October 13, 2004
Okay, picture this: you walk into a party full of
elite Iranian expatriates. The guest list is made of Jews, Bahais,
some Christians. The party is tame yet chic. Brandy in one hand,
Cuban cigar in the other, the talk is all about real state. Some
say buy and some say sell. Guests are well-bred, sophisticated,
and a bit snobby. The assembly is made up of thriving individuals
who wear their money and drive their money, and occupy $5-million
The host is bashful, in control, and at times just
plain overwhelming. The junior guests discuss their latest graduate
school alumni bash
and how well the good old fraternity brothers are doing in the
real world, and the older crowd reminisce good old days when
an Iranian passport brought you respect no matter where you chose
You might ask, dude how in the world did you end up in a
party like that? Well, I was the bartender. That's right, I was
the guy who mixes drinks. The guy who makes six dollars and fifty
cents an hour -- plus tip. Owner of the 1991 issue pickup truck
parked in the back -- out of sight. The guy who says, "What
can I get you, sir? ... Thank you for the tip."
I have worked Iranian parties in LA for quite some time but this
particular party was a bit of a drag since the crowd was too stuck-up.
Upon my arrival, the host lady pulled me aside and gave me the
instructions: "I don't want anybody to leave here drunk; do
you understand? Most of these guys have the best lawyers in LA
and if they get in a wreck, they will sue me. So, very little alcohol
in the drinks, okay?"
"And don't fill the glass up to the rim. Don't want anybody
spilling drinks on my rugs."
"Oh, one more thing: anybody gets drunk and spills
the beans on the other guests, I want to be the first to know.
There will be
an extra hundred for juicy stuff."
One thing the host lady didn't know was that I'm a lousy bartender.
I never wash the glasses unless of course there's lipstick marks
on them. And there is one more thing I don' wash my hands. It's
way of getting back at The Man.
So, my station was setup and I was ready to serve. A handsome
Iranian plastic surgeon and his Persian Barbee, a tall blond, were
my first customers. The guy was wearing an expensive suit and the
blond had NLB (nose job, lipo, breast implants). We
are talking the works.
"Vodka cranberry," the guy said.
"And for the lady?"
"The lady will have a glass of wine," the guy responded.
I mixed and handed the drinks.
"Are you Persian?" the
"How did you end up with this job? Who did you piss off?"
"Man, this is a job for Black guys not a Persian."
"Nobody told me that!" I replied.
"That's a shame."
"I'm sorry you feel that way," I said.
"We Persians got to set good examples, if you know what
"Not really, what do you mean?"
The guy walked away from my station, disgusted.
"Are you gonna leave him a tip?" the
blond asked the guy.
"A tip? Sure. Here's a tip. Get a job," the guy said.
Well, obviously the man watched too many Tarantino movies. Besides,
I wouldn't need a job if I had a dollar for every time I heard
My next customers were two older gentlemen.
"Do you have a drink that keeps the fuckin' Jews away?" the
first guy said.
"These Jews are killing me. I almost wanna go back to Iran
to get away from them, bastards."
"No, sir. I don't know any drink that keeps Jews away."
"Okay then, make me a Margarita."
"And you," I asked the other man.
"Give me the same."
"You know what's the problem with them Iranian Jews?" the
first man said.
"No, sir. I have no clue," I replied.
"They have no loyalty to Iran. It's all about Israel with
them. No loyalty."
"Take it easy," the second man said. "You are
going to give yourself a heart attack."
"I can't take it easy. They
piss me off. The Shah, God bless his soul, should have shipped
them all to Israel."
"Amen," the second man said.
"The poor Shah made them all rich and what did they do in
return? They pissed on him," the first man said.
"Tell me about it," the second man replied.
"You're not a Jew, are you?" the first man asked.
"I don't think so," I said.
"Good, make sure it stays that way," the first man
"Okay, I'll see what I can do."
Both men left and cleared the way for four frat boys in
their late twenties.
"Amigo, give me four shots of tequila. None of that cheap
shit, okay?" one of the boys said.
"No problem, sir. I'm gonna need to get some shot glasses.
Be right back."
"What kind of Mickey Mouse operation are you running
here?" the guy said.
"Sorry, gents. I'm out of shot glasses. It'll be a second."
"Get your shit together and hurry up, man."
"You got it," I said.
I ran back to my truck, pulled out a cardboard box and selected
four of my dirtiest shot glasses. Just to provide the boys with
additional customer service, I spat in the glasses
before returning to my station.
"Sorry gents," I said, setting
the shot glasses in front of the boys.
"This better not be some cheap crap," one of the boys
"No, sir. The best there is. Noosh-e joon."
"Are you Irooni?" one of the boys asked.
"I bet you do this on the side to get girls."
"No, this is my profession."
"So, what do you do on the side?"
"Other than eating and sleeping, this is it," I replied.
"Come on, dude. You gotta have something else going on."
"Not the last time I checked."
"Does any decent-looking girl go out with you? Like, where
do you get the money to go on a date? I mean, all these bitches
think about is money."
"Well, that's why I got myself a porn channel."
The three boys looked at me like I was from Mars.
there, dude. Something's gonna turn up."
"I will, and fuck you very much," I said.
"Did you just say 'fuck you very much?'" one of
the boys said.
"No, sir. I said, thank you very much. Sorry, it's the damn
The three boys walked away.
Finally a nice looking Iranian babe approached. God, I love
"Hey, do you have some coke?" she said.
"Sure. Regular or Diet?"
"You're a funny guy. I want the real thing."
"No, you bonehead. The one I want doesn't come in a can."
"I want the shit. You know? The powder."
"Oh, I see. Sorry, I'm fresh out."
"Don't be a jerk. I don't care how much it costs."
"Missy, the only coke you get here is dark, sugary and liquid."
"I'm working. Maybe later."
"Yeah, you wish," she said.
"Go get yourself a bar of soap," she said, walking
A middle-age gentleman walked over.
"Are you Iranian?" the man asked.
"This is great. It's good to see Iranians doing different
"Like, the other day, I was taking the Rolls to the dealership
and I saw a homeless Iranian guy standing at an intersection.
Imagine that! I mean the guy had the sign and the whole package.
The sign said, 'will work for chelokabob'."
"What's so great about that?" I asked.
so great about that? This shows that we Iranians have completely
penetrated this society. This means that we have
integrated into this community. Guys like you and the homeless
guy are the best examples of our ability to adapt."
"Thank you. I feel real special now," I said.
"You should. Keep up the good work."
A few seconds later I found two older ladies standing in front
"So, I hear you make the best White Russian in Malabo," the
first lady said.
"I sure do; would you like some?"
"Actually, I prefer hairy Persian. Get it? Hairy... Persian?"
The two ladies laughed while staring at me.
"Well, plenty of us here," I
"But only one can make the best White Russian in Malabo."
Part of a bartender's job
is giving older women a little love and attention, to make them
feel attractive by offering
It comes with the territory.
"Well, ladies. You have come to
the right place. Because I'm one bad, hairy Persian, and I make
the baddest White Russian
in West LA."
"Ouch! Give me some of that."
"It would be my pleasure."
"Oh, no. The pleasure is all mine," the old lady said,
"If you insist."
Suddenly the four young frat boys were back: "Hey, granny,
move. It's refueling time."
The ladies were pushed away.
"Jose, get us that badass tequila you got behind the bar.
We are gonna get F.U. tonight," one of the boys said.
"No problem guys; let me get some clean shot glasses."
"Hurry up, man. I'm losing my buzz."
"It'll be a minute."
I ran back to my truck and pulled four more shot glasses out of
the box. I put them down on the ground, looked around, pulled down
my pants and pissed in the glasses with vengeance. Pissing never
felt so good.
I returned with the shot glasses and filled them up with tequila.
"Here we go gents, the best tequila north of the border;
"Cool, Jose. You're the man. Listen, if you can get us some
weed, it would be greatly appreciated and nicely rewarded."
"I'll see what I can do."
"We love you, man."
"Yeah, I love you too."
As the boys strayed off, a lad approached the station and stared
"What can I do for you?" I asked.
"Vodka and tonic. And be generous with the vodka."
"You heard me."
"How old are you?"
"Yeah, right. And I'm eighty," I said.
"Am I supposed to be impressed?" the kid said.
"Show me ID if you want booze."
"Come on, man. I don't carry ID in a party."
"No ID, no booze."
"Man, my dad is a jackass, my mom has left us with the pool
guy, my girlfriend just told me that she's pregnant with my kid,
and my Beamer is in the shop. If there's one guy in this place
that deserves a drink, it's me."
"You need to come up with a better story than that, you
"Oh, please. Be a dude."
"Get outta here before I kick your little ass."
"I'll give you a fifty."
"Man, you suck."
The kid walked away with his tail between his legs.
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