Among the Ruins

February 18th, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Andy Engelson is a writer and editor who lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. He's currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. He's also a freelance writer, essayist and member of the Hanoi Writer's Collective. In a former life, he edited Washington Trails magazine for six years and before that was freelance journalist. He likes to hike, travel, and play with his family.


Be courteous, kind, and forgiving.
Be gentle and peaceful each day.
Be warm and human and grateful,
And have a good thing to say.
Be thoughtful and trustful and childlike,
Be witty and happy and wise.
Be honest and love all your neighbors,
Be obsequious, purple and clairvoyant.
Be sure to stop at stop signs,
And drive fifty-five miles an hour.
Pick up hitchhikers foaming at the mouth,
And when you get home get a master’s degree in geology.
Be pompous, obese, and eat cactus.
Be dull and boring and omnipresent.
Criticize things you don’t know about.
Be oblong and have your knees removed.
(Ladies only) Never make love to Bigfoot.
(Men only) Hello, my name is Bigfoot.
(Everyone) Put a live chicken in your underwear.
Go into a closet and suck eggs.
— Steve Martin, “Grandmother’s Song”


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