May 2, 2006 at 5:41 AMIf I hadn’t taken a week off from practice, I wouldn’t have strayed from the routine far enough to rent a movie for a change, and I would have missed out on the discovery. As the fortune cookie would have it, though, I came into the video store on Monday with my friend and rented Singing in the Rain.
We approached the lady at the register:
“Emily Grossman... Oh, you must be George’s wife. Tell him we’ve missed him lately.”
I laughed and made a note to tell George, since he comes in so regularly that the employees know him by his first name. My conversation with the clerk was not particularly extraordinary. I didn’t think twice about it until Wednesday, when I returned the first video (which was delightfully old-fashioned and romantic) and rented East of Eden.
A different girl assisted me this time:
“Oh, so you’re Emily Grossman. George Grossman always comes in here, and I’ve always wondered who you were, since The Account is under your name, not his.”
I laughed and told our friends about that incident. George must rent a lot of movies at night while I’m practicing. I don’t blame him. It gets pretty boring sometimes. I can’t ever sit through a movie, though, so I’m never the one to pick out something to watch. But without my usual evening practice, I found myself back at the video store on Friday to return the second video (which I do not recommend unless you like being weirded out by a not-so-pretty girl acting strangely toward James Dean, who also acts strangely). This time, I rented Fame, since I’d never seen it and was curious about the rumored violin talent in the movie.
A young man stood at the register:
“Hello, my name is... Emily Grossman.”
“You’re Emily Grossman? Wow. It’s nice to finally meet the Owner of The Account. I’ve always wanted to put a face to the name.”
“Yes, it’s me, Emily Grossman.”
That's pretty funny, Emily!
Fame was a big letdown, what with all those musicians and dancers and not a single metronome in the entire school...
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