When she was a small girl, Amanda hid a ticking clock in an old, rotten tree trunk. It drovewoodpeckers crazy. Ignoring tasty bugs all around them, they just about beat their brains out trying to get at the clock. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities.
– Tom Robbins