Big Cities

Yesterday I went to a dinky little diner, and I had a greasy little breakfast, and I talked to this old little racist man about how dangerous big cities are:

“There’s so much crime,” he said.

“I know,” I said back.

“There’s just so many gangs,” he said.

“I know,” I said again, and I started eating my greasy little breakfast a little bit quicker. But I couldn’t finish it fast enough. I couldn’t finish it before he told me a story about this one time when he was working in a city, on some odd job or another, and he was approached by a gang member. I stopped him. “How did you know it was a gang member?”

“Well he had all these tattoos on his face, so…”

So obviously it was a gang member. Then he went on to tell me that he put his gun to the gangsters head, and threatened to pull the trigger if he didn’t leave him alone.

I said, “wow,” even though I couldn’t help but think that this old little racist man was just being racist.

“So just stay out of those cities,” he said. “They’re not safe.”

“I know,” I said. Then I finished my breakfast. Finished my coffee. Paid. And I left the dinky little diner to find a tattoo parlor where I could get a face tattoo. Fucking old little racist man.

Published by lou rasmus

Lou Rasmus is an independent author from Chicago, IL. His works are largely focused on exploring the meaning of life – or lack thereof – while the themes of love, relationships, and self-loathing are also central to many of his stories. His upcoming novel, Primrose Isle, will be his third self-published title. Grapefruit Juice, a collection of bitter poems and short stories, and DEAD RED FISH, his semi-autobiographical debut novel about a young man coming to age on a road trip with his childhood friends, are also available on Amazon.

20 thoughts on “Big Cities

  1. I had no idea gang members could be intimitated so easily. Ha ha!

    Of course if you have many tattoos, you’re a gang member. You have many piercings? You are a junkie. You wear black? You are an anarchist and a threat to shopping malls. Stupidity all around the planet.

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