ENNUI AT THE COFFEE SHOP

Speaking purely from a chemical perspective, you wouldn't think that ennui would be so pervasive at a coffee shop. You'd think customers would be careening about like Jiffie-Pop kernels. Remember Jiffie-Pop? It looked like a little toy skillet made out of aluminum foil, and when you heated it, the foil cover would balloon up like a giant engorged metallic tick, and it would be full of perfectly-popped corn. Speaking of giant engorged ticks, how about our political elites, huh? Way to rise to the occasion, guys. First, the Democrats load the bailout with questionable porky pet projects, then the Republicans latch onto said excesses as a means of chickening out of any kind of responsibility-shouldering behavior. And every one of them was elected by -->us. We're hopeless.