A POP CULTURE MOMENT - The “Sandwich Ordering Scene “
No, I’m talking about Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces” but that was a very good guess. Actually, I’m referring to my local Subway shop. I like to drop in there once or twice a year, when I feel like having a half-decent lunch or dinner to go, or when I feel like messing with some heads. And I always order the same thing – a BLT on brown. Now, if you haven’t ordered from a Subway shop in a while and need a refresher, the drill goes like this:
· They ask you what you want, and you tell them the basic order. · They slice the bread make it up as you watch. So far so good. · They ask what else you want on it. “What else” could be anything from the tubs of add-ons they have behind the glass. Olives, onions, pickles, chilies, several kinds of cheese…I’m sure I’m leaving some out; I never really look at them because I never add-on any of them. · You tell them what kinds of “what else” you want, and then they wrap the whole thing up for you. · You pay, leave, eat. What could be simpler, right? Well, maybe it’s simple for everyone else, with any other kind of sandwich, but not for me. Here are two versions of a slightly different “sandwich ordering scene” starring me, and a supporting cast of various Subway “Sandwich Artists” –
SA: What can I get you? Me: I’ll have a small BLT on brown. SA: What else would you like on it? Me: Nothing, just a plain BLT thanks. SA: (starts to wrap up the bacon on the bare bread) Me: Wait, you forgot the lettuce and tomato! SA: You said you didn’t want anything else. Me: Well, yes, I do want the Lettuce and Tomato. SA: (exasperated look, muttering) That’s what I asked…
Variation on the above:
SA: Would you like anything else on it? Me: No, just a plain BLT thanks. SA: (sweetly) Nothing, not even lettuce and tomato? Me: Well, yes, I want the L and the T… SA: ?
I’m telling you, I can barely pay at the till with a straight face. Then, in the parking lot, I want to stand and shout to the sky, “Doesn’t any body know what a B(acon) L(ettuce) and T(omato) sandwich is anymore!!??” But I’m afraid there would be only an existential silence. Or maybe the clouds would part and a big booming voice would deliver another classic movie line – “What we got here is failure to communicate!” (see tags)
Here, for a refresher of another kind, is the original “sandwich ordering scene” from Nicholson’s 1970 counter-culture anti-hero classic, “Five Easy Pieces.”
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I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.