Monday Morning Commute: A Best Friend’s Boy

a best friend's boy

I wasn’t supposed to be upset that Russell was dead.

Pops and Mahma explained to me when we first got him, years back, that he was mine to look after. After all, they reasoned, it was because of my begging and pleading that they agreed to go to a breeder in the first place. While it was true, Pops admitted, that we all fell in love with Russell’s soft whimpering and pouty eyes, he was mine to look after.

And that meant, in their parental estimation, not only enjoying the benefits but also dealing with the baggage. And to do so with the grace and poise for which our family — the Eldertons — was known.

So, needless to say, Pops and Mahma were none too thrilled when they found me cradling Russell’s body on the morning that I found him, gently and peacefully, dead in the backyard. I was crying, and they were disgusted, but I told them that Russell was my best friend and they should honor my feelings even if they didn’t agree with them.

I wasn’t supposed to be upset that Russell was dead, they told me. I was supposed to know that Russell’s lifespan, given his breed, was going to be short, they told me. I was supposed to stop crying, and when I collected myself I could go back to the breeder and get a new Russell, they told me.

But they’d never told me that it was risky for me to get Russell in the first place. They’d never told me that something’d gone awry when I was programmed. They’d never told me that I’d been glitch-maxxed for empathy.

I wasn’t supposed to be upset that Russell was dead, but he was more than just a human being to me.

He was my best friend.



Now that you’ve survived another one of my brain-damaged attempts at drivel fiction, it’s time to discuss the upcoming week’s activities.

What’re you going to do to curb the blow of another workweek? What’re you looking forward to? What’s getting you jacked up and ready to embrace existence?

I’ll start.


Laughin’ in Solidarity as I listen to:
[Star Wars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Commentary Track]

Celebratin’ a Bachelor-Party Adventure by VISITIN’:
The Site of the MONTREAL Screwjob!


Kickin’ it Old School By Usin’:
My Goddamn iPod!


Celebratin’ the MCU’s Status as Movie Franchise Heavyweight Champ:


So that’s it — my week consists of revisiting my disdain for Rogue One, travelling to a foreign land, listening to music on an obsolete device destined to die sooner than I’d like, and blastin’ into the galaxy with my favorite MCU antiheroes.

What’re you doin’ this week?