I saw a billboard in Clayton Ga. that read, Commit a random act of kindness. Normally, I am accustomed to hearing or reading the polar opposite: random violence, act of violence, committing violence. To see and read the opposite has a lasting effect on me because of the contradiction.
I heard a radio announcer suggest the weather for the weekend might be raining cats and dogs and possibly frogs. Can you imagine?
On my way out of town on Friday I heard an advertisement for Hardees and it went something like this: Hardees is introducing a new item... little balls of biscuit dough... and the ad went on to say... Name our balls: dingle balls, happy balls, balls of dough, biscuit holes...sounds wrong but tastes so right...go to www.nameourholes.com! I had to check out the website and WOW...are those ads really playing on TV?
A radio announcer was talking about vanity license plates and he had heard of a woman who loved tofu and wanted to get a vanity plate that read ILVTOFU but the department of motor vehicles would not allow it. I am not sure if this is a true story, the announcer could be full of tofu.
I heard a song by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash called Jackson and the chorus/refrain caught my attention: We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout. We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson ever since the fire went out.
The song, Another one bites the dust, by Queen came on the radio and I began to think of other ways (idioms) to say that somebody died....Sleeping with the fishes, six feet under, dead as a doornail...
I began thinking about songs and how most are very predictable in their formula/formalic language: verse, chorus/refrain and bridge. Especially easy to hear when listening to country songs.
Elizabeth Ellis said, He's as handy as a hip pocket, referring to my husband James.
After I remembered this expression from Elizabeth, I began to think about other expressions I have heard over the years...
My grandfather use to say, He's slicker than snot on a doorknob and Colder than a witch's tit.
Verbal diarrhea and mental constipation, the side of effects of being a parent.
Pretty house but nobody's home, referring to an ex.
Do ya got some fries with that shake? I cannot remember when I heard this but I love this expression.
Long walk off a short pier, a gentle way to break up with somebody.
Herding cats, what is feels like when my whole family visits somebody's house that is not child-proof!
Mad as a hatter, side effect of visiting somebody's house with the whole family and it's not child-proof.
His brother was an only child, used when referring to a man that's not so smart.