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Karma Police and Special Needs Vegetables

Dreamed that I lived in a future where time travel was possible, and I was a member of a karma police squad. My job was to travel back in time and nab people who’d committed crimes against the state—according to the laws of my time, not their own. These people were put on trial and sentenced to excruciating punishments. In my time.

Most of those crimes dealt with genetic manipulation of one sort or another. My time was very big on human supremacy, and genetic manipulation had created all sorts of bizarre human/animal chimerae.

I was after the strange, charismatic man who’d been responsible for the creation of the first of these chimera—a human/pig hybrid, oddly or, maybe, appropriately enough. Laslo. His name was Laslo.

I went through various adventures infiltrating Laslo’s inner circle and eventually ended up having a long, philosophical conversation with him á la Christ and the Devil on that peak in the desert.

“Your methodology is flawed,” Laslo told me. “Really, you should be arriving at an earlier point in time and killing your so-called criminals before they do whatever it was you’ve decided they’ve done.”

“But that would be taking human life,” I said, appalled. “And human life is sacred.”

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I had planned to do a bunch of gardening today. Fertilizing. Watering. Mulching.

At 8:30 in the morning, it was 85°, though. I lasted outside just long enough to pick another 10 pounds of tomatoes, maybe half a pound of jalapenos, and a few Brussels sprouts. (The Brussels sprouts have been my special needs vegetables this season. They are not very robust.)

Making tomato sauce is in my not-a-dream future.

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rosegardenfae
Aug. 29th, 2018 02:05 pm (UTC)

I hear you on the sauce. I made marinara out of mine yesterday, certainly tasty but gave me heartburn. *sigh*

mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2018 02:08 pm (UTC)
Did you take the skins off the tomatoes?
rosegardenfae
Aug. 29th, 2018 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yes
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2018 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.

Perhaps the teeniest, tiniest pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acid?

(I've never tried this before, but I may with this batch. I'll let you know how it comes out.)
lookfar
Aug. 29th, 2018 03:10 pm (UTC)
I think I saw that movie. It was good.

Only kidding, but wouldn't your dream make a good movie?
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2018 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it would.

But I'd have to write the Philip K. Dick-knockoff novel first. :-)
mexpatriot
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:17 pm (UTC)
There is a movie about going back into the past to kill criminals before they commit crimes. I forget the name. It came out a couple of years ago, I think. Someone big, like Tom Cruise, is in it.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:27 pm (UTC)
Minority Report. Based on a Philip K. Dick novel.
mexpatriot
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! That's it! :) I probably read the book at some point, too.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:50 pm (UTC)
The novel is very different from the movie. Much darker. I liked it a lot.
mexpatriot
Aug. 30th, 2018 11:18 pm (UTC)
As nearly always, the book is better than the film.
bandicoot
Aug. 29th, 2018 06:14 pm (UTC)
You ought to scrap the book you're struggling with and write one about your weird dreams :)
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2018 06:24 pm (UTC)
Maybe. :-)

This one's a Philip K. Dick plot fashure.
bb_lurks
Aug. 30th, 2018 12:03 am (UTC)

Whatever has been chowing down on my sprouts has been very robust indeed. I’m tempted to get up at 4AM artillery in hand.

mallorys_camera
Aug. 30th, 2018 10:55 am (UTC)
Groundhog?

They actually built the fence around my garden six feet deep to keep groundhogs from burrowing under it.
zyzyly
Aug. 30th, 2018 03:03 am (UTC)
Did you ever read the trilogy Margaret Atwood wrote called the MADDADDAM Trilogy? It has almost nothing to do with your entry, other than there are all these weird hybrid animals running around, including pigs with human brain tissue. It's great story.

I would like to grow Brussels sprouts one of these days. They are among my favorite vegetables.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 30th, 2018 10:52 am (UTC)
Haven't read MADDADDAM. My go-to for weird animal hybrids is a Golden Age of Science Fiction writer called Cordwainer Smith whom I suspect you'd like if you haven't run across him before.

Brussels sprouts are really cute. Mine just haven't grown large enough to make them worth cooking. I think maybe they're cooler temperature veggies, and I planted mine too early: It has been horribly hot here since August began..
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