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Hour Relations

Nov. 10, 2011
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I'm Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain'a? So listen, another Daylight-Saving Time fall back/extra hour day has come and gone and it's left me feeling a whole bunch down and blue in deep despair, what the fock.

Oh my, what big plans I had to put that extra hour to good use: Learn Etruscan; consume The
Martin Buber Reader: Essential Writings; darn a couple, three pair of socks; visit Potawatomi Bingo Casino for a little relaxation. And in the end, what did I accomplish with that free 60 minutes? Nothing. Abso-focking-lutely nothing. I failed. I overslept. And now in deep despair, all I can do is piss and moan whilst supine on the davenport with the TV lighting the room 24 hours a day, I kid you not.

And so this lack of lead in my pencil prevents me from laying the necessary pipe needed to inflate a full-blown essay that would serve to satisfy the needs of a vivacious if not wanton reading public. Here I am, depressed, housebound and dependent on the kindness of acquaintances and hangers-on for fortification. (In that regard, my buddy Little Jimmy Iodine stopped by this morning to bolster this soldier's mess kit with a handful of Slim Jims and a couple, three bags of beer nuts. A regular Florence Nightingale that guy is. Too bad the focker forgot the economy-size crock of Old Crow that I really need to restore my strength and sunny outlook so as to return to fighting form.)

Anyways, I got to go on account of feeling rather weak if not downright impotent for this week's intercourse. Besides, the History Channel's got a show coming on about big-deal historical discoveries and discoverers—probably the usual suspects, you know, your fire, movable type, Tycho Brahe, flight, Albert Einstein, combustion engine, the transistor, Leonardo da focking Vinci—which sounds like a good chance for me to get a little nap, so's I can awaken with more energy for pissing and moaning.

, I'll bet you a buck two-eighty one thing they won't mention on that show is the discovery of the liquor store. I tell you, the guy who came up with that kind of scheme should be in the historical hall of fame. A thousand years ago, I don't know if people even had stores for anything, much less one devoted only to good times stored in bottles on shelves that are never empty. I suppose hundreds and hundreds of years ago, if a regular guy had a taste for a little eye-opener, he had to go make his own. What a pain in the butt, ain'a? Probably what happened is that breakthroughs in political theory proved that the more time spent making hootch, the less time spent drinking it—an equation that gave rise to wars that could last a hundred years at a crack, what the fock.

And I'll bet this TV show won't touch on the importance of the discovery of the gentlemen's periodical and its role in the creation of the modern society we enjoy today. Hard to imagine the hoops you'd have to jump through even 500 years ago just to see a gal buck-naked. Sure, a lot of those old-fart fine-art painters you might've heard of in school knew from putting skin on canvas, but during their time in the Middle Ages, most of their paintings were scooped up by some kind of liege lord and locked up for safekeeping in a dank castle, unavailable for the perusal and nut-relieving edification of the common Joe Blow.

OK, one last thing before I forget. Little Jimmy had a story he told me, thinking that laughter would be the best medicine for me, god bless him. I'm not sure how good this medicine is, but here it is anyways, what the fock:

So this little kid just got potty trained. But when he went to the bathroom to go Number One, the kid managed to hit everything but the toilet. So his mom had to go in and clean up after him every goddamn time the kid went to take a leak. After two weeks, she had enough and took him to see the doctor.

After the exam, the doctor said, “My good woman. The problem for your son is that his, shall we say, 'unit' is too small. An old wives' tale is to give him two slices of toast each morning, and his unit will grow so that he can hold it and aim straight. You may want to try that.”

Next morning the little kid jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to the kitchen. There on the table are 12 slices of toast.

“Mom!” the kid says. “The doctor said I only had to eat two slices of toast.”

The mother says, “I know. The other 10 are for your father.”

Ba-ding! 'cause I'm Art Kumbalek and I told you so.


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