Slim Randles' Home Country
June is ...
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[June 23, 2012]
"It's June!" said Doc. "Isn't it great? I mean, all the
summer to look forward to. Fishing, swimming, camping, heatstroke,
dehydration, skateboard accidents and the occasional case of
"That's what we like about you, Doc," Steve said, "always looking on
the bright side of things."
"You know what June is, don't you?"
said Bert. Bert is usually quiet, so when he does speak up, we tend
to listen. We were listening. He started off kinda low and slow,
like a revival preacher just getting warmed up on sin by starting
"June is the annual man trap," he said quietly. He looked at each
of us in turn. "How many of us wouldn't like to relive a particular
June in our lives when we were led to the slaughter, er, the altar,
that is? To have that chance once again, before the organist even
warmed up ... to survey life in the past and prognosticate life in the
future and to perhaps amend a decision? Oh yes. Many of us.
"MULTITUDES of us." He stood and waved his coffee spoon as we in
the orchestra sat in awe.
"Was man created just to live in bondage? Does free will mean
NOTHING? Were we designed to wear SHACKLES?"
It was Doc who finally caught Bert's eye, flat in the middle of
his best sermon ever. It was Doc who flipped his eyes to Bert's left
and gave a quick shake of his head. Bert glanced that way in
mid-speech and saw his wife, Maizie, standing with her hands on her
[to top of second
"What man among us," Bert said, "would consider the holy
sacrament of marriage to be shackles? Not a real man, I say.
Not a man who is a real American. Not a man who understands
the precious relationship between a man and that certain special
woman. Do I get an amen on that?"
"Amen!" we all chimed in.
"Well," Bert said, sitting again, "that's all I have to say about
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