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Kill Time

Updated on March 2, 2017

11:13 AM

Alarm Clock
Alarm Clock

Kill Time

He raises his still thick with sleep head from the pillow and twists his neck to see the time.

His crusted eyes see the clock. "Ugh! 11:13 AM. Better get up," he mumbles, dry-mouthed, face down into his pillow.

Nothing much to do today, even if I do get up. He rolls over, "Ugggh," emerges from his mouth. Maybe I'll watch the 12 Noon Movie. Read? Do dishes, do wash? Eat? Guess I'll drink some coffee. Not much else to do. Just kill time.

Check the mail. Ya. Who knows what the mail might bring? "A letter from someone: Raymie or Paul. Maybe one from a prospective employer—who knows?" He slips into his slippers and puts on his robe. Passing through his sister's room, he trips over the telephone wire.

“Dang it…!” he groans.

Down the steps he trudges, into the bathroom. While washing his hands, he glances in the mirror over the sink. His short, brown, beard needs trimming as does his long, brown, disheveled hair. He does neither to either as he dries his hands on the bath towel.

He pulls his robe tight around his husky frame and as he opens the kitchen door wide.

“Brrrr…cold out here. C’mon dogs!” he growls.

The two family dogs scamper after him. Candy first, then Shari. Down the twelve steps to the mailbox he hurries. His slipper clad feet move against the November wind. He opens the mailbox and finds a Kaufmann’s ad, a letter for one of his sisters, and a bill from Blue Cross-Blue Shield. There is also a postcard from his best friend, Ron. He was away on a business trip, to Rome. Up the steps he retreats.

He begins to read the greetings on the postcard from Ron.

Candy and Shari
Candy and Shari

Postcard from Roma

Rome
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The Note

Hi Tom,

I'm writing this with your pen. Sorry, I didn't mean to rip it off.

("Yeah but you did!" Tom grunts to himself.)

Seeing all my old friends. How are things?

Fine, I hope! Business is good.

Your friend,

Ron.”

That's nice. I miss him. Glad things are good for him.

"Too cold!" He shivers.

“C’mon dogs! Get in,” he barks as he opens the door to let in his beloved canines.

Coffee Time
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Coffee Time

He cleans out the percolator and makes 7 cups of coffee. While it perks, he turns on the TV. Not wanting to hear the news, he switches to Channel 22, to watch the 12 Noon Movie. Wonder what's on? He picks up the TV section of the paper and turns to the movie page.

Homecoming. Clark Gable and Lana Turner. Story about a doctor who was unable to save his nurse. Big deal! But Gable and Turner made some good flicks—apart and together.

As the coffee begins to percolate the aroma wafts through the room. After a few minutes, he takes a cup from the dish rack and he pours a cup. Hot and black, too. Drinking coffee is a good way to kill time.

This would make a great ad!

Scene: Man waiting at a bus stop, talking with a friend. The poster behind them reads, “Try our coffee. It helps kill time, only better than theirs.”

"Weird," he says out loud.

Homecoming -Gable and Turner

Movie Time

The movie’s already started. Black and white—must be late 40’s early 50’s—a war hospital movie. He sets the coffee cup on the the coffee table and drops onto the couch. Lana and Clark exchange some witty dialogue in their Army wartime hospital. No blood in that hospital!

It's raining outside now, the wind pushing heavy drops against the window. Winter’s now over a month away, but Fall has a funny way of blending right into winter. Rain into snow. Hard to concentrate on anything, now.

Sipping the coffee makes him feel warmer. God, I wish I had a job. First time in 10 years I haven’t had a job—haven’t worked.

“Dang!” he howls out loud.

Old movies, old books, old dishes to fill up my days. "Oh well, I might as well watch the movie and kill time." He puts his coffee cup back on the table and slides down on the couch. He rests his head on the pillow, twists his heavy head to watch the black and white TV.

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      AJ 8 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Yves. Appreciate the feedback and glad you enjoyed the story! I re-wrote the story--had it at 12:13 for awhile lol.

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      Yves 8 months ago

      11:13 am? Eeek...I'm not a morning person AT ALL, but sleeping close to noon, more than once a year, would make me feel like a bum---unless I was deathly ill.

      But, I have been unemployed and I do know that it is the most depressing situation in the world....

      Anyway, I like this hub article. Sort of a stream of consciousness thing. Very enjoyable, indeed!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for reading and commenting Danielle Farrow! Yes, I agree that many could identify with the hero's dilemma. Finding motivation and inspiration can be difficult at times. I appreciate your feedback!

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      Danielle Farrow 3 years ago from Scotland, UK

      I think a lot of people can relate to this - self-employed people / those working from home, too, between projects and inspiration!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      dahoglund, thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. I have the email notification for your latest Hub saved to read. Yes, being out of work is hard to take. I tried to capture some of the emotions or ideas around this situation. Thanks again!

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      aj, I feel for anyone out of work. For me the 1970s was much like today. I think most people out of work would prefer a job to a handout. The video was interesting. Instead of rain we have snow right now, not a lot but it is well into Spring.sharing.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      dialogue thanks so much for commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      dialogue 4 years ago

      Excellent hub, i had a good read. Thank you. Great share!