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 Posted: Fri Jun 30th, 2006 01:11 am
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Claudia
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No meaning.  No arc.  Just family fun.


 


 


 


DEBORAH HAS HALIBUT


 

SUZANNE:  (Picking up a ringing phone)   Hello?  

 

MOM:  Suzanne!  It's your mother.  Deborah has halibut.

 

SUZANNE:  Mom?  Mom!  Where are you?  Are you in San Diego?

 

MOM:  I'm home.  In Wisconsin. Deborah has halibut.

 

SUZANNE:  It's 5 a.m.

 

MOM:  I know.  I wanted to get you before you went out.  Deborah has halibut.

 

SUZANNE:  I was in a meeting late.  I'll be home tomorrow.

 

MOM:  You need to go to Deborah's tonight.  She has halibut.

 

SUZANNE:  How do you know Deborah has halibut?

 

MOM:  She called Rose.

 

SUZANNE:  She called Aunt Rose?  In New York?

 

MOM:  And she told her she was making halibut for you for dinner.

 

SUZANNE:  How does Deborah know I'm in San Diego?

 

MOM:  Fay.  I told Fay.  Fay went down the block and told Rose.  Rose told Deborah.  So Deborah bought the halibut.  Only she didn't know where you were staying.  So she called Rose to find out. 

 

SUZANNE:  Why didn't she just call you in Wisconsin to see where I'm staying?  Why call New York?

 

MOM:  Deborah called Rose.  Rose called me.  Now, I'm calling you.  You have to go to Deborah's for dinner tonight.  After all, she bought halibut.  How many people buy halibut for their cousins?

 

SUZANNE:  I have a business dinner tonight.

 

MOM:  I already called your work and said you were going to Deborah's for halibut.

 

SUZANNE:  Mom, you can't -

 

MOM:  Call her!  She has halibut! 

 

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 Posted: Fri Jun 30th, 2006 01:18 am
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Claudia,

Are you sure you're not from Brooklyn?  Sounded like the Brooklyn I know and love.  Really funny.  She made halibut sound like some terrible disease.  I don't know what arcs are, but whatever they are (and please, nobody tell me) apparently they're not needed.  It was delicious!  Thank you.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 30th, 2006 02:05 am
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You are kind.  Queens.  Hail from Queens.  Brooklynites think Queens"ites?" are Brooklyn-wanna-be's.  They're probably right. 

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This was fun, Claudia.  You know...a jest for the halibut play. 

I think my favourite bit was when Mom cancelled her business dinner.  One line...and you know sooooooo much about her.

Lots of big fun.

Paddy

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