place: brew ha ha
time: 11:15 a.m.
(man fills large coffee cup and sits down at a table next to the window. he takes out his cell phone.)
man: hi, hi there! yes…yes, I just got out of prison yesterday. yes…
now, I know this really isn’t that strange. I do concede that as a conversation opener, it’s a doozy. but did this man actually just get out of prison? was he joking, using “prison” as a metaphor for some other place or situation that he found unpleasant or confining? and would it have been inappropriate for me to ask him if he had actually just gotten out of prison?
I will be thinking about this all day.