If you were in a coal mine and there was a dead canary lying in his cage, wouldn’t you recognize that as an ‘indicator’ of danger? At the very least, would you not at least recognize the old metaphor/adage/cliche regarding canaries and coal mines?
Of course you would. But what about indicators that are NOT cliche metaphors? What of indicators, harbingers, signs and omens telling you something in a language you are entirely unfamiliar with? Do you still listen to the little voice that usually whispers at such times? Do you stare at such signs-o’-the-times and try to read ’em? Do you stop to think? ‘Hmmmmm….what’s wrong with this picture?’
As a rule, I am a bit oblivious to that sort of thing, myself. And Sal is usually focused on squirrels or shoes so I don’t rely on her observational skills. Neither of us has a sixth sense and, at our age, we are starting to wonder about the first five, actually.
I am not much better than Sal. A bit. Not much. No interest in shoes or squirrels allows me time to scan for other things but I don’t do that as much anymore. I could easily get 100 feet into a busy mall that was vacant and not really notice the absence of people as quickly as I should. I am just not all that observant anymore. But I still NOTICE. Eventually. It might take me a few steps into the mall before I wondered what ‘was wrong’, but I would still see the absence of people…in a few seconds….under a minute…I hope. I am not blind.
Well, I just noticed something wrong. Stupidly late, actually. Especially since I cracked a joke about it last January: “One thing about Trump that is for sure, book sales will continue if not increase. Any sane person will at least consider getting out. They have to!”
And we both laughed.
Sal checked sales figures today. We are selling at twice the rate as the two previous years for the same period reviewed. Admittedly two-times minuscule is still insignificant and hardly a dead canary or a candlestick in the library but it has been a remarkably consistent double-the-fun-run since January. I think Trump really HAS boosted sales.
I am looking for the cruise missile attack on Syria to boost sales even further. Hey! If you can’t add boobs, guns and rock and roll to the title of the book, scaring the hell out of people with the threat of WW3 is a good motivator for off-the-grid books.
“Man, oh man! When they nuke Kim Jong-un, we’ll make out like bandits!”
You think I am kidding? That is the precise conversation that the US military industrial complex is having around their boardroom tables right now. Probably have been since January 20th….I was just too busy to notice til now.