The following monologue was created from a conversation I had with two women as they waited for Val to serve them some hot glog. Note: multiple voices and perspectives speak as one.
We’re not down here too often
we work in Brookfield and have clients here
so we’re not here usually for drinking
it’s so cold we needed something
we live in Brookfield and Jackson
I feel that all I ever do is drive
I drive for everything
and I guess I’m used to it
but Jackson is a beautiful town and I love living there.
How bout you, pilule for Waukesha?
Well, yeah, I live in Waukesha.
I’m actually from the U.P.
from the Upper Michigan
uh yes, so I moved here in 1982
and I’ve worked downtown for several years
for a couple of architects so, uh I’m pretty used to it
I don’t like the traffic either
or the drive, but…
are you both architects?
No, we actually work for an insurance brokerage firm.
Okay. Is that fun at all?
Not right now
yeah, healthcare reform,
but we work on employee benefits
so we go to different clients
and we help them implement their employee benefit programs
it’s fun meeting with employees and the employers
that’s always enjoyable,
but very educational right now,
the industry right now is really rough.
She’s good at insults.
She says I have no filter
one of our account execs was in a really bad mood
and he had been in his office with the door shut,
slamming things and yelling
and we were having our big company dinner
(we just had a thanksgiving dinner)
and I saw him walking by with a plate of food later
and I said, “Well,
I sure hope that fixes your mood.”
Oh my god, Kristi!
And you still have your job
I know and I thought
and he didn’t punch me,
it makes it easier to work when you’re not superficial.
The glog is served.
You know what it makes me think of?
“It’s A Wonderful Life,”
when Clarence goes into the bar
and Clarence is trying to decide
after a thousand years
what’s he’s going to have
and he asks for a rum toddy
or something like that
with a dash of cloves
and they threw him out,
That’s what it reminds me of.
Well, Clarence would be welcome here!