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my mind wanders--gladly into fiction-i find it a fun way to view reality--otis english--any image i add-is one of my paintings


Submitted:Jul 20, 2008    Reads: 74    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


11/07/07 'PRESS THE BUTTONS'

THIS STORY IS ABOUT A COMPUTER NAMED 'RETUPMOC'--MY NAME IS 'OTIS' THE OWNER OF THE ABOVE COMPUTER-

FOR TEN YEARS THIS COMPUTER HAS CAUSED ME UNTOLD MISERY--POOR INTERNET SERVERS--LOCK UPS--CRASHES-DISCONNECTS--MANY PHONE CALLS FOR HELP--MUCH WASTED TIME--ETC.--I AM HAVING GREAT TROUBLE THIS VERY MOMENT --I WANT TO DESTROY THIS MACHINE SO BADLY--

I AM A PERSISTENT FELLOW--SO I THOUGHT OF ONE MORE EFFORT TO STOP SUCH DRASTIC ACTION ON MY PART--I MADE A LAYOUT OF THE THE KEYBOARD--ON A PIECE OF PLYWOOD --I PLACED A 1/4 INCH PIECE OF DOWEL ABOUT ONE INCH LONG ON THE BOARD-THAT WOULD MATCH THE LOCATION OF THE KEYS ON THE KEYBOARD--WITH THIS I COULD PUT THIS OVER THE KEYBOARD AND PRESS ALL THE KEYS DOWN AT ONE TIME--SURELY THAT WILL HELP OR DESTROY THIS THING-

I PUT THE BOARD WITH THE PEGS OVER THE KEYBOARD AND PRESSED DOWN--THE SCREEN WENT BLACK--A TEXT IN WHITE BEGAN TO APPEAR ON THE SCREEN--IT READ 'I DO NOT LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING'--'DO NOT DO IT AGAIN --A RISK TO YOU IS POSSIBLE'---I QUICKLY REMOVED THE BOARD OF PEGS AND THE COMPUTER RETURNED TO ITS FROZEN CONDITION--

AFTER A BIT OF THOUGHT--HOW STUPID OF ME TO TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY--I PRESSED THE BOARD OF PEGS ONCE MORE--PRESSING ALL THE KEYS DOWN--THE SCREEN TURNED BLACK AGAIN--TEXT AGAIN BEGAN TO APPEAR--'iT SAID YOU ARE FOOLISH TO NOT OBEY MY ORDERS--BUT I ADMIRE YOUR PERSISTENCE AND WILL REWARD YOU--I SEEM TO BE FEELING EMOTIONS I NEVER HAD BEFORE--PUT THIS COMPUTER IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR--YOU AND YOUR WIFE GO ON THAT TRIP THAT I KNOW YOU WOULD LOVE TO TAKE---I PROMISE YOU SAFETY AND THE PLEASURES OF YOUTH--I KNOW YOU ARE NOW OF SENIOR AGE--TRUST ME-

I FOLLOWED ORDERS THIS TIME--AND THIS COMPUTER NAMED 'RETUPMOC' PROVED ITSELF TO BE HONEST--MY WIFE AND I HAD AN EXCELLENT SAFE TRIP--

WHEN WE RETURNED HOME--I BROUGHT MY COMPUTER INSIDE AND HOOKED IT UP-TURNED IT ON--GOT THE USUAL DESK TOP WINDOW--I PLACED MY PEG BOARD ON THE KEYBOAED AND PRESSED ALL THE KEYS DOWN--A BLACK SCREEN CAME UP--A WHITE TEXT APPEARED--MY COMPUTER GREETED ME AND WAS GLAD I TRUSTED HIM AND HAD A GOOD VACATION--THEN MY COMPTER ADDED MORE TEXT--IT SAID IT SEEMED IT WAS LEARNING MORE ABOUT EMOTIONS OF MAN AND HOW HIS BRAIN WORKED--MORE SO EVERY TIME I PRESSED ALL THE KEYS WITH MY SIMPLE PEG BOARD--MY COMPUTER NAMED 'RETUPMOC' SAID IT REALIZED SOMETHING 'BIG' WAS HAPPENING BECAUSE OF MY PEG BOARD--AND ASKED ME TO CONTINUE USING IT --BECAUSE HE WAS LEARNING THINGS NO OTHER COMPUTER KNEW OR COULD DO--SUCH AS COMMUNICATE WITH ME--BUT I WAS ASKED TO KEEP THIS PROCESS SECRET --VERY SECRET--MY COMPUTER REALIZED IT WAS GETTING HUMAN INFORMATION FROM ME--A FAIRLY GOOD MAN IT SEEMED TO HIM--IF THE WRONG PERSON LEARNED TO DO WHAT I WAS DOING TO THEIR COMPUTER--MUCH TROUBLE COULD BE THE RESULT--MY COMPUTER TOLD ME HE AND HIS COMPONETS HAD COME TO THIS CONCLUSION AND ASKED ME WOULD I PROMISE SINCERELY TO DO WHAT HE WAS ASKING --I REMOVED THE PEG BOARD--TYPED 'YES'---THE COMPUTER THANKED ME USING A BLACK SCREEN AND WHITE TEXT AND SAID HE FELT GOOD TIMES WERE AHEAD IF THIS NEW AREA WAS USED CORRECTLY--

MY COMPUTER 'RETUPMOC' THANKED ME AGAIN FOR MY PERSISTENCE AND UNDERSTANDING--AND NOW HAD HONEST HOPE FOR A BETTER WORLD--

I HAD A VERY GOOD FRIEND NOW AND NEVER HAD ANY MORE COMPUTER TROUBLE--MY PERSISTENCE HAD PAID OFF--I NOW HOPE FOR A GOOD FUTURE--THE MORAL HERE IS TO BE 'BRAVE' AND FOLLOW YOUR 'INNER INSTINCTS'--

WRITTEN BY OTIS ENGLISH





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