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Elderly Jews Deserve Our Scorn SEK has spent forty minutes standing in line at the pharmacy. Behind him the line stretches back from the pharmacy, past the wine aisle and into the dairy section. (He made the mistake of picking up a prescription the day they truck in seniors from area nursing homes.) In front of him is an ELDERLY ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMAN. The pharmacist calls the woman who can't stop chewing to the counter and the ELDERLY ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMAN and SEK are now first and second in line respectively. Up walks an ELDERLY JEWISH MAN. Elderly Jewish Man: (looks at the lines and exhales loudly) This line too long. (to elderly Asian-American woman) You tell me how long you in this line? Elderly Asian-American Woman: Half one hour now. Elderly Jewish Man: (shrugs shoulders in dramatic show of resignation) Half hour? You stand here half hour? (peers down the line and scrunches his face in annoyance) Who can stand here half an hour? Elderly Asian-American Woman: (shoots him a sympathetic look) What can do? The ELDERLY JEWISH MAN blusters in circles. He surveys the line again, then looks back at the counter. He huffs bombastically. He nods at the ELDERLY ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMAN and turns as if to walk away before thinking better of it. He wheels his cart in front of the ELDERLY ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMAN and stands there. Elderly Asian-American Woman: Line start back there. (points toward dairy section) Elderly Jewish Man: You not see. I am tired and at front of line. Alright? Elderly Asian-American Woman: (indignant) Line start there. (points) Understand? Line start there. Elderly Jewish Man: (emphatically) You not understand. I am tired and I at front of line. Right here. I in line right here. See? Elderly Asian-American Woman: You back there. No "right here." Back there. Please you back now. Elderly Jewish Man: I say this to you again and you are to understand me now. I am tired and at I at front of line. You can now see? (turns his thumbs to his chest) I tired. (points down) Now I front of line. You understand yes? Elderly Asian-American Woman: Who not tired? I tired. I been here half hour. (turns to me) Been here half hour? SEK: Longer. Elderly Asian-American Woman: See? We tired. All tired. You are back now please. Elderly Jewish Man: (stretches in frustration, revealing a chai tangled in the thicket of his chest) No. You are who it is who needs seeing. I am tired. I at front of line. (glaring) See? I am tired. I at front of line. We have it straight now? The pharmacist calls for the next customer. The ELDERLY JEWISH MAN starts to walk forward only to be stopped by the ELDERLY ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMAN. He tries to push her away. The pharmacist dashes from behind the counter and asks what's going on. Elderly Jewish Man: I am tired and I at front of line. I tell this to her and she make to hit at me with purse. SEK:...

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