The phone rang, and David picked it up. He listened, and after a few moments, he began to smile. He had just won a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas, and could claim his prize after attending a timeshare presentation at the conference room of a hotel in nearby West Linn. David had never won anything in his life, and he couldn’t have been more thrilled. He didn’t remember entering a contest, but that didn’t matter. He was a winner!
The next day, David canceled his work assignment and arrived at the hotel for the presentation. There were 3 other people there, which confused David.
“Did you win a contest for a free cruise?” he asked a feeble old lady wearing a tightly tied bonnet.
“Why, yes. I’m going to the Bahamas! Isn’t it wonderful?”
“I guess we’re all winners then!” David Emami felt like he was surrounded by what might be the luckiest group of people ever put into one room.
“Welcome to the Luxury Management Group presentation!” The presenter was a well-dressed man in his 50s that wore a blue suit with a yellow shirt and a bright green tie. David figured that this must be legitimate because the man’s attire itself showed that he was successful. Poor people didn’t wear outfits like that.
After several exciting slideshows showcasing gorgeous locations from around the world, along with quickly muttered, almost negligible details about costs and whatnot, the attendees were broken into one-on-one meetings with representatives of the company.
“This must be where they give me my itinerary,” thought David.
The lady that sat down with David had black hair and purple lipstick. “So which level should we sign you up for? Bronze, silver, or may I recommend, gold?”
Blown away by it all, David answered, “Gold, for sure.” The lady took down several details, and at last asked for a credit card. “Why do you need that? When will I get my prize?”
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.
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