A Film Noir Look at the Underworld of Coaching
By Mike Archbold
The rain slicked taxicab speeds purposely down the gloomy
boulevard, its wipers rhythmically moving, revealing the
city's dim and meaningless nightscape of concrete buildings,
blinking neon lights, petty criminals, and prostitutes.
The taxicab occupant holds his wristwatch close to his face,
struggling to read it by the light of blinking neon.
Registering the time, he directs the cabby and removes a
bill from his wallet.
The driver reaches for the bill, his expression vague and
The cab pulls off the curb, and speeds off into the night.
The man quickly pulls on his fedora, and brushes out his
black overcoat. He walks quickly off the sidewalk, into an
unlit side alley. A flash of lightning reveals the
He walks up to a door of a lightless warehouse and knocks.
Rain is pelting down as the man adjusts his fedora. A
peephole in a window opens and the door is quickly opened,
the man walking inside.
Down a dreary and dark corridor two men walk. A tiny radio
plays big band music.
The pair pass several rooms, rooms abandoned, nothing but
wires and ancient, rusted equipment used for some long
forgotten and hopelessly meaningless purpose.
Finally the two enter a drab storeroom. A single, dim
lightbulb barely illuminates the scene.
A makeshift bar is set up in a corner. A gentleman in a
dark suit looks up from his drink, nods, and resumes
drinking. On his arm is a woman with long blonde hair, one
strand dangling over her right eye, concealing. She appears
to be indifferent to the new arrival.
Were you followed? Could anyone know you are here? Glances
Cigarettes are smoked. Voices are kept low. The night and
the discussion wear on.
Emerging from the forgotten warehouse, his face
expressionless, the man checks his wristwatch. A cab pulls
up to the curb and the man gets in. The same driver. The
driver isn't interested in this type of affair.
Against the backdrop of fading big band music, the car heads
back up the gloomy boulevard, its wipers keeping time with
the beat of the neon, the money, the fleeting nightscape