The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

111 IN THE SHADE, BOYS: There is, I fear, not much in the way of humorous observation here at the moment. This is not because I don’t have anything to write about; it’s because it is 111 degrees Fahrenheit (43.8 Celsius for those of you who insist on that sort of thing) on the heat index outside and I don’t feel like leaving this egregious but otherwise air-conditioned mold pit for the comforts of home, where I have a fan that works whenever it takes a notion to. That the notion will usually strike the thing sometime in the middle of January does me no good here at the beginning of August. I do have an air conditioner; I am not a total Luddite, despite what my brothers say about me, but if I put it on then my television won’t work. The reason for this technological quandary is that my father built the house I live in.

Now my father was a plumber of rare device—he worked on skyscrapers for most of his working life and when he started installing the plumbing in private homes he gave them the plumbing systems he knew best: humongous ones. If you own a house my father worked on, five will get you ten that you’ve got enough copper piping in your cellar to drain the water out from under Noah and the Ark in less than thirty seconds flat. His grasp of electrical wiring, on the other hand, was a bit more whimsical, and I have spent much of my life marveling at those people who can turn on their microwaves without worrying that the clothes dryer was suddenly going to stop in mid-cycle and leave you with damp underwear and clammy socks the next morning. So as unattractive an option as staying here in this mycological cesspit is, it beats going home and sweating like Mrs. Murphy’s pig.

This leaves me with nothing really to do here, but even if I have nothing to do, and I don’t, I have to look busy while I am not doing it. Therefore, I sit here in full view of the patrons, most of whom are here beating the heat as well, typing away at this thing so as to impress them with my industry on this swelteringly hot day. I don’t know why I am bothering trying to impress them; they didn’t vote for our budget, so clearly all of my industry when I am, in fact, working, is going for naught, but one must uphold the bureaucratic niceties at all times. It wouldn’t do for someone to think that I am not working as I sit here not working; the public library and those who toil in its clutches must always look like we are working away, trying to meet the public’s information and entertainment needs. I really must my house rewired…or buy a pool, whichever is cheaper.


  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger miriam said…

    When I was in the public eye and trying to look busy, I looked through publisher's catalogs.

    Of course, I didn't have a blog then.

  • At 9:37 AM, Blogger dearieme said…

    Pigs don't sweat.


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