[M.M.X.I.V. 222] Ostensibly prompted

On Friday night, I had gone down to Lakeview to attend services for Mishkan Chicago, and I mentioned this in yesterday’s post as well.  It was a great night, and in addition to Rabbi Potek, the Northwestern Hillel rabbi, being there and giving a great sermon, one of my friends, Alex, who graduated from NU in June, was there as well.  As it turns out, she provided a prompt for me, and interestingly enough, I will act on the prompt by reporting on the L ride.

We took the L back toward Evanston together, and while we were waiting to transfer from the Brown to the Red Line at Belmont, I finished telling the story of the Character Building Trial, with saying “Ostensibly, these characters leave my party on Monday.”  I then admitted, “I may be using the word ostensibly incorrectly–I use the word ostensibly interchangeably with allegedly.”  She Googled the word and came up with the definition, “apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually.”

An interesting interpretation of this definition that she came up with was that it goes from positive (assuming so) and then undermining it (but perhaps not!) whereas when I think of the word allegedly, it seems to go from negative (unproven) to positive (but it could be so!)

In THAT sense, it is almost like my use of the word ostensibly flies directly in the face of my personality!  Yet, I feel that allegedly has much more of a negative connotation, since you tend to see that word only in crime stories.  “Blah-blah-blah,” the suspect allegedly said.

This sort of catches me between a rock and a hard place for using these two words!  But, I had to write about it, because in our conversations, my blog came up, talking about Friday’s post on onomatopoeia and the sounds of the CTA.  Therefore, as we were leaving from Loyola toward Morse, she prompted me, “You should write about something that is ostensibly true!”  I love it when part of a conversation brings an earlier part of the day full-circle!

Ostensibly, this whole experience was an improv scene in itself!  It included the elements of C.R.O.W. The Characters were Noah and Alex, the Relationship was Friends, the Objective was Return to Evanston (and Noah’s sub-objective: Observe the Rules of Chivalry in walking with her back to her place: compare with the last paragraph of my favorite post to link or the fourth paragraph of another post), and the Where was on the L trains.

And of course, any good improv scene includes some reincorporation.  That also appears in this post by considering some of the links that I gave!

Whether this was on topic for the prompt that she gave, I still have written a post.  I eagerly await my rubric for the essay, and know ostensibly that I won’t be getting the score “–” out of 9.  What is this mysterious non-numerical score?

“The ‘–‘ essay: Is completely off-topic or blank.”


Today is the two-hundred and twenty-second day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes thirty-one weeks and five days.

Today is the twenty-seventh day of the Character Building Trial.  That makes three weeks and six days.

N.B.  This post was edited at 07:35 when I saw that the Daily Prompt had a topic that somewhat related to the post: included a link on the line “I then admitted…”

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