Ask Dayton #7 – Captain Ambivalence
If Dayton Ward was a super hero…would he be good or evil? What would his name be? Would he keep his identity secret or would he flaunt it? What powers or technology would he wield? Would he have a sidekick, and if so, who or what would that be? Finally, his nemesis?
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Rocketed to Earth as an infant, Dayton Ward is the sole survivor of the doomed planet…wait. That’s not it.
What about this one? Dayton Ward, thanks to a gamma ray experiment gone horribly wrong, transforms into a giant, green-skinned….nuh-uh.
Hmm. Bitten by a radioactive spider, high school student Dayton Ward gained the speed, strength, and powers of…. ah, nope.
Okay, this is it: Dayton Ward, astronaut. A man barely alive….nah, that doesn’t sound right, either.
Look, Dayton Ward’s already a super hero. Or, maybe he’s a super villain; he really can’t decide. He really doesn’t care. All those choices? It’s just so much work. Wait, hang on a second! Maybe we…or what if… Aw, the hell with it. Look, over on the couch! It’s a slug! It’s a sloth! It’s CAPTAIN AMBIVALENCE.
Yes, it’s Captain Ambivalence, who came to Kansas City with powers and abilities far surpassed by most mortal men. Captain Ambivalence, who can’t commit to a take-out place for dinner on Friday night, but who can bend licorice whips with his bare hands. And, disguised as Dayton Ward, ill-tempered writer and software developer for a struggling technology company, he wages a never ending battle against choosing whether to record Castle or Hawaii Five-0 on Monday nights.
Sure, he has a secret identity, but he wouldn’t lose any sleep if it got out. He doesn’t have a sidekick, but if one showed up and wanted to tag along, he’d be okay with it. He might even let the little helper drive the AmbivaMobile. Well, maybe. We’ll see.
So, what happens when he does finally get up the gumption to leave the house in a bid to fight crime…or is that commit evil? Again with the choices. Wow. So much pressure. Look, he’s supposed to go chasing after his arch-nemesis, Doctor Disinterest, but he can’t decide if he feels like it right now. Maybe later, after a nap. And some lunch, if he can figure out what he might want to eat.
Uh oh. Somebody’s flashing the AmbivAlert.
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.