Monday, June 04, 2007

Rip van Grzebski 

Isn't it at least possible he's still dreaming?
A 65-year-old railwayman who fell into a coma following an accident in communist Poland regained consciousness 19 years later to find democracy and a market economy, Polish media reported on Saturday . . . .

"When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere," Grzebski told TVN24, describing his recollections of the communist system's economic collapse.

"Now I see people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin."
The item above has a special personal significance for Yr. Mst. Bnvlnt. Dspt. Our own beloved Uncle Charles, scholar, friend, and mentor, fell into a coma in early 1995, midway through Mr. Clinton's first term, and remained in that unfortunate state until Tuesday last, when, during our annual visit to the Zemblan State Hospital for the Indigent and Unwanted, he sat bolt upright in his bed and asked us for a bowl of Maypo.

We immediately whipped out a ball-peen hammer and delivered a solid bop to the old boy's coconut, laying him out for what we hope will be another couple of years at the very least. It was strictly a precautionary measure: Uncle Charles was an American and a patriot, and we could not help but think that if he'd seen what's become of the good old USA during his slumber, he would have blown his brains out.

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