Irony and Amusement

Technology in its natural environment. (Monte Dutton photo)
Technology in its natural environment. (Monte Dutton photo)
Monte Dutton
Monte Dutton

It was bound to be an interesting day. The first sign was when I put on some coffee and turned on the TV. A local news, uh, person was talking about the terrorist attacks in France and said that, in January, a terrorist attack killed “Charlie Hebdo and 11 others.”

How could a person whose job it is to follow the news not know that Charlie Hebdo is a magazine? I know that. Everyone to whom I mentioned it knows that. One of the local news outlets doesn’t know that.

As I drove to Greenville, I noticed my new second favorite road sign.

My favorite road sign is the one on I-40 in the Smoky Mountains. It reads: Tennessee Technology Corridor. No sign of civilization, other than vehicles whistling by, is in sight: no house, no power lines, not even an exit or a rest area. One time I finally saw it in time to pull off the road and take a picture.

My second favorite road sign reads simply: Undeclared Wars.

(Monte Dutton sketch)
(Monte Dutton sketch)

I assume it must mean that the next exit, or this stretch of road, something, honors those who fought in undeclared wars, but, particularly in light of the international situation, I thought about some visitors from another country driving by that sign.

The Americans are all heavily armed. Perhaps there are feuding families (“fyuhding fahmeelees”) hereabouts. What is that? Hatfields and McCoys!

Yes. Keep a lookout, Cato, and slide down in your seat a bit.

On Poinsett Highway, a man riding a moped veered across the lane in front of me — yes, he had been in the passing lane — into the parking lot of an auto-parts store, and, of course, my first thought was, Why is a man on a moped in such a hurry to buy auto parts?

Maybe he gets his license back Monday.

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)
(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)
(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)
(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

Only a few days are left in the campaign to get my next novel, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, published through Amazon’s KindleScout program. If you nominate it and it is accepted, you’ll receive a free download.

(Joe Font cover design)
(Joe Font cover design)

If you haven’t read it already, please consider my novel Crazy of Natural Causes.

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2 thoughts on “Irony and Amusement

  1. Caroline

    “Tennessee Technology Corridor”….Such signs are usually intended as a promotional promise of (hoped for) things to come. You will see a bunch of “Future I-69 Corridor” on or near the North-South route of US Highway 51 in Western Tennessee. No “future” in the sign? Maybe they aren’t talking very many specifics about the technology assets already hidden away in those mountain hollows. I never heard of the plant near Erwin making nuclear warheads for Polaris and Poseidon missiles until an audit revealed they were significantly short of Plutonium.

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