Dante’s Inferno as Visualized by Gustave Doré
Of course, Dante Alighieri was the first poet to give us the Grand Tour of Hell, but I am also influenced by a comic strip from my earlier years called “Hatlo’s Inferno,” by Jimmy Hatlo (1897-1963). In the same vein as Mr. Hatlo, I would like to mention a number of my pet peeves that deserve eternal punishment in the flames of Heck:
- The guy who takes up a valuable parking space for what seems hours while he is finger f—ing his smart phone.
- The freeway driver who has been warned by huge signs for miles to change lanes, and who does it at the last possible second with millimeters to spare.
- The supermarket shopper who treats her shopping cart as an aisle blocker while she memorizes all the varieties of Campbell Soups.
- The airport public address system which announces gate changes in demotic Urdu while passengers vainly attempt to unscramble what is being said.
- The cyclists and e-scooter riders who insist on sharing the sidewalk with pedestrians.
- The weather forecaster who’s always talking about a chance of rain, even if the probability is 0.0001%.
- The guy who mumbles something about “freedom” while objecting to your wearing a face mask (naturally, they’ve never received their Covid-19 vaccinations).
- The neighborhood kids who gleefully and maliciously play in your yard.
Hatlo’s Inferno: Hell for Funsies
Just let me catch my breath, and I’ll find a few dozen more things to complain about. At my age, I’m entitled.