Friday, June 27, 2008

Our Establishment Is Clean

I Eat Here All the Time

Our establishment is clean, the waiter
says to my friend Hank. You will find
no bugs.
Hank looks up from his menu,
setting his magnifying glass aside and rolls
his mostly blind eyes at me, as if to say, not
this shit again. I know, Hank tells him, I eat
here all the time
. I remember in high school when
our French teacher taunted him during class.
Can you spot land with that eye-glass, Pop-Eye?
she’d ask almost every day. The next year
her husband dove into a pool and came back
up to the surface paralyzed from the neck down.
When he saw her wheel him around campus,
he’d take out his eyeglass and watch, saying
I think I can see land, Michelle, I think I see land.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself." Johnny Carson

Cocktail Hour
Drinking coffee table book suggestion: Edie Factory Girl Nat Finkelstein

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Friday! Thanks for all the lively comments of the past couple of days!


Anonymous said...

I guy I used to teach with is a wheel chair person because he tried to dive through an inner tube in his backyard pool. Broke his neck. Now he's achieved his Warholian fame by suing an airline with other handicappers. Lack of access in the airline industry for the Ironside people.--I hope he takes them for a ride.--Perry Mason

JR's Thumbprints said...

I used to tell a student: The only to things you'll pass in your life time are kidney stones and gas.

A month later, I had kidney stones.

Charles Gramlich said...

That's why I try not to be mean. I can't afford it.

chris said...

A teacher who would belittle a student, What a bitch.
I worked with a person on one job,we stoped for lunch at a captain D's,as we approached the counter with multiple people behind us he got very loud and stated to me, Look at the cockroach,which was crawling under the kitchen pass through window. You should seen the business they lost that day.

the walking man said...

When put to an eyeglass no place is clean enough.

laughingwolf said...

even though my disability is minor, chronic tendinitis, both hands, i've always been appalled when anyone is taunted/teased, no matter the disability... grrrrrrrrr

Lana Gramlich said...

OMG! They sell those B-movie victim sets at the UCM Museum here in Abita Springs, too! What are the odds?
Love the quote from Carson. I'll have to remember it for all of the people who like to blather on about their "healthy" lifestyles (particularly the part where they sacrifice sleep--which is almost as important to the human organism as breathing!)