April 23rd, 2001

mr. robin

Missionary taxi

Today at lunch I saw a taxi that had one of those light-up triangly signs on top that usually has advertisments for "The Lion King" and such. Only THIS one had Bible verses on it. "Remember the Sabbath Day, keep it holy . . . " it began and I forget the rest. Whenever the word "God" or "Jesus" appeared, it was written in red. It was pretty long, about five or six lines.

I wonder if someone rented out that space, or if the cab driver himself put that up there. I'd go with the latter; sometimes cabs have religious bumper stickers, too. I think if I were a cabbie I'd worry that I'd scare business away, but I suppose most cabriders don't care much about the religious leanings of their driver, they just want to get where they're going. If people did care about stuff like that, then all taxis would smell like gardenias inside.

It didn't work. The lighty-up sign, I mean. I don't remember all it said, and I'm still a heathen. I guess if I were cool like Jon, I'd have ripped it off the roof of the cab and broken it in two 'cross my knee. But it was real hot out there, so I just stayed inside and let the guy roll away in peace.
mr. robin

Why can't my meetings be as rip-roaringy funny as Manning's?

Last week I was at this meeting, and they were talking about how this moveable bridge has a bum motor. The possible solutions are to replace it, or to have it rewound. It can be rewound, because it's a "wound rotor motor". That's right, folks, a "wound rotor motor". And the moveable bridge guy kept saying, "we can rewind the wound rotor motor". And nobody else thought this was hilarious. What planet am I on? That sounds funny, right? It's not "weird" that I think that "wound rotor motor" is an amusing phrase, is it? These wet blankets said "wound rotor motor" to each other for three to five minutes with nary a chuckle. What a country.

P.S. At first, by mistake, I put "rip-roariously" in the subject heading. Which I suppose is an amalgum of "rip roaring" and "uproarious". Maybe I should have left it that way. Is "uproarious" even a word? Oof, it's that ol' say-a-word-enough-and-it-ceases-to-have-meaning thing again. Never mind. Goodbye.