Work-in-Progress, Self’s (Short Story)

He provided wine, my favorite cheese (Stilton) and cold cuts. I provided the blanket and the frisbee. I thought he was taking our relationship to the next level, and found the entire occasion very romantic. But Tony says I’m reading too much into it. He’s prepared picnic baskets before, and the whole thing takes him 20 minutes, “at the most”, to put together.

I’m shocked because Tony never seemed like the type to plan his outings. To be honest, he looked like the type of guy who spent the whole day sucking on Ludacris weed lollipops and playing bongo drums in Union Square.

Now, I’m learning that when Tony craves a change of pace, he goes out on dates and prepares picnic baskets.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Today’s Quote, Courtesy of io9

“Sideshow comedian and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been long-regarded as a political anomaly in the United States. But in Westeros? Well, that actually makes more sense.”

The Donald in Westeros? I like!

Watch the Game of Thrones/ U.S. Elections mash-up, here.

Filed under: WTF

Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: Vonnegut, PLAYER PIANO

In the world of Player Piano, the manager of a factory chastises an employee (Katherine) for screening visitors to the factory individually.

“There are all sorts of special decisions I have to make,” said Katherine defensively. “I mean, all sorts of things come up that require more than routine thought — more than any old machine could do.”

The manager responds: “Either the visitor is a nonentity, a friend, an employee, small brass, or big brass. The guard presses one of five buttons in the top row on the box. See it? Either the visitor is sight-seein’, inspectin’, makin’ a personal call, or here on business. The guard pushes one of four buttons in that row. The machine has two lights, a red one for no, and a green one for yes. Whatever the policy is, bingo! — the lights tell him what to do.”

The point the manager wishes to make: “Policy isn’t thinkin’. It’s a reflex.”

You know what? Self is beginning to like this book.

Stay tuned.

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