Sunday, June 14, 2015, 10:58 AM
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Joseph Heller, who wrote CATCH 22, wrote another book that I don't remember the name of and a theme of that book was: don't wait more than 15 minutes for anyone. As I sit here, waiting, I thought I would write about waiting...and, I will...soon...wait for it. First, the CATCH 22.

"It's a Catch 22." is a not uncommon phrase but people who have read the book (a post WWII novel centered around a WWII bomber crew based in the Mediterranean, near Italy) are dying off. Yosarian(?) was a tail gunner(?...hey, I read this more than 40 years ago) who everyone seemed to agree was insane. Bomber crewmen rarely made it to the end of their tours and Yosarian's tour, based on the number of missions he had to fly, kept increasing and it was increasingly clear that he would never live to see the end of it....because there would be no end. Of course, he would be discharged if he were determined insane and all he had to do to be determined insane was to ask the base doctor....but, HIS asking the base doctor was the ONLY way.

The problem was that asking the base doctor to determine that he was insane was proof positive that he was sane. And this was....some sort of Army-AirCorps regulation numbered.... "Catch 22".

To get it, you have to ask for it. But, once you ask for it, you can't have it.

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