” Mutantism on the March” :Chapter 44 “The Founding of the United Mutations”

Word spread about this Squid not only in New York but throughout the entire United States. He was offered product endorsements and several minor movie roles all accorded to a self professed creature of alien descent. The New York Sanitation Department was rather taken aback about the employee that they had recently hired.

The New York Chimes wrote a lengthy article on Squid called “The Street Revolutionary and Philosopher” and his effort to open headquarters for a new organization called “The United Mutations” with its credo being “Mutant Lives Matter”. Squid had established a trust bank account for The United Mutations and donations poured in from all over the globe in fact within a week of publication of the Chimes article there was ample money to fund the opening of a small United Mutations office on East 42cnd and Second Avenue a short walk from the headquarters of the United Nations. The Sanitation Department decided the broom was mightier than the pen and fired him from his streetsweeper’s job. In fact the dirty job was done by the Chairman of the New York Sanitation Department, Ricky Regurdle a former Cuban nightclub singer and former co-star of the television hit series (then in syndication) “I Love Mucy” show. One could easily detect the discomfort in Ricky’s eyes. In a voice hobbled by guilt he poured Squid a glass of Cuba’s finest rum. Regurdle cleared his throat and spoke, “Mr. Squid it is with regret that I inform you have been relieved of your duties. Off the record I do not agree with this decision. They say you can’t involve yourself in politics when you are involved in the public service but by doing so I think from what I have read about you that you would say the enforced passivity reinforces the dominant ideology and politics of the ruling class. But people in this city are in a survival mode and the name of the game is conservatism and economic survival. You are a kind man and it pains me to communicate this dismissal to you. You did not deserve this. You know when I first arrived in New York from Cuba I was seen as a mutant of sorts. I only wish there had been a United Mutations to assist me in those early years.”

At this point Squid interrupted, “Come on Ricky who are you fooling. You see how unjust the system is. Isn’t it about time you took a firm stand on the issues of the day? I hear you are planning to run for mayor but what will that mean to a man like you in the future if it’s all empty and the trappings of the system have failed to break your spirit? Everyone has a purpose in life and that is to help fellow human beings. Forget serving and start helping, I know you have it in you but you have not had the courage to act upon your convictions. The men speak fondly of you and how on countless occasions risked your neck to help them. This is the type of person The United Mutations needs. I offer you the position of the chairman of the organizing committee for the establishment and functioning of The United Mutations. We will match your current salary.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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