February 3rd 2012 - I was under, and still be under, the impression that it's a good idea to set up a comfortable theme somewhere near our home to give Bookmaker Jake a familiar context. I was happy with my last production scene at The Hutch, so I decided to try it again...to see what happened next.
This time, when I approached the bartender - she was less busy and a lot less interested in my bookmaking scene. She looked at me like I'd given my lines in Martian, but she agreed to allow me to pick a box out of their dumpster, saying, "I won't stop you."
Things were starting to liven up, so I elected to "wuss out" and do my drilling outside. When I returned, I discovered that I had a fan. An older woman named "Ruthy," who didn't always go by that name, approached my table asking what I was doing. She was a riot. She understood the currency-making idea right away, sighting a gentlemen she knew a long time ago, here in Portland, who used to make his own currency as a gag in one of the local bars. Ruthy shared her amazing life's story with me, while we all but ignored poor Emily. It was nice to talk to a local with a sense of history. There are so many imports these days, so much so that the imports are the ones now shaping the city's storyline. Which is, of course, crap. But, what can I do? I'm just a dork who's been wearing fannel shirts since elementary school, not because they were cool (or grunge, or hipster), but because Portland and its surrounding suburbs (excluding the Moon Colonists in Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Beaverton) once had a real rural feel to it. Portlanders used to enjoy hunting, camping, and the outdoors in a laid back, practical way that the outdoor sports gearheads, spandex-wearing yuppies, insta-click fashion-focused hipsters and neo-hippies, and other Californians don't understand. In any case, talking with Ruthy and selling her one of my cabin books was a pleasure. In another life, I might have gone out and danced with her when the followers of the song machine and Song Machine DJ started flooding around our table. I have a thing for sexy old ladies.
PROP COSTS: $10.52 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 3hrs 13min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $33.84
This book was sold at ADX Gifted 2014. I can't remember who I sold it to, so...if you're out there with this outstanding production scene in hand...hollar and remind me. I'd love to hear from you!