jan. 😁

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Glad you got your coffee before Tiny dropped in. Each week the delivery gets better and better! I look forward to this 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I will try to keep your interest. 😊

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  13. I like a man who appreciates the benefits of the mighty coffee bean, lol. It even gave you superhuman powers (even if you did become a temporary grease spot on the patio!)

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    1. I think you are right, Jacquie. Thanks.

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  14. Nothing beats the smell of coffee. Very enjoyable post. You bring words to life!!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Such a nice thing to say.

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  15. Always clever, John!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara

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  16. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Love your final line, John. Couldn’t be more perfect! 😂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen 😁

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  17. I am glad you only aspire to make a tiny catch in fictional circumstances. You win a small drink only three fingers high. Good one John.

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    1. A real Tiny catch would be hazardous.

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      1. Only if you dropped him in the process. Only then.

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      2. yes. I can see that

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  18. As usual, your imagination inspires me to work harder on mine. But, then, just being dull has its advantages, people don’t bother me. Love the JF reference. Nice work, John.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. I’m into dull. It is a nice quiet state. I thought I would give a nod to JF since she came up with the idea for a Tiny visit.. Have a good one. 😁

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  19. Too funny, John, and so glad you were okay! Does your imagination ever run into a block wall? Of course, even that would inspire, I’m sure. 🙂

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    1. A block wall is not something I have had to deal with, Lauren. Block head maybe, but so far I’ve been lucky. 😁

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  20. They say the past is prologue, but sometimes the prologue is umm . . prologue too? I love your prologue, it was very Coen Brothers.

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    1. What a great complement, Pilgrim. Thank you. 😁

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      1. Thank you for bringing it, Boss.

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  21. Wow, Tiny does make quite the impact … I’m surprised you got your breath back in time to post 😉

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    1. Thank you, Maria. It did take some time.

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  22. Now THAT`S a prologue!!
    Helluva way to bring Tiny into the picture. Glad to see nothing was broken!

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    1. Thanks Dale. Nothing was harmed in the making of that prologue.

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  23. Lol!
    Almost had me wtf..ing!
    Nonetheless, you are brilliant and did it all.
    The part about the watermelon hitting the street from 12 stories was meaningful, to me.
    I’m searching for its onomatopoeia!

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    1. I think you will find it under whooommmp.

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  24. TINY!!! I love it. Thanks so much, John. He has been sorely missed. The shout out is much appreciated. I think I need to head over to Dan’s bar…

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