Planted a Bulb the Other Day...
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We have this area in front of the house where I live, off to the right, about 2 feet wide, by the driveway and sidewalk, we have a rose bush and some other plants as well as flowers that somehow disappear by some mysterious unseen force late at night under the cover of darkness..
The neighbors live upstairs, nice folks..quiet, respectful and considerate...
They park nearby..rarely things and objects escape from the confines of their vehicle.
All is generally well..
Until one day..
It happened while I was watering the disappearing flowers and the rest of the plants that arise from the ground...
I noticed a strange object nestled under a large leaf mere inches from the driveway.
It was indeed a foreign object made thousands of miles away by an unknown robot.
How it came to rest where it did without breaking the way light bulbs do is beyond me..
Or was it placed in it's discovered location also under the cover of darkness?.. perhaps left by the flower snatcher themselves?
The realization of the scope of this unfolding mystery was still coming to weigh upon my consciousness when quite absent minded like I picked up the bulb and screwed it into the ground and went about my watering responsibilities, thinking subconsciously, hoping even, that the bulb would some how transform or change into something else, or increase its wattage.
It remained planted firmly into mother earth for some 3 days until my room mate discovered the bulb and unscrewed it, and unceremoniously dumped it into a trash receptacle.
When this heinous act was discovered I confronted the perceived perpetrator to which full responsibility was admitted in a most adamant and steadfast manner.
I was reprimanded, scolded even, why, it was asked diplomatically, did I not discard the abandoned Indonesian incandescent soft white 80 watt light bulb?
I stated I did so with the ardent hope that the owner of the said bulb would see the state of it's being, be so moved to stoop down and pluck it from its earthly confines, and give it a proper disposal indeed.
I was so informed that I, Steven Schutz, now of questionable sound mind and body, was himself indeed lucky that the fragile glass bulb had not shattered in a way light bulbs often do, and become itself scattered about waiting to cause harm to anything un suspecting. Lucky indeed, mot fortunate as a matter of fact.
Guess I am...
This really happened..
25 May 2012
Also by Steven Schutz
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