Before ‘The New Troubles’

by The Institute for the Study of Slightly Varying Circumstances

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“WHOA, TRIPPY”

That is what I said when coming across the ‘drawing’ below while looking for items to sell at an upcoming garage sale. The reason for this reaction was because I ‘drew’ the image below probably 4 years ago, long before what I am now calling ‘The New Troubles’.

“The New Troubles?” Some of you more curious and intellectually gifted types may ask. “Yes”, I answer, chin raised, head slightly cocked, a look on my face exactly like the face you would imagine wanting to punch. Not that you’re a violent person, and not that I’m a Nazi (I’m not, promise), but, sometimes, all of us, heck probably even Gandhi, wanted to sock someone in the nose, and most likely that person would be making the face I just described. Anyway, ‘The New Troubles’ is, as some of you clever types have already guessed, this whole thing with the Confederate statues, and the Nazis, and all the other groups people like to belong to that are involved in it.

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What I’m REALLY trying to tell you is that I probably have powers. Like, I can see the future kind of powers. Not in a way where I could make any money from it, but, in a way that’s terribly annoying and that causes people not to believe you and stop calling or coming by because you’re always going on about your ‘powers’ that are not in any way apparent.

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