Uncle Sal and Giacomo walked into Gertie's Griddle and sat down at a booth. Both ordered coffee and a stack of pancakes. Giacomo tipped some rye from a pewter flask into his coffee and said, "Did you hear about the incident here last week?"
"No, what happened?"
"Well, it came to closing time and Gertie was going to close the door and start cleaning like she normally does. Only as soon as she closed the door, she got a call that her dog McGruff had gotten out of the yard. Well, you know how much Gertie loves that dog. She forgot about cleaning up and just locked the door and went to look for her dog."
Uncle Sal looked at a sugar packet with a trivia question. He knew without looking at the other side of the packet that the answer was Veronica Lake. He brushed a moth from his Tammy Faye Starlite t-shirt and sipped his coffee.
"Only she didn't remember that Tom Tulipe was still here in the stockroom, and that KC Chu was still in the walk-in cooler. That, and she didn't know that the doorknob on the inside of the door fell off when she slammed it shut."
"Rickety place like this, I'm not surprised. Chu? Is he the cook never stops talking?"
"That's him. If you order eggs over easy, he'll tell you how many minutes it takes to make them perfect. Heck, he'll even tell you about the chicken that laid the egg."
Uncle Sal grunted. "If anyone could talk the ear off a brass monkey, it's him."
"Anyway, Chu and Tom both come out from the back of the restaurant and find the place completely dark, and the door closed. Then, of course they realize that the doorknob is on the floor."
"So what happened?"
"Well, what could they do? They ended up staying the night in here. I mean, that's the only door, and they sure weren't gonna break one of Gertie's windows to get out."
Uncle Sal said, "I guess there's worse places to be stuck. I mean, you're stuck in a place like this, at least you can cook yourself a good meal. But I feel bad for Tom, stuck in The Griddle with Chu."
This episode featured:
Linus Bakken as Uncle Sal
Garth Gritts as Giacomo
Jellybean Merengue as the moth.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "This is the worst slum I've ever seen."