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Shades Of China

December 2, 2017

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth,” that fellow called Ishmael explained at the beginning of Moby Dick, “whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

Me, I got a simpler problem with a simpler solution.

Every time Donald Trump says something that makes me so mad that I want to smash in my television set or take a brick to somebody’s head—anybody’s head—my head—then I just make my way down to the corner to visit with the Professor. Nobody can riff on Donald Trump like the Professor, and usually after he’s finished, my blood pressure’s gone down and I can function in the world again. But this time, he disappointed me.

“You see what Trump did this time, don’t you?” I told the Professor.

“He do so much, I can’t keep up with it all,” the Professor said. “Plus, I ain’t had the chance to check out the news this morning. My phone’s charging at the laundromat. What the man done done this time?” [To Complete Column]