Doc glanced up from his paper at the philosophy
counter of the Mule Barn truck stop and world dilemma think tank.
“Fastest Friday you’ll ever experience, Steve,” said Doc.
“That’s about right,” said Dud.
Steve got that confounded look on his face. “What do you mean by
“Today is Saturday.”
“Well,” Steve said, shaking his head, “that flat wrecks this day all
“Hey,” said Dud, “it’s a pretty day. You have all day long to enjoy
“But don’t you see?” Steve said. “I was planning to spend all day
Friday getting ready for Saturday and now I can’t.”
“Now that sounds kinda dumb,” Dud said, “and I realize that, but
Steve does have a point. I mean, we think in terms of time …”
“…yea, verily … time and space and the continuum thereof, henceforth
and forevermore. That’s why, when our pal Steve here thought about
Saturday, it was as though Saturday lay in the future, where things
are to happen that we, as mere mortals, are loath to know …”
“Dud,” said Steve, “you been watching Nova again?”
Dud blushed. “It was a good show. It concerned the string theory and
fusion and the way all these marvelous things come together to make
up our lives and Einstein and the total something-or-other. I forget
all the little stuff, but it was pretty good. Had to do with the Big
Bang and all that junk. Do you realize that when you look at a star
at night, it might not be there? That star might have blown up and
died a million years ago.”
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“So how can you tell if it’s
still there?” asked Steve.
“Have no idea,” Dud said. “Might have talked about that while I was
up getting coffee.”
Steve grinned and tossed off the last of his coffee.
“Well, I’d better be getting along. I’m running late as it is.”
“So what are you up to today, Steve?” said Doc.
“Getting ready for Sunday.”
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