Saturday, April 19, 2008

Quick Thinking Can Mean Wrong Thinking


The other day I filled up the tank and naturally was grimacing at the price.

Then, I pulled up to the highway and was waiting for a break in traffic to pull out. A guy in a green pickup truck turned in and shouted something at me. I don’t know what. He wasn’t smiling. “How rude!” I thought. Then, I saw his truck ‘s rear window. It had two Bush stickers on it.

I immediately wondered how did he know my political leaning, I don’t have any stickers or anything on my truck I should have shot have the finger I thought.

I turned and went down Canton Road a few blocks and turned into a shopping center and went into Doctor No’s Comic Book Shop. Sometimes when I am in that area I drop by and check out what new comics I might be interested in.

From time to time I buy THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN for several reasons. It is good art, a the dilemmas Peter Parker or SPIDERMAN finds himself in is well, mind bending, and my first cousin’s husband, Mark Bagley is one of the artists…. Or he was. His name has not been on the cover on any of the issues lately.

The owner of Doctor No’s was there, Cliff Biggers. I asked Cliff was Mark Bagley still with Marvel Comics, I haven’t seen his name on the covers lately.

The reason I asked Cliff about Mark is that Cliff helped get Mark started as a comic book artist and Mark has had autograph signings there from time to time.

Cliff said Mark is now with DC Comics – they gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse. The second-in-command joined in and said Mark will be doing the art for a new comic book which will be produced (or published) weekly. Cliff added, “weekly for a year, then it will stop.” One of them said the name of the new weekly comic book will be TRINITY.

So, now I know. About the only family events I get to go to are funerals and luckily for us, they are not that often - so, I only see Mark about every other year or so.

I said, “ I’m curious because he is my wife’s first cousin.”

And I left.

Walking to my truck I saw that my gas cap flapper lid was opened and the gas cap dangling on its cable.

So! That was what the guy with the Bush stickers was trying to tell me! Oh me.

Then as I was backing up the last sentence I said to Cliff Biggers surfaced in my brain’s on-line section: “I’m curious because he is my wife’s first cousin.”

Wait! I got it twisted! I meant to say, “I’m curious because he is my first cousin’s husband.”

Damn! Should I go back and tell Cliff and his second in command that I was wrong, and tell him my real correction version? And make a fool of myself?

Then I remembered, there is no need. I am invisible or the type who’s statements most easily and instantly forgotten. Before I got to my truck they had already forgot about me and what I thought to myself.

Having the knack of blending with the wall does have it advantages at times.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Si's blog said...

My gas cap does not have a little chain thngy. And you know what that means. I drive off and the gas cap falls off the trunk and is left behind at the station. Need to buy stock in the gas cap company.

You keep up with your cousins a lot better than I do. That is the important thing.

4:35 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Si,
Just before I went into the Navy in 1963 I filled up my Volvo PV544 for the last time so that my father could start it regularly while I was gone. Being the cheapskate that I am, I filled up at a cheap outlaw station and left my gas cap on the top of the gaspump.
I made do with a rag stuck down the gas pipe.
Months later, Daddy was driving the car, and just so happened to pull into the same gas station and the attendant noticed the car didn't have a cap so came out and gave it to my Dad, saying somebody left it there - it had Volvo printed on it.
Not exactly Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" - but close enough.

5:22 AM  

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