Delicious Smoking Robot
It would be the first if its kind, a robot designed to generate and replicate a specific scent found in almost any nightclub in any decade prior to the 1990s. Back then -- when smoking was commonplace -- it was a scent, an aroma, a fragrance. But now, these days, to most Americans it's an offensive stench.
No one really smokes like they used to. Back in the old days, in dark restaurants and bars, lovers never protested the wafts of moist, tart breath that they enveloped each other in as they sat nose to nose, forehead to forehead, pecking at each other between sips of cocktails. read more...
June - 4 - 2009
Ronnie’d had dogs ever since he was a kid. Some were bigger, some were smaller. Some well-behaved, some weren’t. Some crazy. Some lazy.
They came from various places. One of them just wandered into their house one morning, another was a hand-me-down from a neighbor who’d moved away. In any case, it wasn’t difficult to get one. Back then, in fact, if you really wanted a dog, you could just go down to the pound and pick one up for a couple of bucks. No shots, no checkup. read more...
A Cunning Gendarme
Milosh had often shown resourcefulness while he was at the Police Academy. He was always first to come up with a novel solution to a seemingly impossible problem. When other cadets were baffled by the riddles of crime solving, Milosh had already worked out one or two angles. It was uncanny.
He had just been given the post of Police Chief, a new stage upon which he could display his skills. People would be dazzled. read more...
Flaming Messiah (a true story)
The Messiah’s halo was ever-changing as I recount my thoughts in slow motion. Sparks seemed to dance behind his head while people casually chatted around him. They were oblivious to His presence, and to the fact that a phenomenon was unfolding before them. They simply continued to nibble on the last of the stuffed mushrooms on their paper plates, cheeks bulging like squirrels, lips puckered, sucking the wine from their plastic glasses. Meanwhile, a tiny incendiary event portended a potentially much bigger one, while they stood blind to what was surely going to be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. read more...
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