I am driving with G on a one-lane, elevated, on-ramp type road, surrounded by other similar structures. G points out that I have blown through the light on Montgomery a second time. I tell her I didn't see it. Little colored balls fall into the folds of my jacket. I see some nurses sliding out of an escape chute from a three-story brick building. This is because of the volcano eruption report. We find my friend, D, and I ask him, "What's the word on the STREET?"
Overheard at the ER
Five Hours In The Presbyterian Emergency Room
Fourtysomething barefoot man, in handcuffs, led out by police:
What am I being charged with?
That's something we need to talk about.
Man, early 20s, wearing a hospital bracelet, consoling a visibly upset woman, early 20s:
You don't have to worry, he's never going to fuck you up again.
Old woman, wearing sweat pants and hospital gown, talking to triage nurse:
I'm tired of being treated like a child!
Same woman, 5 minutes later:
Stop lying to me!
Triage nurse, to receptionist after old woman storms out:
I'm so happy right now.
Man, after taking a bite of his Subway sandwich:
They put mustard on it.
Receptionist, to older biker guy:
Sir! Sir! You cannot smoke in here.
Later, same older biker guy to older biker girl:
I told you it's over between me and her. Over!
Younger woman on phone holding sleeping toddler:
These doctors don't know anything.
Old man with bandage on head to wife (CNN on in the background):
So someone dropped a nuke in Japan?
Old drunkish looking dude, being escorted out by security:
Come on man, I just want to lay down here for 10 minutes.
Teenager with ice pack on his hand, talking on waiting room phone:
Just put my mom on the phone, fucker!