Steam of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Favorite Word”

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

 

Looking at the coffee machine does not help hurry the process. No matter how much caffeine is needed, the machine has its own timetable. Probably on the COVID relief suppliment plan, is my thought. Yes. Finally, the aromatic brew begins its dribble from the twin spouts. The cup is at long last filled, and a lifesaving sip is delivered.

Having a clear head allows for a detailed examination of the carnage from last week. The plywood panels are in place where the five floor to ceilng glass windows used to be. It is impossible to look out into the yard but the knowledge of the six foot wide and deep hole where the safe used to be is in need of repair also. The plan is to call a contractor and set up a meeing for an estimate of the damage. I’m sure in my current state of impecunity the amount will cause the need for a heart bipass.

As the cup is being finished, my phone alerts me to someone (or something) on the front porch. Thankfully they observe the do not ring doorbell and Twiggy and Lucy continue their nap. The unlock procedure is started. The gate is pulled back, condertina wire coiled, machine guns on standby, mote subnet lifted, Trebuchet disarmed, boiling oil shut off, bolts and locks undone and front door thrown open.

Standing there is someone who looks like Baby Faced Finster. There is a cigar clenched in his teeth and an envelope in his little hand. Baby face peaks. “Look here see. This here is an settlement check. Warner Brothers have decided to cobver the cost of removing Sam and the safe, see. So all yuse have to do is sign this here contract and the money is yours.” He then hands me the envelope and a pen. I look at the check and the contract first but notice one other piece of paper.

The check is for $30,000 and my signature hits the sign before anyone changes their mind. Baby face takes the contract and the pen and disappears down the street. I open the other piece of paper and see it is from Linda Hill. It reads.Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “your favorite word.”Decide on your favorite word and use it in your post any way you’d like. Enjoy!

If you would like to enjoy, visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link.

https://lindaghill.com/2022/11/04/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-5-2022/

My Favorite Word by John W. Howell © 2022

“I missed yoyr favorite word.”

“Impecunity.”

“Huh?”

“Yeah it means having little money.”

“Small money?”

“No. Having hardly any money.”

“Ah so why is that a favorite word.”

“Hard to say. I just like it. Sounds better than ‘broke.'”

“So, you broke?”

“No but if I were I would love to use the word.”

“Better be careful what you love.”

“Yeah you’re right. I could end up broke.”

“And then your impecuniousness would prevent beer buying.”

“Look at you. Impecuniousness?”

“Not as dumb as I look. Your turn to buy.”

“I bought last time.”

“You check back on that?”

“Yup.”

“Call Uber.”

“On it.”

66 comments

  1. Nice one, John. I’d be torn between orifice and borborygmus,

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    1. Ha ha ha. I might have guessed. Thanks, Keith.

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  2. The state of impecunity. I’ve lived there on occasion, John. I didn’t know the word at the time. I hope I’m not in a position to use it in the future. $30k might be tight for the damage done, what with inflation and supply chain issues and like that. But I think you were right to grab it before some Warner Bros. bean counter gets wind of it.

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    1. My thought on the check, Too. I think what is not covered the homeowners insurance will cover. When I was prepping fro the GMAT I memorized 1000 works. Impecunious was one that stood out in that it was so far from the meaning. It always sounded like a toe infection or something. Thanks, Dan

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  3. I’m glad you defined it, John. I thought I had slipped over to Matthew Wright’s site, as he always gets me with his ‘word of the week’. Being as I’m on a social security budget, I’ll be using Impecunity quite a bit from now on!

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    1. It is a great word to drop when a someone asks for money. “I’m sorry but in my state of impecunity I just can’t do it.” Most likely there is no comeback to that. 😁

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      1. I can understand why. 😎

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  4. Impecunity? Well-done, John, you’ve outsmarted the all-knowing spell-check bot. 😄 Though I hadn’t heard the word before today, I’ve definitely experienced this state in my younger years. Enjoy your imaginary $30K and hopefully, sunshine. 🌞

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. We did get some rain last night and today is supposed to be sunny so maybe time to do leaves. (ugh) The spell check bot kept trying to to the word into impunity. It won’t do that again as it now is smarter by one more word. 😁 I hope you have a super weekend.

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  5. Wow. That’s quite the twenty-dollar word. I could probably search through one of my stories and find a few crutch words that would reveal mine.

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    1. I would think pumpkin would rank pretty high on your list.

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      1. It might, now that you mention it.

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  6. Thirty thousand doesn’t go far these days, but I think it’s enough to buy your blogging buds a few rounds. 🙂 Happy Saturday sung to the tune of Tallahassee Lassie by Freddy Cannon.

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    1. That song used to get the dancing feet moving for sure. Happy Saturday to you, Jill. *Sung to the tune of Sweet Nothin’s by Brenda Lee.

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  7. I’m loving how you bring in the lesser-known cartoon characters!

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    1. I always like that character for some reason. Thanks, Liz. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. Lol! Baby Faced Finster. I had forgotten that one, John. And I learned a new word for broke. Good one! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Jan 😁

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  9. Never heard of that word, but I could definitely use it more often.

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  10. I forgot Babyface Finster as well, John. That being said, I would gladly tip my hat to him and take that 30K to put to good use. Oh, I’m selling the house as is…that money is earmarked for more fun things!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Bruce.

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  11. Babyface Finster reminds me of the cigar smoking midget who would pose as a baby on the Little Rascals. His character name was Light-Fingered Lester. Have a great weekend John.

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    1. I remember that guy. Thanks, Dan. Have a great weekend too.

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  12. Thanks for reminding me of Baby Faced Finster, John. It brought some smiles. 🙂 And impecunity is a really cool word.

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    1. It is. Imagine using it during a mugging.

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  13. Ha ha! Good word. My favourite is prestidigitation. Thank God spellcheck is working because I don’t think I could spell it.

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    1. Ha ha ha. My spell check tried to turn it into immunity

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  14. Well at least Warner Brothers pay up… result! Can I have another gin please to celebrate 💜💜

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  15. That unlocking procedure is something else. I can almost hear it. Very descriptive. I love how you paint pictures with words. Great post once again 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I’m so glad you like my stories.

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  16. Glad that Warner Brothers stepped up to the plate. Seems only fair to me.
    And yanno… without knowing what the word was, I was pretty sure it was impecunity! Excellent job 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😁 Those Warner boys are good people.

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      1. They really are. Plus they keep supplying you with “players” on your Saturdays 😉

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  17. Not a bad delivery, John. Glad you signed on the dotted line pronto. And a good word, one I haven’t used, and hope will never apply. 🙂 Have a great week.

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    1. I agree on the word. Do not want it to apply to me. Thanks, Diana.

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  18. Why?
    I had a long comment typed out, then touched something, gently…and it’s gone.
    Damn computer has hair triggers.
    “Impecunity.” Love it!

    Too bad about all the damage, but you’ll get things back in order before the next character messes with you…. maybe!

    So, this drum of wine, albeit a bit oily, is worth saving, far away in the basement.
    Please send another barrel of red w/o oil. Thank you!
    XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷

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    1. I’m afraid all my barrels have been tainted with oil. How about an urn of wine🏺XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷

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      1. Yes, just make sure it’s clean! 🏺XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷💋

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      2. Ha ha ha 🏺XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷💋🧹🧽🧼

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      3. 🏺XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷💋🧹🧽🧼

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      4. 🏺XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷XO🍷💋🧹🧽🧼 👀

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      5. Okay! The urn has arrived. Looking good. So the red is a …Chianti? Or??

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      6. That’s it. Chianti. Home made at that.

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      7. ohh… well is it GREAT homemade?Found another Pink Panther today.
        Found some good pieces yesterday and today! XOXOXO

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      8. Oh good. Your stuff is terrific. XOXOXO

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  19. This was terrific, John. Very impressive on the new word, and I’d forgotten about Babyface Finster. Let’s hope $30,000 covers expenses.

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    1. I think it will be enough. Thanks, Jennie.

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  20. Impecunity? It’s rare that I come upon a word I don’t dig, but this is one of those words. And the reason is simple. It keeps one from enjoying beer. That’s just horrible.

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    1. I get that for sure.

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  21. HI John, well that’s a lucky break.

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  22. I think that check should have had a few more zeros, John, but it got Baby Face off your porch 🙂 My favorite word is obfuscation. I don’t know why. I even have a hard time saying it, but I still really like it.

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    1. That is a good word too. Thanks, Marie.

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