Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt Boo

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

 

Since tomorrow is Halloween, I decided to double-check the preparations for the trick or treaters. I put on my boots to avoid inadvertently stepping on any sharp object in the front of the house. The backyard is a barefoot safe zone, but the front is a different matter. It is like the boonies hazard-wise.

A notebook grab off the bookcase made sure the listing of the things needing to be checked was at hand. My first stop was the boogeyman by the front door. The electronic sensor which caused the release of the ghoulish laugh was working perfectly.

Next, the automatic candy dispenser was found to be releasing two Kit Kat bars per perceived visitor instead of one. A quick adjustment and reboot corrected the problem, and rather than open the apparatus to replace the bar, I ate it.

Further down the driveway, I checked the parent’s booze dispenser. Pretending to be a parent, I read the instructions. The machine required entering a birthday to receive a margarita. Although a little early entering my birthday did produce a margarita on the rocks without salt. Not wanting to waste a perfectly prepared margarita, it accompanied me on the final phase of my rounds.

The boombox is cleverly hidden in the bushes and will surprise all who approach the house. It is placed so that it is the first thing encountered by visitors. There is a prerecorded reel with messages. My favorite is the one that says, “Halt, who goes there?” The banshee scream is a good one too.

As I returned to the house, satisfied that the trick or treaters would be well-served without any need to interact, I came upon a bamboo pungy stick. It was stuck in the flower bed with a note attached. The message read, Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “boo.” Find a word with the letters “boo” in it or use “boo” as is and base your post on it. Enjoy!

If you would like to enjoy, visit Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2021/10/29/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-30-2021/

Boo by John W. Howell © 2021

“So you don’t want to meet trick or treaters.”

“Let’s just say I would rather avoid that.”

“Yet you set up all that stuff.”

“Anyone who gets past the boombox and the booz machine is welcome to the Kit Kat. Of course, then there is the ghoul for a final scare. So there will be no loitering.”

“Do trick or treaters ever ring your bell?”

“Big sign there that says not to.”

“What if they do?”

“A loud boom followed by water balloons.”

“You didn’t check that.”

“Works all year on anyone. No need to check.”

“Remind me not to come by tomorrow.”

“Don’t come by.”

“Figure of speech.”

“Just making sure.”

“Beer?”

“How about a margarita instead?”

“Sounds good.”

“Just enter your birthday on the touchpad.”

“You are mad, you know that?”

“Just a little. Cheers.”

 

 

78 comments

    1. Thank you, Michael

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  1. Great preparations, John! But, dont make the youngsters drunk. They will never forget the ghosts, they have seen. 😉 Have a nice weekend! I will head back to the JohnKu, i had missed. xx Michael

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    1. Thanks for the nice words. To prevent kids from using the margarita machine the birthdaty keypad was installed.

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      1. Lol In Texas they are allowed to wear a gun, but not drink before the age of 18. Right? xx Michael

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  2. Just good Halloween fun!

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  3. Good job on the prompt, the preparation, the Kit-Kat and the margarita, John. Gotta like a guy who cleans up after himself – no waste. I hope you have a great weekend without any unnecessary use of the doorbell.

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    1. Me too. We will not be home Halloween night so Twiggy will be in charge of answering the door.

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      1. That should be fun. I’m sure the neighbors will know she’s on duty

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      2. The county will know.

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  4. Good one, John! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you, Jill. *sung to the tune of Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett

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      1. LOL! Yesterday, I did a funny video of my mother listening to that song, John. I’m afraid to share it on FB due to copyright restrictions. They’ve flagged some of my previous posts. 😦

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      2. Yeah you have to be careful on songs.

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  5. Just a LITTLE? haha
    Have a fun weekend, John….

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    1. Wow that is a great figure, GP.

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      1. I AM on a diet, you know!!

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      2. Hahaha. It’s working

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    If this were the case…you’d be giving those parents and kids something to remember for the rest of their lives. And…I think you should include your post link with the Kit Kats. 😁 Brilliant, John!

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    1. I did install a goul laugh track that was triggered by the door opening. Lots of screaming kids and wee trails leading away from the house. Thanks, Gwen.

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        LOL… I bet your kids have amazing stories about your antics. Too funny, John. 😂

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      2. They do. Thanks, Gwen

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  7. Someone is definitely antisocial.

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    1. You would think the concertina wire would be a hint. Thanks, Charles.

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  8. What no bungee cords over the pungy sticks ? Don’t forget the traditional thrill ride warning – please wait for the ride to come to a full and complete stop… Do you give the girls ear plugs for the doorbell ?

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    1. I wish I could. I also wish I could install a trap door that is activated by the door bell. The only one that can’t seem to read the “Please do not ring the doorbell” sign is the USPS person.

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  9. When we lived in Florida we did lots of decorating in preparation or the trick-or-treaters. Now we live rather remotely. No one travels this far for candy. Great post, John. I love all your gadgets, well, except for the water balloons so I will stand back at the adult station. I’ll take a margarita, on the rocks, with a smidge of salt.

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    1. Here you go , Maggie.

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      1. Cheers, John! Happy Halloween.

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      2. Thank you, Maggie. Happy Haloween .

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  10. Mmhmm the prize is those KitKats.

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    1. I know right? My favorite.

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  11. Ha ha. Wouldn’t that be something. I actually think you’d attract a crowd simply for the margaritas. I’ve never had a trick or treater because of where I live. I’d be happy to man the door at your house!

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    1. At our old neighborhood we had a margarita machine in the middle of the street. 😁

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      1. I didn’t know there was such a thing! Lol. I wouldn’t have moved. 🙂

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      2. Yes. Our neighborhood bought one. Makes frozen margaritas.

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  12. You’re so right. You never ever waste a perfectly good Margarita. Not after you worked so hard to get it, especially.

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  13. While I do prefer mine with a salted rim, I would never diss one dispensed in such marvellous fashion.
    Have a bootiful Saturday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Have a super Saturday too.

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      1. Thank you, John. I “hurried up” to run before the rain and what’s going on now? Sunshine! 🙂

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      2. Of course. The curse of the athletic class.

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      3. Haha! Or the trying to keep that ticker ticking and the padding from getting too thick class 😉

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      4. I’m in the same class.

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      5. It’s a great class 🙂

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  14. Such great ideas. I only thought about putting up a sign that we’re all next door and you should ring that bell for treats.

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    1. That is hysterical. You could add. “Be sure you get your $5.00 bill too.

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      1. I could put up a sign that says, “Free Covid shots.”

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      2. That would be a good one too. Free dental exam might do it too.

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  15. LOL! Cheers, John, and Happy Hallowe’en!
    (my birthday is Jan. 1, 1900)

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  16. Snort! Good one, John! I love both your preamble and the response to the prompt 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marie.

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  17. Nicely set up John…
    Poor Twiggy she will horse after greeting all callers 💜💜😊

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    1. I know right. We will get her some tea and lemon.

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      1. Bless 💜💜

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  18. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Maybe we need a trick-or-treat night for adults where alcohol is served. 🤣 It would have to include rides home at the end of the night.

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    1. Or one big sleep over.

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  19. Belated happy birthday 😊

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    1. Why thank you, Bee.

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  20. So fun, John, and I’ll take a margarita and Kit Kat, please. Oh, and Resa and I were born around the same time. 🤣

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    1. You young kids, you.

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  21. What a fun post! I haven’t seen the Margarita dispenser anywhere yet, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. Great post and Happy Halloween!

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    1. Someone should make one. Thanks, Jan

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    You sound like a good house to visit! 🙂

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    1. Except for the barbed wire out at the curb I would agree. Thanks, Denise.

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  23. Everyone should visit your house! This was fun, John.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. 😊

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  24. LOL! I would have eaten the kit-kat, and drank the margarita salt less rim and all too! That was a fun read, John!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it Deborah. 😁

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  25. Hope your Halloween was as much fun as your post John. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. 😊

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