The Flood Called the Past

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

We used to sit down by the lake, old cable spool as a table, and just shoot the breeze; you know, life, the Universe and everything.  Of course, mostly women.

But then life actually happened and I went out to explore the Universe, or at least this corner of it called “America”.  And, yeah, I met a woman and everything.

That was years ago, a lot of water under the bridge.

I never heard what it was: stroke, heart attack or whatnot.  Just old age.

I sit by the lake and think about life, the Universe and everything.

And him.

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67 thoughts on “The Flood Called the Past

            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I didn’t like what I think it was the fifth book where Douglas Adams finally killed everyone and destroyed the Earth. Again ;) The fourth was OK, but I only read it once when it first came out, so it isn’t that I don’t like poor Agrajag, I just don’t know it as well as the first three…

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              1. Chel Owens

                I was teasing, but I’m with you. There’s some snappiness lost in the fourth as well. I think I heard that Adams didn’t like the fourth, either; something about its being too upbeat with Arthur finding love. That would explain why Adams knocks her off so bluntly at the start of #5.

                And, of course, #6 doesn’t exist.

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  After this little chat, I looked up the books. It had been ages since I read them, but as soon as I read a few words, it all came back. I need to go back and read them again… at least the first trhee ;)

                  (There is a six, written by someone else. I never heard of it and don’t plan on reading).

                  I do love the Dirk Gently books as well. It is such a shame he was only able to write two of them. The second one, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul is one of my all time favorite books.

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                  1. Chel Owens

                    Eoin Colfer. That’s why it doesn’t exist. One of the compilations I have includes a sixth Adams started, Salmon of Doubt. …I admit I haven’t read Salmon or And Another Thing…

                    I also haven’t read Dirk Gently, to my shame.

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                    1. trentpmcd Post author

                      You need to read Dirk Gently! They are very different from Hitchhikers, but there is still a bit of silliness, particularly the first, but not as in your face.

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  1. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    A very poignant story of the way life takes us in directions we never expect.
    Our thoughts of the past can be both a hautning and a blessing. I enjoyed the
    visual you laid out for us. Nicely done, Trent.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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  2. justjoyfulness

    I think our childhood friends are the ones who best understood us and accepted us with our flaws, You live through your life and sometimes don’t get that kind of understanding. Beautiful picture of an entire life in a few strokes.

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  3. msjadeli

    Since you didn’t capitalize “him” I don’t think he was thinking about God, so the implication is… he is thinking of a male lover? A low-key story that shows a lot of sensitivity.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I was thinking more along the lines that it was his childhood best friend. After a life time apart, the death was much harder than expected, that he was back to being that 17 year old talking life and the future, though being drowned out by that ever-present past.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Neil. Now you have me listening to Charles Ives, and I guess I can see the main character’s unanswered question being like Ives’ version…

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