My term as Pfister Narrator is about to expire. A bell is sounding. A cane is coming to pull my waist off the stage. A gong is sounding. Ladies are booing, children are throwing popcorn at me, but I do not want to leave my flaming hula hoop.
I still wanted to tell you the story about Pfister engineer Matt. One time Matt showed me these wild photographs that his grandpa took of factory workers and machinery in the middle of the last century. His grandpa started out as a photographer in WWII working on sites where they needed to get rid of land mines. I find it interesting that Matt works with some of the same mechanical things that his grandpa would have captured. Recently, Matt promised me that he would build me a theremin one day. The first time I ever talked to Matt he called my arms “buggy whips.” These are the sorts of friendships I have made at this hotel. Of all the people I met, I cherished most my staff interactions.
I am never going to write the full story of what happened in the kitchen at 11p.m. last Saturday. I was interviewing Robert who has been a Pfister cook for 14 years. He has also done this martial art called “Wing Chung” for about 14 years. Robert explained Wing Chung as “other martial arts are more, uh, if one person is stronger than the other, they’re going to win. In Wing Chung you don’t have to be as strong as your opponent. It is more about technique and knowing what your opponent is going to do.” As he told me this three orders of atlantic salmon with chorizo mashed potatoes with red pepper sauce and asparagus were created. “The baseball players are here tonight and you know, they want all the steaks and the fish,” said Robert. Every seven years Robert does something called “iron palm,” to harden his fists. “I have to hit four bags of rocks for one hundred days.” He has to do this four times per workout to get the front, back and side and heel of the palms.
I want to tell you more, like the real estate lady who tried to sell me a house in the hallway, but I haven’t any more room, I haven’t time. Jonathan West is coming. He is nice, he is dapper and I know you will like him. The other day I met up with him and Molly Snyder, the narrator whose job I stole a year ago. We all stood together, a Pfister Carol with Narrators Past and Present. Toodle-loo,
Anja Notanja Sieger.
P.S. Stay tuned, the next post will be by JONATHAN!