The NULL Solution = Episode 58

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The NULL Solution = Episode 58

…I have a disease that the there is no surefire cure…

“I don’t know, ever since these visions I’ve been having, I seem to get these flashes. Today’s flash must be happy,” Gus describes his state-of-mind to his stepfather.

About that time, his personal device tries to vibrate off his handy-dandy utility belt. It is hard to stay in the present, when your mind may be 40 trillion {unknowingly} miles away. The present is very persistent.

“Would you please respond to that? NASA devices do not exceed one alert, unless it is important, like when you are on the other side of the Sun.”

“It’s from Mindy. I’ve got to get back to the house.”

“I never thought I’d see the day when Gus McKinney is a henpecked husband!”

“You had the whole country henpecked for eight years,” that not-so-obscure reference to Francine Bouchette-Crippen is sufficient to silence the critic.–

— Moving at Earth-speed is so boring… until it isn’t.

“Do you remember our date night, the one after you returned from the Sun?”

“How can I forget? That movie we saw… wasn’t it Notebook: The Cure? Incurable diseases are so yesterday.”

“Well, I have a disease that the there is no surefire legal cure.”

She sounds serious enough for him to take notice. Do Earthmen really roll with the flow?

“We have access to the best doctors in the world Mindy. We can fight this!” which begs the question, “What exactly are we fighting?” His concern deepens.

You cannot be married to a McKinney male without having a sense of humor. “What has 4 limbs grows tall & strong and is destined to bear fruit?”

“A lemon tree?”

“Aren’t you sweet?”

“An apple tree?’

“You’re getting warm Adam.”

“I’m Gus.”

“Do you give up?”

Not in the McKinney dictionary.

Does this riddle have anything to do with his previously contented bliss?

“Does your riddle have anything to do with my good mood, before you turned it into a quiz?”

“Time is up!”

Mindy McDonald-McKinney holds up a doctor’s prescription for prenatal medication.

What do you think the expectant father does first?

“Mindy is pregnant, Dad!” He rings up Roy to share the news. Then he ponders her quiz, “4 limbs blah, blah… bear fruit? Does that mean it’s a girl?”

Parents on this side of Stardate 2031 do not get a choice about getting a surprise or not. Oh sure the pregnancy may be, but not the xx or xy factor.

Over on Eridanus

“You look doubly content, Deke,” Celeste notices.

Long after getting his baby news, something washes over Deke McKinney.

“I don’t know…, but I am feeling happy about something else, can’t explain it.”

Outside the Null Tower

“Are things ever going to change for the Null?” Offingga asks Skaldic.

“They already have.”

The future of the Null is NOT void.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 58


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A Space Family Thanksgiving = Earth/Eridanus Part 2

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A Space Family Thanksgiving = Earth/Eridanus Part 2

…They gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing…

Strictly coincidental {we think}and a day off in the Stardate of 2052.91, the Space Family contingent out on Eridanus in the Epsilon Eridani star system {as seen from their home planet in the constellation Orion’s Belt}, they too have fashioned a Thanksgiving feast – as near as possible that is.

Like many of the holidays those wacky Earthlings celebrate, it is mostly lost on the Eridanians. But doesn’t stop Sammy Mac from including his in-laws, Ekcello & Fortan {if she were not in a state of suspended animation}, in the festivities.

Much has happened in the last Earth year {yet to be reconnoitered with an Eridanian Cycle}. Though separated by 10 light years, the McKinneys have had contact with Crip and Gus, somewhere around “home” and that is ample reason to be thankful.

Ekcello should be thankful for having snapped out of his temporary funk, even though the rest of conscious Eridanus is dominated by the Null.

Skaldic the Null is invited as well & appreciates much. “Skaldy” as Sampson refers to him, has embraced each & every solitary slice of life ever since his rise to Eridanus prominence. His contribution to this day is one of the few wild animals on the planet {far Null side}, a nasty predator that when properly prepared tastes like chicken {what?}

Deimostra has thoroughly researched the Thanksgiving holiday and has made the proper connection between man-alien and the God of the Great Expanse.

“I am thankful for Ekcello for making us feel at home – to Skaldic for providing the protein for our meal…”

“Real meat!” her father interjects.

“… and for the hope of perhaps seeing Earth for the first time in person and meeting my brother Gus.”

Celeste McKinney has had firsthand experience with seeing Earthly-loved-ones by way of hyperphysical transmigration and hugs the 1st child of space for all she’s worth.

As a group, the Space Family McKinney has a laundry list of gratitude:

Deke McKinney gives the blessing, “Thank you Dear Lord for my wonderful family, our hosts here on Eridanus… and is that you inside   ⃝      ?

On a planet where music is king, they sing:


A Space Family Thanksgiving =

Earth/Eridanus Part 2


A Space Family Thanksgiving = Earth/Eridanus Part 1

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A Space Family Thanksgiving = Earth/Eridanus Part 1

…They gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing…

To say that the Space Family McKinney is spread out as far as the eye can see is a monumental understatement. King Ranch is Texas big, but even there, you cannot see from one end to another… as compared to wherever in God’s Universe the other Mckinneys are.

Braden King, the Crippens: Roy & Francine and of course the McKinneys: Gus & Mindy are all together, which is rare considering their considerable reach among the planets of the Terran System.

The reason: the commitment to preserve one of the most overlooked holidays that ever was… having been trampled by a herd of goblins & ghouls and that jolly red man in the red & white suit… Thanksgiving.Related image

That very day, a fresh tom turkey had been secured by one Gus M., not with a laser rifle, but an old fashioned double barrel 12 gauge shotgun. The East woodlot is teaming with the large wild birds, though getting close enough to actually bag one is not an easy feat.

“There is nothing like a fresh turkey, Gussy! Thank you for taking time out from shooting disruptor beams at aliens ships to provide us with this wonderful treat.” Francine Bouchette-Crippen has commandeered the kitchen from the ranch chef for the day, who gets to cross the border to celebrate a Mexican version of Thanksgiving, likely involving a pig w/an apple stuffed in its mouth.

“He still smells like gunpowder Francine. He refuses to take a shower because he might miss the kickoff of the Houston Texan’s game!” Mindy McDonald-McKinney bemoans the New World Football League, though she secretly roots for the London Royals because she thinks Prince Harry’s oldest son is cute.

Prez Roy bemoans something entirely unrelated to the holiday, “Harper Lea Bassett has taken down the NASA exhibit in the West Wing. What will that **%@!g woman do next, convert the Oval Office into a hair salon?”

“Roy Crippen! You forgot to re-calibrated the convection oven! It’s still 25 degrees shy of reality, so it looks like we’ll be eating at 5:00 instead of 3:00.”

That was intentional on purpose. The football game would not be over at 3 o’clock.

He and Braden King do a fist bump.

Gus McKinney just sits back and laughs. He gets a kick from the “old” guys.

The fact of the matter is that the Earth will keep on spinning regardless of the exact time of their dinner. Another fact is that they are truly missing a huge chunk of the family in the persons of Sampson, Celeste and Deke {they have yet to meet Deimostra}.

Some facts must be kept in perspective, like the annual celebratory dinner aptly named Thanksgiving. They have each other and a God who deserves the recognition.

The Texans lose in overtime.

Gus McKinney gives the blessing, “Dear Lord, thank you for this wonderful meal, my loving family… and is Lorgan really YOU in disguise?”

Together they sing:


A Space Family Thanksgiving =

Earth/Eridanus Part 1


Laborious Puns #22

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Laborious Puns #22

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Labor Day is a good time to stop and reflect on the august events the the preceding month.

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Bringing a baby into the world is labor of love.

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He labored so hard that he worked his fingers to the bonus.

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In some places there is a lot of Manuel labor for every Juan.

In some countries there is a lot of Manuel labor.

 

They used to experiment on dogs called laboratory retrievers.

A woman union leader who was pregnant had labor pains and then a striking baby.

 

At a company where they dig for gold a labor dispute is a miner problem where no one wants to get the shaft.


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 259

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 259

…Celeste uses her new psychic skills to accurately predict the near future, “We are about to have a guest…

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Their first glimpse of John Q. Eridanian, other than the exceptionally humanoid Cerella, comes while on the way to some McKinney family-space. Deke & Gus try not to stare, but subtle double-takes take place from on either side of the alien fence.

“They aren’t all that different than us,” Deke admits in the privacy of the family lodging.

“If you disregard the fact that their feet don’t touch the ground, then yeah.” Gus adds.

“Most of their physiological dissimilarities are organ related,” Celeste tells them. “The greatest difference is inside their minds. They communicate telepathically, although when they chose to verbalize, it is musical in nature.”

“Yes I picked up on that music stuff, but none of the telepathy.” Gus proves he is the real Gus and a McKinney male blockhead to the core. “You sure seem to have it down Mom… and all that time-bending too!”

Celeste uses her skills to accurately predict the near future, “We are about to have a guest.”

Whoooosh, on cue and never looking more striking, Cerella glides in, after doing the intuitive equivalent of knocking.–

Related image{In cartoons, when a cartoonist wants to illustrate what love looks like, he may draw hearts for eyes. And love Isn’t  just in the movies.}

Having had time to digest their first encounter, Deke taking note of this native princess, who has had enigmatic feelings for him ever since seeing this wayward McKinney passed out and vulnerable on the other end of The Milky Way.

In the moment, the others in the room do not exist.

#My name is Cerella, heiress to the High Counsel of Eridanus#

“I believe we met “out there somewhere”,” he recalls.  {not “Somewhere Out There”}

She speaks to Deke alone, who takes her hand and kisses it gently, like it may fall off in his hand.


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 258

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 258

…May I say that you don’t look a day over….well you look younger than that…

Deimostra takes her turn as tour guide inside the Newfoundlander, “This is the room I was born in.”

Gradually more comfortable with the improbable idea of having a sister, Gus misunderstands, asking a question that could have been better thought out, “Does that mean that you were conceived down here?”

Celeste hears this and yanks him back unceremoniously, “Come on Gus, you talk to her like she is a “thing”.”

“I was born on the Fourth of July, stardate 2031.” Any insensitivity blows right past her.

Gus sheepishly affirms, “Wow, Independence Day, can you imagine that.”

Deke goes in a different direction. “That means that Sis was conceived on the way to Mars!?”

Celeste cuts in. “All right then Deke. We will discuss the details later.”

He does not stop at that.

“The last “stardate” I remember is 2051 Deimostra, that would make you twenty-years-old. May I say that you don’t look a day over….well you look younger than that.”

“Call me Sammy, Deke, Daddy does.” Again meaningless details do not affect her.

“Deke McKinney, cease and desist! Let’s just become a family again,” Mom pleads.

Gus cannot resist one last qualifying, identity verifying question.

“Where were the 2030 Winter Olympics held Dad?”

“Who cares about the Olympics Gus, the damned Astros lost the World Series to the damned Japanese team in the American League Championship Series.”

“Yep, these here McKinneys are the real thing!”

“What is the world series?” Sammy asks.

“We will discuss all that, along with the other stuff we aren’t supposed to, later.” Gus corrals his sister and hugs the Errordannias out of her.

Their first glimpse of John Q. Eridanian, other than the exceptionally humanoid Cerella, comes while on the way to some McKinney family space. Deke & Gus try not to stare, but subtle double-takes take place from on either side of the alien fence. The ho-hum-ness of this chance passing goes far in assuring the new visitors, that not only are they accepted , they were also expected.


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Find the Differences

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Sunny Puns Eclipse Edition

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Sunny Puns Eclipse Edition

Occasionally in the Caribbean there’s a total calypso the sun.

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I noticed that the sun was out, and nobody had bothered to relight it.

The star asked the sun why the moon was always up so late. Sun responded that it was just a phase.

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Scientists studying the sun have a flare for research.

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You should put on more sun tan lotion in order to save face.

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Chicken Little, the sky is falling


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