Like everyone else who survived tenth-grade English, I had my problems with Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” when it was all over the radio, most of them having to do with her obviously faulty understanding of what irony actually is. It is not raaaain on your wedding day, or a black fly in your chardonnay. It isn’t most of the things she mentions, but I gave her a pass on most of them, because she obviously wasn’t up to the task of filling her chorus with examples and making them rhyme.
However, the other day I saw an obituary in the Free Press that’s, like, a whole ‘nother verse.
Well-liked and nationally known ER doc dies in a car crash on I-75. Ejected from his vehicle. The irony:
Aranosian, who had trained many emergency physicians and emergency medical technicians, was not wearing a seat belt.
“He had a clip in it where he had defeated the seat belt alarm system,” Simon said. “Not wearing a seat belt was a contributing factor in the fatality.”
Oh, well. Dr. Frank has a pulmonologist colleague who’s a secret smoker. The impenetrable human heart.