Scribble April 13, 2017

It feels like a Friday the Thirteenth.


Water bottle tossing should be an Olympic sport. No, not the 16-ounce bottles of plastic water. I’m talking about the five-gallon bottles men seem to be only able to wrestle to the water cooler. I used to body wrestle the bottle to the top of the cooler. But then, Sheldon taught me how to sling it in a single pass where it would land on the opening. A single Bocce-like underhanded sling using the full range of motion in your arm to lift the bottle onto the cooler. Stepping back from the cooler to watch a water-slinger is ballet crossed with golf.


Am I the only one to end up with tiny paper cuts on my tongue after eating a walnut?


United Airlines: a man was dragged off a plane resulting in a broken nose and reconstruction surgery; a man was threatened with arrest if he didn’t give up his fully paid first-class ticket for a “more important person”; and on a flight from Mexico to Canada a scorpion fell down from the overhead bin landing in a male passenger’s hair. When he brushed it away, it stung him. The Friendly Skies are not that friendly.


Driving through the construction of the Spaghetti Bowl, and the confusing mush of shoulder lines and lane lines, I thought of my Uncle Karl who claimed he suggested to the California Department of Transportation the idea of painting white shoulder lines to keep motorists on the road. This was in the 1930s, I think. I hate to imagine what it must have been like to drive without the shoulder lines. This morning, the drivers, including an 18-wheeler hauling cows, really couldn’t keep between the lines.


24 people are stuck on a roller coaster in Maryland. It says they are at a Six Flags but I figure United Airlines probably owns part of the Joker’s Jinx coaster.


Just now: a guy pushing a handcart was nearly run over by a city bus advertising a menopause play. This could be a whole story; just saying.


I swear to goodness: a second menopause bus just tried to take out the same guy. Definitely a story.


Paul Simon is a brilliant writer. Take his Cloudy:

My thoughts are scattered and they’re cloudy
They have no borders, no boundaries
They echo and they swell
From Tolstoy to Tinker Bell
Down from Berkeley to Carmel
Got some pictures in my pocket and a lot of time to kill

You can just see yourself on a bus going nowhere. I always jump to the two-lane road between Sonoma and San Francisco. The grape vine whipping by and the clouds coming up off the bay.

These clouds stick to the sky
Like floating question–why?
And they linger there to die
They don’t know where they’re going, and, my friend, neither do I

In a simple few lines, Simon captures a carefree moment. There is probably a deeper meaning; no matter. A simple day of doing nothing works for me.


© 2017, Michael Shawn Sommermeyer. All rights reserved.

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