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September 10, 2004

this old thing?

3rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues is sometimes referred to as the "safest block in NYC". The Hell's Angels have a clubhouse halfway down on the North side of the street. Harleys are parked there year round under the watch of a lower echelon member, and i've witnessed rowdy college boys get tossed into piles of trash for making too much noise at 3AM.

The Edge is a bar a few doors down to the East. The Edge is protected. If there is trouble in the bar, the Angel's will come by, and because of that, there isn't any trouble. Its my favorite place to have a drink these days, since the passing of McGovern's. I cried when McGovern's closed; when they tore up the stage my band had played on every Thursday night for years. It was a haven for the losers of New York, myself included, and has since turned into a swank club. I heard rumors that Justin Timberlake was spotted there a few months back. Screw im and his mouth jamming...that's my bar.

Sonnie is a manager at the Edge. He's a small man, born somewhere in Central or South America and has a high pitched Muppet-like voice. We never have spoken much: like most career barmen or famous people he has one running conversation with the world. You're either there, or you aren't.

It was the first cool evening in August and we were standing outside of the bar. I was smoking and he was waiting for time to pass.

"You going on any vacations this fall, Sonny?"

"No, just work, i don't like that shit though...vacations. I get bored, you know...just sitting there"

"Yeah, me too. I like to do things"

"Why leave New York, you know. You got the seasons here, there its just one thing. You know, when I was growing up, we only saw the snow on TV. But today I woke up and it was cooler, and i said 'I'm gonna wear my leather pants"

"Nice. I didn't notice"

"Yeah, you know here, its always different, you get to wear new clothes, get to wear sweaters and jackets, different kinds of pants. Each season is different. You know...you have to have something to do in your life"

he paused and looked away.

"You have to have something to do in your life"


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Comments (3)

Your life is *filled* chock-full of somethings... :)

Posted by: Lala at September 11, 2004 2:10 AM

All of our lives are chock-full. It just takes time to recognize those 'somethings' and then write them down.

Posted by: josue at September 11, 2004 2:33 PM

yes

Posted by: safire at September 14, 2004 2:19 AM

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