Not Your Father’s Spring Project – #SoCS

It’s a special Saturday here at the bar, but we’re still going to play along with Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday challenge. Her prompt for today:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘rib.’ Use it as a word, or find a word with ‘rib’ in it. As always, use any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

Well, we’re certainly going to enjoy!

If we were having a beer, it would be a day of surprises.

“Well, this is a surprise.”


“I didn’t expect to see you today.”

“I’m here almost every Saturday.”

“But, if you really want a surprise, ta da – I’m here today, too!”

“Skippy. How, um, nice to see you.”

“I sense your enthusiasm, is it Dave?”

“It’s David, and Dan.”

“Yes, Corona-boy.”

“Corona…’boy’ ? – I’m old enough to be your father, Brad.”

“You’re probably old enough to be my grandfather, Dan.”

“This is why he calls you Skippy. How about that Corona. And,…”

“I know, I know, shove a lime in the bottle. What about you, David? The usual screwball setup?”

“What do you…oh, never mind. Yes, the usual, but make sure you give the bourbon a good pour.”

“No problem.”

“Easy, he’ll get better with time.”

“Dan, I’m in no mood for your silly optimism. This guy drives me nuts. I miss Cheryl.”

“Sounds like a country song.”

“Please, leave the songwriting to Mary’s cat. But that reminds me why I’m surprised to see you.”

“What? You thought Nashville called?”

“Hardly. I read about your collaboration with Teagan Geneveine. I thought you’d be busy with that project.”

“Funny you should say that.”


“She’s going to be joining us in a few minutes.”

“OK, one Corona, one glass of, what is it you call this bourbon?”

“I call it John Howell’s Bourbon.”

“Of course, you do. And you guys think I’m strange.”

“Um, Skippy.”

“Yes Dan?”

“This lime is about twice as big as the bottle. You think you could slice it in half?”

“I almost cut myself slicing that piece.”

“Then, can I have a glass?”

“Corona, check. A glass of bourbon, a snifter of seltzer and a glass of ice, check. I think I’m at the right bar.”

“Teagan! Welcome to our sanctuary.”

“Thanks Dan. It’s good to see you. And you must be David.”

“I am. It’s nice to meet you, Teagan. Can we treat you to some adult refreshment?”

“That would be wonderful.”

“We? I thought you were paying today.”

“I just assumed you would write this off as a business expense, Dan.”

“Excuse him, Teagan. His mind is stuck in the ledger.”

“Here you go, a chilled clean glass.”

“Thanks, Brad. And, we need one more drink.”

“Oh, I didn’t know you had company. What would you like, ma’am?”

“A classic martini, dirty, please. And I’d like it if you called me Teagan.”

“OK, Teagan. And by classic and dirty, you mean…?”

“Gin and vermouth, with a little olive juice. And, could I have a glass of water on the side?”

“I’ll be right back, ma’a…I’ll be right back.”

“Is he new here?”

“Every day is like his first day, Teagan. Dan just told me you would be joining us. I, for one, am honored.”

“Aw, that’s kind of you, David.”

“I know you’re collaborating with this knucklehead, but I can’t imagine why.”

“Dan is sending me photos for my next story. The project seemed to resonate with him.”

“One dirty Martini, and a glass of water. Sorry, I put that in a snifter, force of habit.”

“Ha, I think I like that.”

“It is the perfect glass. So, what’s this story about?”

“Well, David, the core of the story is inspired by the song (Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show), combined with the blues legend of the devil at the crossroads.”

“Neil Diamond and Robert Johnson. Which do you like, Dan?”

“Both, but that’s not the connection. The church I grew up in had evangelists visit every summer. One of them really got to me.”

“I’ve never heard that story, but please, don’t take that as an invitation.”

“I’ll be sharing it, maybe when Teagan is done.”

“Done? You mean the story isn’t written? I thought you said you’d be sharing it soon, Teagan.”

“I will be, David. The story will be a spontaneously written serial. Dan’s images will serve as prompts, along with some random things contributed by my readers.”

“I can’t imagine writing like that.”

“It’s a fun way to write. I’m very excited about the project.”

“Has Dan given you any pictures yet?”

“He has, I even made a video trailer with some of them.”

“That’s so cool! Now I’m really looking forward to reading this. I think I’ll subscribe to your blog.”

“Wow, a martini and a new reader – win-win for me!”

“Here’s to a successful collaboration, you guys.”

“Thanks David.”


Today’s gallery contains several pictures of our recently swollen river (some are for Teagan) and a few signs of spring.

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  1. At first I was really excited because I thought you meant a literal face-to-face meetup with Teagan. Then I remembered where she was and her travelling issues … but this project is also really exciting! Looking forward to seeing where it takes us.

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  2. Hooray on the new project with Teagan! I’m glad she could join you and David. Hopefully next time she’ll get to meet Cheryl. 🙂 Lovely photos, especially the stone arch bridges and old church. Have you really had that much rain to make the CT river swell? Happy Easter, Dan.

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    1. Thanks Jennie. I think this is going to be a fun project.

      Not only have we had that much rain, we’re getting more. The river runs a few days behind the rain, so I expect it will be even higher by Monday or Tuesday.

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  3. Wow, Dan. You work fulltime, take Maddie for walks, brush MuMu, blog four times a week, write country songs, put up with Skippy, pay attention to the Editor, and now you’re collaborating with Teagan? I don’t know how you find the time to do all of these wonderful things.

    I haven’t been over to read Teagan in awhile, but will jump over there sometime today. It’s fabulous when bloggers connect for special projects like this one. I most definitely will be following her posts and checking out the photos from you that prompt and inspire her.

    Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Dan. The weather is going to be beautiful here (about time) and I hope the same is true for you.

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    1. Thanks Mary. Teagan is making it easy for me. I just have to give her some photos and a few random things. She will write the story from there. If I had to do that, I’d never find enough time. When she invited me to join her in this project, I couldn’t say no. I love her “pantster” stories and I can’t wait to see where this one takes her. There is a curious connection to a story I’ve drafted several times, but never managed to like well enough to post. I’m working on that.

      We have rain today, heavy at times and with thunderstorms. Maddie is as close to me as she can get at the moment.

      I hope you have a beautiful weekend and a Happy Easter. Thanks for supporting this project.

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  4. Sounds like you and Teagan are going to have a lot of fun collaborating once again.

    LOVE the photo of the arched bridge showing its reflection. And the “sun rising on Hartford” photo is awesome. Lots of local flooding here too and swollen rivers and streams.

    I hope Maddie gets some outdoor time this weekend and that sweet MiMi gets an uninterrupted nap. Smokey is looking very fit these days. I think he has found his “forever” home Dan! Lol.

    Wishing you and the Editor and Faith a very happy Easter.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thanks Ginger. It looks like a gloomy Easter weekend, but it’s still two days away from work. These are the days when I get ahead in my writing..

      Whenever the river is running high, I drive by that bridge to see if I can get those arches reflected in the water. This might be as close as I’ve come to getting the perfect look. The only thing that could make that better would be a train.

      Smoke was waiting for us this morning, under the new roof I build over the side door to the garage. I think he thinks I built it to keep him dry.

      I hope you have a happy Easter, and I hope you get to see the sun.

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  5. Happy for your collaboration with Teagan. I like how you incorporate real people in your bar conversations. Imagine if these bar talks were real it would be just next level fun, huh? When you meet someone for the first time how’s your reaction? I mean you just meet greet and talk right away, or you let other person do the talking and you wait for your turn to break the ice, or you just nod, listen, speak whatever little you can and leave.

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    1. Thanks Sharukh. I have started most of the real conversations I’ve had at the bar. People make it clear if they want to talk or not. When they do, the conversation can go anywhere.

      I would love it if the people from this community could stop in for real on a Saturday afternoon. I guess we have to go to England for the Blogger’s Bash.


      1. Imagine if I visit CT and you and I met in the bar. With a chatterbox and mimic like me, our conversations won’t end. What topics would come up?

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          1. Heated debate? Ha. I don’t think so. I respect you, Dan. I admire your knowledge so there is no way I’m debating you. If you say baseball is better than cricket, I would gladly agree. Now, what do you have to say? :)

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            1. Although I will cheer for team India in the upcoming World Cup in May 2019. I am not religiously into it. However, for the sake of debate let me start by saying that cricket has more global presence than baseball. Cricket was developed by the British, but Indians have perfected it. And let me also admit ‘corrupted’ it.

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  6. Nice post – looks like you’ve figured out more with Gutenberg?! Thanks for the referral to Teagan’s blog, too – the bar collaboration was enjoyable to read – lots of twists and fun connections to other bloggers and songwriter’s like Gibbs. Happy Saturday to you!

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    1. If those lazy bums at NASA would create the Transporter, I could bring people to the bar in person. Until then, this will have to do. The good news, that Dirty Martini didn’t affect her ability to drive.

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      1. Ha! Too funny. Okay, I confessed offline that my tummy can’t handle hard liquor. I recently had the first martini I’ve had in many years… and was heartbroken not to get the mildly euphoric buzz that I remember… or any buzz. But I did get the old pain in my stomach.
        Next time I’ll order a New Belgium Fat Tire amber ale. Or a Malbec… Or… (I have a lot of favorites.)
        Now if NASA will hurry with that transporter.

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    1. Thanks John. I think you may need to start bottling a brand of Bourbon.

      Teagan is doing the heavy lifting on this project. I’m looking forward to the story as much as you. Of course, you know how those weekly serial stories go ;-)

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  7. Ooooh… So much to enjoy in this post. Skippy is quite snippy eh Grandpa?!??

    I’m subscribing to Teagan too. Appreciate the link. That storyline is very intriguing. Your gallery is always beautiful and just the idea of some of these pics inspiring stories is icing on the cake.

    Happy Saturday and Happy Early Easter.

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    1. Thanks Jill, and thanks for supporting Teagan. I’ve been following her pantster stories for years, and I am always amazed. I hope she can work with the church in reflection, but I’ve given her lots to work with.

      Skippy can get away with things I would never make Cheryl do. That’s why I have to give her the day off sometimes.

      Happy Easter!

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  8. Hi Teagan! What a great collaboration this is. Back home in NJ, many, many years ago Neil Diamond (a major heartthrob of mine) was giving a concert in NY. One of my girlfriends and I bought each other tickets to his show. Our birthdays were back-to-back, so this was our great treat to one another. One of the highlights for me cause our seats were like the 7th row! Hello Maddie–you do look so pretty.

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    1. Thanks Lois. I took the Mrs to a Neil Diamond, many years ago. He was an amazing entertainer (still is, I guess). Some of the earliest music I purchased on my own was a Neil Diamond 8-track (yes, old).

      I’m looking forward to seeing how Teagan brings all these things together.

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    2. Hey Lois! Oh wow– what a wonderful memory! I’m a Neil Diamond fan too, but I never got to go to one of his concerts. What a fabulous birthday.
      I had the old 8 track tapes. Now that I’m finally in my cottage (so no neighbors on the other side of thin walls) I’ve started playing my piano again. Some of his songs were always my favorites to play. I was never any good on Brother Love (although I stubbornly try it now and then), but I’ve been rocking out with Cracklin Rosie!
      Anyhow, I hope you can come around for the new serial. Hugs!

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  9. Dang, that water’s HIGH! Phew! Great photos, especially Maddie and bridge.
    Poor Skippy. I see myself in him a bit. But also, poor you, cause Corona Boy is … well, you know.
    I loooved the Gibbs country tune! I thought that was brilliant!

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    1. Ha ha. Thanks. Mary pesters me about writing poetry, so I couldn’t resist. Gibbs looked so sad.

      Skippy will be back, but Corona Boy is not going to catch on.

      We’re expecting more flooding tomorrow or Tuesday as the water rolls down from the north. I’ll have to check the bridge again.

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          1. We would need to adapt it to Heartbreak Hotel, for me to incorporate “Elvis Presley” as a thing. But I already hear the music from that song. Only one verse — the magpie doesn’t need a full concert. ;) I’m off to look up what magpies like to eat (to replace salmon).

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  10. I’m a sucker for bridges, Dan. And yours is no exception. I absolutely know for sure 100% without a doubt that yes you did write this post. I read and I read looking and looking for RIB and low and behold that word did not exist by itself, oh no, but within a word. I was expecting ribs as in food etc. You made us read and read and search and search then wayyyyyyy down at the end found RIB in the contribution word. What’s up with that? 😂 And oh yes, Happy Easter!! 🌟🌟🌟

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    1. Thanks Amy. There were so many ways to go, but Teagan mentioned contributing, so…

      I love that bridge. As soon as I realized the river would be running high, I planned to stop at the bridge. I’m glad you like it.

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