The Same Ole' California Air (a short play)

(SABRINA and GEORGE.)

SABRINA

There was a dog right. He was walking on the

street. I think it was a he. I couldn't tell, I

was in my car. I was looking at the dog, and I

wondered what it was thinking. Was it lost, looking

for its master? That's when I realized life was

short. Things become immaterial when one realizes

this.

GEORGE

There was a time when I was waiting at a stoplight.

I just exited the freeway and I was waiting. There

was this guy, a homeless guy, and he had a sign.

But it was a different sign. He didn't ask for

something, he just had a message. It said 'Peace be

with you.' I didn't stop or anything, but the sign

struck me. I've always been religious when I was

younger, but as I grew older I began losing my

faith. That homeless man relit a burnt out flame

inside of me. At that moment I felt at peace. Of

course I didn't stop for him, there were too many

drivers behind me.

SABRINA

Some things are strange. My ex-boyfriend called me

up a few months ago and asked me for a date. I told

him I was seeing somebody, and then he told me he

just wanted a cup of coffee. I thought it would be

harmless, but next thing you know we're making out

in front of a Starbucks. That's when he asked me to

sleep with him. I told him I couldn't do that.

Then, he left, and I haven't spoken to him since.

GEORGE

I think the stars know what's best. It's like

they're members of an audience watching the soap

opera called 'Earth.' Of course they get bored now

and then, that's why they twinkle, like they want

the channel changed.

SABRINA

The man told me said nothing no but already happen

today in time some for nothing in a day.

GEORGE

We hate the repetition of life, but we love it. So

we have fun with it.

SABRINA

Have fun with life.

(pause)

Let me see, the last time I had fun was when me and

you made love on top of our hotel roof in Vegas.

It was just us, under the stars, naked but warm, on

a roof, no one, but us...

GEORGE

I remember. Things are so strange.

SABRINA

Life is. Sometimes I sit and wait for things to

happen.

GEORGE

We all love life. We believe in God. I believe in

God. The smog fills the air.

SABRINA

We breathe in short breaths because the air here is

horrible.

GEORGE

Some things are meant to be horrible.

SABRINA

In a day or two, why not say lunch?

GEORGE

Sure...I need something. I don't know what it is.

We all need something. That's why we do the things

we do.

SABRINA

I don't like my job. I think I'm an artist. Why

did I take up marketing? I don't create. I make

things to make things sell better.

GEORGE

We do things to life in a day that changes the

perception of living.

SABRINA

I saw this guy the other day.

GEORGE

Did you like him?

SABRINA

Of course not. I like you. But he reminded me of

you.

GEORGE

Some men have strange things done to them to make

them more virile.

SABRINA

Don't worry. He wouldn't compare.

GEORGE

Thanks.

SABRINA

He was wearing these shoes. Black ones. They were

nice. They seemed to match his pants. For one

moment, I had a fantasy with him. I was taking of

his big shoes, but instead I started letting him

suck my toes. It felt weird putting my foot

somewhere where it has never been before. It was

nice.

(GEORGE looks at her.)

SABRINA

(continuing)

Of course, it wouldn't compare putting my feet in

your mouth.

GEORGE

Thanks.

SABRINA

You're welcome. I'll always love you.

GEORGE

I was watching a football game the other day, and

during half-time I was getting static. I couldn't

understand it, I had cable. I started flipping the

channels. Every station had static except one. And

guess what, it was the home shopping channel.

SABRINA

I remember the last time I maxed out my credit

cards. I went to the Beverly Center and bought

everything that I wanted, even these two pair of

leather gloves that didn't even fit. But it was

just the feeling of buying it, that power to buy.

GEORGE

I'd never buy anything from the home shopping

channel. But I did buy something from the internet.

I wanted to buy a book I couldn't find. I found one

at Amazon.com, it was neat, putting my credit card

number in, and knowing that it was encrypted so no

hacker would ever get access to my number.

SABRINA

I barely finished paying them off last week. Paying

credit bills are not so bad if you use them to buy

the things you really want.

GEORGE

It's getting darker faster. Raining more.

SABRINA

I'm getting tired.

GEORGE

So am I.

SABRINA

Do you want to call it a night?

GEORGE

No.

SABRINA

We still have things and shit to talk about.

GEORGE

The other day, I was walking to the market...

SABRINA

On second thought, I'm going to bed.

GEORGE

So am I. Sorry.

SABRINA

Don't be, I'm tired.

GEORGE

I'm tired myself.

SABRINA

I think that times are strange, but things will

always be the same.

GEORGE

Like the old man said,...

SABRINA

What did he say?

GEORGE

I don't remember.

SABRINA

Kiss me.

GEORGE

Alright.

(GEORGE kisses her.)

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