Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for May 18, 2002
Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling "Flowers for Trinitron" May 16. In the middle of N.Y.P.D. Blue, cable goes out. There is bad reseption where I live, so I go to bed early. May 17. Cable still out. Woke up better rested than usual. Great day at work, then met a friend and then brought home some magazines. May 18. Cable still out. I feel great, though. I went jogging after work and then went to the library to get some books. Began reading. May 19. After dinner with some friends I hadn't seen in a while, I finished reading East of Eden. I spent the rest of the evening contemplating humanity's inherent nature. Cable still out. May 20. I began volunteering at a homeless shelter. I met another volunteer there, Jill, who seems very nice. Cable still out. May 21. I'm sending out resumes in an attempt to escape my current dreary employment. I finished Chapter 3 of the novel I've started writing, and my first date with Jill was delightful. Cable still out. May 22. I feel as though a fog has been lifted and I'm living for the first time! I never realized that television was such an insidiously stifling presence... Al: DEMON BOX! THIEF OF TIME! I FORSAKE YOU! Al: FAREWELL FOREVER, PURVEYOR OF INANITY! FZZZ... Television: ...I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat. May 23. Big day! On Home Improovment. Al almost took a job in annother city, but tHen hE didn't.
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