The Janus Of Public Opinion

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Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fail.—Oliver Goldsmith

    I was talking to my crack motel’s assistant manager Monty tonight about the police entrapment at the Arco, you know, spouting my right-wing reactionary drivel about local law enforcement paying people to commit crimes (personally, I’m agin it, we’ve got enough of that going on at the federal level) and Monty surprised me by saying that when a person gets hired on as a gas jockey (i.e. in a minimum wage job with no benefits; no health, no overtime, no retirement, no sick or holiday pay, no respect or even manners from the general public) that that person has a solemn responsibility to the community . . .

    "Wait, Monty, aren’t you the same fella tellin’ me two weeks ago that no good ever came from a cop coming on to this property? Wasn’t that you tellin’ me that?"

    "Well, yeah, James, but that was different. That was HERE."

    "Exactly. Janus (the two-faced god) rides again," I said.

    "I don’t know what the new ho’s got ta do with the price of rice in China," Monty said.

    "Me neither," I said.

    Sometimes my conversations with Monty leave him unsatisfied.

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