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Posted by Ali zonak - 12-23-19 17:41 - 0 comments
* Hark!

A Christmas Story

In the year 1958 my life stunk like the part of the big city that smelled of stale beer or worse—the constant odor of yeast. Times were hard for this student. Across the street, the neighborhood tavern’s broken sign flickered drunkenly, Sch~itz Beer; one letter, the "L" had gone AWOL, but what boozer would care, as long as the watering hole was open for business?

Shadows dance in the flickering neon light; the mood’s almost perfect—for slashing my wrist. No, really, I should buy a light bulb for a dump that my stingy landlady rents out as a “studio.” But the ex-flapper girl turned landlady—I nicknamed her “Red”— doesn’t permit anything over 40 watts. Now and then, she will draw attention to her still impressive breasts, but I wish she’d offer me a 60-watt light bulb instead. It’s so dark in here, roaming roaches collide on my linoleum-covered kitchen floor.

Yucky? Not really; they clean up every unwashed cup and bowl. Why fight them? They’ve been here since Adam and Eve set up housekeeping in this place. One small thing: ask not how I can stand this kitchen’s odors. These are trifles when one lives in this city’s brewery district; trust me, I have seen my roaches heave at the stench of brewer’s yeast. It permeates the house, clings to clothes, and ferments the brain.

Tonight, by the twinkling of that neon sign, I watch the mother of all roaches lift the linoleum’s upturned corner. Crunch. Something inside me snaps. All right! I give up, and gather my belongings; I’ll humble myself before my parents, and they’ll forgive me. After all, it’s Christmas and I know, Jimmy Stewart will have softened them up by now. “It’s a Wonderful Life” will do it.

But here is the big question: Will my landlady let me pass? I owe her rent. Through her open apartment door I hear Bing and Catherine Crosby croon— I tiptoe down the hall. The old TV flickers worse than that Sch~itz sign across the street . . . . But—foiled again; my landlady can sense an escaping rent check. Nothing escapes her sharp eyes and finely-tuned ears. Caught!

Then, to my surprise, she gently speaks, “Come right in.” And then she said, “Merry Christmas, young fellow; now close your eyes.” I feel a motherly kiss on my cheek, “This is my gift to you; and never mind the rent,” and with that, she sends me on my way. See? Christmas does soften the heart—even that of a stingy landlady. Or was it because she realized that one can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip . . . me?
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Posted by Psyche - 12-18-19 12:43 - 2 comments
Hi Jerry, I hope you're back from the hospital and spinal tap was succesful and comforting. Also the tests. Bad luck about the cataracts. I suppose there's no way to fix that?
I'll take a look at the poem later on. I'm going out for a walk and shopping. Always Christmas presents to be purchased.A lot!
My grandson and his girl will be arriving Monday week. Fortunately, they'll stay at a friends house, so we'll see them and have fun whenever everybody pleases.
I don't know whether I told you that two of my young sons died. The youngest of ALS, aged 29 years. The other of Schizophrenia, he had visions and voices that told him he was a bad person and deserved to die. He committed suicide aged 21 years. Those were horrible times, especially as I was also having a bad time with my first husband, whom I later divorced after 25 years together. He was a psychopath and I married him at 19 and he was 33. I was highly innocent and stupid.
Fortunately, at 45 I married a second time to a physician. He was a clinician as well as a psychologist. He also spoke excellent English just thru' watching foreign movies. He was of Italian and Swiss ancestry. We got along very well but he had 3 major heart surgeries and after the last one, with 5 hours anaesthetic, he came out with manic dementia. With medications he calmed down, but after 7 years I had to put him in a geriatric home. That was because I came down with Fibromyalgia, which is a very painful condition of all one's muscles.
Over the years I became vegetarian, which has had contributed to far better health and less pain of the Fibromyalgia. Not a magic potion, nor instant, but I suggest it to whoever has health troubles.
Argentina has always had free health and education for everybody, even neighbouring countries, or anybody from abroad. I do hope this new government puts a stop to such generosity, especially as all countries charge us a lot. I have insurance for travelling, but it may not cover everything. We should only offer free services to our own citizens, and maybe on a scaling system. Let the rich pay when they use the state services.
Geez, I've written too much. Hope you feel better for the festivities. Greetings to Lynda and all your family. xmaswindow.gif GroupHug.gif

PS: Everybody can now read messages. I have no problem with that, but otherwise you'd have to give me your e.mail. Mine is silviaevelina@gmail.com Bye and sorry about this, I don't know, but I tried 3 times with PM's.
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