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Meshuga / Loco – by Michael Estrin

Meshuga / Loco – by Michael Estrin


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The person behind the deli counter has a query about my bagel order.

“Would you like a daily quantity of cream cheese, or a ridiculous quantity?”

“What’s the distinction?” I ask.

“A ridiculous quantity is after I layer it thick, like out of your scalp to the highest of your fro.”

I contact my hair. My Jew Fro was once greater, lush, vibrant. However that was again in my youth. Nowadays, my Jew Fro is propped up by costly hair merchandise, wishful pondering, and generational chutzpah. It’s nonetheless a strong Jew Fro, but it surely’s a awful benchmark for measuring the applying of cream cheese.

“Yeah, that’s an excessive amount of cream cheese,” I say. “Don’t go loopy.”

“However the voices inside my head say I’m loopy, brother.”

A wild laughter consumes the person. If he’s attempting to look sane, he’s failing miserably. Alternatively, if he’s attempting to mess with me, he’s crushing it. I’m open to the second chance—that the maniacal laughter is the bagel man’s ruse, his means of getting just a little enjoyable along with his clients. However instinctively I take a couple of steps again from the counter, which suggests I’m leaning towards the primary chance—that the maniacal laughter is the trademark of a licensed maniac who makes his victims bagels earlier than he slaughters them.

Simply then, my bagel pops out of the toaster. The person stops laughing. He’s all enterprise once more. An actual Jekyll and Hyde scenario at a Jewish deli.

“OK, so we’re doing like half a schmeer,” he says.

I nod, just a little stunned by the change within the man’s demeanor. The best way the bagel man shut down the maniac inside him so shortly, so utterly, is unsettling. However the bagel man reads the stunned expression on my face from a distinct angle.

“What? You assume a Mexican man can’t throw round just a little Yiddish?” he asks. “I work in a Jewish deli, brother.”

“No, I’m not stunned by the Yiddish,” I say. “It’s cool if the voices in your head are multilingual.”

As soon as once more, laughter consumes the person. Hyde is again. He schmeers the bagel with cream cheese, wraps it in foil, then locations it in a brown paper bag.

Then the laughter stops. Jekyll returns. All enterprise. He fingers my bagel over-the-counter.

“I upgraded you to full schmeer, brother.”

“Thanks, however I didn’t ask for that…”

“It’s OK. The voice in my head informed me to hook you up. He stated it in Yiddish and Spanish, so it’s legit.”

“Cool. Inform the voice… adank and gracias.

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— Dr. Henry Jekyll, society man, deranged chemist, Hyde’s “buddy.”

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I’ve acquired questions, you’ve acquired solutions.

  1. How do you’re taking your bagel? Cream cheese? Flavored cream cheese? Peanut butter? Give us your order!

  2. Do you decide individuals who order flavored cream cheese? I do.

  3. Was the bagel man messing with me, or was he a licensed maniac? Can each be true?

  4. Are the voices inside your head multilingual? Clarify.

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