57 - The List
Do you remember that list you were given to memorize? You should have memorized that list exactly. Plus, a finding in the desert, what is opera, and meatless mondays.
Weather: 'Upside Down World' by Paisley Rae (soundcloud.com/paisley-rae)
Music: Disparition, disparition.info
Logo: Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com.
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Reeve be deeper than that get far below sea level and Bri Bri the Nikkei breathed in it deeper ok breathe deeper and deeper until you can't find your way back well call tonight The The The The The The The The The The The some of you might remember that most of you won't but you were given a list nearly two years ago you were given a list and told to memorize it exactly keep it safe so that someday it would keep you safe well listeners share of secret police would like me to inform you that the Sunday you've been waiting for this day this is the day in which you will need that list we gave you do you still have to do you remember it exactly or you say are you safe well we will all find out soon enough good la Harrison Kip adjunct professor of archaeology at Night Vale Community College announced today that he has found something out in the desert o O He explained to know one doctor in a vast landscape of sand and we and Om han he continued looking at the thing he found he has declined so far to describe what he is found or offer any details or for that matter do anything but stare at whatever this thing he found was and continue to say things like Wow our and they're never going to believe it's we reached out to Sarah Sultan president of the community college for additional information but you would not provide any saying only that Harrison is on the private dig funded by a small group of anonymous sponsors she said although I have never met them in person I have spoken to the sponsors by telephone and they have our best interests at heart I'm sure that she added plus they totally funded this dig saying so what am I going to do just start asking questions a lone helicopter on a precautionary sweep of flat expanse of the empty dancer reported that Harrison is still who can be laying over whatever it is he has found explaining to him self in an unrecognizable language the incredible nature of whatever that saying it's more on this eventually I guess whatever the greater night failed medical community in conjunction with the mayor's office announced the new citywide campaign for meatless Mondays each week in recognition of the immense impact of meat on the Environment and Public Health meatless Mondays will be the days we all set aside to try not to be made of me whole sit quietly and attempt to will ourselves into a state of inorganic bliss seeking to turn our feeble bodies into metal or silicone or stone when we fail to do this as is likely according to the most recently issued laws of physics we will all engage in a group denouncing circle to try to understand whose betrayal is causing the continued failure of this important day and now a look at traffic we are all the opt us obviously you know that when you die the matter that is your matter will just become matter no article attached that matter will belong to any number of states that matter is not you that matter was never he attacked the US but there is more to you than matter when you die you will not disappear until everyone who remembers you and whose actions are affected however slightly by your memory until hold of those people die and you are completely forgotten harsh week the House but even then you are not going not into all the people who remember and or affected by those people who remembered and were affected by you are gone i jst but even then you are not all not until all the people who remember and are affected by those people who remembered and were affected by those people do and so on and so on and on how tart you will persist ever so faintly ever so slightly on into perpetuity long after everything about you no longer matters your life is so small pot and the setting sun of this universe its shadow is cast down through generation after generation until it gets blurry and hard to see but still there a breath of a wisp of a thread stretching out before you we are tired oh but we caught us there's a fender Bender on Route eight hundred near exit eighty four B expect delays this has been traffic update we still aren't sure exactly when or how old you will need that list today you remember the lists try it you were given a list sometime ago you should have memorized it if you didn't owe oh I mean if you do views he day no one can make your destiny for you only you can make your destiny only you and the privileges you were born with and a whole lot of aimless meaningless lock can make your destiny the share of secret police are going around town checking in with everyone and seeing if they how the list memorized if you don't they hopefully are shaking their heads and skating and then saying Wow your in trouble before leaving you to fend for yourself against whatever dangers this list would have protected you from more on this soon as you desperately tried to remember the list that was told to you or even when it was told to you and in what context it's a very important list and now a word from our sponsors I and D the food bowl and untouched water bowl silence in the house like a ship containing nothing the feeling of on the set that was once sued by a joyous instinctual companionship we listened out our window and hear not a passing angle not know or a wait for me not faint meow is nothing absolutely nothing liao sae the night is so quiet that our thoughts are a factor keeping us awake in the distance but told us it was co winner with the pets go to Old Woman juicy told me over a round of bowling down at the Desert Flower that construction on the New Old Opera House is continuing along a well they've already completed the initial arches the outer flood banks and the primary stables yup she said holding her bowl in preparation for her turn this town opera once again but what is opera everyone else in the lead pastor is a kind of plant does it have rough leathery skin but she wouldn't say anything more and just let go of the ball which was then carried by a creature named Erica who definitely wasn't an angel down the lane while Erica said roll roll this is a bald Rowley and then Erica kicked over all the pins while saying crash may now the ball just hit all these pens and knock them all over her wow what a shot of course none of us could legally acknowledged the existence of Eric so we had to let the strike stand uncontested and now an update on you just now there was a man in a hand jacket holding a deer skin suitcase looking over your shoulder your shore of it only you don't quite remember it happening it's blurry and distant like a dream you had when you were little and now was an adult you can't remember if it was a dream or something that actually happen to you but there was a man there was a man right you grasp to recall but flail only at fragments and Gap was looking over your shoulder with interest a deer skin suitcase in his right hand the suitcase was making a buzzing sound perhaps the man was too when you don't remember none of this is real you think none of it happened this is fiction you are hearing a fictional story and this did not happen to you still you can't shake the feeling that it did happen to you but just moments ago you turned over your shoulder was a man in a tan jacket holding a deer skins suitcase he might still be there now with your free to chat or maybe you already checked and out and remember doing it due to her to look nothing dare you turn back nothing there you think with relief only now there is a question mark on it nothing there was there nothing for them and the tan jacket spoke to you quite urgently about something but want to have him back he was pointing at a place on the map now you don't even know what area of the world the map depicted let alone where he was pointing this is all a made up story you tell yourself you decide to feel entertained by the made up story I just told to you yet and yet you can't shake the feeling of feeling located just over your shoulder that this made up story might not be made up at all oh oh oh listeners the sun is gone it is not covered by a cloud it is laughed and we know that the sun is generally pretty brave and only leaves with something very frightening indeed is in the area what could have frightened the sun away now is that I'm I'm I'm sure now is the time you need to know the list try to remember to write it down perhaps scramble around in the junk drawer in the kitchen among take out menus that are years out of date and flyers for health clubs that you never joined trying to find where you wrote down that list but it is too late there is a growl that comes from everywhere some sort of shake descends from the sun lists clouds and a voice through a loudspeaker tells us that now with the tying to recite the list or else this is it if you don't know then you don't know I know at least that I know who Carlos thank the mysterious lights in the stocking wasn't here who knows if his brain so packed that science would have let a few stray bits of language slip from his memory listeners those left to listen I take you now reciting the list reciting for your very to the weather will not miss to buy cuttlefish lar ler wat the the er the the the I than the The The The The The The The The just ask Esther who looks like a say in this more The The The stars the until and it was reach The The the beat beat beat beat beat oh I'm still here I am looking at my fingers I am examining my limbs I am placing one hand on my chest like and the chanted blood oaths we were forced to swear to the flag each morning his children and I feel the circulation of air and fluid throughout my body the simple machine of liquid dynamics and electrical impulses that sustains through some ridiculous coincidence of physical law the scent chance through which I am speaking to you everything seems to be in order in that I am nervous and uncertain and feel an emptiness sometimes which can never be filled which maybe shouldn't be filled and the sadness sometimes which wells up regardless of context or reason so everything perfectly in order fine fine we all are as a community stepping out into the street we are gathering in open places I too am going I too am stepping out into the street and gathering in open places here we all are in Mission Grove Park and me among you speaking into this microphone which as always I am uncertain is even connected to anything but I don't care either way because I know I am connected to all of you now I have felt disconnected lately my being has been split between the here and the now and the bear and the now my relationship with Carlos currently exists within the idea of distance within the concept of space rather than in any specific place there have been moments where I have doubted my fellow citizens or have felt perhaps even threatened by them but that is not the case now in this moment here in this part Diane Creighton is with her son Josh who this morning is a metal lock I feel only love for them Jackie fee arrow from the pawn shop is showing Frances Donaldson of the antiques mall a cool night that someone Poland by running in shouting Hi Davis and running out there is nothing not to trust and adore about this moments between fellow humans a cluster of hooded figures lurk along the corner of the park pointing at various people seeming to Li at the oblivious citizens I am terrified of the hooded figures but also comforted by their menace I think they are even pointing now at me whispering and I've never felt more at home Janice my youngest niece Janice is here joined with the rest of us in the park along with her family whom I don't like to talk about much but who might tolerate in old the requisite familial ways Janice is with her friends Edmund and Megan and Patrice and she's waving to me and I'm waving back I am so glad she remembered the list I'm glad we all did it there doesn't seem to be a single person missing I counted at every single resident of Night Vale is in the park and doing fine we heave our shoulders to express release the sign to show others we are relieved we all breathe once in Eunice n accidentally Wilson says one of us to another how are things coping Wilson oh you know says the other although he does not know how are things with you Amber oh good she says and she is right things are good and they both take the hand of the person they love Amber smiles that Wilson and Wilson smiles that Amber and everyone smiles at everyone and that everything and no one is ok exactly but we're outside and were smiling and that is a kind of perfection of its own o A Sheriff's Secret Police representative arrives in the usual way by rappelling from the sky and crashing into the middle of our happy huddle and eight in a cloud of tear gas and flashing lights as several people choke and disperse the representative shouts to us that today was only a drill that no one was in danger that this was not actually the day we needed to know the list although that day may someday come is already coming is imminent in the most general of the word imminent and that we are safe but that we are also a great eve danger we are are both at once and are thus free to fully enjoy our a representative shouts into a bullhorn from somewhere behind a line of armored vans so there you our listeners all of you who have escaped the tear gas to listen to these words we were safe all along and we will stay safe until that time sooner or later but definitely always on its way when we are not safe once again stay tuned next for a surprise man shuffling papers frantically and saying of of of into a mike he did not expect to be on Good Night Night Vale good night Tonight thousand production of commonplace books it is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey trainer and produced by Joseph and the voice of night Val is Cecil Baldwin original music by desperation all they can be found at dispersion dot info or at desperation got band camp dot com This episodes weather was upside down world by phase the re 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