Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #489


Joy: “Humphrey, tell me the rumor isn’t true!”

Humphrey: “I’m afraid it is. This is the smallest table to ever appear in a nightclub. I don’t know how it’s holding up my bottle of hooch. I better drink more before the table collapses.”

Joy: “Oh, I’ve already emotionally accepted the tininess and moved on. No, I’m talking about what I just overhead in the powder room.”

Humphrey: “Did it involve retching? I told Ingrid to stay away from the steak tartare. Never trust the meat in a place with baby tables.”

Joy: “You can be so exasperating, Hump. These are trying times, but for the sake of humanity we must always strive to do the right thing.”

Humphrey: “The right thing? I don’t know anything about morality. I went to a charter school, where the only thing I learned was how to take a standardized test. Still, I’m somewhat intrigued by your urgency, probably due to the high-octane rating of this low-grade moonshine. So tell me, what did you overhear in the squat station that has you and your hair in such a tizzy?”

Joy: “Well, as I was sitting there and minding my own business and wondering why some countries don’t have decent toilet paper, Ivanka Trump squatted in the stall next to me. She’s apparently in town attending a convention for over-privileged offspring who have never done anything important in their lives. Anyway, during a surprisingly gaseous episode, she had a speaking-in-tongues moment and bellowed that her father is actually the love child of Joseph Stalin and Ayn Rand. This seems like something that should be shared with the world.”

Humphrey: “Oh, the world already knows it. It’s the Americans who voted for him that refuse to see the writing on the wall. Assuming they even know how to read.”

Ingrid, wandering near the table but not actually appearing in the scene due to contractual issues: “Oh, they know how to read. They just refuse to read anything that hasn’t been approved by the Republican party. And that’s the scariest part of it all.”

Waiter, unable to get to the table because that wretched Ingrid woman was blocking his way: “Did someone order this steak tartare? It’s undercooked, it might kill you with the festering and racist bacteria, and it has no idea that decent people don’t want to eat it.”

Ivanka, finally staggering out of the loo and weakly trying to disguise another belch of privilege and ignorance: “Oh, that’s for my father. He’ll be along in a minute, once he signs out of his Twitter account and continues to not reveal the true source of his income.”

Joy: “Why is Donald Trump coming here? This is Casablanca, not Moscow.”

Humphrey: “Well, I’m not surprised that he’s confused. The man has no idea of what’s really going on in the world.”


18 replies »

  1. Amazing what Hollywood magic can be worked for a tight shot and keep it fully loaded. Speaking of fully loaded, that speaking in tongues event must have been explosive because there IS a look of that old Memorex ad to her hair…

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  2. Our Prime Minister will see the Orange Deludist on Monday. Trudeau will get him in some great selfie shots while signing Yuge New Trade deals with Canada. We offer to take all those (hard working) refugees and those pesky states that don’t appreciate him. Silicon Valley companies were thinking of moving to Vancouver or somewhere near the Niagara wineries. Trump gets to put a golf course on Southampton Island. Very ritzy real estate – The Casablanca of the North.

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    • And so it goes in the (ahem) Modern World where basic values have been replaced by sound bites, photo ops, willful ignorance, and a big ole splashes of xenophobia and racism. Cheers! 😉


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