Tall Tales and Short Stories

These are stories about different events in my life. Some are in fiction form due to the age of the writer at the time of the event in relation to the memory of the writer at the time of writing. Age does that sometimes. Enjoy the stories and provide some feedback.

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Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

July 23, 2006

Hale Bopp

March of 1997, presented one of the most extraordinary sights of my life. While taking a load of pipe and other sundry oilfield equipment to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, I watched the skies at night for much ballyhooed Hale-Bopp comet. Driving out of Houston and its thick, smog filled skies, the visibility did not allow for star gazing. But, the farther north I traveled, the clearer the atmosphere became.

By the time I reached Liberal, Kansas, the comet brightly contrasted against the night sky. However, an early spring storm cut across the western horizon, virtually blocking all heavenly objects from view. It was not until the third night of my travels that the celestial comet and its massive tail were fully visible. By this time, Nebraska highlighted my mirrors and Wyoming lay before me.

A stop in Cheyenne to fuel and shower and then up Interstate 25. Around three in the morning, a tire blew out on my trailer, requiring a search for a tire shop. I found one in Buffalo. Buffalo is a small community at the junction of Interstates 25 and 90. Nestled near the top of a small peak in the Bighorn Mountains, the thin, crisp air allows for easy breathing and beautiful nightscapes.

While the mechanic took his time repairing the blown tire, I went to the rear of the building where there were no lights. There it was. At this altitude, the comet appeared within grasp. The light from Hale-Bopp illuminated the sky just enough to cast shadows. Its tail trailed across the sky, reminiscent of a slow motion camera view of a thrown baseball.

I stood in awe of the celestial creation. It will be forever imprinted on the canvas of my mind. I owe the opportunity to a blown tire and a slow moving mechanic. One never knows what circumstances will present. We must stop from time to time to enjoy the opportunities life presents for we many never have that chance again.

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