Thursday, February 24, 2005

Overheard

FADE IN:

INT. HOME - NIGHT

DAUGHTER (40s) surfs CheapHotels.com on the Internet. MOM (65) leans over her shoulder peering at the computer screen.

DAUGHTER
We can leave at four AM and drive straight through. We’ll make it.

MOM
I don’t want to be tired.

DAUGHTER
It’s an MRI. You just lay there.

MOM
It’s too early. Let’s spend the night before in a hotel.

DAUGHTER
You’re paying for it.

MOM
This time we need to stay in an inexpensive hotel.

DAUGHTER
Jesus. Last time we stayed in a sixty dollar rathole. How much cheaper can it get?

MOM
A card board box. The room service is knocking on the box next to you and they pass you the Ripple. Just remember to wipe the lip off with your shirt.

DAUGHTER
I don’t understand what you’re thinking.

MOM
You don’t have to pay my medical bills. You should have seen the credit card statements from those $249 a night hotels.

DAUGHTER
We’ve never stayed in a nice hotel.

MOM
Yes we have.

DAUGHTER
When? Last time we were at the Coronet where our feet stuck to the ground. The time before that we were a block from the hospital at that scary one they said they didn’t recommend.

MOM
At least we heard the ambulances were close.

DAUGHTER
We couldn’t hear ambulances.

MOM
No, but it would have been funny. The Westin! Now that was expensive.

DAUGHTER
We were only there one night! And in my defense, we thought you were dying. Remember, we also had the lobster at Trader Vic’s?

MOM
Well.

DAUGHTER
Well what? You’d rather have stayed in a one star hotel the night before a life-threatening procedure?

MOM
So if I hurry up and die then I can stay at nice hotels. Boy are you going to be disappointed in your inheritance.

DAUGHTER
I’m only getting fifteen dollars anyway. I think you’ve reached the station in life where you can spring for the two star hotel.

MOM
Check if there’s any one star Hiltons. Some name brand hotel that’s still cheap. They’d have to be okay, right?

DAUGHTER
I don’t know, mom. I can’t do this right now. We’ll find a place when we get there.

FADE OUT

2 comments:

mom said...

That's the last time we'll let you stay in the room!

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