Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.
We had 61 people come by and ask about the upcoming Bernie Sanders rally in the park. You had the two rival factions of Tea Partiers; the Anti-Semites; The LaRouche Gang; The Really Fat Guy Who Asks Inflammatory Questions About His Tax Dollars And Films The Answers With His Phone; The Blog Lady Who Is A Registered Sex Offender (the only female registered sex offender I know) and, of course, The UFO Guy.
The UFO Guy is great just as long as you don’t talk about UFOs. He dresses in these GAP-y outfits and drives a new Toyota Yaris. He’s a registered Republican, but seems to have no beef with Obama. He’s mellow and funny.
Just don’t get him talking about UFOs.
The thing is, he won’t bring the subject up, himself. He’s not like one of those nuts who will eventually shoehorn their obsession into the conversation like it’s an inevitability. The Bank Conspiracy Guys do that.
A few years back, I was talking with a dude who was sitting on a park bench. He’d recently had a heart attack, and was looking to get some fresh air part of his recovery. We ended up talking about tv shows. He was into those weird European kids shows like Thunderbirds. Evidently, the producers of that one had also done a program called UFO.
That’s how I met The UFO Guy. He overheard us, and asked if we were interested in UFOs. I mentioned that everybody was interested in UFOs.
He excused himself and walked away. Turns out he was going to his car.
He returned about 15 minutes later with a big cardboard display he made about the Barney and Betty Hill abductions.
After a while, I tried to steer our conversations towards baseball.