HOW I IMAGINE LOS ANGELES TO BE…
[Interior: a smart, soulless coffee shop. The espresso machine blasts over the din of numerous conversations.]
Important-Looking Suited Man 1: Phew!
Important-Looking Suited Man 2: Man, I’m so busy right now. I must have answered 150 e-mails already and they haven’t even brought my bagel over yet.
ISM 1: I know exactly what you mean. It’s just “hey, could I ask what you think about this?” or “would you like to get involved in our design project?”. Man, so many e-mails…
ISM 2: And phone calls!
ISM 1: And phone calls! Right –
[ISM 2 sticks his index finger out to show ISM1]
ISM 2: Hold on. Got a call.
ISM 2: OK.
ISM 1: Busy, huh?
ISM 2: So many projects…
[The bagel arrives from an unknown source. Both ISM 1 and 2 are too terribly busy to notice.]
ISM 2: Did you get the new app yet?
ISM 1: Which one?
ISM 2: You know. The newest, totally hot one.
ISM 1: Oh, that one! Yeah…ahem…sure. I got it. Use it every day.
ISM 2: Piece of crap, ain’t it?
ISM 1: Oh…oh yeah! A big steaming pile!
ISM 2: Look at that guy over there.
[ISM 2’s glance gestures toward a similarly-suited man ordering from the cashier.]
ISM 1: Yeah…
ISM 2: Look at me! I’m so important!
ISM 1: Look! I can dress sharp. I must be well-connected.
[The man walks past them and sits at a table away from them. He pulls out his laptop and starts typing.]
ISM 2: Asshole.
ISM 1: Yeah! People are so self-important in this town. Who cares?
ISM 2: Who cares how many new business links you’ve nailed this week?
[A thin man dressed in drab colors but with a truthful smile approaches the two suited men.]
Thin Man Dressed in Drab Colors: Excuse me, gents. Do you have the time, please?
ISM 2: Huh?
ISM 1: Yeah. What?
TMDDC: The time. Do you have it, please?
ISM 2: Did we call a meeting here today, Bob?
ISM 1: Not to my knowledge, Bob. Hold on, I’ll check my online calendar…
ISM 2: What project are you on? Do want us to get involved, or something?
TMDDC: Excuse me?
ISM 1: Who are you working for?
TMDDC: What do you mean? I don’t have a project. I’m not working for anybody.
ISM 2: Freeloader. I thought as much.
TMDDC: I just want the damn time.
ISM 2: Bob, let’s get back to work.
ISM 1: Yes. Let’s. We’ve wasted quite enough time.
TMDDC: Can you tell me the time, please?
Do you have the time?
ISM 1 and 2: La, la, la, la, la, la , la, la, la
[ISM 1 and 2 keep their fingers in their ears until the drably-dressed man goes away.]
ISM 2: Oh! There’s my bagel. Let’s get some coffee.
ISM 1: We’re in a coffee shop.
ISM 2: Haven’t you read? The cafe down the street is trending now. This place is old hat. It’s for poor people.
ISM 1: Fuck me! Let’s get out of here before it’s too late! Let me just update my status.
ISM 2: Why bother? Didn’t you get the new app?
[A little part of ISM 1 dies from shame.]