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299. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Tuesday, June 26th, 5:00pm
Meredith (and Vijay)


Meredith sits at the window. Vijay takes the seat beside her.

Meredith: Do I look fat in this?

Vijay: I beg your pardon?

Meredith: Fat. Do I look fat in this dress?

Vijay: I am sorry, I cannot comment on your dress or your body. My wife would not like it.

Meredith: (looks around) Is your wife here?

Vijay: No, she is not.

Meredith: I won’t tell her if you don’t. Now. Do I look fat in this?

Vijay: I still cannot comment.

Meredith: Why not?

Vijay: Because I am afraid I will say the wrong thing and then you will be angry at me.

Meredith: You think I look fat, don’t you.

Vijay: I did not say that.

Meredith: You do! How dare you!

Vijay: In my defense madam, I did not say anything.

Meredith: You didn’t have to! I should have known better than to ask a man.

Vijay: This is very true.


Next stop: Wednesday, June 27th, 7:00pm

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298. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, June 25th, 4:00pm
Marty (and Zerg, the Undefeatable)


Marty sits at the window. Zerg, the Undefeatable takes the seat beside him.

Marty: Watch out.

Zerg, the Undefeatable: Sorry. This costume is a bit big.

Marty: A bit big? Man, couldn’t you have gotten changed when you got where ever it is you’re going?

Zerg, the Undefeatable: Not really. It took three hours to get into this thing.

Marty: Who are you supposed to be, anyways?

Zerg, the Undefeatable: I’m Zerg. The Undefeatable.

Marty kicks him in the shins.

Zerg, the Undefeatable: Ouch! What was that for?

Marty: Just checking.


Next stop: Tuesday, June 26th, 5:00pm

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297. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language.

Sunday, June 24th, 11:00am
Sean (and Drommen)


Sean sits at the window. Drommen takes the seat beside him.

Drommen: Where’s Jessica?

Sean: I don’t know who you’re talking about.

Drommen: Okay Hillary. Whatever you call her, where is she?

Sean: I don’t know.

Drommen: (grabs Sean by the collar) Look, asshole, if you fuck her up I’m …

Sean: (smiles) Gonna what, show me your dick? You should be in jail.

Drommen: (releases him) You’re one to talk. What have you been giving her?

Sean: Drugs. Whatever. She’s better off with me than she is with you. You just make her miserable. At least I show her a good time.

Drommen: She was so messed up yesterday, she couldn’t see straight. Stay out of her life. Because if I find out you’ve hurt her or allowed her to hurt herself, you’re going to wind up hurt.

Sean: It’s you she’s killing herself for, man.

Drommen: She needs help. If you care about her at all you’ll get her some.

Sean: What, like you helped her?

Drommen: (grabs him again and thinks about it for a moment, then lets go) You’re not worth it.

Drommen changes seats.


Next stop: Monday, June 25, 4:00pm

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296. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language.

Saturday, June 23rd, 7:00pm
Hillary (and Drommen)


Hillary sits at the window. Drommen takes the seat beside her.

Hillary: (slurring drunkenly) Fuck do you want?

Drommen: Have you been with that Sean guy?

Hillary: What’s it to you? What do you care?

Drommen: I do. You’re not taking care of yourself. And Sean certainly isn’t taking care of you.

Hillary: He’s takin’ better care of me than you have. Dick.

Drommen: I’m taking you home.

Hillary: I’m not going home. Don’t you have a date to go to or somethin’?

Drommen: I do. But you’re more important.

Hillary: Fuck off.

Drommen stares at her for a moment.

Hillary: Sean’ll look after me. An’ if you try to take me home, I’ll scream.

Drommen: Have it your way.

Drommen changes seats.


Next stop: Sunday, June 24th, 11:00am

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#SoCS – Butterfly

The butterfly is one of the few insects we tend to be able to handle in profusion. Seriously, imagine going to tour a mayfly sanctuary. Or touring a housefly sanctuary, for that matter. Bleh.

Monarch butterfly

This observation was driven home to me the other day when I saw a video of Monarch migration. Here’s a fascinating video.

Sorry for the short post today. Feeling better, but have to get to a birthday party at the bowling alley. Yay!

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295. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Friday, June 22nd, 5:00pm
Juliette (and Drommen)


Juliette sits at the window. Drommen takes the seat beside her.

Juliette: Please be gentle.

Drommen: I beg your pardon, Madame?

Juliette: Well, you see, this is my first time on a bus, and you are the first man to sit beside me.

Drommen: Ah. Common bus etiquette demands that I at least introduce myself. I’m Jake.

Juliette: (smiles and extends gloved hand) I’m Juliette. It’s very nice to meet you, Jake.

Drommen: (takes her hand and kisses the back of it) My pleasure entirely.

Juliette: I’ve heard so many horror stories about taking the bus. I’m happy to find they’ve proven unfounded.

Drommen: I’m sure whatever you’ve heard is total nonsense. I try to come on the bus as often as I can, and there are few worse than myself.

Juliette: Well then. If you are just about as bad as it gets, I shall cease to worry.

Drommen: Quite right. I was going to ask you … would you mind if I …

Juliette: Yes?

Drommen: … change seats with you? I have a long way to go.

Juliette: Not at all.


Next stop: Saturday, June 23rd, 7:00pm

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 23/18

Friday today, and time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. I struggled with choosing a word for tomorrow’s prompt. This statement may remain vague, or I may explain in a follow-up post. If I don’t get around to it, I apologize. What I will say is that my suggestion that you have fun with this weekly segment is what decided me in the end. Anyway, here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bug.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!