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Joel’s loses his writing virginity

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Posted in Fiction by Joel Gross

I decided to write a story… this is my first draft of my first one, so please be kind. I would appreciate you guys’ thoughts on it. The story is a moment in the life of a character named John. My working title is “John and Pete”. Creative, I know. Anyways here it is:

“Finally done”, I grunted to myself as I slowly walked out to my worn Datsun pickup in the parking lot.

Working nights is a bitch. I “throw stock” at Safeway from 6pm to 3am every day and occasionally have to do overtime and may not get out till noon. Carrying around cases of dairy goods and filling racks is backbreaking work and there are scant benefits, so I take my pleasures where I can and steal the occasional case of white wine (such as the one currently resting under my hairy left arm). My wife also works nights and when she gets home each morning we drink a couple of bottles on our porch and watch the dawn before we make love, then pass out and do it all over again.

My bum right shoulder is aching again, so I slow down my already leisurely pace and look out into the darkness around me. The early morning is quiet except for the hum of the heating systems of the surrounding industrial buildings and the rattling of an occasional truck delivering goods to the surrounding businesses.

As I pass under a flickering street lamp, I can see a man dressed in black slacks and a light blue collared shirt leaning on the tailgate of my truck smoking a cigarette. Occasionally I see bums passed out around the area, but this man doesn’t appear to be a bum. Curious, I say, “Um… Can I help you?”

When he glances up I realize I recognize his face, but can’t quite place it at first. Slowly, I begin to remember.

Growing up, I attended the same same elementary school from preschool all the way through sixth grade with the same tight-knit group of friends. In the 3rd grade, a youngster named Pete came to our school. Not used to making new friends and adverse to change, I immediately disliked him. He was about my height and a little hefty around the middle with brown hair and a boatload of freckles. Unfortunately for him, he was a rather ugly boy; fat and slow, and had a distinctly unpleasant odor due to living on a dairy farm just outside of our rural town. Over the next three years, till he left to go to another junior high, my friends and I detested him and made his life miserable. As I got older I realized I had been a bully, but at the time it felt like I was fighting for righteousness and justice and against evil. Pete endured it all; constant taunting, thrown sticks, kicks and punches, and thorough humiliation when he tried to join our games.

Now here Pete was, older and bigger, but same freckles and shock of brown hair. He looked like a staff accountant; he had narrow shoulders with a little pot belly that hung over his belted slacks and then tapered down to his narrow calves.

Pete stared out of his glasses at me with a look of mildly aloof disgust.

“Pete… it’s been years. How are you?” I asked. I felt a little guilty about my past mistreatment of him and so tried to be extra polite. Plus, I was a little nervous to find him standing by my truck at this ungodly hour with no one around.

He didn’t respond and we just looked at each other for several long and, at least for me, uncomfortable moments. Pete reached his hand behind his back and into his slacks and brought out a short, black pistol and pointed it at my chest. My whole body froze and my heart dropped to my toes. I couldn’t move. We looked long into each others eyes, like lovers, both understanding what the moment entailed and why it was here.

I stood there in the middle of that big parking lot in the middle of an industrial district fiercely hoping that I wouldn’t die under in this godforsaken human wasteland in the harsh light of the street lamp.

Pete stood in front of me, externally calm, but his eyes were wide and a vein pulsed in his forehead. I felt a burning desire be at home, drinking my wine, with this living nightmare a hazy memory.

After what felt like an eternity of this standoff, but was probably only a few seconds, Pete pulled his arm back and put the pistol to the side of his head and pulled the trigger. Blood, bone and brains rained in a black mist to the side and his body slumped to the pavement uncomfortably.

I looked around and then back down at his body, completely in shock. The whole world felt oddly distant. My manager ran outside and looked at the situation. His first statement was, “YOU’RE the one who has been stealing the wine. You’re fired.” and then followed with his final order to me “Call 911″. I simply looked through him until he went back inside the store.

After the ambulance came and retrieved the body and the police questioned me for several hours, I was finally allowed to take my Datsun home. My wife and I got extremely drunk that evening.

4 thoughts on “Joel’s loses his writing virginity

  1. Nice little twist at the end. But the storytelling in the beginning seemed at points too simple and that at others too contrived (looking in each other’s eye’s like lovers… pfft…). Good beginnings.

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The following, thus, includes ended in guidelines this Israel, well-known due to its high-tech ability plus ahem) profound mistrust with Iran’s nuclear routine, can be regarding them. But it surely is definitely tricky to talk about what amount truth of the matter you can find in such a luscious way of thinking. The truth is all these. Stuxnet initially arrived at lumination around May, if that it was revealed by way of VirusBlokAda, your basic safety business in Belarus. The examples below four week period Siemens, your Languages like german conventional gigantic, informed it has the prospects this its “supervisory regulate plus details acquisition” SCADA) control models ended up being about to a earthworm. Mainly, them spots a form of Siemens program, labeled WinCC, which will flows for Microsof company Windows 7. To get basic safety explanations these models are frequently never plugged into online. Nonetheless Stuxnet arises as a result of UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS reminiscence supports, and also major moves. If a strong inflammed reminiscence cling is definitely connected to your working personal computer, a Stuxnet program check ups to check out if perhaps WinCC is definitely going. Whether it’s, them aims so that you can sign in, put in a backdoor regulate procedure plus get hold of your server around Malaysia to get information. If perhaps them could not choose a clone with WinCC, them is found in alternative UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS systems plus aims so that you can clone on its own in these folks. This can possilby pass on through area cpa affiliate networks as a result of embraced versions plus impress spoolers. Here could be the gory points. )At initially that it was possible this Stuxnet appeared to be intended to do conventional espionage and also allow for online criminals to maintain providers so that you can ransom by way of terrifying so that you can turned off very important models. But it surely includes quite a few out of the ordinary properties. WinCC is actually a quite unknown SCADA control procedure. Online criminals praying to a target countless providers as they can can be focused entirely on alternative, most popular, regulate models. Plus reported by Rob Langner, your Languages like german basic safety qualified who seem to written and published his personal study this morning, Stuxnet exams the machine its going for plus, if only specified pretty precise properties are merely, powers all the way down precise methods. This shows that an individual procedure had been aimed. Moreover, Stuxnet functions a blend of not one but two lost basic safety records stolen out of providers around Taiwan) including a before undiscovered basic safety golf hole around Windows 7 so that you can establish on its own quickly any time a customer aims to view your reminiscence cling that its hooked up. The utilization of before undiscovered basic safety loopholes known while in the commerce when “zero-day vulnerabilities”) by way of germs will not be out of the ordinary. Nonetheless Stuxnet might take advantage of three altogether different styles so that they can earthworm it has the manner to a procedure. Ordinarily, any one who seem to locates a different zero-day take advantage of can get selling them for your large rate so that you can online criminals nobody can in that case work with them. Whichever company made Stuxnet, having said that, appeared to be equipped to pay extra for three these makes use of, which will could not were low-priced, to increase it has the possibilities of being successful. Additionally obtained profound perception of special regulate models. It is very much a high-priced software system created for a person precise option. But what design? Microsof company reported around Aug this above 50, 000 pc’s everywhere ended up being inflammed by way of Stuxnet. A strong study by way of Symantec, your computer-security business, determined this 60% with inflammed units ended up being around Iran, 18% around Philippines plus 8% around China. It might be a little chance this Iran is challenging click. Nonetheless if perhaps Stuxnet is by design created for Iran, a person attainable aim for is definitely it has the Bushehr nuclear reactor, while you cannot find any precise studies in this. Its real this reported by the following screenshot out of UPI, a Bushehr reactor is definitely taken care of by way of Siemens models, for example the WinCC program this Stuxnet spots. Doctor Langner speculates not wearing running shoes has been inflammed as a result of AtomStroyExport, a European business that is definitely establishing a flower. Bushehr is dogged by way of challenges frequent and also its particular initial appeared to be a short while ago past due all over again. Nonetheless supplied a extensive track record with delays, you do not have so that you can invoke your working personal computer earthworm to clarify up to date a person. Your can compete with way of thinking is definitely the fact that aim for appeared to be Iran’s uranium-enrichment flower during Natanz, and the Stuxnet with success turned off a number it has the centrifuges around quick 2010. We will be profound on the kingdom with hypothesis listed here. Subscribers will be asked which you can follow a one-way links on this page so that you can sort as long as people for instance on the diverse conspiracy theory notions going swimming such when brussels, which will attractions your Biblical a blueprint inside of a job term intered while in the Stuxnet code). Twofurther records to the earthworm will be expected often be published in the computer-security office meeting establishing around Vancouver for Sept 29th. They can disappear several of the mysteries adjacent Stuxnet鈥攂ut they can easily punctual further more hypothesis. .THE online is definitely abuzz the following weeks time by using hypothesis pertaining to Stuxnet, your “groundbreaking” laptop earthworm this strikes industrial-control models. Decide to put like this, getting older good pretty stimulating. Nonetheless the chance that them has been created for a person couple of industrial-control models around particular鈥攖hose in Iranian nuclear facilities鈥攈as instigated a person basic safety qualified to explain Stuxnet for a “cyber-missile”, fashioned to find plus eradicate an individual aim for. Itsunusual intricacy, scenario, includes promptedspeculationthat it’s the deliver the results on the well-financed company discussing your usa think, rather than list of fake online criminals endeavoring to acquire conventional insider secrets and also induce problem. The following, thus, includes ended in guidelines this Israel, well-known due to its high-tech ability plus ahem) profound mistrust with Iran’s nuclear routine, can be regarding them. But it surely is definitely tricky to talk about what amount truth of the matter you can find in such a luscious way of thinking. The truth is all these. Stuxnet initially arrived at lumination around May, if that it was revealed by way of VirusBlokAda, your basic safety business in Belarus. The examples below four week period Siemens, your Languages like german conventional gigantic, informed it has the prospects this its “supervisory regulate plus details acquisition” SCADA) control models ended up being about to a earthworm. Mainly, them spots a form of Siemens program, labeled WinCC, which will flows for Microsof company Windows 7. To get basic safety explanations these models are frequently never plugged into online. Nonetheless Stuxnet arises as a result of UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS reminiscence supports, and also major moves. If a strong inflammed reminiscence cling is definitely connected to your working personal computer, a Stuxnet program check ups to check out if perhaps WinCC is definitely going. Whether it’s, them aims so that you can sign in, put in a backdoor regulate procedure plus get hold of your server around Malaysia to get information. If perhaps them could not choose a clone with WinCC, them is found in alternative UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS systems plus aims so that you can clone on its own in these folks. This can possilby pass on through area cpa affiliate networks as a result of embraced versions plus impress spoolers. Here could be the gory points. )At initially that it was possible this Stuxnet appeared to be intended to do conventional espionage and also allow for online criminals to maintain providers so that you can ransom by way of terrifying so that you can turned off very important models. But it surely includes quite a few out of the ordinary properties. WinCC is actually a quite unknown SCADA control procedure. Online criminals praying to a target countless providers as they can can be focused entirely on alternative, most popular, regulate models. Plus reported by Rob Langner, your Languages like german basic safety qualified who seem to written and published his personal study this morning, Stuxnet exams the machine its going for plus, if only specified pretty precise properties are merely, powers all the way down precise methods. This shows that an individual procedure had been aimed. Moreover, Stuxnet functions a blend of not one but two lost basic safety records stolen out of providers around Taiwan) including a before undiscovered basic safety golf hole around Windows 7 so that you can establish on its own quickly any time a customer aims to view your reminiscence cling that its hooked up. The utilization of before undiscovered basic safety loopholes known while in the commerce when “zero-day vulnerabilities”) by way of germs will not be out of the ordinary. Nonetheless Stuxnet might take advantage of three altogether different styles so that they can earthworm it has the manner to a procedure. Ordinarily, any one who seem to locates a different zero-day take advantage of can get selling them for your large rate so that you can online criminals nobody can in that case work with them. Whichever company made Stuxnet, having said that, appeared to be equipped to pay extra for three these makes use of, which will could not were low-priced, to increase it has the possibilities of being successful. Additionally obtained profound perception of special regulate models. It is very much a high-priced software system created for a person precise option. But what design? Microsof company reported around Aug this above 50, 000 pc’s everywhere ended up being inflammed by way of Stuxnet. A strong study by way of Symantec, your computer-security business, determined this 60% with inflammed units ended up being around Iran, 18% around Philippines plus 8% around China. It might be a little chance this Iran is challenging click. Nonetheless if perhaps Stuxnet is by design created for Iran, a person attainable aim for is definitely it has the Bushehr nuclear reactor, while you cannot find any precise studies in this. Its real this reported by the following screenshot out of UPI, a Bushehr reactor is definitely taken care of by way of Siemens models, for example the WinCC program this Stuxnet spots. Doctor Langner speculates not wearing running shoes has been inflammed as a result of AtomStroyExport, a European business that is definitely establishing a flower. Bushehr is dogged by way of challenges frequent and also its particular initial appeared to be a short while ago past due all over again. Nonetheless supplied a extensive track record with delays, you do not have so that you can invoke your working personal computer earthworm to clarify up to date a person. Your can compete with way of thinking is definitely the fact that aim for appeared to be Iran’s uranium-enrichment flower during Natanz, and the Stuxnet with success turned off a number it has the centrifuges around quick 2010. We will be profound on the kingdom with hypothesis listed here. Subscribers will be asked which you can follow a one-way links on this page so that you can sort as long as people for instance on the diverse conspiracy theory notions going swimming such when brussels, which will attractions your Biblical a blueprint inside of a job term intered while in the Stuxnet code). Twofurther records to the earthworm will be expected often be published in the computer-security office meeting establishing around Vancouver for Sept 29th. They can disappear several of the mysteries adjacent Stuxnet鈥攂ut they can easily punctual further more hypothesis. . .

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