Unconscious Mutterings (Sunday Stealing)

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Unconscious mutteringsThe Sunday Stealing for this week is Unconscious Mutterings. “There are no right or wrong answers. Don’t limit yourself to one-word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.

“I say … and you think …?”

Hurry!: Reflectively, it irritates me because it’s usually from someone who either 1) procrastinates until it’s almost too late or 2) tries to pack too much in.
Dumb: Usually uttered by someone arrogant.
Fudge: A perfectly good alternative for a specific vulgarity.
Sturdy: One of those Soviet women from those 1984 Apple ads.
Printing: Gutenberg. A good thing, all in all.

Itch: A craving.
Creaks: Our stairs and my knees.
Paste: That gooey stuff from grade school.
Waste of time: Some usually harmless, occasionally inspirational tasks that person B is doing that annoying person A can’t imagine doing. Also, a reference to a Marshall Crenshaw song.
Let down: Heartbreak.

Cancellation: Something one does with postage stamps.
Suspect: Still innocent until proven guilty.
Fireplace: I wish ours worked.
Spring: Stravinsky.
Commute: Something I don’t have to do.

Places: “There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone, and some remain”


Fraud: Doublespeak. “To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself—that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.”

Adoption: When it comes to new technology, I’m a late adopter.
Election: Something I participate in every time, no matter what, and despite the travails.
Moving day: I have written about it a few times. Helping others isn’t bad; I’ve done it about 70 times. For myself, moving sucks!

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

7 thoughts on “Unconscious Mutterings (Sunday Stealing)”

  1. I moved a lot, too, until about 19 years ago. This will probably be my forever home. These days I move piles of books and papers from one part of the room or couch or desk or floor to another in search of that what I want or need.

  2. Your song references make me want to amend one of my answers. For “waste of time,” let’s invoke Nobel Prize Winner Bob Dylan:
    I ain’t saying you treated me unkind
    You could’ve done better but I don’t mind
    You just kinda wasted my precious time
    But don’t think twice, it’s all right

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