Who Doesn’t Like Harry? – #SoCS

It’s time to visit the bar in conjunction with Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Today, Linda is offering bonus points:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘ends with -ly.’ Start your post with any adverb that ends in ‘-ly.’ Bonus points if you end with an adverb too. Have fun!”

I have to admit to some editing this week, and in order to qualify for those bonus points (if Linda is generous), I need to keep this next bit in the preamble – If we were having a beer, you’d be enjoying the music.

“Finally, they fixed this playlist.”

“What makes you say that?”


Here Comes the Sun – good choice.”

“Too long, Dan. I can name any song off Abby Road in just a couple of notes.”

“That was a good album.”

“Hi guys. You two seem pretty happy today, did you stop for a drink before you got here?”

“No, Cheryl. The old man was just commenting about the playlist.”

“Uh oh.”

“It’s OK. He’s liking it.”

“That might be short-lived. They’ve been messing with the songs. Anyway, can I get you boys something to go with the music?”

“I will have a Corona.”

“I sent one out for a lime when I saw you pull in. She should be back by now. How about you, sunshine?”

“I’ll have wine today, Cheryl.”

“OK, that’s easy. Be right back.”

“What do you suppose she means by ‘messing with the songs?’ So far, they’ve been good.”

“A cold Corona for Dan and…wait, is that what I think it is?”

“Wine? I ordered wine. You have a wine glass, but no wine.”

“No, the song. Harry Belafonte? Is that Harry Belafonte? It is, it is, it’s Harry Belafonte. I love Harry Belafonte!”

“It is Harry Belafonte. Now I think I understand what the ‘messing’ is.”

“Cheryl…Cheryl? What is she doing?”

“She’s dancing.”

“I see that’s she’s dancing. Why – is – she – dancing?”

“Maybe her guy is back from the sea.”


“Aren’t you listening? That’s ‘Angelina’ – the guy just got back from the sea.”

“What sea?”

“Geese Louise – he’s a sailor!”

“So was I, what does that have to do with my glass of wine?”

“Don’t interrupt her.”

“I’m sorry, I’ll get that wine. I love Harry Belafonte.”

“Thanks Cheryl. By the way, I remember Harry, but I’m not sure that you should.”

“Harry is timeless.”

“She’s right. I liked when he sang with the Muppets.”

“You watched the Muppets, Dan?”

“Of course, didn’t you?”

“I wasn’t a fan.”

“That might explain some things about you.”

“Alright, let’s change the subject. Did that watermain break mess up your commute?”

“No, it was fixed when I got…”

“…Home? Don’t tell me you were in Florida again.”

“I was.”

“You were in Florida, Dan?”

“I was Cheryl. Our Annual Meeting was Tuesday.”

“How were my seabirds? I miss those little guys.”

“Cute as ever, I didn’t get any time on the beach, but I got some pictures for you from my balcony.”

“Here we go, Cheryl. This is where he tells us he was down there to work, and that it was nothing but meetings and meals.”

“That’s basically true.”

“You always leave off the ‘at a five-star resort’ part.”

“Meetings are meetings, and the meals aren’t that great. It’s not like we were ordering off the menu.”

“Still, I’m finding it hard to sympathize.”

“It wasn’t even that much warmer than here. It was seventy-five.”

“Oh, and I suppose the Gulf of Mexico is not that much warmer than the Connecticut River. Why don’t we ask John Howell to move back up here?”

“I saw his poem, that river is too cold for John.”

“Speaking of cold, Dan, do you need another Corona?”

“I do.”

“How about you?

“All this talk about John Howell has me thinking about bourbon?”

“OK, I’ll be back in a sec.”

“Unless ‘The Banana Boat Song’ starts playing.”

“Sounds like someone doesn’t want cherries today.”

“No offense intended, Cheryl. So, was this your last trip to Florida?”

“Last winter trip.”

“That’s the whole point of Florida – warmth – in the winter. Why would you go at some other time?”

“I might have to go to one more meeting. Then, I’ll be done with Florida for good.”

“I’m not sure you get it.”

“I’m not sure you get it. We are four-season people. Don’t you follow Joey?”

“Yes, she’s funny, but I’m not sure I agree.”

“Well, I totally agree. I’ve done time in Georgia.”

“You make it sound like prison.”

“Watch it Dan. Some of your best bartenders are from Georgia.”

“Nuff said, Cheryl. Is that my beer?”

“It is, and his dry Manhattan.”

“Don’t call it that. It’s bourbon, with cherries.”

“Which is basically a dry Manhattan.”

“Saying ‘Manhattan’ reminds me of my ex.”

“Bourbon with cherries it is.”

“Thanks Cheryl, now, can I borrow a pen?”

“Whoa, cherries are free, but my pen is my livelihood. It’s what people tip with.”

“I’ll give it right back, I just have to give Dan a note.”

“OK, here you go.”

“A note? I’m siting right here. Why do you have to give me a note?”

“Your memory’s a sieve. Here – think about this when you hear ‘Angelina’ again.”


to be continued…

Today’s Gallery includes a few photos from my 48 hours in Florida and a few from the welcome committee when I returned. Special thanks to Cheryl for being such a good sport!

86 thoughts on “Who Doesn’t Like Harry? – #SoCS

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  1. Belafonte is nice. But wait till they play some Perry Como. You might really want the World to Go Away when you see what he does to me..😉Love the photos Dan. Thanks. Those Florida sunrises and sunsets made my life worth living. I’m overlooking the Georgia remark, but hey, I’m not from here, just a guest resident right now and it is okay so far. Now, don’t go talking smack about my Saints or Tigers….😂Maddie looks genuinely perturbed in that first shot. Sorry you didn’t get sand between your toes and 70 is a perfect temp! You lucky dog. Come Mr Talleyman…

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    1. Maddie snubs me as soon as she sees my suitcase. She fusses over me when I get home, but she’s not her normal self until she’s certain that I’m home for a while.

      I love seeing the sunrise/sunsets and the birds, but the humidity was gross. I brought home a suitcase full of damp clothes.

      I liked Perry Como. I’m not sure if this playlist will go there, or what will happen behind the “research” bar.

      I enjoyed this trip more because there was no danger of snow back here. I feel so bad when I’m in 70-sometnig sun and The Editor has to deal with snow and ice. Thanks for the beer and the cherries.

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  2. “Daylight come and me want go home . . .” I LOVE HARRY BELAFONTE! I am listening now and dancing in my chair . . .”Day – O” . Do you know the ‘Hole in the Bucket’ song? another great one.

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  3. I almost feel tropical now, Dan, but then my cold hands start typing and I know I’m not in Florida or Arizona or anywhere else that’s actually warm. Ahh, well, I do enjoy winter (for the most par), so if we could just get some snow….

    Welcome back warmLY,


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    1. Ha ha – nicely done, Janet. It looks like we have snow coming on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The forecast is changing rapidly, but I don’t think I’ll be sipping a beer outside in the sun. Maddie wants to go for a walk. I’m reminding here that it has to be above 20.

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  4. Finally, basically, totally, basically, Gladly … Did I find them all, Dan? Loved your gallery and now I’m yearning for warmer weather. Ahhhhhh …… thanks for the little bit of sunshine you shone my way!

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  5. Another fun Saturday post! I love Harry Belafonte. Day-O and Hole in the Bucket are my favorites.

    The sunrise/sunset/reflections you captured are stunning. And all the shots of the birds, especially in flight. Beautiful flowers….a promise of things to come here.

    Maddie seems to be on guard duty in the first pic, making sure you came home in one piece. In the second pic, she looks really worried….perhaps thinking you’re gonna leave her again. Ahhhhh, at last, she’s satisfied you’re home to stay in the last pic.

    MiMi’s leg cracks me up! It doesn’t even look like it’s attached to her. 😂 I’m surprised MuMu didn’t meet you at the door with her brush in her mouth!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thanks Ginger. Maddie gives me the cold shoulder whenever I bring my suitcase upstairs to pack or into the family room when i’m leaving. She knows I’m going away, and she doesn’t like the idea. MuMu snagged me very quickly after I returned, and she seemed to have kept count of all the sessions I missed. MiMi, well, MiMi is just nuts.

      I’m glad you like the post and the photos. I love Harry. As I mentioned earlier, my favorite is “We Come From the Fire” (the version with the Muppets – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPaKWihFs_Q ).

      We have to wait a while for those sunny green sunrises, but our day will come.


  6. Florida? Gulf of Mexico? Were you in my ‘hood? The photo of Mimi is a riot–is that foot attached?! Harry Belafonte….I always think of Beetlejuice. Cherries make me think of Shirley Temples. Such a great (greater than usual, to clarify) post, Dan. Happy weekend to you.

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    1. Thanks Lois. Our meeting was in Ft. Myers. I was on the ground in FL less than 48 hours, and, although my buddy picks on me for saying it, in meetings most of the time. I did spend about two hours at a bar next to the beach – best part of the trip 🙂

      MiMi doesn’t know whose foot that is.

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      1. Waaaay far from me. I have to go to Orlando every year for work and people think ‘Disney.’ Nope. Meetings all day and who can afford Disney for just a day! I hear you about meetings. No time to be a tourist.

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  7. That was a fun trip to the bar and you boring meetings. As we are having another “high of 5F” day, I would have been overjoyed to stand on the balcony in 75 degree weather.

    I’m giving you 100 bonus points for being a fan of The Muppets. One of my all-time favorite shows!

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    1. Yay! Thanks for those bonus points. At first, I thought you said 51f – 5 is a whole ‘mother story.

      I might have lost Linda’s bonus points with the editing I needed to do. It only occurred to me after I was done, to make this two-part post.

      I hope it warms up soon.

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    1. Maddie doesn’t like it when I travel. She snubs me when shes sees my suitcase. MiMi just doesn’t like to be bothered. It was nice to walk around without a coat,but I wish I oculd have actually stepped onto the beach – just not enough time. Harry is an old favorite. I love his appearances with the Muppets.

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  8. I am going to start with the song mainly because it will fit right in. Work all night for a drink of rum… technically speaking you did not end with an ‘ly’. You paused with an ‘ly’. Continued. As in dangling participle. Incompletely done ( pay no attention to the trouble maker foisting lys). So now you have to work all week for a drink of rum. Don’t worry it will no doubt be a bigger drink of rum for a whole week. It is totally your choice if you begin with an ly for the sake of continuity. That was sake – not Sake rice wine. We are talking about rum here. Or singing about rum. Now lets see, or sing… am I finally done. Definitely not to be continued continually or indefinitely though you might be wondering is he really done ramblingly extemporaneously ? Oh I left off painfully. We can pick this conversation up at the bar soberly ( at least to begin with )

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    1. You get the SoCS comment bonus points, John. I did think about the “continued…” but I had to do it. This is a first here at the bar. Now I have to wait and see what Linda gives us next week, and try to pick this up and roll with what is on that note.


  9. Thanks for the pingback! Despite my love of winter, I want to spend a full day in Florida, WITH MY MOTHER. And then come home to go to sleep ;) Love the seabirds though. I can watch them for hours :)
    Do you actually say Geese Louise? Is that like Oh my heck or Praise be to puppies? I need to know.

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    1. I think that’s suppose to be Geez Louise – exclamation – a non-blasphemous JC. I could watch those birds all day. Probably the only reason I’d go to a beach other than to walk.


    1. Thanks Jami. I love watching those birds.

      John Howell’s bourbon (Willett) has been a thing at this crazy little bar for quite some time. Introducing a drink in this (fictional) place can be dangerous, it’s how Cheryl got her job.


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