CHAPTER FIFTEEN: THE DISCUSSION

    It was 18:00 sharp and Rabbi Stevens addressed the congregation at the Libertarian Temple. “I see we have considerably more people here than we had before. I am also pleased to welcome the rabbis and visitors from other temples, who have decided to launch similar operations around the country, and are here to learn. Well, folks, how has it been?” he asked.

    Cindy answered, “I find that most of the men are nice people, once I get to know them. They just aren’t having any luck, and maybe the smile they get will help them, plus the confidence, and the security they have in knowing that no matter how many women shoot them down, they can still return to the Capitol and we’ll be on tour.”

    Rebecca said, “I’ve had men swearing at me, calling me all kinds of nasty things.”

    Eric explained, “I think they resent what you do for other men. These guys want to feel superior because they have good luck with women. Now, any guy can have good luck with women. So the guys who need to feel superior need to figure that those other guys, yes, can have all the women they want, but the women those other guys can have are worthless. The guys feel superior because they can have superior women, they figure.”

    Rabbi Stevens said, “Well, I emptied all the drop safes and collected all the donations the men have left. So far, they donate about twice as much as it costs to rent the rooms.”

    Melissa suggested, “Maybe you can use the extra money for temple operations.”

    Rabbi Stevens said, “Well, I don’t think that’s ethical. We can’t be tempted to press anybody to continue volunteering because the temple needs the money. I brought the cash directly downstairs to the front desk and paid up the account ahead of time, but if this trend continues, we’ll have to figure out what to do with the surplus.”

    Rebecca suggested, “We could use it to rent computers and digital cameras and put in internet connections. Then we can coach the guys on how to present themselves on the dating websites, and we can help them upload their photos so the women will be more likely to respond.”

    Eric wondered, “How has the hotel reacted to our use their rooms?”

    Rabbi Stevens said, “They’re happy with it. They get more business, more men from out of town have been driving to Sacraleena for sex, and spending the night before driving home.”

    Melissa said, “My dad works at a liquor store, and he says sales are off. I think the men feel better about themselves and they stop drinking, or they simply refrain from drinking because they have something better to do.”

    Rabbi Stevens said, “Speaking of liquor stores, did you see that on the news, where the guy killed a liquor agent outside a store this afternoon? They had a shoulder-tap operation going on, and somebody waited until an arrest was being made, and walked up behind the arresting agent and smacked him dead with a baseball bat. The man took the agent’s gun, but got killed by a Sacraleena cop.”

    Cindy asked, “Was the guy’s name George, by any chance?”

    Rabbi Stevens said,  “Yes. Why?”

    Cindy said, “I had an angry man named George in my hotel room the other day. I told him not to harm innocent people.”

    Rabbi Stevens said, “Good for you.”

    Rebecca said, “I’ve heard from a lot of women who said they wish there were men out there volunteering.”

    Victor, a new member of the congregation, said, “That’s a good idea.”

    Eric said, “Nothing to it but to do it. Let’s get to it.”



HOME PAGE
CHAPTER ONE: THE PARKING LOT
CHAPTER TWO: THE COMPUTER
CHAPTER THREE: THE LOUNGE
CHAPTER FOUR: THE CAFETERIA
CHAPTER FIVE: THE PARTY
CHAPTER SIX: LUNCH
CHAPTER SEVEN: MELISSA WORRIES   
CHAPTER EIGHT: MELISSA’S PROJECT
CHAPTER NINE: THE TEMPLE
CHAPTER TEN: RECRUITMENT
CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE PLANNING
CHAPTER TWELVE: OPERATION UNDERWAY
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: OPERATION MOVED
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: GLORIA
GLOSSARY


Copyright 2007 Tom Alciere