By Tony Russell|
One of the reasons why we get more pleasure from satire
than from a sermon, even when the satire is making exactly the same
point as the sermon, is that we have an uncomfortable feeling that
the minister expects us to do something about it. -- Leonard Feinberg
I had to get to the office early today to write up the local election report. So I was surprised to see that my neighbor’s foreign exchange student, loaded with books, was already headed toward the university. I pulled over and told him to hop in.
“We should probably introduce ourselves if we’re going to keep running into each other,” I said, sticking out my hand. “I’m Ace.”
“My name is Aadil,” he said. “A-a-d-i-l. I am pleased to formally make your acquaintance.”
“That’s an unusual name,” I said. “Where are you from?”
“I am from Pakistan,” he replied. “‘Aadil’ is a Muslim name meaning ‘just.’”
“Hope you’re not a terrorist,” I said, and then added, when he flinched, “Just joking. What gets you out so early? Got a big test coming up?
He shook his head. “No,” he said. “I stayed up late watching your election returns and had trouble sleeping afterwards ...
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