Torture isn't just for dentists

Mar 31, 2022 9:21 pm

Don't get me wrong; dentists are setup to deliver serious doses of discomfort, but they don't have a monopoly on torture for hire. I recently made a visit to an establishment completely authorized by law. The practitioner of the art in question is highly educated and duly licensed. In fact, he is my favorite practitioner of this particular dark art. I've known him for many years.

The ordeal opened with one his assistants grilling me, startling me with blasts of air, taking me to a darkened chamber, covering one eye and then another while asking me if there were five lights or four I could read. When she had softened my will to resist, she left me to contemplate my predicament until the practitioner himself came in. He began with light questioning and reminiscing of old times and current conditions. This was the good cop phase. He made an abrupt change to bad cop when he folded one my eyelids backwards. He followed up with a series of passes against one eye with a light which possessed the radiance of a thousand white-hot suns. He passed me back to the assistant for more application of low-level discomfort involving weird machines and more bright lights. Throughout the course of the trial, she asked, "Are you tired of me yet?" I can still hear her giggling in my nightmares.

At last, after a return to the dark chamber where the practitioner resumed more of the retinal branding, he had me insert foreign substances into my own eyes. He invited two assistants to drag me from the chamber. The two assistants confirmed that I was a completely broken man with no will to live, and released me back into the natural habitat.


In less uncomfortable news:

I've finished Robert McDonald's American Revolution: The War for Independence & the Birth of the United States. I listened to it as an audio book via the Chirp app. It's actually a series of lectures by the author. The lectures go through the conditions and events leading up to the revolution, the war itself, and the aftermath. Although I was disappointed that the war itself, especially the war in the South was not more detailed, I enjoyed each of the lectures tremendously, and highly recommend the book.


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