Dogs 2008

NO TIP ENOUGH
(2/11/08)


"...
and you sir
what would
you like?"

she calls him
sir
even though
they are about
the same
age

"the Everything Omelette

I think

I like
the sound
of that

what comes
in it?"

she tries
some comedy

"why everything
sir!"

she smiles

he glares
up
at her

"I'm serious

there are just
some things
I cannot eat"

professional
coolness
returns
to her face

"ham
bacon
sausage..."

he interrupts

"just
the ham

bacon and sausage
would kill me"

she continues

"...
green peppers
mushrooms
tomatoes
onions
olives
cheese
and picante sauce"

he frowns

"definitely
no mushrooms
tomatoes
olives
cheese
or picante sauce"

she checks
her pad

"so
you want
an Everything Omelette
with peppers
onions
and ham only?

"yes
that's right"

she leans over
point her finger
at his menu

"then you want
a Denver Omelette
for a dollar
fifty less"

his glare
returns

"I told you
that I want
an Everything Omelette!

just without
most
of the everything"

the young man's
dining companion
even looked
a bit
incredulous
and embarrassed

for the first time
the waitress
hesitates

her brow furrows
almost imperceptibly
her eyes glint
like steel
she begins
to speak

but
she checks
herself
and the moment
passes

the smile returns

"yes sir!

coming right up!"

I'm next
and resist
a grin

"hello sir!

what can I get
for you
today?"

I had wanted
a turkey sandwich
fries
maybe pie
for later

"a Denver Omelette
but with
EVERYTHING
that he left
off of his"

a quick
questioning look

then
an even quicker
laugh

she shook
her head
took my menu

"you betcha!

be right out!"

now
the kid
glared at me

I didn't mind

the coffee
was hot
and I had missed
my breakfast
anyway