SoCS — The Settlement

1E5F4B2B-8394-4F71-9438-456E36FD1643Nathan and Elizabeth were sitting across the table from one another in the conference room at the offices of Nathan’s attorney. Each had their respective lawyers by their sides. A fifth person, a note-taker, was also seated at the table. Three piles of paper were on the tabletop.

“This pile on my left is his,” Nathan’s lawyer said, pointing at Nathan. “And the pile on my right is hers,” he said, pointing this time toward Elizabeth. “We agreed at our last meeting to divide these assets accordingly.”

Nathan and Elizabeth alternated between glaring at one another and avoiding looking at each other. The tension between the two of them was palpable.

“The pile in the middle,” the lawyer continued, “will be our focus for today’s settlement meeting. It contains such assets as the primary house, the cabin, the boat, the motorcycle, and the three cars. For now we’ll call that pile ‘theirs,’ and together, our job is to figure out how to split these between the two parties.

“I can’t do this ‘his, hers, and ours’ bullshit anymore,” Nathan said. “All I want is the cabin, the Porsche, the motorcycle, and the boat. Elizabeth can have the main house with all the furniture, the Mercedes, and the Caddy. They’re worth way more than what I’m asking for.”

“You selfish bastard!” Elizabeth screamed.

“You ungrateful bitch!” Nathan yelled back.

The two lawyers looked at each other and both did an eye roll. “Candice,” Nathan’s lawyer said to the note-taker, “I think we’ll need a larger pot of coffee.”

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. The assignment is to use the words his and/or her(s). Fortunately, I’ve never been through a divorce settlement, but I imagine that some of them can be rather acrimonious, particularly when sizable assets are involved.

SoCS — Fly Me To The Moon


This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill invites us to “use the phrase ‘in other words’ at least once in your post.”

I typically use that phrase when I feel that I haven’t explained something adequately. Or when I can tell that the person I’m talking with doesn’t quite understand what I’ve just said. So I’ll try to say it in a different way, starting out with “In other words….”

But as I was writing my response to Linda’s prompt, I unconsciously found myself humming the 1964 Frank Sinatra song (written by Bart Howard), “Fly Me To The Moon.”

At first I wasn’t sure why that song popped into my head, but then I started thinking about the lyrics and realized that the phrase “in other words” is sung over and over again throughout the song.

That’s when I decided, mid-stream of consciousness, so to speak, to post a video of Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Fly Me To The Moon.”




SoCS — October

90B90170-63C1-4433-B85D-596BABFC6FBEOctober is my favorite month of the year. It occurs each year between the months of September and November. It is a transitional month, occupying the period that separates the summer from the winter.

That’s not to say that there aren’t, upon occasion, unusually hot or cold days during the month. There can be. But for the most part, October’s weather is quite pleasant.

There is one thing about October that I occasionally don’t enjoy. An ocean of fallen leaves takes up occupancy in my yard, and it seems that I am raking them up nearly all the time. It might be easier if I had as many arms as an octopus has tentacles, but I don’t.

And what makes it even worse is that the occupants of the house next door seem to be so occupied doing other things that they never rake their own leaves. It makes me wish I knew someone who was wise in the ways of the occult and who could cast some sort of spell on them to make them rake their leaves.

Otherwise, October is the best month.

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Our instructions for this prompt is to “find a word that starts with ‘oc’ and use it in your post.”

SoCS — Ban Cable News

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, our instructions are: “When you’re ready to sit down and write your post, look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page.”

Following those instructions, my post today will be all about “banned cable news.”

These three words appeared in the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions of the first sentence in a story I was reading in The Week magazine. The article read, in part:

A nationwide fitness chain has banned cable news from the TV sets in its gyms, saying that today’s toxic political climate is incompatible with its “healthy way of life philosophy.” Life Time Fitness, which operates 128 gyms, says the move comes in response to numerous customer requests. 

So this is what it has come to in the United States. We have, as a nation, become so polarized and fractured that people who just want to stay healthy or get into better shape at their gym need a “safe-space” free of partisan political bickering.

Thank you Donald Trump. You have made America hate again.

SoCS — Guns or Butter

When I saw that today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill was to find a word that starts with “eco” or has “eco” in it and use it in a post, I immediately thought of my Amazon Echo. But then I realized that “echo” starts with “ech” and not “eco.” So it was back to the drawing board.

Then I remembered that I was an economics major in undergraduate school. Duh! You know, supply and demand, guns or butter, and stuff like that. What I liked most about economics courses in college were all the charts and graphs used to illustrate economics principles.

I love charts and graphs! Like the one below for supply and demand, which is an economic model of price determination in a competitive market.

1BF7503A-731B-4529-9FFC-AE07D7312E96Basically, the price of a good or service goes up when demand is high and supply is low and goes down when supply is high and demand is low. Makes sense, right?

And then there is the guns or butter model, which demonstrates the relationship between a nation’s investment in defense and civilian goods. It may buy either guns (invest in defense/military) or butter (invest in production of consumer goods), or a combination of both.

73B869BF-3878-40A0-B370-F558BA73DC8CThe more a country spends on its military, the less it has available to spend on goods and services for its citizens, and vice versa.

Okay, I know that you are totally bored by this discussion of basic economic theories. But don’t blame me. Blame Linda for this prompt. I’m sure my post about the Amazon Echo would have been considerably more fascinating.