Houston, we…I have a problem


Asteroid Impacts – april 2015


Yesterday I came across a hilariously funny post written by my new friend C.M. Blackwood – I´m taking the liberty and add one of my earlier paintings as I think it might fit;)

Please visit her beautiful and inspiring blog!


Me: Houston, we have a problem.

Houston: What is it?

Me: I’m not sure. I’m just feeling very existential and nostalgic today.

Houston: Listen, K-26. You know that this is a mission command center, right? We’re not here for existential breakdowns.

Me: What about the nostalgia? You didn’t refer to the nostalgia.

Houston: We don’t handle that, either, K-26.

Me: You know — that might be part of our problem right there. I have a name, you know. I didn’t come out of the womb, with people slapping my bottom and calling me K-26.

*A shuffling sound of paperwork as mission command looks at my file.*

Houston: Well, it says here that your name is Brünhilda. *A pause.* Do you want me to call you Brünhilda?

Me: *Grimace.* Hell, no. I hate that name.

Houston: Then why did you ask me to call you by it?

Me: I didn’t ask you to. I just told you that I had a name.

Houston: Well, of course you have a — *long groan* — isn’t there anyone else on board that you could be talking to about your existential breakdown?

Me: Sure. But I didn’t want to bother them.

Houston: So you called to bother us?

Me: Well, I guess I never thought of it that way. But hey, so long as I’ve got you guys on the line — I can never remember what this red button on the control panel does. It doesn’t say anything.

Houston: Don’t press that!

Me: Why not?

Houston: Can I trust you with the truth, K-26?

Me: Sure.

Houston: With a single push of that button, every single person on earth will be transformed into a total asshole.

Me: Why’d they make a button that does that?

Houston: In case we’re ever invaded by aliens. The government figured that complete assholes would make better soldiers.

Me: I guess that makes sense. *Pause.* Can I ask you one more question?

Houston: What is it now?

Me: Do you know if anyone’s ever pressed this button before?

Houston: How the hell should I know?

Me: Well, I was only wondering, because — well, you’re kind of an asshole.

*Long silence. I think Houston’s hung up on me.*






12 thoughts on “Houston, we…I have a problem

  1. Reblogged this on C.M. Blackwood and commented:
    Can’t believe I haven’t reblogged this before now. Miss Gentileschi was thoughtful enough to pair my writing with her art, and I didn’t reblog it. Can you see my marbles? Because I’ve lost them.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. You know . . . I just realized that I never actually came to look at this! I thought you had just done a pingback on me in one of your other posts! I feel so honored that you paired this with your amazing artwork. FRIENDS 4-EVA 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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