Vald’s Vampire Diary: Black Holes and Cats
It is Yule season and there is still a pandemic happening. We must be careful, even though we are Vampires.
This evening my friends Constantine and Randolpho dropped by for a small gathering. They are part of what is called a bubble. That means we stay inside and limit our exposure and pretend we are not Vampires.
Randolpho came in first and put a case of spiced blood from Dave’s Bottle Shop on the kitchen counter. “When I was at Dave’s I heard the most interesting conversation. A couple of guys were talking about string theory and time travel. They said it wouldn’t surprise them if time travelers showed up before 2020 is done. It was sort of a joke, but hey, nothing would surprise me right now,” he said as he took off his coat but kept on his ridiculous hat.
I had no idea what he was talking about. “What is string theory?” I asked.
“From what understand, string theory means we’re not sure if if time travel to the past is physically possible. Time travel to the future, outside the usual sense of the perception of time as we know it, or maybe even time as we can’t truly perceive or understand, is an extensively observed phenomenon and well-understood within the framework of both special and real relativity. I guess that means it is all relative. Ha.That said, making one living being advance or delay more than a few milliseconds compared to another living object is not possible with current technology. As for backward time travel, that is time travel into the past, it is possible to find solutions in general relativity that theoretically allow for it, for example something like a rotating black hole. Traveling to a random point in spacetime has very limited support in theoretical physics, and is usually connected only with quantum mechanics or wormholes,” said Randolpho.
“Wormholes? What do worms have to do with anything? I do not understand.”
“Worms make long twisting holes that transport them from one place to another. It is like an expressway through the universe, or a secret passageway.”
“What about just being in a parallel universe rather than traveling in time over one straight timeline?” Constantine asked.
“What is a parallel universe?” I asked.
“A parallel universe is a concept that suggests therecould be other universes besides our own, where all the choices you made in this life played out in alternate realities. It is facet of the astronomical theory of the multiverse. For example, in our universe it is a fact that you were locked, against your will, in a crypt for 300 years, thus skipping the 18th– 20thCenturies. In another parallel universe you might have not been locked in the crypt and continued to live as the Vampire King. In another universe there are no Vampires and you’re just a regular guy,” said Randolpho.
“I feel like I am in a parallel universe right now,” I said.
“You never know,” said Randolpho.
“What do you mean I never know?” I asked
“You wouldn’t know what you’re doing in another universe,” said Randolpho.
“Of course not, that would be too easy. What about cats? Would my cats be there? Tell me that,” I said.
“I don’t know. The laws of physics don’t apply to cats,” said Randolpho.
That was one point we could all agree on.
This morning my beautiful Vampire lover Gillian told me to be quiet because she had a Zoom meeting.
I was not making noise.
“What is a Zoom meeting?” I asked her.
“An online meeting. We can’t meet in person anymore. With Zoom we can all meet on and see each other.”
“What is the purpose of this Zoom meeting?”
“My book club. We’re reading Great Expectations.”
“I would imagine you would have great expectations when starting a book.”
“Vlad, darling, Great Expectationsis the title of the book. It was written by Charles Dickens. Remember? He wrote A Christmas Carol. You know, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Christmas ghosts.”
“As you recall my dear, I missed the entire 19thCentury.”
I kissed my lovely Gillian and sent her to her Zoom meeting. I went into another room so she would not hear me. I am a Vampire. I am quiet. I do not know why she is concerned I will bother her during her meeting.
I went to my comfortable chair and started to read A Christmas Carol again. I wonder if in a parallel universe this story has Vampires in it.
After Gillian’s meeting she came in and told me all about it. She is a woman so she must always tell me all about it but I do not mind.
“Lydia’s computer was hacked,” she told me. Hacked?
“That is odd her cats would vomit on her computer,” I said, trying to show some sympathy (something else females like.)
“No Vlad. Not that kind of hack.”
“Someone hit Lydia’s computer with a hatchet?”
“No, they got into her Facebook account.”
At that point I decided not to explore this subject anymore.
“That is sad for Lydia,” I said.
“She changed her password. Everyone else is doing ok,” said Gillian then she continued to tell me all of the news from the ladies in her book circle.
Suddenly my two cats started to run all over the house. They ran up and down the stairs, then around the downstairs meowing and racing about.
Gillian laughed. “They have the zoomies.”
I was confused. “The cats have a meeting?”
Gillian just smiled and kissed me. “You’re so cute. I love you Vlad.”
“I love you too Gillian, always and forever,”
It always comes back to cats.
Time Travel, String Theory, String Cheese, cats… everything in the universe all ties back to cats.
Now I will go put up a string of Christmas lights on the front of my house in honor of the Yule Season. The cats will no doubt come out with me to watch and try to knock down my ladder.
I wondered if I could travel back in time and change anything. Would I skip being locked in a crypt for 300 years only to find myself in the 21stCentury? Would I take back my title as King of Vampires?
I picked up the lights and called the cats to join me.
I think I shall stay right where I am, at least in this universe.
After being trapped in a crypt for three hundred years, Vlad the fierce and powerful Vampire King is now learning how to live in the modern world, and learn the true meaning of the word “cute.” This has been the 66th installment of Vlad’s Vampire Diary. Click here to read his entries from the beginning.