Friday, July 8, 2016

ww...Impossible Dream + Hot Babes

Morning Glory Pool is a hot spring in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. (National Park Service Archive Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
Indigenous tribes removed from Park, "for their own safety"
Jerry had packed a suitcase weeks ago, checked off days on his Hot Babes calendar, and read everything possible about Yellowstone National Park.  This had been his lifelong dream, so much so that he had saved intensely for fifteen years. I can scarcely believe it...Yellowstone! Yellowstone, at last!


Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Craig Mellis/Florentine Films.
Old Faithful...
Jerry sprinted to catch his Bus, tripped over a case left on the sidewalk by a curvy blonde and fell hard on his knee.  Even though his scrape bled like a son of a gun, Jerry stopped to put his packed suitcase into the belly of the beast.  The case popped open, spraying his clothing onto dripping oil by the bus.  Hot Babes was forever disfigured.

Finally ol' Gray (Jerry's nickname) rattled out onto freeway from Burton, Florida, heading straight to Yellowstone.  In 30 minutes or so, ol' Gray wheezed to a stop, and all could see the radiator boiling ,sending steam straight up.

Jerry felt his colon cramp and his stomach become a knotty mass of anxiety.

When ol' Gray returned to bus station, Jerry was nearly crying.  While there had never been any sort of competition between calendar to calendar, Jerry had kept years of Hot Babes calendars, crossing off days after days.  This was the month...the month...


Yellowstone Ash Deposits (Yell.1936)
How far can it go?
While this is a blurry map, it does show the extent when the caldera blows.  Bad news for all.
Ironically, the next day it was announced that the immense caldera beneath Yellowstone Park blew, exploded, blasting apart all states from Canada to Texas, Nevada to Illinois, over to Oregon and down the western coast, and all parts in between. Clouds of ash covered the skies around the world

Jerry's head hung down despondently.  Gone, it was gone.  As he tacked his new Hot Babes calendar, Jerry pondered where he would go instead.  Iceland?  Iceland would be nice...He crossed off another day, heading toward Iceland in a decade or so.

Oh, Jerry, poor uninformed Jerry.

Stupid tourists with falling boulders from YouTube

The above italicized underlined words are a gift from Wednesday Words, this month provided by Elephant's Child. Each week during one month, volunteer bloggers provide a writing challenge by posting 6, 12 words and/or a sentence/photo prompt.  This gives writers a jolt to experience winding those words into a cohesive poem, prose, short-story, whatever genre.

Participants may post their take on these words in that E.C.'s comment section, or indicate that your post will be at your site.  This helps readers to find you, which is nice.

 Olga Godim. will be providing some photo prompts sometime during July..





19 comments:

  1. Poor Jerry. Then again, maybe he caused it?
    Had to watch that Iceland video. Stupid!

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    1. I call those tourists as having an immortality syndrome.

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  2. Some people do need help in the brain cell department.

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    1. Those are part of the Darwin culling out program.

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  3. Far too many of us seem to believe that we are undiscovered superheroes and bad things can't happen to US. And some of us learn differently too late.
    A lovely, and very different take, on this week's words. I hope moving house is going as smoothly as possible.

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    1. We have been watching too much Nat'l Geographic Channel. We joke that we will go there, the day before the eruption. Fortunately it has, and we haven't.
      The key words for moving: pack, pack, throw away, donate, pack...and repeat.

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    2. ooops, it hasn't and we haven't. Whew. bit the bullet on that one.

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    1. It would be THE big one as volcanoes go. Now we just need a good earthquake.

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  5. I figure we here in Colorado will go fast when that sucker blows, so I refuse to worry about it. :p And those people standing there while debris flies everywhere are idiots!

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    1. Can you believe that? What were they thinking, or were they thinking? Some people...

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  6. Poor Jerry. Will he ever get it right? Great story, but now I have to google caldera.
    As for the tourists, they were lucky. There's no way I'd be hanging around if something like that happened here.

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    1. Tourists can be totally dumb, feeling the immortal complex. Oh well.

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  7. I've heard of the caldera, didn't know it would take out most of the US, so glad I live in the east. :)
    Wow!
    But poor Jerry, doomsday man! Well done!

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    1. So unaware of geology and its unexpected events.

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  8. Sometimes, try as you might, nothing will go right.

    Has Jerry heard of Krakatoa? Although that’s gone completely now, if remember rightly.

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    1. Jerry is so focused on his own plans, so he couldn't listen to anything outside of that.
      Krakatoa is still remembered as the most devastating volcano eruption to date. But Jerry didn't know that.

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  9. Sounds like he's fortunate the bus blew. You don't want to be anywhere near a blow out of that magnitude. ;) Now I'm going to go watch the video. Good job on using those words!

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    1. Thanks! The video is worth a 2nd watch as you gape at stupid tourists.

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