Episode 20: Part 1 of “The Rad Flea Party”
“Alice sighed wearily. ‘I think you might do something better with the time’ she said, ‘than wasting it in asking riddles that have no answer’”
L. Carroll “The Mad Tea Party”
Pfeffer dropped Alex off at the door to another conference room.
It was labeled “New Employee Orientation.”
It was another one of those non-descript
doors found in the halls of most furtive
(whether labor, religious, city hall, or law firms).
Alex thought out loud “I hope this is not like the
previous meeting I had with my
sad sack mentors.”
“WHAT WAS THAT?” demanded Pfeffer.
“I hope this is just like my meeting with
those glad-tact mentors” lied Alex.
“What is glad-tact?” insisted Pfeffer.
“It means that I was glad that
they were so tactful”
Pfeffer was pleased that Alex perceived
the meeting as beneficial.
“In you go” said Pfeffer
as it shoved Alex
It glanced back only once and that was
to ensure itself that Alex had opened
the door and entered the room.
Much to Alex’s surprise there was a
long table in the room. Sitting on
one end of it was the moose
and the beaver
And in the middle of the table was the fish,
just floating around making bubbles,
attempting to look brilliant,
in his little world.
“Hi guys” stated Alex enthusiastically.
He was really glad to see more
sane beings than those he had
encountered on this
“Guys? GUYS?” asked the beaver
apparently incredulous at Alex’s
term of familiarity.
“How about a little more decorum and awe?”
“But guys” insisted Alex “don’t you
remember me? We floated out of the
flood together. You deemed me
‘vexing yet benign.’
We engaged in a
the day the frog
died from all
“Don’t be silly” said the moose. “There is no silence
during a raucous caucus. Even so, a frog does not
croak from silence; he is silent from croaking.”
“But I am Alex” insisted Alex;
thinking that insistence
might make it
“More pleasure, less nicotine” bubbled the fish
who was eager to join the conversation
but neither having much to say
nor wishing to be
“Lite taste, more refreshing” he added
as an afterthought.