Negative Option Billing

A collection of cassette tapes. Photo by NFT CAR GIRL on Unsplash.

Columbia House introduced me to Gerald Levert
in 1991, before methamphetamines replaced cassette

tapes as the drug of choice for nice, Iowa boys.
I couldn’t say no to the nice lady on the phone,

and to this day freeze in the face of the entire
service industry. Servers, cashiers, mechanics all

want to know where I want to do and suddenly I’m
that fox we passed on I-75 caught in a rictus

of terrified indecision, knowing that things have
drastically changed, things are bigger, things are

faster, and I do not understand except that they
expect an answer, a crossing, at their convenience.