Finger Point Prompt – Stars

 

Since Keith Channing is involved with Na/Mo, I am making finger point prompts this month. Today’s prompt was found by randomly opening Eternal Road – The final stop. The page that turned up was 183. After hiding my eyes and pointing at the page, the nearest word was ‘stars.’ So that is our prompt today.

Stars by John W. Howell © 2021

So you just got back from Hollywood, huh?”

“Yeah, it was some trip.”

“It usually is. Did you see any stars?”

“Naw, there were clouds at night.”

“I mean movie stars.”

“Oh, sorry. No. Even if I did see any, I wouldn’t have recognized them.”

“Why not.”

“Everyone is masked in Hollywood. Besides, all the stars I know are probably in a nursing home by now.”

“Oh, come on. You must have some others that you recognize.”

“But if you ask me, I might be hard-pressed to give you a name.”

‘Let’s go at it differently. What’s your favorite TV show?”

“NCIS.”

“Okay, how about Mark Harmon.”

“Leroy Jethro Gibbs?”

“Well, yeah.”

“He’s off the show.”

“Oh. I didn’t know that.”

“So much for your suggestions. You don’t even watch the show.”

“Just trying to help.”

“Gibbs went to Alaska of all places.”

“Good place to get lost.”

“That’s what he said.”

“So what now?’

“Like I said, I wouldn’t recognize others.”

“Well, maybe something will come along, and you’ll be a fan again.”

“How could you ever beat Gibbs.”

“You need to move on.”

“Seventeen years.”

“You need to find a new star.”

“Maybe I’ll take up astronomy.”

“There you go.”

“Of course, the star I’ll choose to like has probably already blown up in the middle ages.”

“Yes, well, lucky for you, it will still take a hundred years to go out here.”

“Or tomorrow morning.”

“I think I’m going to leave you now.”

“Where you going?”

“To a place that has more positive energy than here with you.”

“Where’s that?”

“The dentist. I need to have  a root canal done.”

59 comments

  1. What a horrible ending. Lol I love it! Thanks for sharing John. Have a nice day. xx Michael

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  2. Wow. What a choice… continuing that conversation or a root canal. I’ve never had a root canal, but given what I know about them, I think I’d prefer to continue that conversation.

    Alaska doesn’t sound bad, though.

    Funny stuff, John.

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    1. Thanks, Staci. I’m glad you liked it. 😊

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  3. Ugh, root canals are the worst. Great job, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill.

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    1. I know right? 😳

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      1. All you can do is just shake your head . . .

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Gibbs is a bit of a fixture, so it’s not the same with him gone. But, I’d rather watch/do about anything than get a root canal. 😁 Have a great day, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I’m with you on the root canal. 😊

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  5. Wow! I expected a few cans of Lone Star, but you surprised me.

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    1. That’s my job. I’m glad it worked. Lone Star has to be the worst. (Carbonated defrost)

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  6. Never mind Gibbs. I always identified more with McGee – or maybe even Abby!

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    1. I can see that for sure. Sorry about the typo on your name. 😬

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      1. No problem, John. My own sister has never spelt it correctly in seventy years!

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  7. Ooh, I’ve been called a few things in my life, but never worse than a root canal!!

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    1. That would be a hard insult to top for sure. Thanks, GP.

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  8. Ouch. When your company is rated below a root canal…yikes. What’s the point of NCIS without Gibbs? I know things can’t go on forever, but they could just end and leave it at that.

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    1. You would think so. But here we are. Thanks, Dan.

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  9. I’ve never watched NCIS, but I heard about Harmon leaving. Had no idea the show had been on that long.

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    1. Yeah. The characters came and went but Harmon was the glue.

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  10. Another good one, John! NCIS was my favorite for a long time, but all things change. 😦

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    1. Yes they do. I guess I would have liked one more year of Gibbs. Of course when that was over, I would want one more year.

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  11. Ouch, somebody sure knows how to dish up a retort, don’t they?! Not a big fan of the root canal procedure — surely dental science has had sufficient time to devise strategies for keeping teeth that aren’t so painful. Good prompt, John!

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    1. That is one of those back to basic kind of science. Teeth hurt. Tooth work hurts. Can’t say I like it though.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’m with you I’d prefer astronomy too.

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  13. I wouldn’t recognize a Hollywood Star either, John. The night sky works for me too.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Diana.

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  14. John, the dialogue from stars to preferring a root canal was quite a twist. But, there were hints of negativism along the way. Nicely done! 📚🎶 Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. 😁

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  15. Talking to him reminds me of talking to my husband at times, lol

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    1. Hahaha. I’m sure my wife would say the same.

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  16. Well that was a zing and a half. Maybe some people are not as starstruck as others 😉

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    1. Yes, indeed. Thanks, Dale

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  17. Oh my! I am laughing right out loud. Good thing I live alone. 🙂 Love the comment about all the stars you’d recognize being in nursing homes. Good one, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. 😁

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  18. Heehee, this one made me chuckle. I think I recognize more sky stars than Hollywood stars myself.

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    1. Me too, Priscilla. Thanks for the visit.

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  19. I never got into the show after Gibbs and crew left. He went to Alaska I didn’t know that.

    I’d rather watch one of the new episodes though over a root canal!!

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    1. Yeah. Good choice.

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  20. You had me all the way to root canal . . .

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    1. Yes then I saw the bottom of your shoes heading the other way. 😁

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      1. Like the road runner . . .

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  21. Yikes, positive energy, dentist office, and root canal? I’ll pass. 🙂 Good one, John!

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    1. Yes I’ll pass right with you.

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  22. Wait! Gibbs went to Alaska? I’m still mourning his leaving the show. NCIS is one of the only shows I watch. How did I miss that he went to Alaska? I’m warming up to the new guy.

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    1. Two episodes ago. McGee and he were fishing and their seaplane came to pick them up. Gibbs did not get on the plane and McGee left after hugs and tears all around. 🥲

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      1. How did I miss this??? Thanks so much, John.

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