In the Bag – SoCS

Welcome to the weekend, where David and I and, uh oh, I don’t see Cheryl…that could be a problem. Anyway, we are here at the bar, and we’re going to relax, regardless of who is behind the bar. Once we settle in, we’ll try to give Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt a run for the money. The prompt she gave us is one we try to avoid at the bar, unless we’re planning to call Uber.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘bagged.’ Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

If we were having a beer, you’d be busting me about my marketing efforts.

“Good afternoon, Dan. I see you bagged another one.”

“Excuse me, David. I just got here. As far as I know, I haven’t done anything.”

“When I walked in, I saw the bartender reading the back cover of your book. Are you selling them here at the bar now?”

“No, David. That’s the weeknight bartender. She must be filling in for Cheryl. She mentioned that she read my book and wondered if I’d sign a copy for her. I left it here for her. Where did she go?”

“She just stopped in for her paycheck. I’m filling in for Cheryl today.”

“Hello Skippy. We haven’t seen you for a while.”

“Did you miss me, Dan?”

“I wouldn’t say, ‘missed,’ but we noticed your absence.”

“We noticed that our drink orders were correct.”

“David. Don’t start. Skippy, I’ll be taking care of the tab today. We’ll have our regular selections.”

“A Corona for you, Dan, and a John Howell’s Special for David. You guys are pretty predictable.”

“Then maybe you can…”

“We know what we like, Skippy.”

“Why did you stop me, Dan?”

“Because you were going to pick on him for messing up our orders. I think you should cut him some slack. You know, start him off with a clean slate.”

“Here you go guys. I’ll be back in a few minutes. I think some customers stepped onto the patio.”

“OK, Dan. Now can I say something? I’ve got a glass of seltzer, a snifter of bourbon and two cherries in a glass of ice.”

“He may have done that on purpose, David. He’ll straighten that our when he gets back.”

“Said the optimist. Enjoy your Coors Light. Cheers!”

“What the…”

“Easy, Dan. You know how Cheryl likes to keep this suitable for families.”

“He said he’d get me a Corona. What’s wrong with that idiot?”

“The customers who stepped onto the patio are three young women. Here he comes. You better get him quick.”

“Yo, Skippy!”

“Lemmie guess, you guys want some food. I’ll be right back to take your order, Dan. I have to make three martinis for the guests on the patio.”

“Skippy. How ‘bout you to fix our orders and then you can screw up the martinis.”

“Oh? I’m sorry, did I mess something up?”

“Yes. I ordered a Corona. You brought me a Coors Light. David has everything he wants, but it’s all in the wrong glasses.”

“I’ll fix that. A little magic action with the glassware and a Corona with a two-lime balance. I won’t even charge you for the Coors.”


“Yes David?”

“I don’t mind you pouring my bourbon into a glass from the snifter, but you need to fill that glass, and you poured the seltzer into the snifter that had bourbon in it.”

“I figured since you’re drinking everything, it’s going to get mixed up anyway.”

“Dan, to paraphrase Aretha Franklin in the Blues Brothers. ‘Don’t you don’t start David’ me ever again.”

“OK. Here we go. A glass of bourbon – with two cherries, a snifter of seltzer and a glass of ice…”

“Thanks Skippy.”

“No problem. You guys want any food?”

“I’m going to have a bacon Swiss burger and some sweet potato fries.”

“Dan, what about you?”

“I’m going to pass, Skippy. I’m watching my daughter’s cat. I’ll get something closer to her place.”

“OK, no problem.”

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  1. Flying proud for sure! “I made sure that the clerk bagged my Chester Cheese Puffs!” LOL Had to do it… Just love looking at crops in the fields. Especially tall stalks of corn. Looking for the telltale bumps and ears sticking out and then watching for the tassels to turn brown. Yum!

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  2. Hi Dan – fun photos … we need some rain! So hope it comes fairly soon, so our corn can fill out … that pizza looks good too … happy weeekend – Hilary


  3. A bacon-Swiss-cheese burger and sweet potato fries? As if your recent bacon and eggs weren’t bad enough. I think occasionally I even see bacon crumbled on chowder. Your blog posts are downright dangerous. The character of Skippy is terrific. I suppose we’ve all known a Skippy or two (or have been one) in our lives, and maybe that’s not so good, but as a literary device Skippy is great. I do love the way he wanders in and out of the Island View. I also love the corn fields. Bacon frying? Corn growing? Excellent weekend therapy. Thanks!

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    • Yes, the last few weeks have featured bacon & corn chowder. It’s hard not to order a bowl of that creamy goodness. Skippy was added to avoid tagging Cheryl with mistakes, but he developed a fan base. Who knew?

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    • We’re getting isolated storms, Judy, but no soaking rain. The storm was at Faith’s but hot and clear that day at home. Not that far away. I’m glad these restaurants have survived the past few years.

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  4. Our grass is brown and crunchy! Supposed to rain tomorrow but I’ll believe it when I see it! Mr. Toad and his entourage are enjoying the “pool” I set up for the little buggers. I need to clean it and fill it every morning. Happy to oblige!

    MuMu definitely needs a plush window seat like Preston has to more comfortably cushion MuMu’s plush body! Preston is one really handsome boy.

    Planted fields are always a beautiful thing to see.

    Old Glory is always a wonderful sight to see!

    Wishing you a great weekend Dan.

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    • We’re watering new shrubs, veggies and filling birdbaths, Ginger, but the “lawn” can get crunchy.

      MuMu has enough plush. She moves from the shelf to the bed.

      I hope you get some rain and have a wonderful weekend.


  5. Ooh, David was on quite a tear today. He so makes me laugh. Ah, Skippy…not much else to say about the boy, is there?
    Preston! You are such a handsome ball of fluff. Cats are so funny. Heaven help us if we ever forget where their food is, because they sure won’t. Have a great weekend, Dan.

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  6. I’m thankful I never had to wait tables or tend bar. I’d have to write everything down. Nice, crisp wildlife photos! I know Faith is glad to have you taking care of Preston.

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  7. He should be called Skippy the oblivious. The line about “wouldn’t say missed” had me giggling. Loving the gallery today. Especially the grasshopper & the bee.

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  8. You do always get the best reflection photos!
    Bubba is here to housesit as we are off to vacation. He brought his cat. Since Sassy’s cat is also here (they two are brothers) there will be FIVE cats at our house this week. That’s a lot of cat.
    But ahh, vacation!

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  9. Preston is a handsome cat! Luckily you were able to get some yummy pizza to eat while Preston ate his own kibble. I love the reflection photo and the flag and the bunnies. I see that your grasshopper is pesky to the leaves. Wow – corn harvested already? We don’t even have cobs yet. I hope you’re having a great week!

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    • Thanks Shelley. Preston is a handsome boy – I think he knows it. He also knows how to get more food. Our dog used to love that puddle. It was hard to take the photo, knowing that she wasn’t with me to step in. Corn is selling at the farm stands. I hope you have a great week, too.

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      • You’re welcome, Dan.
        I’m so sorry that I missed your post about Maddie. I just went back to read the post. Such beautiful memories you shared. I loved seeing her in the photos. I know how you must feel, saying bye to our furry friends is so hard to do. You’re feeling the pain so she doesn’t have to be in pain. Hugs to you and your family.

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          • You’re welcome. I understand and sympathize with what you’re feeling. A dog that needs us and helps us through the transitional feelings we have when our kid heads off to college – leaving us with an empty nest for the first time. Dogs fill our need to care for someone at the same time they fill our hearts with their unconditional love. It’s so HARD to see them leave our lives. Maddie was indeed very special. 🤗

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  10. That pizza made my mouth water. Hmmmm…see what happens when I take a Saturday off? Skippy. 🤦‍♀️ Preston sure is a pretty fellow. I’m surprised he can’t open that snack drawer himself! Have a great week, Dan.

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  11. Dan some days are bagged like that. Like the Aretha paraphrase. Our weekend was Skippy similar. The deer bounced right off the rear driver’s side door. Needless to say it startled the bejesus out of us. The good news is it bounced off the side. Now to get the body shop to pry the door open and do whatever needs fixing. It is very good to be able to catch up on the weekend…

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  12. Whew, look at the fur on Preston. Our three cats aren’t nearly as “fluffy,” and we’re always having to use the masking-tape rollers, so I can just imagine what it’s like with Preston!

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