I just had a rather surreal experience.
I was sitting here at the window, idly contemplating nothing in particular, as one does of a Sunday afternoon. Penny was asleep on the couch opposite me snoring gently. All was quiet and tranquil apart from a blackbird singing in the trees outside.
Net thing – PUFF! A Bumble Bee flew through the room.
Now you may think this is normal and may be wondering why I should even bother mentioning it, but believe me – it was fucking weird.
You see, the bee commenced his flight in the middle of the room. He didn't take off from anywhere. He was just there – flying. One instant there was nothing and the next instant he was flying at full throttle mid-air. Where the fuck did he come from? He made both Penny and me jump.
Those of you who are familiar with Bumble Bees will know that they aren't exactly sophisticated flying machines. They have one speed which will not vary until they smack into a window pane. They also tend to be noisy so you can always hear them approach.
I therefore discounted a theory that this bee had approached in silent mode and had then slammed on the afterburners mid-flight. Unless they are developing stealth warfare, I think that was unlikely. For the same reason I also discounted the theory that he had been flying supersonic and had just decelerated below Mach 1 in my sitting room. Anyway I would have noticed the sonic boom.
Another theory that crossed my mind was that God in his infinite wisdom had edited the film badly and had introduced a continuity error in the film of life. A bee that wasn't there in one frame appeared in the next. I discounted that also as there were no other breaks in continuity.
That left me with only one possibility – I had witnessed time travel first hand.
Someone in the future [though it could have been in the past?] will be fucking around with a time travel machine, and for the lark will decide to zap a Bumble Bee and transport it back to 2014 whereupon it materialises mid-air in my sitting room, wondering what the fuck just happened. It's the only plausible explanation.
If that's the case, then that's fine by me, though I would rather get a little warning in advance.
I'm just worried my time travel friend will start experimenting with elephants.