Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #1002 The End of the World as We Know It by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 10, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #1002 The End of the World as We Know It by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 10, 2016
  No, this is not about the election!

                        The End of the World as We Know It 
                               A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved

          (The woman enters with a headset circa the 1950s.  She takes it off and holds it lovingly)

Today is a very sad day for me, for this country, and for the world.

November 10th, 1951.

A day that will live in infamy!

You think World War II was bad, well, sometimes a surprise attack comes in a different way.  You mark my words, today is a day you will never least I will never forget!

If you read the papers tomorrow morning, you will see it, maybe even on page 1!  Some Mayor from New Jersey called another Mayor in California......(hard to say, sputtering).....DIRECT!  That means.....without the assistance of a long-distance operator, like me!

Do you know what this means!  It means the end of the world as we know it!

I feel like a man who bred horses must have felt when the first car came out!  Only worse!  Because the people who work in car factories are all men!  And only in those cities like Detroit!  Me and my long-distance sisters are in every state in every city in every town....all over this country!  And we are going down the toilet!  (She touches her cheeks)  Excuse me, that just slipped out, but I am too upset to be the lady my mother taught me to be!  We are going to be out of jobs, you mark my for me, I've been working for Ma Bell for over 20 years, I'll get my retirement.....but what about the young girls who are just starting?  What are they going to do?

And the next thing you know, other services will be automated!  Think about it.....if they can replace me.....they can replace people banks!  Maybe even at gas stations.....or worse, in whatever field you're in......

          (She points to the audience, then turns to leave, stops, looks back and smiles)

Of course, maybe we'll get lucky.....and they'll replace the people in the, there's a good idea!

           (She exits, laughing, to an automated future in 1951)

Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
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