behind the counter

Spring China is a little storefront Chinese restaurant a couple of miles from my house. All I know is, someone mentioned in passing that there was a good place in that shopping center, and then when I went there on one of my breaks, I saw a Mexican place, a fish place, and a Chinese place. I picked the Chinese place out of curiosity.

Does it show how BURNT I am on Missouri and their “Mexican” food that I would just pass it by- I’m not falling for that one again…
Inside, SC is a little rough. They have one two seater table, about 6 random chairs and two booths, one of which is typically occupied by a sleeping elderly man and a phonebook. He is very, very thin and he wears brown pants that are a mix between velvet and suede, and old brown dress shoes, and a hat with an American military insignia. Sometimes the young guy who works there sits in the booth with the sleeping man and reads the paper.
When I come in, the young guy goes behind the counter and takes my order. He never smiles or appears to recognize me or remember my order, even though I come in about once a week and order the same thing. He and a young girl wear Hollister shirts and apathy.
There’s another older man behind the counter. He’s heavier set and his hair is all silver. He uses open flames and a giant handheld skillet/wok. My General Tso’s takes about 20 seconds to cook, and I’m always disappointed that it’s over.
What brought these guys here? How do they stay in business? Are they happy, lonely, bored? Did the old guy fight in Vietnam? I want to know the stories, and sometimes it just makes me a little nuts.
Oh, and the General Tso’s is awesome, enough for 2 meals and $5.45. Yessssss.
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7 thoughts on “behind the counter

  1. katw0man says:

    awwww.i love little old chinese men.when i lived in hong kongit was So Cutethe little old menthey walk their birds!yes, they have these littlebamboo cages.diminutive onesand they take them outand walk along the streetsholding the bird cages upand they walk real slow.they are so cute..i meanyou would want to take em homeand talk to themand ask them questionsand feed them!wowthat was a life time ago.

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  2. katw0man says:

    it makes you want to read"Ping" all over againdid your mom ever read that to you?the duck who lived on the Wise Eyed Boatwith his mother and father and brother and sisters and aunts and uncles and 29 cousins?a great kid's bookone of my faves.ok i'm getting all mushybetter go…

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  3. Beth says:

    i think that you should take a notebook (the kind with paper) and next time you go to order food, go sit down across from the sleeping man and ask him to talk to you.they do that kind of things in hallmark movies all the time, and it always works out great…

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Could be he is a terrorist. Ask him who he voted for-G

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes people are happy to share their history and it makes them feel so valuable if someone asks– especially if they are Oooooold………

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  6. ♪essica says:

    the vibe in this place is not so welcoming to the Hallmark interviewer…

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  7. Two words. Asian Mafia.

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