the new bowler

“if i keep bowling here, i’m gonna smart,” the short man in the packers sweatshirt said to me before ordering a bottle of bud.
“what?” i asked.
“get smart,” he said and pointed to the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories.
“oh, usually i’m the only here who reads stuff like that,” i said.
“nuhuh,” he protested. “the girl on monday was reading something like To Kill a Mockingbird, but not that book. just one of them classics.”
“oh,” i said. “that’s my sister.”
“you two must be the smartest bartenders ever.”

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