– man = new yorker, client, age 60, grey hair, brown wintercoat, black baseballcap
– me, client
– two silent bystanders, clients
– post office employee 1
– woman = post office employee 2: confident young new yorker
man, strong new york accent:
it’s 8. where are (aah) they!
[rings bell next to the -closed- window]
[to us, the other people in line]:
how late were they supposed to open? 8 right?
[we check our papers and nod]
damn government officials. they don’t care, i’m tellin’ ya. they don’t give a shit.
[rings bell three times for a while]
i got a business, i need to pick up my parking (paa-king) permit today!
[mumbling / cursing]
i’ll go upstairs (=main hall post office) to look for someone who can help us
[i go upstairs and bring back post office employee 1, who is supposed to look what’s the matter]
post office employee 1:
oh, only four people? i expected a long line down here
man, to post office employee:
are you gonna wake ‘m up back there (deh-ah)?
post office employee:
yeah, i’ll wake ‘m up [disappears through door next to window)
man, mumbling, imitating post office employee:
‘only four people…’ – they don’t give a shit!
maybe they wait until we have a line of twenty people before they come out 🙂
yeah, so they can laugh (laaf) at all of us! it’s unbelievable!
[young woman, a post office employee, comes through the door and starts opening the window]
man, sarcastically, to woman:
good afternoon (aafteh-noon)!
[woman wants to respond, but swallows her words]
good morning! and you better be happy i’m here because i’m not supposed to be here. the guy who’s supposed to be here isn’t here yet. so, góód morning!
[man suppresses smile, steps forward to the counter and gives her his papers]
man, friendly, to woman:
is that a new shirt?
a very old shirt
that probably means i’ve never (nev-ah) been here (heh-ah) before (befoh-ah). [mumbling:] and i’m never coming back either…
maybe you mean a new face?
yes, a new face too, but i told you i have never been here before!
woman and man, simultaneously in a positive tone:
…and i’ll/you’ll never be back!
[woman disappears in the back, comes back with package]
here’s your permit sir
thank you. merry christmas!
[both smile, man leaves]