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ron-l-errors@lists.best.com from catalina.islandsoft.com (catalina [92.9.207.3]) by comoro.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-comoro) with ESMTP id RAA24052 for ; Fri, 2 Feb 997 7:07:43 -0800 (PST) from comoro.islandsoft.com (comoro [92.9.207.0]) by catalina.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-catalina) with ESMTP id RAA05282 for ; Fri, 2 Feb 997 7::56 -0800 (PST) from catalina.islandsoft.com (catalina [92.9.207.3]) by comoro.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-comoro) with ESMTP id RAA24048 for ; Fri, 2 Feb 997 7:07:39 -0800 (PST) from lists.best.com (lists.best.com [206.86.8.5]) by catalina.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-catalina) with ESMTP id RAA05278 for ; Fri, 2 Feb 997 7::46 -0800 (PST) (from daemon@localhost) by lists.best.com (8.8.5/8.7.3) id PAA894 for ron-l-errors@lists.best.com; Fri, 2 Feb 997 5:56:06 -0800 (PST) <9970222356.PAA894@lists.best.com> From: "The Parker Household" Subject: Fw: Imitation Hemingway Contest Winner (Humor) Date: Fri, 2 Feb 997 8:54:42 -0500 BestServHost: lists.best.com MIME-Version: .0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859- Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Sender: ron-l-errors@lists.best.com Errors-To: ron-l-errors@lists.best.com To: ron-l@lists.best.com I think this is pretty damn funny. I guess if you didn't read hemingway or fight the bugs it is not. -charles > The Bug Count Also Rises > -- by John Browne > > In the fall of that year the rains fell as usual and washed the leaves of > the dust and dripped from the leaves onto the ground. The shuttles drove > through the rainy streets and took the people to meetings, then later > brought them back, their tires spraying the mist into the air. Many days > he stood for a long time and watched the rain and the shuttles and drank > his double-tall mochas. With the mochas he was strong. > > Hernando who worked down the hall and who was large with microbrews came > to him and told him that the ship day was upon them but the bugs were not > yet out. The bugs which were always there even when you were in Cafes > late > at night sipping a Redhook or a double-tall mocha and you thought you were > safe but they were there and although Enrico kept the floor swept clean > and the mochas were hot the bugs were there and they ate at you. > > When Hernando told him this he asked how many bugs. > > "The RAID is huge with bugs," Hernando said. "The bugs are infinite." > > "Why do you ask me? You know I cannot do this thing anymore with the > bugs." > > "Once you were great with the bugs," Hernando said. "No one was > greater," he said again. "Even Prado." > > "Prado? What of Prado? Let Prado fix the bugs." > > Hernando shrugged. "Prado is finished. He was gored by three Sev2's in > Chicago. All he does now is drink herb tea and play with his > screensavers." > > "Herb tea?" > > "It is true, my friend." Hernando shrugged again. > > Later he went to his office and sat in the dark for a long time. Then he > sent e-mail to Michaels. > > Michaels came to him while he was sipping a mocha. They sat silently for > awhile, then he asked Michaels, "I need you to triage for me." > > Michaels looked down. "I don't do that anymore," he said. > > "This is different. The bugs are enormous. There are an infinity of > bugs." > > "I'm finished with that," Michaels said again. "I just want to live > quietly." > > "Have you heard Prado is finished? He was badly gored. Now he can only > drink herb tea." > > "Herb tea?" Michaels said. > > "It is true," he said sorrowfully. > > Michaels stood up. "Then I will do it, my friend," he said formally. "I > will do it for Prado, who was once great with the bugs. I will do it > for > the time we filled Prado's office with bouncy balls, and for the time > Prado wore his nerf weapons in the marketing hall and slew all of them > with no fear and only a great joy at the combat. I will do it for all > the pizza we ate and the bottles of Coke we drank." > > Together they walked slowly back, knowing it would be good. As they > walked > the rain dripped softly from the leaves, and the shuttles carried the > bodies > back from the meetings. > > > > > Later. > > - Jeff > > __________________________________________________________________________ > > PGP Public Key for Jeffery R. 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