A Valentine’s Day True Story

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It was February 13th when a young girl got a short visit from her boyfriend who was just dropping by to give her a box of chocolate and a heart shaped balloon.

Her boyfriend had an important matter to attend to so he told her that he will just come back the following day.

Next day it was Valentines day and he asked her out on a date and take a motorcycle ride with him to a local mountain spot.

It was a long trip and while driving up the mountain road there was a small store up ahead located on the opposite side of the road they were travelling on.

Her boyfriend made a quick stop and parked the motorcycle on the roadside across the store.

After stopping, her boyfriend then asked her if he could borrow some money to buy something.

So she gave him some money and waited on the bike as he crossed the road and went to the store.

After a few minutes she saw her boyfriend walking back towards the bike while holding something behind his back with one hand.

When he got to her, he asked her to close her eyes which she complied.

He then asked her to open her eyes and when she did, she saw her boyfriend holding three roses close to her face who then said to her, “Happy Valentines!”

As they drove on, she realized her boyfriend used the money he borrowed from her to buy the flowers and when she turned around to look at the store again she saw that there was a flower garden behind the store hidden by the trees and bushes that grew beside it.

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three roses (retrieved from panoramia.com)

Three months later the girl and her female friend went to a shop downtown. While they were inside the shop, her friend who happened to be a friend of the shop owner were talking.

Now the shop’s owner and the girl’s friend were also friends of the girl’s boyfriend.

But the shop owner and the girl were not friends and didn’t know each other.

The shop owner also didn’t know that his friend was the girl’s boyfriend.

In their conversation the shop owner asked the girl’s friend if she saw their common friend (the girl’s boyfriend) because he needed to talk to him about something.

The girl’s friend told the shop owner that she hasn’t seen him for some time but told the shop owner to ask her friend because maybe she knows where he is.

After getting introduced and talking for a little while the shop owner finally said to the girl, “Your friend told me that you know “____.” I was wondering if you know where he is now because he still owes me payment for a box of chocolate and a heart shaped balloon.”

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…a box of chocolate and a heart shaped balloon (retrieved from overstock.com)

Guitar Craze: The Quest For Musical Instruments

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To what extent does one go through in life?

This is how it all began.

As the Mitochondria band today reassemble and muster up the energy to rekindle that passion-driven fire within them to revive their original compositions.

Renewed efforts of getting themselves together again however, would be nothing but futile if an ensemble goes on without the necessary musical instruments to channel their musical creations.

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Take your pick.

Having left with no amplifiers or stringed instruments now the band is out to find new sets of gear and equipment.

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The Guitar side…

But such a call to arms wouldn’t mean it’ll cost one a leg or an arm, that is, in acquiring instruments it doesn’t mean it has to be high-end implements.

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…or the Bass-side?

So let me tell you a short story, a real Mitochondria story entitled, “Guitar Craze: The Quest For Musical Instruments.”

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Look! It is your destiny!

It’s a story about what two band members had to go through as they travel around in a craze that came out of the blue.

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See you soon in Episode VIII

Now, I shall have to take you back with me in time to the year Two thousand and seven when the band was at its year eleven.

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Mitochondria Band

It was a warm summer day when members, Danzoy and Ckinzki, first set out on a quest in search for their quarry.

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Danzoy and Ckinzki

So on their bike they took a ride, heading east through the countryside. Withstanding dust and heat, the beautiful countryside was the treat.

Following directions and clues like the Amazing race, Alas! they found a beautiful bass.

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(Left) First P-Bass, (Right) Fernandes Bass, what a beauty.

Since that first find thereafter it all started and almost all Churches using musical instruments in Iligan City and neighboring towns they visited.

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Along with a Black Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar and a DOD Death Metal Distortion Pedal got traded to a Lazer Drumset (2008).

Asking fellow musicians, friends, and strangers they even dropped by the homes of studio owners.

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“Amber is the color of your energy” -311. Extraordinary sounding pickups… Sold (2008).

In their efforts they never let-up and once they got lucky to get a whole band set-up.

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Sold (2008).

As their acquisition turned to buying damaged or junked instruments, somehow they needed someone to fix them worn out equipment’s.

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Guitar sold in 2008

Upon hearing of an Iligan City good luthier they ended up selling junk bottles, plastics, and metals so the master can fix their hoarded gear.

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Sold along with a 30 watts guitar amplifier (2008).

In this former search for used band equipment’s, to great lengths the two went in their procurement.

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Pawned to buy a flock of Australian Love Birds (2010).

Because having a thing for used musical instruments for the two, that time, meant disregarding any impediments.

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Sold as is (2010)

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LPC sold in 2011 along with a 30 watts guitar amplifier… Change of hobby.

GAS up! It’s going to be a fun ride once again.

Thanks

The Human Fossil

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The Human Fossil

by: “kuskusbalongus

Philippine President Noynoy Aquino

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Dr. Simmons couldn’t believe what he was hearing, he was happy about this new development, a great turn of events as Philippine President Noynoy Aquino or PNoy confirms it in his speech about Global Warming, the approval of research grants to address Greenhouse effects.

He didn’t mind the other countless Scientists, Politicians and personalities present during the congregation. He was jumping up and down and laughing his head off, and it wasn’t like the kind of laughter you hear coming from one evil genius who just made neither a recent discovery nor a sinister plot.

But all the laughter and actions were all happening inside the mind of one timid scientist who just sat silently, very composed, not even showing any visage of cheerfulness while continuing to listen attentively to PNoy’s talk.

Behind thick glasses lenses lies eyes that project a naïve assumption that such grant’s approval instilled hope for climate change, so easy for those who are quick to judge character to see that this scientist is a mere pushover.

But unbeknownst, underneath it all lays a cunning persona displaying a dark mantle as cover who knew that such speech is just mumbo jumbo.

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behind thick glasses

Industrial smog pollution in the last decade has taken its toll, hastening depletion of the Earth’s oxygen and the current atmosphere is barely breathable.

With the dispersing of tons of CFC’s and other pollutants in the air, the Ozone layer hole’s size before is but a pin hole.

As more and more of the lone planetary systems sun’s radiation penetrates, it slowly burns the remaining sparse forest and vegetation each day, leaving Earth with a seemingly irreversible change in the weather and climate.

Dr. Simmons knew there’s no more hope left to change the environment and humankind one way or another is drastically heading towards a certain doom, he knows the last hope lays in his secret “Project A!”

He secretly discovered this stunning breakthrough through years of research and hard work done inside his underground lab. Project A was a marvel of its kind, it not only 3D prints inanimate objects but with a touch of laser and nanotechnology, and the right ingredients, it is capable of printing organic carbon based life forms and materials, that includes animals, plants, and even microorganisms.

Trying to raise awareness and additional funding Dr. Simmons undertakes a number of public campaigns around the world in a bid to bring about climate change and save the environment. With his influence and power he was able to raise billions in funding from generous Philanthropist donations all over the globe.

However, he secretly diverts the funds for his secret project and surreptitiously builds these ultra-safe facilities strategically placed around the globe.

Project A was operated by the most advance of computer systems that money can buy. Solar panels and other types of fuel cells are available to make it run for a very long time. Environmental detectors gather and stores data in its computer hard drive built inside an all weather proof outer shell.

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…underlying directives dictates.

Robotic programs execute commands to mass produce organic entities as per readings based on the current ecosystems viability and capability to sustain life.

Its underlying directives ensure that it can acquire accurate bio readings and if conditions are not right, it will stay dormant for billions of years on end until an atmosphere suitable for sustaining life exists.

Dr. Simmons knew he wouldn’t last that long. But he was no run of the mill Scientist. He was a genius of all geniuses. So he invented a near indestructible cylinder, equipped with detectors, sensors, filters, and cryostasis for him to sleep and stay in suspended animation for a very, very long time.

Many years passed, humankind only managed to consume all of the Earth’s remaining resources, its fossil fuels, natural gas reserves, and finally exhausted almost all of the remaining oxygen in the atmosphere.

All that remains was like a death cloud.

Most of the weak, the sick, the young, and the elderly living in crowded major metropolis perished first. Mankind’s decimation slowly sweeps across the continents, suffocating and killing millions in its wake.

Those who were able bodied made for the mountains, retreating in caves and sheltering deep inside remaining oasis like jungles whose trees were still capable of providing little oxygen for comfort.

Most of the people in the east, oriental folks, who know the primitive ways, who learned to live off the land, survived.

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into darkness Earth gently fades

Earth through time gradually slipped into darkness, its rich colors of blue, green, white, and brown as seen from space by and by lost its luster, like a giant plastic ball stuck in the roof, left out in the scorching sun and slowly losing its color, gently fading as every day passes.

A beacon like flashing light goes off, texts appear in monitors with great speed, as analysis of atmospheric data gathered is interpreted and inputted in the computer system. Project A fires up as data deduced indicate tolerable surroundings and starts manufacturing organisms of all sorts and humans printed as well.

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brought into existence

As the first line of “prints” emerged and went out to explore and conquer vast barren land, initial interaction with survivors looks promising, as humankind seemed ready to repopulate the world.

Contacts with other humanoids and animal mutations proved deadly as most have developed a taste for anything that they can catch and devour for their own nourishment.

Generations come and go, thousands of years come to pass and most parts of Earth’s atmosphere still remained toxic. Places where giant metropolis once existed has now become deserts, with looming skyscrapers seen by survivor’s miles away as they stick close to their caves and burrows during the not so illuminated day as toxic clouds cover the suns rays.

Survivors seldom venture far away from their encampments as mutations kept prowling and hunting them if they wander off and end up in their territory or occasionally snatching a number of them in brazen attacks.

Humankind at this point was like back in the Stone Age and just as they were starting to rebuild, disaster strikes and almost wipes all of the remaining survivors as a giant asteroid hits Earth and manages to kick up dust that covered the Earth again in total darkness.

Project A goes dormant again.

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Billions of years elapsed.

Blurry vision seems to be getting clear as adjustment to light falling on age old eyes commences. As eyes scan the new surroundings, it seemed like a healing room but with futuristic and advance looking medical equipments.

As the view from a small round fortified window indicate, this seemed to be a vehicle traveling in the depths of space.

“Hello Dr. Simmons!” a voice came from behind as the scientist awakened from slumber was endlessly staring thru the glass window.

Dr. Simmons turned his head and was speechless, not because of what he sees in the room that called him by his name and slowly approached him as he was sitting on the bed facing the window.

But he was dumbfounded to see another human being inside the room, inside a giant transport, a massive spaceship, capable of cursing through the galaxies on eon-drive propulsion on a course set for an Exoplanet chosen for terraforming, SWEEPS-04 b.

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Exoplanet Sweeps-04 b size comparison with Jupiter

Dr. Simmons’s cylinder was short for a time capsule. In the middle of their journey in space, he was revived by Humans printed by the same 3D machines he built billions of years ago in Earth, after billions of years since the Asteroid struck.

An advance race of humans, “prints,” that have innate mind-bending, telekinetic abilities, and armed with the knowledge to devise, invent, and turn materials from scrap into something else as dictated by Project Alpha’s directive and command.

Dr. Simmons’s felt like he was a time traveler, like an immortal, the greatest thing that happened that defies the laws of Science, which he considers “Neolithic” being in the early 2000’s.

Yet the Human print, a doctor, assigned to him in his thoughts, considered it an honor to be the first to interact, to be in the presence of a multi-billion-year-old living human fossil. The brains to the 3D machines that the prints now put on display along with other artifacts back at their museum in Mars.

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Museum in Mars relic and artifacts

*This Short story was written by kuskusbalongus based on an outline by Ashwin.