It’s been a while since I wrote a Red Shirt entry. I wasn’t itching to, but last night, it just demanded to be so…so, here you go.
Last night, after eating a really salty dinner of sausage and pepperoni pizza, I made an early night of it. I was tired and my belly was full. Sleep came easily.
Until about 1 AM.
I woke up thirsty. Not just thirsty, THIRSTY-thirsty.
Luckily, I sleep with a glass of water by my bed. It’s a 20 oz glass that I’ve had since the last century.
And it was full.
Mistress Myrtle was laying between me and the night stand, so I had to negotiate my reach without disturbing the dear. My tired ass had gone to bed without turning off the heat, as I do, so exacerbating my thirst was an elevated body temperature. I had somehow worked my legs out from under the covers to help remain comfortable, this is also how Myrt ended up on a side of the bed she does not normally inhabit.
Side note: Myrtle would expect me to tell you that her place is the center of the bed.
This all manifested as me using my exposed legs to leverage my torso up so that I could drink without spilling my water all over. Picture the bowl of a martini glass with a really big kalamata olive in the bottom of it and that’s the basic shape I’m in.
There I am, sucking in water, thinking life is good. I put the water back and lay back down. Five minutes later, I’m thinking that the other half of that glass sounds like a pretty good idea, so I repeat the whole ordeal…and barely avoid choking to death on a cat hair floating through the air that my thirsty ass sucks in while I’m initiating my lip to water connection.
Of course, this – in turn – caused me to narrowly avoid drowning as I aspirated water.
When I laid back down, that’s where my mind went.
I mean, not right away. It took a circuitous route getting there. I didn’t just lay down and think, “Gee, Myrtle, that could have been it for me…” and immediately let my mind wander onto wondering how long it would have been before someone came looking for me.
That’s how long I suspect it would have been before someone saved Myrtle from her smorgasbord of me.
Y’know, like six hours.
“What? I didn’t want it to go to waste…” – Mistress Myrtle
No, where my mind went on its way to reminding me that I had nearly drown in my own bed was stranger.
It started off with a flash onto into an Albert Brooks movie. The scene where people awake on a tour trolley dressed in Tupas – long white robes tied at the waist with a sash – that everyone wears upon arrival in Judgment City. This is usually also the first clue that they’ve died in real life.
Then, of course, I had a stop at Albert’s brother – Bob Einstein, aka: Super Dave Osborn, who passed away earlier this year – sitting there in a trolley arriving in Judgment City.
“They really expect this place to be a one size fits all joint?”
Bob was pretty tall, and I could hear him kvetching about the length of the robes.
Oh, you’re still surprised to hear that Bob Einstein and Albert Brooks are brothers? Yeah, Albert changed his last name to avoid being confused with the other famous Albert with whom he shared a last name.
Anyway, on from there, I went to some mental Beetlejuice purgatory. You know, the type where there is no dress code? You just show up in whatever you died wearing. Yeah, so I was there in my Oregon sweatshirt and a pair of Pump boxers.
I’ll wait while you readjust your mental image of my martini shaped description from earlier.
Well, not GOOD-good, but…ready? Make sure you got the legs skinny enough.
I’m sitting there in Hell’s waiting room in my death suit – which my father would like for you to know is University of Oregon colored, not Oregon State colored, so I’m spending eternity in an “outfit” that he does not endorse – and the guy next to me is one of those chatty newly dead guys.
“You from Portland?”
Huh? Yeah. Uh…yeah.
“How did ya die? You don’t mind my asking.”
Oh, yeah. I’d rather not talk about it. We just met and all.
“Stabbed, right? I bet you were stabbed. I’ve heard that about Portland. Ya’ll are weird out there.”
Are you from Jersey or the South? I can’t really decide. I guess it doesn’t matter now, but wherever it is, you should pick a regional dialect and stick with it, y’know?
Me…making friends wherever I go. Quick reminder, this is all taking place in my subconscious. What does that say about me?!? Here I am, in the afterlife, telling people how to live their deaths.
“Whoa. Geez. Touchy. Relax, it’s a long afterlife. So, C’mon…How’d you go?”
It’s too embarrassing.
“C’mon. Me? I got here via blunt force trauma. Wife caught me tipping the sitter, you get what I mean.”
Let’s just keep our elbows to ourselves, here. And, yeah. Doesn’t take much to get your meaning. I hope she made it look like an accident. For her and your kids’ sake.
“You really not gonna tell me?”
Well, A) this isn’t kindergarten, so just because you showed me yours, I don’t have to show you mine. But, B) how about this, I’ll just say that I got here because it’s true what they say, “you get what I mean” and leave it at that.
Because…apparently last night, it was true…you can drown in a teaspoon of water.
After five minutes of not falling back to sleep, I get up and take a Mellie, but just one. I also refill my glass, because what are the odds of that happening again?