Saturday, August 30, 2008

Uncle Sal and the Swimmer's Statue (Episode 56)

Giacomo pulled his lime green Dodge Swinger into the parking lot of Salmon P. Chase High School and parked it in the fire lane in front of the stairs. Uncle Sal waited for Giacomo to open the door for Lavonna, so he could climb out of the back seat. Uncle Sal put on his nutmeg-colored porkpie hat and said, "Why on earth did you want to bring us here before we go to the Indian casino?"

Giacomo slid his Wolfman key chain into the pocket of his pants and pointed to the sign at the foot of the stairs in front of the school.

Uncle Sal read the sign that announced this as the future location of a sculpture of two-time Olympic swimming silver medalist Floyd "The Hound" Doblerman by fellow Chase High School alumnus Jenny Jankovic.

"Isn't that awesome? Jenny was in my class, we were pretty good friends. I mean, we've sort of lost touch, but I still hear from her now and again. And now she's going to do a sculpture of an Olympic hero."

Uncle Sal pointed at the sketch of the sculpture. "The heck is that?"

"Oh, that's Jenny's medium. She works mostly with discarded old cans and foil. You know, one woman's trash is another woman's treasure."

Uncle Sal nodded. "What the heck izzat on the guy's back? Is that a fin? You sure he's a swimmer and not some kinda circus freak?"

Giacomo nodded. "Yeah, it's a fin. I mean, he doesn't really have a fin. It's metaphorical. Pretty clever, eh?

"Yeah, I get it. It's tin for the Jenny and fin for The Hound."

This episode featured:
Alastair Flemister as Giacomo
Betty House as Lavonna
Grant Wiszevski as Uncle Sal
Jellybean Merengue as the Wolfman keychain

Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "When I asked about it, you just hit me with your shoe."

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