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May 21, 2009

Scenes from Everyday Life. Right Now!

By Spear's

Do you have an anecdote about living in our times? We encourage readers to share them in the Comments section below.

In The Coffeeshop

I recently walked into Three Guys, the terrific coffeehouse opposite the Whitney Museum on Madison (It’s the only coffeehouse so far as I can remember, that made it into the Andy Warhol Diaries).

I was  in need. My cellphone had run out of charge and I needed to make a n urgent call.

Did they have a telephone?

The woman on the cash register apologized, said no.

So it was with some relief that I saw a friend, a much credentialled artperson, walking by.

“Could you do me an enormous favor?” I asked.

I was startled by the look of apprehension that clouded his face.

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He warily asked just what that favor might be?

Then I realized just how I must appear.

A: I am awaiting a pre-implants dental bridge, so was missing teeth.

B: I had been both packing cases and making ink drawings so my fingernails were ragged & black.

C: I needed a shave.

D: The fact that I was wearing a venerable tweed jacket must have added to my theatrical disrepair.

“Can I use your cellphone?” I asked. Adding: ”A local call.”

He handed it over with relief.

So I wasn’t living rough.

And clearly this is no time to be asking for what used to be an ordinary favor.

Do you have an anecdote about living in our times? We encourage readers to share them in the Comments section below.

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