Mini Play #1: The Old White Guy & Me

Setting: The check-out line at Walgreen’s; 51st Street and Telegraph; Oakland
The Characters: Me and The Old White Guy (OWG)
The Scene:
The OWG tries to pass Me in line.  Me, not sure what the OWG is trying to pull, looks him in the face.  

OWG: Excuse me. I am in the wrong line. I am just trying to get out of here.
Me: No problem.

Pause.  Just a beat.  But, in this beat, Me is able to move her look from his face to his entire body.  She sees a man in ratty pants and a sweater almost the same color.  That special military green.  The color of hard work and sacrifice.  As her eyes land on his boots, black and unapologetic, Me can confirm that this man has more important things to worry about than being in the line at Walgreen’s.

OWG: It’s a great day, isn’t it?
Me: Yes. Yes, it is.
OWG: We just sent that asshole back to his 1%!

Laughter from Me – almost as if she is tossing the laughter into the air so that OWG can catch it. He does.  They hold the laughter together between them for one more beat before OWG exits the store.  Me is left in line, still smiling.

The End.


How & Why to Push Through Election Day Overwhelm

Yesterday, my mailbox was full of campaign pamphlets.  Granted, I had been away from home for a few days.  I was down in Palo Alto caring for my nieces while my brother and sister-in-law were out of town.  But still.  I just left Friday.  I returned Monday.  We all know that mail doesn’t come on Sunday.  And there were 18 separate pieces of campaign mail in my box last night.  Election Day is a week from today and, honestly, I can’t wait for it to be over. Continue reading