Well , I’ve been sitting around today wondering when or if that Chinese space station will hit me on the head or not . I hope and assume it’ll be quick . It could have happened any time over the last few days , I hear . That would be a unique way to go out . Not much different , in the overall scheme of things though , from getting hit by a bus or falling off of a ladder and smashing your head on a concrete step .
Well, what else do I have to worry about , you say . Or , rather , : Don’t you got nothing better to worry about ?, you might say . Fair enough . There’s lots I could worry about .
Facebook . Should I worry that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg were not only hoarding our private info , and that they were selling it to businesses who want to suck our money ( we all knew that , anyway ) , but that they were selling it also , or letting it be traded off to opinionated billionaires or secret slimy money-grubbers with a devious agenda who suck cash from well-financed political crazies who want to sell us unwanted social media excrement wrapped in fancy paper . Or something like that .
Or I could worry about nuclear annihilation , of course . Didn’t we older folk already do that , though ? Seems like a ‘ been there done that ‘. Evidently , an annoyed Vlad Putin lit off some ballistic missiles yesterday to try to show the world that he is not just another petty dictator in a repressed country stuck with a constipated economy .
I could worry about North Korea . Well , they might get nuclear weapons , you know . Probably they already have them . They could threaten the U.S. That nuclear blast would cover a large area , though . Not like getting hit by a bus or being hit with a space station . Those are much more personal — don’t you think ?
Or , maybe a more immediate worry , illegal immigrants , especially M.S. 13 and all the evil illegals who are here merely to rob us , murder us , and in their spare time to take our jobs .
I should worry about the corruption in government if I want to worry about something . I should probably stay mum about this , though . No use talking politics , if politics is what we could call the disgrace that’s happening to our government machinations nowadays . We have a president who promised to drain the swamp and all that . I should stay mum because if you are of the lot who still don’t see the hypocrisy of what’s happening in national government since the election then there’s no sense in mentioning it or discussing it . I should worry , nevertheless , about the degradation of simple truth and the crass promotion of endless mendacity . Yeah , we can all take sides on that and fight it out at a later date , but let’s move along right now .
It’s probably enough for now just to be angry and upset and to curse those others who hold different views . Our anger may all be based on deep shadowy fears , and as we know : Fear sells !
So I’ve decided to concentrate on the Chinese space station falling to earth . I’ll worry only about that for now . It’s bound to come right down on my head . If it does , and you happen to be nearby , I should tell you that the thing to do is to call , well call 911 I guess , or Homeland Security if you know the number , and report the incident. Don’t touch anything because that junk could be radioactive . It could even have some of that Russian nerve agent on it , too , or some secret Chinese thing that infects your unsuspecting mind and turns you into an enemy agent . Or something like that , you know . Can’t be too careful .
Oh , when I was teaching in L.A. , at Virgil M.S. for 18 years , M.S. 13 was one of the predominant gangs in the area . There was Rockwood , too , and Diamond Street until downtown redevelopment took out that particular street altogether . Poor Diamond Street gangsters had to either join another gang or come up with another name . I don’t think that they ever got around to it . 18th Street was another up-and-coming gang in the area , too . Good old Rampart Division territory ! What ? I should worry about M.S. 13 ? No , I have the Chinese space station falling on my head any minute now to worry about . That’s enough !