Here is a perfectly ordinary nightclub. It isn't open yet; there's a custodian straightening things up, and the DJ assembling his equipment, and a bartender putting her apron on, but no one is looking at this particular corner of the room.
This will get her to five hundred dollars rather slower than the other way. Perhaps she should look into other neurologists to see if they want less money.
"It's because I want to understand how I learned English spontaneously the other day!" she explains, and she goes cheerfully to the deli counter to do her job.
Her job involves a lot of meat and cheese and weighing things and packaging things! Some people express attraction to her or spontaneously mope at her about their various personal drama:
- "My son never calls me and it would be better for my self-image if that were genuinely completely baffling but I actually think it might be because I was a terrible mother to him and don't feel capable of change."
- "I'm getting married next week! At the time of the proposal I thought of it as settling but I've gotten to like her more since then."
- "Wow, I really want to see your breasts. You should probably not take that as much of a compliment, it's true of nearly every woman I see."
- "I don't know the difference between provolone and meunster and I'm worried this betrays some fundamental lack of discernment in me."
- "I'm really overwhelmed and upset that you're out of the kind of roast beef I like! I was relying on that roast beef for my day to go as planned and now it's not and I'm maybe going to cry!"
- "You're not Kelly. I have a parasocial relationship with Kelly because I restock the employee fridge with stuff from here every day and I resent that you're not her."
- "Your nametag says Bird! That's an unusual name and makes me wistful about having been named something more interesting than Lisa."
- "Your hair is beautiful. If I find any of it in my turkey I will sue this store."
She expresses sympathy to people who are having a hard time and happiness to people who are having a good time and also has some other responses.
"Don't worry, I don't know the difference either!"
"I picked my name myself! I like birds because they don't live in caves or eat brains!"
"I am reasonably sure there is none of my hair in your turkey! I like having hair. It's pretty and nice to touch."
This is a very interesting distinction and deserving of focused attention!
"The first time I tasted cheese," she muses once the ritual is complete, "I tried to eat the entire rest of the wheel of cheese because it tasted so fascinating. That turned out to be a bad idea. I ate too much cheese and made myself sick."
"What is it like to have parents?"
"Oh! Grandchildren! I hadn't thought about those! That must be interesting. I don't think I want kids myself. Making an entire person seems like a lot of responsibility."
"Oh, is being pregnant usually unpleasant? I didn't know. I haven't heard very much about it."
"Is staying under two hundred pounds important?"
"I thought I heard that bigger humans were better off because they have more food and can survive lean times more easily, but maybe I am confused!"
"This grocery store does have more human food in it than I had ever seen in my entire life before I appeared in this town, but I hadn't seen very many human settlements before then so I wasn't sure how normal that is!"
"Now I wonder how stores this big stay supplied with food!"
"Neat! I look forward to that!"
"Probably I will still be here in a few weeks and I can ask for an early shift to look at the trucks!"