A SECRET LIST

I don’t have a bucket list. Until I saw the movie of the same name, the concept had never occurred to me. The things I have wanted to do — which were doable — I’ve done.

Then, there are the Other Things. My hidden agenda. My secret list. The things I terribly want to do but somehow think are unlikely given the current state of reality.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND US 1977 THE MOTHER SHIP CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND US 1977 THE MOTHER SHIP Date 1977. Photo by: Mary Evans/COLUMBIA PICTURES/EMI FILMS COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES I/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection(10307178)

The Mother Ship — from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” 1977. Photo: Mary Evans – Columbia Pictures/EMI / Ronald Grant/Everett Collection (10307178)

WAITING FOR THE MOTHER SHIP

Since I first read a science fiction story, saw “Forbidden Planet” and “The Red Planet Mars,” I’ve been waiting for the big ship to come and take me away. I have slightly modified this so that they will come and take both of us away. To wherever they went in “Cocoon.” Where we get to be young again. Leave the mortgage, the bills, the problems behind. But we bring the dogs so they can be young again, too.

MEETING THE ANCIENT ONE

Somewhere out there in the dark of night, there is an ancient vampire. So old, he is nearly made of stone. He remembers Egypt, perhaps even ages before that. He will offer me eternity in exchange for living in eternal night. Will I accept? I’ve only gotten as far as the offer. I have yet to determine my answer … but I’m thinking about it.

DISCOVERING MY POWERS

Because magic is real and I can do it. I just never realized it until one day, in the kitchen, while mixing up a batch of my internationally renowned chili, I accidentally conjured a spell of enormous, overwhelming power. No longer a sickly senior citizen on a fixed income, I could rule nations. At the very least, I can probably make enough money to pay the bills and have something left over. Money or not, magic would be the greatest adventure of all, would it not?

wormhole

THE WORMHOLE

There it is, the time tunnel. It has been there the whole time and I never knew it. That’s the problem with having such a heavy bed. I can’t move it aside, so I didn’t see the wormhole. It’s a good one that will let me travel to other dimensions or any-when. Talk about adventure!

I promise not to try to change anything. I just want to go hang out in the past and watch. I’m sure Garry would be happy to join me. Does anyone have a couple of Babblefish they can spare?


While I’m waiting for these things to happen, I’m still hoping someone will invent a workable transporter. Because however unlikely it may be, nothing is entirely impossible.



Categories: Humor, Sci Fi - Fantasy - Time Travel

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  1. Hehe. It sounds like episodes from the X-Files. My daughter has just discovered this great programme and has just binge watched them from beginning to end in her holidays. Personally I would love the magic – I would have a gorgeous body, I could eat everything I want – did I mention a personal cook without worrying about my weight. I would be rich and not worry about bills. Oh, dreams are free.

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  2. Just make sure you don’t get on any motherships with this guy… especially if he provides the shoes:

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  3. That Transporter sounds like an excellent idea. Beam me on.
    Leslie

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  4. A mother ship coming by and picking us, the chosen ones, up. Sounds tempting, very tempting.

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  5. I would like to meet that vampire dude.

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  6. Someone is getting adventurous ….aha. The time hole, the magic sounds so interesting.

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  7. Ahem… don’t forget the cape and ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound… and fly. 😉

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  8. beam me up Scotty! The power of Chili to take us to worlds unknown and keeps us going

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  9. Getting old can be a scary thing. Coming to grips with the fact that you can’t do a lot of things anymore can really be depressing. I’ve always loved Science Fiction novels and have just dived into a new series of books by John Scalzi known as the The Old Man’s War Series. In the far future you must be 75 to sign up to join The Colonial Defense Forces, an intergalactic fighting force of soldiers defending planet Earth. They give you a new super body with abilities way beyond your youngest, fittest human, male or female. The catch, you may never return to Earth.

    I know it’s fiction but it’s just a reminder what age does to you, slowing you down or making you immobile and feeble. These days when I must go to the VA Hospital I’m constantly bombarded with real live images of old veterans with walkers, wheelchairs or crutches. As I said, it’s scary.

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    • Garry used to get together with old “media geezers” but it got depressing. Too many people kept disappearing. The wheel goes round and round, which reminds me — gotta call the doctor.

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      • That e-mail request I received from a young TV news reporter again put it in perspective. She referred to me as a legend, says she has “heard about me from older people” and seen some of my work in the archives.

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