Monday, June 29, 2009

I Saw A Man Leap From The Balcony

Here's how Gloria's trip to Shreveport went: within seven hours of her arrival, her brother had been carjacked.

Please note that Gloria has five family members living in Shreveport. Two of them have been carjacked in the last five years.

Her brother was fine, and the car, seemingly taken by the most inept carjacker in recorded history, was recovered only a few hours later. Of course, as an officer helped him close his hood later, it got bent and now won't close completely.

I'm not implying that Shreveport is some sort of carjacking hub, or that police officers are crazed hood destroyers. It's just the kind of strange gravity that her family lives under: if something is bad, it will always get worse.

She went through a list of the things that happened since she arrived (many of which are darkly comic, none of which I can mention here), then said, "Except for that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"

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