"Whew, that was a close one guys."

"What was a close one, Grace?"

"Didn't you hear, Frank? The Senate Democrats tried to take away eighteen billion dollars in tax breaks from the big oil companies today. That would have been bu-bu-bu-bad for the economy."

"Well, ding-a-ling Bing, that's over the moon."

"That's not the all-of-it either, Frank. They were trying to hit them with a windfall profits tax that would have reduced their profit margin to what it was just a few years ago."

"Why they were barely scraping by when George Bush took office, doll-face. This sounds like something that cat Nikita would try to lay on them. I'll bet the Republicans knocked that proposition out of the ring-a-ding-ding."

"Way to go, daddy-o, you've got that one down square."

"Just who are you calling square, Der Bingle? Better not be me, because I brought along a man with a horn."

"How ya doin', fellas?"

"Say, Satchmo, how about blowing some of that jazz you like to play."

"How do you want to play it, Pops, slow or fast?"

"I don't care, as long as it swings."


2008, Mark Hoback