Return To The Twilight Zone

Full length Twilight Zone episode with  Kumail Nanjiani as ” The Comedian” who makes a Faustian bargain for laughs.

BRAVO

As a side note, Entertainment Tonight recommended 10  Classic Twilight Zone episodes to watch before seeing Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone Reboot- of course diehard Twilight Zone fans know these episodes by heart and will agree they are the cream of the crop.

I’m just stoked because my favorite episode, ” Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up” was included. And the episode that sadly reflects the climate here in the United States right now, ” The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street ” which I also loved because of it’s slow burn nightmare quality is on this list too.

So enjoy your trip back to The Twilight Zone…it’s still easy to find just look for the mile post up ahead.

 

Give Till It Hurts

Sometimes

I don’t want to talk to anyone on my train ride to work.

I haven’t resorted to pulling out my phone and mindlessly scrolling through the screens or pretending like I don’t see you. Oh no. I’m more creative then that.

I just stand there and think about artwork by Hieronymous Bosch and like magic not only do people not talk to me, in some cases they actually walk away.

So I was tempted to go to my happy place (cough, cough) when I notice the person standing in front of me.

She is actually nice- most of the time she talks about her job and how it’s all about numbers and processes and forms. So you might think that’s sort of dry, but I am totally fascinated by anyone who can walk into that sort of hell everyday and not go start raving mad.

Anyway, I was all ready to tune out when I sort of pick up on the fact that she’s not feeling well. Like she’s leaning forward a little and her eyes look sort of runny and she’s a little pale too.

I don’t know what to say, like do I just jump in and say, ” Wow, your look a little rough around the edges there ” or do I say, ” Is today the day? Is today the day you take all of those pieces of paper and pile them on your desk and set them on fire and roast marshmallows? Is today THAT day?”

So I ask if her morning jog went okay.

I could have kicked myself. It was pretty obvious she was not thrilled to be standing there in the cold waiting for a train, let alone go out in the dark and the cold and jog.

Then she tells me about this 24 hour bug she caught really hit her hard and how her husband picked her up from the station and what a rough ride that was. Then she told me how he took care of her when she got home and when she said she wanted to go to work, he drove her to the station and said call if she wants to leave work early and he will come get her.

” That’s really nice, he sounds wonderful. ”

She smiled and her watery eyes sort of sparkled and she said ” He really is.”

When we got on the train she didn’t look as tired or worn out as she did a few minutes before.

But I am who I am and when I got on after her, I was back to thinking about Bosh and for some reason, I felt tired and a little worn out.

A Very Bunny Story

Photo A.M. Moscoso

I use to snap the ears off of my Sister’s chocolate Easter bunnies because I was her big sister and sort of a jerk at times.

Funny thing is, I hated chocolate. I never ate it, the little ears ended up floating in the toilet.

When my Sister grew up she got a real rabbit and named it Chloe.

One day I was at my Sister’s house and I was petting Chloe and my sister showed up in the doorway and said,

” Keep you hands away from her ears. ”

Yeah.

It probably needed to be said.

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A Mother’s Love

Just a short time ago

I was at an exhibit called ” Bodies In Motion.”

I ran into a woman I ride the train with there  and we walked around for awhile and took in the exhibits.

Then we came across this one and my train companion became visibly upset. Sweat popped out all over her face and she turned absolutely pale.

” I’ve had babies, I can’t look at this. I can’t be here. They never had a chance. I can’t be here.”

She meant it, she left the exhibit and nearly walked into a huge display case on her way out of the room.

Recently this woman and I were on the train together and the subject of the immigrant children who had died at Trump’s detention center came up.

” It’s not his fault. It’s their parent’s fault they’re dead. You should  blame them, not him.”

I thought about those fetuses that had visibly upset her , that had moved her to tears because they ‘never had a chance’.

Sometimes I see her at the train station, but I never meet her eye and I never say hello.

I just can’t.

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Can You See It?

I learned something new today.

I learned, from one of people I ride the train with, what it’s like to be fitted with prosthetic  eyes.

The man had his eyes removed when he was young.

First thing I learned, they didn’t remove  his entire eye, in fact  there are a few ways this is done, in his case they just removed the front part- to be honest I’m not sure what that looks like and I didn’t want to stop him to ask.

When they created the mold for his glass eyes, he said he could feel them put whatever it is they used ( I think he said they used some kind of wax, could be wrong ) into his sockets. He said it didn’t hurt, but it felt weird.

I’ve been turning this conversation over in my head because people were actually asking him good questions- and he was great at telling us little stories in reply.

Plus, when he talked he actually painted images you could see which I found the most interesting part of this experience.

I’m not wondering what an empty eye socket looks like, or what it would feel like to have someone put their hands into the space where my eyes used to be to create a mold-

As a writer, I was fascinated by the idea that a man who is blind could paint pictures with words.

Amazing.