David Emami heard a loud commotion outside of his apartment, and naturally, he wanted to find out what it was all about. He looked out his window and saw several protesters holding picket signs outside of the office building across the street from him. Being as curious as a cat, he slipped on his boots and made his way across the street to see what all the noise was about.
“We want fair pay! We want it today!” they chanted over and over.
David approached the first protester he saw. She was a thin, angry looking woman with dark, almost black eyes. “What’s going on out here?”
“We’re protesting Donovan Solutions for their slave labor! They don’t care about their employees!”
“Well, what are they paying you?”
She explained the rate, then David replied, “Seems fair to me. None of you are even working, so maybe that Donovan guy should just fire all of you.”
The group started yelling all sorts of obscenities at David, to which he replied, “You’re only making fools of yourselves, and to make matters worse, you’re interrupting The Lawrence Welk Show. Please keep it down so civilized people like myself can enjoy some peace and quiet!
They screamed at him as he ignored them and went back across the street to his apartment. Someone threw a bottle at him, but they missed. David picked the bottle and yelled, “Ten cent deposit for me! Thank you!”
David went back inside, closed his windows, and cranked up the volume on the television. He loved watching The Lawrence Welk Show with Fred and Barbra Streisand, and he wasn’t about to let a little noise get in the way of one of his favorite pastimes.
However, the noise only got worse as the crowd got bigger and more intense. With no other options, David phoned the police and told them about the bottle throwing incident. To David’s liking, the police showed up quickly thereafter and dispersed the group while arresting many people.
David smiled as he watched the action and proclaimed, “This sure beats watching television! Maybe now those creeps will learn a lesson!”
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
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