Friday, September 25, 2009
I'm Living in Rod Serling's Twilight Zone
I found some merchandiser cards from my area online. Store owners used to give them out before the idea of placing ads in magazines came out. These cards are from Summit Hill, about 5 minutes from my house.
Now here's where it starts to get weird, because you know it just has to:
The photograph of a burning mine is also from the same time period in Summit Hill. I found out that the entire area that I live in is full of burning mines to this day, swell. Wasn't there a really stupid creepy movie about burning mines? Well, this sure isn't Hollywood, just take a look at some of the coal blackened faces around this town.
Ever hear of Laura Leinhart Adventure's Trilogy? (penned by Stanley "Porky" Szczecina)
The story is about a young reporter in Sommers Hill who becomes involved in the sighting of the angel Gabriel by a young girl in her backyard. I sh*t you not.
If you go to this guy's website at www.szczecina.com, you can read testimonials from people saying things like "I recognize the towns, but maybe sometime share the "secret"- and identify the people in your book" and "I just wanted you to know I enjoyed your book immensely and loved the names you chose to protect the innocent". Whoa! This guy came in to where I work last week and out of the blue just hands me his business card. And I was all like "Hey, I know you! You're that guy who wrote those stories about around here, but you changed all of the names. I googled you!" And then he was looking like he was a little sorry he had chosen me to give his business card to. But it was too late because HA HA I had already put the card in my purse. (Kate already knows all about this, because she gets all of the news first)
So I guess what I'm hoping is:
If the town burns to the ground, maybe the angel Gabriel will come swooping down to save us. But more likely, the angel Gabriel will be tossing merchandiser cards at us, which will only result in fueling the fire.
Welcome to my world.