Last night, we had a guest who noticed a box marked “Temporary Files” on top of Mr. Rilch’s filing cabinet and asked what it was for. Mr. Rilch explained that it was for papers that would eventually either be filed or tossed out, depending on their accrued value. “I don’t sort them right away,” Mr. Rilch said. “Just when it gets to the point where my hate mail falls on me.” Meaning, when the papers start to get higher than the box is deep.
It occured to me afterwards that the guy probably didn’t know what the heck that meant. It might be his age, or it might simply be due to the fact that it’s a fairly obscure reference. So! Who knows what’s meant by someone’s hate mail falling on them? And no shame if you don’t; I’m just trying to ascertain how obsure that reference is.