The Hollow Man
A few days later God returns again to talk with Max about his shortcomings,
much to Max's chagrin.
be on your toes:
sneek away to:
God: You work a lot, huh, Max?
Max: What the…Why do you always
disrupt me at the worst times? Can't you see that I'm writing a
report for the annual conference next week?
God: Yes, I know. It's going to
go well, except that some people are going to find it a little dry
at the end. You might want to put a few jokes in there to break
it up a little.
Max: This is a marketing report.
Marketing is a highly competitive, moment to moment industry. You
have to be on your toes. You can't joke around.
God: Never let the old guard down,
right, Max? Poor, Max, always hurrying, always pushing yourself,
never taking the time to really enjoy yourself.
Max: What the hell are you talking
about? I have fun. I have fun all the time. Why, just last night
the boys and I went down to Casey's to watch the game. I got loaded,
and had a great time.
God: You spent the first half worried
about work, and the rest of the time worrying about your appearance.
You're way too self-absorbed. Remember in college when you and Janie
snuck away to Jamaica for spring break, despite both your parents'
objections. You had a great time then. You really let yourself go.
You were in the place you wanted to be, with the person you most
wanted to be there with. When have you enjoyed yourself like that
Max: That was a long time ago.
And besides, Janie dumped me the next summer. Remember that?
God: And now no one plays Max Freeling
for a fool. Nothing comes for free in this world, or easy, especially
not your trust, right, Max?
Max: Why don't you shut up? I didn't
ask for this.
God: You need it, Max. (door bell
rings) Oh, your pizza's here.