THE DICHOTOMIST: Introduction, Prologue and Lecture 1


This story is written by two people; yet it is only one story. A romantic makes the rounds of Europe while a D-list professor makes out his asinine lesson plans. The story’s structure is shared between the two. The first post is written by the confused professor. The post is one of his asinine lesson plans. The second post is written by the romantic in Europe. That pattern continues with every other post written by one or the other antagonist or protagonist; you are free to make up your own mind who is which.

A twisted allusion brings the two stories to a titillating singular conclusion.

WARNING: The story has allusions of sexual content; however, there are no actual descriptions or words that would offend most readers. They are merely allusions and the reader’s mind can take the reader wherever it wishes to go.


We are at the beginning of a journey; a trip through the least visited areas of the mind; a visit to a variety of geographic locations. These areas have faint borders of illusion and allusion; borders where intellectual thought and instinctive action inadvertently clash; at other times these borders meld. White becomes black while black becomes grey.

As we cross political borders we also cross borders of morality and righteousness; borders of thought and reaction; borders of love and hate; borders of family ties and revulsion.

These dichotomies are those of two men’s minds. They are at once thoughtful and ignorant; intellectual and instinctive. One mind may suffer from illusions resulting from odd mental deficiencies. Likewise, yet separately, another mind possibly suffers from allusions caused by its own grandeur.

I do you no service by delaying the journey. Bon voyage!


The Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture of the Bolt (An introduction)

This treatise of the bolt shall serve two purposes. First, it is the lesson plan for a course in philosophy. Also it will serve as a doctoral thesis. The purpose of this tactic will become apparent as one reads. I shall first explain in as few words as possible (succinctly one might say) the three main attributes as stated in the title.

The “philosophy” of the bolt is simply to fasten two or more items together. Some catalogs even go so far as to list bolts under the generic term “fasteners.” The philosophical nuances of the bolt (as thus used) are lost. I will resurrect these nuances.

The “interpretation” of the bolt lays in its physical shape. The total universe of bolts can be defined by their threaded cylindrical surface. One must search deeper for the interpretation of the bolt. This interpretation can readily be observed by imagining the thread being unwound and laid on a flat plane. Viola! The thread is now seen in its true form; an inclined plane that once encircled the cylinder.

Finally the “culture” of the bolt can only be observed in its actual environment (as opposed to its application). The application, as previously stated, is as a fastener. One must first ask the standard media-centrist questions; who, what, why, where and finally when. The answer to the cultural phenomenon of the bolt can best be given in an example.

The castle bolt (what) was selected by the motorcycle enthusiast (who) from his work bench (where) immediately before lunch (when) because it had a hole for a cotter key (why).

Therefore the cultural aspects of the bolt are both “hobbyist” and “motorcyclist.” Other cultural nuances may be (and will be) attributed as we research the bolt’s anthropomorphic nature.

Historic Implications

One now has a general idea of the philosophy of a bolt, its interpretation, and, the various cultures that the bolt may be found in. These ideas, indeed, can not be subject to criticism,

Prior to expanding on these three aspects of the bolt one must seek out the history. As in politics the history of the bolt is open to re-writing and post-modification. At the risk of being called to task I offer the word “spin.” All politics are subject to spin and the bolt’s basic movement is to be spun. It is therefore very easy to confuse how much the bolt has been spun by various political operatives. Following are the four histories of the bolt; a political one, an institutional one, a societal one, and finally a philosophical history. I will expand on the first two in Lecture 2 and the last two in following lectures.


About Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

I am proud of my work life (not the jobs, just the work).  Bait monger  Lawn mower  Paper boy  Windshield cleaner in a drive-in theater (if you don't know what a drive-in theater is there is no sense in you reading any farther)  Snack shack janitor in a drive in theater (ditto for drive-in theater)  Milling machine clean-up boy in a tool and die shop  Plastic injection press operator  Centurion in the US Army  Factory hand  Apprentice boy  Tool and die maker  Software user manual writer  Computer programmer  Ex-patriate par excellence  Engineering manager  Software test manager  Retiree  University administrator  System analyst  Retiree (2nd try)  Licensed amateur paleontologist  Retiree (3rd try)  Shovel bum (archaeology)  Retiree (4th try)  Delivery driver  Retiree (5th try)  Graduate student (skipped AA and BA due to the level of difficulty)  Retiree (finally got the drift of it) I have been writing for fourteen years and have fifteen books on Amazon/Kindle. Some horror, some twisted, some experimental, some essay and a few historical. I think that now I will really, really, really retire and just write. Lets see if I can do retirement correctly this time!
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4 Responses to THE DICHOTOMIST: Introduction, Prologue and Lecture 1

  1. Pingback: For those of you who need to read something strange! | The Short Stories of Waldo

  2. This bolt guy is screwy. He needs a washer for his brain.

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