Misfortune Cookies

I think actual fortune cookies are canceled for a bit. But misfortune cookies? There’s an untapped market.

What I meant to do today was to clean my tub. Sweep the floors. Paint the table I’m working on and perhaps catch up on some articles I committed to write.

Instead, I drank bourbon and read an old blog post where I rewrote a bunch of fortune cookies. I don’t usually laugh at my own writing, but I laughed a few times reading the post.

So, instead of doing all the things I planned to do, I took a bunch of actual fortune cookie sayings and “enhanced” them.

It’s a pandemic. They’re all misfortune cookies now, aren’t they?

So, here you go, my tub is still kinda gross because I wrote these instead.

  • A beautiful, smart and loving person will be coming into your life. Stay at least 6 feet away. 
  • A fresh start will put you on your way. But don’t leave your house. 
  • A friend asks only for your time not your money. Unless you owe them money. Or they are broke. 
  • A friend is a present you give yourself. Just make sure to poke holes in the box so they can breathe. 
  • A gambler will not only lose what he has, he will lose what he doesn’t have. However, he does know when to hold them and knows when to fold them. 
  • Now is the time to finish up old tasks. Or just watch Netflix. Nothing really matters. 
  • A small donation is called for. It’s the right thing to do. Contact me and I’ll send you my PayPal information. 
  • A smile is your personal welcome mat. Also, welcome mats are cancelled. 
  • A soft voice may be awfully persuasive. Unless the TV is turned up loud. 
  • All will go well with your project. Unfortunately, you are being furloughed. 
  • An acquaintance from the past will affect your future. Too bad they weren’t wearing a face mask. 
  • An inch of time is an inch of gold. An inch of mouse poop means you have a significant rodent problem. 
  • Be careful! You could fall for some tricks today. Cats are sneaky. 
  • Carve your name on your heart, not on marble. I mean, you’ll be dead. Actually, don’t ever carve up your heart. 
  • Curiosity kills boredom. Nothing kills curiosity. Except isolation. 
  • Depart not from the path which fate has you assigned. You can do it. Binge Tiger King. 
  • Distance yourself from the vain. And those not wearing masks. 
  • Each day, compel yourself to do that which you would rather not do. Like brush your teeth. 
  • Everywhere you go, friendly faces will greet you. Unless you are going to the grocery store. Then just get in and out as quick as you can. 
  • Follow the middle path. Neither extreme will make you happy. Just ask Jan Brady. 
  • Feeding a cow with roses does not get extra appreciation. Feeding a cat a carrot will get you scratched. 
  • It’s better to deal with problems before they arise. Someone should have given the stupid president this fortune cookie. 

It’s not really all misfortune. I truly believe this. Everything feels scary and brutal and so goddamn sad. Life will never be the same again.

But I still believe in us. I believe what will rise from the ashes will be good and strong.

Stay safe and I love you. Also, I really want some Chinese food right now. Damn.

I had another article on the Perry blog.


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