Celebrate and Have a Good Time

It seems like Linda G. Hill is tuned into the holiday weekend in the country to her south. She has given us an easy prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday – if we were sitting around the back yard. We, however are gathered at the bar. Let’s see what we can do with:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘grill.’ Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”

Well, of course we’ll have fun.

If we were having a beer, you’d be on the offensive.

“Just so you know, I’m not buying you a pity beer.”

“Excuse me?”

“When you’ve been injured in the past, I’ve picked up the tab to make you feel better. But that’s a slippery slope with you.”

“I understand. It’s OK. I was planning to buy today, anyway.”

“You were?”

“I was. I want to buy a beer for Cheryl.”

“For me…why?”

“Because you won!”

“Ha! The badge! That’s right. OK, I accept. I get off at 4:30 – I’ll dress a glass with lime and spicy salt and I’ll pour myself a Corona! Now, can I get you one to start the celebration?”

“Yes, exactly as you just described. And, something for the old man.”

“Well, if we’re celebrating and if he’s buying, I’m drinking John Howell’s Bourbon.”

“OK then. I’ll be right back.”

“So, why didn’t you call and let me know what happened with your finger?”

“It really wasn’t a big deal.”

“You didn’t go to work on Tuesday.”

“How do you know that?”

“I called your office – twice – no answer.”

“Huh…I saw that I had missed a call, early, but I didn’t recognize the number. Why didn’t you call my cell?”

“At first I figured you stopped at that park you like. Then, when you didn’t answer the second time, I figured you probably fell in the river and drowned.”

“What? Why would you go there?”

“One nicely-dressed Corona, one Bourbon – ice and seltzer on their way. Oh, and for the record, Dan, you do bring out the worst-case scenario in people…just sayin.”

“You two sound just like my wife.”

“Proud to be in her company, my young friend. With all that woman has had to endure, she’s entitled to drift in that direction.”

“I’m just saying, there could be hundreds of reasons why I wouldn’t be at work. I could have met someone at the diner and…you know…”

“Ha ha – Oh Dan, that’s a good one. Here’s that ice and seltzer.”

“Thanks Cheryl. Seriously dude, nobody is ever going to think you’re late because…you know.”

“Well why does it have to be ‘fell in the river and drowned’ – I mean, flat tire, stopped for breakfast, ran out of gas.”

“Those are normal things. Normal stuff doesn’t happen to you.”

“Fine, but I haven’t fallen in a river since I was on my honeymoon.”

“Ha! But you have – fallen – in – a – river. That’s my point. Most people haven’t.”

“Are you boys going to want any food today?”

“I’m pretty sure my young friend is going to want to take some wings home, maybe something for tomorrow and Monday, too.”

“I was going to get some wings, but why would I want a three-day supply?”

“What, like your wife is going to let you grill anything this weekend.”

“Why wouldn’t she?”

“Let’s see…knives, barbeque forks, open flame…the list is long and dangerous. Toss in the effect of a few beers – I wouldn’t let you near the grill.”

“He’s right, Dan. I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Besides it looks like it’s going to rain tomorrow and most of Monday.”

“I’ve been grilling for over thirty-five years. It’s not like she’s locking me in a closet.”

“Excuse me, but don’t I recall something like the great Thanksgiving turkey inferno being a thing at your house?”

“Once! One time. One fire. One burnt turkey.”

“Again, I have to point out – most people get through life never having burnt the wings off a turkey.”

“Sad to have to agree with him Dan. Can I get you another Corona?”

“Aw, Cheryl. I thought you’d have my back.”

“You’ve been coming here too long. I’ve seen all those bandages. You want that beer?”

“I do.”

“You want another splash of Willet?”

“Yes please.”

“Tell you what, I’m gonna knock off early. I’ll bring these, along with my beer, over to that table in the corner.”

“Sounds like a plan. We can start with a toast to the brave men and women who kept this country free for us to enjoy.”


Those of us who gather at the bar, along with the editor, wish all of our friends in the US a happy and safe holiday weekend. Please set aside some time to remember those who have fallen in protecting our freedom. Keep the grill a safe distance from the house, be careful with sharp objects and arrange transportation if necessary.


  1. As soon as I read the title of the posting, my mind started playing the song that you featured. For folks of my generation, that song is part of the songtrack of our growing up. (I hesitate to admit that I had already graduated from college a few years before the song came out in 1980). I love your photos, especially the ones with the reflections–they seem to match my pensive mood as I start this Saturday morning.

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  2. We had a couple of boxes to open this week, my husband asked for a utility knife, and I handed him a pair of dull scissors. He looked at me like I was crazy, but I knew I was saving both of us some unnecessary medical drama. :-) Love Maddie’s photo when the sun moved. Have a great weekend, and, yes, let’s remember what it is really all about. 🇺🇸

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  3. Okay, now I’ll be humming THAT song all day. Lol. Priceless, Dan. That rushing tiver looks rather teacherous. Sure you didn’t spend your honeymoon in a giant sling? 🙈Thanks so much for the beer. You guys keep me in stitches….oops, no pun intended. Have a safe and relaxing weekend. I think you’re okay to grill….as long as it isn’t a turkey. 😏🙊Happy weekend to the Editor and the menagerie too! Go Free48+24! (Yeah, I can add. Ott x ott equals…ott-ott)

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  4. Love this song! Maddie looks so pretty sitting and keeping watch over things. Most all Memorial Day activities here have been cancelled due to Alberto, which is creeping into our area way ahead of the official Hurricane Season arrival. Dang! Stay safe, have fun and enjoy the weekend, Dan.

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    • I got an alert for Alberto on my weather app, and I thought it seemed early for tropical storms. I hope he doesn’t bother you guys. Stay safe and Ihope you can enjoy the weekend.

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  5. We absolutely should remember those courageous men and women who fought for the freedom we enjoy every day. We are forever indebted to them.

    Love the reflection photos, and Maddie is looking so gorgeous. Ya know Dan, just because you’re walking by a ‘falls’, that doesn’t mean you’re supposed to fall down the bank! Please wear heavy gloves when grilling…maybe a hazmat suit. Use plastic knives and forks.

    Hope all of you, two-legged and four-legged, enjoy a happy, relaxing, accident-free weekend.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    • Thanks Ginger. I was trying to get to a little ledge, in order to get a better picture of the falls. It was covered with moss, and whooosh. No serious damage, but maybe a warning to my then new bride.

      I will be extra cautious this weekend. I hope you guys have a nice weekend, too. Maddie and I will stop and say a little prayer as we walk past the Veterans Memorial tomorrow and Monday.


  6. I haven’t grilled outside in ages! I have great difficulty in getting the charcoal going, and it just doesn’t seem worth the time and effort to put veg for two on for a few minutes. So I generally use the contact grill inside. Not the same. Not the same at all.

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  7. I won’t judge or rib you about tumbling down the hillside trying to get a good angle for a photograph of the falls, cause been there, done that twice. My friend Alex thought it was hilarious the first time; for hours he giggled about it. :) I’m pretty sure he regrets not making a video of that tumble.

    Why you wonder would anyone think you fell in the river and drowned over running out of gas? I don’t see you running much lower than half a tank for many miles before heading to a station to top off the tank. Stopped for breakfast? You always allow extra time for that. DUH!

    A Flat tire…I’m thinking your extra time padding would have that covered too. So. 😀

    This was fun read! I hope you’re healing fast, and stay safe!

    Happy Memorial Week-end! flag.

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    • Thanks Deborah. It’s good to know I’m not alone. I can’t believe my wife didn’t try to get some pictures. She joked about the fact that she didn’t.

      I respect how you ruled out all the normal options. I do walk out on the boat dock for better pictures, but I haven’t been on it yet this year. I am healing well. I hope you guys have a nice weekend.


  8. Dan, photos of Maddie make everything better! If you’ve had your “three” things happening in succession, then you’re good to “grill.” They are usually not all severe, so don’t worry. You’ve had the “stitches” already. Enjoy a peaceful Memorial Day. Yes, with thoughts of our fallen heroes. Christine

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    • Thanks Christine. The weekend is proceeding without incident, so I think the bad stuff is behind me. Maddie is pretty happy, and I’ll make sure I snag a picture of her from time to time. I hope you’re having a good weekend,

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    • I never thought about those things like that until I started writing this. It does form an image…Hmm, I think I like “…that is what makes you, you.” So thanks for that!


  9. I think something my young grandson said would be an appropriate description of you. He’d hurt himself once again, and having heard the saying but not remembering it correctly, when his older brother said to him, “Harry, you’re always hurt some way,” he replied, “Yes, I think I must be pro accident” You, too, Dan.

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  10. Dan, did you know that ‘Sadly, links require moderation’ is disgustingly close to ‘drinks require moderation’ ? please notice the question mark is outside of the quotes. So to demonstrate the opposite point in the interest of Memorial Day please lift them long and high and solemnly remember those who have sacrificed so much.

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  11. In your case I think it would be wiser to wish you a happy and uneventful long weekend … no slipping, sliding, cutting, blooding, falling, dropping, … just sit with Maggie and relax 🙂

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  12. The water shots got me like whoa. Those are some golden moments. Sun spot was nice too.
    I have strange accidents like you as well. Epoxy is my nemesis. Not the cutting. I seldom cut myself. More like stuck to things, unfortunately trapped, tangled…
    I did fall in a creek once. Well, I’ve fallen in many a creek, but one of significance, a larger creek, and it was frozen and I plunged. I was 12. I’ll never forget it.
    Enjoy your long weekend! Mine’s off to a fabulous start! :D

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    • I’m glad your weekend is rolling well. Ours is going to be quiet but that’s nice.

      Fell through the ice? I’m sure you’ll never forget that. Scary. I was in and out of creek behind our house growing up.

      Keep this weekend on track 🙂

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  13. Love the verbal banter here and Kool and the Gang! The golden and green water and Pak Plus the fine Miss Maddie! Oh, joy!!😀🍉
    Be safe!!
    Hope you have a wonderful rest of Memorial Day weekend, Dan, the Mrs (Editor) and Faith! ❤️ 🇺🇸 💙

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  14. Well said, Dan. Remember those who serve(d) and what it is really about… and keep away from knives and fire. Do you know that the children at school call me ‘Jennie the spiller’ and all adults (note the word all) call me ‘the boo boo queen’? Kinda sad, but you understand. Great post!

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  15. fun way to incorporate Cheryl’s badge being chosen for the year – and nice of you keep your word and buy the beer!
    there is a lot of “orange” and warmth in the photo collage – had a nice artsy feel.
    and now I am off to bed with Kool and the Gang singing in my head – oh no…. hope I can sleep

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