Episode 22: Part 3 of “The Rad Flea Party”
“O.K. moose” answered Alex with contempt.
“Let’s RESTART this orientation.”
“MR. MOOSE” said the antlered one
and quickly added “to you!”
as he paced around
The fish became nervous about
the impending confrontation.
“New formula. More suds.
Whiter whites” gurgled
the piscine one.
The beaver forced his way into the conversation.
“Look. We are here to orient you to our culture.
The questions don’t do anything to clarify
our views. What the moose meant
by his question was to open
the conversation about
“I meant nothing of the sort. Questions have no meaning”
repeated the moose under his breath.
“Our orientation is designed to result only
in your viewpoints becoming radicalized.
I believe the moose was attempting
to determine a starting point.”
With this said the beaver
ended his remarks.
The moose and
the fish had
(All readers should pause here to replicate the silence. This is especially important if you are reading this story to your grandchildren.)
“I am quite conservative” said Alex.
“Let’s start from there.”
“You have earned my admiration with your frankness”
retorted the moose. “In the spirit of being candid
I withdraw my question.”
“Thank you” said Alex in a more relaxed manner.
He also wanted to tell the moose that it was not
a really good question but more of a
rhetorical comment with meaning.
He decided not to push the point
for fear the silly moose would
become illogical again.
The beaver once more stepped into
the middle of the conversation.
“Here is the scoop. We are
strong supporters of the
‘Radical Flea Party’
and wish for you
to join our
“Never heard of it” said Alex.
“What does your party
stand for?” he asked.
“More” said the moose.
“More of what?”
At this point the fish gurgled in.
“Less is more more – or less.”
“Think out of the box.”
“Walk the talk.”
“Pick the low
They all looked at the fish bowl and simultaneously
had the same thought; to empty it.
But no one voiced or acted
on the thought.