Uncle Sal sat at the bar of the Liberty Bull Steakhouse next to his former partner on the police force Elton LaRady. He set his emerald balmoral cap on the bar and motioned to the bartender for a Spud's and a shot of rye.
"Hey Sal. Good to see you."
Uncle Sal tossed a Cajun almond into his mouth and said, "Good to see you to. It's been too long."
"Yeah, it has. Hey, are you going to the golf outing for all the old gang that worked at the 67th Precinct?"
"Hadn't heard about it. When is it?"
"Two weeks from Saturday."
"'Fraid I can't make it then."
"What? Yer gonna miss the golf outing with Bones, Lugnut, and the rest of the gang?"
"That day is no good. It's the day of Ciaran Smude's annual fish fry. Well, it's a fish fry, but it's mostly just pike."
"And you'd rather go to that?"
"Clearly, you have never had this guy's pike. He prepares it every way you can think of. With pecans, with coconut, some kinda cranberry sauce, and of course your standard beer batter. Only he must use some kinda high-quality brew in his batter, because it's amazing. I dunno how he comes into so much fish. He must know someone that works on a boat. And I don't know where he learned to cook, but I'm tellin ya, ya never had anything like it."
Elton sipped his gin and shook his head. "I can't believe it. You're gonna miss seeing all the guys from the 67th so you can eat some fish."
"Nothin' can be done about it. I block off that day on my calendar every year. I just have to be there when Smude cooks pike, LaRady.
This episode featured:
Alan "The Arrow" Smith as Uncle Sal
Perry Josephson as Elton LaRady
Jellybean Merengue as the Cajun almond.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "He's a nihilist. He doesn't believe in anything.