Once again, I am trying my
hand head at the Stream of Consciousness Saturday challenge. The title is this week’s prompt. Kind of random, but as you can see in the tag line, I like random. I decided to just think about all of these.
Bat – Bats have been in the news in recent years around New England because of the white nose syndrome that has been killing lots of them. I’ve always liked bats, and it turns out that bats are pretty good for us, in that they eat a gijillion bugs each night. Bat droppings (Guano) is also good for us. Guano is a good fertilizer. You know you’re good for things when people give an official nice sounding name to your excrement. On the less nice side of Guano is an expression I have heard recently: Batsh*t-crazy. Think about that. It doesn’t really make any sense, but there’s no doubt as to how crazy someone is if they’re batsh*t-crazy. Guano-crazy just wouldn’t work.
My favorite bat story stars a woman that worked for me a long time ago and a coworker of hers who made a suggestive comment to her. She complained. The complaint went through the normal process. Misunderstandings were acknowledged and apologies were offered. The woman was a Met’s fan. There aren’t many of those around here, so a few weeks later, when I was in New York, I bought her a souvenir Met’s mini-bat. Her male coworker came to work with her at her desk, and he asked about the bat, which she had laying on her keyboard. Without a moment’s hesitation, she said:
“Dan bought it for me. He says I can hit you with it if you bother me again.”
Bet – I don’t bet on my favorite teams. I don’t bet on them because when I do, they lose. That might sound like a paradox, but it’s true. I know because every now and then I get stupid and take a bet. My boss offered to bet me beers for several people on the outcome of the 3-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the NY Yankees. I took the bet and the Yankees won 2 out of 3. My boss actually offered me the chance to go double or nothing in game three but I turned him down because they always lose if I bet on them. Come to think of it, I still owe him those beers.
I remember being angry once with my father for betting against Pittsburgh Steelers. I asked him why he would bet against our team and he said “they’re going to lose. If you want to win money, you bet with your head not your heart.” When he realized I wasn’t getting it, he just told me not to bet on sports.
Bit – I love “bit” I use it a lot. “Little bit(s)” is an expression I like to use to describe, well little bits of stuff. I searched my blog and at least 10 posts include the phrase “little bit” my favorite it this one about doodling. Doodling is a kind of stream of consciousness activity, so I think it fits here.
Bot – Bots are bad, at least in my work-a-day life. Bots are associated with botnets and malware and phishing schemes and evil ne’er-do-wells like Boris and Natasha. I have a friend who uses Boris as his twitter avatar and his wife uses Natasha. There’s a story about one of them working for a guy they called Fearless Leader but, as Boris would say, “Don’t be a blabbermouth you blabbermouth.”
But – I wasn’t going to talk about but. I mean, what can you say about but? But, I can say that I have recently learned that you can begin a sentence with but. I just did. I never knew if it was grammatically OK to begin a sentence with but, or, or and, but it is. The amazing this is that I looked this up one day and I found the website quick and dirty tips.com which is or is somehow associated with the persona ‘Grammar Girl’. I figure that Grammar Girl knows more about grammar than I do, who doesn’t? And, if she says I can do something then I can do it without fear.
Note: The SoCS challenge has created a bit of a backlog in the No Facilities schedule. Yes, there is a schedule. I’d like you opinion on how to proceed.