Tuesday – Anything Possible – Finger Point Prompt.

Keith Channing is still doing NA/No, so today is another finger point prompt. Today’s prompt came from the book Eternal Road – The final stop by the bon vivant John W. Howell. The book was opened to a random page, and with eyes closed, the finger was placed on the page. Here is a shot of that event.

You can see the page is 72, and the finger is on the word ‘wall.’

Wall by John W. Howell ยฉ 2021

“So when is Keith coming back?”

“In December, I guess. Why?”

“To be blunt. These finger things are a little boring. I was looking at the book and noticed that the guy leaning against the wall is William Travis.”

“Yes, that’s correct.”

“Of Alamo fame.”

“Yeah, and the county where the capital of Texas is located is named Travis county.”

“Instead of some dumb prompt, why don’t we read the book?”

“We don’t have time to read a book. Besides, we need to talk about the word ‘wall.'”

“That sounds way too exciting for me.”

“Come on. We can discuss the Berlin Wall, a wall of flame, the Great Wall of China, and any other wall you want to mention.”

“I suppose we could get into a wall of water or a wailing wall. I suppose you are right. There are several walls that we could talk about.”

“So, where do you want to start?”

“How about Wall, South Dakota?”

“Huh?”

“You know The Wall of the Badlands. On the way to Mt Rushmore, Deadwood and The Crazy Horse monument.”

“I haven’t heard much about it.”

“It’s the biggest thing in town. It was founded in 1931 and got its start by offering free ide water.”

“That sounds like an interesting place.”

“There are over 5000 signs around the world advertising the free ice water.”

“Is that all they have?”

“They now have over 50,000 square feet of retail space and all kinds of food and drink.”

“Sound like a place to visit.”

“In the summer 20,000 people stop by.”

“Remind me to stay home in the summer.”

“Winter might be a problem.”

“How so?”

“They get 16 feet of snow in the winter.”

“Feet?”

“Yup.”

“That is a wall of snow.”

“Cheap shot.”

“My blog.”

 

 

 

59 comments

  1. founded in 1031, John? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Chris. 1931 is the date. (I fixed it) Let’s see how many others are as alert as you. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. I think the finger-point prompts from “the bon vivant John W. Howell” are fun. I’m sure you miss the photo prompts, but I’ve enjoyed these just as much.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. The nice thing about the finger points is they can be done on an impromptu basis. ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Being the music lover that you are John, I kept waiting for a Pink Floyd reference. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the finger pointing!

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    1. I thought about it but then decided to let the characters run with the dialogue. Thanks, Jill.

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  4. Nicely done, John. 16 feet of snow? Yikes. A wall too tall.

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    1. Your blower would get a work out there for sure. Thanks, Dan.

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      1. Where would it toss the stuff? On my. You would be buried.

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      2. We had over 10โ€™ one winter (80โ€ in January) and I was having trouble finding a place to throw it.

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      3. I can imagine. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Nicely played! I think you should include the “bon vivant” designation in your author’s bio.

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    1. Hahaha. I always try to keep myself entertained, Liz. Thanks for the compliment. The Producer would call bon vivant another term for curmudgeon. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. You’re welcome, John. You are very far from curmudgeonhood.

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      2. Aw, thank you, Liz. ๐Ÿ˜

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      3. You’re welcome, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Thatโ€™s a whole lot of walls.

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    1. I did miss Pink Floyd though.

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  7. What.a terrific concept to prompt a post, John; and educational, too. Now we, your readers, know more about The Wall of the Badlands. And your prompt word also prompts my veering off in a different (but still related) discussion.

    What about defensive attitudes that prompt people to erect invisible walls around themselves (just as formidable and impenetrable as the brick and mortar); the type that get in the way of human understanding, the awareness that, deep down, we are more alike than different from one another; walls that inhibit problem solving, and, yes, even friendship. Just deconstruct the word โ€œdefensiveโ€ down to its root, sub in the letter โ€œcโ€ the word โ€œfenceโ€ emerges, yet, another type of wall.

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    1. All very interesting, Tom. Gives rise to a quick statement that can be used at rally’s. for the purpose of opening communication avenues. ‘Halls Not Walls.’

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  8. Great story to go with your finger point! I’ve been to Wall Drug!! Those signs got to us on our EPIC trip back in 83. We just had to stop and try the water, and we bought several souvenirs. It was well worth the stop.

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    1. i have wanted to visit that part of the country but it just never happened. So here I sit with a fictionalized visit. Thanks, Deborah.

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  9. This was a fun read, John.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. I’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I’ve never been to South Dakota, but now I’ve another reason to make that trip. Thanks for this fun diversion, John. You’re a master word wizard. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. A very nice thing to say. ๐Ÿ˜

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  11. Interesting, John. I picked up some information I hadn’t heard before, like The Wall of the Badlands. Thanks. Well done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. My pleasure, Tim. ๐Ÿ˜

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  12. I miss Keith, but am loving your finger prompts, John. I have never heard of Wall, South Dakota, so I learned something. I kept waiting for you to mention the million dollar failed wall between Texas and Mexico. ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved the reference to Travis!! Makes me want to re-watch The Alamo!

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    1. I was going to say Trump Wall but decided that since I’ve given up political commentary in this life to let it go. Thanks, Jan. ๐Ÿ˜

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  13. Nice low key book promo. You might be onto something here.

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    1. Hahahaha. Very low key. Thanks, Charles.

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  14. I stopped in Wall, SD!!! I remember my then-husband (before Mick) and I laughing at all the signs announcing it. And yes, they did start off with offering free water. Too funny. And nice to know someone else who knows of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I know of it but have never been there. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. It’s kitschy fun. But the signs are so funny…

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      2. I would like to go to that part of the country. Mount Rushmore and all.

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      3. Yes. So worth it! Whoa… Waitaminute! A place I’ve gone in the States that you haven’t? Mark your calendar!!!

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      4. Well I was near there when in business but never to Wall.

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      5. Well… ya gotta add Wall ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Seriously… It’s worth it if you’re already on your way to somewhere and you happen to pass through!

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      6. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. […] TUESDAY โ€“ ANYTHING POSSIBLE โ€“ FINGER POINT PROMPT […]

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    1. Thank you for the link, Tim.

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    1. Thank you, Michael. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  16. Beautiful, i love the finger pointing series too. Thank you, John! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  17. I’m in agreement with the others, John, I love the finger pointing, too, and learned something in this post as well about Wall, SD. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another clever post!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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  18. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I have been thereโ€”Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD. Amazing placeโ€”76,000 sq. ft.

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    1. Great. I would like to see it.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    A fun way to do a prompt. Good take on it.

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  20. I also like the finger prompts, John. And that’s a lot of walls, lol.

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    1. It is. Thank you, Teri.

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