Yb yoL yul e’vRe. H Ri l l uined My Life  
had picked up the phone as it began particular story,my life was ruined.”  
him not to quit his day job, which be-  
to ring for the second time, but be-  
fore I could utter a word, the early by the way the book is titled ‘The Bro- book, he had already done. We’ve got  
morning caller began to scream. ken Tomato’ and not the ‘Rotten To- two kids and a mortgage and I hope  
Are you Lyle Hill? Are you the idiot mato.’ But how did that story, whatever you’ve got room for us at your place  
who writes those silly little articles it was, ruin your life?” cause we’re going to have to move  
“Well, I’ll tell you. That particular somewhere when the money runs out.”  
chapter is a story about an impala at the “Actually, Susan, the house is already  
“Susan, I still don’t understand and cause of you and your stupid tomato  
for that U.S. something or another  
Now if she was trying to offend me, zoo that could jump out of his cage and kinda full so you can’t move in. Your  
she had gotten off to a great start, but escape,but won’t even attempt a jump to husband wasn’t the only one who read  
through the years I’ve always found freedom because he can’t see where he chapter 15 and took it seriously.”  
it best to confront situations like this will land and impalas never jump when  
“Well can you at least call him and  
try to talk some sense into him? He  
“I do remember the story, Susan, and won’t talk to me about this anymore.  
head on and with professionalism and they can’t see the other side.”  
I believe I might be the person you’re it’s true. The area where the impalas are Maybe you could write another story  
looking for.What can I do for you?” kept is sloped in such a way that they about the impala that escaped, but  
You can’t do anything now,” she can’t see where they would land if they came home when he realized the world  
screamed even louder than before,“be- jumped, and fear of the unknown keeps on the outside wasn’t all he thought  
cause you’ve already done it. You have them from trying.Kind of like what hap- it would be. Or, I’m telling you, we’re  
ruined my life!”  
While I must admit that there might They fear failure so won’t even try.”  
be a life or two I could be tempted to try “Exactly, Mr. Hill. So after reading  
pens to people in business sometimes. heading to your place with the kids and  
you’ll just have to make room.”  
So it was that I called Susan’s husband  
to ruin … three come to mind quickly chapter 15 of your ‘Spoiled Tomato’ and while he wasn’t very funny, he was  
I assure you, the reader, that this lady book, my husband quit the project pretty bright and with the shortage of  
is not one of them and I have no plans to manager’s job he had held for eight good project managers out there these  
submit to any such temptations, as hard years and started a new career.” days, a few phone calls landed him a  
as that is some days. I had no idea who “And it was all because of my story decent job. I’ve also now asked the pub-  
this lady might be or why she had called he did this?” lisher of the ‘Broken Tomato’ to remove  
me. I was baffled! “Well, the business had a new owner Chapter 15 before shipping any more  
Okay,” I said,“I am willing to talk to and he just didn’t enjoy working there books. And one last thing … if any of  
you, but you have to stop the scream- anymore and then he read chapter 15 you readers out there are in need of a  
ing and you need to tell me your name in your tomato book and that’s when he good estimator, fabrication foreman or  
or else I am going to have to hang up decided to ‘take the leap’ as he puts it.” auto glass installer, please give me a call.  
on you.”  
I’m sorry,” she replied in a much can I ask what his new career might be?” at my house … and none of them will  
softer voice after a bit of a pause. “My “It’s been four months and he is now eat tomatoes! n  
“How long ago was this, Susan, and There are 12 strangers currently living  
name is Susan and I guess it’s not all a stand-up comedian. Or at least  
your fault, although I do believe most he thinks he is.”  
of it is.”  
“And would I be correct, Susan,  
“And tell me please, Susan, exactly if I guessed that his new career is  
L y l e R . H i l l is the managing  
director of Keytech North America,  
a company providing research and  
technical services for the glass and  
metal industry. Hill has more than  
how have I ruined your life?”  
not going well?”  
“Are you kidding?” she said  
Chapter 15,” she answered.  
I’m sorry, Susan, but I don’t under- with her voice growing louder  
with every exchange. “He’s done  
It’s the fifteenth chapter in your wacky four shows and not one place  
stand.What exactly is chapter 15?”  
40 years experience in the glass  
and metal industry and can be reached at You can read his blog every  
other Monday at  
little book called the ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ where he’s performed has asked  
and after my husband, Dave, read that him back. One club manager told  
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