Standing in the back aisle of the local Kmart, I came across a test kit for determining if your microwave is leaking. My first thought was, holy crap…my microwave could be irradiating my beautiful single-wide trailer, with me and my miniature schnauzer included! My second thought was, I wonder if I concentrate really hard if I can get this little tester to light right up. Stay with me…this is how my mind works.
I picked the tester up, it had a shiny black surface, like vinyl. The packaging showed an ominous radioactive symbol, a bright red, right in the middle of the area that now appeared black. Apparently the tester detects the microwaves and the symbol appears, like magic…like finding a pure white, wooly caterpillar–foretelling of a long hard winter, but in this case sterility and bleeding gums. Again, the idea of concentrating my mental energies on this tester, to bring the symbol out of the black depths had goose bumps running up my neck.
I clutched the tester in both hands, pinched between thumbs and pointer fingers, like someone reading a winning lottery ticket for the fifth time. I concentrated on the area where the symbol should be, my eyes almost crossing. I held it about six inches from my face. Five seconds in and I swear I could see a ghost image of the symbol, like the lady of the lake rising from the depths–the sword represented my newfound psychic abilities. My pulse quickened.
If such a thing is possible…I concentrated harder, spurred on by the ghost image. My eyes were slits and perspiration beaded on my forehead. The faintest pink pulsed within the specter and what was once faint began to take form and showed clearly distinct lines. My eyes widened as the symbol took full form–a phoenix from the ashes. My heart pounded. I glanced around to see if there was a witness. I stood alone. I frantically flipped the package over and read the small print. What were the repercussions?
My eyes quickly scanning the fine print. A bowl. A bowl of water is placed in the microwave. The water boils. The boiling water creates heat. Heat. The tester measures heat. Heat?!? My fingers pinching the tester right where it’s affected by heat. My shoulders slumped. I was once again a normal citizen. No longer a member of the mutant brotherhood. I chuckled nervously to myself, wondering where this placed me on the MMPI.