Night Spies | Night Spies | Chicago Reader

Night Spies 

This Week at: Laschet's Inn

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

I came over here from Rostock, Germany, in May of 2002 to learn English. I didn't know anybody in the city, but after four days I found this bar and they hired me as a bartender. I started that night and quickly learned that all men in this country are desperate for a date. Next to every tip was a business card with a phone number. The only one who didn't try to pick me up was a regular named Mickey. Naturally, he became my husband four months later. This place is a little bit of a home away from home, and it's full of a lot of German characters. That includes an elderly guy I'll call Fritz, who hits on everything that moves and sings whether you want to hear him or not--especially "Ave Maria." For a little variation I taught him "Ein Prosit," a German drinking song, and we would practice it until we got on everybody's nerves. When Fritz found out that Mickey and I were getting married he said, "You can't marry him--I proposed to you first." Right then he got down on his knees and proposed again. "Stop it!" I said. What is it with American men? I've told all my German girlfriends, "Come over here immediately--you won't be single long."

--Anke Grellman, medical secretary

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Stephen Gruhn

More by Richard Knight Jr.

Popular Stories