fictoid: Ride & Grow
“There are enough elephants in the forest,” Kyle said. “We don’t need to import more.” “They have to go somewhere,” I said. “We just can’t let them roam free.”
“There’s not enough food for them in the forest,” Kyle said. “Any more and they’ll disrupt the ecosystem. Can’t have that, can we?”
“What do you suggest?”
“Have you tried the mall?”
“The mall? What’s for them to eat at the mall?”
“Well, you could sell rides on them, and customers could pay with elephant food. Hey, I bet they’ll work for peanuts!”
Kyle chortled at his own wit; I was not amused. I had fourteen elephants on my hands, maybe fifteen if the older female was indeed pregnant, and I needed a place to stash them.
“Try something else,” I said.
“Hmm, that’s an idea, but there aren’t that many farms around here. Besides, the elephants will eat a lot.”
“True, but they’ll refertilize the fields with dung.”
I snapped my fingers: Kyle’s two bad ideas just synthesized into a single good one.
So that’s how I started Ride & Grow, a service that provides custom made organic fertilizer to your garden and educates and entertains your kids at the same time.
- You select the feed mix that will provide the perfect manure for your yard or garden
- Your kids feed the elephant
- Your kids ride the elephant and guide him (or her, as the case may be) to deposit your custom made manure right where you want it
How’s business? It’s booming!
In fact, we’ve been doing so well I’ve been thinking about poaching a few elephants from the forest…
© Buzz Dixon
Written today while my car was undergoing a smog check. If you want to know where we get our ideas, damned if I know. I sat down, opened my note book, the first sentenced appeared out of nowhere, and we were off and running...