As I was walking Boo, or rather as Boo was walking me, we got to the corner of Ventura and Woodley this afternoon. As we passed by Encino Plaza a mini mall at the corner, a lady almost ran into me and Boo and said, "Where is my cart?" She seemed a little panicked and concerned. I said, "I haven't seen any carts, Ma'm" and continued my journey. That did not seem to be the correct response on my part. She ran across the street to the entrance of an office building garage and started yelling at the attendants... "YOU Stole my cart." I could still hear her screaming as I got to the traffic signal to cross a busy Ventura Blvd.
I happen to be standing next to a very well dressed man who obviously worked in one of the buildings near. I was just waiting for the light to change as he was also doing when the lady made her way to the corner where we were standing. She stepped off the curb and faced the two of us. She backed into traffic as she confronted us.
She looked at the man next to me and said, "YOU, you stole my cart." He had the good sense not to answer. She looked at me and screamed "YOU, you also stole my cart where is it." I followed the business man's lead and remainded silent. She continued,
"You both stole my cart where is it? Where is it you thieving bastards? You murdering sumbags what did you do with my cart." A car has to swerve to avoid hitting her and honks. She throws the car a finger and continues to berate the both of us. "I know who you are.... both of you... you kill you cheat you steal... you bastards are all alike. You stole my cart."
The signal finally says walk and we cross the busy boulevard. I am afraid she will follow us but she stays on her side of the street continuing to yell obscenities our way.
"You thieving bastards.. They stole my cart. Those two guys stole my cart. Murderers.. Murderers... cart stealing bastards both of them." She ran back into one of the business of Encino Place as if to make a full report.
We safely got across the street and continued in different directions. Before we parted we make eye contact and I said, "Okay. What did you do with the cart."
He didn't miss a beat
He said, "Behind the Coffee Bean. We'll meet up later and split up the goods." Then he brushed his nose with his finger in a very deliberate way. I immediately knew this as the "con-man's signal" from the movie "The Sting". I laughed and returned the nose signal. He laughed and we parted ways. I love someone who will go with the situation and Improv an ending. I will probably never see that guy again, and hopefully I will never encounter the cart lady again either. Just one more scene in the continuous drama of life proving that "The World is a Stage".
As you were,