“Thou art a worry to thy friends” [SOCS]

Linda told us to grab the closest book, open it, and put our finger on a page ~ this would be our Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Mine is the quote in the title, which is on page 64 of Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck, a used paperback I picked up at an exchange a while back but haven’t read yet.

Honestly, I’m not really inclined to read the book now, given the annoying dialog on this page, and the names of the characters (Pilon and Pirate). I feel it well within my rights to make such an arbitrary and snap judgment because I have an enormous pile of books to read, and more come in all the time. I’ll never get through them all before I die, so why not cull them in any manner whatsoever?

May sucked as far as reading. I began a few books and lost interest, played games on my phone, read a lot of blogs and news, and was basically a scatterbrain. I need to get more focused now. Today I deleted my phone solitaire games that I play when I can’t sleep, and which probably keep me from sleeping too. Duh. I could spend that time reading. It’s less stimulating as far as keeping me awake like a game. But to be fair, I have dozed off in the middle of a card game, though not often. Maybe once.

I don’t think I’m a worry to my friends. I’m very sensible and predictable, at least that’s how I’m perceived. Reliable. Dependable. I can be counted on to do a thing if I say… which is also a curse, you know? Because unreliable people always get a break. Hey, no biggie if Joe didn’t show up… we know how he is. And oh there goes Janet again, such a wild and crazy gal! But me? If I mess up or don’t show, everyone is all but you said!!!

Eff that. Why can’t I be the wild one once in a while? But it’s not me, I know. I like plans. I schedule everything. I’m on time, or early. I reply. I’m considerate. Bla bla bla. Boring! I’ve even tried to plan my own funeral. I want one of those I Dream of Jeannie urns. I want to have coconut cupcakes and a song list. Hotel California, of course. New Kid in Town. Those Shoes. Tequila Sunrise. End of the Innocence. And a lot of Neil Diamond. Jimmy Buffett. Fleetwood Mac. Supremes. Sheryl Crow. Gordon Lightfoot. Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash. But that’s a bit too planny.

Maybe.

9 responses to ““Thou art a worry to thy friends” [SOCS]

  1. My funeral plans are to be cremated wearing joggers and my dad’s cardy, with the pockets full of dog biscuits for my furry friends at Rainbow Bridge.

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  2. I read Tortilla Flat some time ago and enjoyed it. One of my favorite quotes is in there: “Ah, the prayers of the millions, how they must fight and destroy each other on their way to the throne of God.” I think of that every time I see a sports movie and the coach says a prayer before the big game. Or wars.

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  3. Huh. I seem to be the “secretary” in my circle of friends, too. I’m the one who plans and books and figures out stuff and is organized and has the bestest memory for stuff, and if I’m none of the above, they think I’m slacking. 🤣🤣🤣

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  4. A bit too planny? Maybe. But coconut cupcakes and an I Dream of Jeannie urn might be just what it takes to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces. 😉

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  5. Lol. I play dice world on my phone when I cant sleep! Or I go online! I need to try to read more too!

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