I went to the zoo and was looking at the walrus. I had a fish in a bag. I took it out of the bag and waved it at the walrus. The walrus sat up. Its mouth dropped. I threw the fish at the walrus and it caught it in its mouth. The walrus waited for another. I didn’t have one.

The walrus said, “Is that it?”

I said, “Yes.”

The walrus said, “Well, thank you. It was tasty.”

I said, “You’re welcome.”

The walrus said, “What are you up to after this?”

I said, “I’m going to go home and check and see if I got any responses to a personals ad I placed on the Internet.”

The walrus said, “I understand, you’ve probably been feeling a little lonely. But I heard web personals are not very effective. You’re communicating with loners. They’re addicted to being by themselves. It’s kind of enhanced loneliness, talking to people without really talking to them. It doesn’t cure the longing. But none of them really step outside of what they’re doing to see that it makes them feel worse.”

I said, “Yes, you’re right. Thank you very much for the insight.”

The walrus said, “Hey, no problem, thanks for fish.”

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