Friday, September 10, 2010

Control Issues

This one first appeared at Six Sentences on August 11, 2009. A late addition to #fridayflash.

CONTROL ISSUES

I had the radio dream again. I'm at the control board and U2 is warbling the last 10 seconds of "Out of Control" and I look at the empty second turntable and panic. The albums are all down the hall in the record room and I didn't pull them ahead of time. I grab a cartridge for an unscheduled commercial to buy sixty seconds but all I find are ten second public service announcements. Song ends, microphone on and my mind blanks. Dead air… until I awake and realize radio is all computerized now and I'm not a dj and I never run out of things to say.

17 comments:

KjM said...

Ohhh...a naked at work dream. This is a good twist on the theme and bore re-reading.

The brevity adds to the panicked feel that communicates itself very well to the reader.

Well done.

Eric J. Krause said...

Those panic dreams can come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, but they're never any fun to have. Good story!

John Wiswell said...

Man, it's been so long since I was at Six Sentences...

Heady dream. Was it real, or a fictional panic?

Deanna Schrayer said...

Amazing detail in such a short space Peg. I'd love to be able to tie my outrageous dreams up in so few words. Great work!

Linda said...

Thank goddess for waking up. Tight little piece that evokes the panic of nightmares. Peace...

Cathy Olliffe said...

And it's a good thing you never run out of things to say because everything you say is always interesting.
I miss albums, too.
There was always something to look at... and they fit so nicely into those milk cartons.

Marisa Birns said...

Just last night I had a panic dream and was SO relieved when I woke up. Then annoyed that I wasted so much time in dream being panicked for no good reason.

"I was of a feeling it was out of control
I had the opinion it was out of control"

Laurita said...

The way you constructed your sentences really enhanced the feeling of panic. Nicely done!

Mike Robertson said...

As an occasional radio dj, I remember being more or less in this situation. Crazy sharp little moment ya got down there, Peg. And for my money, and in your case, more words are way better than fewer.

Laura Eno said...

Gotta love those panic dreams... Great job on this one!

Susan Cross said...

I love the fact that you used so few words and ended with "I never run out of things to say."

PJ said...

Keep cranking out those words, Peg. I, for one, am happy if you never run out of things to say! Nice story.

J. M. Strother said...

The nice thing about #fridayflash is we have a very loose definition on Friday. :) Nice tight piece here. Well done.
~jon

Bukowski's Basement said...

Glad I saw this. Don't think I got the chance to over at 6S ... Nice, little frenzied piece.

Maria A. Kelly said...

Nicely conveyed sense of panic and disorder in only a few words. Great job, Peggy!

mazzz in Leeds said...

I love how you ended it on "I never run out of things to say"!

Rebecca Emin said...

The amount of panic raised by so few words is very impressive! I enjoyed that.