Uncle Sal hung up the phone and shuffled back to the couch where he sat next to Alice.
Peering over the rim of her coffee cup, she said, "You know, it's rude to answer the phone when you have a guest."
Uncle Sal shrugged and sipped his coffee. He remembered why he didn't call her more often. She was always telling him he was being rude. And why'd she have to come over so early. Couldn't she have just come over in time for them to leave for the movie?
"So, who was it?" she asked.
"It was my friend Geoff Beyer."
Alice raised her eyebrows and waited for more. "And what did he want?"
Uncle Sal gritted his teeth. Why did women always have to know every detail of a phone conversation they weren't a part of? Even when you weren't married to or dating them. "Want? Oh, he told me he has an extra ticket to go and see this singer Artie Choke on Thursday."
"And are you going?"
"No, of course I'm not going. I like Artie Choke as much as the next guy, but Thursday night is pinochle night. Besides, the show's all the way in Waxahachie."
"Why on earth would he go all the way to Waxahachie to see this singer?"
"Oh, Geoff he's one of these guys follows Artie around. Been doing it for years. He's gone all over the country seeing Artie perform everywhere you can think of. He camps out for tickets. He even bought a van he can sleep in so he don't have to get no motel. Yup, he sure is a big fan. Where there's Choke, there's Beyer."
This episode featured
Elvis Chen as Uncle Sal
Liz Terrine as Alice
Jellybean Merengue as the phone
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "I wanna drive in a Bigfoot truck."
[4 December 2007]