Episode 33: Part 6 of “Black Myrtle’s Glory“
Alex thought for a minute and then asked
“What was it that Holder said?
I know it was something
about America being
too cowardly to have
Myrtle grinned that big
smile that reminded
Alex of the Cheshire
“Is that what we are doing?” asked Alex.
“Are we having a non-cowardly
discussion about race?”
“Yeh” said Myrtle, “an’ you doin’
a good job fo’ a cracker.”
“You are doing one outstanding job yourself
– – – – for a dark cloud” responded Alex.
They both got the humor of the situation
at the same moment. Myrtle’s smile
became downright brotherly
and Alex broke into a
large toothy grin.
Their laughter filled the tool room
and overtook the clatter
“C’mon brother” said Alex. “Let’s go have a coffee.
I think we know each other quite intimately.
Now we can get to make
each of the other’s
As they walked toward the coffee area
Alex gave Myrtle a playful shove.
Myrtle returned the friendly play
with a forceful shoulder block.
Alex bounced off the wall
and almost fell.
Myrtle grabbed him and queried
Alex to see if he was OK.
It was a truly
Over coffee Alex explained to Myrtle
that he was highly paid because
he served an apprenticeship
with an alchemist.
Myrtle saw Alex’s point but still had a question.
“But you makin’ more money dan me”
“It is all supply and demand” said Alex.
“Do you realize how many
CPAs there are?”
He followed up with “and how many toolmakers?
The colleges are putting out more CPAs
than lawyers; and that’s
At the same time
no one is training
they now are
“Dat’s fine” said Myrtle, “cuz you gonna die
for I do. An’ like good myrtle I’z gonna
cover you grave an’ wet you down
every four hours or so.”
They both enjoyed a good laugh
at the allegory of Myrtle’s
They shook hands
again but this time
with each other
The friendly good-by was enough said
to make them trusting
friends for life.