Casey Makes a Bet

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img (With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer)Bob Casey’s business worries made him grumble, whine, and moan;His solar thermal enterprise was dropping like a stone.While certain clients wanted water heated by the sun,The calls and jobs were rare these days, which wasn’t very fun.The contractor regretted his decision long agoTo be a solar plumber; now his life was full of woe.Old Casey’s face was worried; he had wrinkles in his brow;Hot water panels weren’t requested very often now.But on a roof in Mudville, when the morning sun was bright,Old Casey felt quite cheerful in the warm December light.Soon, winter would arrive, but now the weather felt like fall,And Casey had a solar thermal system to install.He liked to work on rooftops — Casey had no fear of heights —And from the ridge he looked upon the neighbor’s Christmas lights.OTHER PARODIES2014 Parody: The Raven2012 Parody: The Grinch2011 Parody: Macbeth2010 Parody: Christmas Carols2009 Parody: ’Twas the Night Before ChristmasHe heard a truck pull up next door, and looking down, he sawJosé, the handsome PV guy, blue-eyed and square of jaw.José set up a ladder and he quickly set to work,And Casey thought, “I hate that guy! He really is a jerk!José, the irksome fellow with the brand-new V-8 truck,A thriving PV business, pretty wife, and all the luck!”When Casey understood José was working right next door,The competition freaked him out; he mumbled, “This is war.”José was cutting conduit; he worked with speed and skill;When Casey saw his rival work, he had an urge to kill.And Casey thought, “I’ll race him! That’s exactly what I’ll do!For every panel he puts up, I’ll… last_img

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