SATURDAY! (DAY…Day…day…)

15 Aug

So here is something I’ve actually only done one other time; follow a blog prompt. It’s actually a really fun way to hook other bloggers into checking out your work, and also to discover new blogs for yourself to read.  Also it prompts you with a starting point for a post, which sometimes makes coming up with something to write about way easier.

The rules for this prompt are pretty obvious.  The post must be Stream of Consciousness, meaning no editing, though you are allowed to fix typos.  (I plan not to do this until I have finished writing the actual post.)

The other rule is you must incorporate the letters “AY” somehow or another.  I had a brilliant idea while I was out on my morning walkabout, which was to use Pig Latin in several parts of my post, but alas, when I returned home, I discovered someone else had employed the idea already, (and they did it brilliantly, check it out:)

https://fortyandfantastique.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/socs-ancay-ouyay-eakspay-igpay-atinlay/

The fact is this isn’t all that different from the way I write my posts anyway.  I don’t do a lot of pre-planning.   I usually come up with some wacky idea while I’m at work, or wandering around, and then simply sit down and go with it.  (Though I do usually go back and do quite a bit of editing after the post is written.)  So I won’t be doing that today.

And I’ve decided to present today’s blog in three parts.  This has been the first part (The explanation) Next will come the actual Stream of Consciousness Blog, and finally I will plug in my usual array of related imagery, not to mention an update on my “Vacation of 100 Beers” Beer Count info-graphic. (See my previous blog for an explanation to that.)

To check out the rest of the SoCS blogs, go here.  There is some great stuff here!

http://lindaghill.com/2015/08/14/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-1515/

One more thing:  I’ve decided to put on “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly while I write the SoCS part.  I’m either done writing when I’m done writing, or I’m done writing when the song ends.  If you can figure out which has taken place, you can come have one of my cans of PBR, but you have to come get it.


SATURDAY! (DAY…Day…day…)

This being the second day of my so called vacation, I got up pretty early and decided to go for a walk around town.  The weather was not my ideal, but it wasn’t too horrible.  Hot and humid with the sun beating down on me, but not too hot and humid.  In fact it was actually more or less tolerable, which I usually don’t think of (tolerable that is) when it comes to August)  I took a meandering path through the neighborhoods between my apartment complex, through various parks, past my friend Tom’s house, who I was hoping would be sitting on his porch, and if he was I was going to stop by, but he wasn’t so I kept on walking by, because he doesn’t like people to just show up at his house, and who can blame him.  I would have called or texted him, but I don’t have a cell phone, and have no plans to remedy that situation any time in the near future. or ever truth be told.

I eventually made my way into downtown Ann Arbor, and had plans to start my vacation off right by eating someplace that I’ve never been to before.  I walked by a couple breakfast places, one called The Broken Egg, but was intimidated by the fact that I had never been there before, so I kept walking and eventually found myself at a familiar place known as The Fleetwood.  Go with what you know, I always say.  I sat at an outside table, consumed a basket of fries, some coffee, and some coke (No burger.  I know right?) scrawled away in my journal for awhile, then paid my tab and moved on, but not before buying a new fridge magnet, featuring a cool night view of The Fleetwood, and also saw a guy I used to work with at The Dollar Tree.  (I still work there but he does not.)  We said hi and moved our separate ways.  (He works there, so he was probably beginning his shift.)  Then I walked through downtown, which was mostly devoid of people, which brings the annoyance factor down substantially, but got annoyed anyway when I was forced to cross a street I didn’t really want to cross, simply because of some damn construction.

Next I went to the library and hung out for awhile.  I read some magazines, and continued my journal entrying.  In fact I finished my last notebook, which was sort of sad as I had acquired it at Comicon last year, but sort of exciting, because it was time to begin a new notebook, which is always exciting in it’s own way.  I checked out a book about Salvador Dali, and found, in the process of attempting to do so that my library card had expired.  It only took a second to remedy that situation, and I was on my way.  I went to one of my usual three used music stores and bought a couple cds.  Then I went to Vault of Midnight and bought some comic books.

After all that I headed down Jackson road, which takes me more or less in the general direction of my home.  (Though veering slightly off to the west, thus adding to my total walking time, but after all that is the point in the first place.  I took many pictures along the way, some of which I will add to this blog post.  when I am done writing the stream of consciousness part.

Not too far from my apartment complex I stopped at Dairy Queen for an ice cream cone.  I’m pretty sure none of the girls saw me drop a buck into the tip jar, which makes me feel like a deadbeat even though I did in fact drop a buck into the tip jar.  (I don’t want to be like George Costanza)  Then I walked into the park across from my apartment, found a nice shaded area to finish what was left of my cone (not much) and while doing so watched some Ann Arbor police types clearing out a homeless person stash.  Homeless people live in the pagoda like structure in the middle of Veteran’s Park, and leave all sorts of random things there.  Apparently the police come by from time to time to clean it up.  I’m glad to know my tax dollars are hard at work disposing of the meager possessions of the homeless population living in the park across the street from my house.  I didn’t take any pictures of this activity, because innocent people get shot or beaten for doing things like that.  (And I didn’t want ot get shot or beaten today.)

After that I went home. My cats did not display nearly as much excitement to see me as I thought was warranted.

If you are wondering how I incorporated the “AY” into my blog, you must have missed the title.


So there you have it.  The post is eerily similar to how I write in my journal every day.  I’m not sure how I feel about it to be honest, but I’m going to post it anyway, because at least it gets my daily August entry out of the way, and I can now move on to the very serious task of drinking beer.  Now, as promised, here are several images from my walkabout.

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On my way (sort of) towards downtown Ann Arbor.

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Let the over caffeination begin

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I will never eat a burger without fries (Or at least chips) but I will eat fries without a burger, from time to time. Is that weird? It’s weird isn’t it?

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A view from the third floor of the Ann Arbor Public Library. It was very peaceful.

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Out with the old, and in with the new. (It was about time, actually.)

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This mural is pretty clever. Although, to get this exact photo, I had to stand in the middle of a pretty busy street. Also it wasn’t raining.

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The view from the inside of Underground Sounds. (I love this place.)

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A shot from the long walk towards home.

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                     Oh….  Yeah…..

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I sat here and ate the rest of my ice cream. I wouldn’t have done so had there been kids playing on the equipment, because that would have been creepy. (Luckily the park was vacant.)

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And minutes later I was entering my building. I paused to take this shot of my wonderful deck, where I frequently sit and enjoy cocktails.

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Here’s all the stuff that wasn’t in my backpack when I left my apartment, but was when I returned to my apartment.

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27 Responses to “SATURDAY! (DAY…Day…day…)”

  1. leeannimal403 August 15, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Just realized where you live. My mother was born in Ypsilanti. I tried a brief (three month) stint in Ypsi when I considered going to University there, and I worked at the Victoria’s Secret in the Mall in Ann Arbor.

    First of all, I hated my time there. More than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. Secondly, I want an ice cream cone with sprinkles, please.

    • domingosaurus August 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

      That’s crazy. My entire 4 decades on this planet I have spent in Southern Michigan. I moved to Ypsi in 2003, to attend classes at EMU, and my job, at the time, was at JC Penny at Briarwood Mall!!! About 7 years ago I moved from Ypsi to Ann Arobor. I gotta say I actually love it here. Why did you hate it? (I’m not judging, I’m just curious. Ypsi/Ann Arbor isn’t for everyone, I know.)

      • leeannimal403 August 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

        I worked at Briarwood! But it was in 1995. I’m aaaaaancient!

        I moved there from Vegas. I arrived in Vegas from Florida. Then I moved to Ypsi in November. I didn’t even own a coat. I was miserable, and I hated every moment of it. And I couldn’t wait to go back to Florida and just finish college there. So I did.

      • domingosaurus August 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

        Ahhh, I see. I’m actually quite acclimated to cooler climates, though it gets hot as fuck here in the summer, and I’m not a fan. The trick is to dress for it, you know? (Pretty sure I might be 1 or 2 years older than you by the way, and frankly I won’t consider myself “ancient” until I hit 60, maybe even 70. LOL! )

      • leeannimal403 August 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

        I will not consider you ancient until you sit on your balls at least once daily.

        I grew up in subtropic weather. I’ve always enjoyed the heat more than anywhere else. And now I live in Pennsylvania which is dreadful in winter. I’ve been here for almost eight years now.

        I’ll bake you cookies if you come shovel for me this year.

      • domingosaurus August 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

        Ummmm. No. (That’s why I live in an apartment building. If there’s any shoveling to be done, someone else is gonna do it. I suppose that’s one of the reasons I don’t mind winter all that much.) I do like cookies though.

      • leeannimal403 August 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

        No cookies for YOU

      • domingosaurus August 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

        😦

      • leeannimal403 August 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

        Awww, okay fine…one. One cookie for you. The rest are mine.

      • Hope Floats August 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

        I couldn’t find the comment button…I haven’t even had a pint yet! It’ probably a Chrome thing…I get all kinds of shafted by Chrome…but I am disheartened by Firefox…anyhoo…Looked like a damn good day! And thanks to Leeanimal I nearly spit my coffee out with her description of sitting on your balls once daily to know if you’re truly old or not. I like your writing style…similar to mine. I write like I talk…mile a minute and lots of…ohh look squirrel…

      • domingosaurus August 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

        I write exactly like I talk too, which is why most of my posts are longer than they should be. (And also why some people probably don’t feel like reading them.) I don’t blame them. Thank you for following by the way! You put me over the 100 mark! WOO HOO!!! 🙂

      • Hope Floats August 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

        Isn’t it awesome when you reach a milestone of people who actually your stuff? Always better if they comment too:) I haven’t read all your posts…but I’ll work my way through them. I used to have more posted on mine but well…I kind of crashed my site a bit ago…hehehehe. Learning curve…

      • domingosaurus August 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

        Ow, that sucks! My lack of comments and followers is mostly my fault, as I haven’t been particularly active with my blog. Until recently, that is. It’s paying off! And I will be reading your stuff too! Congratulations on the SoCS badge by the way!

  2. irenedesign2011 August 16, 2015 at 4:51 am #

    Enjoy your vacation 😀

  3. shanjeniah August 16, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    Want to know something weird? I will eat seasoned fries – with SALAD (and there MUST be avocado!) Sometimes I even have a double side of – are you ready for this…..?! STEAMED BROCCOLI!

    It strikes me that i’m not the best person to judge whether anyone else’s gastronomic choices are weird…. =)

    “My grandma taught me never to judge another species by their eating habits.” Trip Tucker, to T’Pol, the damned vegetarian Vulcan who’s dissing humans (and him!) for eating spare ribs.

    On the other hand, your ice cream cone lit my daughter’s eyes up, and she wanted to know where it was. Michigan’s a little far from upstate New York, so we decided to take care of her rainbow sprinkle needs, and mine for pistachio, at Bubbles, our local ice cream place (where I had my first pistachio cone at age 6, and my first cole slaw at 4, both events I distinctly remember).

    I love this post, and your style, and I’d send you a pink Plustache if I had one to spare…since I don’r, I figure a follow, a comment, and a share will have to do.

    I don’t much care for beer, and when I do, it’s almost always Guinness, but I raise my coffee mug to you –

    Welcome to SoCS. May you return often! =)

    • domingosaurus August 16, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      There’s so many things I want to say in response to your comment, and in no particular order: A Star Trek reference! YES! (Though I just haven’t been able to get into Enterprise for some reason, though I was told I have to stick out the first two seasons and then it starts to get better) Cole slaw at an ice cream place? Is that a New York thing? and I like most of my food extremely plain and uncomplicated, which is something you will quickly learn about me if you read many of my posts, Steamed broccoli is one of the few vegetables I will actually eat, and ‘Cheers!’ (Raises can of Pabst Blue Ribbon)

      • shanjeniah August 16, 2015 at 8:29 am #

        I like vegetables. And seafood – I could rhapsodize about seafood. Lucky me; married a chef! I love broccoli any way I can get it. My daughter, on the other hand, will not put a cooked vegetable in her mouth. My son, almost 14, gets most of his veggies from green smoothies; otherwise, he doesn’t eat many.

        As for Star Trek references – I think pretty much everything’s better with a Vulcan in it. Even better if there’s a fallible female Vulcan with mad fighting skills and a temper she’s not going to admit to, and a fascination for a certain extremely human engineer…I love to play with those two…

        I didn’t watch Enterprise when it came out (no cable, newborn, moving cross-country with said newborn, a skepticism about sexy lady Vulcans and that guy from Quantum Leap as a starship Captain…and the fall of 2001, and all that meant…).

        I’m glad I eventually found my way to it about three years back. It’s my favorite Trek (and I’ve been a Spock girl since I was 13!). I’ll admit that DS9 and Voyager never got me….but Enterprise just seems to have the best of classic Trek (and no Kirk, which is fine by me) and NextGen (but with lots more Vulcan, which I love in what is, of course, a most eminently logical way).

        And it has Trip and T’Pol…not to be spoilery, but those two….they get to have a real, believable relationship that evolves through the series.

        I’m kind of a sucker for love. With our 18th anniversary fast approaching, I don’t mean the stars in the eyes kind – I mean the kind that sustains beyond the lust of new terrain and through the good, bad, and ugly of life….

        That kind of relationship isn’t often shown on TV. I love that Enterprise gives me that.

        I often post Enterprise fan fiction here (there’s a whole page of links in the sidebar). More than one person has read my stuff and discovered the series….and more than one has decided they like what I do with it enough that they don’t want to watch the series.

        I’m OK, either way – but I will say Season 3 is mostly fantastic (I’m in the midst of it now, for the nth time!), and Season 4 packs a heckuva wallop – but then, I love many episodes from the first two seasons, as well…

        As for the cole slaw and ice cream thing – Bubbles is a diner with an outdoor ice cream window. I had the cole slaw on a spinning stool at the lunch counter. I was mightily impressed by the whole thing, since I think it was the first diner I’d ever been in. The pistachio cone came from the window, because I got good grades, or some other school-related thing. My siblings didn’t get ice cream; I think my parents shouldn’t have let them be without, but that was how they were…

        It’s funny that I’ve traveled the country, and still can take my own kids to the same place I got ice cream as a kid. They don’t need to make good grades to get it, either (just as well, since neither of them have ever gone to school or gotten a grade, and they don’t seem to be missing out).

        Lovely to chat about ice cream, vegetables, and Trek with you! I also forgot to mention that I think Vault of Midnight is a phenomenal name for a comic book store!

        I’m onto apple cider (not hard) now, before the kids remember it’s there, and it isn’t anymore! Cheers!

      • domingosaurus August 16, 2015 at 8:43 am #

        I have a really good friend who has been running a blog for about a year called “Chronological Trek.” He’s been watching every Star Trek related show and movie, in chronological order, then espouses his thoughts about each episode on his blog. He even included the animated Star Trek series from the 70’s! I’m shamed to admit I haven’t been following along, and have only read a couple of his posts. (I know I’m a bad friend) but the thing is I kind of wanted to try to watch the episodes along with him but he is so far ahead of me I’d never catch up. Plus I just did a TNG marathon myself last summer. I really admire his efforts though, and I definitely mean to get around to reading all his posts soon! (Obviously he started the whole kit and kaboodle with Enterprise, though I pointed out an argument could be made for starting with First Contact, or maybe the TOS episode where they go back in time and the 60’s era American fighter pilot ends up on the Enterprise. (Of course, throwing in time travel could make his endeavor very VERY complicated!

      • shanjeniah August 16, 2015 at 9:08 am #

        It may be the same or very similar to the one I’m doing (although I take detours when I need to research something, because I am a stickler for weaving my stories into and through canon – I want it to be so seamless that people really feel that these things could have happened, and ought to have happened.

        I think the thing about the time travel ones (and Enterprise has those, too), is that the framework is still in the time of the series the action took place in. So, T’Pol telling the story of how her second foremother (her mother’s mother’s mother) and two other Vulcans were stranded on Earth in the 1950’s, long before First Contact, and in Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania, far from Bozeman, Montana, is still chronologically a 2152 episode, because that’s when she told the story. When Kirk and Spock traveled to the 60s, it was still a 23rd century episode, because that’s where they started….am I making sense?

        So First Contact (which actually gets mentioned in Enterprise, in the Borg episode, “Regeneration”, from Season 2), is still a Next Generation episode, because the crew began in the 24th century…

        Incidentally, I have the same birthday as Wil Wheaton, only I’m two years older than him. As much as I loved TNG during its run, I can’t believe I didn’t know that till last year!

      • domingosaurus August 16, 2015 at 9:11 am #

        That’s pretty much the same argument Sean gave, and it makes sense. Besides, like I said, once you start throwing time travel into the mix, things can get pretty convoluted. (Just look what happened with those Back to the Future sequels!)

      • shanjeniah August 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

        Time travel is definitely a way to gum up the works!

        I’ve kind of always wanted to see a Trek time travel where they encounter the social phenomenon of Trek – because that would have to add swirls to the convolution, and then my brain might explode!

  4. LindaGHill August 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    You sound just like me when I travel. Usually alone just wandering the streets and stopping for a bite to eat, and writing in a notebook at the table. Great pictures – thanks for risking your life to get the shot of the mural. 🙂 And are those records? As in vinyl? I love listening to vinyl!
    Great post – I’m glad you posted it. 😀 And thanks so much for participating in SoCS!

    • domingosaurus August 17, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

      I think travelling alone is the best way to travel. (No agenda but your own.) Thanks for having me! 🙂

  5. John Hueni IV August 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    The Vault of Midnight is where we did that Star Wars event in costume, correct? I distinctly remember that event because of two reasons. The first being that you saved me from getting creamed by an oncoming bus just seconds before certain death. The second was that odd guy who kept complaining that the mask he had to wear looked like a giant dildo. Lol. Good times.

    • domingosaurus August 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Correct! Though the store is in a slightly different location now, and much more accessible, and as far as the bus thing goes… I’m a Jedi. I save people. (That’s just my thing.)

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