“What’s another word for Thesaurus?” – Steven Wright
Me: Did you guys have a prom?
Me: Ya……you know. End of the year dance. Guy and gal….on a date……formally dressed up……corsages……tuxedos……gowns……dinner before…….dance after.
Him: Well…..not exactly. We had like a festival.
Me: A festival!!!!
Him: We held it in the cafeteria. There were games and foods of all kinds. Usually somebody would turn a boom box up real loud and people could dance to that.
Me: A festival in lieu of a prom. Boombox? Cafeteria? That’s so odd. No dance at all?
Him: I think a prom was planned but the rich kids cancelled it.
Me: Rich kids cancelled it?
Him: Ya. They wanted their own prom so they spread rumors that the proletariat prom had been cancelled. Everybody believed it and so no one went to the prom. After a couple of years of that a prom for the poor kids was never planned.
Me: What about the rich kids?
Him: Well see….they wanted their own prom. That’s why they sabotaged the schools function. So they had their prom and only invited rich kids.
Me: Rich kids could do this?
Him: Sure. Their parents paid the public teachers under the table. That was to make sure their kids got a good education.
Me: But it was a public school. How could the teachers do that? I mean how could they give rich kids a better education than all the others?
Him: You know……private tutoring and stuff.
Me: So the whole system was rigged – rich vs all the rest.
Him: More or less.
Me: Something smells here. What were rich kids doing at an inner city public school? Wouldn’t they go to private schools?
Him: That’s the great mystery. No one knows.