Last night I had the strangest dream...
Wait a minute... no, I didn't fly away to China, like the Matthew Wilder song, Break My Stride.
First, I was in some sort of interconnected plaza. The first shop I came to was a new business. At the entrance, out on the sidewalk, standing in a circle a group of four or five people of another race. One man, all of them under 35 by the way, spoke of unity and love. Strange enough. As I, the only white guy, walked away toward the other stores the conversation changed to white supremacy and white privilege - OK, whatever.
I entered a building and walked past two bigger cafes, one was 'Moburger' the other had a similar name and signage only the first two letters were different.
The third cafe in this mall was a cafe. I stood at the counter and an old woman approached to serve me.
"How much is a large double-double?" I asked.
"$20" she said. Seeing how clearly surprised I was, she explained how they were very popular and she would run out too quickly if she charged less.
I glanced at the readout on the register which read $6 and change.I looked to the right and saw a nice strawberry cake. "How much for a slice?" I asked.
"$20" her reply. I was stunned.
"Ummm ok, how about a Coke, a Pepsi, whatever?" I said.
"$20" she said.
"You can't charge $20 for a bottle of pop" I said. She disagreed.
"I'll call Coke and Pepsi, I know their reps and tell them you are price gouging" I said.
She mumbled something, the second part ending in "police".
"Fine, call them, I'll tell them you're gouging" I said.
She reached up and flipped a toggle switch on a box above the back counter labelled POLICE hand written in black marker on white tape.
I left the cafe and a local police cruiser rolled up facing me from across the parking lot.
I waved and walked toward it as three cops got out.
The first question or comment from the driver was "what's old (woman's name) upset about now?" I started to explain how I had told her I would call Coke and Pepsi for her price gouging and she called them.
Not only was this dream strange, but I still remember details of it vividly days later.
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