Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Benny & the Jets - Wednesday 1/28/2009
Things were a little off this morning. I woke up coughing (from the cold that just keeps giving) at about 2:30 and moved out to the recliner in the living room even though Hydra strenuously offered to go.
I never did get back to sleep. But I did read quite a few pages of Inside Inside by James Lipton, with which I am offsetting my current fascination with graphic novels.
Anyway, Dierdre the hip waitress was at the end of her shift when I came in. I like her. She's friendly, and refills my coffee, and doesn't game me like I think one of the older all-nighters does. (Sigh, I know restaurants too well, having waited tables for ten years myself.)
She was very tired. I was very tired, and a little woozy from the sinus medicine I took as soon as I arrived at my table.
Even the head waitress was off kilter. She came with her usual armload of fresh donuts and warbled, "Oh, is it Wednesday? I was supposed to be here an hour ago."
The whipped cream on this just slightly weird morning was the drunk at the counter.
Now, I kind of understand the 2:30 drunk who has just been ejected from the bar.
But drunk at 5:15 a.m.?
Honey, you are working over time.
While I tried to concentrate on my writing, he ordered and waited, humming along with random snippets of the oldies playing on KRTH 101.
Deirdre brought him his food. He tucked into it. But when Benny & the Jets came on, he started singing in a medium-loud voice, "Deirdre! Deirdre! Deidre and these e-e-e-eggs!" He gesticulated over the plate like he was orchestrating the music from the heart of the over-easies resting there.
Okay. Um. That's it. The whole story.
It seemed really funny at the time. Maybe it was the Tylenol Extreme Sinus Headache tabs.
Okay, enough of that.
See what I did this evening with the Photoshop Elements 7 software Hydra gave me for my birthday? Can you tell the difference?
It's not big and artsy. I just took the shine off the table.