Recently, we had a batch of tech-nerds/fanboys go door to door through the neighborhood, extolling the virtues of the Apple Corporation, and trying to convince people to buy Apple computers and gadgets. They called themselves I-Witnesses.
They claimed that Apple was a great company to work for. Employees still got paid after they lost their Jobs.
Steve had been concerned with childhood obesity, and had developed a pogo-stick-like device with a mini-computer which was supposed to urge kids to keep exercising. The project had to be cancelled when it was found that they were promoting breakfast pastries instead. Jobs had unfortunately named the device I-HOP.
Just when I thought the neighborhood was safe and sane, we had another batch of young ones go door to door, promoting healthy eating through pancakes. They were Jemima’s Witnesses.
In my freshman year in high school, our class took a school trip to a small hobby farm. Mrs. Olsen introduced us to her favorite cow, Landescog, and showed us how to milk her. We added rennet to the milk to get it to separate into curds and whey, and pressed the curds into a cheese mold.
Near the end of our year, we were again allowed to visit the farm to see what had happened to our “cheese.” Mrs. Olsen had made up a big batch of linguine, and most of us sprinkled our shredded cheese on it. Since the farmhouse was crowded, I took my plate outside, and stood at the fence, under a tree.
Landescog, the cow, wandered over and, perhaps attracted by her contribution to lunch, stuck her head over the fence and mooed loudly, so I had Swedish meat bawl on my pasta.
Middle Managers’ Lament
I am not allowed to run the train.
The whistle, I can’t blow –
I am not allowed to say how far
The railroad cars can go –
I am not allowed to let off steam,
Nor even clang the bell –
But let it jump the goddamned track,
Then see who catches Hell!
The Farmer Learns Fast
A farmer bought a new car, after spending a lot of time pricing them. By coincidence, a few days later, the dealer who sold him the car appeared at the farm, and said he would like to buy a cow for his small country place. The farmer quickly wrote up the following, and handed it to the dealer:
Basic Cow ……………………….. $200.00
Extra Stomach …………………….. 75.00
Two-Tone Exterior ………………. 45.00
Produce storage compartment.. 60.00
Dispensing Devices – four spigots
@ $10.00 each ………………….. 40.00
Genuine Cowhide Upholstery . 125.00
Automatic Flyswatter ………… 35.00
Dual Horns ……………………….. 15.00
Plus Taxes and Delivery ……… 595.00
Total Charge …………… $1,190.00
A Child’s View of Retirement in a Mobile Home Park
After a holiday break, the teacher asked her class how they spent the holidays. One little boy’s reply went like this.
We always spend our holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live here in a brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and moved to Florida. Now they live in a place with lots of retarded people.
They live in tin huts. They ride big three-wheel trikes. They go to a big building they call a wrecked hall, but if it was wrecked, it is fixed now.
They play games and exercises, but they don’t do them very well. There is a swimming pool, and when they go in it, they just stand in the water with their hats on. I guess they don’t remember how to swim.
My Grandma used to bake cookies and things – guess she has forgotten how to bake. Nobody cooks there; they all go somewhere to eat something they call an Early Bird.
When you come to the park, there is a doll house with a man sitting in it. He watches all day so they can’t get out without him seeing them. They wear badges with their names on. I guess they don’t know who they are.
My Grandma said Grandpa worked all his life, and earned his retardment. I wish they would move back home, but I guess the man in the doll house won’t let them out.