Scene from an Awkward Christmas Dinner at Buss Family Household

In which Jim Buss asks Phil Jackson to pass the salt.

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Jim: Jeanie, can you ask Phil to pass the salt?
Jeanie: Phil, can you pass the salt?
Jim: Thank you, Jeanie.
Phil: Are you sure you want the salt?
Jim: Yes, I would like the salt.
Phil: Let me think about it.
Jim: Take your time.
Phil: Okay, you can have the salt.
Jim: You know what. I take that back. I would like the pepper.

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.