By Jeffrey Carl
Working at the Westmoreland News in 1994 was the best summer job I ever had. I worked for peanuts and had a two hour drive each way from Richmond, but I got to do it all at a small county newspaper where I was a reporter, feature writer, copy editor, layout editor and photographer (because there was nobody else to do those things). Best of all the paper’s editor, Lynn Norris, gave me the freedom to write whatever I wanted – way more journalistic and comedic freedom than anyone should rightly give a know-it-all 21-year-old writing for a weekly in the deeply rural Northern Neck of Virginia.
Horoscope for The Westmoreland News by the Mysterious Professor Zoltar
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Your agent will call this week with a fantastic offer. If you don’t have an agent, then hang up because it’s a wrong number.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Get in touch with your spiritual self this week. Watch all of the “Oh, God” movies and reruns of “Amen.” Take time to keep in touch with faraway loved ones, but do it after 11 p.m. when the phone rates are cheap. Avoid Leos and hang-gliding.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): In your spare time this week, try designing new interior decorations or a fusion reactor that runs on pizza crusts. Whatever you do this week, for God’s sake don’t … well, never mind.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): By pure chance, the Hollywood screen idol of your dreams will drop by your house this week, but you will be out shopping. This is a good week to put things off that you don’t feel like doing. Then again, it’s always a good week to put off things that you don’t feel like doing.
Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20): Your stars have been in an extraordinary conjunction – it means an incredible opportunity. It actually means that there was one last week, but you didn’t know about it, so forget it. This week, avoid Tauruses and Buicks.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Indulge your sassy side this week – do something zany. Just remember that the age of consent in Virginia is 18; anything over $200 is Grand Larceny, which is a felony; nobody thinks that swallowing live goldfish is funny anymore; and just because I said it doesn’t mean you have to do it.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Take time to stop and smell the roses this week. But if you’re standing there, sniffing someone named Rose and they call you a pervert and beat the hell out of you, don’t be surprised. Avoid Scorpios this week and Ronald Reagan movies.
Aries (March 21 – April 19): This is an amazing week for … hey, if you’re not an Aries, stop reading this. Yeah, I mean you. It’s none of your business. Yeah, sure you’re an Aries. I believe you. Stop reading this and go back to your own horoscope. I’m not kidding. Alright, fine, have it your way, nosey. I just won’t tell you.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Take some time this week to spend with your lover. If you don’t have a lover, then buy an inflatable doll and dress them up and call them “Irving” or “Weezie” and spend time with them.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): I won’t say anything about this week for you except you should remember that the police need to have a warrant before they can officially search your house or tap your phone.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Have you had your prostate examined recently?
Leo (whatever is left over): Whoops. I ran out of forecasts. Make something up for yourself.