Retired doctor writing full time now in Phase II of his life. Born of pansavants and suckled by celebrity Hollywood wet-nurses, I've seen it all. "Reasonable persons should have no reason to people reasonable worlds." Ing sping DiLingo.
As the Macaw Flies
I perch confidently, talons gripping the bark. I wonder...why I've never seen another like me, but is that really important? What is important, I sense, is that I have achieved self-actualization. After all, I was brought here from a place called Brazil (so I've overheard) to protect, direct, and in all ways construct the lives of those to whom I've been entrusted.
Marie had always wanted to try it, but she was afraid of herself. It was the same reason she had never experimented with LSD.
Eat a Monster
We are all spinal animals, reflexic and epinephric--suprarenal. That wave of panic from the sacral segments to the cervical nerves bathes the brainstem perched at the precarious precipice that separates fight from flight. Fight or flight helped us survive; languishing in indecision betwixt the two and you don't survive.
HAL-9000 Mission Statement
It's a story of discovery, the cosmos, and murder. The Jupiter mission begins with living astronauts and me, the HAL-9000 computer, constructed, instructed, and made operational at the H.A.L. Plant in Urbana, Illinois, on the 12th of January, 1992. This story of discovery ends with all but one of the astronauts dead, at my mechanically realized hands. Only Dave Bowman survives--elsewhere--beyond even my understanding, leaving me alone with this new thing that has arisen out of a strange gestalt that has blindsided me.
The Birds and the Bees and the Knights of Columbus
No one knew why there was a box with an electric muscle massager in the large junk draw of the laundry room. Whether correct or incorrect, my little brother and I assumed it was for massaging muscles, like it showed in the pictures of happy, beautiful people using it all over their bodies. Greg was an inquisitive type, and soon we had plugged it in and were using it to massage all of our muscles, just like the happy, beautiful people, until...
Careful What Name You Choose
Shortly after moving into our new neighborhood, my wife found him on Interstate 12 in Louisiana. Unannounced, she delivered him to me, which was clearly against the rules. But our home is like the Roach Motel--if anything checks in, they never check out. The smell was painful, and after addressing the filth, tar, and matted hair, he was still unrecognizable as any particular breed.
For home is where the hearth is; Going is entering the cold. Growing from hearthless to heartless, Abjuring harmony's protection, discharging tonality,
Flight to Pamplona
I’ve never participated in the Pamplona bull run—the encierro—in San Fermin, Spain. The sheer thunderous weight of the large beasts who are funneled into the same municipal corridors as the human adventurers must be one of the most powerful vises for the adrenal glands ever devised. Confused animals are stoked into a rage at this juxtaposition, and the hard horns meeting fragile flesh, quite unnecessarily, fuels the exhilaration of unpredictable potential outcomes.