Sleeping is your main objective this class period.
You deserve it.
Found your tennis shoe floating face down in the toilet!
Stomp-sloshing to class.
The teacher won’t notice the puddles.
Some have learned the skill of sleeping eyes-open.
You, however, have your books situated strategically.
About to save the world from an avocado something-or-other.
Was that your name?
Losing your balance.
The circus has come to town.
You’re the main clown.
The general trick after all the commotion –
Not to mention the snickering-
Is to regain some composure.
“Can you repeat the question?”
“I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question.”
Except in extreme cases
Where the teacher asked,
“What animal wears a cowbell?”
“You mean me?”
But, invariably this happens
When it really was someone else.
Ahh, but you are wiser than your teachers.
The best response is an intellectual jumble of words
That never make sense.
But, boy, do they sound good.
Shoulders thrown back.
Note: if no eyeglasses,
Borrow someone elses.
And don’t need them anyway.
“In due response of the heretofore query thus presented, I
can veritably state that the lower left cerebrum is incapable of collaborating
with the maxilla and mandible, thus disabling the vocal chords to respond with
an optimistic rhetoric upon this subject.”
Question answered sufficiently.
Teacher is proud to have such a smart,
Articulate student in the class.
Hard to swallow.
They know you’re bluffing.
“…and feeling a delicacy in articulating the nebular
hypothesis of the truth, I find difficulty in prevaricating the
nonverisimlitudinarianistic equatorial dissertation thus exasperated.”
all started with a casual Sunday drive with my wife.
you want to pick raspberries?” she asked. “I know a great place.”
her directions I drove to a posh neighborhood and parked in front of a palatial
is a walking path behind those houses and tons of ripe berries,” she said as
she exited the SUV and opened the back tailgate. She pulled out two white
buckets and a pair of bright orange coveralls. As she put them on over her
clothing I thought, why does she need those? We’re just picking berries.
We followed the walking path and found enough berries to fill both of our buckets to the brim. I drooled thinking about the raspberry pies we’d bake.
we arrived back at the car, my wife quickly removed her coveralls. I opened the
You can’t sit in the driver’s seat.”
been walking through poison ivy and I am extremely allergic!”
thus the need for coveralls. “What do you want me to do?”
have to take your clothes off and put them back here.”
So, as the sun sunk over the horizon, I hid behind the open car door and took off my shirt, jeans, socks and shoes. As she wouldn’t touch them, I had to quickly rush them to the back and race to get in the car before someone saw me. On the way home I prayed a police officer wouldn’t stop us for anything.
Now, you need to know this before I continue… We lived in a community out in the country where everyone has three to five acres. Many of my neighbors raised chickens as we did and the word was out that a fox had been seen. I didn’t want the fox to steal our chickens. Earlier I had placed a trap outside, but failed to set it yet.
it was dark now, we entered our subdivision. I was glad we had a garage and
garage opener for a speedy escape to sanctuary. I didn’t want to be seen in my whitey tighties
by the neighbors.
“There it is! There’s the fox!” she screamed pointing out the passenger side window.
Sure enough, a fox was in the neighbor’s front yard.
“We’ve got to kill it!” she said.
I don’t own a gun.”
have that BB gun, don’t you?”
I drove into our driveway, hitting the garage door opener and drove into the seclusion of the garage. I ran inside and retrieved the pistol, making sure it was loaded with BBs. I was getting frustrated.
As I drove back to where we saw the animal, I lowered my window. I figured I’d do a “drive by”. Alas, the fox had moved to the yard across the street. I handed the BB gun to my wife who refused to take it.
not gonna kill it. YOU kill it!”
At this point I was very frustrated. I stopped and got out of the vehicle. I marched to the front of the car and aimed the pistol at the fox. Eight shots. I missed him with all of them. It smirked and ran off into the dark. “Aghhh,” I yelled, and turned toward the car. It wasn’t till then that I realized that I was standing right in the headlights in the middle of the street in my subdivision as if I was the main attraction at the circus…in my underwear!
I slunk back into the car hoping one of the neighbors didn’t film the crazy guy standing in the street firing a gun…in nothing but his underwear! Totally embarrassed, knowing surely a video of me was about to be put on YouTube and go viral, I drove home and went out back and immediately set the trap baiting it with cat food…again hoping no one saw me.
a fitful night’s sleep, I checked the trap, and lo and behold there was the
fox! Beautiful reddish fur and black legs. A big bushy tail. It looked at me
with mournful little eyes.
I called animal control to come get
it and they said, “It’ll cost you 50 bucks. There’s been a lot of mange going
around. We would just kill it.” I googled mange. “/mānj/ noun a skin
disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and occasionally communicable to
humans. It typically causes severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of
scabs and lesions. Foxes that get mange die in three or four months.”
“Okay, thank you, I can do that myself.” And save fifty bucks. I reloaded the BB gun and went outside. I fired all eight shots at close range. The BBs bounced off of the fox and made it MAD. Did you know that foxes bark like a dog? I didn’t. Frustrated again, I yelled, “I haven’t made a dent. I’ve hurt it and now it is mad. I don’t own a gun…but…I do own a sword…”
My uncle Sunny (Yes, that is his name) had given me an old Masonic Knights Templar sword. About four feet long, the blade was about an inch wide. It was VERY sharp at the end.
Feeling guilty and somewhat afraid, I stood with the sword outside the fox’s cage. I held the sword toward the fox and said, in a Spanish accent, “My name ees Jon Hopkins and chu were about to keell my cheecken’s. Prepare to die!” And I stabbed it in the heart. The brave fox reached around and did something totally unexpected. It BIT the sword. It was so cool, I got goose bumps! Then…it died. I slowly pulled out the bloody blade. To make myself feel better I told myself that it was gonna die probably in a month or two from mange anyway. And, like a hero in some fantasy movie, I had saved all the chickens of the neighborhood.
I put the fox in a box. A fox box. And buried him in the trash can with honors. I doubt I’ll ever have the bravado to bite the sword that’s killing me like it did.
Note: So far, I have not seen a
video of me online.
I was out of work and desperately needed a job. I perused the want ads to no avail until I chanced upon the word “computers.” Gateway Computer Company was hiring, and I liked to play computer games, so I sent in my resume and got an interview. Back in the 90’s Gateway computers were the best on the market.
The day of the interview, I dressed in my best suit and tie. Uh… I learned later that computer geeks don’t wear suits and ties.
Sitting nervously in the waiting room, I picked up a magazine. It was about computers. Go figure. On the front it said, “The Top Ten DOS Commands.” I didn’t know what DOS was. So, I read the article and waited.
Finally, the interviewer called me into his office, and I sat in a wiggly chair in front of his cluttered desk. We introduced ourselves. He looked at my resume’. I’m sure he would see I had no computer experience or computer knowledge. After a while, he leaned back and asked, “Tell me…What are your favorite DOS commands.” I told him all that I remembered from my reading that magazine article. And… I got the job!
I worked for five years at Gateway as a phone computer technician. Each day was like crashing for a college exam! But I learned fast. And besides… all the answers were on the computer screen. I just had to read them to the customer.
Every day I answered random phone calls from users who had problems with their computers. I belonged to a team of technicians who all sat in a cubicle world. When things got boring, we shot each other with rubber bands and would bet on such things as who could get the customer to say the word “underwear.”
“Look under the left panel.”
One day I received a call from a gentleman who couldn’t get a computer game for his children to work on his computer. He wanted to fix it before they got home from school. It was a known problem. An easy fix. The situation was that the video card in the computer would not display the correct video resolution to boot up the game for his kids to play. The fix? Reseat the video card. By that I mean take the computer apart, find the video card, unscrew it, remove it, and replace it back into the slot. Easy peasy stuff.
“Before we start, there is something you need to know,” he said.
“Okay?” I was ready for anything. “What is that, Sir?”
“I have been completely blind since birth.”
I didn’t know what to say. “Do you have someone in the house that can help do this?”
He laughed. “Don’t worry,” he said. “I can do this. Just tell me what to do.”
To make a long story short, he DID do it following my precise directions. The children’s game booted up perfectly.
“Thank you! Now I can surprise my kids!” he said.
I was so impressed I had to tell the other technicians. They all shot me with rubber bands.
A week later I received a similar call. The same problem. Same video card. Same fix. Only this time on the phone was a hysterical female, crying.
“My game doesn’t work.”
I gave her the information of what needed to be done to fix the problem. “It’s easy,” I told her.
Between sobs she cried, “I’ll never be able to do that!”
So…in what I thought would be the greatest encouragement, I calmly said, “Ma’am I’m sure you can do this. Why just last week I helped a blind man do the same thing.”
After a few whimpers she said, “That’s amazing. I’m blonde too!”
I put the call on mute so she wouldn’t hear my laughter. I quickly got back on the line and calmly talked her through the procedure to a positive result. She was so happy.
I wanted to tell the other techs… but stopped myself. The next day I brought a Gatling gun rubber-band shooter to work. This instrument of mass destruction could shoot 300 rubber bands in less than a minute. Needless to say, the team never bothered me again.
Job 29:15 “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.”
Romans 2:19 “If you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself?”