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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – INDUSTRIAL PRODUCE FREEZER – DAY

 Rodney (male, chicano, 40’s) and Jeff (male, white 30’s) are taking boxes of Nopales from shipping pallets on the floor and putting them on shelves in their company’s corner of the freezer. They are mid-conversation.

RODNEY
Lemme get this straight. You don’t do any work without getting it up to God?

 JEFF
Yeah that’s pretty much it dude

RODNEY
Yeah but you still get paid.

JEFF
Yeah.

RODNEY
OK so how does that work? You’re doing the same exact thing as me, you’re getting paid just like me but you’re saying yours is better? God likes your work better.

JEFF
Didn’t say mine is better. Definitely didn’t say God likes it better. I said that my work is not attached, and yours is.

RODNEY
Alright bro you know what I like to say sometimes at the beginning this shift why don’t you talk cuz it would be nice to talk to you a little bit and pass the time. But now I realize, that you’re just ******* crazy

JEFF
You’re free to feel that way if you want.

RODNEY
You go about stacking boxes and taking orders and – yeah you’re pretty attached that one.

JEFF
What?

RODNEY
(pointing to box Jeff is stacking on shelf)
Yeah I said that you’re pretty attached to that one.
 

JEFF
This box? What makes you say so?

RODNEY
Cuz you’re fussing with it – you don’t just like put it there and leave it. No you’re fussing with it to making sure it’s all lined up with the others.

JEFF
I see what you mean so you’re saying that because I’m trying to stack these boxes in an orderly manner, I’m attached.

 RODNEY
Exactly.

JEFF
Now you’re starting to sound a little bit crazy to me -I thought that you were the one who don’t wanna talk anymore.

RODNEY
Well I gotta admit you got it got under my skin there and I’m thinking about what you mean and clearly if you’re trying to line up the boxes so they’re looking all straight and stuff, then you’re attached to your work. The same as me.  

JEFF
You’re missing out on the whole idea of attachment

RODNEY
OK so explain it to me uh signor guru.

JEFF
I do this work for the sake of the work itself. I take the check but I don’t do the work for the sake of the check.

RODNEY
You mean you just work for free? Cuz I can go tell the manager I’m sure he wouldn’t mind that at all – all the undocumented guys down on the floor might take umbrage with that though because pretty soon you’ll be putting them out of a job, working for free.

JEFF
Exactly which is why I don’t work for free.

RODNEY
Oh the whole reason you’re earning money is for social justice? You don’t wanna get the undocumented guys outta a job?

JEFF
The reason I work is because I have a body. Yeah? And this body has energy.
 

RODNEY
Sure.

JEFF
Cuz this body would rot and be miserable if I was sitting around in my house all day doing nothing. God made me this way. He made me so that I have a body that needs to work – I didn’t even ask you – are you a religious man?

RODNEY
Yeah my family we go to church.

JEFF
So I have to work or else I would go nuts and I’d be miserable.

RODNEY
Because you’re not like one of those millennial slackers.

JEFF
Exactly. Though technically I am a millennial .

RODNEY
You are? **** me.

JEFF
Yeah I was born in 1982. And the reason I take money is because that is the order of our society. You work for money and then that money helps me pay my rent and pay for things now I pay rent – but I’m not necessarily attached to saving up for a condo. Or having money to buy a truck or something like that.

RODNEY
OK i get you… but you’d take the condo if they gave it to you.

JEFF
Sure.

RODNEY
So you are attached to the condo.

JEFF
I’m not attached to the condo, but if I refused the condo if it fell in my lap, what business do I have refusing it? Refusing the condo is coming from some attachment too. Attachment to resisting luxuries.

RODNEY
Here’s a hundred bucks. I don’t want it.

JEFF
F*** you.

RODNEY
Ha! But you’re attached to something if you’re not attached to having a condo. You want to go out and have a nice dinner with your lady on Friday. You gotta have money to do that.

JEFF
I mean, I know what you’re saying, And I am attached to things, I’m a human being living in this world. I’m here because I’m attached to things. But me and my lady broke up a few weeks ago.
 

RODNEY
Yeah well, it was just an example of something you could be attached to.

JEFF
Yes it was, good job.

 
RODNEY
Yeah man I read I get the hang of things.

JEFF
I would say that if I’m attached to anything right now, I’m attached to not being attached while doing my work. It is the greatest obstacle of a karma yogi.

RODNEY
Whoa, that’s deep. No wonder you’re single. You almost done?

JEFF
Yeah I’m almost done.

RODNEY
Taco truck is out front today.

JEFF
Excellent.

RODNEY
You done?

JEFF
This is the last one.

Rodney walks over and pushes all of Jeff’s boxes from the shelf onto the floor.

RODNEY
No you’re not.

JEFF
Why did you do that?

RODNEY
You are attached. You’re attached to getting out front to see the Taco truck. Because you’re hungry. The greatest obstacle of the karma yogi is tacos, motherf***er!

He turns to walk out.

JEFF
Hey Rodney.

Rodney stops and turns toward Jeff.

JEFF
Well played. Today you are my guru.

RODNEY
Damn right I am always have been always will be. Better get those nopales off the floor though. If Beto sees you he’ll kick your ass.

JEFF
Yes he will.

 
RODNEY
Because he’s attached to nopales.

JEFF
Yes he is.

RODNEY
Hey Jeff…

JEFF
Yeah fucker?

RODNEY
Don’t get your yoga pants dirty.

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM