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March 1, 2014 Day #17
by Janet S. Tiger © all rights reserved firstname.lastname@example.org
(An older man comes out onstage, he is dressed neatly, and he is holding a check, which he looks at closely, sighing deeply.)
Thank you. This will help.
(He now takes an envelope from his pocket and puts the check into it and seals it.)
There, would you please make sure this is mailed?
Why? Why can’t I give it to her myself? I thought this was obvious. You are going to take my car, for which you have paid me the grand sum of $1000, and you are going to squash it like a bug.
(Almost robotic) They are not going to take out any of the usable parts, not the engine, which, although it needs some work, is still strong, still able to climb hills, and they will not take the tires, which are good for at least another 10,000 miles, and they will not take all the body parts, which are in good shape for a car this age, because, until recently, it was garaged, and well taken care of…..they will squash it…(with disgust) …like a bug……
(He takes out a Kleenex and blows his nose, now he is starting to be very affected)
My dear 1979 Cadillac Coupe de Ville….a car that I have owned for over 30 years, and have loved as if it was a member of my family……a car that I took my babies home from the hospital, that I took my children to school in, (very emotional) that we took wonderful vacations in, that I went to the smog station in – (loud) and where they told me they could no longer smog it ……(very angry) ….unless I spent $10,000 ….(yelling) which I do not have!
My life is over! Since I lost my job, I have no money at all – the unemployment ran out and I have five years to go before I get Social Security! I have looked for work, but for some reason, no one wants a 60 year old man who has not worked in 3 years and has no car to get to work in!
(Takes a deep breath)
So, if you are wondering what I am going to do…..I am going to get into that car and you are going to squash me with it! (Quietly) Just like a bug.
(He turns and walks off. The end)