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  •  I used to usher at the LA Theater Center (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, madhaus

    back in the days when there was an LA Theater Center. It was located downtown, a block or two off skid row.

    The usher 'uniform' we volunteers wore was white shirt or blouse, black slacks or skirt, black shoes, black socks, black tie.

    So I'm driving to my ushering gig one warm summer evening, my driver side window rolled down. I stop at a light near the Theater Center (remember, this is also near skid row) and a tall skinny dude on the sidewalk peers down at me, then says something that sounds like, "Seeyahyeay?"

    I say, "Excuse me?"

    He repeats, "Seeyahyeay?"

    Somehow it makes more sense the second time around. He is asking if I am with the CIA. Must be the uniform.

    "No, no, I'm not with the CIA," I tell him.

    "Oh. FBI?"

    "No, I'm not with the FBI, either."

    He thinks about this for a second. "Well. Just an ordinary asshole, then."

    I smile and nod, "Yep, just an ordinary asshole."

    The light finally turns green, and I finish driving to the Theater Center.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 01:05:21 PM PDT

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