The waiter rolls up the front door mat and pulls the menus and ashtrays off the table in my section. One of the plastic ashtrays gets away from him and clatters onto the floor. The Monster Bash pinball game that is facing me is turned off, and I assume the Roller Coaster Tycoon game it's back-to-back with is off as well. There's still people at the bar and sitting in the other section, and a guy is playing away on the Virtal Tennis video machine.
Christmas trees have been painted onto the windows and a packet of three sugar cubes was placed on my espresso saucer with care. Now a scruffy-looking inebriated man has accosted me. I don't understand what he's saying, so I tell him in French that I don't understand him, adding that I'm American. He manages to say in English that he's French, and then the waiter shows up to tell him to stop messing with the customers. The drunk man finally gives up and puts out his hand to me, and I shake it, and he leaves peacefully. About a minute later the waiter came back to tell me I'll have to move, because he's closing the section. Well, it's a good thing I wasn't bothered by the other guy for that extra minute. I leave peacefully as well.
Sugar: packet of three sugar cubes
Copyright © 2002 David Sadegh.
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