Night Spies | Night Spies | Chicago Reader

Night Spies 

This week at: The Edgewater Lounge

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

At Christmas one year at work we collected presents for children with AIDS. I took it very seriously and got a lot of great toys for these kids. A couple of nights later I was here at my local pub with my friend and coworker Mary, who's from Ireland, where I spent my high school years. In Ireland every Christmas the nuns are emphasizing the poor missionary babies, the poor AIDS babies, babies in orphanages, starving babies, etc--it's completely drummed into you. So Mary tells me that the guy who runs the company was going to a Christmas party and had forgotten to buy presents for his nieces and nephews, and so took the presents I'd bought out of the AIDS care box. I was absolutely furious, and while we sat there talking about it the boss walked in. We both started yelling across the bar, "You stole from the poor bald AIDS babies! How could you?!" The boss came over, appropriately sheepish, and insisted that he'd replaced the toys--which he had. But from then on, all Christmas long, whenever he's off to go buy something or do something, we say to him, "Well, the poor bald AIDS babies can't go out for dinner" or go shopping or whatever. Believe me, he'll never hear the end of it.

--Annette Joys, Youth Worker


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Stephen Gruhn

  • Night Spies

    This week at: Jake's Pub
    • Dec 30, 2004
  • Night Spies

    This Week at: Laschet's Inn
    • Dec 16, 2004
  • Night Spies

    This Week at: The Tasting Room
    • Dec 9, 2004
  • More »

More by Richard Knight Jr.

  • The R-Rated Momoir

    An Annoyance alum gives the genre a raunchy tweak.
    • Sep 28, 2006
  • Oral (and Anal) History

    Owen Keehnen's been writing "beat-off stories" for two decades, but his latest project is letting gay porn stars tell theirs.
    • Jun 1, 2006
  • Aloha, Pigface

    How James Teitelbaum grew a tiki cottage industry on Martin Atkins's dime.
    • Apr 14, 2005
  • More »

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories