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A Story by ChatGPT

Recently I have been hearing a lot about the AI trends and what they mean to writers and artists. I dabble in both so I have been experimenting a little bit with them. Today i was on ChatGPT and gave it this prompt:

Write a story using the words: Uncle, understand, umbrella, underground, and unfortunate.

Before we get to the story that was written, I want to say right off the bat that if this is the type of output writers are concerned about then I’m no longer worried. I haven’t fully tested any other platforms, but I do plan to check out Jasper with the same prompt (I’ll let you know how it works).

So, without further adieu I give you, “Jack and the Rainy Day”

Once upon a time, there was a man named Jack who was visiting his uncle in the city. Jack had always lived in a small town and was fascinated by the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. His uncle, who was always busy with work, had arranged a tour of the city for Jack.

As they were walking down the street, Jack noticed that the sky was getting darker and the clouds were gathering above. His uncle, noticing Jack’s concern, brought out an umbrella and offered it to Jack. Jack was surprised that his uncle had thought ahead and brought the umbrella with him.

The tour continued, and Jack was amazed by the hustle and bustle of the city. They walked through different neighborhoods, and Jack was surprised to see how different life was in the city than in his small town. After walking for a while, Jack’s uncle led him to a subway station. Jack had never been on the underground before and was excited to experience it.

Unfortunately, as they were standing on the platform waiting for the train, Jack realized that he had left his jacket behind on the bench they were sitting on earlier. As they rushed back to retrieve it, they missed the train. Jack was disappointed, but his uncle assured him that they would catch the next one.

While waiting for the next train, Jack’s uncle explained to him that life in the city can be unpredictable and that one should always be prepared for unexpected situations. Jack understood the importance of being well prepared and was grateful to his uncle for teaching him this valuable lesson.

As they rode the train back to his uncle’s apartment, Jack reflected on the day’s events and realized how fortunate he was to have such a wise and caring uncle. He realized that even in unfortunate situations, there is always something to be learned.

From that day onwards, Jack always carried an umbrella and was more aware of his surroundings. He grew to understand and appreciate the fast-paced lifestyle of the city and made sure to visit his uncle often to learn more.

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Douglas Spring Trail

Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro National Park East)

The Douglas Spring Trail hike can be as easy or hard as you would like depending on the direction you go. Because we had a time constriction (a reservation for lunch) and we had never hiked here before, we decided to start out conservatively so we took the Carrillo Trail initially.

The first two miles were essentially flat and we were pretty much by ourselves. It was a nice break from the tougher hikes we have been on this year. The trail wound through saguaros, cholla, and ocotillo. We kept an eye on our time and were concerned we might not get around the full loop in time for lunch.

We backtracked and took a right back at the junction to follow Douglas Spring Trail and headed up, and up, and up. It has about a 400 foot elevation gain although this felt like 2,000 feet at the rate we were going. This part of the hike was rocky with a few scrambles and was actually really crowded. I was a little disappointed with that. I do need to keep in mind that the national parks here are very popular especially during the Spring break time periods. OK, plus it was a Saturday.

To get to this area of Saguaro East just take Speedway straight east. although there are a few dead end signs that just means you are getting closer. Parking is just before the entrance to Tanque Verde Ranch (fun place to eat and take in a little ranch atmosphere). Get there early to get a place to park. If the lot is full there is also street parking.

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