Saturday, 4 July 2009
All Ears 4th July
I enjoyed channelling the 'grim polyester clothes' this week - I also seem to pick up a regular fag smoke motif in these pictures (see last week too)
- bad for health but nice graphic device (maybe they could use that as the warning on the packet...just a thought)
(Article by Michael Holden)
In a newsagent’s one lunch time I watched two men-colleagues presumably-already buckling under the conflict between the hot weather and their grim polyester clothes strain yet further as the conversation turned towards the fact that one of them was soon to be wed.
Man 1: (about to leave the shop but stopping his tracks) I need cigarettes!
Man 2: I thought you’d stopped smoking?
Man 1: (rejoining the queue) I did but I started again, the stress of the wedding and all that.
Man 2: (forlorn) The wedding that I’m not invited to…
Man 1: (patient but angry) We’re only inviting sixty people, it’s not a big do.
Man 2: Yeah, but still…
Man 1: We’ve been through this. I’m under enough stress. I don’t need you, now, giving me a hard time. I know you’re not coming. It wasn’t my decision, I feel bad about it, I feel bad about the whole fucking thing. So right now, if there’s one thing you can do to make me feel better, you could stop mentioning the fact that you’re not going. I wish I wasn’t going. Think yourself lucky. In a roundabout way I’m doing you a huge favor.
Man 2: (pathetic) I could help you organize stuff perhaps, lighten the load.
Man 1: (apologetic) It’s mostly her family
Man 2: I’d like to help.
Man 1: Yeah, and I do appreciate that. Twenty Marlboro Lights, please.”
Man 2: Where are you going on honeymoon?
Man 1: Spain.
Man 2: (in a weird way) Where exactly?
Man 1 (moving quickly to the door) Just…Spain.