Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I opened the door and saw Uncle Billy sitting in front of the television. “How come you have the door shut?” I asked.
Billy waved a hand at me. “Shhh … I want to hear this.”
A carefully coifed female talking head was saying something about the real estate market. “Are you watching the business news?” I asked.
Billy waved his hand at me again. “Will you shut up?”
I walked into the kitchen and saw a pile of dishes in the sink. “Is your dish washer on the blink?”
Billy ignored me.
The dishwasher was closed and locked. I opened it and saw the washer was full. “Are these clean?”
“Yes … shut up.”
I started to unload the washer. “What is so engrossing on the TV?”
“You wouldn’t understand … this is business.”
I shrugged. “Must be really interesting to cause you to let dishes pile up.”
Billy clicked off the television. “What would it matter … I can’t watch this with you chattering non-stop.”
“I’m sorry Uncle … I’ll be quiet … you go ahead and watch.” I started to unload the washer.
Billy stood up. “I heard what I needed to … let’s get going … I want to get to the bank before it closes.”
“This'll just take a minute … then you won’t have to mess with it when we get back.”
Billy glanced at the clock. “Okay … hurry up … I’ll get my coat.” He walked to the closet.
I put a stack of plates in the cupboard. “So, why do you have to go to the bank today?”
Billy pulled his coat off a hanger. “What does it matter?”
“I just wondered … you usually don’t go during the week.”
He slipped his coat on and walked back toward the kitchen. "I have some business to take care of."
I put the glasses in the cupboard. "Okay ... if you don't want to tell me."
"I don't ... now hurry up."
"Uncle, it's not even two o'clock ... "
"I have an important meeting at four ... and I'd like to be on time."
"Will you just finish that up so we can go."
I put the last glass away. "I'm almost done ... who's the meeting with?"
"Mike Burczyk ... if it is any of your concern."
"Yes ... now let's go."
I pulled a pan out of the dishwasher. "You're meeting with Mike Burczyk?"
"Is there and echo in here?"
"Here ... at your apartment?"
"Do you want to know what I'll be wearing?"
I put the pan away. "Okay ... okay ... it's none of my business ..."
Billy opened the apartment door. "Good, we have that straight."
"I just find it a little odd ... that's all." I started to put dirty dishes in the washer.
"Can you do that later?"
"It won't take long."
Billy sighed. "I'll meet you in the parking lot."