A Separate Reel

For a time, I was a projectionist at the State Theater in Austin, and it was that occupation that inspired the following:


'Look, up in the sky!' exclaimed Sam, pointing with a trembling index finger. 'What's that?'

'Where?' asked Frank.

'There', declared Sam, pointing again. 'That circular object in the upper right corner of the sky.'

'Oh, that', Frank replied with a smile. 'That's just a cue mark. It means it's time to change the reel.'

'A reel change? Wow! Will I be in the next reel, too?'

'Shall I be frank?'

'Of course, Frank', said Sam.


'Thank you for being Frank. There's that circular object again. I guess this is curtains for m....'