Sunday, October 30, 2005

In Waiting Room B of the Kaiser Permanente Urgent Care Center, a small, seemingly teenaged nurse appears every couple minutes from behind a frosted door that leads to the important part of the hospital. Inititally, she calls out names of patients who are ready to be seen, then guides them back into another (more exclusive?) waiting room. A few minutes later, she comes out to tape a series of xeroxed Halloween fliers around the room that awkwardly compare donating blood to vampire attacks. After a lengtheir pause, she appears again with her clipboard and calls out "Abraham Lincoln" to the unresponsive room. "Abraham Lincoln," she asks again. The only response comes from a 10-year-old Asian boy who has been beating a pair of drumsticks against the chair next to his. "Abraham Lincoln," the nurse states plainly. The boy snickers, and his mother slaps his arm, tsking him, without ever looking up from the issue of "Jet" magazine that she has been reading intently. The nurse gives up and retreats behind the frosted door.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

In the parking lot of Stoney's Pawn Shop, across from the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, at 10:45am, a woman in a tie-dyed t-shirt/dress is sobbing, sitting cross-legged on the roof of a black Ford Grenada. Glen Frey's "The Heat is On" blares over an outdoor sound system, so loud it's distorted. A passing pedestrian, carrying a neon green cocktail in a skinny, three-foot-long plastic cup that hangs past his knees, calls out to the woman: "You okay, sweetheart?" She shouts back to him, over the ripping guitar solo, "my slut sister stole my fuckin' car keys!"


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Outside of the New Beverly Cinema revival-house movie theater, just West of La Brea on Beverly in Los Angeles, a middle-aged Hasidic Jewish man in an enormous coat and a streimel hat is staring, for several minutes, at a poster advertising an upcoming engagement of the film "Nine Songs," the poster for which contains the tagline "the most sexually extreme mainstream rock movie ever!"

The man contemplates the poster in silence until another Hasidim walks up and breaks the first man's concentration. The second man looks at the poster for a moment and then speaks to his friend.

"Did you hurt your knee?," he asks. The first man shakes his head "no," and the duo walk off down the street in silence.


Monday, October 17, 2005

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

In line for a haunted house at Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, a group of teenagers roughhouse and call each other names. When the line reaches a curve near a snack bar, one of the teens - a girl in a sequined sweatshirt with "The Joy That Bling Brings" spelled out in sparkly cubic zirconia - reads the eatery's menu, which is painted on the wall of the shack, aloud:
"Cotton Candy, Hot Dogs... wait, what are American Fries? Are those like curly fries?"

Her spiky-haired boyfriend shakes his head and says: "No, they're the same as regular fries. They changed the name a long time ago because of a war we had with France."

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