“Young man,” I said, pointing to the sign on the door, “is English your second language?” I might not have been so testy, but he was the second one to come pounding on the door that day. It doesn’t bother me so much as it does my poor dogs, who react to every knock on the door as if a horde of Daleks were on the porch.
I arrived too late to greet the first caller, who must have fled when they heard me yelling at our Hell Hounds and knocking them aside with a snow shovel so I could answer the door.
Oh, don’t call the Humane Society on me; that was a joke, for the Lost Souls who lack a sense of humour.
They had left their pamphlets outside the door. Jehovah’s Witnesses, who, while not having a chance in hell of converting me, are actually the very nicest, most inoffensive people who have ever come calling.
The second was a young man who may have thought that the sign meant “No Prostitutes Allowed.” “
“Hello,” he began, “I’m _______ with AT&T . . .”
It was at this point that - okay, a little rudely - I pointed to the sign and asked him about his language skills.
Well, he took my version of “Get off my lawn!” in his stride, at least.
I don’t actually get annoyed at the folks who get come calling - or used to, before we put the sign up - but at their parent organizations, whether they be security systems, Internet providers or kids selling chocolate bars.
I was a door-to-door salesman for about a week in 1974, and I know the pressure put on the folks knocking on doors. But if I wanted a mercantile Christopher Lee to come calling, I’d take the sign down.
Listening to Mister Eddie Rabbit today. Is there a better way to start the day than with a man who loves a rainy night?
Perhaps I could have phrased that a little better . . .
Now on YouTube: Shamrock, Texas - bring out your dead!
Can a city’s cemetery be a reflection of the town itself? Shamrock, once a thriving Route 66 town, has suffered the same fate as many others - a rundown city center, businesses closing, and a cemetery which is half taken care of, and the other half strewn with weeds - at least at the time this program was produced.
So here it is:
Shamrock: Graveyard of Doom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxlpfSDLLuA
Quote of the Day
THE DOCTOR: But did you bother to tell anyone they might be eating their own relatives?
DAVROS: Certainly not. That would have created what I believe is termed “consumer resistance.” - Doctor Who/Revelation of the Daleks, written by Eric Saward