Red: Wow, you look like hell!
Kathy: (glancing in the rear view mirror) That’s what high blood pressure all day will do to you!
Red: You wouldn’t look like that if you had used Primal Scream Therapy on the way home. As a matter of fact, you’d be quite chilled out. Maybe ready for a nap. Better company anyway.
Kathy: (chuckling) Seriously? So, how does it work?
Red: Easy enough – you just scream your guts out at the top of your lungs where no one can hear you. Your car is perfect…except when you’re stopped at a light.
Kathy: Really? What does that do for you, besides making everyone think you’re a crazy person?
Red: All the tension goes away. Try it right now.
I took her up on it and started the car. By the time I was rolling down the boulevard towards Mickey D’s I was yelling my head off – a high, piercing sound. I glanced around self-consciously. No one appeared to notice. Of course, there wasn’t a car closer than 10 yards anyway.
Red: Feel better now?
Kathy: Yeah…strangely, I do. Much better. What’s it called again?
Red: Primal Scream Therapy. I used to do it pretty regularly when Mac was still around. You know how men can drive you crazy sometimes!
Kathy: I remember. It’s been a while, but I do still remember. (laughing)
Red: What made you that mad anyway?
Kathy: Let’s see – people who have to be right at all costs, liars, mean people, people who get off on pissing other people off.
Red: Geez, you really ran into a bad bunch of people today, didn’t you?
Kathy: Nope, just one. She happened to have all those traits. I think I’ll take the long way to Mickey’s and scream a little more.
Red covers her imaginary ears and I scream myself hoarse. Feels so bad it feels good. Tomorrow will be much better, I think.
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