When Barbara left, slamming the door behind her, Billy traveled in time to the zoo on Tralfamadore again. A mate had just been brought to him from Earth. She was Montana Wildhack, a motion picture star.
Yes, the aliens decide that Billy needs to mate. So they bring in Montana Wildhack. Now, from what I remember of the movie, Montana was portrayed by Valerie Perrine. I used to have a book of science fiction films that had a picture from the movie. Perrine was topless, with the actor playing Billy standing behind her with a shirt. You can imagine how many times I looked at the picture when I was in middle school. Let's just say, A LOT.
First, I want to apologize for my absence last night. I went to a poetry discussion last night. Three fantastic poets talking about writing poetry--Keith Taylor, Thomas Lynch, and Cindy Hunter Morgan. It was a really good night. Poets know how to tell entertaining stories and keep an audience engaged. Sort of like putting them in a Tralfamadorian zoo and letting them interact. Plus, I walked away with three new books (two collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction).
By the time the presentation was over, however, I was not feeling the greatest. A little feverish. Really tired. By the time I got home, I only had energy to take four ibuprofen and watch an episode of Stranger Things. I tried to write a blog post, but everything I typed came out looking like this: "alkjsIla;ls;e sjlkdflkvnz,189234laslsnfslflass!!! peepeee!!!" So, I went to bed and did not sleep well at all. Imagine me as Billy Pilgrim under that damn electric blanket, baking like a loaf of bread.
This malaise has held on all day today, as well. I came home from work and went to bed for forty minutes. Woke up a little refreshed, but now, at around 8 p.m., I am on a downward spiral. Even Montana Wildhack/Valerie Perrine won't excite me right now. I may have the energy for another episode of Stranger Things. That's about it.
So, Saint Marty is thankful tonight for ibuprofen and new poetry and Eleven.
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