Brethren! Suffer little executives to come unto me. Forsake them not, for they would be cast unto the dens of wolves and, for certain, become devoured.
Fred found himself in the forest of tabulation. Heavy papyrus tablets where perforated with apertures of separate types. There were round, square, rectangular, edge openings, perforations; all used for counting. These were not for the Counts of Time; for they had been driven outside the city walls; relegated into a life of nothingness, no longer courtiers. Fred was sad for them but internally, almost smugly, pleased that he had not joined the Counts. Instead had cast his lot with the lowly apprentices. A toolmaker’s toolmaker had he become. For his tools were used by others to make tools. Fred’s tools were now counting, ciphering and tabulating.
Time waits for no man. The state’s court had made a decree of consent. The creators of tabulating cards were told by the state that they were unfair. Unfair to who? Unfair to those who knew not how to make perforated papyrus. And it came to pass that the creators of tabulating papyrus were forced to sell their machinations and knowledge to those who could not create these for themselves; those who had the same opportunities to create as the creators had, but for reasons unknown, had not.
A division of men, a division who pioneered the tabulating papyrus, was forced to downsize and be banished from HandOutDorf. But where wouldst they go? O yeh to the innocent. Banished to that State of Nirvana; New Jersey. In the months that followed Fred would travel the road less traveled; HandOutDorf to Dayton. This was referred to as “Princeton” by those who wore their halos on their sleeves. An epiphany was at hand!
It was here that the previous inconvenience of nepotism became a thorn in the eye of Fred. Let it be simply said that there was no impact to Fred’s life while in the land of “ilk and money” However, it was there that he had seen nepotism in the upper ranks of the Pharisees. Nepotism had replaced the revered station of the puppeteer. Relationships had replaced competency. The inconvenience of nepotism was replaced by a hate for it.
Fred was requested, no, imposed upon, to live in New Jersey. He refused and was told that he would work in a darkened cave; forever!
Sons, friend’s sons, and miscellaneous nephews
Do not be duped by nepotistic trash and refuse,
When weeds choke the garden that thou wish to grow,
Eradicate perennial surnames through use of your hoe.