Lamont and Dude Ponder a New Year


“Lamont! How was Florida?”

“Oh, you know. You remember the Jurassic period?”

“Yeah, kinda, sorta. Humid and lots of plants then? Bugs?”

“Pretty much.”

“Did you visit the Fountain of Youth?”

“Ha ha. That ship sailed hundreds of millennia ago.”

“You want to ride a few? The sets aren’t looking all that good this morning, though. They’re breaking against each other. Maybe go find a burrito?”

“Any crises while I was gone?”

“Nothing major. Christmas came and went. Then New Years.”

“That’s another joke. New Years. How do they know? And what’s a year, anyway?”

“You go through that every year. It’s kind of cute.”

“I know, I know. There’s nothing new under the sun, Dude.”

“You seem a little down, Lamont. Wassup?”

“I guess I am a little down. I’m only human.”

“Hardly ‘only’.”

“Good point. What I’m saying is maybe it’s human nature to look to a new year as a new beginning. Look at all the people who make resolutions? Did we make resolutions as velociraptors or salmon or bears or oak trees? No, we just went on like no new year had come, ripened, rotted and passed on. But humans? Then the moment comes when it’s just the same old thing with a different number at the end. This ‘new year’ is not a viable theory.”

“The life of a human is fraught with self-awareness and the knowledge of the passage of time. You said that yourself.”

“I know, I know. Sometimes I make sense, even to me.”

“Wow. You are down. You want a beer?”


Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a few years ago. They have the uncanny ability to remember many of their previous incarnations which gives them an unusual perspective on life, the universe and everything.

P.S. No disrespect meant to Florida. The author of this blog has been there, OK, she was 5, but she remembers it as being beautiful and a lot of fun.

9 thoughts on “Lamont and Dude Ponder a New Year

  1. Yuppers, as botanists look at the rings marking the years of passage of the old Oak Trees, is there one which really says “This ring, this ring here was the best year of my life!?”

    • It’s stuck down here. I don’t know what its story is, and the days are lovely, but it really needs to move around more. It said something about the jet-stream last time we talked, something about taking turns. Inscrutable as hell.

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