a monument to our destructive past

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Journal Entry: January 14, 3014

A group of us were sent to Earth today to take readings and make observations as part of the Bi-Century Progress Check.  The opportunity to do so was one of the reasons I joined The Collective in the first place, since they were the only ones authorized to set foot on the planet anymore.  When my name came up I was thrilled to finally get down there.

The ride in was uneventful.  Stunning, of course, and the ship was eerily quiet as we all got our first glimpse of the sun cascading through the atmosphere and the red-orange glow of the superheated air spreading away from us we sliced our way through.  But there were none of the bumps and bounces reported on previous missions.  It seems that The Collective have finally smoothed over the landing process.

Once on the ground, we deployed and I surveyed the deserted landscape, observed the clear delineations, the markings where the land had been divided and raped, and marveled that they remained after so much time had passed.  The Collective had hoped that Earth would have begun to heal itself already but that did not appear to be the case.

I resisted the urge to remove my protective visor and drink in the colors as they were meant to be seen, but I felt it unwise to risk getting contaminated with anything that might still be in the air.  Besides, the black and white suited the setting, suited the mood.

Something on the horizon caught my eye and I made the slow trek across the dusty ground to find a dilapidated domicile.  It seemed odd that it had remained after so much else had faded away to nothingness.  It seemed out of place.  And, yet, it did seem right at home, crumbling walls and collapsed ceiling, at the same time.  A relic of the old people tied to the ground they had destroyed.  A monument.  A reminder of the damage they caused.

I gathered my samples from near the building and then made it back to the ship just as they were preparing to launch.  My manager wasn’t pleased that I had called it so close.  But, I wasn’t alone in straggling in at the last moment.  Most of the crew were determined to make the most of their time on the mythical land.  Who could blame them for that?

While the images will haunt me for the rest of my life, while I know I will feel sorrow that I will never step foot on Earth again, I am glad I went.  No regrets.

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You could probably read some sort of scathing commentary on our current state of affairs, our current use of resources, etc… but that really wasn’t my intent.  I just saw the picture and, as is usually the case, went where the words took me.  That being said, I do welcome any discourse along those lines you feel up to chatting about, just let me know in the comments.

And, if you want to play along, this post was in response to moi’s Picture Writing Challenge for the week.  What do you see?  Write it, link it, post it.

If I’m tagged twice do they cancel each other out?

I’m just not sure I want to be “it.”  Couldn’t we play a nice game of dodgeball instead?

Too late, the game is Tag and I’m already it, so here we go:

– The Rules –
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

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“Facts” about me:
1) I’m really excited for the new Superman movie: Man of Steel.
2) I don’t actually dress like I did in the picture above anymore.  Though, I have to say: I pulled it off!
3) I may watch too much TV.
4) In my case, Snickers does in fact satisfy.
5) So does Cookies and Cream ice cream.
6) I’ve never really been fond of the number 6.
7) I’m not really a fan of Tuesday’s either.
8) I’m writing this list while watching “The Big Bang Theory.”
9) I may watch too much TV.  Oh, scratch that.  I think I repeat myself too much.
10) I am constantly amazed by how much I’m enjoying this whole blogging thing.
11) I’m not sure why this list needed 11 items.

My second tag was inflicted upon me by Kim at Tranquil Dreams.  Here are her questions for me:

1) Cookies or Cakes?
Cake with cookies on top.  Duh!

2) What was your first Blu-ray or DVD you ever purchased?
The Matrix.

3) Whats the most inspiring book/movie you’ve ever read/seen?
Les Miserables (kind of works for both)

4) Cats or Dogs? Or other pets?
Kitties, kitties everywhere!

5) What type of music do you like?
Yes

6) Whats your favorite Grimm’s Fairy Tales?
Um… I’m more of a fan of Happy’s Fairy Tales.

7) Console, Handheld, PC or Arcades?
PC

8) Favorite flavor of chips?
Nacho Cheesier

9) What animal do you visit first at the zoo?
The big cats.

10) What food could you eat every single day?
Fajitas

11) Who is your favorite superhero?
Superman

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My first tag came from Steph Rogers and here are her questions for me:

1) Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
Hugh Jackman – multi-talented, and generally just seems like a nice guy.  Which is a rarity in Hollywood.  Plus, he plays both Wolverine which satisfies the comic nerd in me, and Jean ValJean which satisfies the literary nerd in me.

2) If you could take one thing into outer space that wasn’t for survival what would it be?
iPod

3) Lemon sorbet or double chocolate ice cream?
I’m sorry.  Did you ask something?  All I heard was “Chocolate chocolate or chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate?”

4) What music do you listen to?
Yes

5) What’s your favourite movie of all time?
What?  What kind of question is that?  All time?  How can I answer when I don’t know about the movies I haven’t seen yet?  Here is a list of my favorite movies so far:  Braveheart, Tombstone, Spiderman 2, LOTR Trilogy, Crash, Requiem for a Dream…

6) How many pairs of shoes do you own?
4
Wait.  Do flip flop/sandals count?  Then 6.
Wait.  Do snowboard boots and normal snow boots count?  Then 8.

7) If you could have any animal, real or imagined, for a pet what would it be? The luck dragon is mine!
Dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon dragon!!!!  What other choice is there?

8) Beer or wine? Or maybe something stronger?
Beer.  But, real beer – something dark, with flavor, and you can’t see through it.

9) If Bert and Ernie could have kids, and they had a baby would it be a boy or a girl? Name the baby
Boy = George

10) If your skin could be any colour in the rainbow, or combinations of colours, what would you choose? Blue? Purple? Rainbow with sparkles?
I don’t know… I was going to say blue, but that has pretty much been covered by Avatar, right?  So, to be different, how about silver.  Then if I got tired of walking while I was out and about I could just stand still and people would think I was a statue and stop running into me.

11) Truth or dare?
In my youth = dare.  Now = truth.  I wonder what that says about me…

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Ready, set, go!  You’ve been tagged:
http://soyouthinkyoucanthink.wordpress.com/
http://jonathanhilton.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/what-if/
http://soumyav.wordpress.com/blog-writing/
http://gordonflanders.wordpress.com/about/
http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/about/
http://desertskys.wordpress.com/about/

My questions for the unlucky few I just tagged:
1) What does “inconceivable” mean to you?
2) Have you ever had fun storming a castle?  If yes, please elaborate.
3) Can you name the three terrors of the Fire Swamp?
4) If you were named “Buttercup” would you keep that as a name or change it once you could legally do so?
5) Have you ever been walking around and just happened upon four white horses?
6) If you could pick new actors to play Inigo and Fezzick, who would you pick?
7) Have you ever pondered if you would make a good Dread Pirate Roberts?
8) Do you prefer your magic pills coated in chocolate or vanilla?
9) Do you have a wheelbarrow or a cloak?
10) Have you ever said “As you wish,” and really meant “I love you?”
11) What could quite possibly be the greatest movie ever made?