Part VII – “What a Wackadoodle”
From the Business Travel Log
It’s the largest bay window I’ve ever seen. Twenty-five feet tall by fifty feet wide, mostly glass with dark cherry wood trim. It was immense in its display and oblivious to the loud patrons in the bar.
“What a wackadoodle”, blared the rotund man with the rotund face. Laughter exploded at the table of six people where he sat.
“Don’t let him drive to the plant anymore”, piped the man with the scraggly beard.
“A u-turn over a huge median with a packed car. What was he thinking? What a wackadoodle”, the rotund continues.
“I thought the bumper was going to fall off”, said scraggly beard.
“The bumper did fall off”, retorted the rotund.
“Oh I know, that was when we arrived at the plant and parked”, replied scraggly beard, “I thought it was going to just drop off after the car scraped over the curb”
Laughter bursts from the junior members of this crew who sat at the table.
Not to be outdone by the rotund and scraggly beard, two gentlemen seated at the far side of my long tall table raise their voices several octaves.
“Frank doesn’t have a long term strategy”, says the man in the gray suit, white shirt and shiny black tie.
“You needn’t inform me. I know he doesn’t have a long term strategy”, says the man in the blue shirt and burgundy suspenders, “He is in it for the short term. He wants to get his bonus and run”
Gray suit bangs his hand on the table, “That’s exactly what I been telling people but who listens to me.”
Suspenders chimes in, “yeah, I been telling folk too but no one is listening.”
I can’t help but listen as I look out the window. I think to myself, this is one loud hotel lobby bar. The last time I heard this much noise at a lobby bar was in Chicago during the MLB playoffs when the Cubs were getting their butts kicked by the Mets. That was years ago and I sat quietly then as I ate just as I sit quietly and eat now. I check my itinerary for tomorrow. My flight leaves out of Newark at six-eleven in the morning. That’s why I’m spending the night at this full service hotel right here at the airport.
This pork belly pasta dish I’m eating tastes delicious. I didn’t know that you could mix pork belly with penne pasta. The pine nuts, vinegar, oil, chopped brussel sprouts, green onion and parsley really brings out the flavor.
“Sir, can I get you something else?” asks my waiter.
“No, just the check. I got a very early flight in the morning. I’m turning in for the night.”
“I don’t blame you, I’ll be right back” says my waiter as he takes my cleaned plate.
I stare out the large bay window of the hotel. It is still and oblivious to the noise in the lobby. I’m not oblivious. I can’t help but hear: “What a wackadoodle…”