More excitement from the world of Hick. Without the Hick House project to keep him off the streets, he might end up on the local news. Monday morning, his first real day of not-working on Hick House, he home at 8:00 as usual. Also as usual, he did not account for his whereabouts. Except for a visit to the pawn shop.
"I went by the pawn shop to buy two guns. I have a guy looking for a .22 for his kid. They had one at the pawn shop that I offered them $85 for last week, cash money, no tax, carry it out the door. They didn't take my offer. But today I went in there, and it was marked $75. So I bought it. I can sell it to that guy for $85 or $90."
"OR you could tell that guy where he can buy it for $75."
"I'm not gonna do that! I have to make some money off of it. Anyway, I was standing at the counter talking about the other gun, and this lady come in. She said, 'I want to know when you sold my guitar and amp!' The guy said, 'I can look it up for you.' She wasn't listening, though. She was hot! She said, 'I had until June to pay on it! I came in to ask, and that's what I was told! Now you've stole it from me!'"
"Well. This is June 17. So I guess she should have paid on June 1?"
"I don't know. She kept getting louder and louder. Yelling that she pawned her guitar and amp to buy candy for her grandkids, and now she wanted them back, but they were sold before she could get them back. She was really making a scene. The guy was polite. He said, 'Ma'am, if you give me your paperwork, I'll look it up for you.' She said her husband threw away her paperwork. The guy found it somehow, and said, 'You brought in the guitar and amp in April. And you haven't been back since, according to our records.' The lady kept hollering that she had until June to make a payment. The guy said she'd need to calm down, or he would call the police."
"Was everybody cutting their eyes and raising their eyebrows?"
"Pretty much. That lady was going nuts. So the guy called the police. The police came in and told her to sit outside. He got the story from the pawn shop guy, then went to talk to the lady. I was walking by with my two guns and heard the police tell her that he wasn't there to do anything about her amp. Only to make sure she stopped making a disturbance. She started in that she wanted her wedding rings back. So the cop said he'd walk her in so she could do that. She was hollering that she was going to call Channel 2 news and complain."
"Oh, well. The longer she talks, the more her case kind of falls apart."
"Yeah. Seems like it."
Never a dull moment when Hick is out on the town with a gun in each hand.