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Monday, October 11, 2010

Hey! You! Get Out of My Way! Part 7 Enter the 9th Circle

I show up an hour early my first night at The 9th Circle.  I want to show them that I can do the job and that they could count on me. “Hi, I’m Geoff.” I say extending my hand the doorman.  “Huh?” says the doorman looking at me, his mouth hanging open.  “Hi, I’m Geoff.”  I repeat holding out my hand.  “Wha?” says the doorman.  “I’m new here and tonight is my first night” I say louder to the doorman.  “I’m covering for one of the waiters.”  I am now yelling, I figure that he must be hard of hearing because he just keeps staring at me.  “What are you doing later?” he says to me with a leer on his face.  “I have a feeling I’ll be avoiding you” I say and turn on my heel.  “Saucy” he says running his tongue across his mouth.  “Ick” I think to myself, serious ick.
“Pay no attention to him’ says one of the bartenders waving me in.  “That’s Brian our doorman, not too smart” he says pointing to his head and sticking out his tongue.  “I’m Tree” he says extending his hand.  “This is Don” he points to another person standing behind the bar.  “I’m Geoff and it’s nice to meet you both” I say shaking hands.
“Tonight’s a big night” Tree continues.  “Robin Byrd is having a private party in the basement and it needs to be perfect.”  “Who’s Robin Byrd?” I ask.  “Doll, where are you from?” asks Don laughing. “Guilderland New York” I say “Between Albany and Schenectady.”  “Oh” says Don coming from behind the bar.  He walks over to the jukebox and opens it up.  “Come over here Geoff and play what you want” Don opens the jukebox and begins to push hundreds of song selections.  “We play what we want and by the time people put money in to hear their songs it will be closing time.” with that said, Don closes the lid.
“Where’s the basement?” I ask.  Tree points to a door in the wall.  “That doors the basement and that other door leads upstairs.”  “If you need to piss use the upstairs bathroom, its semi private, staff only.”  “Thanks” I say with a smile
“Do we close down?”I ask walking back towards Tree.  “Why do you ask?” inquires Tree.  “Well because there is no one in here right now” I say.  “Oh there will be, there will be.”  Say’s Don with a chuckle.
About 20 minutes later the place is packed.  A woman in a mesh bikini and a cowboy hat walks by me.  “Robin Byrd” Tree mouths and then winks.  She heads past the bar and into the basement.  Tree follows right behind her, as he passes he tells me to come down when I get a chance.  “I’ll introduce you” he says.
The bar is so dark that I can’t see faces unless they are standing directly in front of the bar or by the jukebox.  My first table calls me over it is so dark that I extend my hands like a blind man searching for something.  I touch someone’s arm and yell into the dark in front of me “What can I get you?” I scream over the music.  Joan Jett is singing about her Bad reputation.  “Two boilermaker specials” requests the faceless voice.  “Coming right up,” I yell back.
I go to the bar and ask for two boilermakers.  “Did they ask for the special ones?” Don asks.  “Oh yeah” I say feeling bad that I didn’t know there was specials ones and not special ones.  Don puts two beers, two shots and a wooden box on my tray.  “That’s the special part” he says pointing to the box and patting me on the shoulder.
I turn from the bar, tray in hand and almost run smack into Brian.  “What are you doing later?” Brian asks putting his hands on my waist and trying to pull me in.  “Getting a penicillin shot” I say.  “I have the strangest itch I can’t get rid of.”  “Really?” says Brian with a wink.  “Need a ride?”
To be continued…….
Geoffrey Doig-Marx holds all written and electronic rights to his writting "A Day in the Life". It can not be reprinted in part or whole without his written consent.

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