DRESSING IT UP / FRANNIE ORDERS A WHISKEY SOUR, imagining an ambercolored cocktaU in a smaU tuUp glass with a blurry cherry dainty cocktail glass. No, what Frannie gets is a huge blisteredglass tumbler with melting crushed ice, too much whiskey, syrupy sour mix and a plastic sword that spears three cherries and an orange sUce. She should have expected this much. amongst the sparkling ice cubes. But her drink doesn't come in a It's StUl Ught outside this early spring day. The HoUday Inn bar has floor-to-ceUing windows that look south, behind the hotel. There's a hiU, a brown bank, a steel fence and some sky, but it's all they could do with what they had, Frannie thinks. This view is better than what's on the other side of the building--the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and La Guardia Airport. A few businessmen come into the bar and ask the bartender if it's happy hour. Frannie knows the men are here at happy hour just by chance, for surely no one planned to get here at fivethirty on purpose to have big syrupy drinks. Frannie is the only one in this bar who is not imminently on her way elsewhere;
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1995
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