Me & My Muse – Day 200: Tower of Muses: The Second Ascent

Once again, we have arrived at another milestone.   I am sure that you are all aware of how things will transpire.  I will leave an introspective entry and then shift my point of view to first person.  I would then provide a predictable reaction from my Muse’s intended absence.

In a sheer attempt at humor, I redundantly acknowledge the composition of this entry.  How I talk about this being another milestone.  How you are aware of how things will transpire.  How I would leave an introspective….wait!  This is getting too redundant, and is on the brink of being extremely absurd and ridiculous.  Is it too late to start over?  It clearly is, considering that you are all able to still see these first two paragraphs.  With that, we will press on.

Blah blah blah….Long profound exposition about my Muse and why she is not here….Let’s skip that this time, as we have already shown ourselves to be quite redundant in our attempt at composing a milestone entry.  In fact, let us skip all the way to where I approach the tower.  Of course!  You knew there was going to be another tower, right?  It says so right there in the title!

But, breaking away from the overly astute sarcastic narration, I notice that this tower is….different.  Yes.  The tower is a little bit taller, but just to be sure.  We will have a look inside and see….

Time to recycle some text from my previous entry, with some subtle edits to make it resemble something slightly different.

After standing there for a while, I finally entered through the door.  Sure enough, the same field was there.  I was surrounded by the same lush greenery as before.  Green clovers and wildflowers.  Pink and red roses.  Orange lilies.  Purple daisies.  Pink tulips.  A sea of color.  Nothing was different from what I experienced 100 days ago….

The colorful flowering sea led to a rather tall structure that sat far in the distance.  Again, this was getting too predictable, having already experienced this before.

The tower looked like an office building – for women.  The pink and white accents ran up and down the structure.  The glass had a pink tint to it.

“A pink office building,” I said to myself.  “Can’t my Muse be any more original?”

Let’s cut to the chase, and find out if this tower really is different.

I got attention of the same receptionist who sat there, typing 100 days back.

“So, is this the same Tower of Muses as before?” I asked her, just to make sure.

My Muse shook her head and smiled.  “No, silly!  This tower is a little different.  And there’s a teleporter thingy that will take you to the 101st floor!”

I nodded, with a slight grin on my face.  “And this floor is still….”

“Floor 1,” she recited.  “ExperiMENTAL.  Tee hee….”

And of course the Dark Muse, which was then a bad idea, was just beginning to affect my Muse at this time….”Thank you,” I told her, proceeding forward to the mysterious portal that sat past the white service desk just before the elevators.

Upon entering the portal, she was right.  I entered a new room, which resembled a different lobby.  But this lobby had no exit, since this was the 101st floor.

Approaching a brown colored service desk, I saw a different Muse sitting there.  But she wasn’t typing.  In fact, she looked up right after I got to this floor.  It was only a split second that I saw her typing….

“Welcome, Kyle.” she announced.  “You are on the “The New Muse” floor.  This floor is one of my favorites, since it captures who I am, 99 days ago….”

I nodded, and looked at the elevators that were past her desk.  “I would like to go to floor 200 now.”

At this, my Muse frowned.  “Why?  There are so many good floors!”

I then sighed, and quite deliberately broke the fourth wall.   The redundancies have reached their limit for this post!  Would you really want me to actually pick 6 to 8 random floors and stop on them?  Okay.  If we don’t visit them, perhaps we should do this instead.  I will briefly recap some of my favorite floors, after I have taken a few minutes to determine what they are.


There.  After several minutes of reviewing all 99 entries, thinking and taking a much needed bathroom break,  I have my list.  It’s right here!  I have it on my lap.  Let’s see….I will put this in list form so that it will be easier for you to read.  My favorite floors are:

Floor 111 – Fall Toastmaster Conference Aftermath

A thoughtful account about a memorable Toastmasters conference.

Floor 113 – I am Error

A frustrating account about a computer problem.

Floor 115 – Trick or Treat?!

Why did I include this in my favorites?  Candy, of course!

Floor 120 – Tired

This was when I was tired of….everything.  Posting these entries and working in a menial job.  Let’s be glad I didn’t stop, huh?

Floor 123 – The Road to Success

Mind you, this is the Road to Success as defined by me.  Your definition may be different than mine.

Floor 133 – A Golden Opportunity

A memorable post indeed.  I talk about the Toastmasters Educational Program and my Muse gets involved in Toastmasters.  And a power outage the same night?  What can top this?

Floor 138 – Snow Way!

I talk about the first snow of the season, and my Muse shares her true identity….

Floor 146 – O Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree memories are really good, aren’t they?  That’s why this is in the list….

Floor 151 – Part Time Jobs Suck

Don’t you agree?  Another rant, but a good one!

Floor 170 – Merry Christmas!

The most wonderful time of the year.  I also put an end to the Dark Muse’s most recent appearance.

Floor 182 – Using a Snow Blower is NOT Cheating!

Especially when you have used the shovel so many times.  I’ve earned my right to snow plow.  Read this entry and you will agree.

Floor 186 – Waiting to Exhale

Thoughtful, yes.  A plethora of events and how I prepare for them.

Floor 197 – Self Assessment

This is a good one.  I assess myself to troubleshoot my employability.  It’s a must read.

Wow!  It looks like I had lot more favorites than what I thought.  Maybe I should’ve narrowed the list.  But it’s too late now.  Onward to the 200th floor….

My Muse, having heard the whole conversation, grinned.

“It’s nice how much you know about all those floors,” she told me.  “Especially when you haven’t visited them….”

“Oh, I don’t need to….” I told her.  “I lived them!”

To that, she responded with a timid nod, and I proceeded to the elevators.  I then pressed the up button a few times.  Where are the elevators?  With this many, I would think that at least one would be ready for me! A few seconds later, I entered the first elevator door that opened.  It just happened to be the one next to me.

I entered the elevator and pressed the 200 button.  Moments later, the doors closed.

Several moments passed.  At this point, Kyle decided to be a little more unoriginal and once again reused some material from the previous milestone entry.  Perhaps he’ll make it a little different so that they’ll never notice.  How lazy of him!  Can’t he get his brain thinking of any more original ideas?  But Kyle would have none of that.  He is just as determined to bring this milestone post to an abrupt end.  The good old recycled zinger.  They’ll never notice!  Unless the narrator reminds them….

Finally, moments later, the elevator arrived at the 200th floor.

Like the 100th floor before it,  this floor was an enormous room, lavishly decorated.  But it was even more enormous and even more lavish.  A desk sat in one corner and a king-sized bed sat in the other.  Pretty much the same room as the 100th story, only the room was a little bigger and the bed was light blue.

And on the bed laid my Muse.  She was fast asleep, with a note attached to her.  It didn’t surprise me that she was sleeping, considering that creating this tower probably took so much out of her.  Now I’m going to guess that the note will mention that the computer in this room will have this  entry already typed.    That even includes the later parts that you haven’t seen yet!  Am I right?  And this further adds to the redundancies that exist in this post already!

Attached to her hand was a note.  And this is what it said:

To my master,

I made this tower for you and me.  This is to honor your hard work and dedication for another 100 days of hardship, bringing the total up to 200.  Thank you for your dedication to keeping this project going daily.  If you look at your computer, the last entry is already written.  I am still forever grateful to your kindness, your dedication to saving me and your gratitude.


Your Muse

I then looked next to the bed and noticed a directory which was much like the 100th floor.  However, this was the directory for the Tower of Muses, only it covered only the next 100 floors.  I looked at the directory.

The Tower of Muses – Directory – Floors 101-200

Floor 101 – The New Muse Floor 102 –  Blown Away  Floor 103 – Completely Booked  Floor 104 – Green Haircut III – Fall Rage Edition  Floor 105 – Long Shift and a Meeting  Floor 106 – Short and Sweet 5 – Must Prepare for Interview  Floor 107 – A Long Day and a Headache  Floor 108 – It’s all Relative(s)  Floor 109 – Preparing for Tomorrow  Floor 110 – Greetings from Kalamazoo!  Floor 111 – Toastmasters Fall Conference Aftermath  Floor 112 – Late Shift….Meh….  Floor 113 – I am Error  Floor 114 – Let the Creating Begin….  Floor 115 – Trick or Treat?!  Floor 116 – Short and Sweet 6 – Brown Haircut  Floor 117 – Falling Back – Part I  Floor 118 – Falling Back – Part II  Floor 119 – Dispatching Leaf Corpses  Floor 120 – Tired….  Floor 121 – And this is all you get….  Floor 122 – On the Outside Looking In  Floor 123 – The Road to Success  Floor 124 – Short and Sweet 7 – Do I get a day off, yet?  Floor 125 – Switching Gears  Floor 126 – Farewell to Foliage – Part I  Floor 127 – Farewell to Foliage – Part II  Floor 128 – Short and Sweet 8 – School is Back in Session  Floor 129 – An Overdue Meeting  Floor 130 – Short and Sweet 9 – Shortest. Entry. Ever.  Floor 131 – Leaf Raking Reward  Floor 132 – Taking it Easy  Floor 133 – A Golden Opportunity  Floor 134 – Short and Sweet 10 – Another Meeting Tonight….  Floor 135 – Back to the Pizza Pit  Floor 136 – A Pit, A Ticket and A Game Night  Floor 137 – Short and Sweet 11 – A Long Day  Floor 138 – Snow Way!  Floor 138b – Bonus 4: The Nightmare Returns  Floor 139 – A Productive Day  Floor 140 – Leftover Chinese  Floor 141 – eBooks Aren’t Easy  Floor 141b – Bonus 5: Facing the Nightmare  Floor 142 – Short and Sweet 12 – Thanksgiving Eve  Floor 143 – Happy Thanksgiving!  Floor 144 – Shop Till You Drop  Floor 145 – The Countdown Begins  Floor 146 – O Christmas Tree  Floor 147 – Short and Sweet 13 – Colonel’s Recipe  Floor 148 – Wrapping Things Up  Floor 149 – Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pizza  Floor 150 – Short and Sweet 14 – A Long Day and My First Meeting  Floor 151 – Part Time Jobs Suck  Floor 152 – Short and Sweet 15 – Migraines Suck  Floor 153 – Short and Sweet 16 – Let it Snow  Floor 154 – Snow Problem  Floor 155 – From Job to Career  Floor 156 – Short and Sweet 17 – Two More Weeks  Floor 157 – Short and Sweet 18 – The Desolation Begins Tonight  Floor 158 – Short and Sweet 19 – Hobbit Hangover  Floor 159 – Short and Sweet 20 – Congratulations!  Floor 160 – Short and Sweet 21 – Survivor Finale Night  Floor 161 – A Chance Meeting  Floor 162 – Short and Sweet 22 – So much to do!  Floor 163 – Short and Sweet 23 – Two Opportunities  Floor 164 – Short and Sweet 24 – Work and an Open House  Floor 165 – A Trip Down Memory Lane – With a Christmas Twist  Floor 166 – Making a List, Checking it Twice  Floor 167 – Short and Sweet 25 – The True Meaning of Christmas  Floor 168 – All Aboard!  Floor 169 – Twas the Day Before Christmas  Floor 170 – Merry Christmas!  Floor 171 – Short and Sweet 26 – No Christmas Recap?  Floor 172 – Christmas Aftermath  Floor 173 – Twas the Weekend After Christmas….  Floor 174 – Short and Sweet 27 – Homemade Chex Mix  Floor 175 – Short and Sweet 28 – Movie Impossible  Floor 176 – Happy New Year!  Floor 177 – Starting off Fresh  Floor 178 – Short and Sweet 29 – Starting the Year with a Toast  Floor 179 – Wait! What?  Floor 180 – Short and Sweet 30 – Fiery Sub!  Floor 181 – 100% Chance of Snow  Floor 182 – Using a Snow Blower is NOT Cheating!  Floor 183 – Brrr…. Floor 184 – Short and Sweet 31 – No Time!  Floor 185 – Short and Sweet 32 – Round Trip  Floor 186 – Waiting to Exhale  Floor 187 – Short and Sweet 33 – The Fresh Taste of Air  Floor 188 – Short and Sweet 34 – Friend Visit and Job Inquiries  Floor 189 – More Agencies…..  Floor 190 – Sushi and Snow  Floor 191 – Short and Sweet 35 – Doctor Who and More Munchkin: The Short Version  Floor 192 – Short and Sweet 36 – Birthday and Toastmasters  Floor 193 – Short and Sweet 37 – Where’s the jobs?  Floor 194 – Short and Sweet 38 – So Tired….  Floor 195 – Short and Sweet 39 – Change of Plans….  Floor 196 – Short and Sweet 40 – Not Again!  Floor 197 – Self Assessment  Floor 198 – Short and Sweet 41 – Preparing for Tomorrow….  Floor 199 – Short and Sweet 42 – Time to Unwind!  Floor 200 – Tower of Muses: The Second Ascent

The high today is going to be 16 degrees and the silver lining is having this 200th post made.

To all of you who have ever completed a major milestone, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

Just like entry 100, she’s right!  The entire entry is typed!  And there’s that message at the end!  Aw…..How thoughtful.  I don’t understand how a narrator got into my post….Oh well….

Now I’ll….What’s going on?  Just like before!  On the bed!  My Muse is flashing….