5000 dollars

the cafe was almost empty and the waiter
told us how he had won 5000 dollars at
the racetrack.   he had an emblem pinned
to his jacket indicating that he had 6
children.   we ordered a bottle of wine
and sand dabs.   Stevie Wonder walked by
guided by a young lady and followed by
a bodyguard.   the waiter said he went
to the racetrack twice a week–on
Friday and on Sunday.   he stated that
since the rains had stopped that it was
easier to handicap.   when the sand dabs
arrived they were burned on the bottom.
the chef had been there 31 years but he
only went to the racetrack on Sundays.

Charles Bukowski
Original manuscript
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