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What Michael couldn't stand was not knowing. He rocked in his chair outside the foyer of the holding office scratching his beard and rehashing the last forty years of his life.
He hadn’t been proud of everything, but he had paid his time, and deserved another chance. Rod “Tick-Tock” Johnson got another shot. He was released last year, but never bothered to write. Michael would write someone back though, probably Tiny. He wouldn’t want him to wonder.
The large wooden doors to the office swung open, and Michael shot up. He stood taller now in his orange suit than his hunched frame would have alluded to. Two men, one in a uniform, and another in a white lab coat left the office. Michael watched the doors slowly close on the panel of somber looking men behind them.
“Michael, do you have a moment?” asked the warden as he stepped away for some privacy.
Michael’s lips tightened as he did his best to suppress a laugh. Yes, he supposed he could spare a moment. He managed a nod, and followed him a few feet away.
“I never thought I’d say this to you,” said the Warden, taking in a deep breath and looking at his prisoner’s free hands. “I mean, with what you did-”
“Sir,” started Michael, balling his fists. “Just give it to me straight. I deserve at least that.”
“You don’t deserve nothin’ boy,” said the Warden. “Unfortunately, the panel and I don’t see eye to eye on that though. Doctor…” The Warden waved his hand, and walked away.
Michael was stunned. It wasn’t until the Doctor clapped him on the back and smiled that he realized what had happened.
“Come with me, son,” the Doctor said as he guided Michael back to a nearby examination room. “A lot has changed since you’ve been here. Health care costs are ludicrous, and strict regulations safeguard the general population. Here, put this on.” The doctor handed Michael a gown and pointed at a changing room. He wasted no time.
"There was the H1N1 virus of 2009, the plague of 2012, and, well, many others. I just need to vaccinate you, and have you sign a few papers.”
Michael opened the door, big grin on his face as if he were making his entrance for the grand finale. The doctor flicked the end of a syringe as Michael sat down on the patient bed and rolled up his sleeve.
“What will you do first,” asked the Doctor as he removed the needle. He sat down and they shared a moment of silence.
“I’ll go find Stacy,” said Michael nodding, “and make it right.”
“That sounds nice,” said the Doctor.
Suddenly the door opened, and at the same moment, Michael collapsed.
“Your shift is over, Peter.”
“I wasn’t quite done, John,” said the doctor, clearing his throat.
“Hey, it’s okay, Peter. It’s okay. It's better when they don't know.”
John took a deep breath. “Head home. I’ll take it from here.”
let me become a habit
a part of your life that you can't shake
I'd been chewing over various Occupy Wall Street video ideas for a while in my head, but around the time Joe posted his footage and started the collab I'd settled on the idea of putting the modern visuals with old audio. Initially I was going to do a mashup of great speakers, but I ended up not liking that a) they were all old white dudes and b) it made the whole thing feel very disjointed. Eventually I settled on the LBJ Great Society Speech that he gave at the University of Michigan commencement in 1964. (It's public domain even though the site says it might not be - I called the LBJ Library to check, because I'm that paranoid. As the very nice Texan librarians told me, "all presidential speeches should be in the public domain, so y'all should be okay using them".)This is partially because it's a great, relevant speech, and partially because I really enjoyed telling everyone who wanted a description of what I was working on that I was "basically going to Lydon B. the crap out of their Johnson".
Har, har, I'm hilarious.
Anyway, as always, everything's a work in progress, leave comments and suggestions, blah blah blah, et cetera.
(Note: Archive.org has a great selection of footage from OWS, and I used quite a bit of it. If you're curious, check the resources, I'll be putting a text record with a list of all the videos I used and links to them.)
Carved pumpkins with my daughter tonight and I thought we'd do one for hitrecord! I took this photo before shooting a little video (coming soon!) and I kind of fell in love with it. Happy Halloween, hope you all have fun at the show!
We kicked off Act II of the Fall Formal with a traditional theatrical performance. I had put out a request for writers to write a scene that was set in the audience of the Fall ...
The show's intermission begins, the lights go on. WOMAN sits alone in crowded theatre.
A MAN rushes into the theatre and sits next...
Just a little diddy I recoeded messing around on a new keyboard I got.