Making a permanent impression since 1994
September 26, 2005
-- Sophomore chronicles --
Victory over vending machines
By Zach Brokenrope
Sometimes I think that high school is a prank, a really
cruel one played on us by our parents, perhaps. That, if it was our real life,
it would have come with a better set of instructions.
No such luck.
I’ve been a sophomore for one month now, and for the
first time I’m officially in the high school. Our school has some weird thing
where the freshmen are still in the middle school.
So far, I’ve learned more about the art of war than
anything about biology.
In high school, it seems that everything is out to get you.
Even inanimate objects, such as the damned vending machine,
have a personal beef.
It was the first day of school and I forgot to pack my
No problem, some might say, just go to the cafeteria.
So instead I choose the vending machine, God’s own little
gift of quick food with no nutritional value.
“Are you hungry?” the screen on the machine read. Why
yes, I thought to myself with a chuckle.
As my stomach grumbled, I decided that cinnamon sugar
Pop-Tarts with brown sugar frosting would best suit my needs.
I entered my dollar. It popped back out. I then went
through the motions of laying it flat and pressing it up against the edge,
smoothing it out with the utmost care. This time, the machine accepted the
“Sorry, this machine will resume operation at
,” suddenly appeared on the screen and my change shot out of the coin return.
“What the hell,” I think. “It asks me if I want food
and then tells me I can’t have any?”
I hate admitting defeat, but as I dragged my feet against
the floor I admitted that the smart ass machine had beaten me.
“Problems?” my friend Miriam asks as I sit down next to
her at my locker.
I mumble something inaudible about the vending machine.
“Here,” she laughs and hands me a granola bar.
I tear it open and take a bite.
It’s cinnamon sugar.
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