Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go. No, this isn’t the dwarfs singing, this is those voices, he keeps locked away when he goes to work. This is our time, so here we go. We almost didn’t get this chance, Linda, the dungeon mistress of #SoCS was tangled up in some birthday party planning. Fearing the absence of a prompt, we were asked to “input” to a post about, I don’t know, sunglasses, geese and who knows what all. The normal “we have to edit our work and get it right” part of the brain was struggling with that title. Then the prompt arrived:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “ho.” Find a word with the two letters–“ho”–in that order, and use it in your post. Enjoy!
So, Hi ho!
Yeah, I get it. The ‘ho’ is supposed to be part of a word. Well, Linda didn’t say it couldn’t be the whole word. See what I did there? Besides, all is a part of all. Linda didn’t say anything about bonus points either. I like bonus points.
I was looking forward to the SoCS prompt this week, because I’ve been on vacation. Actually this vacation was kind of a stream of consciousness freedom fest. You can say all kinds of stuff around family without thinking. Did you catch that one? Family understands. Family has heard it all before. Family says the same stuff. However, flying halfway across the country to see family requires some serious thought. Another one, actually another two…booyah!
When you speak to the folks at the TSA checkpoint, you need to think before speaking. No sense of humor between those crowd control bands. No photos, no jokes, no confrontation, no complaints, and no ignoring the rules, instructions, direct orders and questions. Someone wants to know why you’re going to Iowa? Tell them why you’re going to Iowa. Not to get cheap alcohol, not to attend the opera and not because you’ve been asked to crown the corn queen of 2016.
And not to see the fall foliage!
On the other hand, the foliage in Iowa was further along in its color change. Further. I think that’s right. I struggle with further and farther. I think Linda allows typos and grammatical edits, so I could just wait and see what the editor says, but I think I got this. I remember being told in 5th grade or something, that farther is appropriate when the “distance” is measurable. “The running back ran farther on 2nd down than he did on 1st down.” You can’t measure color change. Well, you can, but you’d need a spectrophotometer.
Measuring football yardage is easy. Football fields have lines painted on the grass. Most people can count. Not too many people own a spectrophotometer. Maybe physicists have some special little sets of chains to measure the distance between red and orange, but they’re not sharing them with us ordinary folk, so further. Further is kinda like yonder. It implies distance instead of specifying it.
See, this is the problem with SoCS. If this could be edited. Do you have trouble saying edited? The ‘dit’ sound always seems to tangled up with the ‘ed’ sound. It’s like both ‘dit’ and ‘ted’ want to be spoken. Anyway, we’re not editing. No problem saying editing. But, if I could edit this mess those voices have spewed onto the page, I might get rid of some of the spectral stuff, ‘cuz there’s people out there who freak at science.
If we forget about measuring color, we’d be back at fall foliage. By the time I returned home from Iowa, we had some nice color here in Connecticut. I’m going to share some of those photos – ho ho – today, but I have to hold some back. Some of them are important to another story. There it goes again. If I were editing, I’d leave that out. You don’t know about the photos I don’t use.
I hope you enjoy the fall photos in the gallery. Next Saturday, the voices will be under control and we’ll be back at the bar with Cheryl and my buddy. Until then, hi ho!