Wednesday, August 20, 2003

A Hell of One's Own

People whose roses bloom in winter
Circle I Limbo

People who play their car stereos at earthquake levels
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

People who insist on driving badly in rain or snow; Price-gouging landlords
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

People who write alluring copy for bad products
Circle IV Rolling Weights

People who are rude to waiters, secretaries, and other people who can't fight back
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

People whose "family values" are hatred, intolerance, oppression, and exclusion
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

People who were just following orders
Circle VII Burning Sands

Totalitarian governments and their functionaries, including Censors, Book-burners, and Torturers; Child molesters and abusers; Exploiters of every kind
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

People who gave the orders
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Please note: I made up all my own sinners. And I am sorry to say that I belong in one or two of those circles, notably the people whose roses bloom in winter. That's right, Joe Barron: almost everyone in the Bay Area is going to Hell, just because we live in a soft climate.

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