Piss on the dogs and call in the fire

Space: the final frontier. (Some restrictions apply.)

What’s that ominous rumble? O buggah — it’s the Trane XR80 roaring to hideous life astride the cooling carcass of summer.

Mid-October is a wee bit early for this sort of thing. But these are strange times, and getting stranger by the minute.

Captain Kirk rode one of Jeffy Bozos’ dick-missiles to the edge of space yesterday and returned to tell us all how glorious it is to be a wealthy white man with friends in high places. A first-class ticket for Aer Dingus is just one more thing you can’t afford, suckers. Now get back to work.

“Live long and prosper,” murmur the Vulcans. But they’re being ironic, as usual.

Either that or they’re talking to the Vogons, whose Constructor Fleet should be popping round to start work on that hyperspatial express route any day now.

Resistance is useless!

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16 Responses to “Piss on the dogs and call in the fire”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Its amazing how much Jeffrey’s New Toy looks like a dildo. As you say, Bezos seems to have too much money. I’d like to see Eisenhower era-level tax rates again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      From “The Right Stuff” to “The Right People” in one lifetime. Ay, Chihuahua. It can’t be long before they’re living above us all — and I mean, really, above us all — like Waldo Farthingwaite-Jones floating around Freehold in Heinlein’s tale. Waldo didn’t think he needed the smooth apes either. He came around, eventually. But that was fiction.

      • khal spencer Says:

        “From “The Right Stuff” to “The Right People” in one lifetime.” Now that is a memorable quote, amiright? I have a hunch things will get worse for all of us since as Dylan said, “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose ”

        Bring on the revolution.

    • peterwpolack Says:

      “Its amazing how much Jeffrey’s New Toy looks like a dildo.”

      So does the symbol on the side of his tractor trailer trucks. Hmm…

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Some while back while watching something on Amazon Prime I sez to Herself I sez, “They have to know that looks like a dingus, yeah?”

        I did a little Googling and if memory serves it seems the dingus was intended to be an arrow extending from A to Z, denoting that Amazon was no longer just an online bookseller.

        But I knows a dingus when I sees one.

  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Aer Dingus! Dick missile! Brilliant, again.

  3. Stan Thomas Says:

    “futile” as we Trekie nerds feel obliged to point out. 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ah, but I was quoting from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” not “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

      • B Lester Says:

        I’m a casual Trekker, so I know the Borg mantra. Smells like Trek co-opted the term, conveniently altered.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        You never know about these things. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” debuted as a radio serial in 1978, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” came along about a decade later. So, yeah, maybe, possibly.

        These things bounce around and who knows where they land? The “Terminator” franchise seems more or less a straight rip from a couple Harlan Ellison tales: “Soldier,” and “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.” Ellison wrote the “Star Trek” episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” and was not happy with his treatment there, either. Fine writer, and a gent who did not let gratuitous piracy and other such asshattery pass without comment and/or legal action.

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

  5. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Please forgive me going back a few posts, but my friend down here, Mark, used to work at the Chinook Book Store. I wonder of you two were to meet some day, it would be one of those “don’t I know you from somewhere” moments.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Wow. Small world, hey? Give Mark my regards.

      Chinook was founded in 1959. I didn’t arrive in Bibleburg until 1967. But once I did, I spent a fair amount of time there, off and on, from my misspent youth through early geezerhood. It may have been the first actual bookstore I’d ever seen. I’d haunted the library at Randolph AFB outside San Antonio, but if I bought any books it was probably at the BX, San Antone being something of a hump from base.

      Hell, I still have books that I bought there. It was a cozy joint, well suited to browsing, and the staff was very helpful and quick with a recommendation when prodded. The window displays were always imaginative.

      That section of downtown survived the urban-renewal purges somehow and there was always some interesting joint to draw your eye. Chinook, Jinx’s Place, Poor Richard’s, Mountain Chalet, Sparrow Hawk Cookware, Zeezo’s, etc. Them was the days.

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