[ed note: Jim Dowd, as many of you know, was diagnosed with a Grade IV Gioblastoma last August. He recently entered hospice care at home and is as peaceful as one Jim Dowd can possibly be. He hates condolences. His amazing wife Bo transcribed this for him. – KT]
Carbon has a half life of approximately three and a half thousand years.
Right now, I’m basically a big bag of grass clippings.
That grass specifically having been corn processed into the “ITO” family of products.
In about 3000 years the protons and neutrons and electrons from these carbon atoms will probably get picked up by the solar winds.
They’ll fly around the solar system just as they did the first dozen billion years out from the big bang. I imagine it as a carefree time.
As I am mostly carbon I imagine there is lots of useful material I could be incorporated into. Maybe structures or even potentially living things of the microbial variety.
So, if you are looking for me, you’ll most likely find me at the bottom of a yogurt in the chunky stuff.
I’ll try to remember to smile as I pass through.