: "Hattie" was operating a lift at the
: California Theater in San Jose last Sunday.
: We had just watched an excellent performance
: of "Cosi Fan Tutte," and I found
: the lady of the lift superbly operatic: a
: fierce, Wagnerian countenance and a
: prodigious, buttress-like bosom.
: The image was complete as she
: intoned--plummily but menacingly--"Are
: we all going to Level One?"
: I was tempted to say "No, Level 2 for
: us," just to elicit a withering,
: ward-sister-like rebuke. However, I
: hesitated, and the chance of seeing a
: Vesuvian eruption was gone.
: As we exited the lift, though, I smiled at
: her and said "Thank you. Carry
: on." She answered with a coy, sweet