The Maneeger

   by Pete Kolozsy

 

This story actually happened to my wife a few years ago in Valparasio, IN.

 

She was quietly minding her own business on duty at her post in front of the Giant Snake show one day.

 

Poor Athena !  She had no idea how strangely her sensibilities were about to be altered.

 

A man with a heavy Romany ( Gypsy ) accent walked up and asked to see the " maneeger ".

 

Was this a beef? Did he have a complaint? Is this trouble? Her heart filled with foreboding.

 

" Can I help you? " She asked politely.

 

" I don't need no help.. I wanna see the maneeger. " He stated.

 

" Well, what is the problem ? " She inquired.

 

" No problem, I just wanna see the maneeger. "  It was plain that he was starting to get annoyed.

 

" Well, I'm the manager. Now what is it? "  She finally said, frustrated.

 

" Geez," he intoned, stepping back to look up at the gigantic illustration of the huge ferocious anaconda

 

with the title " MANEATER " emblazoned in two ft high prizmatic lettering above it, " you don't look nothin'

 

like dat picture ! "

 

It was only as he walked away that she noticed the three tickets in his hand.----

 

 

 

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