Men at Sea script
Garrison Keillor: And now another in our series of marital vignettes, entitled "Why Men Go To Sea" as the boat cruises north, you'll see fishing boats men setting out nets or lobster traps hauling in their catch, braving the dangers of the sea why do they do it? Why do men go to sea?
Sue Scott: Are you glad you came on the cruise?
Tim Russell: Sure.
SS: I was thinking it'd be nice to go to that folk dance program tomorrow night?
TR: Uh huh.
SS: It was in the schedule they're teaching a Norwegian circle dance where you carry a hanky and you wear bells on your ankles. Would you like to go?
SS: I just thought it might be fun.
TR: Right. The woman wears the bells, right?
SS: No. The man wears the bells and he hops counter-clockwise waving the hanky.
SS: And when we're in Charlottetown, I'd like to go to restaurant. It's been so long since we've eaten in a place where the servers weren't wearing paper hats. There's a vegetarian restaurant there, it's called Leaves of Grass. They do a beautiful seaweed soup. I read about it.
SS: Well you don't sound very enthused about it.
TR: It's fine.
SS: Well, I don't want to drag you to something you hate.
TR: It's okay.
SS: Would you rather go to a poetry reading?
SS: So you want to go folk-dancing?
TR: My ankle hurts a little.
SS: Oh. How'd that happen?
TR: I strained it, I think.
SS: I didn't see you limping.
TR: It still hurts.
SS: Do you need to see a doctor?
SS: Okay. We'll skip the folk-dancing. Do you think I should wear my hair up or down? Which way do you like it?
TR: I like it both ways.
SS: Which do you like better?
TR: They're both good.
SS: But which do you prefer?
TR: I guess down.
SS: Oh. .....?Are you sure?
TR: Up is good, too. I like up.
SS: Okay, I'll wear it up, if that's what you want.
SS: Remember what day today is?
SS: Remember what this is the anniversary of?
TR: Our wedding?
SS: That's in February. It's such an important day to me I went to the hair salon. Did you notice?
TR: Of course.
SS: It's the anniversary of our first date. Remember?
SS: Remember where we went?
TR: We went to see "Star Wars"
SS: That must've been with somebody else. You and I went to the symphony.
TR: Oh. Right.
SS: Who'd you go see "Star Wars" with?
TR: I forget.
SS: Do you notice anything different about my hair?
TR: Different about your hair?
TR: Now? (THREE BEATS) Like what?
SS: I mean, the color?
TR: Is it lighter?
SS: It's darker...
TR: Darker! Right. I see it now.
SS: I had it dyed auburn.
TR: Right. That's nice. I like that.
SS: You didn't even notice.
TR: I knew something was different.
SS: What else is different about me?
TR: (TWO BEATS) Is it above your waist or below?
SS: Just look. Notice anything?
GK: Why Men Go To Sea.....because when you're out on the ocean (BIG BOAT MOTOR, WAVES, GULLS) pulling in cod (WINCH) no guy ever turns to you and says.....(
FN: Do you like my hair this way?) That's why they're out there. A message in the public interest. (GULLS)