In line at Washington Mutual, WaMu... like waiting to pick up a check at Unemployment, which, years ago, I did. Lost my job as a technical writer, writer of software user manuals at SCO, because my style was "too literary." Anyway, Washington Mutual is, apparently, being--or has been?--bought out by ____. Twenty or thirty people ahead of me. Somber. Not the usual bank line. What's the opposite of this line? Folks in line to see a Woody Allen movie. I'm just here to cash a check.
"To our valued clients," reads a sign, " we have limited staff today due to illness." In fact, there are two tellers... and lots and lots of people, waiting. And waiting. Why did WaMu's staff pick THIS day to call in sick? To wait in line at some other bank to apply for work? so, will WaMu stay in business? Then a WaMu man appears to open a "special" line for those wishing to make straight deposits.
I'm one of those wanting to cash a check. Is it possible WaMu doesn't want to part with $$ ?? People in line with what I'd call "neutral" expressions. No conversation. No laughter. Are they gonna get their money? Is the bank going to close its doors early today? Are we going to have to line up again tomorrow? At 6 AM?
I pull out cell phone and call my wife who offers to drive to WaMu to bring me a book, Diane Johnson's wonderful Lulu in Marrakech, her new novel... I should have remembered to bring it.
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