Open Wounds

Non Sequiturs and The Dark Lord of New Jersey

My son wrote a story this year about a shapeshifter. I won’t go into details as someday he would like to publish it… but I will tell you it was 18 pages (script) long and had the hero fight “The Dark Lord” who happened to live in New Jersey.

I don’t think I have to say anything more other than I enjoyed the story immensely.

Once, when I was doing a training as part of a research study to show the efficacy of a hepatitis C training for staff at a methadone treatment program in Illinois, I crossed a small metal bridge with a sign on its walkway that said: “Please do not drink or swim in the river as it is toxic from industrial waste.”

Once we had a small fish in a fish tank. One morning it disappeared. It was not on the floor. It was not in the filter. It was not under any rocks or hidden in any crevasses. It disappeared and after further investigation we determined that it poofed, as in poof and it was gone.

So here’s my question for you.

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5 responses

  1. As soon as I saw France, I had no choice in the matter. I have to wonder why France resonates with Dark Lord in my mind.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    • I was going to write in “the fish tank” but then thought better of it myself. I too think of France as dark and dangerous. I wonder why?

      June 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  2. I was going to go funny with my answer, but then you brought up Mordor. And since, whenever possible, the answer is in Middle Earth, I had little choice in the matter.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    • But if it was like in the Percy Jackson stories and updated for today. Where would Morder be and is it only a coincidence that Morder and Murder are so close together? I wonder. Or perhaps I’m hallucinating from working on grant proposals.

      June 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      • Well Tolkien was a linguist, so I think it’s no coincidence that Mor-dor starts with the prefix Mor- as in: moribund, morbid, morgue … “from L. moribundus “dying,” from mori “to die””

        June 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

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