A SoCS Swan Swan Hummingbird Goes By

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “odd/even.”  Use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like! Enjoy!

Source: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Jan. 23/16 | Linda G. Hill

Six on one half dozen the other is such a cool American idiom. Odds and evens remind me of that. This is free association SoCS right? Do I have to make sense of why? I discovered the idiom in an REM song in 80’s. Michael Stipe sings,

Six and one, half dozen the other
Tell that to the captain’s mother

Swan Swan Hummingbird, REM

I listened to their music so closely growing up. Lucky for me, Stipe was a literary guy like myself so I had a lot of stuff to look up through the years. I think part of my impetus to study English at the university was because I liked lyrics so much, especially his. ODD/EVEN has another connotation for me. Sarah’s dad when he first really hung out with me at the lake came up to me reaching for my nearly hairless chest, I’m not a hairy guy, and pulled some out saying “odd or even.” My wife was so embarrassed but I thought it was funny. For the life of me I still don’t know why he thought it was funny. A final one: computers work on a system of zeroes and ones. I think of that pattern as odd/even. Blogging works on a giant mountain of odd/even symbols.

#SoCS rocks! Try it yourself, read the directions at Linda Hill‘s post.

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