August 15, 2014
Tourist: Look! Up in the sky!
Man: Get outta my way, I’m walkin’ here.
Tourist: Seriously, look in the sky!
Woman: I think it’s a bird or something, I dunno, like an owl.
Man: That guy’s nuts.
Tourist: Look! In the sky!
Woman: Now it kinda looks like a plane. It’s just a plane.
Man: Jeez, I’m supposed to get all excited over a bird? This is Metropolis, try to not see a bird or a plane.
Tourist: It’s Superman!
Woman: That’s all? I’m late for my appointment.
Tourist: But it’s Superman!
Man: Let me tell you something about this Superman, pal. Maybe you wazzn’t here back then, but when Brainiac got a mad on and wanted to kill Supes he didn’t go to no Pittsburgh. He showed up right here and stood right in Shuster Square, daring Supes to hit him right in the kisser. Traffic was tied up for miles. Think I got to work that day? No I did not. Lost my job over that. And unemployment don’t take “lost my job cuz of Brainiac” and pay off a jackpot.
Tourist: But what about Lex Luthor, huh? Superman kept him from destroying the Boring Building.
Man: Yeah, but not before Luthor ripped up half the block. Yeah, Superman saved the Boring Building, but what about the Good Chops Diner down the block? They’ve been closed for three weeks tryin’ ta fix it up. My wife used to work there. Let me tell you, there ain’t no work there now.
Tourist: Well, ok, I’m sorry, but wow, look at him. Don’t you wish you could fly like him?
Man: Yeah, I’d fly away to a place where I ain’t got no bills. MetroBank don’t let you pay off your credit cards with Daily Planet coupons.
Tourist: Oh, yeah, I see…
Man: Yeah, great, now you see. You think about that while I’m on line for food stamps. See ya around, I’m late already.