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May Day

May Day 2015 I was sitting at my desk in the Fort Greene observatory. I knew today was an important labor holiday, but I wish that I was working and said so yesterday to my old boss from the Diamond District. “I wish I could give you a job, but there’s no business,” apologized the […]

Triple Overtime

THree nights ago I sat at Mullanes, my local sports bar in Fort Greene, and watched the Bruins blow a 3-1 lead in regulation. The two teams played two periods of overtime before the bartender asked, “You want the sound on?” “I don’t know.” I’m a firm believer in not changing anything during a game. […]

May Day

May Day 2011 and I’m sitting in a Tokyo Airport bound for Bangkok. A two week unpaid holiday, since Manny decided to stiff my vacation pay. The 82 year-old diamond dealer said, “I gave one week in January.” “You gave me butkis then.” I was a math major in college. “I remember one week.” “Because […]

Brain Worm

My abandonment of God has not lessened his influence on the people in my life. They attend church and pray to Their Master for guidance and assistance and thanks. Their belief is a source of comfort in a life fraught with worry. I restrained myself from challenging the existence of a bearded deity in a […]

Chicago Blues 2016

Chicago is a city famed for its blues heritage. Totally full-blown cats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Freddie King, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, McKinley Mitchell, Bo Diddley, Mike Bloomfield, Little Walter, Charlie Musselwhite, Paul Butterfield and Junior Wells called the Windy City their home during the 1950s. BORN IN CHICAGO has been […]