I talked to the refrigerator again today. It is such an arrogant machine. Beep beep beep. Yes I know the door is still open, you’re so clever. But can’t you see I’m looking for the leftover pizza and I can’t do it with the door closed? Can I?
So go beep yourself while I push this disgusting bowl of leftover cauliflower salad with 10W30 dressing to the back. What the firetruck? Are those tofu cubes floating in a casserole dish of noxious and wiggling Chernobyl Surprise?
Hold on. The Microwave just said something. It sounded a lot like Beeeeeeeeep. Really long. Something like the refrigerator but with a very snotty, condescending tone. A nanny nanny boo boo feel.
“I’m just trying to keep your goulash warm, dude. I beeped after 30 seconds, but where were you? So I beeped again. And will do so until the end of time.”
Only, now it’s a different beep. Just a short, single, beep. Like a mean dog trainer shouting “You vil heel.”
Beep. “Your lunch is getting coooooold. Look, hammerhead, (‘That’s Mister hammer head to you.’) you’re not the only one waiting for me to warm their meatloaf. If you don’t want to hear the beep, then get up off your fat butt dialer. Get your ooky looking goulash and get out. BEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
And just after I tried to understand what the dishwasher was saying. What an odd little bucket of bolts. It doesn’t speak so much as it rumbles and shakes. Like a driverless cement truck that jumps the curb.
It rumbles like an uncle clearing his throat or signaling for a Heinecken maneuver. You pack it full of the good china and drop in one of those plastic-wrapped horse chestnuts of soap with the red dot in the center. They look almost good enough to eat and you’d think it could at least say “Don’t eat those, you idiot.”
(‘That’s Mr. Idiot to you.’)
From another room comes the voice of K-Mac: “Are you talking to yourself again, dear?” There’s no way to answer without feeling like Mr. Idiot. “Are you doing both sides of the conversation, dear?”
Wait a minute. What’s that blaring WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH from somewhere outside? Almost like a car horn. Uh oh. That is a car horn. But is it our car horn? I shout ‘K-Mac, is that our car horn?’ She says something helpful like “What car horn?”
Here’s a tip I’ve picked up over years of hearing car horns at night. “It’s always your car horn.” Then, at 3 a.m., with the neighbor pounding the door and you spending precious minutes looking for your other slipper — but you can only find the foot to your Fred Flintstone costume — and you finally open the door and… the farouking horn stops.
Beeeeping. Rumbling. WAHHHH-ing. Did I mention beep? Is it irony that I used to think Latin was hard? Or just a cosmic BWAAAHAAHAA?
Pat – I haven’t written in so long, thus you have heard no beeps, BWAHAHAs or other odd sounds from the 716. Shame on me. I blame the sounds of desperation and despair from Mar-a-Lago.
Your columns always make me laugh. All (most) is fairly well here. Having cataract surgery this week and puzzling over Wordle. I do spend much of my time reading about Covid and the absurd fools in the GOP, but mainly I am just trying to clean out my house for “when the time comes,” as my old father used to say. Hoping that “when the time comes” isn’t too soon, though!
My very best to you and Kathy!
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