Christopher Matthew Cavanaugh
Published October 30th 2019
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Monday, October 28th, 2019,
Mattanaw, as Dr. Lunch
Some Other Guy, as the Patient
[Enters the patient, who quietly waits in the examination room, after the nurse performs some initial checkup tasks. He is not in a hurry, but he is getting slightly irritated about the wait time.
Dr. Lunch then enters. He is apathetic, but makes the appearance of being interested in his new patient. He looks like he has someplace to go.
Lunch box. There is an old-school lunch box in the corner of the room, clearly in view.
It's a classy antique lunch box.]
Well Hello there!
The nurse told me you were having some trouble with acid-reflux.
I'm sorry to hear about that.
We'll get you fixed up.
I understand you are a new patient.
Yes, that's correct.
Well, nice to meet you for the first time.
New patients are my favorite.
My name is "Dr. Lunch".
[There is an awkward pause]
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to...
[Patient is interrupted]
Oh, don't even think of it.
It's exactly like it sounds.
L. u. n. c. h.
Like the meal.
I LOVE my name.
You remember it already.
I think you're right.
Well let's get to it.
It's 11:40 already.
We're almost out of time.
Out of time?
We just started.
Out of time for what?
I always have someplace I have to be
I think you can understand that,
I mean, I'm serious about my acid-reflux,
and I have a lot of questions.
At noon I'm usually at work,
around that time,
and I do,
have something to do,
Almost always at noon.
That's why I chose this time.
I usually have a break,
around this time.
I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself...
[Does a partial face-palm]
Me too, me too.
So I think we can agree,
we both have something to do,
So here we go.
I promise we will get through
To be continued...
I am a semi-retired social architect and consultant, with professional/academic experience in the fields of computer science, psychology, philosophy, and more recently, economics.
Articles on this site are eclectic, and draw from content prepared between 1998 and 2018. Topics include ethics, art, fitness, finances, health, psychology, and vegetarianism. The common theme connecting all articles is moral philosophy, even if that is not immediately apparent. Any of my articles that touch on "the good and virtuous life" will be published here. These articles interrelate with my upcoming theory of ethics, two decades in preparation.
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