an inventory

Jennifer, Jasmine and I sit at the bar at the Deli, talking about our bad habits. Jennifer doesn’t drink or smoke and cites the deep love of good food as her sole Achilles’ Heel. Me, well, I’ve stopped drinking altogether, but I do smoke (occasionally) and drink coffee (like a fiend).

Jasmine says, “I’ve got all of ’em… Drinking, smoking, coffee -“

” – whoring around,” I add (kidding).

“Yeah!” Jasmine laughs. “Yeah, so, I guess I have a lot of bad habits…”

“Well, you don’t do white drugs,” I add, judiciously.

“Yeah,” she replies, “But… I’ll give anything the old college try.”


“Except college,” she adds.

Gay laughter around the bar.

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