When things go wrong, experienced bloggers reach for the backspace key. When things go wrong during a post that is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun Stream of Consciousness Saturday series, the backspace key, as well as its sister key ‘delete’ is off limits. When things go so far wrong that a blog post turns into a train wreck, it’s best to start over. I guess I should have listened to those pesky voices in my head.
Note: Without meaning to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, there are known errors and probably a few unknown ones in this post.
The disclaimer is necessary, because we, the voices in Dan’s head have claimed this post, and we want to be sure that you understand that not all the errors belong to us. Last week, when the prompt was “Pants,” Dan tried to cobble something together, but it went off the rails. Maybe that should be through the rapids and over the falls. Sorry, that’s in inside joke.
We were all painfully aware of the difference in meaning of ‘pants’ when considered from the UK vs the US. He had written a post a long time ago about buying pants and a few people commented here and on Facebook that they didn’t want to read about underwear. He was referring to what the folks in England call trousers, and apparently there are more UK readers that he knew about. Yes, WordPress tells you where your readers come from, but he didn’t check (and he didn’t want our help).
This is why we like to distance ourselves from his part of the brain. His great idea last week, you might want to sit down, was to talk about the part in “African Queen” when Audrey Hepburn explains to Humphrey Bogart how she likes wearing trousers in Africa.
See why we needed the disclaimer?
First off, The African Queen stared Katharine Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn was an actress, but not in that movie. Second, Katharine Hepburn wore a dress in the movie and she didn’t discuss it with Humphrey Bogart. What was he thinking?
It’s possible that Mary knows what was confusing Dan last week. If she does, we’ll give her any bonus points we earn from this post. What, there aren’t any bonus points? Darn.
He was thinking of the Star Trek Next Generation (STNG) episode “Ship in a Bottle.” There’s a scene where Countess Regina Bartholomew (played by Stephanie Beacham not Audrey or Katharine Hepburn), female companion to James Moriarty, explains to Captain Picard, how she enjoyed going on safari in Africa. She said: “I got to wear trousers the entire time” and she said it with such impish joy that we understand why we remember it. We don’t understand why he connected it to the African Queen. Maybe the Countess reminded him of Rose Sayer.
Still, wrong actress, wrong movie, wrong clothing, wrong century – he couldn’t have been more wrong if he had been talking about William Peters Hepburn, the Civil War soldier and Iowa Congressman who died in 1916. At least he probably wore trousers. Then again, we try not to talk about politicians on this blog.
This post has been part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. I asked the voices to be brief, since an unusual turn of events makes this the 6th post in a row. The SoCS prompt, as mentioned earlier was:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: Start with “WHEN.” Write whatever you’d like, but begin your post with the word “when.” Enjoy!
In addition to the voices taking over the writing, Saturdays are the day I let Maddie take over navigation. She likes to walk in and around “her park” a.k.a. Veteran’s Park. The photos in the gallery have been collected during these walks, including one where our walk was cut short by a crew from the Public Works Department. Maddie was most unhappy.