This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.
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FutureShock Prose: An Anthology of Young Writers and New Literatures
Sands and Coral, 2003
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IAN ROSALES CASOCOT
Monday, March 04, 2013
1:51 AM |
Ronald McDonald is an Ungracious Host
It’s past midnight in the McDonald’s along Perdices Street, and I cannot think. They have turned the music up much too loud for some reason I suspect borders on the diabolical. How else can it be? The sounds pounding my ears are designed for repulsion, perfectly tuned to keep my residency in this establishment to the barest minimum, its welcome extending only as far as lining up at the cashier. We want your money
, the blasting music says, but please go away soon
. It is indeed sound designed not to make you feel welcome—and I resent that. I have just ordered my tumbler of perfectly banal iced coffee, and have just settled on one table planning to read a few essays for Monday’s nonfiction class. But I cannot read. I cannot think.
I call over one of its busgirls. “Can you please turn down the volume of your music?” I ask.
“Yes, sir,” she says in that tired way that betrays she has heard this request before, and has no intention of ever doing.
True enough, I wait five more minutes—and nothing happens. The infernal racket McDonald’s calls music continues.
So I make it win the battle. I give up. I get up, and I go home.
You do not stay in a place that does not make you feel welcome. The only way anyone can repay such discourtesy is not to give it your
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