This week I have been working furiously on the outline for my screenplay, INTERDICTION, as the six-month course I have been taking is coming to a close. Two Floridian family members who tour the northern 48 in the summer were traveling through the Twin Cities on their way to Chicago. I met them for breakfast at a restaurant just off the Interstate, so they would not have to go out of their way to see me. As I was coming from the west, I knew traffic would build quickly at that time of day, and left early. As I anticipated having some time to spare before they arrived, I brought the outline with me. Indeed, I had almost a half-hour to work on it.
When the woman asked me what I was doing with my time, I mentioned the screenwriting course. “Oh, is this one of those local classes,” she asked, with a hint of a sneer? “No,” I said. “It’s online. From LA.” I received a look of what might have been stunned disbelief. I couldn’t tell.
“What are you going to do with your day?” she later asked, as though counseling an invalid. “Go back home? Go see your horse?” She shook her head at me as though I was some sort of truant from what should have been my real responsibility, whatever that was. I felt baffled.
“Yes,” I replied. “I have an assignment to turn in. Later I will see my horse. And I’ll probably stop at the health club on the way back.”
What was she getting at?
There were great depths of subtext going on, yet somehow it was all a mystery.
The heavens opened up, and it started to pour. As they got ready to leave, I gave them hugs and wished them safe travels, especially with the challenges of driving through storms.
“Oh, we don’t care. We’re not going that far. We’re going to Ho Chunk.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“A casino. It’s in Wisconsin.”
“Oh. Good,” I said.
When I returned home I decided to search for “Ho Chunk”. Turns out it is a casino and resort in the heart of the Wisconsin Dells. And in great dramatic irony, a resort in the Wisconsin Dells also happens to be where the climax of my screenplay takes place!
Ho Chunk. Who knew? 🙂