You see this stick? The short end is mine.

I got into a mock-argument with my Library-Boss the other day. It was on Facebook. Here’s the cut’n'paste:

Actually, never mind, it’s like half a page of talk. I’m extremely verbose when I get a little oxygen in me. (Which is always, for those of you following along at home!) Lemme sum up:

I said that my life’s goal was to become rich.

Boss said money isn’t everything.

I said it worked out fine for Scrooge McDuck.

She said Scrooge was a fictional character, and I should read some Thoreau.

Still smarting about her comment on Scrooge’s fictional state of being, I said Thoreau was silly.

She banished me to a corner until I could think up something nice to say about Thoreau.

So fast forward about a day, I noticed we had something at the library:


That, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest comic book ever. It won an Eisner Award in 1995 (the Eisners are like the Oscars for comics), and it’s starring the most fascinating fictional character to ever have his own cartoon. In case you don’t believe me, here’s Scrooge McDuck’s Wikipedia Page that gives an abbreviated version of his life. Even abbreviated, it’s pretty long.


I saw that the library had it, so I snatched it and made my boss a deal: if she reads The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, I’ll read something by Thoreau.

She agreed, and here’s where the stick comes in.

This is what I have to read:

Not really, but close

It’s just really thick, is what I’m saying. It’s the annotated version, and it’s got more than one book in it. I only have to read one of the books in it, and it’s actually quite interesting… but look at that thing.

Thoreau was a philosopher. I love philosophy. The problem with philosophy, though, is that you’ve got to sit and think about it. It’s time consuming.

Bah. I’ve made my bed and now I need to read in it. It just might take a while.

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4 Responses to You see this stick? The short end is mine.

  1. Victor says:

    Scrooge McDuck can swim through gold in his vault. I think he deserves superhero status for that.

  2. Jason says:

    Actually Scrooge could probably buy the ol’ pond Thoreau liked and have condo’s put on it. I definitely look forward to seeing if you get further in it than the unfortunate Moby Dick. :)

    • Vitamin T says:

      I HATE YOU JASON. You’re like a vulture that sees everything I fail at and then throw it in my face at a later date. You’re like an ex-wife who is also a friend. Blaaaargh.

  3. Jason says:

    So let me get this right…I finally make a comment on here instead of to you directly giving you a hard time and I get bashed. Well sir that deserves…..”Whack” (slap in face with white glove). What say you now? Hahaha.

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