Monday, February 8, 2010

the day they dropped the bomb

i was there the day they dropped the bomb, watching it whistle as it broke the air before it, all the way down to the concrete.

stark white purity lay across the field, unmarred by what was yet to come. breath becoming solid, fresh out of our mouths, clattering to the sidewalk; drum beats stirring our hearts to battle. heavy words taunt us into action, first one shot, then two, excitement spilling over into madness, as laughter fills the air with each fallen comrade.

it began as a small skirmish, between families defending borders, laying claim to the land between us. soon cousins and brothers, then acquaintances spilled out doors, down paths to join. the air became crowded, buzzing like hornets, our boots sucking deep in the snow as we dive for cover.

soon none of us remember how it even started, only marvel at the hundreds that have joined some unknown cause. setting right, some wrong that was never intended. my hands ache, my legs are stiff, but i press on.

what else is there to do, when they cancel all the classes because of snow, finding yourself trapped on campus? a snow ball fight for the ages, and then...

men in black armor, bearing shields follow a megaphone mouthed man issuing orders to cease and desist, which are lost amongst the clamor, until they drop the bomb. this scream captures all of our attention, we pause staring slack jawed at he red and white casing pirouetting through the air from thirteen stories, plummeting down...

down...
down...

crumpling like an accordion, the coke machine implodes, sending cans of pop whizzing like rocket propelled grenades, spraying sticky brown mist across face and bodies, dripping down to our fingers.

looking at our red ripe hands, wet and shivering, we wonder...it seemed like a good idea once, but now we just walk slowly away, back to dorm rooms...pondering the bomb. and all that it takes away.

94 comments:

Iddy Albatross said...

I so wish I could see a snowfight once in my life. Staying in Delhi, though, I won't find any snow here.

Interesting post, as always. Cheers...

Tina said...

You invest everything with the possiblity of greatness and immortality, Brian. Each story and memory becomes great as you tell it.

TechnoBabe said...

That must have been a sight! Somebody had some issues, heh. I would like to have a coke first.

lakeviewer said...

Wow, a snow fight imploding and exploding all around, getting bigger and heavier with significance.

Kat_RN said...

What a waste of a good snow ball fight. I have never seen a coke machine fly, but I have seen flys in the coke machine, does that count?
Kat

The Retired One said...

No..NO..not the COKE machine...!!!! It sacrificed its life for college boys????
SIGH!!!!

Mama Wheaton said...

Not a big fan of snowball fights, I have bad aim.

Michele said...

That was just awesome.
You're writing is absolutely amazing!!!!

Gotta love a good snowball fight! ;)

Maggie said...

I have seen and left snowed but that what when I was very young about 15 maybe? I wish I could feel it again. Thanks for bringing back those nice childhood memories. :)

RNSANE said...

Good grief, knowing me, I would have stayed in my dorm, snuggled under nice warm covers and never ventured outside...but, wait, I was much younger then.

Incredible writing.

ModernMom said...

AH the snowball fight. SO there are some good things about winter:)

Bernie said...

my but you do have a gift for writing Brian.....I do remember a good snow ball fight......:-) Hugs

otin said...

They ruined a good snowball fight by throwing a soda machine out the window?? Geez! College kids!

Matty said...

Ah yes, the good ole college days, and snowball fights.

Vodka Logic said...

Again the imagery is clear.

Mighty M said...

This may be the only snowball fight I get to experience this year....we skipped winter and moved straight to spring!

Cabo said...

Heathens

slommler said...

I remember a snow fight like this once!! Boy did I ever get cold!! Brrrrrrrrr! I felt that cold all over again reading your words. Love the exploding coke!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Enchanted Oak said...

Wow. A Coke bomb. Awesome. Where did this take place? Did it really happen? Interesting vignette. Arouses curiosity.

Maha said...

You never fail to amaze me.
Many writers work on extraordinary scenes and you do the opposite-the hardest-turing something as simple as a snow fight into a tight piece of art.
I also love how you give the reader a false impression about what's gonna happen next then surprise them with something they could've never seen coming.

Brian Miller said...

it did take place. it was my freshman year of college...school was let out and the most massive snow ball fight i had ever been a part of took place...the police did show up in riot gear to break it up and then some (deleted word) threw the coke machine off the top of the 13th floor dorm. which was really scary and none of us felt like throwing snowballs any more or spending the night in jail...

Lori said...

I love snow fights and can only imagine the fun you had. Bummer that it had to come to such an end. Great words Brian.

Not The Rockefellers said...

Coke..it's supposed to bring perfect harmony.

Susan said...

The coke machine had it coming :)

Tom said...

was that the deleted scene from Animal House?

What a memory!

only a movie said...

I would have been freaked out to see a coke machine thrown out the window... yikes!

Christina said...

Noooo.... not the coke machine. Callege kids will die without caffine!

Lou said...

All they did at my daughter's college was burn couches. I guess every institution of higher learning has it's own "personality";)

Corrie Howe said...

Come up here. You can have as much snowball fighting as you want.

I read another blog of college antics which seemed a good idea at the time

William Manson © 2010 said...

lol goof fun mate, thats what snow is for, we did the same, snowmen lasted a few weeks lol, good post, c.u tomorrow :)

Monkey Man said...

Ahhh yes. College Hormones and the freedom that accompanied them. Nice.

powdergirl said...

I shoulda stayed in school!

Sounds like a good time, though the coke machine might have been going a bit too far.

Did you not stay for coke flavored snow-cones? Seems the logical thing to do...

secret agent woman said...

The Mom in me wants to chide those long ago coke machine throwers for endangering people.

tori said...

I love the minute you figure out it's a snowball fight and you say "ahhhh!" Crazy college kids!

Eternally Distracted said...

What a fab noise that must've made!!

Daniel said...

Brian, Brian, Brian. What am I going to do with you? You know the drill, to the woodshed, and quickly.

Fragrant Liar said...

Yowza! Somebody's got some 'splainin' to do!

just jill said...

there's always got to be someone to ruin a good thing.

i love the way you write! :-)

Ronda Laveen said...

Somehow I don't think the cops were worried about snowballs after that. Throwing Coke machines trumps that.

I do have to admit I would love to drop something big like that sometine...as long as no one gets hurt.

Devika said...

Wonderful writing, Brian...and a glimpse of American campus life,

I heard many youth in developing nations are making bombs because they have nothing else to do...Good to know there its only snowball fights :)

wishes,
devika

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian:)

Here we don't have snow ball fights, but we have something called ragging. All new entrants to the college are ragged so badly that some weak hearted commit suicide. This is a very big issue all over the country.

Your wonderful description of the snow ball fight gives a vivid picture of excitement,madness, laughter,pandemonium,police intervention etc.

In Kochi we have a college by name Maharajas College. Students getting low marks get admission into this college. This is the breeding ground for political parties. There are several unions in this college with affiliations to political parties. Very often fights break out in the campus and students are badly beaten up,sometimces stabbed etc. You will always find a police van permanently parked here.

Have a nice day Brian:)
Joseph

Devika said...

Brian, allow me to share a word with Joseph here....because wrt to his comment (else i would have gone to his page),

Hi Joseph, I am from Trivandrum...nice to meet you! :)

Trivandum Engineering college (where i did my graduation) used to no different...But a year back I was there, and some old teachers were complaining that the campus has lost its fun as most of present day students carry appointment letters right from second year and have no time, but to mug up their books ==

I don't mean to say I enjoy or promote ragging....I remember my ragging -- and when they knew i was a member of SFI -- they just left the place -- Politics sometimes helps, provides they know the meaning and purpose of it!

SFI, DYFI and for that matter CPM today-- i am not one to comment about that,

anyway, nice reading your comment, and thanks Brian :)

wishes,
devika

Bridgette said...

Great story! Thank you for all the kind words and support. :)

JeffScape said...

Hah! This was awesome.

I may have to try that sometime... Coke Machine Bomb! Fire in the hole!

But 13 stories? That's some dedication there.

By the way, I've noticed your prose "normalizing" a bit over the past few weeks. Keep it up. The more stylistic options you're comfortable with, the further your writing will take you.

e said...

Wow...a flying coke machine from thirteen stories up...Only in America. Jeff's right about writing styles. Nice work.

järnebrand said...

I feel so sorry for the Coke machine. That was probably not the way she wanted to end her life. She was murdered! And after this occurred they had to put up new labels on the Coke machines: "May cause fatal injury if being thrown through a window on the 13th floor", right? Or the snow ball fighters could sue the university... A good post. Thank you.

Crafty Green Poet said...

this is very vividly written, very visual

LadyFi said...

I love your description of the snow fight... But throwing out the drinks machine.. oh dear! ;-)

mo.stoneskin said...

You wore gloves, a scarf and a hat right?

Protege said...

This was a description of a snowball fight, but somehow I think you were trying to convey something much deeper.
To me visiting here is always an opportunity to get exposed to new words and expressions.;)
xo
Zuzana

Maggie May said...

That was a beautifully written fun thing!

Nuts in May

Baino said...

Haha well I haven't done it with snow but I've thrown a few cow pats in my time .. talk about stink bombs! Also done it with balloons half filled with water . .devastating . . but we walked away clean!

Valerie said...

I remember the freezing hands and wet gloves. It was enough to put me off snowballing for ever. Anyway, I always lost. My aim was dreadful but I was brilliant at getting hit.

the walking man said...

Yeah don't take boredom and dullness to a place of fun. We'll stomp you all from 13 stories high.

Alan Burnett said...

Hi Brian, nice to be back again. Nice to be reading your stories again. It always is a bit like entering one of those complex mazes, you have a vague idea where you might finish but the journey there is a fascinating mystery.

Goofball said...

wow what en event

too bad nobody was filming yet and putting it on youtube.

CottageGirl said...

Wow, Brian ... Your words took me to many places before I understood the snowball fight! Great job! I love the intrigue that you impart. It is fun reading your work!

Hootin' Anni said...

I love snowball fights...but, but the coke machine? NO!?!!!!


THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MAKING MY BIRTHDAY SO VERY SPECIAL WITH YOUR WARM, LOVING BIRTHDAY WISHES!!! You made my day.

Peter Stone said...

Sounds like the snow ball fight of snow ball fights, but the poor old coke machine!

Scott said...

lol anyone have a mop?

Ocean Girl said...

The worst we've had were pillow fights, but then I don't think we even had that.

Gaston Studio said...

Now, if it had been a Pepsi machine, I could totally understand it.

Barry said...

Considering the latest scientific study showing that as few as two cokes a week will kill you, that was probably the best used of a coke machine.

I love the way your stories magically morph into something so completely different and transformational.

Candie Bracci said...

It snow/rain here again but nothing compare to what you guys had over there!OMG!Enjoy your day :)

Candie Bracci said...

It snow/rain here again but nothing compare to what you guys had over there!OMG!Enjoy your day :)

otin said...

BRIAN IS SNOWED IN AND WILL BE BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

University life is so very wild compared to the quiet studious, hard working kids (do I remember correctly?) or an art school...... -J

Suldog said...

You capture the inner feeling of the fight well. I am a combat veteran of many a snowball war, having grown up in the Boston area.

jingle said...

great humor writing,
stay that way,
get rained with more flowers and snow balls...

Happy Tuesday!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. : ) I loved your description.
You always leave me speechless!

Felicitas said...

In the words of my mother: it's only fun until someone loses an eye. There's alway one spoiler in the bunch - too bad about the Coke machine!

Tracie said...

Did they have to pay for the damages? (I'm too practical.)

Juliana said...

Um.....hello, my name is Juliana and I just feel madly in love with your blog. Seriously--you have mad skills dude. I am just almost speechless, but not totally...I always have something to blab about. DANG. Just blown away. WOW.

I am your newest follower. Swoon. Swoon.

Captain Dumbass said...

Instant slurpee.

Nessa said...

And that's how it feels when you are 19 and do such whacked out craziness.

Dismal

Crystal Jigsaw said...

You make it sound so eloquent.

CJ xx

Bachelor said...

Hit 'em from the left and right!!
BOOM BANG BAM SLAM! :) The Bach

Jessie said...

wow...

Titanium said...

It's all fun and games 'til somebody gets whacked.

Good one, Brian.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

I was there.

Reminds me of the book I am currently reading now by Evelyn Waugh.

I was there.

Hilary said...

I never know where you're taking me in the beginning and I'm always so delighted by the end. You must have been born with pen in hand.

Kay said...

only you could bring a smile to the 'war zone' :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I'm with The Retired One...not the Coke machine!! What a sacrifice... ;) Loved the vivid picture you painted of the snowball fight... ;)

blueviolet said...

That was such a cool snowball fight...totally ruined! Ack!

Ms Hen said...

Oh wow.. !!! I never knew a snow fight could get this insane... scary.

Pat said...

I was right in there with the snowball fight, enjoying the action! And then to throw a Coke machine off the 13th floor! C'mon! A Pepsi machine I can understand, but Coke? Oh, that hurts!

Mmm said...

whoa. that could have been tragic in fact. Great story.

gaelikaa said...

You always leave me thinking, Brian....

gaelikaa said...

Just been over to Hilary's and saw your POTW mention. Congrats, Brian!

imbeingheldhostage said...

ahhhh,brilliant story telling. SO very deserving of Hilary's POTW!

sheila said...

lol, good one! On the first line I thought this would be about water balloons. Snow is good. Colder but good. :)

Land of shimp said...

I very much enjoyed this, and it made me laugh heartily at the revelation of the snowball fight. I do think dropping a coke machine off a building would scare the living daylights out of almost anyone. What a way to bring the fun crashing to an end.

Tremendous fun, and congratulations of the post of the week mention over at Hilary's :-)

blunoz said...

Wow that was magnificently written. Well done! Congrats on Post of the Week!

JML said...

Imagery that I never could have pieced together. Have you ever been published, or do you even care to? I think you could. :D