Let’s Not Think About It – #SoCS

Linda G. Hill is going into dangerous territory with her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. I mean, a lot of us were boys at one point. Anyway, the prompt is:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘bodily function.’ Decide on one or write about a whole bunch of bodily functions. Bonus inspiration: here’s a website. Enjoy!”


If we were having a beer, we’d be complaining about the heat.

“Well look at you, you’re here on time. I thought you’d still be up on that roof.”

“It’s pouring.”

“Yeah, I was thinking that you would be grounded today.”

“It’s OK. I got two good days in this week.”

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So, Dan and his buddy are drinking today.”

“Ha ha – good one Cheryl – Dr. Seuss would be proud.”

“Yes, but the question remains, what are you drinking?”

“I will have a Corona. Pour the old man whatever he wants.”

“I’ll have a glass of wine, Cheryl.”

“You got it.”

“This weather hasn’t been kind to your project, has it?”

“No. I don’t mind getting rained out once in a while, but I’ve had enough of the ninety-degree sticky-humid days.”

“I don’t know how people work in this mess.”

“A lot don’t, and I don’t blame them, I’ve been sweating like a pig on that roof.”

“Pigs don’t sweat.”

“Ice cold Corona, sorry – no spiced salt today – a glass of Meiomi and a snifter of seltzer. Let me know if you boys want some food.”

“Thanks Cheryl.”

“So, if pigs don’t sweat, sweating like a pig is another way of saying you were not sweating.”

“It’s not that kind of pig.”

“There are other kinds?”

“It’s short for Pig Iron, which is an intermediate product in the process of making steel.”

“Leave it to a boy from Pittsburgh to know that reference.”

“School field trip.”

“So why do they call Pig Iron pig iron.”

“Because it’s shaped in molds that branch off like piglets suckling on a sow.”

“Ok, I’m done with this subject.”

“I thought that his way of saying that you boys want a pizza with bacon?”

“Ha! You know, Cheryl, a pizza would be good. You care to split one with bacon and onions?”

“Onions give me gas.”

“That’s a ‘no’ Dan.”

“Agreed, Cheryl. Bacon and mushrooms.”

“Back to your project, have you checked the long-range forecast…”

“The one that said it would rain Thursday and be nice today?”

“Yes, that one. Anyway, it looks like the end of next week is going to be sunny and a bit cooler.”

“Great, I have to work.”

“Exactly, it looks like good weather to work in.”

“No, I mean I have to go to work, work.”

“Why?”

“I’m managing a small renovation project in the office; the installers are coming on Friday.”

“Don’t you get enough of this stuff at home?”

“It falls under the Admin budget, so it’s mind to manage.”

“That stinks.”

“At least it will be over soon.”

“Let me guess – the work is easy; the people are the problem.”

“Exactly. Who was it that said you can’t please all the people?”

Abraham Lincoln, but it was ‘fool all the people’ – pleasing people is a different thing.”

“There is a quote about that, ‘you can’t please everyone, you’re not a taco’ – it works for me.”

“But you always seem to be in a good mood. What’s your secret, Cheryl?”

“For that, you have to go back to Dr. Seuss, or perhaps Ricky Nelson.”

“Ah, please yourself…”

“Or steer yourself around grumpy people.”

Dr Seuss – “Oh the Places You’ll Go”

“Now who’s showing his Seussiness. Your pizza will be up soon. Should I bring you boys another round?”

“Ooh, there’s a good idea.”

“So, back to the forecast, Wednesday and Thursday look like they’re going to be nice.”

“Yeah, I saw that. I just don’t like doing hard physical work and then going back to work without a day to rest.”

“In other words, you’re getting older.”

“Maybe, it just takes time to recover.”

“I can help you with that.”

“You gonna come help me nail down some shingles?”

“No. I just meant that a little light exercise after a day of heavy-lifting, as it were, is often helpful. Maybe you could stop for one of those bike rides.”

“That’s not a bad idea. I’ll give that some thought.”

“Whoa, whoa, let’s not be thinking here. Your pizza will be up in a minute. Here’s another Corona and another splash of wine.”

“Eating and drinking does beat thinking.”


If you’re trying to remember the Ricky Nelson song, it’s below the gallery. The gallery is a collection of the usual suspects. And, if you want to beat the heat, check out Cheryl’s post.

74 thoughts on “Let’s Not Think About It – #SoCS

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  1. Got to come to Dan for the morning chuckle!
    You aren’t kidding when you say you have fog after a rain – that’s some dense pea soup you’ve got there!
    Beg to differ with your little T-shirt here, I don’t really like tacos, guess I’m one of the few, eh? :)

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    1. You’re in good company, I don’t think my wife is a big fan. But I like them to the point that I could make up for both of you. Chocolate might have worked better, but I didn’t think of it until now. Plus, Cheryl spent some time in San Antonio, so I’m guessing she’s taco-friendly.

      Thanks for adding me to your morning routine.

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    1. Thanks Judy. I think I have the day off. I did the inside projects on the last rainy Saturday. I finished that coffee table, so not much to do but catch up reading and writing. Note: I did take Miss Maddie for a walk before the rain started. Very slow drizzle at the moment, but I’m not tempting fate.

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  2. haha Today’s a day for a poet, and damnit I didn’t know it! I did not know about the pig iron. Good to know. I always wondered cuz I did know pig didn’t sweat. Well, except for the human ones!

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    1. I’m glad the education department of No Facilities has served a loyal customer! The rhyming just sort of happened. I thing once you start quoting Dr. Seuss, rhymes follow. I hope you have a nice weekend, Pam.

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  3. Oh man I’d forgotten that song. I love it! That and CCR’s Lookin Out My Back Door. Whimsical. And true. I hope the weather gives you a break, Dan. A bike ride sounds good. We are catching the new Christopher Robin movie. I’m sorely in need of some Pooh wisdom. People can be so un Pooh like. 😞Have a great #Free48. Stay cool.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. I’m glad you like that song (I’m pretty sure you like tacos). “Lookin Out My Back Door” was on “Green River” which is the first album I bought with my own money. I have always loved that song.

      I hope you enjoy the movie. I agree, people could lean from Pooh.

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  4. I would bet
    A pig would sweat
    If he’s gonna be taken
    To be made into bacon!

    Love the fog photos. And catching Maddie mid-lick is comical. She’s probably daydreaming about bacon! Nice sunrise shots too.

    You got a lot of roofing done before the next deluge came. Looks great! This weather is really tiresome now.

    You really need to stop disturbing MiMi’s beauty sleep. That’s a very annoyed look she’s wearing. Lol.

    Haven’t heard Garden Party for a long time.

    Thanks for starting my Saturday off on a fun note once again.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    1. Nice poetic retort, Ginger, that’s really funny.

      I didn’t see Maddie’s tongue until we were back inside. Class act, that pup. MiMi doesn’t speak (meow) but she gets her message across with those eyes and those poses (and her claws if you keep pushing).

      I wanted so badly to finish that side of the roof. It looked like rain, and The Editor called it a day. As soon as I got the last of my tools down. it started raining. I don’t know how she does it. One bundle of shingles should finish that corner. It will just have to wait for a dry day.

      I hope you have a great (wet) weekend. Maybe there will be more fog.

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  5. I appreciate those lines from Dr. Seuss. Steering myself in my own direction. Which means I am going to steer my car down to Madison today to look at flowers and have a beer with the brother. Maybe two beers if he drives. The bro is in town from D.C. and he says our 80’s and dew points in the 60’s is a relief. Whatever, it’s still hot so the two beers might turn into three, depending on the amount of time spent outdoors.

    Have an awesome weekend, Dan.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I hope you have a great weekend, a brother who drives and all the beer you need. I’d trade you our swampy weather for those 80s in a heartbeat. I’ll be inside watching it rain today. But, I’ll get to the bar are some point.

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    1. Thanks Teagan. I have to keep the conversation between the lines, or Cheryl might toss us out. If you can’t steer around those grumps, maybe Ricky has the better answer.

      I hope you have a great weekend!

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  6. Under these conditions ‘If we were having a beer’ does not quite fit. We are talking bodily functions. Relax this one is a pleasant one… therapeutic rehydration. Although therapeutic sounds a bit questionable unless you go Seuss on it. There another peutic… I hope the weather takes a pause to let you finish. Two days of predicted rain just got un-predicted here. Hope that better weather drifts your way. And be careful up there.

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    1. Thanks John. The latest forecast has us under a flash flood watch until 8:00 am tomorrow, and heavy rain in the forecast through Tuesday night…sigh. I guess I’ll work on that therapeutic rehydration and maybe some prehydration – if there’s such a thing.

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  7. Dan, Love looking at your foggy photos! A few years back, remember “the tobacco farm in the fog” header for my blog? A pat for Maddie! Is that Sammy the squirrel? I know you have more than one in your yard animal family. I don’t like tacos either and I live in Southern CA. Happy Weekend! 📚 Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine. These are the same barns. The shade cloth is gone but they’re still growing tobacco.

      Don’t like tacos? Hmm, I guess that’s ok but you must have access to some great places to get them.

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  8. Such a great post. You met the challenge: one liner..one and done. Sammy resting on the porch is so cute. MiMi…you know I have a soft spot in my heart for her. Maddie–you know how hard it is to catch a little tongue shot?! You did great!

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  9. OMG! I laughed out loud with this dialogue, ““Because it’s shaped in molds that branch off like piglets suckling on a sow.”

    “Ok, I’m done with this subject.”

    “I thought that his way of saying that you boys want a pizza with bacon?”,

    then nearly choked on my water reading this under that!
    ““Ha! You know, Cheryl, a pizza would be good. You care to split one with bacon and onions?”

    “Onions give me gas.”

    “That’s a ‘no’ Dan.” OMG!! Hilarious!

    I didn’t know about the Pig Iron, or the tacos saying. I like Tacos a lot so that works for me, and I learned something!

    The roofing looks really good.

    I really like your fog images, and your sunrises are pretty! I noticed the sun was getting up a wee bit later too.

    Hope your weather improves soon!

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  10. There is an 80’s movie called The Fog. I’m reminded. The barn in the photo now looks like a haunted house. Is the truck for an electricity company? They can afford to work in the fog. One of our regulations concerning work area requires that it must be well illuminated before any electrical works can begin in it. I wonder. Aren’t those electric poles and cables too close? Or maybe it is the angle from which the photo was taken that is misleading my eyes. They seem enough to touch one another during a storm or just strong wind. The sunrise is beautiful, always fiery and gentle at the same time. Like a gentle a giant. In the morning and evening, the sun can be said to be a gentle giant. At midday, around the equator, it is a fully-fledged heat monster. It is like a person. So beautiful and gentle when young, so beautiful and gentle when old. In between there is just chaos and uncertainty. Thanks Dan.

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    1. The truck is from the electric utility. Those guys work in all kinds of conditions. I think the angle is throwing you off, the wires are separated by distance side-to-side and up and down. We’ve been here for 35 years, through some ugly storms and no contact. The trucks are outfitted with enough light to light up a small stadium.

      Sunrise and sunsets are beautiful. I’ve never heard it described as a gentle giant, I like that.

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  11. Now why do I know all of the words to the Nelson song? I never knew his name – good ol’
    Radio play back in the day.
    And I am actually looking for a pig made of iron as a bacon press – different from your intermediate grade iron
    – but good to learn that (might have learned it years ago – but who knows)
    And the abosolute best laugh of the day was the T-shirt –
    You can’t please everyone unless you are a taco!
    Omg 😭😂

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  12. Love The Cat in the Hat beginning, followed by other Seusiness!
    I agree, anything strenuous on one day should be followed by moderate activity the next. Otherwise get too stiff. You’ve got some years on me, but my joints are 1000 years old — and honestly, the stiffness was worse when I was young.
    Ain’t nothin wrong with lettin the weather dictate your project schedule.
    This was a particularly funny post — given the SoCS prompt, though — there had to be some funnies comin :P

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  13. That is a serious amount of fog! In spite of the weather, you are making some serious progress on your roof. I would imagine you are going to be a wee bit happy not to be moving tarps around when this project is done 🙂

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    1. Thanks Joanne. You are so right about the tarps. We had a few short dry spells this weekend, but the idea of undoing and redoing wet tarps to get at the last corner wasn’t attractive. Oh, and the Editor said it wasn’t going to happen, so…

      Once I get going, the shingles go down pretty fast. It’s just the steep pitch that slows me down. I need about 4 nice days to finish. Between the weather and my day job, it looks like I’ll get none of them this week.

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    1. Ha ha, I thought about that when I wrote it, Paul. I guess I could have held it out, but that would have counted as an edit and Linda frowns on edits. I know, that part of the prompt probably drives you crazy ;-)

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  14. After I announced I would quit writing my blog, I took a break from all things blog-related but finally realized I missed my blog friends and so returned to your blog hoping to find a bar conversation that wouldn’t make me search beyond the first page. It is my lucky day: All of you plus Dr. Seuss, sweating pigs, Ricky Nelson and several bodily functions. You never disappoint me, Dan.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Janet. The usual program had me at the bar every Saturday. If you want to avoid hopping around, you can click on the “Having a Beer” option in the menu.

      This post was fun. I enjoy writing these, and adding in the SoCS is the kind of challenge I enjoy.

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  15. I loved the Nelson family and had a crush on Ricky (oh, throw in Paul, Neil D. or the Beatles that was enough to daydream for hours. Ha!)
    I cannot believe you caught the fox on camera. If you have done this before I may have missed it! Rich and Susan have a family of cute foxes in their neighborhood. Not once have they or I caught them on camera!
    I love your sunrise photos, Dan. It is dark now that we go in at 6 instead of 7.
    I gave my two weeks notice ( 8/16) and am going to be my youngest daughter’s assistant for her real estate business. 🎉🎈
    Coffee shop ☕ or early am shift soon, for 25-30 hours to get health care for two and half more years. . . I’m so relieved. I may never have time to blog since I am already helping plan events and keeping my Felicia organized! 😉

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  16. I remember the crushes girls had on those boys :)

    I’m glad to hear that your getting out of the long shifts, forced weekends, etc. I hope you enjoy the new job. Sounds like you’ll have a nice boss ;-)

    We have known that there have been foxes in the area for 35 years, but I’ve never seen them until this summer.

    Sunrise is starting to intersect my morning commute again. I like it, but I know it means that summer is coming to an end.

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