SoCS — Too Much Television

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “television.” She asks us to “talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself.”

I admit it. I watch too much television. But since Trump was elected president in 2016, my viewing habits have changed. I used to watch TV dramas, situation comedies, and, of course, movies, sports, and, occasionally, the news.

Not any more, though. Now I watch cable news most of the time. Sometimes CNN, but mostly MSNBC. And never, ever, ever Fox News.9ae85bb2-61d4-4c27-87bc-d2f52ebeea42 My wife and I, when the news is so damn aggravating that we need a break, will watch HGTV shows, like “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and “Love It or List It.” But at night, it’s Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell.

I think, however, for my own mental health, I need to go back to watching dramas, sitcoms, movies, and sports. Because if I don’t stop watching so much political news, one of these days I’m going get so angry that I might throw the remote control device at my TV and break the screen.eb68267c-5c9b-446a-9f17-7e45fd42596e

SoCS — Art

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has assigned us the smears “art.” Linda instructs us to “talk about something that’s hanging on your wall,” she says. “Add a picture, if you’d like.”

6FE6C3AE-7020-4934-8DDA-CF35759F3E83.jpegOne of my favorite artists is M.C. Escher and one of my favorite works by Escher is Hand with Reflecting Sphere, also known as Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror. It is a lithograph that was first printed in January 1935. It depicts a hand holding a reflective sphere. In the reflection, most of the room around Escher can be seen, and the hand holding the sphere is revealed to be Escher’s.

I’ve previously posted about my love for Escher’s work in THIS post, where a few other of his lithographs are included.

Another artist whose work I enjoy is René Magritte. He was a Belgian surrealist known for his witty and thought-provoking images. He depicted ordinary objects in an unusual context, challenging observers’ perceptions of reality.  Here are a few of his paintings.

My wife is partial to Erté. Born Romain de Tirtoff, he was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was one of the most well-known fashion illustrators of the 1920s. His designs included dresses and accessories for women; costumes and sets for opera, ballet, and dramatic productions; and posters and prints. Here are some examples of his work.

SoCS/JusJoJan — Someone Else’s Problem

b4935a5e-c633-4171-b83b-0bc9891df772“Hey Mick, wassup?” the bartender asked after Mick walked up and took a seat at the bar. “Your usual?”

“Yeah, Danny, and make it quick,” Mick replied. “I had a really shitty day.”

Danny went to the tap and drew a large draught for Mick, turned around and placed it on the bar in front of his customer. Mick picked up the tall glass, took one sip, and the glass slipped from his hand and spilled the beer all over the bar in front of him. “Oh jeez, Danny, I’m so sorry, man. I’m such a sap,” Mick said.

“No problem, Mick,” Danny said, reaching for a towel so he could sop up the mess. Once he’d cleaned it up, Danny drew another draught for Mick. “So what made your day so bad, Mick?” he asked.

“Becky decided to dump me and go back with her former beau,” Mick said.

“Oh, man, Mick,” Danny said. “That sucks.”

“Yeah, well this has been building up since late Septemper, but as far as I’m concerned, that bitch is now SEP,” Mick said.

“SEP?” Danny said. “What’s that mean?”

“It means that to me she’s now someone else’s problem,” Mick said, chugging down the rest of his beer, after which he let go of a long, loud belch.


Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. We are supposed to use the words “sap/sep/sip/sop/sup,” or words that contain them, in our post.

SoCS — Huh?

I’m not sure what to make of the latest Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. She wrote:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ask someone else.” Either ask someone for a prompt word or, if you can’t, turn on a TV or a radio and choose a word from the first sentence you hear.”

Following Linda’s instructions, last night after dinner I turned to my wife and said, “Give me a prompt word for my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post.”

She said, “You want a prompt word from me? Okay. How about ‘dishes’? Put down the goddam iPhone and wash the dinner dishes. I cooked, you clean. That’s our deal.”

So I put down my iPhone and turned on the TV.7C7501C1-7764-4779-97A5-719C4C57BCDCOf course, the word that stuck out in the first sentence I heard was “Trump.”

Damn, I am so sick of hearing that douchbag’s name. So I turned off the TV and washed the goddam dinner dishes. Then I picked up my iPhone, logged onto WordPress and composed this post, which I scheduled to be published at 3 am today my time.

End of story.

SoCS — Rin Tin Tin

34DE33F6-1316-493E-AC93-6015B1AB2E3AFor this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to use the word “tin” as a word or to find a word with “tin” in it, and to base our posts on that word.

I immediately recalled one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid, “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.” It was an American television program that ran from 1954 through 1959. The show about a boy, Rusty, who was orphaned in an Indian raid and who was being raised by the soldiers at a U.S. Cavalry post known as Fort Apache. Rin Tin Tin was a German shepherd dog that helped the soldiers establish law and order in the American West.

Most episodes involved overcoming bad guys, often American Indians or white desperados. Whenever Rusty needed assistance from his trusty dog, he’d call out “Yo Rinty,” and Rin Tin Tin would run after and leap on the bad guy, pinning him down until the cavalrymen could arrive.

3F9DE41C-AF18-4D7A-A6E6-E8EAC6A378A2A contemporary of Rin Tin Tin, but a more popular TV show with a dog as its star, was “Lassie,” a “smart and fearless” collie. The show aired from 1954 through 1971. It followed Lassie’s adventures in a small farming community. Each week the dog’s young owner would find himself in some sort of trouble. Lassie would then run off and get help or rush in to save her master’s life herself. After being reunited with family, the boy would received a light lecture on why he should not have done what he had done.

I preferred Rin Tin Tin because I thought the whole Lassie thing was kind of lame. Rin Tin Tin, on the other hand, was a military dog apprehending bad guys, which to me was much more exciting than watching a dog save a kid who fell into a deep well at least once a month. Stupid kid.