SoCS — Let It Ring

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “ring.”

My post today in response to Linda’s prompt is not a piece of flash fiction or an opinion piece. It’s a true stream of conscious post about a few different rings: a camera, a phone call, a piece of jewelry, a fantasy trilogy, tinnitus, and a song. The only item in common is the word “ring.” So let us begin.


I have a Ring camera, like the one pictured above, mounted on my garage. it allows me to capture video images on my iPhone of my driveway and a portion of my front yard (see below).

I also have a doorbell camera, but it’s a Nest camera, not a Ring camera. Between the Ring and Nest cameras, I can see anything going on around my house and capture videos of any activity.


My iPhone displays the phone number of every caller, and if it’s a number I don’t recognize, I let it ring. I figure that if it’s a legit call from someone I know, but whose number I don’t immediately recognize, the caller will leave a voicemail message. Do you also do that?


When it comes to jewelry, the only ring I wear is my wedding band. I’m not one to adorn myself with metal, like nose rings or earrings, or any other kinds of rings other than my aforementioned wedding ring.


Back when I was in college, I was really into Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I had a map of Middle Earth on my wall above my bed. So yeah, I was a bit of a nerd.


No post about the word ring would be complete if if didn’t touch upon the constant ringing I experience in both ears, which condition goes by the name tinnitus. There’s no known cure for tinnitus and no specific cause for the ringing sound that only I can hear, although I believe it might be due to having attended so many loud rock concerts in my twenties and thirties. When I asked a doctor many years ago what could be done about the ringing in my ears, his response was, “Learn to live with it.” Thanks for nothing, Doc.


Do you remember Gary Lewis and the Playboys 1965 song, “This Diamond Ring”? Well, let me refresh your memory.

By the way, in case, when you watched this video, you didn’t notice a resemblance, Gary Lewis is the son of the late comedian and actor Jerry Lewis. Are you old enough so that name rings a bell for you?

15 thoughts on “SoCS — Let It Ring

  1. Paula Light September 17, 2022 / 6:05 am

    I forgot to include tinnitus in my post, so I guess I have learned to live with it. I hate it though!

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  2. donmatthewspoetry September 17, 2022 / 7:08 am

    Scammers ring me on my phone but don’t leave a message. Does that mean they don’t like me ?

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    • Fandango September 17, 2022 / 10:57 am

      That’s exactly what it means. 😂


  3. ghostmmnc September 17, 2022 / 8:06 am

    I do remember that song – it’s a good oldie – and that he was Jerry Lewis’s son. 🙂

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  4. Sadje September 17, 2022 / 9:49 am

    I love LOTR and I’ve heard they have spin-off on Amazon prime

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    • Fandango September 17, 2022 / 11:21 am

      So I’ve heard. I haven’t watched it yet.

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      • Sadje September 17, 2022 / 5:08 pm

        I’ve heard that it’s good.

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  5. Marleen September 17, 2022 / 12:19 pm

    Yeah, I do that too.

    Are you watching the new Rings series?

    I didn’t know Gary was Jerry’s son, although it makes sense and his name always reminds me of Jerry Lewis.

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    • Fandango September 17, 2022 / 2:34 pm

      I haven’t started watching it yet. Going to wait until all of the episodes have been aired and then binge watch it.


  6. Carol anne September 17, 2022 / 5:24 pm

    I don’t answer unknown numbers either! I refuse to do it! Lol! I’d hate to have tinnitus! xo

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  7. Nope, Not Pam September 18, 2022 / 3:31 am

    I didn’t even know Jerry Lewis had a son.

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  8. JT Twissel September 18, 2022 / 11:48 am

    When I was a child I met Jerry Lewis on a trip to NYC. He was a complete jerk – I always felt sorry for his son.

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  9. leigha66 September 19, 2022 / 11:12 pm

    I was not aware that Jerry’s son was in that band. Have you ever watched a fight or wresting in a ring? Played a game of ring around the rosy? Suffered from the fate of ring around the collar? 😂

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    • Fandango September 20, 2022 / 12:44 am

      Yes, I’ve watched prize fights, played ring around the rosy, and have suffered from ring around the collar. 👍

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