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Not on all Cylinders

The following is a page from the Standard Oil instruction manual Know Your Car:

ItsAGasGasGasI don’t have a carburetor, and I’ve never seen a car with a throttle on the steering wheel, which should give you some idea of how old this manual is.

Vacuum tank.  Manifold.  Odd little inset of a perfume atomizer.

Heck — stove-pipe damper!

Today was more and less than what I thought it would be.  If I could stop sneezing and coughing, I’d appreciate that more.

Tomorrow, no alarm.  I’m not bothering to set it.

Bonus image:

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Please hold…

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Rust-patching-on-blue-chair

Bag-O-Crabs

Just what it says on the label…

Bag-o-Crabs

Hey, at least it’s not a mantis shrimp the length of my forearm….

Well, the words here are mine, but I’m thinking about the words belonging to other people.  I get paid to rearrange words, after all — sometimes about medicine, sometimes about music, sometimes about the lives that people have built.

“Fix, pls.”

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Hold still….

Sometimes the people bringing me words would say even less than that, if they could.  That’s okay with me; this is what it boils down to anyway. 

Years of ‘fixing’ leads to having a toolbox of solutions, most of which I try to translate for the perplexed, but probably for my clients they remain the equivalent of a magic wand — the other thing people seem able to articulate is “Please do your magic”, and I think ‘If I could really do magic, I would be applying it to a rather different category of problem!’

But hey, here is where we are.  I have a file, a little virtual box of words, that need re-arranging, shaping, maybe not just a trim but swift kickstart to an avalanche that pours boulders down into a ravine, opening a new route up the mountain.  Maybe.

Provided I don’t get buried in rubble while I’m doing it.

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Oh, the golden light of a summer afternoon…

Briefly misread

No, it’s not “Broccoli Ahab”, it’s “Broccoli Raab“.

Thank you.

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