at the haunted house
while waiting to enter
the performances began
even a bad dj – (‘diablo -international dj’)
like being caught up
in a campy carnie rave party
we went in
for a long stretch of terror
my startle response at full tilt
a creepy clown jumped out of the dark near me
my reflex reaction was a quick punch to its face
(the clown bent over in pain, and i felt so bad i hugged it!)
the man behind me said
‘i thank you for that, now i feel safe’
we continued on
through a creepy water illusion room with an uneven floor
a tight fabric tunnel we had to push our way through
spider webs sticking to our faces
monsters crawling on the floor
mirrors, doors, ramps, screaming, darkness, banging, running
quite a wild ride
but we made it out intact
and my heart is beginning to calm a bit.
“where there is no imagination, there is no horror.”
-sir arthur conan doyle
you heard all those scary stories in the dark?
where you looked in your rearview mirror and saw
the man with the hook/claw/bones in your backseat?
think maybe i should wave this driver over to warn him?
“the thing I hate most about skeletons is you can never tell when they’re smiling.”
-stephen blackmoore, american author
one of my personal idols
brilliant writer and social activist, rod serling
wrote this story in 1960, as a prescient warning
“The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy; and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is, that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone. – Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone episode: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street-1960
something is reaching under my door…………
“imagination creates some big monsters.”
(not me, but a cute model displaying my level of trepidation about going to my dentist,
and me exactly, if i was a goat with braces, tiny horns, and yellowing teeth.)
i finally got the call i’d been fearing for months
my dentist was beginning to reschedule appointments
cancelled due to coivd
and i was on the list!
i showed up
with gritted teeth and edgy nerves
as every dental visit begins for me
as we went through all of the safety protocol
leading up to my virus-abbreviated visit
i realized there could be worse things
still didn’t relax
until it was over
but at least
i was healthy.
had a very kind dentist.
and had teeth.
and no braces.
and no horns.
“before I got into rock n’ roll, I was going to be a dentist.”
image credit: funnycity.com
maintain a distance of at least one alligator between each other.
Officials all over the country can’t stop emphasizing the importance of practicing social distancing to slow down the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now leaders in Leon County, Florida, are giving people an interesting visual to help them maintain the proper distance from others.
“This is a reminder that during COVID 19, please remember to keep at least 1 large alligator between you and everyone else at all times,” Leon County said on Facebook.
To slow the spread, officials are enforcing stay-at-home orders and urging citizens to practice social distancing, by standing 6 feet apart.
“i’m also fascinated by the difference between terror and fear.
fear says, “do not actually put your hand in the alligator,”
while terror says, “avoid florida entirely because alligators exist.”
credits: CNN, Alaa Elassar
‘courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.’
image credit: National Trust, British Medieval History
“fear is the highest fence.”
image credit: nbcnews.com
update on the talking heads –
seems they’ve become the walking heads.
and may have found me.
asking me to step up
to become their new organizer
as i am
one of the ‘top members’ of the group
though i never joined
only looked upon it in horror.
i may have to move.
Hi Beth Kennedy,
Ferris stepped down from organizing Learn and practice Ventriloquism and puppet skills.
You are one of the top members of this Meetup, so I think you have what it takes to be a great organizer. Stepping up would help ensure that this community continues to survive past Thu Sep 6.
You can step up as organizer here: _________________
Meetup Community Experience Team
“no, because I am not a ventriloquist.”
image credit: vintage pinterest
*LEARN AND PRACTICE VENTRILOQUISM AND PUPPET SKILLS!
(*This offer recently popped up on my local Meetup Group feed, inviting me to join. It would be one of my worst nightmares. Hopefully, the puppets don’t know where I live.)
‘This group is for anyone who wants to learn to do ventriloquism. After buying a puppet and learning to do ventriloquism, I decided to form this group.We will go through all the basics. I have a guide that will help us and we will follow the lessons. I will only use the skills from the best ventriloquists in the country. This group is something that I have wanted to get together for a long time. This group is open to the public. ‘
“here’s something you never hear:
now that i’ve worked through all my emotional issues,
i’m free to dedicate my life to ventriloquism!”
– dana gould
image credits: google images