Me & My Muse – Day 2600: Tower of Muses: The Twenty-Sixth Ascent

Once again, we have arrived at another milestone.   A mandatory and objective milestone that will unfortunately and undoubtedly beyond certainty include a totally different post from Day 2000 and a nearly identical post from Day 2500.  I don’t know about you, but with me getting ready to come back from up north, the LAST thing I want to do is spend the next 3-5 hours constructing a profoundly monumental and redundant display of my writing prowess.

I am sure that you are all aware of how things will transpire.  (Another exciting redundancy as usual, but it’s still me from last time!  The very same me from the 2500th entry!  You don’t believe me, do you?  Well, go back and read the 2500th entry and then go and tell me who’s lying.  And while we’re on redundancies, how much longer is he going to recycle this piece of rubbish?  I’m all about saving the environment, but recycling this for the twenty-third time in a row?  My, what a milestone!  I do need to applaud for your originality…if you had any!  This is getting ridiculous!  There hasn’t been anything original since entry 100!  Well, okay.  There was also entry 2000, which was amazing by the way. Oh well.  I need to acknowledge his busy life, as I am quite busy myself, re-narrating this over-narrated narration… For now, we will continue with this cheaply contrived recycled piece of milestone rubbish, rife with wit, dry humor, satire and sarcasm. Smashing!  I don’t think that I will change a thing! Although I did change “2500th” to “2600th” and “twenty-second” to “twenty-third”.  I also deleted my rather lengthy remarks about the pandemic but now we’re just nit-picking, aren’t we? And while we’re at it,  why don’t we recycle almost everything in this entire post?  Wait!  What I just included was new!  So much for sticking to my plan…*sigh*)  I will leave an introspective entry and then shift my point of view to first person. (Blah blah blah.  Redundant again!  REDUNDANCY WARNING! How many more times are you going to recycle this?  Wait!  I’ve said that already!  Well it’s a good thing that I have included that redundancy warning!  Otherwise, you would not have been forewarned of said redundancies. What?  Did you really think that I was going to forget about it?  I remembered!  Go me!  I rock!)  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, and that this is just a slightly cheap reconstruction of an entry made 100 days ago.  (Not quite. I made some subtle changes and included a note to the reader to reread the 2500th entry which would provide a basis of proof that I am the same narrator that narrated 100 days ago.)  How original!  You would have to be exhausted to pull off something like that! How I am 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?  (Genius!  Considering that you already typed the first two paragraphs, I would just delete them.  Just be sure to save my interjections.  They’re pure gold, I tell you!  Nevermind…You kept them…) With that, we will press on.

Blah blah blah…Long profound…wait!  This is redundant!  Wasn’t this mentioned in day 2500?  We know what happens next already.  The overdone exposition about the Muse and why she is not here, approaching the tower (Yes. This tower is different from the one that you saw in Day 2500.  It always is!  It’s different every 100 posts!) Let’s avoid the redundancy about being redundant, shall we?

But, breaking away from the overly astute sarcastic narrations that get more and more repetitive and redundant with the passing of each 100th post, I notice that this tower is… different.  Yes.  The tower is a little bit taller (About 100 stories taller, to be exact!  My are we smart!), 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, with the attempt of sounding original and new, since these milestone posts would be boring without that. (I’m all for originality!  Let’s be brave!  Let’s make something slightly different so that no one will ever notice!)

After standing there for a while, I finally entered through the door.  Sure enough, the same field was there.  (We should really change the scenery a little bit.  Maybe in a later one, perhaps?  But this is entry 2600!  Maybe we should change it soon…)  I was surrounded by the same lush greenery as before.  (The greenery was so green that Kyle was overjoyed with ecstasy from the overwhelming greenness.)  Clovers and wildflowers. Yellow, orange, and red leaves.  A sea of color. Nothing was different from what I experienced 100 days ago.  (Except for everything else in this entry that I changed so far.  My, am I on a roll today!)

The colorful luminescent sea led to a rather tall structure that sat far in the distance.  A tall structure that looked even taller than before.  Again, this was getting too predictable, having already experienced this before.  And quite redundant.  Every 100 entries, the tower’s a little bigger.  We get it.

The tower looked like a skyscraper that a time-traveler would live in.  White and pink accents emanated a powerful aura that ran up and down the gold-adorned structure.  The glass had a pink tint to it.  (Oh please!  The designer can only think of the ladies, can’t she?  Well, I never!)

“A luxurious and mysterious 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.  She was wearing a white face mask and was looking very cautious.

“So, is this the same Tower of Muses as before?” I asked her, just to make sure.  (Oh, come on!  You ask her that every single time!  Shouldn’t you know the answer already?)

“So, is this the same Tower of Muses as before?” I asked her, just to make sure.  (Oh, come on!  You ask her that every single time!  Shouldn’t you know the answer already?)

My Muse shook her head again and smiled.  “No, silly!  This tower is a little different.  And there’s a teleporter thingy that will take you to the 2501st floor!”

I nodded, with a slight grin on my face.  And this was mainly due to the deja vu.  “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… (*sigh*) ”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 2501st floor Sky Lobby.

Approaching a pink colored service desk, I saw a different Muse sitting there, wearing a Survivor buff.  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 “Survivor Finale” 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 2600 now.”

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

I advanced further to the elevators.  I then sighed, and quite deliberately broke the fourth wall.  The overly redundant 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?  Sorry.  It’s not going to happen this time, either.  If you really wish to hear my discussion on the floors, you can visit any one of them by clicking on the links near the bottom of this post.  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 making a much needed edit over the older text,  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 2508 – Farewell Sanford…

In this one, I bid my town farewell, as I took a half day off of work to help my dad clean up the flooded basement at my parent’s home.  This was a the home that I grew up in.  This was the town that I grew up in.  The flood destroyed a good portion of it and now it’s gone.  Only the memories remain of this wonderful town.  So grab some tissues and read this one.  You’re going to need them…

Floor 2512 – Helping Feels Good…

I love to help those in need.  Especially when it was my neighbors.  In this one, I go over to their house and lend a hand.  However, the help that arrived was much more than I expected.  How much help?  Read this one and find out.  Oh, and do put some work clothes on if you plan on reading this one.  My neighbor’s going to need all the help that he can get.

Floor 2521 – Sanford Strong…

To help out the flood, I had an idea of a book that could be used to help rebuild the community.  In this one, I provide the idea of Sanford Strong, a book that would tell the story of the town, and the ones affected by the flood.  Also, the COVID posts end here.  Sanford is a strong community.  We will rebuild.  We will survive.  Because together, we are Sanford Strong.  Feel motivated?  Read this post and join the movement.

Floor 2531 – Clearer Skies

In this one, there’s a 100% chance that the Weather Muse story arc will have a conclusion.  How does it resolve?  Will there be rain?  Can this forecast be trusted?  Read this one and find out, and see what the weather brings.

Floor 2532 – The Time Traveling Muse

It’s a month late, but better late than never.  In this one, my Muse discovers her new ability to travel through time.  How does she cope with it?  What dangers come with it?  Read this one, and don’t worry if you don’t see her right away.  She’s probably time traveling…

Floor 2539 – Another Scorcher…

Besides the weather being very warm, this was chosen for a different reason.  The plot thickens, as my Muse discovers a truth that could very well put her life in danger.  What is this truth?  I would love to tell you, but you will have to read this one and find out.  Brace yourself.  The truth is quite the shocker…

Floor 2544 – Grandpa, you will be missed…

This is one that really hits home for me.  More recently, my grandpa passed away, and this is my eulogy to him.  I attempt to capture my fond moments and regards in this post, and I think that I did a great job.  Have you ever lost a loved one?  Read this one, and help me to grieve.  It’s not easy to lose someone that had this much influence on my life.  Especially someone like my grandpa…

Floor 2548 – Grandpa’s Funeral…

I included this one because it follows things up with a trip to Holly, Michigan to bid my grandpa farewell.  Saying goodbye is not easy, but I know that it’s not goodbye for good.  My grandpa is in heaven, and I will see him again someday.  When that day will be is God’s choosing, not mine.  Read this one, and think about the funeral of the loved one that you lost.

Floor 2551 – North for the Fourth

For this one, I go up north for a nice long Fourth of July vacation.  We’re talking six days of relaxation.  So pack your bags, and read this one.  And whatever you do, don’t forget your swimming suit!  The weather is going to be hot up there…

Floor 2558 – Seven Years and Counting

Has it really been seven years that I’ve been doing Me & My Muse? Yes it has, and if you haven’t read an anniversary post, this one’s for you. Here’s to seven years of this wonderful experiment. Read this entry and celebrate.

Floor 2560 – Brain Freeze: Part VIII

Wait a minute!  With 7-Elevens not offering free Slurpees this year, how can I have a brain freeze entry?  That’s where you have to use your creativity?  How did I use mine?  Did I buy a Slurpee anyway?  Read this one, and cool off.  It’s pretty hot and this cool treat will really hit the spot.

Floor 2574 – Slurpee Reward

In this one, the Brain Freeze entry is resolved!  Because I have done it!  I have found a way to get a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven.  How?  It requires change, and a whole lot of it.  What change did I provide?  How can you get a free Slurpee?  Get out your notepad and read this one.  You are guaranteed a free Slurpee if you do this.  Did I say “Free Slurpee”?  Read this one and cool off from the heat.

Floor 2588 – Muse’s Desperate Hour

What’s about my Muse?  The plot gets deeper as more of the truth is revealed.  What is this truth and how can my Muse be saved?  Grab some popcorn and read this.  You will want to be there for my Muse.

Floor 2589 – Sunday Miracle and More Pizza

What miracle happened?  Amazing things happen when you attend an outdoor church service where it almost rains but ends up stopping with sunshine.  And it gets better.  My grandma wants to have a pizza dinner with my brother.  So get in the car and read this.  The pizza is going to be good.

Floor 2595 – My Niece’s First Birthday

I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since my niece was born.  But here it is!  She is one whole year older!  With a wonderful party to boot.  So grab a gift, and give this one a read.  There’s plenty of food over there too, so help yourself.

Wow! It looks like I had a little more favorites than what I thought. I included way more than last time! Maybe I should’ve shortened the list. But it’s too late now. Onward to the 2600th floor…

My Muse, having heard the whole conversation, grinned.

“It’s amazing how much you know about those floors!” she told me.  “Especially since you haven’t even visited them…”

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

To that, she responded with a satisfied 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 2600 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.  Just enough changes to throw off the audience.  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 twenty-sixth 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 2600th floor.

A little like the 2500th floor before it, this floor was an enormous room, lavishly decorated.  A desk sat in one corner and a king-sized bed sat in the other, which was one fourth the size of the bed that was in Entry 2000.  Pretty much the same room as the 2500th story, 2400th story, 2300th story, 2200th story, 2100th story, 1900th story, the 1800th story, the 1700th story, the 1600th story, the 1500th story, the 1400th story, the 1300th story, the 1200th story, the 1100th story, the 900th story, the 800th story, the 700th story, the 600th story, the 500th story, the 400th story, the 300th story, the 200th story, and the 100th story before it, only the room was the same size as the 2500th story, 2400th story, 2300th story, 2200th story, 2100th story, 1900th story, 1800th story, 1700th story, 1600th story, 1500th story, 1400th story, 1300th story, 1200th story, 1100th story, 900th story, 800th story, 700th story, 600th story, 500th story, 400th story, and 300th story and the bed was light blue.

Oh!  We agreed not to meddle with the following paragraph!  As much as we want to, we can’t.  It just wouldn’t be right…

And on the bed laid my Muse.  She was in her Time Traveling form and 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 2600.  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 2500th floor, 2400th floor, 2300th floor, 2200th floor, 2100th floor, 2000th floor, 1900th floor, the 1800th floor, the 1700th floor, the 1600th floor, the 1500th floor, the 1400th floor, the 1300th floor, the 1200th floor, the 1100th floor, the 1000th floor, the 900th floor, the 800th floor, the 700th floor, the 600th floor, the 500th floor, the 400th floor, the 300th floor, the 200th floor, and the 100th floor before it. 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 2501-2600

Floor 2501 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 60: Survivor Finale…  Floor 2502 – Two Years…AlreadyFloor 2503 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 62: Mid Month Break…  Floor 2504 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 63: More Sun, More Fun…  Floor 2505 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 64: Leftover Pizza…  Floor 2506 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 65: Monday Monsoon…  Floor 2507 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 66: A Break from the Rain…  Floor 2508 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 67: Farewell Sanford…  Floor 2509 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 68: The Healing Begins…  Floor 2510 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 69: The Weekend Begins…  Floor 2511 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 70: Love Your Neighbor…  Floor 2512 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 71: Helping Feels Good…  Floor 2513 – Memorial Day  Floor 2514 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 73: Heating Up…  Floor 2515 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 74: More Heat…  Floor 2516 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 75: Winding Down…  Floor 2517 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 76: Finally Friday…  Floor 2518 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 77: Chill Weekend…  Floor 2519 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 78: Chill End to the Month…  Floor 2520 – COVID-19 Isolation – Day 79: Starting June Tired…  Floor 2521 – Sanford Strong…  Floor 2522 – Life Group  Floor 2523 – Thursday Already?  Floor 2524 – And Now it’s Friday…  Floor 2525 – Starting up Saturday…  Floor 2526 – Sunday Short  Floor 2527 – Hot Start  Floor 2528 – Happy 61st Birthday, Mom!  Floor 2529 – Eating More Chicken  Floor 2530 – Thursday Housekeeping…  Floor 2531 – Clearer Skies  Floor 2532 – The Time Traveling Muse  Floor 2533 – Outdoor Service…  Floor 2534 – Time to Visit my Kitty…  Floor 2535 – Home Meal Delivery  Floor 2536 – Volunteer Opportunitiy  Floor 2537 – Homeward Bound…  Floor 2538 – Fryday…  Floor 2539 – Another Scorcher…  Floor 2540 – Happy Father’s Day!  Floor 2541 – Busy Start  Floor 2542 – Coming Attractions…  Floor 2543 – Book Interview…  Floor 2544 – Grandpa, you will be missed…  Floor 2545 – Another weekend…  Floor 2546 – Relaxing Saturday…  Floor 2547 – Sympathy and Family Time  Floor 2548 – Grandpa’s Funeral…  Floor 2549 – A Short Week…  Floor 2550 – Fiscal New Year’s Day  Floor 2551 – North for the Fourth  Floor 2552 – Independence Day Eve  Floor 2553 – Happy Independence Day!  Floor 2554 – Greetings from Hubbard Lake!  Floor 2555 – Greetings From Hubbard Lake! Part Two: Greetings Brother!  Floor 2556 – Greetings From Hubbard Lake! Part Three: Final Day at the Lake  Floor 2557 – Back Home…  Floor 2558 – Seven Years and Counting  Floor 2559 – A New Weekend Begins…  Floor 2560 – Brain Freeze: Part VIII  Floor 2561 – Quick Sunday Update  Floor 2562 – Quick Monday  Floor 2563 – Tuesday done quick  Floor 2564 – Middle of the Road  Floor 2565 – Almost There…  Floor 2566 – Friday Fiesta  Floor 2567 – Movie Night…  Floor 2568 – Time to Relax  Floor 2569 – A Productive Start  Floor 2570 – July Toast  Floor 2571 – Halfway Point  Floor 2572 – Eatin’ More Chicken Dinner  Floor 2573 – Friday at Last…  Floor 2574 – Slurpee Reward  Floor 2575 – A Day of Rest…  Floor 2576 – Bible Study  Floor 2577 – A Day for Healing…  Floor 2578 – Midweek Errands  Floor 2579 – Meatloaf at Home…  Floor 2580 – Clicking into another Weekend…  Floor 2581 – An Easy Saturday  Floor 2582 – Rainy Sunday  Floor 2583 – Phew! What a Day!  Floor 2584 – Tired Tuesday  Floor 2585 – Ice Cream Social  Floor 2586 – A Little off the Top (Return of Brown Haircut)  Floor 2587 – Pizza & Entertainment  Floor 2588 – Muse’s Desperate Hour  Floor 2589 – Sunday Miracle and More Pizza  Floor 2590 – A Good Start  Floor 2591 – Birthday Eve  Floor 2592 – Happy Birthday!  Floor 2593 – Birthday Aftermath  Floor 2594 – Catching this Weekend…  Floor 2595 – My Niece’s First Birthday  Floor 2596 – Weekend Finale  Floor 2597 – Vacation Eve  Floor 2598 – Summer Post Done Quick  Floor 2599 – Anniversary at the Lake  Floor 2600 – Tower of Muses: The Twenty-Sixth Ascent

The high today is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is having this 2600th 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 2500, she’s right! The entire entry is typed! And there’s that message at the end! Aw…How cute. I don’t understand how a narrator got into my post. Oh well…

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