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Ronus (the red one) and Rodus (the blue one) had been waiting for what seemed like hours. What in God's name was was taking so long?

"This is bullshit," said Ronus.

Rodus, who preferred to meet unpleasant situations stoically, did not reply.

"What's wrong?" said Ronus.

"What do you mean?" said Rodus. Christ, they weren't going to have another fight about nothing, were they?

"You could at least do me the courtesy of acknowledging me when I say something," said Ronus.

"Consider it acknowledged."

"You don't need to be nasty. It's not my fault we're waiting."

"Here we go."

"I know, I'm just being oversensitive again, right? It has nothing to do with your taking out your bad mood on me."

"How, by saying nothing?"

"It wasn't what you said. It was your body language."

A beat passed. Soon, nothing else happened.

Date Written: April 08, 2004
Author: Jon Matza
Average Vote: 3.8571

04/13/2004 Ferucio P. Chhretan: Is this about math?
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony (5): If it's about what I think it is, it's worth at least four stars. I love that they don't actually hit each other.
04/13/2004 John Slocum: The red one is charged up. Is it woman?
04/13/2004 John Slocum (4): oooops, forgot he rating. HAHAHAHAHAHA!
04/13/2004 Ewan Snow: What is it about, Pony? Rock'em Sock'em Robots or some shit?
04/13/2004 scoop: Holy shit, Snow, good call. I didnt even think about that.
04/13/2004 Will Disney (4): i was going to give it three but i feel like there's some concept behind this and i respect that, dammit
04/13/2004 Ewan Snow: You feel that there's some concept, but you don't know what the concept is? And you respect that? I don't know. Maybe there is a concept and I don't get it, or maybe there's nothing to get... Pony, will you answer the question, pretty please with sugar on top?
04/13/2004 Cabot (2): I don't know. Even if it's a domestic argument between toys, I'm not really liking it.
04/13/2004 Ewan Snow: Cabot, are you now or have you ever been Texxx?
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony: I instantly thought Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots when I saw it in the queue, but while I know I've heard those names somewhere, I haven't been able to match them to the toy. So I'm not sure if that's the subject, really. If it's not, then the author owes me some stars.
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony: Hey Cabot--Say "No"--It'll drive him nuts!!
04/13/2004 Dylan Danko: Snow, explain the rock'em sock'em robot thing. Perhaps it's Waiting for Godot with robots?
04/13/2004 Cabot: I am simply Cabot, Guest Author.
04/13/2004 Ewan Snow: Pony, what are you talking about? Why would that drive me nuts? This is the first time I've even mentioned it. Danko, it was just a wild guess, because one's red, one's blue and they mention fighting. Yes, I was thinking waiting for godot with robot's too. How odd, and how improbable. Author, speak! What is the idea behind this short, if anything?
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony: Ewan, your calm reaction proves your point. I stand corrected.
04/13/2004 anonymous: 'Red' and 'blue' are red herrings. Ronus and Rodus are invented names, far as I know. The key if there is one is the last line. Guess it's either abstract or a swindle, depending on whether you like it or not. Re Texxx: the phoenix has risen from its dimwitted ashes. So be it. If I'd embarrassed myself to that extent I'd hasten to erase/deny all traces of my past and start over too.
04/13/2004 John Slocum: Guys, the concept is very simple. The red one is hot water, the blue one cold. They each represent a gender and this short is about the eternal mystery of gender relations.
04/13/2004 John Slocum: No author, hot and cold water taps.
04/13/2004 scoop: Can't it be both a abstract and a swindle, Author? Either way its lack of any refernce point makes this better, not worse, Pony, you half-wit. I guess our liberal "special re-education" programs have failed you and the rest of the Blue-Grays. Great last line, Author. By the way, is Estragon blue or red? And you, Pony, just stop typing. Stop. Let's not fight. OK?
04/13/2004 Ewan Snow: okay, so it doesn't mean anything. Scoop, yeah that does make it a little better. But still, I didn't find it funny. Three stars!
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony: Well, hell, if it's not Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, I don't know what to think. Scoop and I sure got real excited about that prospect. I'm not sure, but I think it might be less funny now. The lack of a reference point might have been more powerful if one hadn't been indicated...And scoop, why would I respond to a joke that was over yesterday? ;) (that's an "emoticon" that means I'm winking good-naturedly at you!)
04/13/2004 Ferucio P. Chhretan (4): Waiting for Gobot.
04/13/2004 qualcomm: i thought they were supposed to be those two balls of clay that argue with each other all the time. must agree with slocum re gender relations. if this is written by he whom i suspect, rodus is a stand-in for rhoden, the author's girlfriend. and ronus rhymes with jonus, the author's almost-name.
04/13/2004 John Slocum: Nuclear man lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony: I'm gonna keep pretending that it's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots so I can keep liking it as much as I do. No offense, author.
04/13/2004 scoop: More like Transgender Nuclear "Man"
04/13/2004 Jimson S. Sorghum (4): This is a pretty quiet four for me, but a solid one none-the-less. I just thought gender relations, too.
04/13/2004 Jimson S. Sorghum: Nice theory, The Lerpa, but Rodus(the blue one) is clearly the boy. You gotta learning to do if you're going to beef up your Welding Ice Cream school of thought.
04/13/2004 Mr. Pony: They're both robots.
04/13/2004 qualcomm: yeah, i realized that when i wrote it, jimson. give me a little credit, and f u.
04/15/2004 Mr. Pony: Hey Ewan, why did you call out "Three stars!" and then not vote? Did you forget? Or is there something going on that I don't understand?
04/15/2004 Ewan Snow: Pony, I wasn't crazy about it but I didn't want to give it a bad vote, so I gave my opinion and withheld my vote.
04/15/2004 Ewan Snow (4): Actually, I changed my mind. Forgetting about the red and blue thing and just looking at this as a brief domestic scene makes me like it more. Still not that funny, but not intended to be either, I guess. Good thing I didn't vote before, huh Pony?
04/15/2004 Mr. Pony: Yes. That was a very precise thing to do, saying what your vote would be if you were voting, which you weren't.