From: Winnipeg, MB
ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake
You know when you have a moment of clarity and the world seems to slow down and you fleetingly possess the ability to percieve great truths?
I had one of those today...at In and Out...the hamburger joint.
I realized the employees there are nicer to me than my own employees, my own kids and WAAAY nicer than Stalker Girl....and it only cost me $6.50...plus I got a burger with grilled onions and fries and a Diet Coke.
So, there I am, marveling at my insight, stuffing my face with fries and an 8 year old patient of mine walks right up and stands about 18 inches away.
8 yr old: Hey!
Me: Hey, what's up man? Why aren't you in school?
8 yr old: Oh, we only have half day all week.
Me: Unions, eh?
8 yr old: What?
Me: Teachers unions. That's why you have half day.
8 yr old: Oh, maybe. Whatever. <he was evidently not too impressed with my political insights>
Me: Man, I wish I had a half day. I gotta go back to work. <desperately hinting because he is still 18 inches away staring at me....but he just stands there...unblinking...so I think...damn I need to add Asperger's syndrome to this kid's problem list..I just keep smiling>
8 yr old: <after about 15 seconds that seem like a glacial epoch> OK, by!
Me: OK, see ya man. <he goes outside and continues to stare at me through glass window like it is a one-way mirror. Next time, it's takeout>
Well, maybe he is a fan of this AAR and he can't help staring at a celebrity!
Sorry to say though, the Nobel prize for Literature has already been announced for this year and the names on the cheque [over $1 M] were not Cap Mandrake and Sprior.
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth