Civil War Memorabilia (Part 2)

The Jerky Boys, album 3

Title: Civil War Memorabilia (Part 2)

Characters: Sol Rosenberg


The skit revolves around a comical and confusing phone conversation between Sol Rosenberg and another person interested in buying Civil War memorabilia. The conversation starts with multiple hellos, reflecting miscommunication or technical issues. The potential buyer expresses interest in the items but struggles to ascertain Sol’s location, leading to a circular exchange where Sol avoids giving a direct address, proposing a meeting at a Taco Bell in Middletown instead.

The dialogue is riddled with misunderstandings, with Sol evading direct questions about the location and instead suggesting a public meeting spot. This results in the buyer’s confusion about Sol’s residence and the meeting place. Despite attempts to set a time and confirm the meeting, the conversation ends abruptly with Sol urging the caller to confirm the meeting later and abruptly saying goodbye.

The skit humorously captures the frustration caused by miscommunication, as neither party seems to fully comprehend each other’s statements, leading to a series of bewildering exchanges and an unresolved arrangement to meet for the sale of the Civil War memorabilia.


0:01 Phone rings…

0:05 Voice 1: “Hello.”

0:07 Voice 1: “Hello.”

0:08 Voice 1: “Hello.”

0:09 Sol Rosenberg: (faint) “Hello.”

0:10 Voice 1: “Hello.”

0:11 Sol Rosenberg: “Hello.”

0:12 Voice 1: “Yes. I’m calling about the civil war memorabilia.”

0:15 Sol Rosenberg: “Yes. Hi.”

0:16 Voice 1: “Yes.”

0:17 Voice 1: “Can you tell me? This is the sale? Is that correct?”

0:22 Sol Rosenberg: “What?”

0:23 Voice 1: “This is… Are you selling this… the Civil War?”

0:25 Sol Rosenberg” “Yes, well, some… someone is coming to take a look at it this weekend.”

0:29 Voice 1: “I see. Ahm. Where you located?”

0:32 Sol Rosenberg: “I’m located in the upstate region.”

0:35 Voice 1: “Yeah. Where? Where in upstate?”

0:36 Sol Rosenberg: “Yes, in the upstate region.”

0:38 Voice 1: “Yeah, where?”

0:39 Sol Rosenberg: “Right, that’s correct.”

0:40 Voice 1: “Okay. Would it be possible to come over this evening to take a look at it?”

0:46 Sol Rosenberg: “Ow… You know what. Leave your number and I will get back to you on it.”

0:51 Voice 1: “Okay, I left my number yesterday, but nobody called.”

0:53 Sol Rosenberg: “Oh, they didn’t call back?”

0:55 Voice 1: “No. I called you I believe yesterday afternoon.”

0:59 Sol Rosenberg: “Oh yes, was that you?”

1:00 Voice 1: “Yes, that was me.”

1:01 Sol Rosenberg: “Well, that’s what I’m saying. Someone was coming to look at it. So I’m holding it for you.”

1:05 Voice 1: “Okay. Well, I’d like to come and take a look at it.”

1:08 Sol Rosenberg: “Okay, great.”

1:10 Voice 1: “Okay. Ahm.”

1:11 Voice 1: “What’s your address?”

1:12 Sol Rosenberg: “I don’t like to give that out unless I’m absolutely sure we have something going.”

1:17 Voice 1: “Oh, I’d be very interested in the iron h… I’d be happy to take a look at them and make you an offer for these. For all the items.”

1:26 Sol Rosenberg: “Okay, we’ll meet at a super market in the area. This way I can bring you back.”

1:29 Voice 1: “Okay, what’s the…”

1:30 Sol Rosenberg: “You know Taco Bell?”

1:32 Voice 1: “Taco Bell, yes.”

1:33 Sol Rosenberg: “Yes, we’ll meet at Taco Bell.”

1:34 Voice 1: “Taco Bell, where?”

1:36 Sol Rosenberg: “In Middletown.”

1:37 Voice 1: “In Middletown?”

1:38 Sol Rosenberg: “Yes.”

1:41 Voice 1: “I…”

1:42 Sol Rosenberg: “South of the border. I think they say.”

1:45 Voice 1: “Yes.”

1:46 Sol Rosenberg: “… Taco Bell”

1:49 Voice 1: “I thought… you live… (faint) okay, okay.. you live around…”

1:54 Voice 1: “What time do you wanna meet?”

1:56 Sol Rosenberg: “Two… two PM, Saturday.”

1:59 Voice 1: “Two PM, Saturday?”

2:00 Sol Rosenberg: “Yes.”

2:01 Voice 1: “Okay.”

2:03 Sol Rosenberg: “You can call to confirm.”

2:04 Voice 1: “Okay, you want me to call tonight?”

2:05 Sol Rosenberg: “Yes, bye.”