“The Tilt-a-Whirl is a far more adequate description of life than the classic roller-coaster view,” said
“Why do you think that,” asked
Frank sat up in his chair and leaned over the lunchroom table.
Marion moved in closer to hear his response.
She put down her protein drink and moved her salad off to the side. Franklin put his hot dog
“A roller-coaster always goes in a straight line. There may be loops and twists, but it is always moving in one direction along the rails and it never deviates. The Tilt-A-Whirl just seems to be all over the place, spinning and twirling over an undulating frame. It just seems, to me, that life is more like that,” said
She liked eating her lunch with
because he almost always had something interesting to say. He was a little
weird though. Most of the rest of the store employees wouldn’t even really talk
to him. He did often seem to smell of Limburger and his hair was the greasiest
she’d ever seen. But he did have a kindness that Marion felt was lacking in the rest of the
Mega-Copy employees. He was also older than most of the other employees and he
seemed to have a little experience under his belt.
“So, what do you think,” asked
“I don’t really know. I never really thought about it much. I mean, I guess I can see what you’re saying. I’m not much of a carnival ride girl. Maybe I’ll ride the Ferris Wheel every once in a while, but I never really think about it as a metaphor for life,” said
“The Ferris Wheel, now there’s a metaphor. The highs and lows of staying in one place without ever really going anywhere but in a giant circle,” said
“Well, I never think about it like that. I just don’t think about life like that. I come to work here, I go home, I hang out with my girlfriends, I see my niece and I sleep. That’s about the extent of my life. So I don’t guess carnival rides are all that relatable to me as a way of explaining life,” said
“My life is totally a Tilt-A-Whirl though. I mean, I have a lot going on in my life. I’m not going to be a tech with Mega-Copy forever you know. I got big plans,” said
“That’s good. I’m glad you have plans. I just don’t know what I want yet. I mean, I’m only 24 years old and I don’t think I really have to know yet,” said
“I like you Marion. I want to take you out on a date,” said
“That’s so sweet, but I’m… I’m not really looking to date anyone right now. I’m just not really into that right now. I mean, you’re so nice and we’re friends and I wouldn’t want to mess that up with, you know, anything…weird,” said
“I understand. I wouldn’t want to screw up our lunches together,” said
“Well, I should get back to my electronics counter,” said
She stood up from the table and moved past
She threw her remaining salad away and went out to the sales floor. Franklin slouched in his
chair. Gary was
pressing buttons on the microwave filling the small lunchroom with annoying
beeps and boops. The microwave finally whirred to life and Gary started humming. He was humming a Queen
song, Another One Bites the Dust.
“Up yours Gary,” said