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Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Tuesday December 23rd 2003
"Here let me take your coat," Skeeter said taking the stranger's coat and hanging it on a rack near the front of his lingerie store on Bleecker Street.
"Nice place you got here," the man said looking around the store.
"Thanks. You said you're with a marketing company," Skeeter said.
"Yeah," the man said. "My name is John O'Donnel, I represent a famous line of men's underwear."
"Interesting," Skeeter said taking a seat in a nearby chair close to the rack with red Christmas thongs.
"Our client saw the publicity you got on the opening of this store," John said.
"'Next to Nothing' has really gotten a lot of publicity," Skeeter said proud of his new store.
"Did you hire someone to do the publicity for you?"
"No, my wife knew a few people at the TV stations and it snowballed from there."
"That girl Starlene posed for those newspaper ads for you and then got featured in Playbody too," John said.
"Yeah, that certainly didn't hurt," Skeeter said.
"That was a lucky break."
"Sure was," Skeeter admitted.
"Well, the reason I stopped by is to make you an offer," John said.
"Shoot," Skeeter said leaning back in the chair.
"My client is interested in you modeling their line of men's underwear for advertisements," John said eyeing Skeeter closely.
"Yeah. They're looking for a man... well, someone your age."
"I'm listening," Skeeter said.
"They have a new line of men's briefs. They've seen the publicity you've been getting and they seem to think you might be an interesting spokesperson."
"I've never done any modeling before," Skeeter said sucking in his stomach.
"It doesn't matter. They don't want the usual guy with the washboard abs like you see in the commercials. They're looking for an older man that appeals to women. Someone that other men can identify with."
"I'm not exactly over the hill," Skeeter said resentful of the age comment.
"Well, if you're not interested we understand," John said reaching for his attaché case.
"I didn't say that. Tell me more."
"They want to do a media blitz using an everyday kind of guy."
"What about my store?"
"You'd make enough from this that you could close the store if you want to. However, I think they're open to the idea where the theme of the campaign would be that you're the luckiest man in the world. You own this lingerie store for women and you wear their brand of underwear," the man said watching Skeeter's reaction.
"I see. This sounds pretty good. What kind of publicity are we talking about here?"
"Magazines, billboards, bus-backs, TV, point of purchase," the man said nonchalantly.
"Really?" Skeeter said as his heart started to race.
"Yeah, it's a nice deal. You would be in the running to be considered for the role of spokesperson," John said.
"Sounds damn good to me," Skeeter said.
"Fine, I'll be in touch with you after the holidays. This will give you some time to think it over, check with your wife, partner, whatever," John said standing up and reaching for his coat.
"I can tell you right now, this sounds great," Skeeter said wondering how he'd get his wife Jan to agree.
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