Sal was popping around like a jumping bean on a hot car hood. He shouted at Hal who was in the kitchen grabbing an apple, iPod headphones blasting away in his ears. “Hal! Come here!” Sal yelled. When no Hal reply came, Sal bounced on into the kitchen, grabbed his brother’s arm, and tugged him on into the living room.
Hal was more than a little irritated having had the ear pieces pulled from his ears right in the middle of Train’s “Drive By”. He leered at his overly excited brother and said, “Chill, bro. You popped my earphones out right as his love went viral.”
Sal ignored Hal as he pointed again and again at the T.V.
“What?” questioned Hal who still looked irritated as he turned toward the televison. There he saw an animation of what looked like someone’s bloodstream with little stuff floating by in it. Some of the little things looked like tiny keys.
“Yeah…so? Some stupid animated health video about blood. What’s the big deal, you doof?”
Hal obviously wasn’t clued into Sal’s excitement. Sal, still pointing repeatedly at the T.V., said, “Dude, don’t you get it? Watch a minute. Watch and listen.”
Despite his irritation and with his iPod earphones still dangling on the floor, Hal stood and watched and listened for a minute. He heard some funny lines and saw some cartoons about blood sugar when he suddenly realized just what the heck Sal was so excited about.
“Oh, cool!” exclaimed Hal as finally started to smile.
“I know, right?” asked Sal as they both looked and grinned and continued to watch the animated fun. Sal giggled at one point and Hal outright guffawed. Both boys were now smiling ear to ear as the video wound down. Hal turned to Sal and rapidly fired off, “That is too cool. How’d you find it? Where’s it from? Is that on T.V.? What channel is this?”
Sal, still smirking, said, “No, this is on the Web. I’m playing it on the T.V. through our PS3. But, it’s perfect, doncha think?”
“I do,” replied Hal still staring at the video credits rolling to an end. He turned to look at Sal with a big grin on his face and said, “I never thought I’d say this, little bro, but you done good. You done real good.”
Sal smiled and said, “Aw, I didn’t make the cartoon or nuttin’; I just found it.”
Hal responded, with a tousle of Sal’s curly brown hair, “Yeah, but Stinkin’ Lincoln’s gonna be real happy to see this. Compared to all that other junk he showed us, this is the real deal.”
“I know, right? Those health cartoons he was told to watch about his diabetes were awful. Boring as beets. Dragging on and on like your earphones on the floor there. This was actually fun…short, sweet, and fun!” said Sal.
Hal reeled in his earbuds, forgetting his earlier irritation from having them yanked out by Sal. “I know. Let’s go show him,” smiled Hal as he grabbed Sal’s arm and pushed him toward the front door.
Posted – June 5, 2012