Category Archives: Bet On Crazy

APOCALYPSE NOW AND THEN by Peter Nolan Smith

I tried to enlist in the Marines soon after my 16th birthday. My mother wouldn’t sign the papers. The 1968 Tet offensive had dented her belief in the final outcome of the Vietnam Conflict. The dead were airlifted home in coffins. The wounded filled the VA hospitals. Discharged soldiers were portrayed as drug addicted monsters. […]

OI VEY CHEESECAKE by Peter Nolan Smith

2014 AD or 5774 by Jewish reckoning has 18 high holidays scheduled throughout the year. Holydays such as Yom Kippur and Passover are familiar to gentiles, however a goodly number draw blanks from the goyim. As a young boy growing up outside of Boston, my classmates and I were jealous of the liberal closed-day policy […]

BET ON CRAZY – THE FOUR CS By Peter Nolan Smith [Kindle Edition]

In 1990 a friend in the New York’s Diamond District asked me to help him at his exchange. I knew nothing about diamonds other than Superman could squeeze coal to create them. Coal was a diamond after intense pressure changed its density. At first that was all I knew, but I slowly learned about the […]

BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith / The 4Cs – Color

The last week of January I was hurrying down the sidewalk on West 47th Street. I had been on the job since my friend Richie Boy had busted both his knees skiing at Jackson Hole. My watch read 9:35. I was late for the third time this week and it was only Wednesday. Lenny the […]

BET ON CRAZY / CARAT WEIGHT by Peter Nolan Smith

The day after Christmas Manny’s longtime partner, Lee, was showing a 7.04 Cushion Cut Round Diamond to a retired couple from West Palm Beach. The sixtyish woman wore a fashionable Dior outfit, though her nasal accent betrayed Brooklyn roots with an envious coo, “I don’t know, it’s so bigggg!” Her husband’s skin color of an […]