The Center of the Solar System

“Ray, I’ve been watching the Discovery Channel. You ought to try it. You can learn a lot from it,” said La Flor.

I’m on red alert. La Flor’s got her game going, but starting with the Discovery Channel? I’m more off balance than an eight year old learning to ride a bicycle.

“What did you learn?” I asked.

“For one thing, did you know Pluto is no longer a planet. I disagree. If Disney named a character after it, it should be a planet. What do you think?”

I think you’re nuts. The thought remains silent. “I haven’t given it much thought,” I said.

“That’s the difference between LC and me and you. We’re intellectuals, you’re, oh let’s say superficial.”

I try to change the subject. “Where is LC at the moment? What’s he up to? I mean what important work is he doing?”

La Flor doesn’t miss a beat, “LC is on a special mission. Top secret. Only a select few know about it.”

“And, does the select few include you and Big Carmen?” I asked.

“Vinnie and Rocco and Lil Carlo, too. Teamwork is important. They’re a great team.”

I didn’t want to know any more about LC. I asked, “Tell me more about the planets.”

La Flor said, “Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are the planets.”

“I’m impressed,” I said.

“Well there is a big error,”

“There is?”

“The sun is a star right? And, it’s the center of our solar system, right?” asked La Flor.

“Right on both counts,” I answered.

“I am starting a campaign to rename the sun,” said La Flor.

I feel like the straight man in a comedy routine. “Oh, what name do you suggest?” I asked.

“I am the brightest star. So, it should be name La Flor and the whole solar system should revolve around me.”

“Doesn’t it?” I asked.

“It should, if it doesn’t. I want you to dedicate an entire blog to my mission. If I’m successful, I might rename a planet after you.”

“I’ll pass.”



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