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Subject:Re: Can I Get Your Input Please From:Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com> To:Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> Date:Thu, 08 May 2008 09:06:53 -0700
Peter Neilson wrote:
> Hemstreet, Deborah wrote:
>> 4) Who benefits by your NOT being hired?
> Somewhere in the upper reaches of the company someone said, "[Name of
> Blessed Lord and Saviour]!!! We can't have him doing that! The
> proverbial stuff will hit the proverbial rotating device! Stop him." The
> writer's manager is trying to do that.
> Continuing the quasi-religious theme, the company has a Left Hand and a
> Right Hand, and the two parts cannot know what each other are doing.
> Perhaps one is devoted to upholding the Company's Ethics in public,
> while the other part assiduously lies, cheats and steals. The writer has
> inadvertently applied to work for the Other Hand.
> Somewhere on our vast Planet (or three, for those who'll accept
> off-planet gigs) there is a better company. Go for it!
I read that last sentence and thought it said "Somewhere on our vast
Planet for three...", and I thought "Boy, Peter's outdone himself this
time!" Easily fooled, my mind bought right into the scenario and
provided details: your lucid dreamscape is stark white, a featureless
place except for the three, all seated on the same side of a round
meeting table. The managers' chairs are pushed back from the table,
facing each other, and Rick, sweaty head in hands, sits with elbows on
table, staring off to the horizon. The scene is frozen, there's no
animation except the sound a very loud Thomas wall clock suspended in
the air beyond the table, ticking v-e-r-y s=l=o=w=l=y. Everything on
Planet 43 is indistinguishable from two-dimensional cut-outs.
Please, Peter. What does this imagery you're filling my head with mean?
--Ned ("and they looked like Dali, Sartre, and Bradbury. Honest.")
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