on the M train
(been a while since rode train ---- bike being pref mode of transportation -- above ground! fresh air!)
an automaton voice - something out of a Sci-Fi movie - told me -- us -- to (paraphrased [but close])
"Ladies and Gentleman, when you see a handicapped, elderly or pregnant person, please offer them your seat;
you'll be standing up for what's right. Courtesy is contagious - and it starts with you."
~did a.. robot voice.. just. say that to me..~ -
another message (paraphrased [close])
"If you see a suspicious-looking package don't keep it to yourself.. Tell a police officer..
Remain alert, and have a safe day.."
~did a.. robot voice just.. say that to me..~
look around at people.. no one seems to think anything is weird..
arrive at stop in Long Island City
ascend grimy stairs
there's.. a.. guy in a bright blue gorilla costume waving a yellow flag..
sign around neck advertising Mr Bubble carwash..
walking closer, hear a buzzing noise -- the buzzes of an electric motor --
and it occurs -- it's a robot in the costume..
one less employee to pay huh..
computers took over countless factory jobs..
and took its toll on toll-takers (E-Z Pass; glide on through)
set me to thinking.. ~are there any jobs a robot just won't ever replace~...
over this past wknd my Mom was in town from Philly and told of how she found a mouse doggie-paddling in the toilet
what having climbed in the pipes -- holding breath a minute or so - swimming to the toilet bowl -- where it could climb out and perhaps go nibble on cookie crumbs ------- but, in this case, got caught -- and put out in the back lawn (that mouse has stories to tell to his buds [if he ever sees them again])
the drain in my apt used to drain so slow.. water would collect to overflowing in sink while trying to shave
i emptied a whole bottle of Draino into the sink.. no dice..
my bro took the plunger to it -- multiple rounds -- the description of the gobs and stuff that were plunged forth, yyow..
now it drains quickly
water is so elusive
if there is the smallest crack -- it will find its way out
i recall watching a documentary in which Bruce Lee instructed the viewers to "be like water"
in other wards - flexible - and 'fluid' -- 'finding the way'
my hat's off to plumbers - controlling water -- no easy task!
they are paid a lot
they earn their pay
mark my words -- you'll never pay a robot to fix your sink!