OUT OF THE BLUE
Well, I saw a spaceship once, in
a movie when I was young. So I knew what
it was when I pulled up in front of my
house and there it sat, in the driveway.
My husband wasnt
home, or I would have left it all to him.
He is much better with strangers than I
am, and I really was plenty tired, a long
day at work.
I was going to at least
wait until after I had changed clothes
and had had something to eat and drink
before dealing with it, but as I walked
past itstepping one foot into the
grass just to get byits hatch
opened on the side. A little space being
I could hear it talking
in my headI guess it was using that
thought stuff, telephony or whatever they
call itand it basically asked very
politely if it could park its spaceship
there for a while. Apparently it had a
flat tire or something that needed to be
I was a little
exasperated, to be honest. Why did it
have to choose my driveway, my
house, to land in?
But I realized the
thing probably couldnt take off
again with a flat tire, and, truthfully,
it made my house look more modern and
balanced, architecturally speaking, than
it really was.
I said, "Of
course. Let me know if you need any
help," and the space alien dipped
its head and scurried back up the hatch.
Later, when my husband
came home, he said, "What is that
in our driveway?" It was dark then,
so of course he couldnt really see
what it was.
spaceship," I said.
"Theyre fixing a flat."
Then. . . . "Well,
how long do they plan to be there?"
The next morning I
looked out the window and the spaceship
was gone. So were all the tires on our
said my husband.
You know, I really
kinda wish I had asked that thing the
meaning of life.
circumstances warrant, through her
Turquoise Pen column NoŽl R. King, South
Riding, Virginia, reports on strange and
wonderful things, including spaceships
with flat tires.