Night Spies | Night Spies | Chicago Reader

Music » Night Spies

Night Spies

This week at: The Edgewater Lounge

by and

comment

At Christmas one year at work we collected presents for children with AIDS. I took it very seriously and got a lot of great toys for these kids. A couple of nights later I was here at my local pub with my friend and coworker Mary, who's from Ireland, where I spent my high school years. In Ireland every Christmas the nuns are emphasizing the poor missionary babies, the poor AIDS babies, babies in orphanages, starving babies, etc--it's completely drummed into you. So Mary tells me that the guy who runs the company was going to a Christmas party and had forgotten to buy presents for his nieces and nephews, and so took the presents I'd bought out of the AIDS care box. I was absolutely furious, and while we sat there talking about it the boss walked in. We both started yelling across the bar, "You stole from the poor bald AIDS babies! How could you?!" The boss came over, appropriately sheepish, and insisted that he'd replaced the toys--which he had. But from then on, all Christmas long, whenever he's off to go buy something or do something, we say to him, "Well, the poor bald AIDS babies can't go out for dinner" or go shopping or whatever. Believe me, he'll never hear the end of it.

--Annette Joys, Youth Worker

Get our free weekly Early Warnings newsletter 💌

It’s Chicago’s essential months-ahead music calendar straight to your inbox.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →