Cloud Seeding

“I liked the rush, I liked the crunch. Never did look back at the fallout”, said Sonny.  As Hurricane Dorian strengthened and slowed over the warm Atlantic Ocean, atmospheric scientist Sonny Daye came up with a plan to divert it toward Brazil to help put out the forest fires that were ravaging the country.  Sonny heard that Trump wanted to nuke the hurricane to dissipate it before it reached Florida, but he knew that doing this would just make it radioactive.  Sonny was working on a method to manipulate the temperature, moisture, and wind inside of the hurricane, so that he could steer this storm in a different direction.  He invented these giant tubes that were filled with dry ice and cooling aerosols that would create crystalline structures in the upper atmosphere to freeze the storm.  The idea was to drop this mixture into the eye of the storm to take away its intensity.  This would also make the eye grow wider and help to collapse the storm and then it could be pivoted to a new direction.

The South American continent is rarely affected by tropical cyclones, but right now the Amazon is burning at an alarming rate as tens of thousands of fires lay waste to the world’s largest tropical rainforest.  There have been more than 74,000 wildfires across Brazil this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018, and about 40,000 of them are burning in the Amazon, so it really needs a good soaking.  Sonny is the leading expert on cloud seeding and the Twomey effect and he also spent a lot of time in Brazil researching how to prevent rain from ruining the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Sonny conducted a computer animated test and then he directed the aircraft when to launch and what direction they should follow.  After they dropped their loads, and all they could do was wait.  Then radar detected that the cloud’s water particles were getting bigger and the storm had reversed direction, but it was not heading to Brazil, it was heading back to Africa where it came from.  The news media found this to be funny and that did not bring any comfort to Sonny, as in his view he saw them as being churlish.  Florida lifted the emergency warnings and they began gathering essential supplies to be sent to the new victims of the storm.  They collected tons of rice and thousands of wax candles which should clear customs with no problem.  The revised belief was that the storm would hang off the coast for a few days before it made landfall.  When the storm finally hit, it picked up a hippopotamus with a raspberry nose and wonky whiskers and this became the front page story.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Raspberry Found Customs Essential Rice, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Animated, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Funny, for the Daily Spur prompt – Hang, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Churlish, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Wonky whiskers, for Ragtag Community – Emergency, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Belief, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Comfort Wax Hippopotamus and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – View.

My New Identity

The capitol grew rank in the summer heat, the humid streets clogged with sweating tourists and rats.  I made a concoction of orange zest, juniper berries and hibiscus petals which I added to my Tanqueray, as this juniper and hibiscus gin cocktail would help me to face the day.  I felt genuine, authentic, and comfortable about my transgender appearance and I was able to accept my new identity, but it was my duty to civilize all the rest of these barbarians who did not understand.  I have always known that I am a woman, even though I was born as a man.  I was expecting to be met with some acerbic remarks from those people who did not know that I was transitioning into a woman.  I needed to change out of my sweatpants, so I could go to court today and have the sex changed on my birth certificate and driver’s license.  I would also have my name changed from Daniel to Danielle.

I hoped this would be exciting and liberating, but I was prepared for the scary and difficult when I gave my friends and family an explanation about my new identity.  I knew that my brother would grin and make endless jokes about my new body, but deep down he would understand better than most of the others, because he is gay.  Should I dress sexy or demure, there are so many choices when you are a lady and I have all these new outfits to wear.  I would like to show off my new boobs, but I don’t want to look like a stripper.  Before when I was a man, I could just grab something that looks clean, not too wrinkled and out the door I went.  I should have taken a course in time management, as this decision process of choosing the right outfit was already starting to bug me.  I checked the weather report and I found something that I thought was appropriate, provocative and it felt exciting.  I finished off my look wearing a scarlet begonia tucked into the curls of my hair.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Civilize, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Grin, for the Daily Spur prompt – Explanation, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Authentic, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Juniper and hibiscus, for Nova’s Daily Random Word prompt – Transgender, for Ragtag Community – Acerbic, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt 309 – Time management, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Sweatpants Court Begonia and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Endless.

Nemean Lion

Just like every Leo, she always had to be the center of attention.  Lana was warm, action-oriented and driven by the desire to be loved and admired and she looked great in a leotard because she liked to exercise.  Her horoscope for today said that she should move in for the kill and don’t stop until she succeeds.  Lana was not a quitter, so she would always keep going, but she was a pacifist, so she would never want to hurt anything, much less kill something.  Lana liked astrology and Greek mythology and her favorite story was the one about the Nemean lion that was eventually killed by Heracles.

Lana was born on August 3rd making her a Leo.  She knew that the constellation Leo was named after a vicious monster of a lion that lived at Nemea.  It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack.  Its claws were sharper than any mortal swords and they could cut through any armor.  Heracles gave the lion a whack and it let out a yelp as Heracles chocked it to death.  He tried to remove the skin from the lion, but his knife was unable to cut it, so he decided to use one of the lion’s claws to skin the creature and splish it came off.  Heracles was proud of his feat and he wore the lion skin from then on.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan and for Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, August 3 2019 hosted by weejars aka Sarah where the prompts are the onomatopoeia words Whack Yelp and Splish.

Private Eyes

They congregated up in the hills, far away from judging eyes.  Breathtaking nature and first-class service awaited them at the nudist resort.  It was actually called a clothing-optional resort, so you could choose to wear clothing or to be naked, but most people go all in, and let it all hang out peeling off all of their clothes as soon as they arrive.  There is a certain kind of freedom that you can only feel when you are butt naked and surrounded by a crowd of nearly a hundred other people all in their birthday suits.  There are several areas in the resort where you’re actually required to be totally nude, but you would only be showing off your body in front of other naturists.  If you are new to this lifestyle and you feel that being naked is something that you only would do in the privacy of your home, and certainly not around other people and definitely not in public, that probably stems from being taught that this is wrong.

People that visit these resorts enjoy being free from their clothes and they’re more than happy for others to enjoy doing the same around them.  The human body doesn’t like being covered and the human mind doesn’t like being ashamed and embarrassed.  These people celebrate the undressed freedom, being it a nude beach, a topless pool, or taking a hike in the buff and they feel that it is wrong to feel that anyone would have to hide themselves from others.  Developing a lack of body shame can be very empowering for anyone’s self esteem.  If you can spend a week naked in front of hundreds of other people, then you can do anything.  Most of the guests are all just very normal people of all ages and sizes with very normal bodies, so this is not a beauty pageant featuring just hot, ripped and toned bodies.  If you want to tan and not get tan lines, this is the place to go.  Obsessing over body flaws stops at the gate, as here you will not be constantly bombarded with body-shaming images.  Nudist resorts are significantly friendlier than other clothed resorts, and since no one is judging you, you will feel accepted.  Another plus is that you won’t need to bring a lot of luggage on your vacation.  Maybe the biggest drawback of a nude vacation is that cameras are frowned upon, so all you can take back is your memories, anyway being naked you wouldn’t leave you with any pockets to hold your cell phone.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

Shoot To Kill

“Take the gun”, said Eileen, “it is loaded and the safety is off.  That rooster needs to be changed into a hen for the way he treated you.  This was never a boy meets girl, boy chases girl, girl lets him catch her, and they live happily ever after story, because once his conquest was over, you were the only one to make a comment to the relationship.  He loved the chase and you loved the excitement of being chased, but he only gave you enough to keep you hanging on.  He only kept you around to collect the benefits of having a girlfriend.”

“How didn’t I know?  How could I be so dumb?  Why did it take me so long to see this?  I really hate him”, said Debbie.  “I have to make him pay, so I can get past all of this pain.  I am not sure if this gun is the right idea, but I do need to retaliate.”  Eileen said, “We could go out to that new club that just opened up and you could hook up with another guy and have some rebound sex, as that would prevent you from sinking into a depression.  My mom always said that the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody else.  It is totally normal to use your god given assets to feel better so you can move on and this would be much better than indulging in quart after quart of Ben & Jerry’s.”

Debbie said, “I still can’t believe that he gave me that line ‘It’s not you, it’s me’, because that just told me that he was not ready for a commitment.  Guys will say anything to get into our pants, all that flattery he used was just a ploy and the next guy that I am with I will make sure that I read between the lines that he throws at me, so I don’t get manipulated again.  He promised me love, but he wasn’t capable of developing deeper feelings beyond getting his rocks off.  What a jerk I was, as I actually thought that by sleeping with him that would make him like me more.  Everything that he said was just a load of crap, so he could get laid.”

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

Great Revelation

The most peculiar thing happened on the eleventh of November, just as the snow had begun to drift down.  When I was young, my mother always told me that every time it was 11:11 on the clock, either AM or PM that I could make a wish and it would come true, but today was 11/11 and if I saw the clock turn 11:11 today, that should be even more special.  I had a job interview at 111 Eleventh Street up on the eleventh floor at 11 AM.  A whole lot of ones were popping up for me today and I felt like I was entering a dimension of spiritually transformed existence that made me feel special and I knew I would land this job.

Events linked to the time 11:11 were appearing more often than I could explain by chance or coincidence, so it had to be synchronicity.  Was this simultaneous occurrence of all of these ones significantly related as Carl Jung theorized, or perhaps there was no discernible causal connection?  Was this an auspicious sign and was it signaling a spiritual presence?  Why did the 26,000 year-old Mayan calendar officially end on December 21, 2012 at 11:11?  I felt a sense of reverence and I knew that today was the day for me to have an epiphany, a revelation or an illuminating discovery would be brought to me by the gods. As I was getting ready for my job interview, the news reported that due to the expected heavy snowfall in the forecast, that all roads would be closed today and I knew my interview would be cancelled, so I went back to bed.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

Up, Up And Away

“Breath in, breath out, you’ll be okay”, said Dylan.  “No, I can’t do this” said Jim, “I want to, but I like being on the ground, so put this balloon down immediately.”  Jim’s girlfriend Dylan was a hot air balloon instructor and she said, “Come on don’t be such a baby, if you look out toward the horizon it will seem better.  Your fear is irrational, as being in this balloon is almost the same as standing on the ground, except you have a better view.  It is not like we are bungee jumping off a bridge or going sky diving.  You promised that you would do this for me and it is just a three hour cruise, so try to have fun.”

Jim said, “Yea, a three hour cruise is what they promised the passengers aboard the island charter S.S. Minnow, before they got stranded on Gilligan’s Island for 11 years.  You said this would be romantic and I feel like I am going to crap in my pants.”  Jim started breathing faster and faster and Dylan said, “This view is breathtaking, but try to remember to control your breathing, so you don’t hyperventilate.  I have always wanted my man to propose to me while we were riding up in the sky, so Jim do you feel like popping the question?”  Jim replied, “The only question that I have is, when is this thing going back down?  Thanks for letting me know your feelings in case I do decide to ask you, but you have now put me in a situation that makes me feel pressured.  The sky is the limit concerning my feelings for you, but I need to be on firm ground, before I make any life altering decisions.”

Dylan said, “I am glad that we were able to discuss this, as we have been dating for four years now and all my girlfriends are engaged or married and my mother keeps telling me to find someone who is serious about me.  Look over there, that is the Baby Trump balloon, it came here all the way from London.”  Jim said, “I wouldn’t mind if someone let some air out of that, and it would be awesome to watch it crash and burn.”

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.