re-assignment

21 Jul

i know i’m supposed to like eric dolphy.
i know i’m supposed to like thelonious monk.
marc chagall.
shakespeare.
mahler.
deodorant.
what works for the apocrine and ecrine: aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum hydroxybromide.
how i feel is: drowning in hyperhydrosis. i need 15-25% of the active ingredient.
i need a recommendation from the FDA. nobody writes strong scripts anymore. they just give you watered-down opiates and placebos.
i need coltrane to unleash a kind of fury that i adore.
my desk job has been moved to another desk in another location off a seldom-travelled road, behind a VFW and a post office with antiquated delivery trucks displaying outdated logos. here i am supposed to gently pack long lighting bulbs into narrow cardboard boxes making sure the ballast is not disturbed.
quota: unknown.
how it works is: the gas-discharge lamp uses electricity to excite mercury vapor. the excited mercury atoms produce short-wave ultraviolet light that then causes a phosphor to fluoresce, producing visible light.
also see: michael faraday. james clerk maxwell. heinrich geissler.
also see: mercury vacuum pump. geissler tube. julius plucker.
also see: evacuated tube. luminescence. nikola tesla.
quota: unknown.
at four and a half hour intervals we get a two-minute smoke break/washroom break.
also see: urine backup into the kidneys.
also see: pyelonephritis.
all workers must stand at their stations just before start of shift with sleeves down and work shirts creased. the electronic high pitch indicates commencement.
at the machine it smells like old people with acrid armpits.

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2 Responses to “re-assignment”

  1. mwittle 25/07/2009 at 2:38 PM #

    Nice end line.

  2. Tease 14/08/2009 at 3:27 AM #

    Now I really wished I passed Chem 101….

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