Uncle Sal pulled down on the 8-ball gearshift and shifted the Dodge Dart into gear. But before he pressed his beige and blue wingtip to the accelerator, he touched the head of the plastic Jesus on his dashboard.
"Cool plastic Jesus, Uncle Sal. Where'd you get it?"
"It's awesome! I should get myself one of those. Turn right here."
"Why would I turn right here? That ain't the way to yer place. I thought we was goin' to yer place for drinks."
"We will, but I want to show you something first."
Giacomo navigated Uncle Sal downtown and told him to stop in front of a recently constructed building that was bare on the inside. A sign declared "SITE OF THE NOUVEAU NIGHTCLUB -- OPENING SOON."
"Check this out, Uncle Sal. My friend Fat Jerry is going to be the manager of this place."
"Just what this town needs, another nightclub with horrible electronic music."
"This isn't just going to be any nightclub. It's going to be a nightclub and a library."
"Who ever heard of such a thing?"
"Exactly! That's why it's genius. Think about it. You have a nightclub, and there are the people that like to drink and dance and have a good time. But sometimes they drag their wallflower friends, who don't really want to dance or drink. Well, you know as well as I do that a leopard can't change its spots, so the wallflowers pretty much remain wallflowers and wait until their friends are ready to go home. With this place, the wallflowers can sit and read books like your favorite The Grapes of Wrath until they have to drive their drunk friends home. What do you think?"
"Well, it's unique. I'll give 'em that. A place where the clubber meets the Joad."
This episode featured:
Max Hammer as Uncle Sal
Delmar Mayo as Giacomo
Jellybean Merengue as the plastic Jesus
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "It's a dog-eat-dog world and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear."
[26 May 2008]