The Leaky Faucet
"More of the same, basically."
Doug elected president
With this nation in the throes of its quadrennial tradition of political rhetoric and b.s., one name has gone relatively unnoticed: Douglas Phillip [redacted]. Never heard of him? That will soon change. You see, Mr. [redacted] has been elected President of the Sacramento Chapter of the Hungarian/American Friendship Society. And with the considerable power and persuasion that comes with the title, we will all soon be feeling Doug's presence.
We talked to Doug, and here is what he had to say:
- LF: What sort of sweeping changes will we be seeing in the near future, now that you've
been elected President?
- Doug: First of all, everyone will be required to speak Hungarian.
- LF: Hungarian? What if they don't want to?
- Doug: Well, too bad!
- LF: Okay, fine. Hungarian. What else can we expect in the future?
- Doug: Everyone will be required to drink coffee out of personalized mugs made
exclusively by Doug's Mugs.
- LF: But you don't drink coffee. What about people like yourself? Will they be required
to start drinking coffee?
- Doug: I'm afraid so. It's for the good of The Cause.
- LF: What "cause" is that?
- Doug: I'm trying to save up enough money to make a second trip to Hungary. The only way
I'll be able to do that is if I sell enough mugs.
- LF: A noble cause, indeed. How about the other social ills of this nation? You know,
unemployment, homelessness, crime, the environment, bad television. How will you address these problems?
- Doug: Just buy my mugs and everything else will take care of itself.
Dad & Eleanor visit Arizona
Their trip began in Sacramento (because that's where they live). They took Highway 395 south through Bishop, CA; through Las Vegas; and, finally, into the enchanted lands of Phoenix, Arizona (where they attended an ancient ritual know as a "wedding"). After the wedding, Dad and Eleanor went to Jon & Cathi's (the bride's parents) house in Cave Creek, AZ. They saw no caves. No creek. But they did get a tour of the backyard. (And this time, Dad refrained from killing any rattlesnakes.)
From Phoenix, Dad & Eleanor headed west on Interstate 8 through Yuma. In eastern San Diego County the highway ran through mountains of boulders the size of a car! It was hell on the car's suspension.
Finally, they entered the enchanted lands of Santa Ana, where they had dinner with Greg, June and family. Aileen played the piano, Brian drew some cartoons (see below), and Andy – well, Andy was Andy.
After leaving Santa Ana, the car's alternator went out right in the middle of the morning rush-hour traffic. But they retrieved it and, $167 later, they were back on the freeway and heading north to Sacramento.
On the return trip from Phoenix to Sacramento, Dad & Eleanor's Mercury Cougar averaged 36 miles per gallon (!) and brought the odometer to 142,000 miles (for those of you keeping track).
Bill Gets Perm Job
Bill has taken a position as an administrative assistant in the immigration department of the "world's largest law firm," Baker & McKenzie (they have 50 offices worldwide).
As you can see from the photo, Bill likes to wear a hard hat and walk around with a walkie-talkie.
We're now taking bets on how long he'll keep this job.