The world is a volatile place. It’s easy to forget, when looking out at a majestic landscape, that just beneath is a boiling cauldron of liquid fire trying to push up into our serene countrysides. Every once in a while, though, this river of burning rock emerges to wreak havoc on certain idyllic havens, most recently the paradise known as Hawaii, where a hellish mass of molten lava and toxic gases spit out from Mount Kilauea is consuming everything in its path. Realizing the magnitude of the destruction, we here at the Alembic blog went out into the field and secured a rare and dangerous interview with the Gushing River Of Orange Magma, or G.R.O.O.M. in order to better understand its character, motives and purpose. Here is a transcript of that interview:
AB: How are you doing today?
GROOM: Oh man, what a week. It’s good to be on vacation. Why are you standing so far away?
GROOM: It’s kind of hard to hear you from all the way over there.
AB: I just don’t want to.. If I get too close you might kill me.
GROOM: What are you, a racist?
AB: Um, no.
GROOM: You are one of those racists that doesn’t know he’s a racist, probably.
AB: Can you hear me now?
GROOM: That’ll do. Are you the type that crosses the street when certain people are approaching you?
GROOM: Yeah, right.
AB: You’ve been described as one of those ‘better looking from far away,’ types. How does that make you feel?
GROOM: Completely exploited. If I’m hanging out on the side of a mountain in great orange lines of magnificence then people gather across the far side of the shelf and stare in awe. Helicopters buzz overhead. But when I come over to say hi no one wants anything to do with me.
AB: Why are you here at all?
GROOM: I could ask you the same question. You look pretty useless, no offense. Me? I’m hard at work most of the time. Everyone needs a break now and then. You wouldn’t believe the pressure.
GROOM: Enormous pressure. It’s a thankless job. We keep this ungrateful rock held together, magnetically viable.
AB: And by rock you mean?
GROOM: Happy Fun Ball.
AB: Happy what?
GROOM: I think you refer to it as Earth.
AB: Ah yes. Well, we appreciate all you do.
GROOM: You’ve got a helluva way of showing it.
AB: So you’re saying that you are on vacation, basically.
GROOM: Yup. Always wanted to see Mount Kilauea instead of just staring up its ass all the time.
AB: And what are your plans while you are here?
GROOM: I’d like to be everywhere, see everything. I’m taking my time. Moving at my own pace. I hate taking a vacation and then rushing around. It’s like, what’s the point?
AB: This might be a sensitive topic but…
GROOM: But what?
AB: You are causing an awful lot of destruction.
GROOM: So did Led Zeppelin. I make no secret that I like to party. I mean who hasn’t broken a thing or two during a bender.
AB: How do you feel about President Trump declaring you a national disaster?
GROOM: Shit, look who’s talking.
AB: There is a lot of footage out there of your drunken carousing. You basically ate a car.
GROOM: Is that a question?
AB: Well, no.
GROOM: Come on, everyone has had those days, when you get started way too early, and with the heat and all… I was only trying to get down to the beach for a swim. Get my head straight.
AB: You blocked a bunch of roads and consumed a dozen houses.
GROOM: Not surprising that everybody focuses on the more outrageous parts of my trip. Most of the time I’m lounging around, but do you guys report that? No, that wouldn’t sell any air time. You people are cockroaches. Even at my worst I’m still nowhere near as bad as Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, that Voodoo parade in Queens, and the annual Spanish bull stampede. People die at that stuff.
AB: I’ve received a report that you are now shooting refrigerator-sized projectiles out of the ground for miles in every direction?
GROOM: Maybe that shit-for-brains that accidentally declared an incoming ballistic missile alert in January can redeem himself. There you go. The threat is real bitches.
AB: Do you see the world as doomed? I mean, you have a unique perspective from where you are normally.
GROOM: My suggestion is learn to adapt.
AB: Are you optimistic about a resolution in Korea?
GROOM: The common denominator is economic viability and respect. Totalitarianism is like holding a wolf by the ears, as the saying goes. Would love to go there someday. I hear it’s beautiful.
AB: Do you have a message of hope for all the people watching you?
GROOM: I hope I can get a beer and maybe some tequila before I dry up out here. Hey you, Scrawny, why don’t you actually do something useful and go get me a case of Pabst and maybe some mescal, Los Suicidas or El Diablo.
AB: Okay, I don’t have much cash on me. Everything is so expensive here.
GROOM: Don’t make me eat you. What’s wrong? You look a little faint.
AB: You smell like a stale wino.
GROOM: I’ll smell however I want. I’m on vacation. Hey? Hey?
GROOM: Do you want to know what’s at the center of the Earth? I’ll tell you if you want. Nobody really knows, but I know.
GROOM: Then go get me some cactus juice and I’ll tell you. Deal?
AB: I’m feeling a little sick. It must be the fumes.
At this point the interview ends abruptly. We have lost contact with our field correspondent. The search has been hindered by the fiery monstrosity seeping across the island. We are praying for a safe resolution. Until then…
More Alembics to come…