Monthly Archives: November 2019

Working the Plaza

In the winter of 2009 I left the Oak Bar to smoke a cigarette on 59th Street. I only smoke when I drink. One cigarette a day is enough. The wind off the park was smelled of the fallen snow. Only a few pedestrians braved the cold. An Asiatic woman with long hair approached me. […]

Gon Gohng = Thai for Scam – Pattaya

Many Pattaya beer bar denizens know kee-kong means cheating. Bad romances are great communication skill enablers, yet few western tourists or residents have the occasion to learn the useful word gon gohng or scam. 99.999999999% of people are honest. Not all. Several years ago a 25 year-old Australian woman reported a rape to Pattaya police. […]

Big Bird Day

Two years ago I walked through Grand Central Terminal. Thousands of passengers were striving to catch a train home for Thanksgiving. My sister had invited her family feast outside of Boston. I have to work on Friday and opted out on the holiday exodus to spend a quiet day at the Fort Greene Observatory. I […]

Facebook Ban on No Thanks Day

In 2013 I wrote the following on my Facebook page. “My people arrived on the Mayflower. Howlands. We’re still here. Where are the Wampanoags? On Nantucket protesting Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day.” An hour later the message and comments were removed by someone. I am unable to use my home page and Facebook posted this. Account […]

Thanksgiving At The 169 Bar

The 169 family celebrate Thanksgiving Day. A shout out to Papa Charles Hanson. The father of the clan. Thanks to the whole crew. You make the world a better place.