Skip to content
June 26, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Gaming the system

Poster of swimmers and divers of Grand water circus.1895 Strobridge Litho.Co./LoC/

Headlong dives. Yep That’s what this is. Startling or interesting is OK, but, please, not terminating. (USPD/

If play is the thing, Time is the essence.

So where’s the time – as the Walrus said, (overheard by Lewis Carroll)

“To talk of many things:”

(Babble. Seasonal beverages tend to bubble into babble.)

Of flip flops –and cruise ships–and screaming of wax

(Well, it is summer. Swimsuit season…)

Of cabbage heads–and those who run for King.

(Difficult to distinguish between the two at times.) 

“And why the sea is boiling hot–“

(Global warming. Sun cooling. Endless mumbling.)

“And whether pigs have wings”

(Seriously? Removing product labels showing the origin of meat products because the World Trade Organization and big corporations don’t like it?)

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters Bloggers cried,

“Before we have out chat;

For some of us are out of breath,”

And attention spans are fading fast.

(Bludgeoned to death by overly emotional, hysteria building, scandal seeking media.)

1899 circus poster/Strobridge Litho.Co./Loc/

Not really the US Congress or Administration. Although similarities easily seen.(USPD/

Summer tends to turn heads towards frivolity.

(Fingers crossed this little offering is game, not gamy.

So much foul already around.)

A simple challenge for readers (and those slipping in between lines).

You know how woolen winter layers, warm heavy socks, and straight-laced shoes get put aside for a more seasonal loose-fitting something with sandals or feats bare during summer?

Why not lighten up blogging a bit, too?

Trade out commenting’s heavy word load for bare briefs and skimpy dressing downs?

1920's.Doris Travis/ Ziegfeld Follies era/

Let me entertain you. Let me make you smile.(USPD/

Create a comment of no more than 8 words.

 And in response I’ll attempt the same.

(I heard that snort of disbelief…I’m standing right here, you know.)

Some say, if you can’t write your idea/thought on the back of a business card, you don’t have a clear idea.

Good for sales people, perhaps, but bloggers?

We’ll see how it goes with this post and maybe the next one(s).

(Even if HRH RC Cat is making face of the miffed. “Her words being so treasured by the Realm’s subjects. Selfish to deny them small pleasures…”)

Time has come today.

Clocking it. Are you game?

You’ve got your script. Let the play begin.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

HEY. The game is 8 Word Comments, remember?

Oh, Ok. You can bend the length a bit…

Make up a few words. Creative vocabulary allowed. 

It’ll all be fine. (Promise? About time for that.)

magician.1899. Zan Zig./ Strobridge Litho.Co./LoC/

A fine trick: keeping all that up in the air. This magician seems to have disappeared without a trace except for this poster. The rabbit turned him in? Birds just flew the coop when they had the chance.(USPD/





  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 26 2015 1:02 pm

    the guy in the first picture looks scary :o)<—8 :o)


  2. Kate Crimmins / Jun 26 2015 1:10 pm


    Liked by 3 people

  3. roughseasinthemed / Jun 26 2015 1:51 pm

    Just. LOL. Should’ve seen this coming. I’m in 😉 (8)


  4. shoreacres / Jun 26 2015 2:28 pm

    What? Words will wander. Why wish words away?


  5. dreamlanddancing / Jun 26 2015 2:57 pm

    … Mere synchronicity or resemblance?…You be the judge.


  6. Ally Bean / Jun 26 2015 3:09 pm

    I dunno. Summer is when my thinking gets deeper. Heavier. I have the time to contemplate. Not so rushed. But I suppose like most things, I’m the one who does things differently.

    Oh well. To each his or her own. [8 words. I did it.]


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 26 2015 3:37 pm

      Seasonally opposite here. Winter brings thoughts.(and mead)


      • Ally Bean / Jun 26 2015 6:40 pm

        Maybe it’s not the season that brings on the thoughts. Maybe it’s the mead! 😉


  7. Carrie Rubin / Jun 26 2015 3:40 pm

    No prob. I can you eight words. See?


  8. pegoleg / Jun 26 2015 7:15 pm

    No more than or ONLY eight words, Philmo?


  9. Jay E. / Jun 26 2015 9:42 pm

    Long summer days bring short comments. Interesting.


  10. dogear6 / Jun 27 2015 1:21 am

    Nope. Not for me. I don’t leave comments often, but when I do they’re meaningful and thoughtful. Sorry, but anyone can leave an 8 word comment that means nothing.

    “Nice post. Liked it. Do more like that.”



  11. The Hook / Jun 27 2015 12:08 pm

    “If play is the thing, Time is the essence.”

    They say the hook/the lead is key in writing, (forgive the pun).
    If so, you’re golden, old friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. NgTom / Jun 27 2015 5:50 pm

    So you are the philosopher, let it be.


  13. Beth Anne Reed / Jun 28 2015 2:36 pm

    You attend well to way people don’t pay attention.

    (per Charles Baxter in Unheard Melodies – a good writer pays attention to the way people don’t. I missed your challenge by one word.)


  14. EllaDee / Jun 29 2015 5:41 am

    I’m in. Loose lips sink ships!


  15. jmmcdowell / Jul 1 2015 6:59 pm

    I’m with Bob and lightness for summer. 🙂



  1. Growing rotten | Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: