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Sunday, September 12, 2004


From the back of the book Cherry Ames, Cruise Nurse (1948):
"It is every girl's ambition at one time or another to wear the crisp uniform of a nurse. Certainly, girls everywhere love to read stories in which a nurse is the heroine. At least a million girls already know and admire Cherry Ames; have laughed over her pranks, and her gay adventures and wept over her problems."

Hmpf? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Except that nurses no longer wear crisp uniforms and girls no longer read. As of some point in the distant future, I will be writing a book called Cherry Ames, Time Traveler, wherein Cherry Ames visits today's hospital. We will see who laughs over pranks and gay adventures. Sample chapter titles:

1. Why Has No One Wiped Up the Blood in the Bathroom?
2. Scrubs? What the Fuck are Scrubs?
3. At Least Milk of Magnesia Hasn't Changed
4. What is McDonalds and Why is It Next to the Cardiac Ward?
5. Timmy's Mysterious Visitor
6. Mylar Balloons Only - Some of Our Guests are Allergic to Latex
7. Antibiotics Vs. Basic Hygiene
8. Sick, or Just Crazy as Shit?
9. There are No Emergencies, Just Impatient People Putting on a Show
10. No, We ARE Fully Staffed


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