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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
August 28, 2011


Well!  anyone with an important and, if I may say, stressful job like mine
deserves a vacation.  Yeah, I may appear cool but it's like a duck -- calm on
the surface, yet paddling furiously below.

Grand Ollama!  I am just a poor little dormouse and I like the open air, so
what do I know of mansions ... but is holidaying on this estate a trifle
unbecoming in troubled times with millions unemployed?

Not if I am paying for it myself unlike some of my predecessors, notably Billy
the Smooth.

Still, it's costing as much for ten days as the annual median income of your

Pshaw!  they expect me to live up to a standard commensurate with my
office.  Imagine me on a camping holiday -- family in a tent.  No, we Ollamas
like plenty of space.

And no doubt, you are working all the time -- that's what I have to do just to
feed myself and save enough for winter.  I am not a summer swallow.

Of course!  My job also never ends.  The safety of the free world is in my
hands.  See all these position papers ...

And what's that hidden among them, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".  You,
too, a Stieg Larson fan?

Oh, its just something I am carryin' around.  Enough dragons in my life, if you
know what I mean.

The vacation came to an abrupt end with an impending hurricane.  A
Republican Presidential Candidate claimed it was God's wrath on
Washington for not listening to the Tea Party's demands.