A New Frontier

I often dream science fiction situations. I am crazy like that and I love it. At times, just when I am about to go to sleep, I can almost feel myself in that situation, in that futuristic world and I can see myself commanding a starship. But this time, a few nights ago I had a different dream around the theme of space and spaceships and traveling to distant planets.

I dreamed that we had visits from a horde of large spaceships and the world panicked. Can 2020 get any worse; we are getting an alien invasion now? Turns out it isn’t an alien invasion. A few of the spaceships hail us and land in major cities. They are humans in these ships. And they are from the future, take a large undertaking of coming up with creating a way to travel back in time to 2020 from way out in the future. Like well over a couple of thousand years from now.

The reason they have come is that the feel that humans from this era can be saved from the pandemic. The pandemic becomes worse in 2021 and kills off huge chunks of our population. It takes decades for us to recover and this brings our scientific advancements down for the next hundred years. However our descendants eventually thrive and achieve the ability to easily travel the stars and leave the planet behind to settle elsewhere. Now they have developed easier methods to travel in space and then discovered the option to travel back in time. They meet with the governments of the world and say that they will take back as many people as they can and it will have to be in several trips.

They bring smaller ships that can connect to one another and can have a small number of people, each from a family, in it and they have to be secluded due to the pandemic. Once we reach the star system that they are in they will help us to settle in comfortable homes that they have setup for us on a couple of earth like planets.. And during the trip we will also see a slowing down of our aging to the point that even after several months in space and then years on the new planets, we would age only by a few weeks.

The future humans pick individuals who can represent a large group of related humans and one of them is me. After I get lessons on flying the spaceship and the controls for the working of the ship (food & drink dispensers, coolness and heat, air & water generators, it’s time to inform my family members including parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and their spouses. However some spouses relatives will be traveling in other units. The first unit handed to me consists of a couple of living quarters, hall, bridge and dining area. The remaining units will have the same minus the bridge as their units will all connect to mine. Dad, mom & surprisingly Shawny, who is alive in this dream, are with me.

In the next unit will be my sister and her husband and their 3 kids plus their dog. Another uncle and aunt and their children, my cousins with their spouses and kids respectively in another unit and so on & so forth. Since I am the representative, I will pilot all of them to the star system we are supposed to go to, just by following the future humans vessels. It is an exciting and scary time but we have to do it. As night falls, all the units are getting connected to my main unit one by one and off we head out into space.

Roasted Turkey Legs


3 stalks celery stalks, cut in thirds
3 turkey legs
6 tablespoons butter
salt to taste
½ cup water, or as needed

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse the turkey legs and pat dry.

Step 2

Stand the turkey legs upright (as if the turkey were standing). Press a knife downward into the deep tissue, creating 2 or 3 long pockets. Press a piece of celery into each opening. Pull back the skin on the legs, rub with butter, and season with a little salt. Put the skin back into place, rub with more butter, and season lightly with salt. Lay the legs in a roasting pan.

Step 3

Roast uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the legs are golden brown and the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Add more water if needed while roasting, and baste occasionally with the juices or butter.