Skippy Appreciation Day? – #SoCS

Good morning (afternoon or evening) bar fans, it’s Saturday and we (those of us in the US) are waddling into the bar chock full of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and copious amounts of beverages, adult and otherwise. Still, we come here for the camaraderie and to wrestle Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt to the ground. Linda is being a bit more precise than usual today,

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘golly gee.’ Use ‘golly gee’ or another interjection that displays the same sentiment in your post. Enjoy!”

I don’t recall the last time I used that expression.

If we were having a beer, you’d be excited, until the bartender entered the scene.

“Oh for the love of Pete, Skippy is here today.”

“Now David, he’s been pretty good lately, I think you should try to set a better tone for the day.”

“What would you have me say, Dan – Golly Gee, Skippy’s here.”

“That sounds a little too much like a little girl for someone of your age and weight. Maybe you could go with holy moly.”

“How about if I leave Pete out of it and just go with ‘for the love of everything holy.’ Would that suit your mood, Dan?”

“Hey guys. It’s good to see you.”

“Hi Skippy. We were just discussing how, um well, how we feel about seeing you.”

“I know, you’d rather have Cheryl back here. Well, let me tell you, I’d rather she was here today, too.”

“Why? Because the place is empty?”

“No. I was looking forward to a long weekend. Instead, she got the long weekend and I had to work last night and today.”


“Yes David.”

“What is your normal schedule?”

“I work all day Monday, Tuesday night, Wednesday from two until close and I open on Thursday and stay ‘til four.”

“In other words, you have a three-day weekend every week.”

“Yeah, but that doesn’t count.”

“Why not?”

“Because, David, that’s normal. This weekend would have been special.”

“Speaking of special, I think my friend Dan is buying me a John Howell’s Special today.”

“And I guess he wants a Corona.”

“You got it Skippy, my boy.”

“I’ll be right back with those.”

“So, Dan, did you score any big Black Friday deals?”


“Now who’s not in the spirit of the day?”

“The day? David, I’ve been getting Black Friday offers in my email since Halloween. Chalk this up as another tradition greedy American retailers have ruined.”

“Golly gee, Dan, that’s a bit harsh.”

“You just can’t resist channeling your inner Gomer Pile, can you?”

“That was more ‘gollllllololeeee’ or “well shazam!”

“You’re right. Still, you sound like a little girl.”

“He drinks like a little girl, too. I mean who puts cherries in top shelf bourbon.”

“Fortunately for you, not the person who is responsible for your tip, Skippy.”

“I’m sorry David. I couldn’t resist. Here’s your beer, Dan.”

“Don’t worry about your tip, Skippy. Between your jab at David and your signature two-lime balance, I’d say a decent tip is secure.”

“Don’t encourage him, Dan.”

“Cheers, David.”

“I guess you’re right, the retailers have been milking Black Friday for a long time.”

“And Monday will be the start of Cyber-Monday sales, Black Friday Continued sales, Thanksgiving Leftover sales and pre-Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza sales. And then, Tuesday is Giving Tuesday – I’ve been getting those ads for weeks.”

“Don’t forget ‘Eat a Red Apple day’ and ‘Repeal Day.’”

“What? Eat a red apple and repeal day?”

“I bought my wife a ‘Day of the Year’ calendar for Christmas. I peeked. December first is ‘eat a red apple day.’ ‘Repeal day’ is December fifth – that’s in honor of the end of Prohibition.”

“Well, we should certainly drink to that.”

“And, if we were in England, we would celebrate ‘Bartender Appreciation Day’ on Monday December sixth.”

“You guys can celebrate that here if you like. I’ll be working.”

“Yes, Skippy, you explained your schedule. Fortunately, the sixth is also Put on your own Shoes Day so I think I’ll go with that.”

“Put on your own shoes day? David, I’ll bet you a beer that Skechers and Zappos have a sale that day.”

“That day? Dan, they’ll be having ‘pre-Put on your own shoes day’ sales starting this Monday. I’m not taking that bet.”

“Who doesn’t put on their own shoes?”

“The very young, the very old and perhaps the very rich, Skippy. How about putting another round on Dan’s tab day?”

“Is that today, David?”

“It is, Dan. Unless you object.”

“No objections.”

“You want any food, David?”



“Maybe some chowder.”


  1. You’re a delight Dan. Huge thanks for including your photo of the latest Journey in “Dead of Winter” sitting in your office. <3
    I started chuckling as soon as I read your title for this post. “Golly-Gee” always cracks me up.
    Wow, that leaf shadow really does look like a cat. Happy Caturday to MuMu and MiMi. Hugs on the wing!

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  2. Thank you for venting for me! All these sales are driving me to adult beverages! Thank you also for informing me that putting my own shoes on is something to celebrate; I tend to overlook some of the amazing skills I’ve developed through life. As for golly gee, now I’ve got “Jeepers Creepers” going through my head. Great shadows!

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    • See, Maureen, you are a talented lady. Keepers Creepers is a good one.

      I’d like to say the sales are over, but they’re never-ending. The moment Christmas arrives, we’ll have the after Christmas sales.

      I hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. David’s opening line was wonderful! And your post title was great. I have grown fond of Skippy over time. I can’t figure him out though: sometimes he says something that really astounds me, and other times I have to agree with David: “Oh for the love of Pete, Skippy is here today.”
    You are photographing some really cool leaves, Dan. Yes, they are cats in disguise today!
    Oh, the Black Friday/Cyber Monday ads–I go through my email and delete every single one of them before I sit down and read actual emails. Enjoy the weekend. It is 39 degrees here this morning!!!!

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    • 39 degrees? Wow. We’re catching up to you. It’s 34 here.

      Skippy needs to remain an enigma. You guys were never meant to grow fond of him, that happened and has caused me to feature him in a different light…sometimes. At least he pushes back a little with David.

      Clear those ads, read what matters and have a great weekend, Lois. Thanks for stopping by the bar.

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  4. I love those leaf shadow photos, Dan. I think you are on to something. That chowder looks terrific. One question. Do people look at you in a strange way when you are taking shots of your food? Thanks for the mention. Go Mountaineers against KU.

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  5. The shadow from the youch-cat is different to say the least. And quite interesting. Skippy alas poor Skippy I knew him well. Alas ! Skippy will be Skippy and I guess we have to settle for that and those brief moments when he is actually just a wee bit more. Chowder. yum ! Happy Saturday Dan.

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    • Thanks John. The youch-cat looks like MiMi when I stepped on her tail. Skippy was custom built to fill a need behind the bar. However unplanned it was, he’s developed a fan-base. That explains those brief moments.

      Happy Saturday.

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  6. Skippy is like a lot of people his age – plenty of room for improvement, but he has a good heart and sort of tries. Nice pose by MuMu. I love your leaf shadow interpretation. You could have a book of leaf shadows and puddle reflections.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, JoAnna. I am still catching up on blog posts, so if I missed yours, I’ll be by later. I couldn’t resist MuMu when she sat up in such a refined pose.

      I’m glad you like the reflections and shadows – they are my favorites. I hope you’re having a nice weekend.

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  7. Great conversation adhering to the prompt. Skippy has become a likable character. I enjoy his banter, especially with David. He just puts it out there and lets it fly. I am definitely a fan of Skippy. But, would I rent a room to him? Hell no! 🤗

    The leaf shadows are terrific. And look at MuMu posing for us! What a sweetheart. Good thing Maddie checks everything out for bombs. Can’t be too careful these days! The bare trees look so ominous forecasting winter is approaching.

    Ads! Don’t get me started. I placed an order with Chewy and now I get 3-4 emails daily trying to sell me something Murphy just can’t live without! Oh! Yes she can! And she will!

    Hope you enjoy a great weekend. Stay warm and keep safe. Murphy sends scritches to the 3 M’s.

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    • Hahahaha – Ginger, you crack me up. I’ll let Skippy know he has to stay in mom’s basement. He has developed a fan base, and I try to make it work.

      MuMu wanted a glamour shot. Isn’t she a sweetheart? Let’s not talk about what she said to me.

      I never thought about Maddie protecting me by sniffing out ordinance. She certainly checks everything twice.

      We’re having a good weekend. Are you sure Murphy doesn’t need those things from Chewy?

      Take care.


  8. Well, golly gee Dan, this was a nice response to Linda’s prompt. I salute Skippy because I know he tries, but anyone who would serve that delicious looking chowder is okay with me. So what if he has a hard time with cherries and limes, I would give him a break since it’s the holiday season.

    No black Friday shopping here. I think you know what I’ve been doing – baking and giving myself sugar highs. It’s far better than fighting the hordes of maskless people in Kohl’s.

    Happy Saturday!

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  9. Haha. That last photo is cute. Some prompt…I’ll have to stew on it for a minute, as they say. Golly gee, it might be too much for me. 😉Thanks for the long weekend. I mixed a few concoctions right here at home, Dan. Skippy needs the practice. 😄

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  10. This post makes my day. A couple of laugh out loud moments. Too bad I’m not rich enough to have someone else put on my shoes. I’m glad Target and Walmart closed on Thursday for the first time in years and Target is saying that’s their new normal. Giving Tuesday has become a personal favorite.

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  11. Golly gee, if that’s how you guys appreciate Skippy, he might prefer not being appreciated. :-) Love chowder and the photo of Maddie with the horses. If that thing start moving… Hope your Saturday was good. My husband finally had a day off and we took off for the entire day. Wonderful!

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  12. I love the leaf cats and MuMu photos – MuMu is such a pretty cat, or should I say, she’s such a good supervisor to your blogging efforts? I agree – the push for sales all around is quite annoying. Cheers to buying a round at the bar, some chowder to go with it, and calling it good. Thanksgiving good!

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  13. Ha! I had a crisp, cold, red honey apple for breakfast and didn’t know it was eat a red apple day! I’m one up!! Woot.

    I didn’t do any shopping either online or in person during the holiday week-end sales. You’re dialogue for the challenge is spot on today.

    Youch Cat shadow is pretty funny!

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  14. Hi Dan, even here in South Africa, where Black Friday never existed 15 years ago, it has become ridiculous with pre-Black Friday sales and aftersales. It isn’t as bad as the USA and electronic goods were not on sale this year. I don’t think the retailers can afford to reduce their merchandise more.

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