A few days ago I mentioned that I’ve been listening to the old CBS Radio Mystery Theater. It was an hour-long radio show, broadcast between 1974 and 1982. It came on Monday through Friday, and all 1399 episodes(!) have survived, and are easily accessible. It’s good stuff, about 80% of the time… There are a few clunkers, but they had a pretty good batting average.
Anyway, I heard an episode a couple of months ago, with a premise that I keep thinking about. I can’t remember the exact details (I’ve listened to about 150 episodes in a tightly compacted amount of time, and they start to run together). But it dealt with a woman who was on death row, I believe, for killing a man during a botched robbery of her employer’s safe. She was a trusted employee who found herself in a bind, and was going to “borrow” a few thousand and try to put it back before anyone noticed.
Yeah, and everything went to shit. An old man security guard caught her in the act, and she panicked and shoved him down. He hit his head and died, and she was convicted of murder.
But some mysterious man shows up, and gives her an opportunity for a do-over. He says he’ll arrange for her to rewind 21 years, and take another shot at her adult life. She’ll be aware of what’s happening, and will know everything she now knows. She’ll simply be transported back 21 years, and given the chance to make different decisions.
I think he was a ghost, living in limbo, and tasked with correcting an Earthly wrong. If she’d just take advantage of the opportunity, and do the right things, he’d be able to move on, or somesuch.
But, of course, she’s a flawed individual, uses all her knowledge of the “future” for ill, and ends up exactly where she started.
It was fairly predictable. However, the premise of a 21 year rewind… That’s mighty appealing. I keep thinking about it, and what I would do with such a thing. I’d like to think I wouldn’t squander it, like that stupid bitch on the radio show.
Twenty-one years ago I would’ve been 28, and in my second year of working at WEA Atlanta. I might have been dating Toney by then? I’m not so great with exact timelines… Ahem. But Toney was definitely on my radar in 1991, and that would complicate matters. I’d certainly want her along for the do-over, but I’d be taking some chances and would hate to make her endure a life I created, if everything went circling down the ol’ crap catcher.
But I’d pack up everything I had, and move to southern California. I’d get a stoopid job somewhere, and a shitty little apartment, and spend every available minute trying to break into TV writing, or scriptwriting, or something on the creative end o’ the spectrum. And I’d just keep going, until something happened.
I lived in California for four years, but by the time I got there I was saddled with massive responsibility. I had two kids, a job that sucked the life out of me, and a mortgage I couldn’t afford. No, in the re-do, I’d undertake it with little to no responsibilities, and know that life is probably going to suck for a few years. And just get to work.
And that’s what I’d do with my 21 year rewind. What about you? Please tell us about it in the comments.
I won’t be able to update tomorrow, my friends, and Friday’s questionable as well. But I’ll be back as soon as possible. The next few days are going to eat it from the ass-in, but I always survive.
I’ll see you guys in a few days!