It was another busy day in the Windy city known as Chicago.
And there was no place busier than the newspaper publisher the Chicago Chornicle.
Reporters rushing to get their latest stories in by deadline, working on their computers or typewriters, going up and down the stairs, or taking a ride on the elevator to what every floor they needed to go.
But of all the departments, the mailroom, located in the basement was were all the activity was located.
As usual, mailroom clerk Balki Bartokomous, was busy as a bee, sorting and delivering mail, packages massages, and envelopes to all the different floors and departments.
And as usual, he sang as he worked.
"Balki bought an coconut, he bought it for a dime
His cousin Larry had another one he paid it for the lime.
He put the lime in the coconut he drank em bot down.
He put the lime in the coconut he drank em bot down," Balki sang.
At that moment, cub reporter Larry Appleton, who just happened to be Balki's cousin and roommate had gotten off the phone at his desk, and approached his cousin's work station.
"Balki, guess what," said Larry.
But Balki was too focus on his work, not to mention his singing to take notice.
"He put the lime in the coconut and drank em bot down.
He put the lime in the coconut and drank em bot down," Balik sang, as he placed mail into different baskets.
"Balki," Larry called again, in a slightly louder tone.
Once again, his cousin didn't take notice.
"He put the lime in the coconut and drank them both down.
He put the lime in the coconut and drank em bot down," Balki belted out.
"I say Balki," Larry sang out to get his friend's attention, which worked.
Balki snapped out of his tune, and turned to his roommate.
"Oh hi cousin," he said.
"Balki, have I got a treat for you," said Larry.
Balki gasped and asked, "Is it a Sears tower sundae?"
"Nope," Larry answered.
"Is it two Sears tower sundaes?" Balki replied, holding up two fingers.
"Guess again," said Larry.
"Three Sears tower sundaes?" Balki spoke holding up three fingers.
"Not even close."
Before Balki could get a chance to open his mouth to answer, Larry pressed his cousin's lips together with his hand and said, "No, it's not four Sears tower sundaes.
In fact, there aren't any Sears tower sundaes at all."
Once Larry released his hand, Balki was able to talk.
"Then what is it cousin," he asked.
"I just got off the phone with Jennifer.
She and MaryAnn are flying out to New York City, and they're going to be laid over for a few days, so the girls invited us to come along with them."
Jennifer and MaryAnn were Larry and Balki's girlfriends, who were flight attendants.
Of course, hearing the news put a huge smile onto Balki's face.
"Get out of the city!
We're going to the big applesauce?!" he asked.
"Well, it's actually called the big apple but yes," Larry answered.
"I can't believe we're going to New York City!"
A now very excitable Balki once again began to sing as well as dance
"Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it
These vagabound shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York" he sang.
Larry didn't even try to stop Balki from singing this time, and went by the saying of "If you can't beat them, join them" as the two cousins sang.
"I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps
And find that I'm the king of the hill
Top of the heap
These little town blues, are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you New York
NEW YORK!" Balki and Larry belted out.
The sing-a-long ended with mailroom supervisor Sam Gorpley said to Balki, "Bartokomus, do you think you can send those memos out to accounting before you get into the songbook from A Chorus Line?" while the editor Harry Burns said to Larry, "And Appleton, I want that editorial on my desk in the next five minutes or you'll be singing and dancing out the door.
Larry and Balki instantly returned to working.
A few days later Balki and Larry flew out to New York along with Jennifer and MaryAnn.
Though their girlfriends had to work the entire flight, the four of them met up once the plane landed at Kennedy airport.
"Wow, this is so exciting!
I can't believe we're here in the big apple turnover," said Balki.
"The big apple," Larry corrected his cousin.
"This place is fantastic."
"Just wait till we leave the airport buddy, New York has more sights and wonders to see.
In fact, New York City happens to be the most photogenic place in America.
It's a good thing I packed extra film for my camera."
"I'm looking forward to going down 5th and Madison Adv.
Maybe catch a show on Broadway," said Jennifer.
"I want to visit Rockerfella Center and go ice skating.
I heard it's better in the colder weather," said MaryAnn.
"Cousin, don't forget, you promised I can go see the Statue Of Liberty in person.
It brings back memories for me when I came to America," said Balki, referring to his arrival in the United States two years earlier when he rode the tram steam boat from his native country Myops.
"You bet Balki.
In fact, I got the whole trip planned out for us, plenty of time for each one of us to do what we want during our visit," said Larry.
The four of them then headed to the luggage carousel to pick up their suitcases.