What Are You Wearing? – #SoCS

Once again, it’s time for Linda G. Hill’s mind-bending challenge to compose coherent text around an oddball theme in response to her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ’blue.’ Talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post. Have fun!”

This one is easy-peasy.

If we were having a beer, you would be shaking your head.

“Dan, what on earth are you wearing?”

“The luckiest Iowa State tee shirt I own.”

“But you didn’t go to Iowa State. Shouldn’t you be wearing blue and gold for West Virginia, or at least blue and whatever color Pitt uses?”



“Pitt’s colors are also blue and gold, but their gold is more gold and WVU’s gold is more yellow.”

“You know who else’s colors are blue and gold, Dan?”

“Hi Cheryl. Are you talking about LSU?”

“I’ll forgive you for that, since your color blind. LSU’s colors are purple and gold.”

“Oh, sorry, so what’s blue and gold?”

“Co – Ro – Na! Dummy.”

“Ha! You’re right. And David was just getting ready to open a tab. I’ll take one blue and gold Corona with a hunk of lime.”

“I was just about to what?”

“I think you were just about to spend some money on my top shelf, David.”

“Well, since I’m buying, yes, let’s have some John Howell’s bourbon and a…”

“…a snifter of seltzer and a glass of ice. I’ll be right back.”

“Maybe by then, I’ll understand why Dan is wearing red and yellow today.”

“ISU is playing Iowa today.”

“ISU doesn’t have a chance Dan. You should have worn a Steeler shirt – aren’t their colors the same as Iowa?”

“Iowa does wear black and gold, David, but I don’t want them to win today.”

“Why not?”

“I’m supporting my brother.”

“That’s right, he went to Iowa State.”

“He did indeed.”

“Here you go Dan, Ms. Corona and her lime. And the John Howell ensemble for David.”


“I’ll get you a couple cherries, David.”

“Thanks Cheryl.”

“Cheers, David.”

“Cheers, Dan. Now, exactly what makes that shirt so lucky?”

“It’s undefeated.”

“Undefeated? Really?”

“Yep, football and basketball, every time I’ve worn this tee shirt, ISU has won.”

“How often have you worn it?”

“Often enough to notice the trend, but I usually wear WVU or Pitt gear, if they’re playing.”

“But not today. Today, you abandon your teams in the name of brotherly love.”

“Not entirely, WVU and Pitt both played earlier. I was wearing blue and gold up until I showered.”

“Good to know you shower before coming here, Dan. Here are your cherries, David.”

“Thanks Cheryl. Has that shirt brought any big wins, Dan?”

“I was wearing it when they beat Kansas in basketball for the Big-12 championship.”

“Then what, you put it in the laundry for the NCAA Tournament?”

“I was not wearing it during their first-round loss to Ohio State.”

“Well, you have to know that shirt goes down today.”

“I think ISU has a chance.”

“Not unless Iowa plays as bad as that other black and gold team of yours did last week.”

“We’re not talking about that game.”

“Are we talking about food?”

“I’d split a small order of wings, Cheryl. If David is up for it.”

“You’re not hungry enough for ten wings? Did you have breakfast with John?”

“I did.”

“I thought you were going to let me know the next time you went to Allegro.”

“I got my haircut at six-thirty.”

“Thank you for not calling. Cheryl. Well have a ten-piece order of wings, but we still need two sauces and we need another round.”

“I’m all over that.”

“Why do you get your hair cut so early, Dan?”

“My barber was on vacation for three weeks in August. When he got back, he was all jammed up, so he started cutting earlier.”

“You mean there are other people like you?”

“What do you mean, like me?”

“Who get up at the crack of dawn to get a haircut – on a Saturday?”

“There are lots of morning people. My barber’s schedule books from the earliest appointment out.”

“That’s crazy.”

“Here’s your beer, your bourbon, a splash of seltzer a few more cubes and the wings will be right up.”

“Thanks Cheryl. Um, can…”

“I’ll get you a couple more cherries, David.”


“You better leave her a nice tip.”

“I will, Dan. And, here’s one for you – don’t bet on that game. Your ‘lucky’ shirt is nothing more than a silly superstition.”

“Here are your cherries, David – and, it’s only silly if it doesn’t work!”

Today’s gallery includes a few “blue” images from this week.


  1. It’s 7:20 a.m.. I’ve been up since 5:15, had my coffee, and now I’m starving looking at that breakfast. Man, that looks good. :-) Maddie does love her sitting porch. :-) It’s interesting how quick they can put up a building these days and how long the abandoned ones sit. Happy Saturday, Dan.

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    • i am sorry about the breakfast photo, Judy. I wish there was a “click here to open” widget I could use. My wife just saw it (she proofreads the post but doesn’t see the photos) and she said “that’s mean.”

      Maddie does love her place. the deck will be finished before winter, but she’s going to have to adjust to sitting once a day, in the sun.

      That’s a great observation about construction speed. They do seem to take forever with the old ones. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. Great conversation at the bar today. I’m amazed at all your “lucky” shirts!

    Maddie and her new best friend are too cute. Love the shot of the “maybe” blue heron complete with reflections. That’s an amazing capture of the bee in the goldenrod.

    And MiMi has spoken….”You want to keep annoying me with your camera, you can find someplace else to sit!”

    Hope you and Maddie get in a walk and some sitting time on Maddie’s Deck before the rain comes later. Have a great weekend!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Thanks Ginger. Maddie and I walked over an hour ago and she and the Editor are sitting as we “speak” – the dog gets what the dog wants.

      MiMi is tucked in on her blue blanket, not happy with all the lights I’ve turned on, but not ready to wake up, either.

      I have a few more shots of the heron. I’m not sure if he’s blue or green, but it worked for the prompt. I have a large collection of tee shirts. I tend to live in jeans and tee shirts when I’m home, but I can assure you, they do not help my teams win. It’s fun to talk about them, but we know the sad truth.


  3. I hope your streak goes untouched Dan. Good luck! I have to check in on my boys today at some point. Been up all night waiting for grandchild number 8 to come out of hiding. He finally arrived. It looked like he was bound to be a full moon Friday the 13th baby but he held out. I hope we are all satisfied with sports this weekend. 😊

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  4. Throughout my children’s sporting careers/years they had a “lucky” something they wore to their games; Socks, belts worn backward, jerseys I couldn’t wash until the winning streak ended.

    When my son was in Little League there was a coach of a team of boys younger than my son’s who went to the playoffs and this guy who was winning thought since they started winning the week after he didn’t wash his car so he would not wash his car until they lost. I can’t tell you how disgusting his car was by the end of the season and playoffs! Jeesh! That is the most extreme case of team superstition I’ve personally experienced. Weird!

    Yes, that’s a Great Blue Heron, and the water looks lovely. That’s some fancied up rig outside your breakfast place!

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    • Thanks for the comment Deborah, and for confirming the Blue Heron. He’s been fishing in the river as I get there the past few weeks. Sometimes, he takes off, but a couple of days, he’s poked around first. I am always amazed at how quickly he can be airborne – it’s like there’s no effort involved.

      Team superstitions are funny. I remember a couple years ago when the Red Sox all let their beards grow – they won the World Series, so …

      The big-rig wrecker does make a show of itself. Talk about not letting your car get dirty. That guy must wash that thing often.

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      • I’m always amazed by the Heron and Egret patience. They can stand so still for long periods of time then suddenly POUNCE! And the meal is caught.
        Once I walking along a levee and there quite close to the path was a Great Blue Heron which I would have walked within 3 feet of, but it was so BIG and that beak of theirs is lethal so I turned around and went down the opposite path. I felt more comfortable a bit further away from it!

        That rig was pretty shiny looked spotless in the image.

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  5. I don’t know what those flowers are attached to, but Monkey Grass (Mondo Grass) is ubiquitous in my neck of the woods and that is the flower it sends up. I think it’s very pretty.
    Maddie looks so comfortable. I wish I looked like that. Husband likes to let me sleep in on the weekends, so he gets up to feed the cats. His ‘quiet’ is so loud, though, so I was up and at ’em by 6:30 this morning. Move over, Maddie. :D

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  6. The whole concept of wearing team colors is one that I don’t hold with. I’m sure any team can win regardless of the colors I wear. That being said, if I happened to be a fan of a team that had a pretty shade of blue as one of their colors, I’d wear team colors. I look good in blue.

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  7. The “I think this is a blue heron” picture is my favorite. The ripples on the water. Very serene. And how’d you know I was eating cereal? lol. I’d much rather have all that bacon. Yummy!!

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  8. ah – so much to like in your photos D
    but the those of Sharon photo is extra special – not because I love them – but that angle and down view is so original – I have seen so many pics of this lovely flower and that was really cool

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  9. Love your nature shots — similar to home <3 Really like that sky before coffee, Ooh!
    Football, meh. Corona, yum. Anything at 6:30 am, NO. My lady arrives here before I do, does the girls’ hair and then when I get home, she does mine.
    Saturday, I wore jeans and one of those athletic shirts that wicks away sweat (lavender in color) because I worked the concession stand with 15 or so other people and it was toasty, although the swamp cooler was a lifesaver.

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