Messes (Writer’s Block)

“I had to educate him that there was no such thing as writer’s block, that writers write when they write, and when they don’t, they don’t.”

“When you’re at odds with yourself, it’s hard to create.”

- Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

On October 10th, 2007, a semi-trailer truck was driving down US 425 in Monticello, Arizona, en route to Wal-Mart.  The driver’s assignment was simple: arrive at the Wal-Mart, load the store’s expired meat into the trailer, and continue on to the designated place of spoiled flesh disposal.

However, because this was not the vehicle’s first stop of the day, it was already hauling more than 500 pounds of decomposing animal entrails, hides, pig heads, and outdated processed meat.

There is no law or regulation requiring a load of this kind to be covered.

For a reason unbeknownst to officials, prior to his arrival at Wal-mart the driver slammed on his brakes.  The contents of his trailer shifted forward, spilling blood and guts over the top and onto the highway.

The road was closed for a half-hour as bystanders watched in disgust while a 15-man crew cleaned up the filth.

Quite a mess, I’m sure.

A few years earlier, in January, 2004, a 56-foot, 60-ton sperm whale died after breaching on the southwestern coast of Taiwan.  Researchers were determined to perform an autopsy and use the carcass for educational purposes.  It took 13 hours, three large cranes, and 50 workers, but finally the mammal was loaded onto a tractor-trailer to begin its journey, bound for the Shi-Tsau Natural Preserve.

While passing through the city of Tainan, gasses built up to a critical level in the deceased whale, and it exploded.

The bursting whale splattered blood and entrails over surrounding shops, bystanders, and cars.

Residents and shop-owners put on masks and tried to clean up the disaster.  Despite the explosion, enough of the whale remained to allow for examination by marine biologists.

Again, quite a mess.

In the same degree, I’m feeling like quite a mess lately.  It’s a calm disarray, and I strive to harden myself and keep very quiet.

Also, my birthday is next week.  I just can’t seem to grow up where it matters.

Rotten meat en route to Wal-Mart (above)

Exploded whale on street in Tainan (below)

One Response to “Messes (Writer’s Block)”

  1. Justin Tiemeyer Says:

    The blogging world has missed you. Welcome back!

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