Gus is a service station worker
who is sitting with a clipboard waiting for customers. Karl rushes in.
I'm so sorry
What time was
over his keys to Gus. During the following, Gus tags the keys and then
can hand off the keys to another worker or he can rush the keys off stage or
put it on a line and push the keys on the line off stage.
It was 30
minutes ago. I'm never late. I'm so sorry about this. I'd
understand if you can fit me in now.
No worries we
got you covered.
Now I'm late for work. I hate being late for work. It's not
that I will get fired; it's more that they look at you a different way.
They give you this look... you're not as good as us, or we have one up on you,
or we have something we can use against you. I always try to play it
straight. Always on time. Never late. I'm so late
Gus is sitting relaxed listening eating a doughnut.
I sometimes wish I could be a slacker. What's that like?
Hard to say. Need a ride to work?
Will it be awhile? Something wrong with my car?
Figures. Everything is going wrong. Everything's so right then it
goes so wrong. Well, that's not true. I hate to sound that
way. Is it really that bad?
You bring in your car pretty regular. I don't see a
need to worry.
That's me. Mr.
Most my life it was Mr. Do-right
But it was getting to me. Really getting to me. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. How could following the rules so perfectly make me so perfectly stressed? Shouldn't right be... right? But it didn't feel right. I was so unhappy. I just wanted to be happy for once. Just have one little bit of happiness for the first time in my life.
and looks at Gus. Gus is listening, quite curious about what Karl is
You want to
know why I'm late?
I am late
because my girlfriend is late.
Ohhhh... late. I see.
kind of late. The kind of late that changes your life and you can't go
way. I'm not doing that. Never.
So what are
you going to do?
wants the baby. She actually thought she couldn't have one and she's so
happy she can. Well, she's freaking out, but happy.
I want to be happy to, but all these worries keep making it
so hard. That's not fair to her...
I tend to forget about me.
Not a good idea. If we don't take care of ourselves
then we can't help anyone else.
Especially not a baby. Am I ready to be a father?
It changes your life.
I've never changed anything. I always do the same
thing. I get up at 5am. Eat the same breakfast. Get to work
the same time... usually. Get my car serviced once a month.
I'm thankful for that one.
But this... this changes everything.
Get ready for an adventure.
Adventure... That's a scary word.
Really? I love that word. I want every day to be an adventure.
Every day! I'd go crazy. Every day I want the
same thing. I want to know what's coming.
Do you want it? Need it? Or just do it because
seems right? Before today, what was the last thing you did that wasn't
planned or scheduled?
Kissed a beautiful woman that I wasn't sure liked me back.
How did it feel?
Scary... crazy... But it was memorable... the best kiss
ever. I'll never forget it. And I never stopped kissing her.
I guess that's why she's late.
Do that think it changed you?
For the better.
Yes. Things have never been the same. And they've
gotten better. I actually feel happy sometimes. I never really felt
happy before. But now I do. I didn't know I was missing some happy
until I got some.
Gus laughs at Karl's strange way of putting it.
Kids do that too. They make every day a new experience. And it's amazing to see the world through their eyes. I think we learn more from them than they do for us. You're in for an adventure my friend.
Gus gets the keys returned the same way he sent them.
There's that word again. Adventure. Maybe it's
time I had some in my life. Playing it safe got me nothing but a job I
hate and an ulcer. Thanks for listening. I kind of unloaded on you.
No problemo. Happy to help. Here's the
bill. Therapy would have been cheaper I think.
Gus hands over the bill.
I thought so. Hopefully you're not too late for work.
I'm calling in sick.
I have a beautiful woman to kiss and a baby to celebrate.
Don't forget to bring us all some cigars! I
wonder if anyone actually does that anymore? My cousin handed out
lollipops when his kid was born. I wanted to punch him.
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