An Extra Wing? – #SoCS #JusJoJan

Welcome to 2021. We are back at the bar, still engaged in socially distant drinking and chatter and working our way around Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Of course, today we get to double-dip and count this post for Just Jot January as well.

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‘in the corner.’ Write about whatever the image or thought of ‘in the corner’ brings to mind. Have fun!”

If we were having a beer, we would be off to a good start…at being ourselves.

“If you’re looking for Dan, David, he’s over there. I’ll bring your drinks over in a minute.”

“Thanks Cheryl, I guess.”

“Happy New Year, David. I took the liberty of ordering for you.”

“Dan, why are we sitting in the corner?”

“The bar is full, David.”

“But there are plenty of seats.”

“David, twenty-twenty ended but the pandemic rages on. Anti-socially-distant drinking is still all the rage.”

“Sigh…”

“Geeze, David. I heard that sigh from halfway across the bar.”

“That’s because there are no people between here and there, Cheryl.”

“Dan, can’t you cheer him up?”

“I ordered him a John Howell’s Bourbon Special, Cheryl. I’m not sure what else I can do.”

“And here that special is. A glass of bourbon, a snifter of seltzer, a glass of ice. Cherries in the bourbon, lemon and lime in the Seltzer, and one more lime in a cold Corona for Dan.”

“Thank you both. I do appreciate the gesture. Dan, I might be happier if you didn’t insist on drinking a tribute to the damn virus each week. There are other beers.”

“Cheers David. The tribute is to my late sister-in-law, at least that’s how it started. Then I realized that I really like Corona.”

“Your late sister-in-law liked Mexico?”

“She liked Corona, actually, she drank Coronitas.”

“The pony bottles?”

“Yes, she couldn’t have much alcohol.”

“I don’t think they make those anymore, Dan.”

“I haven’t seen them in years, Cheryl. Fortunately, I can still handle twelve ounces.”

“Listen guys, I have to check the lounge, but keep your eye on the two girls in the corner of the bar. I just gave them their slip; those stools will be opening up soon.”

“There they go, Come on, David. Gather up all your glassware and let’s move before someone else comes in.”

“Just take the bourbon and the seltzer, David. I’ll give you more ice.”

“Um, well, Cheryl…”

“I’ll wipe down the bar as soon as you get there, David.”

“OK.”

“I feel like I’m playing musical chairs, Dan”

“You know, David, for a guy that just wants this to be over, you’re being extra careful.”

“I know Dan. I was so happy to see twenty-twenty end, I got caught up in it. I really didn’t want that year to continue one more minute.”

“How about one more second?”

“Minute, second, no difference in my mind, Dan.”

“Well, it could have been given an extra second. As opposed to ending at twelve-fifty-nine-fifty-nine, it could have continued until twelve-sixty.”

“Dan, how many Corona’s did you have before I got here? You can’t randomly add seconds to a year.”

“It isn’t random, but you can add a second David. It’s called a ‘leap second’ and it can be added to December thirty-first or June thirtieth. They haven’t added one since December, twenty-sixteen, and they decided not to add one to twenty-twenty.”

They? Who are ‘they’ Dan?”

“They are the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, a.k.a. the I-E-R-S.”

“In the event that you’re not making this whole thing up Dan, I’m sure those people would rather let the earth be one second off its mark for six months rather than give twenty-twenty another second of life.”

“It’s bad enough they hold presidential elections in a leap year, I wouldn’t want twenty-twenty to have had an extra second, either. Here’s your ice, David.”

“Thanks Cheryl. You’re right about the extra day during big election years. Dan, can that alphabet-soup agency of yours move the next leap year to twenty-twenty-five?”

“Actually…”

“Actually, Dan, that was a rhetorical question. Perhaps you could resolve to recognize rhetorical questions in twenty-twenty-one.”

“Cheryl, could we have another round?”

“Sure, Dan. You boys want any food?”

“We’ll have an order of wings, Cheryl.”

“You want an order of ten or twenty-one?”

“Twenty-one?”

“Yeah, the owner is celebrating.”

“David, are you hungry enough for ten wings?”

“I’m hungry enough for eleven, Dan.”

“You never miss a trick, do you?”

“I do not – Happy New Year, Dan.”

There you have it folks. 2021 is off to a good start. You can join us in SoCS or JusJoJan, you can check out Cheryl’s latest post and, if you’re looking for another creative outlet, step on over to Teagan’s place. I hear she has a mini challenge for you today.

72 comments

  1. My husband is the same way. He has his corner spot at the end of our local bar… back to the wall, view of the entire place… staked out and woe be it to anyone who dares to sit there first.
    ( you can’t see it, but I’m waving hello to Smokey )

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  2. Ha ha Maddie likes the leaves just as much as I do! I was hoping the new year would feel different somehow. Wishful thinking. The number has changed but we are still dealing with you know what. And will be for a while. Oh well, Your pictures always make me smile. Great way to start the day.

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    • Maddie also likes being a brat. I won’t take that any further, lest I get myself in trouble with one of my favs. We have to remain vigilant, Pam, but we are moving toward better days. Until then, I’ll be sitting in the corner.

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  3. I enjoyed your story and photo collage, Dan. It’s always intriguing what light can do with shadows. Thank you, Dan, for the evening jaunt.

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  4. Happy 2021 at the virtual bar, Dan! I hope by the end of the year, you and David are complaining about the bar being packed while sitting at the bar. I’m missing my Saturday morning coffee shop and the corner table I like to sit at. It was a weekly treat before grocery shopping. I hope by summer I can start going back.

    Have a lovely Saturday! 🙂

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    • Hahaha – you know me well, Mary. I will complain the first time I have to wiggle my butt into a chair in the corner. On the other hand, having a crowd means a greater likelihood of having a conversation – remember those?

      Enjoy the weekend.

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  5. Beautiful moon shot. And Smokey on his never-ending quest for more peanuts. A frozen leaf and Maddie’s elongated shadow… I love them.

    Enjoy your first weekend of 2021 Dan.
    Ginger

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    • Thanks Ginger. A little rain and a little ice will keep us inside today, but I’m sure the furry redhead will drag me to the park tomorrow. She’s a good trainer.

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  6. You are probably wondering who tied up the horse outside the bar and how many rounds they guy in the other corner has had. I put the coffee away early. It was hot enough. But it would not be fair to the coffee or my body to make it strong enough. I don’t want to be negative on such a shiny new year. That’s what the horse is for. He says something about charts and numbers and politicians dragging their feet and delaying the vaccination roll out. That and something about having to shovel the streets and the barn cause it is gonna stay messy. Me I’m staying for one more so I don’t have to listen to the horse on the way home. He is going to be saying that if we don’t get this vaccine thing going before the next virus season starts that the streets and the barn are the last thing we will need to worry about being messy. PS Never trade in a handful of beans for a talking horse !

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  7. Happy first Saturday, Dan! That’s interesting about the lack of extra seconds for 2020.
    Smokey is looking particularly lovely, well-fed with shiny coat. And that gorgeous full moon. A wonderful gallery and great visit with friends. Thanks for the shout out.
    I hope everyone will visit and tell me about their fantasy horse. :D “Nightmare” sounds like a great horse. Hugs on the wing!

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  8. Love the moon shot, but I think I need a beer after that…and it’s only 9 am! Mine, whenever I have it, won’t be a Corona, though, and not because of the virus. I need something “stouter.” :-)

    Cheers to Saturday and an amazing Ohio State win last night.

    janet

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  9. The full moon picture is magical! I don’t mind being stopped as a train passes either. Reminds me of my dad and Pony. I love the sound of trains too. If I have to miss anything about my commute downtown, it is the possibility of being stopped at the train tracks.

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  10. I’ll see your trick and raise you one–oh, David. Please do not ever change your grumpy old ways. I love the dialogue between you two. Beautiful sky shots, Dan. I’ve not picked up my camera in quite a bit. Temps drop below 45 and I go into ‘cold’ mode and do nothing. What has become of me??!!! Enjoy the weekend.

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  11. For what it’s worth I still see Coronitas, Dan. We have them here in Panama, and at a good price too. I’ll have to remember to pick some up, in honor of your sister-in-law. Not as many selections here as in the states but some of my favorites like Red Stripe and Modelo, Dos Equis and your Corona are on the menu. I also had a Blue Moon. Couple weeks ago. It is harder to find my whiskey although one store has Jameson. Time moves rather slowly here so taking or adding a second is negligible for me. Frankly decreased numbers in public places has been a godsend for us. We really don’t enjoy crowds. Happy weekend, Dan. Wings sure sound good.

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    • Enjoy the Coronita (or two, they’re
      small) if you find them. Barb would be pleased. I’m less concerned about time these days. Enjoy the weekend. I think I’ve talked myself into wings.

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  12. I’m trying not to think about that extra second floating around out there lost, but it might make a good Twilight Zone episode. Your wonderful photos help. I love the sunrises and the moon shot!

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  13. The moon shot and the sunrise sky images are lovely!

    I had a German like beer made in WI last night with our “good luck” dinner. It was light and good. Still wished we could find the Helles beer we had last NY’s day in London here though.

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  14. Happy New Year, Dan. Thanks for teaching us something new – leap second, I certainly didn’t know that before. I LOVE the moon shot you captured. And I checked out your post about voting for the badge for Thursday doors – I voted too. It’ll be fun to see who won!

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