SoCS — I Thought About You

71E853E5-03CA-4BED-8F8A-94D4974A8315I thought about you last night.
I woke up and turned on my bedroom light.
The dream I had gave me quit a fright.
And made me feel quite distraught.
I had to fight the urge to call you and wake you up.
I didn’t want to burden you with the weight of my concerns.
But to be forthright, I was fraught by what I saw yesterday.
It was quite a sight.
Let me be straight with you.
Your actions put us both in a tight spot.
And it brought out the worst in both of us.
You really ought to watch some of the things you say and do in public.
Because you really don’t need to be in the spotlight right now.
I don’t mean to sound uptight.
But you might want to tone things down a bit.
Before you get caught in compromising positions.
The last thing you need is yet another onslaught of bad publicity.
Right before you have to testify before the House Oversight Committee.
Those guys aren’t lightweights, you know.
You have to give what you’re going to say a lot of forethought.
And as much as I’d like to be your white knight, you’ll be alone at that hearing.
I don’t want you to end up looking like a deer in the headlights.
Now relax, do your best, and remember everything I taught you.

Written for the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Our challenge this week is to find a word that contains the letters “ght” in that order, and use it any way we’d like. And Linda said we’d get bonus points if we use three or more different words containing those letters.

The Whole Bean

7198FBBD-28BC-468B-A029-73D19AD400DCToday’s prompt word from Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt was “bean.” I tried hard to fit the word “bean” into my earlier post today, where I managed to fit in five other daily prompt words. But I just couldn’t figure out how to fit “bean” in in a way that made any sense or didn’t seem totally contrived.

But, not wanting Roger to think that I’m ignoring his prompt or, worse, shunning him, I’m going to link here to a post I wrote and published a few weeks ago in response to this Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, where her prompt word was “ground.” My post was titled “Whole Bean Versus Ground,” and it was about coffee beans and it contained the word “bean” five times.

Roger, I hope this is okay with you.

SoCS — Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

A414C3BA-D2FC-40B2-A325-54B34227001BWhen I saw that Linda G. Hill wanted us to use the word “nuts” in today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, I immediately thought of Peter Paul Mounds and Peter Paul Almond Joy candy bars and the ubiquitous jingle that has been around for decades:

🎶Sometimes you feel like a nut
Sometimes you don’t
Almond Joys got nuts
Mounds don’t🎵

No doubt you’ve seen some of their commercials, like this one from 1978.

Mounds was originally created in 1920 and in 1929, the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company purchased the line and began production.

When World War II broke out, Peter Paul was faced with severe shortages of sugar and coconut which had been shipped from the Philippines before war broke out. Rather than sacrifice quality, the company discontinued some of its lesser selling brands and concentrated production on the Mounds candy bar.

Mounds became a hit with the U.S. military, which purchased 80% of their production by 1944 (5 million bars/month) for use in rations. The Almond Joy bar was introduced in 1948, using milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate, and adding a double-toasted almond on top. It was sold in a blue package to differentiate it from the Mounds’ red package, and Almond Joy became an immediate success.

Over the years, Peter Paul added several products to its line, including York Peppermint Patties. Cadbury and Peter Paul merged in 1978, and Hershey Foods purchased the company’s U.S. operations in 1988.

Armed with all this fascinating information, I dare you to not start singing the Mounds/Almond Joy jungle. I dare you!

SoCS 2019/20

SoCS — Dress Code

Dress CodeEver since I graduated from college, nearly every job I held required me to abide by a strict dress code. Literally all of my post-college jobs were white collar jobs, meaning professional, managerial, or administrative jobs performed in an office or other administrative setting.

In the early days, the dress code for male employees essentially meant wearing a suit and a tie to work. For the most part, once I got to the office, I’d take off and hang up my suit coat and only put it on when I had to go to meetings with clients, customers, prospects, and with executives in my own company.

I really didn’t mind all that much having to wear a suit, but I really hated having to wear a tie. I never quite understood the purpose of or the necessity for wearing ties. But it was the dress code, you know.

At some point, maybe the late 80s or early 90s, a lot of companies started introducing a new dress code that included “casual Fridays.” We didn’t have to wear a suit and a tie on casual Fridays, but we did have to wear a sport coat with a dress shirt, and dress trousers. We referred to that kind of attire as “business casual.”

Then, in the early 2000s, many companies began to allow males to dress in “business casual” almost all the time, with some more progressive companies introducing “jeans Fridays.”

In 2005, I became what was alternatively known as a telecommuter, a remote worker, or a “home-shored” employee. As long as I had a laptop with a reliable internet connection and a telephone, I could work from the comfort of my own home, only occasionally having to physically go into the office.

One of the things I loved about being home-shored, aside from not having to commute to and from the office, was the lack of a dress code. I could work in my pajamas if I didn’t feel like getting dressed. Or I could slip on a t-shirt and jeans. It didn’t matter. Hell, I could have worked naked, were I so inclined.

It was great. No more suits, ties, sport coats, dress shirts, dress slacks, or dress shoes.

And now that I’m retired, my dress code is whatever is relatively clean and comfortable. Mostly that equates to jeans and t-shirts. I dress any way I want to dress. If I dress at all.

SoCS Badge 2019-2020Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Our task is to write a post using the word “dress.”

Don’t Forget To Vote

Linda G. Hill has opened the polls for her 2019-2020 Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS) Badge Contest.

Linda said that, “the poll will be open for 24 hours — all of Thursday, October 24th, – 5GMT. Vote once, vote carefully, and be sure to tell your friends!”

I have no idea what time “5GMT” translates to in my own time zone, much less in whatever time zone you’re in, but I’d suggest voting early — now might be a good time.

And while you’re at it, please consider my proposed badge:img_0179If you like my badge design, I’d appreciate your vote, but there are nine other contenders, and all are worthy.

And, as Linda suggested, tell your friends to vote, too. Once again, here is the link.