Friday, April 02, 2010

“Organic Chemistry Is So Hard!”

The girl on the phone
at the last video store
will never again

gossip with her friend
while ringing up my rentals.
Death the monster snake

swallowed her business.
Now she can gossip all day
from inside the snake.

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Last year I wrote a bunch of posts about the video store near my house closing.

Well right now the very last video store in the whole neighborhood is closing.

This last video store had the most annoying young woman working there—she was an assistant manager or something. She would stand behind the counter TALKING ON HER PHONE while she was checking people out.

One time I was flirting with a pretty woman in line ahead of me and we were both laughing at how stupid the young woman looked switching her phone from hand to hand while she tried to operate the cash register at the same time. The young woman heard us and got all red in the face embarrassed. She hung up and checked out the woman in front of me. When she check me out, she was almost crying, she was so upset by me and the pretty woman making fun of her.

So I felt bad and angry at the same time. Angry that she treated me and the other customers so rudely and sad that I’d driven this young woman almost to tears. I’d heard what she’d been talking about to her friend—studying for a chemistry test—so as I was leaving I wished her good luck on her exam. She got all wide-eyed and thanked me for wishing her luck and said, very passionately, “Organic chemistry is so hard!”

The last time I was in the store—they’re selling their whole stock and I bought the three-disk set of “The Lone Gunmen” for $20—she was on her phone talking to her friend at the same time she talked to me about the store closing and took my money and rang up the sale for the three DVDs.

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