As comedian Paul F. Tompkins alluded to, in one of his hilarious routines, everything we do is done to avoid getting yelled at. Just by standing in the wrong line, we are vulnerable to getting yelled at. Isn’t it the worst? I immediately revert to childhood and become sullen and self-defensive. If there is anything to kick on the ground, I will kick it. Well, I didn’t know, and I did not see that giant sign in day-glo letters.
There is one omission – the boss. It goes without saying that he/she may communicate through yelling only. Oh, and plus I just forgot!
ODE to a Broken AC Unit
idle it sits in its place
gatherin’ dust and wasting space
in winter that window does leak
making bedroom weather rather bleak
one day that unit will descend to
The ground as all things tend to.
Then in summer AC again will be imposed
Cool breezes from the hole exposed.
And, yes, the dentist’s voice sounds remarkably like Stephen Colbert.