Sure, it's 2009. You may even know it's the Year of the Ox.
But for our pal Pat, it's The Year of the Sandwich. As of this writing, there are no commemorative t-shirts to be purchased. The Conductor recently sat down with Pat to see how the Year is going. The interview took place at Findlay's Main Street Deli.
Editor's Note: The Conductor has memory problems and may have, in fact, made some of this stuff up.
Conductor: You're mid-way through the Year of the Sandwich. How would you say it's going?
Pat: It really hasn't cut the mustard. I've been really busy. I'm spread pretty thin.
Conductor: So to speak. What's your favorite so far?
Pat: Could you be more specific?
Pat: Do you mean meat or non-meat?
Conductor: Wow, this is really complicated.
Pat: Could you hand me another napkin?
Conductor: Sure, here. Ok, what's the best meat you've had. I cannot believe I just said that.
Pat: Are you blushing? The award has to go to a stellar reuben I had in San Antonio. It was at this great deli. The corned beef was warm, thick and not too salty.
Conductor: Yeah, I am blushing. That sandwich you're working on now looks pretty darn good.
Pat: This? It's the 8-21 and it is a close second, I must say. It's pastrami, turkey, green pepper with a thin layer of dijon mustard. I chose black bread, which was a fine choice, I must say. Hey, give me that back!
Conductor: Mmrnnmen nrgh gerd.
Pat: I know it's good but I'd like to eat the whole thing!
Conductor: Sorry. Could I have another napkin? Let's move onto the non-meat category.
Conductor: Hey! That's my tuna reuben!
Pat: And a darn good one. Unfortunately, it's not a contender. Now where were we? The non-meat? Hey, put down that knife! Really - aahhhhh!!!
Editor's Note: the rest of the interview is illegible due to what (we hope) was a smear of ketchup.
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