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Radical Yellow Duck

Joined July 2009.

286 stories, 5 challenges, 353 comments, and 19 friends

Ok, I’m back. One heart attack, a triple CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, pronounced cabbage) and two sessions of beating my computer into submission. I am back.

I’m old. Real old. I’m so old I remember when dialing a phone number actually involved using a dial.

I’ve worked as a projectionist, an armored car driver, a help desk tech, a museum tech and laserist, an historical interperter at Old Sturbridge Village, a university assistant at a planetarium and observatory. I’ve been a salesman, a techie, A union VP and a storyteller. I remember the Gemini missions, but was born after sputnik. I have a love of History, Technology, Space, my religion (Christianity) and my country. I believe there is more that binds us together than can tear us apart.

I’ve loved many, married one, was involuntarily divorced.

Oh and I suppose I should tell you. I don’t understand your music and when it comes to sports, I don’t care if the Red Sox beat the 49’ers for the Stanley cup or not. Not judging, it’s just me.

Stories

  1. Afterlife II

    They say that mercy is not getting what you do deserve, and grace is getting what you don’t deserve. God has been both merciful and gracious to me.

  2. The Afterlife

    For myself, I am grateful that God is merciful, and for my enemies, I am thankful that God is just.

  3. Pashtun

    I was ten. On a Friday, after evening prayers, they came. They drove into our village in many trucks. I was outside the madras when they arrived. They stopped and got out of the trucks. I had seen foreign fighters before. I had seen the Taliban, the st...

  4. What do I remember

    I don’t remember much anymore. I remember being in the back yard. Spring was turning into summer and I was going to water the grass. I hadn’t been feeling too well, but I needed to get the sprinkler set up. I was walking out to the back yard, pulli...

  5. Obsidian

    With a single blow from the hammer stone he chipped off a good sized blank. Half as long as his palm, two fingers wide and less than a finger in depth. He chipped at the edges with small blows. Shaping the stone. Each blow separating a small flake. The...

  6. Wilson's idea

    So the problem is Mars has the wrong amount of atmosphere. We’ve been able to land there before, she replied. Nothing this heavy. We could use thrusters like on the moon. It would take too much fuel, he said. Why not airbags, she inquired. Above a me...

  7. Wilson's idea

    So the problem is Mars has the wrong amount of atmosphere. We’ve been able to land there before, she replied. Nothing this heavy. We could use thrusters like on the moon. It would take too much fuel, he said. Why not airbags, she inquired. Above a me...

  8. Bagel Bushes

    My mom and dad arrived the day before my sister and her kids on the annual family gathering. They got in late and the kids went to bed shortly after arriving. This year I had a new row of blueberry bushes growing in the garden. I got up early, before a...

  9. Bagel Seeds

    I used to be the cool uncle. But when my brother got the job training sea lions at Mystic Aquarium. Well that title was passed on to him, and deservedly so. Ever since that experimental archeology course I became pretty good at flint knapping. The kids...

  10. What a way to start the day

    In the beginning there was darkness. And God said, “Turn on the friggin’ light”. And lo, the friggin’ light was turned on. God separated the darkness from the light. The darkness he called ink, and the light he called paper. And he gave the pap...

  11. They call it dope for a reason

    Ok. Thinking things through wasn’t my strong point. But I was desperate. I needed money. A lot of money. And I needed it now. I couldn’t go back to Julio and tell him oops, sorry. I couldn’t tell him that while driving the van up to Worchester, I...

  12. The road to heaven

    I did my part. My father used his position in the party to get me appointed to the SS. We were the elite. The best of our race. Given the task of protecting all that was good and pure of our people. I fought in that hell hole Stalingrad. A bayonet in m...

  13. A soldiers duty

    I did my part. My father used his position in the party to get me appointed to the NKVD rather than the Red Army, those bastards. Oh I know, you’re surprised to hear me call them bastards. Well let me tell you, they deserve that and more. By the time...

  14. Wilson

    10 9 8 Ignition Sequence Start. The turbo pumps came to life. He could feel the rocket move. Vibrations, squeals and rumbles from below. 6 5 4 Ignition. He could hear the roar. A violent guttural growl as his capsule shook like a terriers tail. 2 The v...

  15. Jones of Ark

    The entrance was cunningly hidden. No massive entryway proclaiming the power and grandeur within. No glyphs of dire warnings, or hidden secrets. If it weren’t for the map he held in his hand, then no one would have looked twice at this section of wal...

  16. 20:17 UTC 20 July 1969

    Dimitri looked across the plain. He was twenty kilometers southwest of Sabine D. According to the reports it would be just northeast of a 400 meter crater named West. The positioning satellites chirped their songs and told him that he was almost there....