Giacomo climbed into Uncle Sal's Dodge Dart with a black travel cup that bore the word THROTTLE in a 36-point stencil font. He adjusted the black and white checkered floormat, then settled back in the seat.
"All set for the extreme curling event, Giacomo?"
"Yup." Giacomo took a sip and handed the cup to Uncle Sal, who took a whiff and said, "Giacomo, I can't drink that right now. I'm drivin'. You splash any orange juice in that rum?"
"A splash is about right."
Uncle Sal adjusted his garden gnome cuff links and said, "That's a fine cup. Where'dja get it? And what's Throttle?"
"Throttle is this band that fuses hard rock and country blues. I got the cup from a co-worker Antony at the 10 of Clubs. It's his favorite band. He wanted to change shifts with me his Wednesday shift for my Saturday. If I'm gonna give up a Saturday shift, I need something more than just a Wednesday, particularly since he works on Wednesdays with Mei Cho. She's this incredibly beautiful bartender. The kind that every guy looks at when she walks into a room. Partly because she has big breasts and wears very tight, low-cut tops"
"So what's the problem?"
"The problem is that she spends more time flirting with the customers than working. So it's kind of like working the bar by yourself."
"Yeah, but Wednesdays are probably pretty slow, and if the customers look at this barmaid like you say, I gotta think they'll tip pretty decently."
"Yeah, the few we get."
"Well, it sounds to me like ya got what ya wanted. Ya said he'd have to give up more than just a Wednesday shift and ya got the Throttle cup and Cho."
This episode featured:
Oscar "Blue" McGrew as Giacomo
John Lee Tucher as Uncle Sal
Jellybean Merengue as the floormat.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "Looks like you won't be attending that hat convention in July."
(Thanks to John Lee Hooker for providing the inspiration for the final line of this episode.)