Episode 24 of Infinite Realities
Rick just sat on his sofa and stared at a picture on his living room wall. It was a picture of a beautiful female with orange hair. Rick would guess the girl’s age as being about sixteen. He had found it at a flea market several years ago. Rick had often had fantasies about the picture becoming real. These daydreams usually occurred when he was having a particularly bad day and wished that he was totally removed from his present life.
Rich had placed his tablet on his glass coffee table. Suddenly his reverie was broken when he heard Darren’s voice coming from the tablet.
You like her. Don’t you Rick? Would you like to meet her?
“What do you mean meet her? She’s just a picture drawn and painted by a talented artist,” Rick answered. He shook his head at the absurdity of the notion.
Darren’s image appeared on the touch screen of Rick’s tablet.
In your present dimension of reality you are right, but remember Rick, you are no longer compelled to remain in your present dimension of time and space. You still have your tablet. So it’s your decision. Do you want company this morning or not? Just pick up the tablet and put a check mark in the box where it says ‘Yes’.
Rick was still very angry about being removed from his wonderful fantasy where he was the lead vocalist and organist with The Pirates.
Rick texted Darren back;
Look buddy. Maybe later. Not right now. I have a few errands to run on this plane of existence. I’ll text you back when I’m ready for more Twilight Zone adventures.
Rick lived on the third floor of his apartment block. His health had deteriorated significantly over the last seven years. Due to his obesity, fibromyalgia and mild case of COPD, he now found it challenging to climb up the three flights of stairs to his apartment. Fortunately, going down the stairs was much easier for him.
Of all his numerous medical disabilities, the fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome bothered him the most. Only by taking prescribed stimulants and narcotic painkillers could Rick live a somewhat functional life. What he really hated was hurting all the time and having to carefully manage his daily activities to prevent total exhaustion from setting in.
Episode Nineteen of Infinite Realities:
“Okay. I’ll likely have some more questions for you later. Right now I’m going to hit the Time Travel app and I’ll direct it to July 3, 1965, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.”
Rick Chandler found himself in a large, dusty garage in the North End of Winnipeg. The walls of the garage were covered by various hand tools attached by metal hooks and clamps. Although it was a bit dark in the garage there was a window that let in enough sunlight for the band to see.. Rick found himself playing a Vox double keyboard portable organ that would have sold for over one thousand dollars in 1965. Today, if there were any of these organs still around that were in great condition and were still in good working order they could be sold for a lot of money. Rick remembered that the Vox double keyboard was used by many of his favorite keyboard players when he was growing up. He remembered that Paul Revere from Paul Revere and the Raiders used one as well as Mike Smith from The Dave Clark Five and Alan Price of The Animals.
To his amazement Rick was actually playing his portable organ very effectively and professionally. The song he heard the band playing was a radio top forty hit of 1965 called The Letter by The Box Tops. Rick was also surprised to find out that he was the lead vocalist in the band.
Rick was delighted as when he was growing up he tried to play an Ace Tone portable organ. At that time he lacked finger dexterity and would often hit the wrong key on the organ or would play two keys together by accident. In his youth Rick had joined up with a motley crew of wannabe teenage musicians who played at about the same skill level as Rick did. Needless to say this band practised together about four or five times and then called it quits.