From Anna, in Berkeley:
“Please pass this message on to the Devil:
Devil, ask Zamboni:
“If hell really is in hell, what does “hell on earth” mean?”
This is from Anna’s attempt to help the DEVIL stump me. Do not get your panties in a twist Devil becasue I can answer this quixotic query quite clearly.
“Hell on earth” is and can be many things. It is the DMV when you arrive and take the number 87, then lookup at the monitor and it says “now serving 2”. It is waiting in line at a cafe with a 3:30 pm coffee jones and the person in front of you orders a decaf soy latte with a shot of vanilla. It is L.A.. It is Christmas music on November 28th. It is hearing the words, “it’s not you…” It is a call from the hospital when you have children. It is the word “cancer”. It is realizing that “a la carte” means your steak is 28 dollars and comes with nothing but a plate, and the creamed spinach and fries are 8$ extra- each. It is the phrase “I’m just saying..” it is all these things and more, but most of all, hell on earth is getting everything you want.
Not expecting me to get that one eh, Satan! Ha!