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To: Drprelbry077

(no subject)

– Hola buenas noches Soy Brian.Harrington@gmail.com Estoy en Málaga España. +34 642 488 879 +1 858 412 7133

10:31 PM

To: Alejo

proyecto vuelta a espana

– El proyecto vuelta a espana consiste en dar la vuelta a espana mostrando los mejores lugares, con bajo presupuesto en comida, transporte, alimentacion y alojamiento, se hara un recorrido a partir del

Feb 8

To: Sofia, Alejo4

Inbox

LinkedIn – Solicitud de contacto

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Sofia Nuñez Chang <mnunezchang@linkedin.com> Date: Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 10:46 Subject: LinkedIn – Solicitud de contact

Feb 8

To: Mari2

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House Airbnb

– Looks great!

Feb 6

To: ayuda@o2onl.

Solicitud de portabilidad

– He tomado un plan con ustedes de fibra óptica, telefonía móvil y fija y hasta ahora no me han activado la línea móvil, necesito urgentemente que se me haga la p

Feb 6

To: Carmen

(no subject)

Google Image Result for https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ca/a9/0a/caa90aa393c009a24f6debbd28593d92.jpg

Feb 5

To: Constantino, Alejo2

Inbox

Watch “NORM0010” on YouTube

NORM0010

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Feb 5

To: smb, Stephan …

Question about WhatsApp Business for Android

– Banned? Why? For how long? Im innocent of all chatges. I did not shoot the sheriff, i only shot the deputy. –Support Info– Debug info: unregistered Descriptio

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Feb 5

To: Alejo, Alejo …3

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please send to the Ruso !

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Dalas Business <dalas.contratacion@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 13:23 Subject: Re: please send to the Ruso !

Feb 4

To: Internation. …3

Inbox

Tweets of Mass Destruction

– Yes

Feb 4

To: Alejo, medellin4

Inbox

negocios

– Hola qué tal soy el representante de Brian Harrington en qué te puedo colaborar — Brian.Harrington@gmail.com+34 642 488 879. Madrid+57 3045550293. W/app+1 858

Feb 4

To: Alejo3

Inbox

Bienvenido a Vithas Hospitales

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: <intweb@vithas.es> Date: Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 11:40 Subject: Bienvenido a Vithas Hospitales To: <brian.harrington@gmai

Feb 4

To: Groupon, Alejo5

Inbox

H. San Fernando Spa Romántico | La trastienda | Open Sky🌈

– On Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 12:17 Groupon – Medellín <noreply@co.needishmail.com> wrote: Ofertas para comer, ver, comprar y pasarla bien en tu ciudad. Agrega “noreply@

Feb 3

To: Alejo2

BRIAN, nos importa tu opinión

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Sanitas <soporte@sanitasteescucha.es> Date: Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 14:15 Subject: BRIAN, nos importa tu opinión To: BRIA

Feb 3

To: Alejo2

🎂Solo 48h Cascabel 34.900| Spa Hotel Tequendama| Merqueo

– Vamos pues!

Feb 3

To: Alejo2

Inbox

[Sanitas] Re: MI SANITAS – Error en registro de usuario

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Usuarios Web (Sanitas – Soporte online) <usuariosweb@sanitas.es> Date: Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 12:37 Subject: [Sanitas] R

Feb 3

To: Travis

Watch “http://Movistar.es Test de Velocidad – Speed test” on YouTube

Movistar.es Test de Velocidad – Speed test

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Feb 3

To: Travis …3

Inbox

fiber optic – home Internet – Malaga Espana – 02 Company – MovieStar affiliate

My Speed Test Result 50 Euros per month, home phone, Internet, TV, 2 cell phone lines. Brian.Harrington@gmail.com+34 642 488 879. Madrid+57 30

Feb 2

To: Alejo2

Inbox

Canoe Creek’s Bright Meadow

– Example advertising

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Feb 1

To: Alejo

Arquitecto Técnico Jesús Casado

– Arquitecto Técnico Jesús Casado Calle Miguel Fleta, 22, 41701 Dos Hermanas, Sevilla 955 30 01 50 Google Maps

Feb 1

To: Richard, Janice …4

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Fwd: Uncle Bob’s World – Life story of the Harrington Immigrant Family in the United States of America

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Feb 1

To: Richard

Watch “Collateral Murder – Wikileaks – Iraq” on YouTube

Collateral Murder – Wikileaks – Iraq God Will punish the evil People. Your tax dollars go to killing innocent woman and children all over the World. 7 BILLION PEOPLE HA

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Jan 31

To: Valentino, Alejo2

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AVIANCA – WENDY LORENA CARRILLO – CASO 200122005890

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Luisa Fernanda Echavarria Barrera (Subavh) <luisa.echavarria.subavh@avianca.onmicrosoft.com> Date: Thu, Jan 30, 202

Jan 31

To: Brian

Poem 1

– Soy un hombre seguro de quien soy y decidido. Solo deseo una relacion seria con fines matrimoniales. Deseo quien conozca que sea menos de 25 años de edad. Soy c

Jan 31

To: Julio, Ryan, bcc: …14

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Htlm format

– Sounds good, thank you.

Jan 30

To: maria

Brian harrington

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Jan 29

To: Richard2

Inbox

Mail

– Burn it

Jan 29

To: Leonardo

Phone number

– Can you please send me your phone number? Brian.Harrington@gmail.com Summer time address: Calle Valle de Oro, 69, 28019 Madrid, España Winter time address: Call

Jan 29

To: Leonardo, Alejo

Carnival 2020

– Estoy en negociaciones con Paola Arriza, Mr Anthony, Olympica, Éxito, Caracol y RCN para tener al grupo junto para el desfile de Carnaval. ¿Estás interesado en

Jan 29

To: Valentinago. …5

Inbox

Listado de Apartamentos para el Sr. Brian

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Heidi Boada <heidiboada.inmobiliaria@gmail.com> Date: Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 11:35 PM Subject: Re: Listado de Apartamentos para el Sr. Brian To: <Brian

Jan 28

To: heidiboada..

Hola de España

– What apartments do you have in Caracas?

Jan 27

To: Brian

stocks 2020

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com+34 642 488 879. Madrid+57 3045550293. W/app+1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story https://

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Jan 26

To: MOREY

stock holdings

– Morey, I’m working on it. Brian.Harrington@gmail.com+34 642 488 879. Madrid+57 3045550293. W/app+1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video https://youtu.be/Y39

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Jan 26

To: Jose, David …31

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US vs Mexico

– I’ll be there.

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Jan 26

To: Angie

Sorry baby 🥰

– I Heard you are sick. Can I help you?

Jan 26

To: Lorena, Alejo, Zap2

Inbox

Tus billetes a Valencia

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Omio Booking Team <service@omio.com> Date: Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 10:42 PM Subject: Tus billetes a Valencia To: <brian.

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Jan 26

To: (858)4

Inbox

New text message from (858) 266-9227

– What’s your email address On Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 8:14 PM (858) 266-9227 <18584127133.18582669227.6P9v2mrmsl@txt.voice.google.com> wrote: Google Voice Please let me know if we can help or if

Jan 25

To: Alejo, Alejo

Video con Paloa Arizza – Ganar tu Concurso

– Paola, Yo quiero ganar tu concurso, Para que otro Gringo, Si yo soy el original. Quiero Paz Contigo, Ensenamos a Colombia, Que podemos perdonar. Y vivir en Paz.

Jan 25

To: Google, ksn2

Inbox

Your tracked flight to Caracas is now €1,114 (was €1,226)

– Good price? On Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 10:14 AM Google Flights <noreply-travel@google.com> wrote: Hello, There’s been a price change on the following destinations an

Jan 25

To: informacion.

Telephone number?

– Cuál es tu número de teléfono porfa Gracias

Jan 25

To: Andy

China broadens lockdowns as coronavirus death toll rises

– Cheap vacations to Wuhan now! Let’s go! Open-ended lockdowns encompass more than 20.5 million people as number of deaths jumps to 26. China broadens lockdowns as coronavirus death toll rises

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Jan 24

To: llegada3

Inbox

Santander bank account number Re-Max

– Yes, I can play — Brian Harrington +1-858-412-7133

Jan 23

To: Maestro2

Inbox

Brian read this carefully

– I don’t understand what I have done. W As far I know we are dealing with 2 bit extortionist. They don’t have any power. As soon as I mentioned my ties to the Sinaloa Cartel they shut there

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Jan 23

To: Julio, Alejo10

Inbox

Villa project at La zagaleta

– Buy this camera? Sony A7III Review | Still Worth It? Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video YouTube

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Jan 22

To: Andy

Fwd: msg to a dying Trump Cocksucker.

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Brian Harrington <brian.harrington@gmail.com> Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 4:46 PM Subject: Re: To: Richard Harrington

Jan 22

To: Richard2

Inbox

(no subject)

– I’ll see you, Hugh and your dad in hell. On Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 2:57 AM Richard Harrington <richard.harrington@att.net> wrote: Sent from my iPhone

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Jan 22

To: Richard, Irene …

Join me in volunteering with Labour

– I’ve just signed up to volunteer on Labour’s election campaign. Would you like to join me in getting involved? The sign-up process was really quick and easy. Yo

Jan 22

To: Janice

Fwd: your wish is coming true

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Richard Harrington <richard.harrington@att.net> Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 2:57 AM Subject: To: Brian Harrington <bri

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Jan 22

To: Sean2

Inbox

SROP Sunday Soccer

– Okay, thanks for the reminder. On Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 7:17 AM Sean Phillips <snphilly2@hotmail.com> wrote: Hey Boys This is a reminder that the deadline to turn in the Sunday Soccer Application is

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Jan 22

To: K.maestreh …7

Inbox

RE : Re: RE : Holaaa de Barranquilla Atlántico Colombia

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Julio iglesias <iglesiasjulio@aol.com> Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 11:05 PM Subject: RE : Re: RE : Holaaa de Barranqui

Jan 21

To: K.maestreh …4

Inbox

RE : Holaaa de Barranquilla Atlántico Colombia

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Julio iglesias <iglesiasjulio@aol.com> Date: Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 12:08 AM Subject: RE : Holaaa de Barranquilla Atlántico Colombia To: <Brian.

Jan 21

To: alejodirect.2

Inbox

Re: Meek Mill – Invitation to view

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Tofowa Goulding <thomgot@gmail.com> Date: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 6:40 PM Subject: Re: Meek Mill – Invitation to view To: Brian Harrington (via Google Drive

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Jan 21

To: Programmer, LWII …10

Inbox

WhatsApp Business: Android Phone

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Programmer <programmer@emc2data.com> Date: Tue, Nov 5, 2019, 4:02 PM Subject: Re: WhatsApp Business: Android Phone To: Brian.Harrington@gmail.com <

Jan 21

To: comunicacio. …7

Inbox

Angie this is Brian’s updated copy of NDA’s removed Jorge

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Brian Harrington <brian.harrington@gmail.com> Date: Sun, Nov 10, 2019, 8:54 PM Subject: Fwd: Angie this is Brian’s updated copy of NDA’s

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Jan 21

To: Programmer …5

Inbox

SuperBowl 2020 tickets – I need $15k from the lawyers

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Brian Harrington <brian.harrington@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 6:15 AM Subject: SuperBowl 2020 tickets – I need $15k from the lawyers To:

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Jan 21

To: Programmer, Juan …8

Inbox

(no subject)

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Juan Esteban García <jegarciae@gmail.com> Date: Wed, Nov 27, 2019, 3:39 PM Subject: Re: To: <Brian.Harrington@gmail.com> Well, she keeps

Jan 21

To: Nazly, Programmer24

Inbox

Re: Chica colombiana

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Nazly De Avila <nazlydeavila@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Dec 3, 2019, 5:49 PM Subject: Re: Chica colombiana To: <Brian.Harrington@gmail.com> No fake

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Jan 21

To: Programmer …3

Inbox

Business Proposal Idea (PDF)

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Brian Harrington <brian.harrington@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2020, 9:42 PM Subject: Fwd: Business Proposal Idea (PDF) To: Programmer – Systems

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Jan 21

To: Airbnb, Alejo26

Inbox

Airbnb: Airbnb Customer Support

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: katerine arteta <artetakaterine@gmail.com> Date: Sun, Jan 19, 2020, 5:01 PM Subject: Re: Airbnb: Airbnb Customer Support To: <Brian.Harrington@

Jan 21

To: alerts-nore.4

Inbox

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: 10 new network operations opportunities in San Diego, CA

Jan 21

To: bounces+107.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: FlightStats – Global Flight Status & Tracker, Airport Weather and Delays Email Verification

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: email_feedb.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Free gift when you register by Feb. 29.

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: DR, Alejo …2

Inbox

My Immigrant family history

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

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Jan 21

To: DAR, Richard …10

Inbox

KDP Royalty Payment Notification – BRIAN HARRINGTON(IR9J9) – 117871553

– Sent to all for free Get Outlook for Android From: DAR <darobertson64@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:35:09 AM To: Brian.Harrington@gmail.com <Brian.Harrington@gmail.com> Cc:

Jan 21

To: noreply

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Community Center Blog: “Live Webinar” Setting Goals

Jan 21

To: travelocity

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Just dropped: FIFTY PERCENT OFF from us, to you

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: prvs=28238a.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: KDP Royalty Payment Notification – BRIAN HARRINGTON(IR9J9) – 117871553

Jan 21

To: bounces

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Last Chance — Claim your New Year Gift

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: darobertson.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: My town in Spain. Watch “Benalmadena pueblo” on YouTube

Jan 21

To: bounces+174.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: F35’s to arrive at Miramar next week

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: bounces+111.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Uber Sells Food Delivery Business in India

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: richard.har. …

Watch “LOS 35 PUEBLOS MÁS BONITOS DE ESPAÑA” on YouTube

LOS 35 PUEBLOS MÁS BONITOS DE ESPAÑA

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Jan 21

To: 0100016fc5b.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Price drop alert: Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster Long Travel Seatpost, 27.2, Black – $100.83

Jan 21

To: DR, richard.har. …

My Pueblo in Spain. Watch “BENALMÁDENA – Pueblo” on YouTube

BENALMÁDENA – Pueblo

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Jan 21

To: richard.har., DR …2

Inbox

My town in Spain. Watch “Benalmadena pueblo” on YouTube

Benalmadena pueblo

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Jan 21

To: 3VVAmXhwUAI.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: New text message from 67760

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: Zap4

Inbox

Está lista la factura de tus servicios Móviles Tigo ¡Págala ahora!

– ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Tigo <facturas@factura.tigo.com.co> Date: Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 3:57 PM Subject: Está lista la factura de tus servicios Móviles Tigo ¡Págala ahora! To:

Jan 21

To: TurboTax

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: (Please Sign in to Your Account) We’ve Got E-File Ready for You.

Jan 21

To: medicinemen.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re:

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: 3EzQmXgcLEA.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: New reply on “Maher: “How will the government handle something that large” (M4A) How does the government handle the military then? Lol”

Jan 21

To: mail

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: charene sent you a message on Zoosk!

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 21

To: bounce

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: You have received a letter from Nadezhda (#165116)

Jan 20

To: 3TCgmXgcLEC.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: New reply on “Maher: “How will the government handle something that large” (M4A) How does the government handle the military then? Lol”

Jan 20

To: feedback

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Brian, you have an update on your last search!

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 20

To: bounce-8258.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: From Williamsburg to Athens

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 20

To: bounce+60a9.

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: The Professor Is In: What if Your Teaching Experience is Not ‘on Brand’ for the Hiring College? – ChronicleVitae Digest

Jan 20

To: alejodirect., Zap

How does this information look below?

Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My music video LA PELA VIEJO REMIX – Perlak ✖ Mr Antony ✖ Dj Keywar [ VIDEO OFICIAL ] My story La Red: “Tenía la intención de formar una familia con ella”: Extranjero que dijo ser estafado Instagram https:/

Jan 20

To: Zap

Smart car / Futbol Sevilla esta Sabado.

– El no responde a mi: SMART Fortwo Coupé CDI Pure Aut. Deportivo o coupé de segunda mano en Málaga | Autocasion Que Paso? Quiero ir a futbol esta Sabado: Google

Jan 20

To: Zap3

Inbox

Test

– CONFIRMADO. On Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 4:22 PM Zap Ruz <zapataruiz844@gmail.com> wrote: Recibido El El lun, 20 de ene. de 2020 a la(s) 4:21 p. m., Brian Harrington <brian.harrington@gmail.com>

Jan 20

To: Travis

Let’s get this house with Troy, You, My wife and I

Villas La Zagaleta Luxury Property Benahavis Costa del Sol Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133.

Jan 20

To: marbella

On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Brian, here is your Property Info Request

– +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles — Brian.Harrington@gmail.com +34 642 488 879. Madrid +57 3045550293. W/app +1 858 412 7133. Los Angeles My story: https://

Jan 20

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On Vacation in Africa until March 15, 2020 Re: Password reset request

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  293. It was the early 50‘s. Rocky Marciano was the heavyweight champion of the world and Bo Bo Olsen was the middleweight champion. The Korean War, or if you prefer, the Police Action was in full swing. President Truman was pissed off at General MacArthur and MacArthur was pissed off at the Chinks. My family and I were living in the San Joaquin Valley. John Stein back country.
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  299.  
  300. The graffiti on the shit house walls read: California the land of Gold and Riches. Okies, Arkies and Portuguese sons of bitches. California the land of fruits and nuts. If you didn’t go fruit you went nuts
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  307. We were living in the town of Tulare. Tulare was between Fresno and Bakersfield. This was cotton country, hot and dry and dusty in the Summer. Cold as a witches tit in the winter.
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  313.  
  314. The fad and style of the kids at this time was the DA (Ducks Ass) hairdo which sometimes would be accompanied by a small patch of hair which was combed in the form of a vagina that hung in the middle of the forehead. Hence the name Pussy Patch.
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  317. Then there was the silver gray style which was done by combing some kind of muck into the hair. I don‘t know if this was do
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  320. for the purpose of looking mature or to gain attention.
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  327. Everybody trying to look bad, act bad and be bad with their collar turned all the way up the neck, sleeves rolled to the shoulders and levis half way down around the ass.
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  334. It was the rock and roll era. The era of James Dean, Chuck Berry and Hotrod cars. One of the things was to wear your
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  341. Levis without taking them off and having them washed until they were so crusty with dirt that when you did take them off, they stood up by their selves.
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  348. At school the original Californians were known as the four hundreds. I never did find out why they were called
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  363. four hundreds, but I knew how the Okies, Arkies, and Portuguese got their nicknames.
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  370. We had moved to California after living in Tucumcari, New Mexico for a couple of years, but we were really outsiders because we were born back east in New Jersey. If you have ever moved from one state to another, then you know the feeling of going to a new school.
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  377. Going to school in New Mexico was one hell of an experience at that time. I’ll never forget the day my brother and I walked into that class room wearing our short pants, white shirt and tie. This was the way we had dressed back east in Hanover, New Jersey. But we were a hell of a long way from New Jersey. We were in cowboy country now, Levis and plain shirts were the dress of the day. We looked around the classroom at all those smiling faces.
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  384. As we sat down at our desks among the snickering of the girls and the laughter of the boys I could feel the blood rushing to my face. My blood was boiling all day at school. I couldn‘t wait for school to be over that day.
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  391. When we got home, my brother and I told our mother of our embarrassment at school. The next day at school wearing our new Levis, was ass kicking time. My brother and I went into the playground looking for those smiling faces.
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  398. We were going to show these western kids that these two red headed freckled face boys weren’t sissy because they happened to of worn short pants.
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  405. After punching out a few kids we got acquainted with the principal by way of a wooden paddle. My brother got his ass beat first and being that the principal didn‘t want to show favoritism I got mine next. Now being that my brother and I were of Irish and German extraction, we kept on fighting with the other kids. And the principal kept on using the paddle. How do you stop fighting when you have the blood of two nationalities that are known to be fighters?
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  412. The time came when my parents decided to move to California. So here we were in the grapes of wrath country. Years later I would read John Stein back’s book and truly know the feeling of having been there.
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  419. My brother and I and our sister were outsiders again, with our eastern accent we weren’t really accepted by the Okies and Arkies. The four hundreds along with the Portuguese were mostly the upper and middle class people of the town. Being that we were from a poor family, we didn‘t fit in with them either. We did have a few friends, but we never really felt like we belonged. The Portuguese mostly stayed with their own. But once in a while they would team up with the four hundreds. At school you would see them and the four hundreds hanging in little groups. They would be sharpening their belt buckles. They were getting ready for Friday night. Come Friday night the happy go lucky which was a Honky Tonk joint would be full of Okies
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  422. and Arkies. Now the four hundreds and the Portuguese were mostly Rock and Roll fans, maybe some of the Portuguese were John Philip Sousa fans, I don’t know. But I do know that the majority of them hated Country and Western music. I didn‘t know if they hated the sound of the music or they hated it because the Okies and Arkies loved it. The Okies and Arkies were referred to as shit kickers who loved shit kicking music and especially Hank Snow and Patsy Cline songs. So come Friday night the Happy go Lucky would be full of Okies and Arkies a singing and a dancing, until the four hundred and Portuguese arrived. Then it would be one big Donny-brook.
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  429. As for myself, I loved music like I loved people, all Kinds of it, but some better than the others. If that makes me prejudiced, then I’m prejudiced.
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  436. I was having my share of fights at school. I don‘t know if it was poverty which might of put a chip on my shoulder.
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  443. We were living in a place called Johnson’s Auto Court. It was right off the 99 Hiway and a little ways down from another court called Okie Johnsons.
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  450. The courts were full of migratory workers. There were cotton pickers, fruit pickers, ass pickers and nose pickers. The court we were living in was more elegant than Okie Johnson‘s. Our outdoor toilets had running water and you didn’t have to shit through a hole in a board.
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  457. There really wasn‘t much in the way of recreation for us kids. If my brother and I weren’t at the pool hall, we would be in the back of the court we were living in, throwing rocks at the Hobo‘s who were riding on the train that ran in the back of the court. Or we might be at Okie Johnson’s pushing over an out house. I remember one time we pushed this outhouse over and to our surprise and the person who was occupying it, it went over easy. We heard the scream and took off like a bat out of hell that night. From then on we always checked to see if anybody was in them before we pushed them over.
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  464. My mother was working as a nurse and my father was working at the bars. In the capacity of a customer.
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  471. Being poor and with a lot of pride, I naturally lied at school when we were asked to write down what we had for breakfast. I would jot down eggs, toast, bacon, and orange juice. At that time I thought it was against the law to be poor. When I was asked to write down what I had for breakfast, I thought about writing down Caviar, but I didn‘t know how to spell it. I couldn’t understand why these supposedly educated teachers couldn‘t see the psychological effect it had on the poorer children in the classroom. Didn’t they know by the way we dressed and the section of town we lived in , we wouldn‘t be eating the normal breakfast? It was bad enough to be poor without someone unknowingly adding insult to injury.
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  478. Sitting in that classroom and knowing what kind of life was waiting at home surely wasn’t conducive in wanting to study and maintain good grades. I had a chip on my shoulder and a hardon for the world. I don‘t remember backing off from any fights at school. I was poor, skinny, and freckled faced, but I had a fast pair of hands and loved a good clean fight. If my brother got into a fight and lost. Then the kid that had beaten him had another fight on his hands. My brother was bigger and stronger than me, but I had the speed and moves of a fighter.
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  485. After living in Tulare a few years, we moved to Corcoran which was less than twenty miles west of Tulare.
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  492. My mother had gotten a job as a nurse in the hospital there. <My father had gone to Las Vegas to look for work or run away from it. I didn’t know which. Corcoran was farming area, and seemed more friendlier than Tulare . Maybe it seemed more friendlier than Tulare , maybe it seemed that way because we were living a little better, but not by much. When I would question my mother about our poverty, she would tell me that it was a lot of false pride. I didn‘t care what the hell you called it, I only knew it was embarrassing. And knew I had to get away from it . My brother must of felt the same way, or why else would he have jumped on a freight train heading north in the middle of the night?
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  499. I was junior in high school at this time. I had made the junior varsity football team as a one hundred and twenty five pound lineman.
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  506. After football season was over, I was voted the most valuable player. I didn’t think this was due to my ability to play. I think it was due to my clowning around and trying to make people laugh and like me in spite of my poverty.
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  520. In the mean time my brother had come home. He had been wondering here and there in the state of Washington.
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  526. MILITARY LIFE
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  533. It was now early 1954. The Korean war had been over since the middle of 1953. My brother and I decided to join the Marine Corps. After convincing my mother there would be one less mouth to feed she agreed to sign for me. Because I was only 17 years old I needed my parents signature. On the 30th of March, 1954, my 17th birthday I was sworn in as a United States Marine.
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  540. I think I joined the Service like most young kids at that time. Partly out of patriotism, but mostly out of shear poverty. There wasn‘t any hope of getting anywhere without an education. So I took the least line of resistance. The Service, three square meals a day and a place to flop.
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  554. I’ll never forget riding through those gates at the Marine Corps Depot in San Diego. We no sooner got through the gates when out of the front of the truck comes this booming voice. All right you son‘s of bitches your in the fucking Corps now and the smoking lamp is out so every body whose smoking, put out your fucking cigarette. We all look at each other. I didn’t know whether to shit or go blind. If I‘d have known what was in store for us, I’d have jump out of that truck and ran like hell.
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  561. We had a couple of D.I. (Drill Instructors) assigned to us who I thought were trying to bring back the barbarism of the MidEvil times
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  568. They were meaner than cat shit and twice as nasty. After being in boot camp for a few days and getting our clothing issued to us
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  575. It was hair cut time. I use the words hair cut loosely. They ushered us into a building and we waited to be sheared like a bunch of sheep. I was glad to see that there wasn‘t any sheep kept in the area. I can still remember all the young baby faces with sad eyes looking on the floor at what was once a proud ducks ass. Locks of hair strewed over the floor. All the time that went into combing and primping so one could strut around like a peacock and think he was impressing the girls. All that time was lost in a few minutes with those electric shears. Maybe we thought we were bad asses in civilian life, but the Corps was going to show us what bad really was.
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  582. The next day the D.I. had us fall out on the parade field. As we stood at attention we were given the command to remove our hats. Now here we were one platoon of nervous bald headed new recruits standing at attention before one sadistic thing known as a Drill Instructor.
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  589. It proceeded to rant and rave. All right you shit heads, take a look around you. You see all the odd shaped heads. The fucking army didn’t want you. The fucking Air force didn‘t want you. The fucking Navy didn’t want you and the fucking Coast Guard didn‘t want you. So what happens? I’ll tell you what happens, the Marine Corps ends up with you shit heads. Well I don‘t know if you have any idea how many good Marines we lost in Korea, but I’m telling you this, If the Corps wasn‘t so hard up because of the lack of manpower, we wouldn’t be taking shit heads like you.
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  596. Well we‘re going to make marines out of you even if we have to kill you in the process. My name is Sir. And from now till boot camp is over, I am your mother and your father, but I won’t be your baby sitter. When I tell you to shit, you better answer with “What color Sir?”. And when I tell you to jump, I want to hear you respond with “How high Sir?”. And if any of you fuck up, you better give your soul to God because your ass is mine!
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  603. While we were listening to this speech, one of the recruits must of been struck by something he found funny. He was standing there with a big grin on his face. The D.I. walked up to him and asked, “Do you think this is funny boy?”. The reply of “No Sir” was answered with a short punch to the stomach. As the young recruit dropped on the parade field, the D.I. yelled “Do any of you other shit heads think there is anything to smile about”? He was greeted by a chorus of “No Sir”! He yelled back. I can‘t hear you. Another chorus of “No Sir” but twice as loud greeted him. Right then I knew I might of been too hasty in wanting to get away from home.
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  610. I thought this D.I. was shell shocked or else he had a funny sense of humor. But more than likely with my luck, he would turn out to be a psychopath. Well with a lot of luck and prayers, I might make it through boot camp, I thought.
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  617. If the D.I. didn’t have a sense of humor, some one else did. We had some recruits that had never heard the word masturbation. Or if they did, they didn‘t know the meaning.
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  619.  
  620.  
  621.  
  622.  
  623.  
  624. Someone would go up to one of these recruits and ask him if he had gotten his masturbation papers yet? The recruit would reply that he hadn’t received any masturbation papers. All the time letting on that he knew what they were. He was then told to report to the D.I. and ask for his masturbation papers. The recruit would march up to the D.I., bring his heels together and salute. Then he would say, “Private so and so asking permission to speak Sir.” When permission was granted. The recruit would say Private so and so requesting his masturbation papers Sir. Well with this the D.I. would crawl up and down the side of that recruits ass.
  625.  
  626.  
  627.  
  628.  
  629.  
  630.  
  631. I forget what week it was but it was time to learn how to jump off a thirty five foot tower into a swimming pool without busting your nuts. The D.I. asked us if there was anybody in the platoon from Hawaii. It was the policy at that time to exempt Hawaiians from swimming if they chose not to swim. It was presumed that all Hawaiians could swim. As far as the rest of us recruits, we either could swim or else learn how to drown. The whole platoon stripped. Now here we stood bare ass all congregated around the diving board tower. We got the order to climb up the tower. We started up the tower one man behind the other. I keep thinking of how I was afraid of heights, but with the D.I. yelling from down below, I had no choice but to keep climbing to the top. We were now pretty well bunched up together on the diving board.
  632.  
  633.  
  634.  
  635.  
  636.  
  637.  
  638. The D.I. was now yelling for us to close it up tight. All right you shit heads close it up tight, real tight, make the man in front of you smile looking down at that swimming pool, that was thirty five below and looking very small. And me with my fear of heights, then turning your head over your shoulder. And seeing the man behind you with his cock hanging there. and hearing that booming voice of the D.I. Bellow, close it up tight real tight make the man in front of you smile. I lost my fear of heights. I cupped one hand over my mouth and nose, the other hand over my family jewels, closed my eyes and ran into space.
  639.  
  640.  
  641.  
  642.  
  643.  
  644.  
  645. There were a few recruits in our platoon who couldn‘t swim very well. This made no difference to the DI. They were still made to swim the length of the pool. Some of them tried to crawl out on the side of the pool.. The DI would push them back with a long padded pole. After going down a couple of times and pleading for mercy. The DI would reluctantly let them hold on to the pole, then pull them to safety.
  646.  
  647.  
  648.  
  649.  
  650.  
  651.  
  652. There was a thing known as the smoking lamp. Now this was a saying. If the smoking lamp was said to be on. Then he recruits could light up. But if the smoking lamp was said to be off. You had better not let your self be caught smoking. A few recruits did get caught. They were punished by having to light up a bunch of cigarettes, place them all in their mouth then start puffing on them. A bucket was then placed over the head. Then this was followed by placing a blanket over the bucket. After you passed out. They thought you had learned your lesson.
  653.  
  654.  
  655.  
  656.  
  657.  
  658.  
  659. As the weeks went by and I still found myself alive, the going became easier. I thought this might of been because the DI knew we wouldn’t be lock up here in boot camp to much longer, and who knows we might run into them down town San Diego, where anything can happen in a dark alley. Just before we were ready to graduate from boot camp, the junior DI hinted around about how nice it would be if we were to leave a few dollars under our pillow for the senior DI. Just to show our appreciation for getting us through boot camp and making Marines out of us. Of course this was to be a surprise and we weren‘t to say a word about this to anyone. After surviving twelve weeks of boot camp, it was now one month of mess duty for me. My brother who had been with me all through boot camp in the same platoon, went home on leave. So here I was washing pots and pans at MCRD in San Diego. But at least we had liberty on the week ends. Most of us went to Tijuana when we were on liberty. Tijuana was one big whore house with out a roof. Being that we were working around food and knowing that we were probably visiting Tijuana on liberty. We were subject to short arm inspections. Actually the term short arm is applied to pistols. How this term came to be applied to ones dick I never found out. When we were to be inspected, we would go into this room where a navy doctor would be sitting on a bench. We would line up in front of him and undo our fly.
  660.  
  661.  
  662.  
  663.  
  664.  
  665.  
  666. Then we would walk up to him, one at a time. He would tell you to skin it back a few times, to see if you had a drip. Some times he would jokingly say don’t get to close. You want to poke someone in the eye? I wondered if he didn‘t get nightmares after watching so many dicks staring him in the face? Unless of course.
  667.  
  668.  
  669.  
  670.  
  671.  
  672.  
  673. After mess duty was over for me, I went home on vacation for a month. The vacation time passed by fast and before I knew it. I was in the rolling hills of Southern California at Camp Pendleton. Now this was in August, An August is hotter than hell in those Camp Pendleton hills.
  674.  
  675.  
  676.  
  677.  
  678.  
  679.  
  680. I was placed in Georgia Company as an infantryman. My brother was in another company at this time. But we had the good fortune of him being transferred to my Company. When some kind hearted officer found out we were brothers. Where boot camp was a mental strain on you. Combat training was a physical strain. There were two steep hills that were known by the name of little agony and big agony. I don’t know why they were referred to as hills. But I found out why they were referred to as little agony and big agony. With a full pack on your back and carrying a B.A.R (browning automatic rifle) and trying to keep up with the man in front of you, at a fast pace, in over a hundred degrees temperature, is shear agony. The tall men would be up front leading the way up those agonizing so called hills. Us shorter guys would have to take from two to three extra steps, in order to keep pace with them.
  681.  
  682.  
  683.  
  684.  
  685.  
  686.  
  687. It seemed us shorter Marines always ended up carry the B.A.R. which was heavier than the M.I. rifle. The excuse was that in combat the smaller man who would have more firing power with the B.A.R. Would also present the smaller target for the enemy.
  688.  
  689.  
  690.  
  691.  
  692.  
  693.  
  694. After combat training, my brother and I separated for the remaining tour of duty. My brother was sent overseas to Japan. And I was placed in a new outfit that was just forming. It was at this new camp site in Camp Pendleton by the name of Camp Horno. I was placed in an antitank outfit in Weapons Company. We were being taught how to move in and out of helicopters with our antitank weapons. After jumping in and out of wooden mock helicopters we finally started training with the real helicopters. This training lead us to the desert of Nevada to a place called Desert Rock.
  695.  
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  697.  
  698.  
  699.  
  700.  
  701. The first tent that was erected was for the (slop shoot..) which in Marine jargon meant beer hall. I‘ll never forget sitting on those beer cases, the following Sunday as church services were being held. In the beer hall! I know a lot of us Marines couldn’t hardly wait for the sermon to end so we could get down to some serious drinking.
  702.  
  703.  
  704.  
  705.  
  706.  
  707.  
  708. Our purpose for being out in this desert in March and freezing our asses off was to witness one of mankind‘s ingenuities. We were to be placed in a ditch 2,000 yards away from an atomic bomb. Then when the bomb went off and if we were still around, we would walk up to the spot of detonation which was called ground zero. After that we were to walk out a little way’s to the waiting helicopters. Then fly back to camp.
  709.  
  710.  
  711.  
  712.  
  713.  
  714.  
  715. This was March 1955 and the name of this operation was called “Teapot”. After being postponed a few times on account of windy weather. It was time to go. We got up early that morning and it was colder than a well diggers ass in the Klondike. It was cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. In order to keep warm, I wore three pair of socks and had a towel wrapped around my head underneath my helmet. We stood by the ditch and were briefed on what was going to happen. It was so cold that I didn‘t give a shit what was going to happen. I only knew that when the sun would rise. I would feel like living again.
  716.  
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  720.  
  721.  
  722. The tower which the bomb was sitting on was steel and stood 500 feet from the ground. This Atomic bomb was suppose to be the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT. The sun was almost ready to rise when we were ordered to climb into the ditch. We were instructed to turn our backs to the tower and then place our hands over our eyes.
  723.  
  724.  
  725. The countdown began. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. At that moment a blinding flash came right through our hands. Then some of the dirt from the ditch fell in on us. Then the tremendous sound of the explosion. We stood up and turned to face the tower and as we looked in awe at the big mushroom of smoke ascending to the sky. The weather seemed so much warmer now. As the cloud of smoke reached the stratosphere, It turned into the colors of the rainbow. It was beautiful in one sense of the word. but it was also ugly at the same time.
  726.  
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  728.  
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  732. I don’t exactly recall how many hours later we started in towards ground zero. But if memory serves me right, it was about four hours later.
  733.  
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  735.  
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  737.  
  738.  
  739. As we were walking towards ground zero we came across a few manikins that were placed there.
  740.  
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  742.  
  743.  
  744.  
  745.  
  746. This was done to test the effect of the bomb at certain distances from ground zero. Some of these manikins were wearing new field jackets. And here I was walking around in an old one that was issued to me. But I guessed that why the tax payers were paying taxes.
  747.  
  748.  
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  750.  
  751.  
  752.  
  753. This bomb supposedly was to equal 20,000 tons of TNT. I don‘t think it reached full detonation because there was to much of the tower left standing. As I was standing under the remaining part of the tower, I noticed a tank that had been lifted up and turned on its turret by the force of the bomb.
  754.  
  755.  
  756.  
  757.  
  758.  
  759.  
  760. After looking around awhile, we walked out towards the helicopters that were waiting for us. During our stay at Desert Rock my friend and I decided to visit Las Vegas which was only 60 miles south of us. I remember this one incident that happened on our way back to Desert Rock. We were all in uniform and were waiting on this Greyhound bus that ran to Mercury test site. As we sat there waiting for the bus to fill up, in order for us to leave. An Air force. Colonel boarded the bus looking around and seeing all the seats occupied, he went up to the driver and asked him if he would ask someone to get up and give him their seat. Now this bus was full of service men from different branches of the service except the Air force. We had privates, Corporals, and Pfc’s sitting in the seats. But nobody made a move to give up his seat to the fly bird. The bus driver read the riot act to this Colonel. He wanted to know who in the hell this Colonel thought he was asking him to get a seat for him. He told the Colonel that he had taken enough shit off officers when he was in the service.
  761.  
  762.  
  763.  
  764.  
  765.  
  766.  
  767. And just because the colonel had a pair of silver birds on his shoulders, It didn‘t keep his shit from stinking like everyone else’s. With this the Colonel asked the driver for his name. To which the driver replied, Come in the office with me. They both got off the bus. The driver returned a few minutes later alone. He announced to all of us that we were leaving without the Colonel. Then he said he was pleased that none gave up their seat. Amid a heavy round of applause, we were on our way back to camp.
  768.  
  769.  
  770.  
  771.  
  772.  
  773.  
  774. After Desert Rock it was back to Pendleton for us.
  775.  
  776.  
  777.  
  778.  
  779.  
  780.  
  781. Life at Camp Pendleton was becoming boring and so was my Service duty. When it was time for liberty call. It was either San Diego you went to and were approached by homosexuals or else you went to Tijuana and took a chance of catching something that you wouldn‘t be proud of. Of course if you wanted to stay close to the base. There was always Oceanside where everyone could tell you were a Marine by the way your hair was cut. And the way you walked. In Oceanside you weren’t a man in service to your country. You were walking dollar bills. If it wasn‘t the cheap tattoo shops ripping off us naive Marines, then it was the cheap clothing stores who sold you clothing made out of cheap material from somewhere over seas. If it wasn’t the fags then it was the store owners trying to put their hand in our pocket. Everyone was out for that almighty dollar. My friend and I went to the Pike in Long Beach. Now the Pike was an amusement park similar to Coney Island and I thought their main function was to rip people off instead of amusing them.
  782.  
  783.  
  784.  
  785.  
  786.  
  787.  
  788. While we were walking around looking for a little amusement, we ran into a few jar heads that were in our Company. “Jar Head” is the term used for Marine. While we were all standing around bullshiting each other. A magic act was in the process of opening. Upon this stage was a beautiful girl who was scantly dressed. She wore only a halter, panties and shoes. She had a fantastic body. Her breast brought alive the taste buds in my mouth and her legs were strong legs, the kind that could brake a mans ribs. The M.C. of the show looked like a second rated pimp that was a Tijuana reject. This hawker started his pitch. Ladies and Gentlemen you see before your eyes this beautiful woman. In this act I will attempt to saw this beautiful woman in half. This show as you know isn‘t meant to be derogatory, but in order to perform this act we have to have this woman remove her clothes. With these words there was a rush to the ticket box. Now I don’t know why any of us thought her clothing had to be removed. After all, she was being sawed in half and no way the blade of the saw would catch in any of her clothing.
  789.  
  790.  
  791.  
  792.  
  793.  
  794.  
  795. She climbed into the box still wearing her halter, panties and shoes. Once inside the box, her arm came up holding her halter then her hand came up again holding her panties.The lid of the box was then closed. The box was moved to the center of the stage and then sawed in two. Then one half was rolled away from the other half. The hawker then announced to all of us young and naive Marines and Navy men that for an additional fifty cents, we could see how this trick was accomplished. For an extra fifty cents we were climbing over one another to get on the stage.
  796.  
  797.  
  798.  
  799.  
  800.  
  801.  
  802. We looked in the box and saw that we had been taken. This beautiful body that had woke up my taste buds, now lay grotesquely contorted in one end of the box. In the other half of the box was a pair of rubber legs. This beautiful contortionist, was still wearing the same set of clothes she had on when she had gotten into the box. It finally dawned on us that she had handed out a duplicate set of clothing. Barnum was right. A sucker was born every minute and two to take him. It seemed like where ever you went someone was always trying to put their hand in your pocket.
  803.  
  804.  
  805.  
  806.  
  807.  
  808.  
  809. My Marine buddy who had been on mess duty with me after boot camp went on liberty to San Diego with me. Now both of us were only 17 years old and we were we looking for a good time, we thought we might get lucky and pick up a few nice girls. We were too young to know how to go about finding nice girls, so we ended up spending out time in an arcade. Between the arcades, tattoo shops and the whorehouse, there weren‘t many places for us young naive service men to go. Now I was naive I’ll admit, but my buddy had to take first prize when it came to being naive. As we were in one of these arcades, we met a couple of young girls who were fair looking. We struck up a conversation and my buddy who was hornier than a two pecker Billy goat let one of these girls talk him into going in one of those little booths that you get your picture taken for a quarter. After what seemed like an hour, they both came out. My buddy was blushing because he had an erection. My face was red also, but not because I was blushing. But because I was mad. All that time in that booth being led on by this girl cost him a hell of a lot of money for a service man.
  810.  
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  812.  
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  815.  
  816. I don‘t recall how many pictures they took but I know he spent a lot of money buying quarters from her. What really made me mad was how sweet and innocent she seemed. I asked him why he stayed in the booth with her for so long if he wasn’t getting anywhere? He told me she let him see it a few times and because that gave him a hard on he was ashamed to come out of the booth where everyone would see him. I told him for all the money he spent, she should have let him have it instead of just looking at it. I also told him, he could have gone to Tijuana and got laid all night for that amount of money. He replied that there weren‘t any nice girls in Tijuana. They were all whores. I told him I had more respect for a whore. At least she gave you a screw without really screwing you.
  817.  
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  822.  
  823. I thought it was time to see something different so I put in for a transfer for overseas duty. I was hoping for a tour of duty in Japan, but my luck wasn’t with me. I got orders for Okinawa. On the way over to Okinawa, on the ship U.S.S. Anderson, we were shown a movie film about venereal disease. We were told that the Orient in the far East was one big whore house without a roof. And that there were venereal diseases unknown to the Western World. Therefore there wasn‘t any cure for them. They showed us pictures of what was once a penis. It was in a jar. We were told that it was eaten off by an unknown venereal disease. After watching that movie I didn’t get an erection for one day. But I think this was due to the saltpeter they put into the food.
  824.  
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  830. When we docked at Okinawa, I made the remark that the women were very homily. Someone said, After you are here awhile, the women will start looking like Marilyn Monroe. When I arrived the weather was hot and humid and the women were like the weather, with the exception that they weren‘t hot. About the only form of recreation to be had was in the sack. Script was used for money and an American dollar was worth 265 yen and for 200 yen you could get a quickie. With all this sex around, there was naturally a lot of venereal diseases. The service men who were unfortunate enough to catch a venereal disease could easily get terramycin pills in the villages.
  831.  
  832.  
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  835.  
  836.  
  837. If the pills didn’t work, then you had to face the embarrassment of going to sick bay. You also had this entered into your medical record. I can recall a few times when we were barricaded in the barracks because of typhoon raging outside in all its fury. Some of the men had the clap and couldn‘t get out to get their terramycin pills. The typhoon would sometimes last for a few days. These service men had too much pride to go to sick bay. So they would ride out the storm. You would walk into the “head” which is jargon for restroom. You could see the agony in those faces from the pain as they were pissing. Hell has no fury like a women’s what?
  838.  
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  840.  
  841.  
  842.  
  843.  
  844. At the time I was in Okinawa there were a few antiAmerican demonstrations. But the military threaten to put the towns off limits to the servicemen where the demonstrations occurred. The businessmen of these towns didn‘t want to lose that American money, so they tried to keep the people from demonstrating.
  845.  
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  847.  
  848.  
  849.  
  850.  
  851. I thought about all the Americans who had given their lives there an Okinawa. I was thinking of them and wondering what they would think if they saw what was going on in this Island now. But I was young at that time and didn’t know the real world.
  852.  
  853.  
  854.  
  855.  
  856.  
  857.  
  858. After being on Okinawa for six months, I tried out for the boxing team. My weight put me in the lightweight class which was 132 lbs for the service. I was fortunate that there weren‘t many boxers in that weight class. I made the team easily. It was easy to spot me in the gym. I was the white guy working out. No not the coach, the guy working out. When my Marine buddy would come to the gym to watch me workout, he would walk up to me and say Doctor Livingston I presume
  859.  
  860.  
  861.  
  862.  
  863.  
  864.  
  865. After winning a few matches, I ended up being the Far East lightweight champion of 1957. This was a lucky break for me because I got to fly home to California for the all Marine Championship that was being held in Oceanside California.
  866.  
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  868.  
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  870.  
  871.  
  872. I lost the very first night of the tournament but I didn’t feel too bad about it. I lost a decision to one of the top boxers in the lightweight class. He had fought in six all Marine tournaments.
  873.  
  874.  
  875.  
  876.  
  877.  
  878.  
  879. After he had beaten me, He went on to lose by a split decision the next night to the eventual winner of the tournament. This fighter who won the All Marine lightweight championship went on to become all service lightweight champion. His name was Louis Molina. A few years later he would rank as high as the number four contender for the welterweight championship of the world.
  880.  
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  882.  
  883.  
  884.  
  885.  
  886. I had about a month service time left and didn‘t know what I was going to do. It seemed crazy to me. Here I was after three years of wanting to get out of the service finding myself with no place or purpose to go to.
  887.  
  888.  
  889.  
  890.  
  891.  
  892.  
  893. My father and my mother were living in Albuquerque, New Mexico at this time so that seemed the place to go. When my 20th birthday arrived, I was disappointed in finding out my service records were still overseas. This meant that I wouldn’t be free ’till my records arrived. My brother got discharged that day and left for Albuquerque. I wasn’t to leave until eighteen days later. My records finally arrived from overseas. When I received my discharge papers, I couldn‘t wait to get through those gates.
  894.  
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  896.  
  897.  
  898.  
  899.  
  900. After spending three years in the Corps, the only things I had to show for that time were a couple of ribbons. One of the ribbons was a good conduct ribbon which US Marines called a (Tijuana campaign ribbon). The other ribbon was for overseas duty. Then of course I had the nightmares of still being in the Corps.
  901.  
  902.  
  903. Chapter 3
  904.  
  905.  
  906. TRANSITION BACK TO CIVILIAN LIFE
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  916.  
  917. I was young and thought I was ready for the society waiting for me. But without a high school diploma and no formal education, I found out there wasn’t anything waiting for me.
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  920.  
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  923.  
  924. With a couple of hundred dollars mustering out pay, I decided to take a vacation for awhile. I went to the unemployment office and signed up for the twenty six dollars a week the Government was paying. My brother and I got an apartment right next to the unemployment office. I didn‘t try to find work for a couple of months, but my brother got a job with the Post Office as a mail carrier.
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  930.  
  931. When there was only a few more weeks left that I could draw unemployment. I thought it was time to look for work. I managed to get a job as a warehouseman for the Charles Ilfeld Company. My top salary was $1.56 per hour. But this was far better pay than the girl who was living in the apartment next to ours was earning. She worked in hamburger joint for &0.95 an hour. Being that New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona were only a stones throw away from the Mexican border. I guess with all that cheap labor waiting there the business men in Albuquerque weren’t too worried about the local people quitting on account of peon wages.
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  936.  
  937.  
  938. Only making enough to get by on gave me the idea of picking up a few dollars boxing. But I thought I would first go and try out for the golden gloves tournament that was coming up in March. I started going to the gym and working out a little. I didn‘t need much to get in shape because I was working hard at work and I knew that in amateur boxing it would only be three two minutes rounds. I did a little sparing with a few of the professional boxers, so I could learn a few moves around the ring. I figured if I won the golden gloves in New Mexico then I would move on to Chicago and then from Chicago who knows where. Maybe someone would guide me to a good career as a pro. I was young and full of dreams, But as I would find out later in life. They were only dreams.
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  942.  
  943.  
  944.  
  945. March finally rolled around and it was cold and windy as I went down to the Convention Center to sign up for the golden gloves tournament. As we were weighing in to determine what weight division we’d be fighting in, this tall skinny black got on the scales. He weighed in at 132 pounds which put him in the light weight division. There were two classes that you could box in. One was the Open Class. This was for boxers who had more than six bouts. Then there was the Novice Class for boxers with less
  946.  
  947.  
  948. Six bouts. When he told them that he was 21 years old, he was told he would have to box in the Open Class because of his age. That‘s alright with me, He replied. I then got on the scales. I weighed in at 130 pounds. I looked at this black and smiled, but I could tell by his look that he wasn’t the friendly type of person or maybe he was mad because we happened to weigh almost the same.
  949.  
  950.  
  951.  
  952.  
  953.  
  954.  
  955. When it came time for the tournament, my brother and I went to the Convention Center. As we were going down the stairs to look at the bulletin board to see who my opponent would be that night, this tall skinny black was also coming down stairs a shucking and jiving with five of his friends. They were all from the Air Force base. Who‘s my man? Who’s my man for tonight? He was asking as he came didly bopping over to the bulletin board. I looked at the board and saw that I was matched against him for the night. I held out my hand and said, It looks like you and me tonight. He didn‘t take my hand. He just glared at me and said, I’m telling you one thing. It‘s going to be a mother fucking fight tonight. His friends sound their agreement. Yeah!! It’s going to be a mother fucking fight tonight.
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  962. I look at my brother and wink. I had a feeling my opponent was letting his ass overload his mouth. I knew he wanted to box in the novice class where there would be only teenage opponents with less than six bouts. But now he had to box against opponents with more experience.
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  967.  
  968.  
  969. That night as I was in the dressing room getting my hands tapped I told my brother. I‘m going to take this jive ass apart. As I was loosening up by shadow boxing I could hear the crowd roaring and I knew someone was in trouble and it wouldn’t be long before I was in that ring. It came time to go. I started my walk down the aisle leading to the ring. As we both climbed into the ring. I look over at my opponent who was then having his head gear strapped on. This wearing of the headgear was mandatory for service personnel. I choose not to wear headgear. After the introduction, both of us went to the center of the ring to receive the instructions from the referee. As I was listening to the instructions, I keep my head bent towards the canvas. I couldn‘t help notice my opponents shoes. He had all these fancy tassels on his shoe strings. I was thinking. This guy is sure a showman. Now let’s see if he can fight. We went to our corners and waited for the bell.
  970.  
  971.  
  972.  
  973.  
  974.  
  975.  
  976. Bing!! The bell sounded and I started right towards him. He was moving along the ropes latterly. He stop for a second and pulled on the ropes. Then suddenly turned and came straight to me. I drop into a crouch and started bobbing and weaving. I came out of my crouch with a couple of straight jabs to his face. And then slammed a right hand to the body. He danced back trying to jab me with his left. I backed him against the ropes and caught him with a hard left hook..He grabbed me. Tying me up.
  977.  
  978.  
  979.  
  980.  
  981.  
  982.  
  983. I pushed away from him and came back jabbing him with my left. Because of my bobbing and weaving style, he was finding it hard to hit me. Now I could see why he wanted to box as a novice. I hit him with a solid left hook. I saw his knees buckle and knew this one really hurt him. I moved towards him smiling. He tried backing away. I feinted a left hook and as he was trying to roll under it. He caught my short right uppercut flush on the nose. He was bleeding from the nose pretty heavily as the bell sounded to signal the end of the round. The bell rang for the next round. But the fight was over. I walked over to his corner where he was still sitting on his stool. It sure was a mother fucker tonight, I said. I turned and left the ring.
  984.  
  985.  
  986.  
  987.  
  988.  
  989.  
  990. The next night I lost a decision to this Mexican fighter who went on to the finals in Belen New Mexico . With the Golden Gloves tournament over. I decided to pick up a few dollars fighting as a Pro. Deep inside I knew I wasn‘t championship material but I was born with the love for boxing in my blood. At this time in Albuquerque I was the only Anglo boxer on the fight cards that was of Irish blood. In fact I was the only Anglo lightweight boxer in New Mexico. With the warm weather of the sunshine belt attracting a lot of Anglos to Albuquerque. The boxing promoters were happy to have me on their fight card. After my working day was over. I would head for the gym and work out for a few hours. I became acquainted with this fighter who’s name was Joey Limas. He was a lightweight boxer like me. The local fans loved Joey because he gave them more than the price of the ticket. When Joey came to fight it was war. None of this holding, dancing and running. Joey‘s style was a style of war. He came at you bobbing and weaving and throwing bombs.
  991.  
  992.  
  993.  
  994.  
  995.  
  996.  
  997. When Joey and I would spar, Joey would more or less box. Slipping punches, jabbing and dancing away. He taught me a lot of moves in the ring. I liked Joey a lot not because he was a great fighter, but because he was a greater person.
  998.  
  999.  
  1000.  
  1001.  
  1002.  
  1003.  
  1004. Joey and I knew who was the better fighter between us. The
  1005.  
  1006.  
  1007. day came when the fight promoter wanted to match us against
  1008.  
  1009.  
  1010. each other. The promoter knew an Irish fighter against the local well loved Mexican fighter would be a nice drawing card.
  1011.  
  1012.  
  1013.  
  1014.  
  1015.  
  1016.  
  1017. I had only four fights under my belt at this time. Even though I’d won all of them. There was no way I was in Joey‘s league. Joey and I knew what the outcome would of been. Joey had been fighting for a few years. Even before I got out of the service. He knew he would of beat me, but he also knew he would more likely have to hurt me. Because my Irish pride wouldn’t have let me quit. We had become good friends and Joey didn‘t want another win on his boxing record at my expense. He told the promoter to find someone else to fight me. Joey showed class and we became closer friends after that. We would go over to the part of Albuquerque that Joey called tortilla flat. There weren’t many Anglos that ventured over to that part of town. When all the Mexicans saw me with Joey they welcomed us like we were brothers.
  1018.  
  1019.  
  1020.  
  1021.  
  1022.  
  1023.  
  1024. When Joey and I would be boxing on the same fight card, We would sometimes be in the same dressing room. Joey would get a little philosophical. He would tell me to look around at all the people in the dressing room. You see all these people wishing us luck and telling us how much they want us to win? Well Bob, just watch and see how many of them will be here after the fight if you lose.
  1025.  
  1026.  
  1027.  
  1028.  
  1029.  
  1030.  
  1031. They‘ll be in the other dressing room congratulating the winner and telling him how glad they are that he won. That’s the way of life, everybody wants to be in the winner‘s corner. Nobody wants to be with a loser. So Bob, when you come back in this dressing room, come back as a winner. If you lose remember what I said. That way you’ll understand why life is a harder fight than what your facing in the ring tonight. In the ring if your taking a beating, you have a referee to stop you from taking any more punishment. But in life who‘s going to stop you from taking too much punishment? This conversation has always been with me throughout my life.
  1032.  
  1033.  
  1034.  
  1035.  
  1036.  
  1037.  
  1038. As I sat there getting my hands taped. I could hear the crowd roaring and I knew someone was taking punishment. I also knew the quicker the fight that was in progress was over. The sooner I would be out there. As I was warming up by Shadow Boxing, I could never shake the butterflies out of my stomach. I would pray in silence to God. God , someone has to lose tonight. If it be me, let it be, but please let no one get hurt bad tonight.
  1039.  
  1040.  
  1041.  
  1042.  
  1043.  
  1044.  
  1045. Then it would come time to walk down that aisle with that ring looking so small and far away. The cigarette and cigar smoke rising up to the lights above the ring. The bald heads glistening under the lights of the auditorium. The noise of the crowd. It was something to love but also hate at the same time. But once I was in that ring and after the first punch was felt, the butterflies left and it was time to go to work.
  1046.  
  1047.  
  1048.  
  1049.  
  1050.  
  1051.  
  1052. I was only boxing four round fights and only receiving $10.00 a round. And after the fight that forty dollars would be spent in the bar on my well wishers and friends. I wasn’t a world beater, I was just a gregarious person. With beer coasting 25 cents a
  1053.  
  1054.  
  1055. Bottle I could buy a lot of rounds.
  1056.  
  1057.  
  1058.  
  1059.  
  1060.  
  1061.  
  1062. For all the time I had to spend in the gym and all the road work I did. It wasn‘t worth the $10.00 a round I was being paid. Besides I liked my beer to much. Sure it was a nice feeling when you win. Just like anything else. But who can win all the time? Working for a wage just to exist was not compatible to my way of thinking. I had been born to a poor family like millions of others. I was impatient and wanted everything now! Working for peon wages just for a roof over my head, a little to eat and a few beers wasn’t my idea of living. I was young and the world was old. And I was going to go out and take a part of it. My parents had moved to Las Vegas and had written us letters telling us how beautiful the weather was and also of the low unemployment statistics. My brother had resigned from the Post Office with the intention of going to California. I told my brother, if you have enough balls to pick up and go without a job waiting for you. Then I‘m going with you. One night we packed everything in his car and started to California.
  1063.  
  1064.  
  1065.  
  1066.  
  1067.  
  1068.  
  1069. My brother and I might of had the same blood. But we were as different as night and day when it came to our way of thought. My brother was more vocal. He said what he thought, whereas I thought as I would like to say. I thought by saying the truth about something, it might offend someone. Whereas my brother thought that not saying anything offended him. For an example, This is an incident that happened on our way to California.
  1070.  
  1071.  
  1072.  
  1073.  
  1074.  
  1075.  
  1076. Why driving through Arizona, Barry Goldwater country, being that we were thirsty it was beer time. We pulled into this roadside tavern which was a million miles from nowhere. My brother handed me money and told me to run in a buy a six pack. After being charged an outrageous price, I went to the car and gave my brother the change. My brother said, you have to be kidding, this beer in no way could of cost that amount of money. For that kind of money we could of bought two six packs in Albuquerque. I told him we were in Arizona and not Albuquerque. With this my brother said, Give me that six pack. We both went to the tavern and walked into the bar, among a bunch of construction workers, who had been repairing the highway.
  1077.  
  1078.  
  1079.  
  1080.  
  1081.  
  1082.  
  1083. My brother proceeded to talk to the bar maid. How come you charged so much money for this six pack. The bar maid replied, We are so isolated out here, it cost us more money for delivery. My brother said, Bullshit, you saw the New Mexico license plates and figured here is another tourist to fleece. While my brother was talking, I was thinking, look at all these construction workers who are probably trying to get in this bar maid’s pants. I know who‘s side they were on in this argument. I also knew if it came to a fight, they wouldn’t abide by the Marquis of Queens berry Rules. My brother wasn‘t a boxer but he sure was a fighter for what was conceived to be fair. He told the barmaid to give him back the money for the beer. After this was done. He announced that the barmaid could shove the beer, Barry Goldwater and the state of Arizona some place. With this I was waiting for the explosion, as I was reciting the 23rd Psalm to myself.
  1084.  
  1085.  
  1086.  
  1087.  
  1088.  
  1089.  
  1090. I knew my brother knew I wasn’t chicken shit, but I also thought that he knew I wasn‘t suicidal. I was watching all those hard hats to see who would move first. To my relief no one got up from the bar. As we were driving down the highway, I was thinking. Who says God doesn’t answer your prayers? Driving down the highway feeling free and alive, my brother and I thought we should stop in Vegas and see our parents and after a week we would go on to California.
  1091.  
  1092.  
  1093.  
  1094.  
  1095.  
  1096.  
  1097. When we arrived in Vegas it was the middle of March, but the weather was quite warm at this time of year which is a lot more than I could say of Albuquerque. After driving around awhile we found our parents home. Naturally being surprised, they were also glad to see us. We told them we would stay a week and then we were going on to California. But they convinced us that the chances of finding work would be better in Vegas.
  1098.  
  1099.  
  1100.  
  1101.  
  1102.  
  1103.  
  1104. My brother and I went looking for a place to rent. We found this little trailer in this run down trailer court. This trailer court had to be the next thing to shear existing. People who were living here knew they had to be going up because they couldn‘t get any lower. But us two being bachelors and having only a few dollars between us, we found it suitable for only forty dollars a month. And it would be good enough till we found work. But the first thing we had to get was beer. Beer for some reason makes one think better, when it comes to job hunting. After buying a case of beer, we went back to the trailer and planned how we would find a job.
  1105.  
  1106.  
  1107.  
  1108.  
  1109.  
  1110.  
  1111. It seems that when your living in a poor section of town, people seem to sense when you have drink in the house. We no sooner had the first can of beer opened, when we heard a knock on the door. I opened the door to see this guy standing there with a weeks growth of whiskers. He introduced himself as John and said he was in need of a cigarette. Looking at him I knew he was in need of a drink. I told him I didn’t smoke, but here‘s a beer. He reached for it as a big toothless grin spread across his face. Right then I knew we were going to have company for the rest of the day or until the beer ran out. John said his line of work was painting but he hadn’t worked in a few months. He also said he was a good old boy from Texas. I saw his eyes light up when we told him to drink up. because there was plenty of beer left and if we ran out we‘d buy more. John got up and said he’d be back directly which I took for Texas talk to mean. In a few minutes, when he returned in a few minutes, he had a pack of cigarettes with him. He said he had just remembered that he had a pack in the house. I think he knew that I knew that his asking for a cigarette was only an excuse for an introduction, which might lead to a drink.
  1112.  
  1113.  
  1114.  
  1115.  
  1116.  
  1117.  
  1118. We sat around drinking and telling jokes, yea boy he said, I‘m getting old, when I was young like you, I’d get up in the morning and go to the bathroom to take a piss. I‘d have to hold it down to keep from pissing in my face. Now I have to hold it up to keep from pissing in my shoes. Then he told us if you crossed a Mexican with an octopus you would end up with an eight arm tomato picker. We were really putting a dent into the case of beer. With the beer almost gone we were starting to feel hungry. I said I would go to the store for something for sandwiches and beer.
  1119.  
  1120.  
  1121.  
  1122.  
  1123.  
  1124.  
  1125. John said, No Bob, You guys have been sharing your beer with me and beings I got a pot of Oklahoma Caviar on the stove, I’ll bring it over and we‘ll chow down. He came back with the pot of beans along with a couple of TV dinners.
  1126.  
  1127.  
  1128.  
  1129.  
  1130.  
  1131.  
  1132. Now this trailer my brother and I were living in had a bed in one end of it and a couch at the other end and a small stove next to the bedroom. We had turned on the swamp cooler to blow the cigarette smoke out of the front door which we had left open.
  1133.  
  1134.  
  1135.  
  1136.  
  1137.  
  1138.  
  1139. We all three were feeling no pain with the case of beer being consumed. I put the pot of beans on the stove and told John that I would heat up the TV dinners first because it wouldn’t take as long for the beans to get hot. I turned on the oven and tried to light it. The match wouldn‘t stay lit. I tried again to light the oven. The match went out again. Now the three of us being drunk thought this was funny as we began to smell the butane. I tried again. My brother and John who were really laughing hard now, said, we’re getting the hell out of here. The match went out again. I reached up and unplugged the cooler that was blowing air down from the ceiling and was the cause of the matches being blown out. By this time the smell of butane was really strong. I leaned down to light the oven again. This time I knew the match lit because the force of the explosion blew me right back into the bedroom. There were beans all over the ceiling and all over the floor along with the TV dinners. The hairs on my arms were all singed as well as the top of my head. I also had only half my eyebrows left along with part of my eyelashes missing. Other than that I was in good shape.
  1140.  
  1141.  
  1142.  
  1143.  
  1144.  
  1145.  
  1146. I came out of the trailer laughing. People from the trailer court were all standing around ask what had happened. I took a look at the trailer and could see where the force of the explosion had cracked the windows and almost took the roof off. There were big cracks in the seam around the roof.
  1147.  
  1148.  
  1149.  
  1150.  
  1151.  
  1152.  
  1153. I told everybody that everything was all right and that they could go home now. I’m sure glad that the manager of the park was out getting drunk as I found out later.
  1154.  
  1155.  
  1156.  
  1157.  
  1158.  
  1159.  
  1160. The next day we went looking for a job as bus boys. We didn‘t try too hard that day. We had the attitude of let’s get a beer for now, there‘s always tomorrow to find a job. I didn’t want to go to work for awhile but I knew the rent would have to be paid. After a couple of weeks of waiting for a job to walk in the door, we got lucky. We met someone who was living in the trailer court and was looking for laundry workers. It seemed a couple of men working with him got picked up by the immigration and were sent back to Mexico. He told us that he was the head washman in a laundry and if we didn‘t mind hard work he would give us a job in the washroom.
  1161.  
  1162.  
  1163.  
  1164.  
  1165.  
  1166.  
  1167. The next day we went to work for him and found out he was kidding when he said the work was hard. We had to load and unload those big washing machines in the hot steamy washroom. The pay was lousy the work was hard and we knew that we weren’t cut out for this way of making a living. About a month later we quit and went to the unemployment office and applied for unemployment. We were told that we would have to wait about five weeks to draw any checks because we quit work without a good reason. Well now we really had to find a job. About a week later we got a job at the Stardust Casino and Hotel as busboys.
  1168.  
  1169.  
  1170.  
  1171.  
  1172.  
  1173.  
  1174. This also was a low paying job and the waitresses were tighter than a ducks ass (which is water proof) when it came to doling out part of their tips to us. After working eight hours of setting and cleaning tables for them you were lucky sometimes if you received a dollar from them. It wouldn‘t of been so bad if you hadn’t seen them after work feeding the slot machine with their tip money that they had made because of your fast work at getting the tables cleared and setup.
  1175.  
  1176.  
  1177.  
  1178.  
  1179.  
  1180.  
  1181. I thought I‘d pick up a few bucks by trying my hand at boxing again. I went to the local gym and tried to get in shape for a four round bout. At this time they had a bantam weight fighter named Ray Pacheco who was trying to get in shape for a bout. He was ranked in the top ten for the bantam weight title. We sparred together trying to get in shape but with only two weeks to go before the fight card would be held, I knew I was taking a chance of being hurt and maybe being stopped. This was in July and the temperature was well over a hundred degrees. With me working the midnight shift and getting off at eight in the morning, I wasn’t in the mood to do road work and besides it would of been too hot to of been doing any running.
  1182.  
  1183.  
  1184.  
  1185.  
  1186.  
  1187.  
  1188. It came fight time and the boxing matches were held at the La Vista Supper Club. The ring was built over the swimming pool. My opponent was lean and mean. It was a tough fight for me mostly because I wasn‘t in top condition. In fact, three hours before the fight I drank two shots of brandy with honey and two drops of ammonia mixed in it. This concoction served as a stimulant. I managed to win by a decision.
  1189.  
  1190.  
  1191.  
  1192.  
  1193.  
  1194.  
  1195. I got paid twenty five dollars for the fight. After paying five dollars for a boxing license, I look at the twenty dollar bill in my hand.
  1196.  
  1197.  
  1198.  
  1199.  
  1200.  
  1201.  
  1202. That was the last time I put on a pair of boxing gloves.
  1203.  
  1204.  
  1205.  
  1206.  
  1207.  
  1208.  
  1209. My brother and I worked at the Stardust for about nine months. I took a test for the Post Office and past it. A week later I was working for them. In the mean time my brother got a job with this outfit named U. S. Lime Company. I first went to work at the Bonanza office as a clerk. About a month later I was asked to go to the Main Office because they needed a time keeper. I didn’t think I could do the job, but as it turned out, it was easier than I thought. I was getting paid $2.26 an hour which was a fair amount of money back in those days.
  1210.  
  1211.  
  1212.  
  1213.  
  1214.  
  1215.  
  1216. After about a year had passed by, my brother decided to use his G.I. bill and buy a house. At this time all you had to do was put up $99.00 dollars. Then make the payments for thirty years which were around $115.00 a month.
  1217.  
  1218.  
  1219.  
  1220.  
  1221.  
  1222.  
  1223. I wanted to live by myself so he went one way and I went the other. While working at the main office I became friends with the night custodian. His name was Jimmy and he was holding two jobs. The one at the post office and the other on was at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino as a porter. Jimmy was an avid baseball fan and loved the Los Angeles Dodgers. When I was working on the time cards at night, Jimmy would come over to my desk , pull up a chair and talk baseball. It was getting around World Series time. The Minnesota Twins were coming out to play the Dodgers in California. Jimmy invited me to go to California with him and his two brothers for the two games that were being played on Saturday and Sunday. I hesitated for a few minutes, because Jimmy was black. I thought I‘d be uncomfortable because around this time there had been a lot of trouble between blacks and whites in a few of the cities. I liked Jimmy a lot and didn’t want him to think I was prejudiced against him because he was black. Although I was prejudiced against a lot of blacks. But Jimmy was different. He wasn‘t black to me. He was just Jimmy. Friday night I found myself driving to Los Angeles with Jimmy and his two brothers. I don’t recall what town we stopped in around the LA area, but it was late at night and we were in the colored section of town. I was nervous because not too long ago there was a riot in the Watts area of LA and a few people were killed. While we were sitting in the car, Jimmy said that he and his two brothers wanted to go into this place and play some cards. I think they called it tonk. He said if I wanted to sit in the car not to worry because there was a loaded pistol in the glove compartment. I told him the only way I‘d sit in the car by myself was if I had a machine gun and to hell with a pistol. All right then, come along with us, He said.
  1224.  
  1225.  
  1226.  
  1227.  
  1228.  
  1229.  
  1230. We went up to the door and he knock on it. Someone peeked out of the little window in the door. Jimmy reach in his pocket and pulled out a card and held it up to the window. After seeing the card, whoever was behind the window opened the door. I walked in with Jimmy and his brothers, to a bar and card tables filled with blacks. Jimmy and his younger brother went over to the card tables. His older brother and I went right to the bar. I figured if I was going to get killed I might as well go out drunk. While we were sitting at the bar having a beer, this black hooker asked me if I would like to go to the room with her for a good time.
  1231.  
  1232.  
  1233.  
  1234.  
  1235.  
  1236.  
  1237. Jimmy’s brother said to her. This white man don‘t want any black pussy. He likes white pussy. She said, Maybe you would like some black pussy. He told her. No I don’t like black pussy . Iss like white pussy. She said you is a jive ass nigger. I sat there smiling and thinking Jimmys brother sure is funny. Then this big guy comes up to me and said, Buy me a drink. Jimmy‘s brother said look nigger just because this guy is white he don’t have to be buying you nothing. I knew I was going to die then. I could see the headlines, “White man killed in Black Bar”. Just about this time Jimmy and his younger brother along with a friend came over from the card table. Look a here nigger we came here to play a little cards and we brought a friend with us. He looks white but he‘s a nigger like us, so don’t you be fucking with him. While they were telling him this, they put their hand in their pockets. I knew they weren‘t reaching for a handkerchief and so did he. The trouble was over, but I was still as nervous as a whore in church until we got out of there.
  1238.  
  1239.  
  1240.  
  1241.  
  1242.  
  1243.  
  1244. We left and went looking for a hotel to stay in for the night. We found this flea bag hotel in the seedy area of LA. The price was right and with the World Series being played. We thought we were lucky enough to find a cheap place.
  1245.  
  1246.  
  1247.  
  1248.  
  1249.  
  1250.  
  1251. The next day we went to the stadium to buy our tickets. The ticket booth was closed. We were told that all the tickets had been sold out. But there were plenty of them that the scalpers were selling. We bought four of them at eight dollars each, double the original price. The Dodgers won the game that day. We went back to the hotel and waited for Sunday’s game. Don Drysdale was pitching that day, so the scalpers really upped the price of a ticket. An eight dollar ticket was going for $25.00. I was madder than hell because these scalpers were walking around
  1252.  
  1253.  
  1254. doing something illegal and nobody was doing a thing about it. On the back of the tickets it even stated that the tickets weren‘t to be sold for more than face value. By order of the Internal Revenue. The Internal Revenue was always up your ass to pay your taxes but they sure didn’t have the balls to come to the stadium and catch some real thieves in action. I said, heck Jimmy are we going to pay a hundred bucks for four tickets? No Bob we ain‘t going to pay nothing. We’ll drive up to the stadium and when one of those scalpers tries to sell us tickets. We‘ll just take em. They can’t do a thing because they‘re not suppose to be scalping tickets in the first place.
  1255.  
  1256.  
  1257.  
  1258.  
  1259.  
  1260.  
  1261. As we were approaching the stadium, the road leading to it was lined with these scavengers selling tickets. Who do we want to take? Jimmy asked me. It’s up to you Jimmy, I said. All right let‘s take that old white dude on the corner. He don’t look like he can run as fast as some of these niggers I see standing with tickets in their hands. The scalper was standing on the corner a few feet away from the traffic light. Jimmy‘s brother pulled over to the curb. Hey man you got any tickets? Jimmy yelled! The scalper came up to the car. Sure man I got all kinds of tickets, He said. How much is the cheapest one? Jimmy asked. $25.00 a ticket was the reply. We want four of them but they all have to be in the same row. Jimmy pulled a wad of money out of his pocket. You sure these tickets are in the same row? Sure man look you can see they’re all numbered in sequence. The scalper said. As he handed the tickets to Jimmy to look at. I guess the scalper seeing that wad of money in Jimmy‘s hand let greed get the best of him because he didn’t know he was going to get screwed before he could screw us.
  1262.  
  1263.  
  1264.  
  1265.  
  1266.  
  1267.  
  1268. While Jimmy was checking the tickets. The traffic light turned green. Jimmys brother hit the gas pedal and left a streak of rubber. I looked back to see the scalper chasing the car. I looked at Jimmy and with a wink, I said, You people are going to give us whites a bad name.
  1269.  
  1270.  
  1271.  
  1272.  
  1273.  
  1274.  
  1275. With Don Drysdale pitching a good game the Dodgers won.
  1276.  
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  1278.  
  1279.  
  1280.  
  1281.  
  1282. We started back to Vegas and as we were driving along at night in the middle of nowhere, the car started stalling. Son of a bitch we‘re out of gas, Jimmy’s brother said. We rolled over to the side of the road. Bobby, Jimmy said, your have to get your white ass out there and hitch a ride to the nearest gas station. You know ain‘t nobody going to pick up a bunch of niggers in the desert, especially at night. Now we gonna duck down in the car so nobody be seeing us niggers.
  1283.  
  1284.  
  1285.  
  1286.  
  1287.  
  1288.  
  1289. As I was standing by the side of the highway with a gas can in my hand, It wasn’t long before a car stopped. It was a man and a woman who gave me a ride to the gas station. After getting the gas can filled, they gave me a ride back to the car.
  1290.  
  1291.  
  1292.  
  1293.  
  1294.  
  1295.  
  1296. You can imagine the look on their faces when they saw three black smiling faces looking at them.
  1297.  
  1298.  
  1299.  
  1300.  
  1301.  
  1302.  
  1303. I thanked them, as I could see they were in a hurry to leave. We put the gas in and then drove to the station to fill up before driving on to Vegas
  1304.  
  1305.  
  1306.  
  1307.  
  1308.  
  1309.  
  1310. At this time in Vegas, my brother was busy working all kinds of hours by putting in a lot of overtime. He was saving all the money he could to buy furniture for his new house. And me? I was doing what I loved most, drinking, gambling, and chasing women. I seemed to love all the action. Never thinking about tomorrow.
  1311.  
  1312.  
  1313.  
  1314.  
  1315.  
  1316.  
  1317. One day I went to pay a visit to my brother. As I came up to his house, I didn‘t see his car in the driveway. I naturally thought he wasn’t home. But then the door opened and he came out to greet me. Where‘s your car? I asked. He started telling me about what happened to this second hand car that he had bought off a doctor friend of ours. It seems he was driving down this street, when all of a sudden this car comes crashing into him. My brother said he had the right of way and that this car that hit his had failed to yield to the right of way. It wasn’t long before the police arrived. They asked to see his drivers license and then asked him his place of employment. He told them he was working for U.S. Lime Company. They went over to the driver of the car that had run into him. They asked the driver to show his license and also wanted to know his employment. He turned out to be Ed Levinson part owner of the Fremont Hotel. The police told my brother to stand there for a minute. The police and Ed Levinson walked a few feet away. After talking to each other for a few minutes. They came back and told my brother he was at fault.
  1318.  
  1319.  
  1320.  
  1321.  
  1322.  
  1323.  
  1324. My brother told them that he had the right of way and therefore wasn‘t at fault. They told him that he forfeited the right of way through excessive speed. My brother wanted to know how in the hell they could tell how fast he was driving. They said they could tell by the marks on his car that he was driving too fast. With this they gave him a ticket for failing to yield the right of way.
  1325.  
  1326.  
  1327.  
  1328.  
  1329.  
  1330.  
  1331. Now my brother was without a car and knew he had been shafted by the law. He went to the doctor that he had bought the car from and told his story.
  1332.  
  1333.  
  1334.  
  1335.  
  1336.  
  1337.  
  1338. The doctor told him to go and get a good Jewish lawyer. My brother went to the law office of Cohen and Weiner on 3rd Street.
  1339.  
  1340.  
  1341.  
  1342.  
  1343.  
  1344.  
  1345. He showed the two lawyers the diagram of the accident car A and car B. It looks like you got shafted. Who did you pick to run into you? They asked. Ed Levinson , my brother replied. Not Levinson from the Fremont Hotel? Yes, Ed Levinson Fremont Hotel. They asked him how much he had paid for his car. When he told them $300.00, they told him that if they were him they would forget it because it would cost a lot more than that to fight it. That was the end of that. Both my brother and I knew that money talks and if you had enough of it, it was strong enough to beat justice.
  1346.  
  1347.  
  1348.  
  1349.  
  1350.  
  1351.  
  1352. I was thinking that if money counted so much in life, Why shouldn’t I take a chance and get rich overnight. After all I had the opportunity to make a big score. I worked in the back of the Post Office checking the mail carriers in after they finished their routes. I also sent all the registered mail over to the Bonanza branch of the Main Office. An armored truck would pull up to the back of the Post Office and let out the courier who had the payroll for the people working at Mercury test site. The courier would come in the back of the Post Office and walk over to my station. He would hand me a couple of sacks of money from the bank. The sacks would have tags on them with their own register numbers on them. These numbers along with the postage would be put on by the bank, which had their own postage machine. Some of postage was as high as $120.00 dollars or more. It depended on the value of the sack. I would take the courier‘s book that he brought with him from the bank and I would check the numbers in the book against the ones on the tags.
  1353.  
  1354.  
  1355.  
  1356.  
  1357.  
  1358.  
  1359. If they corresponded, I would sign the book and take out a page. This page would be then sent over with the other registered mail to the Bonanza Branch. Sometimes the postage was as high as $120.00 on one bag. It all depended on the value of the sack. I would send out as much as $350,000 at a time.
  1360.  
  1361.  
  1362.  
  1363.  
  1364.  
  1365.  
  1366. I would work out a plan mentally at night sometimes on how I would make the score of a lifetime. I could have a second set of bags stuffed with paper. I would then take off the tags with the register numbers from the bank and place them on the ones stuffed with paper. They wouldn’t of been opened until they got to Mercury the next day. By that time I would of been on a plane looking at the ocean on my way to Argentina with part of the money. The other part of the money would have been hidden in a couple of other places. Then when I needed more, I could always slip back in the states from Mexico.
  1367.  
  1368.  
  1369.  
  1370.  
  1371.  
  1372.  
  1373. But it wasn‘t in my blood to be a thief. A dreamer maybe but not a thief. But I was not alone when it came to dreaming. The world is full of dreamers, because without dreams, what purpose is life?
  1374.  
  1375.  
  1376.  
  1377.  
  1378.  
  1379.  
  1380. Sometimes after work I would pay a visit to my Japanese friend. His name was Harry and we had worked at the Stardust together. Harry was a born gambler and was always looking for that big score. Harry was about 65 years old and had been a bachelor all his life. His family and most of his friends lived in Hawaii. When Harry would receive mail telling him of the expected arrival of one of them, he would go all over town hunting up money to borrow. He needed it in order to rent a fancy place to show them he was living it up high.
  1381.  
  1382.  
  1383.  
  1384.  
  1385.  
  1386.  
  1387. When his friends would get back to Hawaii, they would tell Harry’s family how well he was doing. Little did they know the truth. He was living in one room in this run down house that was full of old men surviving on their small social security checks.
  1388.  
  1389.  
  1390.  
  1391.  
  1392.  
  1393.  
  1394. Harry had been on top of the world one time, and was looking for that score that would put him on top again. He wanted to go back to Hawaii in real style.
  1395.  
  1396.  
  1397.  
  1398.  
  1399.  
  1400.  
  1401. We would sit for hours drinking and talking about life and that big score. Harry was an avid fight fan like me. This was probably due to the fact that Harry had younger brother who was a top notch bantam weight fighter. Harry told me they use to call his brother the Mad Mongolian. But with the out break of the second World War, Harry‘s brother wanted to show his loyalty to America even though he was Japanese. So he joined the Army and hooked up with this all Japanese outfit known as the Neisas. The go for broke gang as they would say. Harry’s brother‘s life ended somewhere in Italy. In the mean time Harry was in Utah in an intern camp.
  1402.  
  1403.  
  1404.  
  1405.  
  1406.  
  1407.  
  1408. Harry never harbored any ill feelings towards America because of the time he spent locked up. In fact he told me he was making money in the camp by running the gambling and liquor concession.
  1409.  
  1410.  
  1411.  
  1412.  
  1413.  
  1414.  
  1415. Harry could work magic with a deck of cards. He would take a deck of cards. Place a card on top of the deck face up. Then he would deal out five or six cards. The top card would still be in place as his finger would kick out the cards from the bottom of the deck How he could mark a deck of cards. He would use a wooden mallet to repeatedly beat on the corner of the cards he wanted marked. You couldn’t see the marks, but Harry could feel them with his thumb as he was dealing. You then would get a card from the bottom of the deck.
  1416.  
  1417.  
  1418.  
  1419.  
  1420.  
  1421.  
  1422. This kind of action cost Harry some time in jail. He was running cards and dice games in Delano, California. At this time the San Joaquin Valley was full of Filipinos who were working the farms around the Delano area. The Filipinos loved gambling, so Harry figured he‘d let them pick the fruit and vegetables. Then he would pick them. Someone found out the games were crooked, so Harry ended up spending time in jail. But that was better than spending it in the hospital.
  1423.  
  1424.  
  1425.  
  1426.  
  1427.  
  1428.  
  1429. The real tragic part of Harry’s life is when his mother died, Harry had moved from his last address without leaving a forwarding address. He never received the letter informing him of his mothers death. The rest of Harry‘s family ostracized him. He was never forgiven for not being at the funeral.
  1430.  
  1431.  
  1432.  
  1433.  
  1434.  
  1435.  
  1436. Harry had one big heart and a love for life and a dream like me. Sometimes I would go over to his room and find him making up a few bags of sandwiches. When he did win a few dollars which wasn’t often, he thought it was his duty to feed the less fortunate. He would take these sandwiches to the down and outers who were sleeping on the roof of the old Las Vegas Club.
  1437.  
  1438.  
  1439.  
  1440.  
  1441.  
  1442.  
  1443. Harry never made that big score. About five years after I had first met him, they carried his body out of that one room he was living in. Yes they carried him out in that rubber bag that is waiting for all of us. Harry might of done a few things that weren‘t on the up and ,up but his creator will remember his good deeds and his feeling for his fellow man. I knew in my heart Harry’s good deeds out numbered his bad ones. But who knows maybe I was wrong when I said Harry never made the big score.
  1444.  
  1445.  
  1446.  
  1447.  
  1448.  
  1449.  
  1450. I was like Harry in a few ways. I wanted that big score and thought I could get it by gambling. But going to work and waiting for that paycheck that came every two weeks and then losing it in a few hours was getting to me. I didn‘t mind if I blew my money on drink or women, but I hated making those casino owners richer than they were.
  1451.  
  1452.  
  1453.  
  1454.  
  1455.  
  1456.  
  1457. It was finally getting to be too much. So I resigned from the Post Office after working for them for three and a half years. With no job waiting for me and nothing really in mind. I got on a bus and went to New Jersey to visit my uncle who I hadn’t seen since 1949. I also had a few cousins on my fathers side of the family that I hadn‘t seen in that long of time. In fact, one of them was the winner of the Miss Irish America Contest the year before. That was 1964. Her name was Jacquelyn Leahy who came from a family of eight children.
  1458.  
  1459.  
  1460.  
  1461.  
  1462.  
  1463.  
  1464. My cousins were from a big Irish family and were born fighters. They had to be because they only had a mother to raise them. She was my aunt Peg and was my fathers older sister. Her husband was an Irish drunk. My aunt wouldn’t put up with this so she divorced him and ended up raising all eight of them by her self. She was a strict Catholic and therefore wouldn‘t remarry. After raising up my cousins by working hard nearly everyday, she got a blood clot in her leg and it killed her at the early age of 46.
  1465.  
  1466.  
  1467.  
  1468.  
  1469.  
  1470.  
  1471. When I got to New Jersey it was late at night and I was in Newark which wasn’t far from East Orange where my uncle lived. I didn‘t want to bother him in the middle of the night so I inquired about getting a hotel room.
  1472.  
  1473.  
  1474.  
  1475.  
  1476.  
  1477.  
  1478. I was told that there was a good hotel only a few blocks from the bus station. But I was advised to take a cab there. Now coming from Vegas where I was used to walking around at all hours of the night, this took me be surprise. But when I was told that two policemen had been killed the night before only a few blocks from here I took a cab reluctantly because I hated the idea of shelling out money for what of would have been a few minutes walk.
  1479.  
  1480.  
  1481.  
  1482.  
  1483.  
  1484.  
  1485. So this was New Jersey the state I was born in. The state where it wasn’t safe at night. Little did I know in the years to come Las Vegas would experience the same thing, unsafe streets at night.
  1486.  
  1487.  
  1488.  
  1489.  
  1490.  
  1491.  
  1492. After visiting my uncle and cousins and watching my uncle look through the newspaper every morning to find out who died. I thought it was time to go back to Nevada where when the people did die, they were at least buried in warm weather and sunshine.
  1493.  
  1494.  
  1495.  
  1496.  
  1497.  
  1498.  
  1499. It felt nice riding through Arizona and Nevada with all the sunshine coming through the bus window. My stay in New Jersey had been for a period of two months. With the snow and obituary that was long enough.
  1500.  
  1501.  
  1502.  
  1503.  
  1504.  
  1505.  
  1506. When I arrived in Vegas it was March and I only had a few bucks on me. I went right to the unemployment office and signed up for unemployment. I was able to get my checks coming to me right away. The two months stay in New Jersey had compensated for the five week penalty I was fined for quitting my job without due cause.
  1507.  
  1508.  
  1509.  
  1510.  
  1511.  
  1512.  
  1513. I drew a few checks and got lucky and won two hundred and fifty at blackjack. I thought I‘d try my luck in Reno. Taking the bus to Reno and living there might bring me a better way of life. I had over $300.00 dollars in my pocket and it would only take a week or two to get my unemployment checks transferred to Reno.
  1514.  
  1515.  
  1516.  
  1517.  
  1518.  
  1519.  
  1520. I got off the bus in Reno and put my one suit case in storage. Then I headed for the first bar. After drinking five or six beers it was time to check out the casinos. It had taken me ten hours to get to Reno. It took less than half an hour to be flat broke. I needed a dime to get the operator to place a collect call home to my sister. After having $300.00 dollars in my pocket and then having to ask for a dime makes one think if he is running on full pistons.
  1521.  
  1522.  
  1523.  
  1524.  
  1525.  
  1526.  
  1527. I placed my call and got my sister to wire me a bus fare home with a few extra bucks to eat on. I slept at the salvation army that night. In the morning I got the money at the Western Union. I went to the nearest bar. Got drunk. Went to the casino. Blew every dime I had. As I was leaving the casino talking to myself. I wanted to kick myself in the ass, but my foot wouldn’t reach that high. The weather was nice so I thought I‘d walk to Vegas. After all it was only 450 miles away. I was madder than hell at myself. How could I be so stupid? What the hell was wrong with me? I thought.
  1528.  
  1529.  
  1530.  
  1531.  
  1532.  
  1533.  
  1534. I started walking out of town without my suit case. I was so mad at myself I didn’t even try hitch hiking.
  1535.  
  1536.  
  1537.  
  1538.  
  1539.  
  1540.  
  1541. I had walked about six or seven miles when this car stopped and offered me a ride. There were two guys in it that were on their way to Fallon, Nevada to pick up a car that they had left there after it had broken down.
  1542.  
  1543.  
  1544.  
  1545.  
  1546.  
  1547.  
  1548. I told them that I had gone broke in Reno and was on my way back to Vegas. When we pulled into Fallon they invited me to join them in a meal at one of the casinos. Even though I was hungry I told them that I had eaten earlier in the day. After losing my money I figured I‘d punish myself. The smallest of the two said, How about a beer? I started to tell him no when he said, I’ve never seen a red headed freckled person who didn‘t drink, so I’m buying you a beer. I sat at the counter sipping my beer while they ate. I was thinking about the $300.00 dollars and all the steaks and beer it would of bought when the one who bought me the beer said he‘d like to play a little blackjack, but he couldn’t count well enough. He wanted me to go over to the table with him and stand behind him and help count. I couldn‘t believe in this day and age that it was possible for a grown person not to be able to count, and especially to 21.
  1549.  
  1550.  
  1551.  
  1552.  
  1553.  
  1554.  
  1555. I went over to a table with him and took a place behind him as he sat at the table. He was getting a lot of good hands, but when he didn’t get a good one I would advise him on whether to stand or take another card. He walked away from the table $180.00 dollars ahead. He bought me about three more beers before it was time for them to go.
  1556.  
  1557.  
  1558. He offered me a few dollars but I refused it. After all they had done enough for me and if I was stupid enough to blow $300.00 bucks then I had to learn to live with it, I told him.
  1559.  
  1560.  
  1561.  
  1562.  
  1563.  
  1564.  
  1565. They gave me a ride to the outskirts of town. I thanked them as they drove back into town. It was nearing sunset and I was thinking about how hard it was going to be to get a ride. I knew people were afraid to pick anyone up in the night.
  1566.  
  1567.  
  1568.  
  1569.  
  1570.  
  1571.  
  1572. I decided to walk over to the field next to the road and try and sleep ’till sunrise. I laid down under a tree and closed my eyes. The next thing I knew I was being licked to death by a herd of cows who must of had a salt deficiency diet. After running them off I laid back down only to be attacked by mosquitoes. They were eating me alive. I said, The hell with this, and got up and started down the road. I hadn’t gone far when this car pulled up along side of me.
  1573.  
  1574.  
  1575.  
  1576.  
  1577.  
  1578.  
  1579. It was a police car. Before he could ask me, I had my wallet out and showed him my drivers license for I.D.. What‘s the matter? Lose your money in Reno?, he asked. I started to ask him how he knew, but I guessed I wasn’t the only one who had to walk out of Reno Broke. He told me what I already knew. It‘s next to impossible to get a ride at night. Hop in and I’ll give you a place to sleep for the night, he said.
  1580.  
  1581.  
  1582.  
  1583.  
  1584.  
  1585.  
  1586. I got a bed and a room all to myself. I was put in the drunk tank. It was cold in there and I didn‘t have a blanket. I took the thin mattress off the bunk and slept on the springs using the mattress for a blanket. It beat being eaten up by mosquitoes.
  1587.  
  1588.  
  1589.  
  1590.  
  1591.  
  1592.  
  1593. The next morning they let me out. I was on my way with an empty stomach as well as an empty wallet. I don’t recall how far I walked before I got another ride. The driver of this car was an excon and had only been released from prison a few days back. At least that‘s what he told me.
  1594.  
  1595.  
  1596.  
  1597.  
  1598.  
  1599.  
  1600. We drove on for a while talking about one thing and another when he stopped at this little cafe on the road side. He bought a couple of beers for us then went to the car and got a mandolin from the trunk of the car. He played a few tunes and sang a few songs. One of them was “If I had the Wings of an Angel”. After leaving we had only driven a little ways when we came upon this strange site in the middle of nowhere, a cowboy dressed in black. Black cowboy hat, black shirt, black trousers and black boots. The only thing that wasn’t black was him.
  1601.  
  1602.  
  1603. I thought it was quite queer for this guy to be standing in the middle of nowhere dressed like this. I was right. When we stopped to pick him up He turned out to be a queer. He got in the back seat. He told us he was a musician and was going to Vegas. When he told us that I was going to ask him what instrument he played. The juice harp? We were driving along for quite a while without anyone saying a word when out of the back seat comes these words! It sure is nice day for sucking a cock. The excon didn‘t say a word and neither did I, but I felt like throwing this fag out in the desert and leave him for the buzzards.
  1604.  
  1605.  
  1606.  
  1607.  
  1608.  
  1609.  
  1610. We pulled into the town of Beatty which is 120 miles from Vegas.
  1611.  
  1612.  
  1613. The ex-con asked us if we wanted to eat anything. I could see the look in the cowboy’s black eyes. I knew what he was thinking and wanted to punch out his running lights. I told the excon that I didn‘t feel right in his spending money on us. He said that maybe someday I could do something for him. I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu, a hamburger. The queer cowboy ordered a steak. The most expensive thing on the menu. I forgot what the ex-con ordered. All I knew was that he was paying for it all. The fag finished his steak and then started complaining about how tough it was. As if he didn’t have tougher things put in his mouth. That did it. That was the last straw that broke the camels back. I told the excon that being that I had a Nevada drivers license and he looked tired, He should let me drive for a while. He agreed. I said that now that I was driving the car I was in charge. I told the fag what kind of bastard he was and he better hit the road before I took his head off. I think the reason the excon didn‘t say anything before was the fact he was recently let out of prison and didn’t need trouble. The fag ran out the door as we were drinking our coffee. After a refill of coffee we left.
  1614.  
  1615.  
  1616.  
  1617.  
  1618.  
  1619.  
  1620. I got behind the wheel and started driving. I came around a bend in the road and there was Black Bart thumbing a ride. I hit the gas and came right at him. He jumped into the ditch just as the car was about to hit him. Not a word was spoken from the excon.
  1621.  
  1622.  
  1623.  
  1624.  
  1625.  
  1626.  
  1627. A few miles before we got to Vegas he started asking questions about Vegas. He wanted to know the job situation and if it was hard in to get work. I told him he would have to register with the police department because every exfelon had to register. When I told him this he said he was going on to Barstow, California. When we got to Vegas I thanked him and stopped at Charleston Blvd. I got out and he slid behind the wheel and drove off.
  1628.  
  1629.  
  1630.  
  1631.  
  1632.  
  1633.  
  1634. Back in Vegas now I was still drawing unemployment and using my brothers address. I stayed at my brothers house until I saved enough to rent a trailer in North Las Vegas. The trailer was a one bedroom dump. No indoor toilet one bed and a couch that I would be ashamed to donate to the Salvation Army. When I would come in at night the cockroaches would be running all over the place looking for somewhere to hide. I went to the laundry and got a job. Getting work in the laundry was usually easy because it didn‘t take brains and the fact that the immigration would drop by once in a while and clean the place out helped immensely.
  1635.  
  1636.  
  1637.  
  1638.  
  1639.  
  1640.  
  1641. They needed help and I needed a job. I went to work in the washroom as a washman. Working in that heat and steam I dropped to 140 lbs from 165 lbs. I was drinking beer everyday but with all the hard work I stayed in good shape. I was almost as in good a shape as I was when I was boxing.
  1642.  
  1643.  
  1644.  
  1645.  
  1646.  
  1647.  
  1648. I would head to the bar every day after work. Sitting in my trailer with cockroaches as my only companions just didn’t get it.
  1649.  
  1650.  
  1651. I would think to myself, How in the hell did I end up
  1652.  
  1653.  
  1654. working in a laundry again? How did this happen? Why did I quit the Post Office? Why did I gamble? Why did I do all those stupid things? Why did I drink? Why did I live?
  1655.  
  1656.  
  1657.  
  1658.  
  1659.  
  1660.  
  1661. I wasn‘t getting any younger but I still had my health and maybe I would get lucky and win a lot of money. I kept dreaming these dreams of money, but I wasn’t alone in my dreams. There was this Mexican who worked with me and he must of dreamed of winning money because he drank everyday like me and also lost his pay check every week like me.
  1662.  
  1663.  
  1664.  
  1665.  
  1666.  
  1667.  
  1668. By now I had worked in the laundries so long that I was picking up a lot of Spanish. This Mexican who had dreams like me lost his whole paycheck one week and the other nine Mexicans he was living with in a two room house threw him out because he didn‘t have his share of the rent or food money. With him speaking only a few words of English and me speaking a little Spanish, we became roommates. Two drunks one speaking Spanish and the other English. What a combination, a Mick and a taco bender, Bush mills and tequila. One night we were sitting in the trailer drinking and trying to hold a conversation. I was higher than a Georgia pine. At this time we had a pan of rice and meat on the stove. The butane ran out and he didn’t know that I had lost the rent money gambling, therefore I couldn‘t ask the landlord for another tank of butane.
  1669.  
  1670.  
  1671.  
  1672.  
  1673.  
  1674.  
  1675. I went outside and found some charcoal that someone had been using. As drunk as I was I decided to heat up the rice and meat with the charcoal. I put some cardboard in a pan and put the charcoal on it. I then sprayed some lighter fluid on it. The trailer filled up with fire and smoke. We threw water on the fire and the smoke was choking us to death. I opened the door and we ran out with the smoke chasing us. I was afraid someone would see the smoke and call the fire department.
  1676.  
  1677.  
  1678.  
  1679.  
  1680.  
  1681.  
  1682. I ran into the trailer and grabbed the pan and ran out and threw it in the dumpster. If the fire department would have come, I would of had a hard time explaining things.
  1683.  
  1684.  
  1685.  
  1686.  
  1687.  
  1688.  
  1689. That night we went to bed hungry because in the excitement I threw the meat and rice in the dumpster with the pan of charcoal. The only good thing that came out of it was the fact the cockroaches weren’t as active that night.
  1690.  
  1691.  
  1692.  
  1693.  
  1694.  
  1695.  
  1696. There was one time that I really came close to meeting my creator. One night I got knee walking drunk and found myself locked out of the trailer. We had a padlock on our front door with only one key to it. While I had been out getting shit faced, my companion went out somewhere and had the key with him. I don‘t know why he locked the door. Who would want to steal cockroaches? When I found myself locked out I went around to the little window above the couch. I ripped the screen out. Then I found a couple of blocks to use as a step. I got on them and squeezed my way through the window. I fell into the trailer head first. It was cold that night, so I plugged in the electric heater that was sitting on the kitchen counter. It started a fire in the wires above the sink that were running through the cabinets. I threw a pan of water on the fire and that put it out. I awoke the next morning having to go to the bathroom. I was trying to push the door open when I finally realized that I was locked in. I thought of what would of happened if that fire started up again while I was passed out drunk. I guess that saying about God taking care of little children, dogs, and drunks is true.
  1697.  
  1698.  
  1699.  
  1700.  
  1701.  
  1702.  
  1703. My Mexican roommate got picked up by the immigration one morning when we were all at work. Those Mexican aliens were running all over the place trying to hide. It reminded me of those cockroaches in my trailer. They were hiding in the big tumblers that were used for drying clothes. Some of them hid in the wagons that were full on dirty sheets.
  1704.  
  1705.  
  1706.  
  1707.  
  1708.  
  1709.  
  1710. When I got home after work it was only me and the cockroaches. My companion was on his way to Mexico. A couple of days later I won $500.00 dollars and moved into a trailer across the street. This trailer was clean and had an indoor bathroom. While working at the laundry I met another Mexican who liked to drink but hardly ever had enough money for it. He was born in Mexico but he was now an American citizen. He spoke English poorly and I often wondered how he became a citizen. Being that the both of us were drinkers, we became well acquainted.
  1711.  
  1712.  
  1713. The two of us would usually have all the beer we could drink on the week ends, because we would go to the apartments where the illegal aliens were staying. Sometimes we would knock on the door and this Mexican friend of mine who’s name was Pina would yell out in Spanish. This is immigration agents, open the door. Some of the illegals would run out the back door. Pina would get the electric and the water turned on in his name and these illegals were indebted to him. They also were ready to give me beer. Maybe because they knew I worked hard like them and maybe it was because I was trying to speak their language.
  1714.  
  1715.  
  1716.  
  1717.  
  1718.  
  1719.  
  1720. Some of these two bedroom apartments had as many as ten to twelve aliens living there. They would all be sitting on the floor among sleeping bags and blankets. Some of the apartment managers knew that there were more people living in the apartment than was legal. That extra money that was slipped to them made it easier to turn their heads.
  1721.  
  1722.  
  1723.  
  1724.  
  1725.  
  1726.  
  1727. With the laundries and casinos like Jerry‘s Nugget and a few other places hiring illegals there was always a beer supply for Pina and me. There was this one Mexican at work who became a citizen and after that he started making good money by driving down near the Mexican border and bringing back a car load of illegals on the weekend. He charged two hundred dollars for each person. He was renting government housing at a low rental fee and would rent out rooms to these illegals. It wasn’t long before he got rid of his old car. He had a going business.
  1728.  
  1729.  
  1730.  
  1731.  
  1732.  
  1733.  
  1734. The immigration would pick up the illegals and give them a ride back to Mexico at the taxpayers expense. He would go down and bring them back for two hundred dollars. They would get their job back at the laundry and give him so much out of each check. Most of these Mexicans were from the state of Sonora in North West Mexico and they were quite illiterate.
  1735.  
  1736.  
  1737.  
  1738.  
  1739.  
  1740.  
  1741. The lunch wagon would pull into the laundry at break time and also at lunch time. The driver was a vulture and would give credit to them when he knew dam well they couldn‘t count. Come payday he would collect a Kings ransom. What could they do? They were here illegal and wouldn’t be around to testify that they had been robbed.
  1742.  
  1743.  
  1744.  
  1745.  
  1746.  
  1747.  
  1748. One day pina and I were out drinking and ran into this hooker. She asked us if we were in the mood for a little nookey. Pina told her if she wanted to make money, he knew where there was an apartment full of horney guys who forgot what it looked like. She said it sounded good to her so she came along with Pina and I to the aliens apartment. Pina knocked on the door and after someone peeked out the window and saw who it was, they let us in. Now these aliens didn‘t dare venture out of the apartment much except to go to work. They were afraid of being picked up and deported. So their only entertainment was getting drunk on the weekends and listening to Spanish music. Well now when they saw Pina had brought over a hooker, they must of thought they were dreaming. The hooker went in the bedroom to negotiate a price with one of the aliens. Pina and I were in the living room drinking our free beer when the hooker called to us. We went into the bedroom and she was standing there in only her panties.
  1749.  
  1750.  
  1751.  
  1752.  
  1753.  
  1754.  
  1755. Look you tell this bean bandit, I want twenty dollars if he wants a little, she said. Pina talked to him, but he only wanted to pay ten dollars. This alien was sitting on the be with his dick as hard as a rock. Are you sure he don’t speak English? she asked. No he don‘t speak nothing but Mexican, Pina told her. Pina told the hooker to let the alien stick it in her for a few seconds and then push him away. Alright but if he comes in me your going to pay the twenty dollars.
  1756.  
  1757.  
  1758.  
  1759.  
  1760.  
  1761.  
  1762. The hooker rolled down her panties and motioned for the alien to stand up. Then she grabbed his cock and pulled it in her as she
  1763.  
  1764.  
  1765.  
  1766.  
  1767.  
  1768.  
  1769. spread her legs. He tried to pull her down on top of him, but she pushed him away. Pina told him she wanted twenty dollars. He reach under the pillow and got out his money.
  1770.  
  1771.  
  1772.  
  1773.  
  1774.  
  1775.  
  1776. Pina and I went back to the living room to continue our drinking while she was turning her tricks. When she finished her work for the night, Pina and I gave her a ride back to where we had met her.
  1777.  
  1778.  
  1779.  
  1780.  
  1781.  
  1782.  
  1783. These illegals lead a very precarious life. One day Pina and I were at this apartment with all these Mexicans. I kind of got the feeling how Davy Crockett felt at the Alamo. I didn’t realize there were so many illegals in Las Vegas.
  1784.  
  1785.  
  1786.  
  1787.  
  1788.  
  1789.  
  1790. We were all drunk and playing music when we discovered we were out of liquor. Four of the Mexicans were drunk enough to offer to get more liquor. We pooled our money together and sent them on their way. They didn‘t return till two weeks later. The immigration had caught them outside the store and deported them. Like most of the illegal they came back and got their job. I personally knew aliens who came across the border at least six times.
  1791.  
  1792.  
  1793.  
  1794.  
  1795.  
  1796.  
  1797. There was this time that I got a car registered for these illegals. There were four of them who pooled their money together to buy this car for $800.00 dollars. I had to wait in line for hours to get it registered. But it only took them minutes to lose it. The day after I had gotten the car registered, they were driving to work when the car stalled. As luck would have it, a police car was behind them and when the police got out to assist them, not one of them could speak English. Their car was impounded and they were deported, only to be back a week later.
  1798.  
  1799.  
  1800.  
  1801.  
  1802.  
  1803.  
  1804. While I was living my wild and crazy way of life, my brother had met this nice girl who was from Scotland and was working as a telephone operator. They got married and a few months later moved to San Diego, California where her parents were living. I was happy to see him settle down and glad in a way that he found a purpose for life, which I seemed to find elusive.
  1805.  
  1806.  
  1807.  
  1808.  
  1809.  
  1810.  
  1811. My mother was back east in upper New York state visiting my younger sister who had moved there with her husband and two children. My father was in a convalescent home trying to recover from a stroke which left him paralyzed in his left arm.
  1812.  
  1813.  
  1814.  
  1815.  
  1816.  
  1817.  
  1818. Then the letter came telling us that our mother had cancer of the breast and she had to have one of her breast removed. This came at me like a tidal wave. My mother who loved life so much and who looked at life what I thought was through rose colored glasses. A person who enjoyed her work as a nurse because she liked to help the sick and had a love of people. My mother who raised us and still stuck by our father even though he hardly worked and had a drinking problem besides an inferiority complex which was brought on by him losing his leg at the age of twenty. I couldn’t believe this would happen to her. Why couldn‘t it befall some of the whores of the world who change husbands like one changes clothes? The chip on my shoulder now became a two by four.
  1819.  
  1820.  
  1821.  
  1822.  
  1823.  
  1824.  
  1825. I lost all interest in gambling and trying to win money to make a future for myself. If the good get hurt and the bad flaunt their way through life, then there must be a big miscarriage of justice, I thought.
  1826.  
  1827.  
  1828.  
  1829.  
  1830.  
  1831.  
  1832. I would make my own world to hell with this one. I was going to drink everyday and if it killed me, so what. What the hell was there to lose. I’d only go where we all were going only thing I‘d be doing was getting there earlier.
  1833.  
  1834.  
  1835.  
  1836.  
  1837.  
  1838.  
  1839. After my mother’s operation was over, she stayed on a few weeks in New York before coming home to Vegas. When she got to Vegas she came to stat at my older sisters house. My sister and her husband did everything possible to keep her happy in the months that followed. These were to be her last on earth.
  1840.  
  1841.  
  1842.  
  1843.  
  1844.  
  1845.  
  1846. They would take her to therapy in hopes it would cure her. The medication was causing her hair to fall out and also making her sick, and if the cancer wasn‘t enough she had sugar diabetes. I couldn’t believe how well she was taking all this. She‘d smile and say, Here I’m sitting titless, toothless, and hairless, what more parts can I lose?
  1847.  
  1848.  
  1849.  
  1850.  
  1851.  
  1852.  
  1853. She started getting short of breath, after having therapy for a few months. She said, Let fall what may fall. I‘m not taking anymore therapy. No one can live for ever, at least on this earth. My sister and brother-in-law took her to the hospital where she was given an oxygen tank to aid her in breathing. They then brought her home after having arranged the delivery of the oxygen tanks to the house once a week or when ever needed.
  1854.  
  1855.  
  1856.  
  1857.  
  1858.  
  1859.  
  1860. Thanksgiving came and we all had our last Thanksgiving together. My brother and his wife came from San Diego with their two children. My youngest sister and her husband and two children also came. This would be the last time we’d all be together.
  1861.  
  1862.  
  1863.  
  1864.  
  1865.  
  1866.  
  1867. My mother finally had to go back into the hospital three weeks before Christmas. We would visit her everyday and knew what the final outcome would be. Her two sisters flew in from Albuquerque. She called them in the room to be alone with them.
  1868.  
  1869.  
  1870.  
  1871.  
  1872.  
  1873.  
  1874. I knew in my heart she was saying goodbye. When I would visit her in her room I would walk to the window and look out so my back would be to her. I didn‘t want her to see the tears in my eyes. The nurse would come in and give her shot of morphine to kill the pain. That nurse could of given me that shot, but I doubt if it would of taken away the pain in my heart.
  1875.  
  1876.  
  1877.  
  1878.  
  1879.  
  1880.  
  1881. My mother told me to think of her body as that of a cocoon and when she died, her spirit would become a butterfly and be free to fly away. She died two days before Christmas.
  1882.  
  1883.  
  1884.  
  1885.  
  1886.  
  1887.  
  1888. We got our father out of the rest home and brought him to the funeral. It was the saddest days of our lives. After the funeral we all went to my older sister’s house. I got drunk with my brother and we talked about the way it use to be when we were kids.
  1889.  
  1890.  
  1891.  
  1892.  
  1893.  
  1894.  
  1895. I went home and cried a little and fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning I was mad at the world and the One who made it. I was going to make my own world to live in. A world of liquor and women.
  1896.  
  1897.  
  1898. Chapter 4
  1899.  
  1900.  
  1901. CAROLL
  1902.  
  1903.  
  1904.  
  1905.  
  1906.  
  1907.  
  1908. I went in to Jerry‘s Nugget one night to get drunk like I usually did. The is when I met her. The Cossack! She had Russian and Italian blood in her veins. The high cheek bones and the cat eyes came from the Russian blood. The long beautiful black hair from the Italian blood. The passion which I was to find out later came from both bloods.
  1909.  
  1910.  
  1911.  
  1912.  
  1913.  
  1914.  
  1915. She was sitting alone at the bar and she caught me sizing her up out of the corner of my eyes. Would you like to buy me a drink? she asked. Sure I’ll buy you a drink. I replies. Besides drinking what else do you do for pleasure? She asked.
  1916.  
  1917.  
  1918.  
  1919.  
  1920.  
  1921.  
  1922. I work, drink and if I‘m lucky I screw. I said.
  1923.  
  1924.  
  1925.  
  1926.  
  1927.  
  1928.  
  1929. What do you do? I asked her. Why do you want to know that for? Are you a fucking cop? Well, if you are, I’m not hooking. So either buy me a drink like you said you would or if you‘re a cop run my ass in.
  1930.  
  1931.  
  1932.  
  1933.  
  1934.  
  1935.  
  1936. Look whatever your name is. I’m not a cop. My name is Carroll. And I‘m not looking to get laid. All I want is a drink. Okay Carroll, you got it. My name is Bob and whatever you want, order it.
  1937.  
  1938.  
  1939.  
  1940.  
  1941.  
  1942.  
  1943. Bob, you know what I really need is a place to live besides the one I’m at now. Im living with this crazy bastard who drinks like a fish and gets meaner than hell. The drinks were putting me in a mellow mood and though I was a little drunk I could see she had sex written all over her with a capital S. Now that I was living in a clean trailer I needed someone to share it with me. Nature being what it is. I made my offer. Look I‘ve got a one bedroom trailer. You’re welcome to stay till you get on your feet. Alright Bob, come with me and help me move my things. This guy you‘re living with won’t give us any shit, will he? No, don‘t worry Bob. I think he’s tired of me anyhow. We went and picked up her things and nobody was there. I was glad because I was a little more than drunk and in no condition to fight. If it had to come to that.
  1944.  
  1945.  
  1946.  
  1947.  
  1948.  
  1949.  
  1950. As we were moving her things into my trailer, I was thinking of what to tell the landlady. Later on I found out that my worrying was for nothing. My landlady was shacking up herself.
  1951.  
  1952.  
  1953.  
  1954.  
  1955.  
  1956.  
  1957. The first night I didn‘t try climbing in bed with her. I slept on the couch and thought this would make a good impression. And besides there is a saying about treating a lady like a whore and treating a whore like a lady.
  1958.  
  1959.  
  1960. The next morning I got up around six. I made coffee for myself while she was still sleeping. I left quietly for work. All day at work I kept thinking of what kind of woman I’d have living with me. I knew I had a lot to drink the night before and also knew the more I drank the better they looked.
  1961.  
  1962.  
  1963.  
  1964.  
  1965.  
  1966.  
  1967. When I got home I was in for a nice surprise. Not only was she nice looking, but she knew how to make a place look livable. I hardly recognized my trailer. It had the look that only a woman‘s touch could do. Everything was so neat and well arranged. Hi Bob, how do you like it? She asked. She was wearing a pair of shorts and I was looking at those legs of her’s. They were nice firm legs strong looking. And if she wanted to, she could try breaking my ribs with them, I thought.
  1968.  
  1969.  
  1970.  
  1971.  
  1972.  
  1973.  
  1974. Bob, I asked you how you liked it? It looks great. you got the place looking more like a home than a one room dump. Well, you know, Bob, I like doing things around the house. Maybe it‘s because I lived in an orphanage for quite awhile. I never really had a home that you could call a home. Here Carroll, put here six packs in the icebox, but first open up a couple.
  1975.  
  1976.  
  1977.  
  1978.  
  1979.  
  1980.  
  1981. How long have you lived in town, Bob? I’ve been living here in Vegas for 18 years, carol. Yeah 18 years too long. I never got hold of enough money to get out. You mean to tell me you couldn‘t save enough in 18 years to get out on. Well to tell you the truth, Carroll, I screw around and get drunk and blow my money never thinking tomorrow will come. That’s why I don‘t have a fucking thing.
  1982.  
  1983.  
  1984.  
  1985.  
  1986.  
  1987.  
  1988. Hand me another beer, will you? Thanks, Carroll. Besides I don’t make enough money working in the laundry with all these aliens. It pissed me off working under some of these asshole supervisors. When in my own damn mind I know that I am more educated than them.
  1989.  
  1990.  
  1991.  
  1992.  
  1993.  
  1994.  
  1995. But I guess all my drinking and screwing around got me where I am. Hey Bob, take it easy on yourself. You‘re not the only one who fuck up in life. Let me tell you how I screwed up.
  1996.  
  1997.  
  1998.  
  1999.  
  2000.  
  2001.  
  2002. I was a hooker in Pittsburgh. Well more what you would call a call girl. You should of seen my wardrobe. I had all kinds of expensive clothes and shoes. I made more money in one night than you make in a month. I had so many hats that they became my trade mark. I was known as the hat lady. I ate at the best restaurants, drank the best liquor, and slept in satin sheets. But then I got on the cocaine trip. This is no shit. I snorted three thousand in cocaine in one night. It damn near ruined my nose. All the money I made went for drugs. One night I tried to commit suicide by cutting my wrist. They took me to the hospital and while I was in there. One of the doctor told me if I wanted to commit suicide I should have cut my ankles because that way I would bleed a lot faster. And then he said, It would save me the trip of coming back again.
  2003.  
  2004.  
  2005.  
  2006.  
  2007.  
  2008.  
  2009. I wished I would of saved some of that money. Then I wouldn’t be in the shape I am. Hell in a few years I could of had enough invested to retire on. But I let myself get hooked on drugs.
  2010.  
  2011.  
  2012.  
  2013.  
  2014.  
  2015.  
  2016. Well anyhow I hitched a ride out here. I‘m kind of like a gypsy. Moving from one place to another. But hell, I can’t be hooking anymore. I‘m tired of being busted by the vice squad. Besides I’m not as young now and can‘t demand as much money as I use to get for turning a trick. You see Bob, I don’t know what life has in store for me. But I do know that I‘ll never settle down. It’s just not in my blood. I don‘t know if it is because of my lousy childhood or what. See this is me, one place to another, without any purpose in life.
  2017.  
  2018.  
  2019.  
  2020.  
  2021.  
  2022.  
  2023. Do any of us have a place in life, but the beautiful and the rich, Carroll? Yea, Bob you’re right. All we have is dreams that will never come true. I know what you mean, Carroll. That‘s probably why I get drunk so often. That way I make my own world. You see, when I’m drunk not real drunk but high drunk, I don‘t think of being poor or about my fucking job. Or about what people think of me. You’re only in this world for a little while, Carroll, so why suffer because of your thoughts. Let‘s get drunk and live in our own world. All right, Carroll? Yea why the fuck not, Bob.
  2024.  
  2025.  
  2026.  
  2027.  
  2028.  
  2029.  
  2030. Bob have you been with many women? No not with a lot of women. Why? Are you shy or is there another reason? Look, Carroll, I don’t have a fucking thing so how am I going to give anybody anything? You ever try giving yourself? Look Carroll, don‘t be feeding me that shit. I believe in reality. All this bullshit about riding off into the sunset and living happily ever after went out with prohibition.
  2031.  
  2032.  
  2033.  
  2034.  
  2035.  
  2036.  
  2037. Bob, It’s getting late. Are you coming to bed with me? Yea, but let me get another beer. She headed for the bedroom slowly. Just like a bedroom had always been her place of employment. She turned towards me and unbuttoned her blouse as she sat on the bed.
  2038.  
  2039.  
  2040.  
  2041.  
  2042.  
  2043.  
  2044. She smiled at me and said, Come to me and let‘s make a world of our own. I gulped down my beer and went to her. As I got close to her, her hands reached up and fumbled with the buttons on my fly. As she was undoing my fly, I reached my hands around her neck and let my thumbs rub her ear lobes. Her hands came up to my thighs. She edged my pants down. I felt her hot mouth on my navel. I held myself back. It had been a while since I had been with a woman.
  2045.  
  2046.  
  2047.  
  2048.  
  2049.  
  2050.  
  2051. She squeezed my butt as she ran her tongue over my pelvic area. I reached up with my hands and ran my fingers through her hair. I let my hands come down on her shoulder and gently pushed her back on the bed. Then I moved my knees between her legs and slowly pushed them apart. I reached up and undid her blouse all the way. Reaching around her I unhooked her bra. She turned her head to the side and I leaned down and started kissing her neck. I undid her shorts and reached under her and rolled them down her legs at the same time with her panties. My mouth caressed her neck and then came down to her breast which were quite hard now. Her nipples stuck out like small thumbs and were taunt and ripe for kissing.
  2052.  
  2053.  
  2054.  
  2055.  
  2056.  
  2057.  
  2058. She pulled me on top of her. She said , Let me feel that cock in me all the way in me. I reach under her legs and put them up on my shoulders. Then slid the pillow under her as she raised her butt up off the mattress, pushing myself all the way in and hearing her say, fuck me, fuck me. I was now in her world.
  2059.  
  2060.  
  2061.  
  2062.  
  2063.  
  2064.  
  2065. As we were laying there smoking. She started talking. I have had a lot of John’s in my life. Their wives couldn‘t give them. A good fuck. I don’t think I‘m a nymphomaniac. I just love screwing. If a man can’t get it at home, he‘ll look for it elsewhere. Besides, doesn’t a person get tired of the same thing everyday? Didn‘t you ever go to work and take your lunch with you. And at lunch time trade your sandwich for someone else’s? Didn‘t you notice how much better his tasted? Even if yours was a steak sandwich that you traded for his egg sandwich.
  2066.  
  2067.  
  2068.  
  2069.  
  2070.  
  2071.  
  2072. Well, that’s the way with life. No one can be contented all the time. I know I‘ll probably go to hell. But who knows, I might be in hell right now. A lot of people believe hell is here on earth. Yea, Carroll, I’ve heard a lot of people who have said the same thing. You know, Carroll, I know this is a crazy world with all its phony bullshit. But you know something? I an not afraid of dying. What really scares me is not really living while I‘m here. I’m afraid of just existing. I came into this world with my hands grabbing for something to hold onto and I‘ll leave this world with them open. Spread across my chest, taking nothing with me. You see, Carroll, you were brought up with certain beliefs. You know, like God, country and respect for family values. Then when you get older and see the way they really are, all the things you were taught to believe in seem to contradict the things you see in life. You know, do as I say but don’t do as I do.
  2073.  
  2074.  
  2075.  
  2076.  
  2077.  
  2078.  
  2079. I was living in New Mexico before I came here. I was busting my ass for a $1.56 an hour. I did a little boxing on the side, but I still couldn‘t seem to make enough money. I was working as a warehouse man. I’ll tell you why the pay scale was so low. You see New Mexico is a right to work state and didn‘t want any unions.
  2080.  
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  2082.  
  2083.  
  2084.  
  2085.  
  2086. This one Mexican told me about this Mexican who was on the city commission. This Mexican commissioner and his Anglo friends were screwing his own people. It seems that when some business men from the eastern states would come to town looking for land to build a factory on, the commissioners would quote such a high figure, that the men from the east would look to other states. The local business knew if the factories came in the unions would follow. Once this happened all the help that are being paid peon wages would go to work for the factories which would be paying high salaries. The local business men would slip money under the table to a few of the commissioners. It seems that the bad bastards get ahead all the time
  2087.  
  2088.  
  2089.  
  2090.  
  2091.  
  2092.  
  2093. Well that’s enough of my philosophy on life, Carroll. It‘s late and I’m sleepy, Good night.
  2094.  
  2095.  
  2096.  
  2097.  
  2098.  
  2099.  
  2100. She woke me in the morning. There is nothing in the world that will turn a man over faster in bed than a hot pair of tits on his back.
  2101.  
  2102.  
  2103.  
  2104.  
  2105.  
  2106.  
  2107. I thought of all the men she had in her life. But hell, I invited her here to share my life didn‘t I? I knew what she was and I told her what I was. A drunk chasing a dream. Looking to live life not just exist it. Funny how we are when we’re growing up. Always thinking of all the things we‘ll accomplish in life. Like getting a house, a car and a good job. All things we dream of seem to elude some of us. Well here I am with her. I knew what she was and she knew what I was. Two people who somehow got off the right path of life. But hell, babe we deserved each other. An ex-prostitute and a drunk. Well if this is the way it is. I might as well drown both of us in lust , passion and booze. Besides didn’t I want to live, not just exist. So I took her as a man takes a woman if not out of love then out of desire. Two people reaching out to find their way in life. Our life began in lust and drink, not love, just an animalism desire for each other.
  2108.  
  2109.  
  2110.  
  2111.  
  2112.  
  2113.  
  2114. Each new day was bringing out some of her hidden qualities. I began to discover nice little things about her. Like the time I came home from work and found the place all decorated with balloons and signs, saying, Happy Birthday Bobby. This exprostitute sure knew how to touch a drunks heart. She also had baked a cake and had bought a couple of shirts for me. She told me that she had another box for me to open, but that could wait till night when we were in bed.
  2115.  
  2116.  
  2117.  
  2118.  
  2119.  
  2120.  
  2121. Each day I was bringing home drinks of one kind or another. Beer, vodka, brandy, you name it and I bought it.
  2122.  
  2123.  
  2124.  
  2125.  
  2126.  
  2127.  
  2128. This was our life, me working and her seeming to be contented at home. She would pass the days by cleaning the trailer, cooking and sunning herself in the front yard while reading. And at night rock the trailer with joy.
  2129.  
  2130.  
  2131.  
  2132.  
  2133.  
  2134.  
  2135. This went on for a few months, but then I started to notice the change in her. She would be moody one day and then happy the next. I tried to get her to go out to a movie or a floor show. She needed to get out and be around people. At first she didn‘t want to go out. She said she just wanted to stay home because she didn’t want any part of that world out there. She only wanted to stay home and cook. With only the two of us and me working overtime because of the tourist season, I was bringing home bigger paychecks. So she had money to buy just about anything there was in the stores to eat.
  2136.  
  2137.  
  2138.  
  2139.  
  2140.  
  2141.  
  2142. I began thinking why would a good looking woman like her become like a recluse. Always wanting to stay in the trailer. I started asking her about her past. She wouldn‘t want to talk about it.
  2143.  
  2144.  
  2145.  
  2146.  
  2147.  
  2148.  
  2149. I had always considered myself a fairly good judge of people, but I guess all my drinking made me lose sight of reality. I was in my own world, not the real world. So reality came to me in the form of a knife. I encountered for the first time in my life a schizophrenic!
  2150.  
  2151.  
  2152.  
  2153.  
  2154.  
  2155.  
  2156. I had finally gotten her to go out to a bar with me. It was a fairly new bar, called the Joker Club, and it was only right down the block from us. We were sitting drinking and laughing, just having a good time. I knew the bartender from a few years back. Carroll started getting nasty with him. She told him he was a fag and she started swearing at the people in the bar. She was really making a scene. I told her we were leaving. She told me to go fuck myself, which I didn’t feel like doing.
  2157.  
  2158.  
  2159.  
  2160.  
  2161.  
  2162.  
  2163. I got up and left her there and went home. I dragged myself into the trailer and fell on the couch and went to sleep. I don‘t know what time she came home, but when she came in the trailer she was screaming her head off. Her eyes were wild with rage. You fucking bastard, why did you leave me? I could of been raped. she yelled. I told her to hold down the noise because if the landlady heard it we’d be out in the street. She was still yelling as she went to the kitchen drawer. When she turned around, she had a butcher knife in her hand. I looked at her and said, put that back. I was drunk enough not to be afraid. I walked towards her and when I was close enough. she just jabbed the knife in my side. She back away and had that evil look in her eyes. I reached my hand to my side and when I brought it back up, it was covered with blood. I said to her. Cut out fucking around. She said, I‘m not fucking around. I am going to kill you. You mother fucker. She came at me trying to stick the knife in my face. My arm went up automatically to protect my face. I caught the thrust in my forearm. Then she jabbed again. This time it felt like I was hit in the arm by a baseball bat. She hesitated long enough for me to shove her back on the couch and get out the door which was open.
  2164.  
  2165.  
  2166.  
  2167.  
  2168.  
  2169.  
  2170. I was bleeding a lot, but I didn’t have far to go. The Joker Club was a 24 hour club which was lucky for this Joker. As I got in the bar I could hardly stand, so I laid down an the new carpet. A couple of strippers who were working at the time came over and assisted in helping the people who were trying to stop the bleeding.
  2171.  
  2172.  
  2173.  
  2174.  
  2175.  
  2176.  
  2177. It wasn‘t long before the paramedics were there. Then the police were right behind them. I told them what had taken place and they went after her. In the mean time the ambulance arrived. They put me on a stretcher and loaded me in the ambulance. I was rushed into the hospital emergency room.
  2178.  
  2179.  
  2180.  
  2181.  
  2182.  
  2183.  
  2184. It’s funny how the human mind works under trauma. As I was laying on the table bleeding from my side and arm, the nurse told me to take down my trousers and underwear. Now the day before I had Carroll tie some thread around a wart on my penis so it would cut of the blood circulating to it. That way it would fall off.
  2185.  
  2186.  
  2187.  
  2188.  
  2189.  
  2190.  
  2191. Well her being a joker, tied two different color threads around it. I had forgotten about it till the nurse told me to drop my pants. But I guess it was better for me to face a little embarrassment than bleed to death.
  2192.  
  2193.  
  2194.  
  2195.  
  2196.  
  2197.  
  2198. A doctor sewed me up and put a peace of plastic tubing in the wound on my side. After being bandaged up I went over to the policeman who had been waiting for me to get out of the emergency room. He drove to the police station to sign papers filing charges.
  2199.  
  2200.  
  2201.  
  2202.  
  2203.  
  2204.  
  2205. The next day I went to work all bandaged up. I could still do my job because I was the head washman and it only took one arm to put the chemicals in the machines.
  2206.  
  2207.  
  2208.  
  2209.  
  2210.  
  2211.  
  2212. After work I went to the police station and dropped the charges. I knew she was sick and had been hurt in her life and I felt sorry for her and didn‘t want her to be locked up.
  2213.  
  2214.  
  2215.  
  2216.  
  2217.  
  2218.  
  2219. The next day when I got home from work. She was sunning herself out in front of the trailer. She looked at me sheepishly. We went into the trailer and sat at the table. She looked at me with tears in her eyes. Bobby I made a promise to God. That if I got out of jail, I would never drink again and would make up for what I did to you. I said, baby, we’re not all perfect and besides, you can‘t have beautiful roses without having some thorns. With that she broke down crying. All was forgiven.
  2220.  
  2221.  
  2222.  
  2223.  
  2224.  
  2225.  
  2226. After about a week the swelling in my arm went down. But I was having a lot of pain in my forearm. I noticed this knot that was forming on the place where the knife had went in. This went on for a month. I finally couldn’t stand the pain any longer.
  2227.  
  2228.  
  2229.  
  2230.  
  2231.  
  2232.  
  2233. I went to the hospital and they took xrays but couldn‘t find anything. I told them the pain was unbearable. They sent a surgeon to me who put a stethoscope on my wrist. He looked at me and said I would have to come into the hospital as soon as possible for surgery.
  2234.  
  2235.  
  2236.  
  2237.  
  2238.  
  2239.  
  2240. He informed me that I had blood clots in my arm. He also said that when I was stabbed , an arteries was evidently punctured. He asked me when my arm started swelling up. I told him that my arm started swelling up immediately after the knife stuck me.
  2241.  
  2242.  
  2243.  
  2244.  
  2245.  
  2246.  
  2247. He didn’t have to say a word. I knew by his look that he knew that the doctor who sewed me up had done it while I was still bleeding inside with a punctured artery.
  2248.  
  2249.  
  2250.  
  2251.  
  2252.  
  2253.  
  2254. I have often thought, had it not been for me living in that section of town, the ambulance wouldn‘t have taken me to the County Hospital. But me being in a bar in the poorer section of town and especially with knife wounds, they must of thought I was incapable of paying the hospital bill. If I had gone to Sunrise Hospital instead of the County Hospital, there is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have had need for surgery.
  2255.  
  2256.  
  2257.  
  2258.  
  2259.  
  2260.  
  2261. The surgeon had me checked into the hospital the following day. They spent the whole day preparing for my operation which would take place the next day. I had to sign a paper allowing them to give me an angiogram. This is done by putting dye into the blood stream in order for the xray to pick out the spot of the pierced arteries.
  2262.  
  2263.  
  2264.  
  2265.  
  2266.  
  2267.  
  2268. The next morning I went into surgery for three hours. After the three hours on the table, all the clots were removed. After nine days and a $3,600 bill I was ready to go home. But since my insurance didn‘t cover all of it, I had to sign papers saying I would make monthly payments to the hospital before they would release me.
  2269.  
  2270.  
  2271.  
  2272.  
  2273.  
  2274.  
  2275. I wasn’t worried about the hospital bill because I had already made up my mind. I wasn‘t going to pay them a cent. I knew they were wrong in sewing me up while I was still bleeding inside my arm. Around Vegas most anybody you talk to will tell you that people with money go to California if they’re in bad need of an operation.
  2276.  
  2277.  
  2278.  
  2279.  
  2280.  
  2281.  
  2282. After going all through this I was told I couldn‘t go to work for a few months. I needed a roof over my head and food to eat. I went home and told my landlady my predicament. Well I was glad to find out that there were some good souls in the world. She said I could pay her when I got back to work.
  2283.  
  2284.  
  2285.  
  2286.  
  2287.  
  2288.  
  2289. I went back to work in five weeks after handing the supervisor in the laundry a piece of paper he took to be a doctor’s release.
  2290.  
  2291.  
  2292.  
  2293.  
  2294.  
  2295.  
  2296. Everything was peaches and cream at home for a few months. But the Carroll whom I had forgiven and showed compassion for began to get moody again. I came home one day from work to find the place empty. So I went to the bar. One drink led to another and five hours or so I went home. When I got there, the trailer door was wide open. I went in the trailer and there in the bedroom I saw four feet sticking out from under the covers. Her feet and someone else‘s. I didn’t know what the hell to think. I looked on the floor and saw her panties lying there. They were one of the ones I had bought her along with other clothes. I didn‘t know whether to pull this guy out of the bed and kick his ass or pull her out of bed and kick her ass.
  2297.  
  2298.  
  2299.  
  2300.  
  2301.  
  2302.  
  2303. I went to the icebox and got a beer, took it to the table, sat down and tried to think. Should I go outside and put the garden hose in the window and spray both of them while they were passed out Then I thought I couldn’t blame him. After all he wanted to get laid like I wanted to get laid when I met her.
  2304.  
  2305.  
  2306.  
  2307.  
  2308.  
  2309.  
  2310. Well, anyhow didn‘t I get what I deserved? I made my own bed. Now I had to lie in it. But why did I have to share it with everybody she picked up? I think what really hurt was the fact I was trying to help her find herself. But I wasn’t even capable of finding myself.
  2311.  
  2312.  
  2313.  
  2314.  
  2315.  
  2316.  
  2317. Here I was dreaming again about what life should be all about like people caring for each other. I got up and went out. I might as well get really wasted and to hell with work. After being out for I don‘t know how long, I staggered home. When I dragged myself into the trailer, I saw she was alone. While she lay on the bed sleeping, I passed out on the couch.
  2318.  
  2319.  
  2320.  
  2321.  
  2322.  
  2323.  
  2324. When I woke up, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. My head was spinning around. It took me a few minutes to focus my eyes. When I finally got the place to stand still, I was looking at the clock. I saw that I was two hours late for work.
  2325.  
  2326.  
  2327.  
  2328.  
  2329.  
  2330.  
  2331. I got up and went to the icebox and got my breakfast, a cold beer. To hell with work, I thought. I went over to the bedroom and looked at her as she lay sleeping. She didn‘t have a stitch of clothing on. I thought about getting on top of her and screwing her. But what the hell, she would probably think I was another trick and be looking for money.
  2332.  
  2333.  
  2334.  
  2335.  
  2336.  
  2337.  
  2338. I went back to the icebox for the rest of my breakfast, another beer. As I was sitting at the table, she woke up. What time is it? She asked. What do you care what time it is? I think time has run out on both of us, Carroll, and you know why. What the hell do you mean? Bob. Look I’ll tell you like it is, Carroll. I took you in because I was lonely and you were looking for a place to stay. But I can‘t figure out why the hell you pick up guys and bring them in our bedroom.
  2339.  
  2340.  
  2341.  
  2342.  
  2343.  
  2344.  
  2345. Are you some kind of nymphomaniac? You bring home some fucking drunk who is older than your grandfather. If you’re that hard up for a cock, why the hell don‘t you walk naked over on the west side? You would get all the cock you want.
  2346.  
  2347.  
  2348.  
  2349.  
  2350.  
  2351.  
  2352. Shut the fuck up, Bob. You don’t know a thing about my life. you never lived in an orphanage. You said you had a family but didn‘t want to talk about them. But I had nobody.
  2353.  
  2354.  
  2355.  
  2356.  
  2357.  
  2358.  
  2359. Big frigging deal, Carroll. Like you were the only one who came from an orphanage. You know Al Capone was brought up in the same environment as his brother. Al turned out to be a bad bastard. But his brother became a priest. You see, Carroll, you and I are what we are because we choose to be this way. I the drunk and you the whore. Just look around and see the cripples, the handicapped, the blind and the ugly people. They were the ones born with a strike against them. And here you and I sit, you with your nice looks and me with a strong healthy body. But what do we do? Carroll. I’ll tell you what the hell we do. I get drunk everyday trying to make a world that I can live in and you go out and get drunk and climb in the sack with anyone. That‘s your world. A world of filth. I don’t know which one of us is the worse. We‘re both phony. But maybe I’m the worse because in the Bible Jesus forgave a whore. But I don‘t remember him forgiving a drunk. Yea Carroll, I’ll tell you how rough life is.
  2360.  
  2361.  
  2362.  
  2363.  
  2364.  
  2365.  
  2366. Do you know? I watched my mother die slowly for over three weeks. She had cancer. Here she was a good Christian woman who raised four children while her husband spent most of his time drinking. She was a woman who believed in God. Her breast were for nursing children. But she lost one of them to cancer. How come you never mentioned your family before?, Bob.
  2367.  
  2368.  
  2369.  
  2370.  
  2371.  
  2372.  
  2373. Keep quiet and let me finish. Then you can have your say, Carroll.
  2374.  
  2375.  
  2376.  
  2377.  
  2378.  
  2379.  
  2380. My mother lost her breast to cancer. But your breast that are for nursing the drunks of the world stay free from cancer. When my mother died a part of me died. She laid in the hospital bed hooked up to an oxygen tank for three weeks.
  2381.  
  2382.  
  2383.  
  2384.  
  2385.  
  2386.  
  2387. They kept shooting morphine in her to kill the pain. I watched her age everyday. She was a person full of love and compassion, a person who wouldn‘t hurt anyone.
  2388.  
  2389.  
  2390.  
  2391.  
  2392.  
  2393.  
  2394. But yet, she had to suffer. I asked God to take her fast and spare her anymore pain. He heard me. So now she is gone. So what matters in life? I never mention this or about the fact I have a father who is in the rest home because he suffered a stroke a few years back. I wanted to block all this out of my mind. That’s why I never mentioned my family.
  2395.  
  2396.  
  2397.  
  2398.  
  2399.  
  2400.  
  2401. Look Bob, you sit there fucking drunk crying in your beer. Well at least you had a family. I had no one to visit me in the orphanage. Maybe that‘s why I became a whore. You know Bob, you have it made. You get a free piece of ass anytime you feel like it, and a good piece I might add. There were guys who would give me a hundred bucks for a quickie. You get it all night for nothing. Sure I get a roof over my head, three meals and a place to sleep. Big deal! I can get that anytime and probably a better fuck, you little dick bastard.
  2402.  
  2403.  
  2404.  
  2405.  
  2406.  
  2407.  
  2408. Yea Carroll, that’s all your life is, one big cock. Well your fucking life is one big beer can.
  2409.  
  2410.  
  2411.  
  2412.  
  2413.  
  2414.  
  2415. You see that hole over there that the carpenter put in? It‘s called a door. You came in that way and I’m sure you can find your way out.
  2416.  
  2417.  
  2418.  
  2419.  
  2420.  
  2421.  
  2422. Sure Bob, that‘s right you big hearted drunk. Throw me out in the street. You talk about God and about having compassion, you phony prick. Excuse me, I didn’t mean to call you a prick, because a prick is part of a man. And you‘re not a man.
  2423.  
  2424.  
  2425.  
  2426.  
  2427.  
  2428.  
  2429. You know Carroll, you have a filthy mouth. You sure didn’t mind this filthy mouth on your cock, did you Bob? That‘s what I mean Carroll, You think all that vulgar talk makes you a big shit. Well the only thing big about you is your cunt!
  2430.  
  2431.  
  2432.  
  2433.  
  2434.  
  2435.  
  2436. Look you bastard, I should have done a good job on you when I ran that knife in you.
  2437.  
  2438.  
  2439.  
  2440.  
  2441.  
  2442.  
  2443. Okay bitch, you know where the knife is. Try and get it, but this time I’m not drunk, so go for it. Then when your in the hospital you‘ll feel funny explaining to the doctor how you got that knife shoved up your ass.
  2444.  
  2445.  
  2446.  
  2447.  
  2448.  
  2449.  
  2450. Bob, aren’t you forgetting that sooner or later you will have to sleep? What the hell makes you think you‘ll still he here, Carroll? If I leave, what makes you think I won’t come back with a couple of guys and fix your ass good? You see, all I have to do is go to some bar and get friendly with someone looking for pussy, like you were. Then I‘ll lay a story on them about this prick I’m living with who beat me and screwed my ten year old daughter. If they‘re drunk enough they will believe me and you know what guys think about men who molest children.
  2451.  
  2452.  
  2453.  
  2454.  
  2455.  
  2456.  
  2457. Let me tell you something, Carroll. If anybody comes screwing around this trailer he will meet his creator. I have a can of gasoline outside and I’ll bring it in. And when they come, the whole trailer court will be lit up with a couple of burning asses running around.
  2458.  
  2459.  
  2460.  
  2461.  
  2462.  
  2463.  
  2464. Bullshit Bob, you don‘t have the balls for that.
  2465.  
  2466.  
  2467.  
  2468.  
  2469.  
  2470.  
  2471. Alright bitch, there’s the door. Don‘t let it bump you in the ass on your way out. Bring back someone and see what the hell I do.
  2472.  
  2473.  
  2474.  
  2475.  
  2476.  
  2477.  
  2478. Okay Bob, I didn’t mean all the things I was saying. I just wanted to scare you. Bob, you just have to give me a break. I only need a few days to find someone else to shack up with. I promise you I‘ll be out of here as soon as I can. Alright, you got a few days but that’s it.
  2479.  
  2480.  
  2481.  
  2482.  
  2483.  
  2484.  
  2485. I spent the night sleeping on the couch with all the kitchen knives under me. I lay there thinking. How in the hell did I get into this situation? Was it my fault for being lonely and needing companionship. Or was I a drunk living in a crazy world?
  2486.  
  2487.  
  2488.  
  2489.  
  2490.  
  2491.  
  2492. What happened to me? Was I the black sheep of the family? Here I was living with an exprostitute who also was schizophrenic. I wondered what my married sisters and my married brother would think. All four of us were raised together with high moral principles.
  2493.  
  2494.  
  2495.  
  2496.  
  2497.  
  2498.  
  2499. They ended up having a decent life. A nice married life with two children a piece. And here I am drunk Uncle Bob who only sees them around Thanksgiving or Christmas or when someone is sick in the family. But didn‘t I choose this way? The same way she did. Or was it my destiny as well as hers to always be chasing that elusive dream?
  2500.  
  2501.  
  2502.  
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  2504.  
  2505.  
  2506.  
  2507.  
  2508.  
  2509.  
  2510.  
  2511.  
  2512.  
  2513.  
  2514. What if the bitch made good her threat. Well maybe I’ll get lucky and she‘ll find someone else to live with.
  2515.  
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  2518.  
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  2520.  
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  2540.  
  2541.  
  2542.  
  2543.  
  2544.  
  2545. I was up early when morning finally arrived. I left for work without bothering to see if she was awake. Better to leave sleeping dogs lay. Especially bitches.
  2546.  
  2547.  
  2548.  
  2549.  
  2550.  
  2551.  
  2552. At work I had a hard time keeping my mind on my job. When I got off of work, I headed right for the bar. I figured if I had enough beer in me I could face anything when I got home. Sitting at the bar and watching the people drinking made me wonder if these people who seemed to drink and get drunk everyday were really enjoying their way of life. Or maybe they didn’t have anything better to do. Maybe the liquor takes them away from reality like it does me. I knew that when I drank it gave me a false sense of security.
  2553.  
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  2555.  
  2556.  
  2557.  
  2558.  
  2559. After a few hours of drinking it was time to see if the war department was at home. As I was walking up to the drive way that ran through the trailer court, I could see her sitting in a chair in the front lawn. I almost fell over. There she was with a butcher knife cutting up my clothes. She was so engrossed in what she was doing that she didn‘t see me.
  2560.  
  2561.  
  2562.  
  2563.  
  2564.  
  2565.  
  2566. I knew she had to of been drinking. I ducked behind a trailer to get my thoughts together. What the hell should I do? I didn’t want to call the police. It would be to embarrassing. They would think I was chicken shit. I decided to go back to the bar.
  2567.  
  2568.  
  2569.  
  2570.  
  2571.  
  2572.  
  2573. It was late at night when I sneaked back home. The lights were on in the trailer. As I peeked through the windows. I could see she had gone. I went in and locked the door. My clothes were laying all over the place, cut to ribbons. My new shirt that I hadn‘t even worn had two knife holes in it right around the heart area. I knew she was trying to tell me something.
  2574.  
  2575.  
  2576.  
  2577.  
  2578.  
  2579.  
  2580. As I was laying on the couch, all kinds of thoughts were crossing my mind. Was she out picking up a couple of guys to bring home and kick my ass? What if she came home with someone looking for trouble. Would I really have to hurt someone? Would I have enough nerve to kill someone if it came to that?
  2581.  
  2582.  
  2583.  
  2584.  
  2585.  
  2586.  
  2587. After laying there for an hour. I was too restless to sleep, so I thought I’d go over to my friends trailer to have someone to talk to. When I got to his trailer, I stepped up on the porch and was about to knock on the door. Then I heard her voice. I peeked in the window. There she was, doing the only thing she knew in life, fucking someone. They were both on the living room couch. She had her legs around his neck. I turned and went home leaving him to his supper.
  2588.  
  2589.  
  2590.  
  2591.  
  2592.  
  2593.  
  2594. I decided that even if I was a drunk and needed someone for companionship, it was better to be alone even if it was for the rest of my life.
  2595.  
  2596.  
  2597.  
  2598.  
  2599.  
  2600.  
  2601. I went to bed knowing that my friend and her would be together for the rest of the night. I got up in the morning, fixed coffee and went to work.
  2602.  
  2603.  
  2604.  
  2605.  
  2606.  
  2607.  
  2608. After work, it was to the bar for a lot of beer. I was getting ready for the showdown.
  2609.  
  2610.  
  2611.  
  2612.  
  2613.  
  2614.  
  2615. I got home and there she was. But I was ready . Okay bitch, I‘ve taken enough of your shit. Start packing your stuff because your ass is leaving.
  2616.  
  2617.  
  2618.  
  2619.  
  2620.  
  2621.  
  2622. She went for the kitchen drawer. Just before she could reach it, I slammed a hard right to her kidney. She dropped to the floor moaning. Okay bitch get up and get the knife. I moved back away from the drawer. She pulled herself up by grabbing the corner of the sink counter. I moved back towards the drawer and opened it a little. She made a grab for the knife. But another right to the kidney dropped her again. She rolled over on her side and crawled on the floor to the couch. You mother fucker, I’m going to kill you! she screamed. Go ahead and try for the knife again, I said, moving back from the drawer.
  2623.  
  2624.  
  2625.  
  2626.  
  2627.  
  2628.  
  2629. I‘m going to kill you. I’m going to kill you she kept saying. She made a dive for me. She managed to get her arms around the calves of my legs. She lifted her head up and tried sinking her teeth in my groin.
  2630.  
  2631.  
  2632.  
  2633.  
  2634.  
  2635.  
  2636. I brought my fist down on her jaw, but this wild animal wasn‘t finished yet. I was standing near the door. When she rolled over to the couch and came up with a pair of scissors, It was time to leave.
  2637.  
  2638.  
  2639.  
  2640.  
  2641.  
  2642.  
  2643. I got outside while she was getting the butcher knife. You’re dead now fucker, she was saying. She came out looking for me. I
  2644.  
  2645.  
  2646. Ran around the trailer with her trying to catch up with me.
  2647.  
  2648.  
  2649. She was wearing high heels and fell at the back of the trailer.
  2650.  
  2651.  
  2652. The door was open .I slammed it shut and hid by another trailer.
  2653.  
  2654.  
  2655. Her hearing the door close gave her the thought that she had me trapped.
  2656.  
  2657.  
  2658. Looking threw the kitchen window I could see her with a knife in
  2659.  
  2660.  
  2661. Hand. Alright you bastard I know your in here Im going to kill you. She thought I was hiding in the closet .I had enough excitement for the night ,I went over to some aliens apartment
  2662.  
  2663.  
  2664. And spent the rest of the night.
  2665.  
  2666.  
  2667.  
  2668.  
  2669.  
  2670.  
  2671.  
  2672.  
  2673.  
  2674.  
  2675.  
  2676.  
  2677. The next day I Decided She had put a knife in me before and I had forgiven her. Now she pushed me to far. The police knew she had knifed me before.
  2678.  
  2679.  
  2680.  
  2681.  
  2682.  
  2683.  
  2684. So if I went home and busted her up good and then told them she tried to put a knife in me, they‘ll believe me and besides she has a police record. And the fact that I lived 18 years in Vegas and had a clean record would be in my favor. I went home knowing she was going out of my trailer even if it was feet first.
  2685.  
  2686.  
  2687.  
  2688.  
  2689.  
  2690.  
  2691. I got home to find the trailer door open. Almost everything I had which wasn’t much was gone. But I felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was now free to make my own world again and maybe get lucky.
  2692.  
  2693.  
  2694.  
  2695.  
  2696.  
  2697.  
  2698. The last I ever heard of the Cossack, she was shacked up with a cowboy. He was a drummer in a Honky Tank joint by the name of the Long Branch Saloon. I was hoping he was a mean red neck. I did believe that someday someone‘s dog would come home from the desert carrying one of the Cossack’s bones in his mouth.
  2699.  
  2700.  
  2701. CHAPTER 5
  2702.  
  2703.  
  2704. ALIENS
  2705.  
  2706.  
  2707. They say every dog has his day, but I was having my doubts. I was working under this one supervisor who was a real prick. He thought he was a real playboy because he drove a new Cadillac and was in charge of aliens who he had the power over as to whether they had a job or not. Even though he was married he was always trying to get in the pants of these young illegal girls.
  2708.  
  2709.  
  2710.  
  2711.  
  2712.  
  2713.  
  2714. He was too stupid or else his ego was too big to realize that he was ugly and that when he did manage to seduce one of them, it was because the girl thought she was making her job more secure. And not because she thought him to be another Valentino.
  2715.  
  2716.  
  2717.  
  2718.  
  2719.  
  2720.  
  2721. There was this young Mexican girl who was living with some other aliens. She would have to do the cleaning and cooking for them when she got home from work. In return she would get her ride to work and back.
  2722.  
  2723.  
  2724.  
  2725.  
  2726.  
  2727.  
  2728. Now this girl had five brothers and four sisters who were living in Mexico with their blind father. She was sending her money home to help support them. These aliens she was living with were late a few times for work. This supervisor who thought he was Valentino told them if they were late again they’d be fired. Now at this time the supervisor was going with this one good looking alien. He would pick her up at a home when she would have someone call to say she‘d be late for work. The Mexican girl with the brothers and sisters in Mexico was late for work again, through no fault of her. She was fired. She broke down and cried.
  2729.  
  2730.  
  2731.  
  2732.  
  2733.  
  2734.  
  2735. This really pissed me off. The whore is treated like a queen and a poor peon girl trying to feed her brothers and sisters gets the short end of the stick. This left me trying to understand the real world. Well, I was looking at it and not liking what I saw.
  2736.  
  2737.  
  2738.  
  2739.  
  2740.  
  2741.  
  2742. When I was drunk I was happy most of the time. Maybe because I did not notice and see things the way they really are. But if they’re that way, who the hell wants to see them anyhow?
  2743.  
  2744.  
  2745.  
  2746.  
  2747.  
  2748.  
  2749. I went to work one morning to find the immigration men making another raid. In a way I felt sorry for some of these aliens, but hell I‘m an American and charity begins at home. Besides I knew most of them would be back in a week or two. They sent most of their money home in money orders. This didn’t do much for the United States economy, but it sure helped the Mexican economy.
  2750.  
  2751.  
  2752.  
  2753.  
  2754.  
  2755.  
  2756. As time went by I got tired of all the hard work and small pay. I knew the laundries could always get illegal aliens to work for them and I had a feeling that the Union we belonged to was a company union.
  2757.  
  2758.  
  2759.  
  2760.  
  2761.  
  2762.  
  2763. The union knew the laundries were hiring illegal but what did they care. They knew if the immigration picked them up they would be back and have to join the union again. That meant more money for the union officials. I would think of these parasites sitting in their air conditioned offices while I was busting my hump in the hot steaming washroom. If you have ever seen those birds that ride on a water buffalo‘s back waiting for it to take a crap so they can have dinner. Then you know what I thought of those union officials.
  2764.  
  2765.  
  2766.  
  2767.  
  2768.  
  2769.  
  2770. It’s a shame that these union officials can live off your sweat without trying to improve your standard of living. But this is the real world. A world of me first.
  2771.  
  2772.  
  2773.  
  2774.  
  2775.  
  2776.  
  2777. I was at work one day when this supervisor who had fired the poor Mexican girl with the brothers and sisters in Mexico. Started jumping all over this retarded kid because of something he did. When he got done chewing the kid out. Another supervisor thought he had to do something to earn his paycheck too. So he proceeded to chew this retarded kid out. When he was done the kid stood there crying. I could feel my Irish temper rising. I walked over to the time clock and clocked out.
  2778.  
  2779.  
  2780.  
  2781.  
  2782.  
  2783.  
  2784. I went up the street to a bar. I sat in the bar drinking and this really put gas on the fire that was burning inside me. I got up from the bar and went back to the laundry and waited for the supervisors to get off work.
  2785.  
  2786.  
  2787.  
  2788.  
  2789.  
  2790.  
  2791. I saw this one supervisor‘s wife waiting for him in their car. This was the supervisor who was the second one to chew the kid out. He came out the door and when he saw me he ran for the car. Before I could get to him, they drove off.
  2792.  
  2793.  
  2794.  
  2795.  
  2796.  
  2797.  
  2798. I went back to the bar and started drinking. I don’t recall how long I was sitting in the bar when both of them came in. What do you mean by threatening one of my supervisors? Valentino asked. Who the hell do you think your talking to. I‘m not a retard and my body’s not crippled and if you two assholes think you want any of my ass, you can try it here or outside.
  2799.  
  2800.  
  2801.  
  2802.  
  2803.  
  2804.  
  2805. Both of them knew I was an expro, so they did the only thing they could to save face. They told me they were going to report me to the police. I laughed in their face before they turned and walked away.
  2806.  
  2807.  
  2808.  
  2809.  
  2810.  
  2811.  
  2812. A few days later I went to the laundry to pick up my checks. One paycheck and one vacation check. I paid a months rent because I was afraid I might gamble it away. Two weeks of drinking and getting drunk everyday passed by. I realized I would have to find some type of employment. But at my age what was there for me especially with my limited education.
  2813.  
  2814.  
  2815.  
  2816.  
  2817.  
  2818.  
  2819. I hated being out of work mostly because I felt like I had my hat in my hand when I would go into these places seeking employment. Sitting in that chair and looking across the desk at someone who you thought got their position they were holding because they were either a minority or they were fortunate to of been able to get a college education without ever knowing a hard days work. Would really increase the size of that chip on my shoulder.
  2820.  
  2821.  
  2822.  
  2823.  
  2824.  
  2825.  
  2826. After filling out your application and leaving it on their desk, you would walk from that voice that was telling you that they would get in touch with you if anything came up. All the time wondering when they were going to throw your application in the waste paper basket. After all you had to face reality. You just weren‘t young anymore.
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  2882.  
  2883.  
  2884. Chapter 6
  2885.  
  2886.  
  2887. THE RENDEZVOUS
  2888.  
  2889.  
  2890.  
  2891.  
  2892.  
  2893.  
  2894. I had been out of work three weeks when I finally found a job in this new casino called the Rendezvous. The casino had been open for a month when I hired on as a casino porter. My boss who was the head porter was black as were most of the other porters. My boss had a dislike for whites. I don’t know why he thought it was the whites fault that he was black and his people were slaves before and I had something to do with it. He gave me the impression that he thought it was my fault his people were put in bondage 200 years ago. Well if he would of asked me. I would of told him if it would have been up to me, none of his people would have been slaves in America, because I wouldn‘t have brought them over here to begin with.
  2895.  
  2896.  
  2897.  
  2898.  
  2899.  
  2900.  
  2901. I Worked for about a month under him and had to listen to his shit. Then I thought to myself, Fuck it! Even if your out of work it would be better than taking any shit from this racist Zulu who had one tenth of your I.Q.
  2902.  
  2903.  
  2904.  
  2905.  
  2906.  
  2907.  
  2908. I went to the chief maintenance man who was in charge of the porters. I explained my situation to him. He told me of an opening as a warehouseman. This was right up my alley. So I took the job. You can’t imagine how mad some of the porters were. They were saying favoritism was shown because I was white. It never dawned on them that I might have been lucky enough to have more of an education than them. Because I took a job as a porter they thought I was only capable of pushing a broom. When in truth I took the job because it was the easiest job to get because you didn‘t need any brains.
  2909.  
  2910.  
  2911.  
  2912.  
  2913.  
  2914.  
  2915. My new boss was now a woman and was one of the nicest persons working for the casino. She was the director of purchasing and I was the lone warehouseman.
  2916.  
  2917.  
  2918.  
  2919.  
  2920.  
  2921.  
  2922. I was in charge of all the shipping and receiving and she was in charge of all the purchasing.
  2923.  
  2924.  
  2925.  
  2926.  
  2927.  
  2928.  
  2929. The Rendezvous was plush and was located at 4th and Ogden. It was a small casino, but there was a lot of money being pumped into the operation of the casino. Money for advertising, money for promotions like free drinks and souvenirs, free photos.
  2930.  
  2931.  
  2932.  
  2933.  
  2934.  
  2935.  
  2936. It was a new casino and therefore it had to compete with the other downtown casinos for business. The restaurant was plush and their food was as good as any you would find in the bigger casinos on the strip.
  2937.  
  2938.  
  2939.  
  2940.  
  2941.  
  2942.  
  2943. The owner of the building was renting it to a couple of business men from Texas for about $60,000 a month. The administrative offices were being rented from the bank and they were located in the bank building four blocks away from the casino.
  2944.  
  2945.  
  2946.  
  2947.  
  2948.  
  2949.  
  2950. In my personal opinion I didn’t think these two business men knew much about the gaming business. They were like two country boys coming to the big city. Maybe the idea of owning a casino in Las Vegas inflated their ego. I don‘t know how much money they were pouring into the casino. But I do know there were a lot of casino bosses walking around in their expensive suits drawing a paycheck for doing nothing.
  2951.  
  2952.  
  2953.  
  2954.  
  2955.  
  2956.  
  2957. I myself believed that the people from some of the other casinos, or maybe one casino were sent into the Rendezvous to get all the money they could. They would be brought into the casino to work in high positions and then in turn hire their friends. I never saw so many bosses and assistant bosses in my life. It was like a Mexican Army, more Generals than soldiers. The two business men couldn’t keep track of where their money was being spent. And how would they know it wasn‘t won by the customers?
  2958.  
  2959.  
  2960.  
  2961.  
  2962.  
  2963.  
  2964. When Arthur Shanker who’s father was Morris Shaker of the Dunes Hotel came into the Rendezvous he brought in a few of his friends not counting some of his relatives and got them on the payroll.
  2965.  
  2966.  
  2967.  
  2968.  
  2969.  
  2970.  
  2971. Money was being spent left and right. The administrative offices were moved from the bank to the casino. They were set up in the top floor of the hotel which use to house the suites. This move was made to save money that was being paid to the bank as rent. Everything was being done in grand style.
  2972.  
  2973.  
  2974.  
  2975.  
  2976.  
  2977.  
  2978. There were all kinds of promotions and gimmicks to attract business. One of these gimmicks was a slot promotion called SlotORama. It went sort of like this. When you hit a jackpot for two dollars or more, you would receive a SlotORama ticket. This ticket meant extra money for you. These tickets were worth different denominations of money, anywhere from a dollar to three thousand dollars. After hitting a jackpot and receiving your ticket. You would peel back the label on the ticket to see how much you had won. Also these tickets would be put into a big drum after you had signed them and wrote your address on them. In December there was a big drawing with the winner receiving a guaranteed prize of $25,000. There were also prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 dollars.
  2979.  
  2980.  
  2981.  
  2982.  
  2983.  
  2984.  
  2985. After being open for about six months the newness of the casino wore off. Business had been dropping off. I had heard that the two Texas business men had pulled out of the casino a few months before. It seemed like every week there would be a new casino manager.
  2986.  
  2987.  
  2988. Some of the casino employees were either being laid off or being fired. The Keno game was shut down because about $40,000 dollars was won in two days. The bills weren‘t being paid on time.
  2989.  
  2990.  
  2991.  
  2992.  
  2993.  
  2994.  
  2995. Some of the places we were doing business with wanted cash. They weren’t accepting purchasing orders.
  2996.  
  2997.  
  2998.  
  2999.  
  3000.  
  3001.  
  3002. I could see the handwriting on the wall. I knew we wouldn‘t be open for long. Well here goes my luck again I thought. I hated the thought of standing in that unemployment line. It brought back memories about the time my brother and I arrived in Vegas years ago.
  3003.  
  3004.  
  3005.  
  3006.  
  3007.  
  3008.  
  3009. We had gone down to the unemployment office to seek employment and also sign up for unemployment checks.
  3010.  
  3011.  
  3012.  
  3013.  
  3014.  
  3015.  
  3016. There was this little old lady working there who had a heavy New York accent. She asked my brother why he had come to Nevada to seek employment and didn’t he know that finding jobs was hard now. My brother got madder than hell. He told her it was still a free country and he could go anywhere he choose. And besides what the hell did a New Yorker like her move to Nevada for.
  3017.  
  3018.  
  3019.  
  3020.  
  3021.  
  3022.  
  3023. A friend of mine went to the unemployment office and when they asked him his address, He told them general delivery. And they asked him where do you live in a mail box?
  3024.  
  3025.  
  3026.  
  3027.  
  3028.  
  3029.  
  3030. I Wondered sometimes if these people working in the unemployment office realized that if it weren‘t for people being out of work, they would be unemployed too. But I guess that saying about a full stomach feeling no pain holds true.
  3031.  
  3032.  
  3033.  
  3034.  
  3035.  
  3036.  
  3037. I still had my job, but didn’t know for how long. I knew if I got laid off, I could count on unemployment checks for 26 weeks. But then where would I go from there. I thought about going to the culinary union and signing up. But I remembered the last time I went there with a friend. He had gone to pay his dues. While I was waiting for him. I was on the receiving end of a bunch of dirty looks.
  3038.  
  3039.  
  3040.  
  3041.  
  3042.  
  3043.  
  3044. I guess my being white was thought to be an intrusion. The majority of the members that were there were not white. I guess they thought I was out to get their job or to take a job that could of been filled by one of their brothers. I felt like a member of the KKK walking in on a NAACP meeting.
  3045.  
  3046.  
  3047.  
  3048.  
  3049.  
  3050.  
  3051. I thought to myself, if it wasn‘t for the white man building all these casinos, they would still be in the back country of Louisiana chopping or picking cotton for a few dollars a day. And the others would be working behind a water buffalo in some rice paddy somewhere in the Orient. Here I was a man in his forties who hadn’t thought about tomorrow, so life becomes a battle. No, not a battle, a war.
  3052.  
  3053.  
  3054.  
  3055.  
  3056.  
  3057.  
  3058. Besides the casino I was working in the local bar in my old neighborhood. It was one of my favorite drinking places. When I first arrived in Vegas this was the first bar I had a drink in. Although there would be plenty of others to come this would be the one I‘d spend years of my life drinking in.
  3059.  
  3060.  
  3061.  
  3062.  
  3063.  
  3064.  
  3065. This neighborhood bar was known as a working man’s bar and you might also call it a red neck bar. This was Jack Mormon territory. Most all us drunks that had been coming here consider this bar our second home. But as Vegas got bigger and more liberal in the following years, our home was being invaded by strangers. I recall one time a black service man from the Air Force started coming to the bar. Now this guy was one who looked for trouble and had a reputation for causing trouble. Now that Vegas and in fact America was more liberal we had a few blacks that came into the bar. But they weren‘t looking for problems. They would drink and get drunk like the rest of us. But this one black who had caused a problem was 86’d by the bar owner.
  3066.  
  3067.  
  3068.  
  3069.  
  3070.  
  3071.  
  3072. He went back to Nellis Air Base and reported the owner for refusing to serve him because he was black.
  3073.  
  3074.  
  3075.  
  3076.  
  3077.  
  3078.  
  3079. The following day as I and the owner were sitting at the bar, in walks this Air Force Master Sergeant looking for the owner. The owner introduced himself and asked the Sergeant if he could help him. The sergeant wanted to know if the owner refused service and also called this black a nigger. The owner said, Before I answer you, let me ask you something. If this man had been an Italian and I refused to serve him and called him a wop or a dago or If he had been German and I refused to serve him and called him a kraut or a nazi, would you be here? See you can‘t answer without telling the truth, because you know you wouldn’t be here.
  3080.  
  3081.  
  3082.  
  3083.  
  3084.  
  3085.  
  3086. The only reason you‘re here is because he is black. So if you want to place my bar off limits to the Air Base, go ahead. If you want my lawyers name, here is his card. That was the end of the conversation. The Sergeant got up and walked out the door without saying another word.
  3087.  
  3088.  
  3089.  
  3090.  
  3091.  
  3092.  
  3093. Because the owner didn’t want to serve someone who would be bad for business makes him prejudiced? If so, then he wasn‘t the only one prejudiced. There’s a place called Lathrop Wells which is on the highway going north out of Vegas. Prostitution is legal there. One black filed a law suit because he was denied some white pussy. He claimed the prostitute was prejudiced. How did he know she didn‘t have a head ache.
  3094.  
  3095.  
  3096. The meek might inherit the earth, but the way things were looking to me, I thought they’d only end up with six feet of it. I think I felt this way because of the visits I paid my dad in the convalescent home, which wasn‘t often.
  3097.  
  3098.  
  3099.  
  3100.  
  3101.  
  3102.  
  3103. There was something about being in there and seeing those people who were once young and I imagine full of life.
  3104.  
  3105.  
  3106.  
  3107.  
  3108.  
  3109.  
  3110. And to see them almost at the end of the road in their journey through life with their eyes, those of the eyes of little children. And their bent bodies shuffling down the hall ways and the voices like children emanating along with the smell of urine from those cells called rooms. All these things and more in my life, I believed helped to turn my thoughts to my own safe world. The world of a drunk where nothing was real and therefore you couldn’t be hurt by nothing that wasn‘t real. To see these people who I knew in my heart had been closer to God in their way through life and then see them end up here. What could I expect at the end of my journey?
  3111.  
  3112.  
  3113.  
  3114.  
  3115.  
  3116.  
  3117. I told myself that I would live my life to the fullest and it would be a world of drinking, gambling and women. I was making more money than I had been making at the laundry and even if the casino wasn’t doing well. I was going to move out of my trailer to an apartment within walking distance of my job. I made my move when a new apartment complex opened up four blocks from work.
  3118.  
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  3120.  
  3121.  
  3122.  
  3123.  
  3124. With everything new in the apartment it gave me a better feeling about coming home after work. But still there was that feeling of being alone. Sure I would pick up a bar fly once in a while for a one night stand. But I always had this feeling of catching some kind of venereal decease which there wouldn‘t be a cure for.
  3125.  
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  3128.  
  3129.  
  3130.  
  3131. And also there was that waking up in the morning rolling over in bed and looking at what you dragged home the night before. It scared the hell out of me. I couldn’t figure out how in the hell they looked so good when I picked them up. But I was beginning to know where that saying blind drunk came from.
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  3188.  
  3189. Chapter 7
  3190.  
  3191.  
  3192. BOOM BOOM
  3193.  
  3194.  
  3195.  
  3196.  
  3197.  
  3198.  
  3199. Renting a new apartment was time for me to try and find a roommate to help break in the couch that made into a bed.
  3200.  
  3201.  
  3202.  
  3203.  
  3204.  
  3205.  
  3206. I was sitting at the casino bar after work when I took notice of a new cocktail waitress. She was well built, had black hair and a little cute up turn nose. But being I was a tit man, it was her jugs I first took notice of. They were big and they were proud. I could tell that by the way they carried their selves. High and straight forward, no drooping.
  3207.  
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  3210.  
  3211.  
  3212.  
  3213. Seeing her and thinking about the bar fly I had picked up a few nights before, who when I rolled over and saw a face that looked like it had been stepped on by someone wearing golfing shoes, made me want her all the more. It was time to find a companion who looked good whether I was drunk on sober.
  3214.  
  3215.  
  3216.  
  3217.  
  3218.  
  3219.  
  3220. I gave her the nickname of Boom Boom. I have this thing about me which certain people bring out. This makes me give them nicknames. I don‘t know if this is a special feeling of love or the names are given to fit their character. Boom Boom didn’t have to sing I got a lovely bunch of coconuts. You already knew she had a lovely pair.
  3221.  
  3222.  
  3223.  
  3224.  
  3225.  
  3226.  
  3227. At first I thought I wouldn‘t have much of a chance to get her in bed let alone get her to move in with me. What chance did I have against those bartenders or card dealers who on account of receiving good tips were making a lot more than me? But first I would have to find out if she was single.
  3228.  
  3229.  
  3230.  
  3231.  
  3232.  
  3233.  
  3234. The next day I went home after work and put on my best suit, the only one I had and my tie, and went back to the casino. She was waiting on some tables in the lounge area. So I went to a table in the corner. She came over and asked me what I wanted, I didn’t tell what I really wanted. But I told her that a gin with grapefruit would do. Don‘t you work here? she asked. yea! I work here I said, wondering how she knew. She left to fill the rest of the orders without saying anything else.
  3235.  
  3236.  
  3237.  
  3238.  
  3239.  
  3240.  
  3241. She gave me a nice smile before leaving. I thought, was this smile meant for me? or did she always smile that way because it meant bigger tips?
  3242.  
  3243.  
  3244.  
  3245.  
  3246.  
  3247.  
  3248. She returned in a few minutes with my drink and as she was leaning over my table, her tits looked like they were trying to find a way out of her blouse. I made out I didn’t notice them as I took the cocktail napkin and wiped the saliva from the corner of my mouth. That will be a dollar and a half, she said. I handed her a five and she started to give me the change from her toke tray. I told her to keep the change. You must make good money if you can leave a $3.50 tip for one drink she said. No, I don‘t make a lot of money but I know that later on tonight I’ll be drunk and gambling, and will probably end up losing my money. So I always tip big because I would rather see the working people get it rather than the casino owners. You have a funny way of looking at things. Why not save your money for a rainy day? she asked.
  3249.  
  3250.  
  3251.  
  3252.  
  3253.  
  3254.  
  3255. It never rains here, was my reply. She thanked me for the tip and went on to the other tables. I watched her serving the customers. She was always smiling. A couple of patron put the tips in between her jugs. She didn‘t seem to mind. I guess she thought if they put their money there and she didn’t protest, they might think they had a chance of putting it somewhere else. Therefore being more generous with their tips.
  3256.  
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  3260.  
  3261.  
  3262. She came back over to my table to check on whether or not I needed another drink. Sure I‘ll have another, but make it a double. Don’t you have to work tomorrow? she asked. Look I always make it to work and a few drinks wouldn‘t stop me from coming in.
  3263.  
  3264.  
  3265.  
  3266.  
  3267.  
  3268.  
  3269. She went over to the bar and got my drink and returned.
  3270.  
  3271.  
  3272. As she was leaning over to serve me, I felt like reaching in her blouse and setting her tits free so they could fall across my face. What a crazy thought, but some men like legs, some like a nice ass, I happen to like tits.
  3273.  
  3274.  
  3275.  
  3276.  
  3277.  
  3278.  
  3279. I tried to give her a five dollar tip. She refused it. Look, she said, I don’t know your job here and I don‘t know how much your paycheck is each week, but you don’t have to impress me. After all you work for a living like me. I‘m not trying to impress nobody, like I said before, I’ll only get drunk and lose it on the 21 tables. So if someone else can get better use out of it, why not? I got to wait on the other tables, she said.
  3280.  
  3281.  
  3282.  
  3283.  
  3284.  
  3285.  
  3286. She excused herself and went to the other tables. While waiting on the other tables, she would glance over and give me that smile. I thought that she must of been married or else was still married and wasn‘t wearing her wedding ring because a cocktail waitress seems to make more tips if the customers think she is single. And would therefore have a chance of getting her between the sheets. Watching her, I just knew there had to be someone waiting for her to get off from work. A body like her’s never lets itself sleep alone. It would be a sin against nature. What chance would I have against all these guys with their new cars, money and fine clothes.
  3287.  
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  3290.  
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  3292.  
  3293. I got up and made out I was going to the restroom by placing my bar napkin over my half finished drink. I slipped a ten under my drink and started toward the restroom and then went out the door.
  3294.  
  3295.  
  3296.  
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  3298.  
  3299.  
  3300. As I stepped out into the night, I looked up and down the street trying to make up my mind as to which bar to go to first. I still had a little money on me from a football bet that I had won.
  3301.  
  3302.  
  3303.  
  3304.  
  3305.  
  3306.  
  3307. I went into this dive that was passing itself off as a cocktail lounge. I got a couple of stares because I was well dressed. They were from a couple of seedy characters sitting at a table in the corner. They’re probably thinking , who‘s this guy? Maybe he’s slumming. The bar didn‘t smell nice and neither did the people in it. The barmaid wasn’t bad looking and what the heck, after a few stiff drinks she‘d look like a beauty queen, I thought. After checking for a clean seat, I sat down at the bar. I looked in the corner sizing up the two characters sitting there.
  3308.  
  3309.  
  3310.  
  3311.  
  3312.  
  3313.  
  3314. The barmaid came down the bar toward me. She gave me a big smile and took my order. A shot of whiskey with a beer chaser. After serving me, she went over to the jukebox. Is there anything you would like to hear? she asked. I told her to play the nutcracker suite. She asked me if that was a new record that was out? I told her that it had been around for a while and maybe she would be getting it in soon. She wanted to know if it was Country and Western. I told her it was jazz.
  3315.  
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  3320.  
  3321. She went back behind the bar and stood in the corner looking at me. The way she kept looking at me, made me check to see if I left my fly open. She finally walked over and asked me what I did for a living. I didn’t think it was any of her business. So I told her I stood on the fifth amendment. She wanted to know what that meant. I told her that it meant that I refused to answer on grounds it might incriminate me. She didn‘t like that answer. She gave me a dirty look and went back to her corner. I thought to hell with her she probably never heard of amendments. I finished my beer and whiskey and ordered a beer. She seemed reluctant to serve me, but she finally brought my beer to me.
  3322.  
  3323.  
  3324.  
  3325.  
  3326.  
  3327.  
  3328. She asked me again what I did for a living. I gave her the same answer. This really pissed her off. She turned around and stood there staring at me. I thought if she comes down here and asks me again what my line of work is, I’ll tell her I‘m a pimp.
  3329.  
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  3334.  
  3335. Here I am thinking about Boom Boom and her big luscious jugs. Having a beer, minding my own business, and because I walked into this dump they call a bar, and someone doesn’t like the way I dress, they want to give me a ration of shit.
  3336.  
  3337.  
  3338. By now the beer and whiskey started mixing with the gin. I was feeling about two feet taller. I finished my beer and ordered another. This time it wasn‘t to be. She came over and told me I was 86’d, which meant I had too much and was to leave.
  3339.  
  3340.  
  3341.  
  3342.  
  3343.  
  3344.  
  3345. Well what did I care, it was a dump anyhow. I got up to leave. As I started towards the door, the two in the corner got up and moved in front of the door. I had already sized them up when I first came in the bar. The looked like the type that had been to the blood bank earlier in the day, selling their blood so they could find a place to sit and suck up a few beers. And maybe bullshit the barmaid and get a few free ones. Maybe they resented me because they thought I had money or maybe they wanted to look big in the eyes of the barmaid.
  3346.  
  3347.  
  3348.  
  3349.  
  3350.  
  3351.  
  3352. The tallest of the two had a few teeth missing. Little did he know he was going to have more missing. I knew I would have to drop him fast before his partner joined in.
  3353.  
  3354.  
  3355.  
  3356.  
  3357.  
  3358.  
  3359. I said, look, I‘m not looking for trouble and at the same time I unloaded a straight right hand. It caught him flush in the face. He went right into the door and slid to the floor. His partner stood there and didn’t even get his hands up before I hit him with a left, right combination. I stepped over them as I went out the door. The barmaid was screaming about calling the police. She had her head out the door yelling. I managed to tell her to go fuck herself before I ran down the street.
  3360.  
  3361.  
  3362.  
  3363.  
  3364.  
  3365.  
  3366. I got to my apartment and opened a beer and then sat on the couch to rest myself. I didn‘t think she would call the police because in a crummy dive like that, it wouldn’t be good for business because all the bums would be afraid to hang around there.
  3367.  
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  3372.  
  3373. I went to the refrigerator looking for something to eat. I opened the door and tried to find something besides beer. There was a half six pack of beer, three pieces of dried up bologna that were curling at the ends, half of a dried up taco and two broken eggs. In the vegetable bin one rotten tomato and a head of wilted lettuce. Well I can get a good meal tomorrow at work, I thought. I looked in the freezer compartment and saw I had forgotten to put water in the ice trays. I drank my gin straight and chased it with a beer.
  3374.  
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  3376.  
  3377.  
  3378.  
  3379.  
  3380. I sat up for a while watching TV and shooting rubber bands at the cockroaches. No matter how new and clean a place was there is certain area in downtown Vegas that seemed to attract these roaches. Who knows maybe the cockroaches moved in because the other places were getting to dirty for them.
  3381.  
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  3386.  
  3387. I awoke in the morning to find the TV still on and my mouth tasting like a buzzard‘s breath smells. I managed to shave without removing any skin. I took a shower and dried myself off using a dirty shirt which reminded me that I hadn’t done the laundry.
  3388.  
  3389.  
  3390.  
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  3392.  
  3393.  
  3394. When I got to work I found an envelope pinned to my time card. There was a note in it along with a ten dollar bill. I guess she must have asked the bartender my name. The note read, Bob, I don‘t know if your playing with a full deck or not, but I do alright in making money. I get good tips from people who can afford it, so please don’t try to impress me. I was mad at you last night for leaving without telling me your name. Maybe you would like to have a drink with me after I get off work. If you do, come to the bar and let me know. Jeannie, P.S. you can buy us a drink with this ten dollars.
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  3400.  
  3401. After reading her note, the work day seemed twice as long than usual. I couldn‘t hardly wait for the day to end. I wanted to get to know her and I knew by her writing that note, she had to be available. I was lucky that it was Friday because not only would I be off for two days, but it would be payday. And if I got her as drunk as I was planning on getting, I’d have her in my bed tonight. She worked the swing shift, 4 PM till 12 PM and I worked from 7 AM till 3 PM.
  3402.  
  3403.  
  3404.  
  3405.  
  3406.  
  3407.  
  3408. As soon as I got off work, I went to the store and bought some new towels, a few red candles, bubble bath and some Oil of Olay. As I was buying the Oil of Olay, I could picture myself rubbing it all over those big beautiful tits of hers. I thought of that saying about candy being dandy but liquor being quicker as I was buying a couple of bottles of booze.
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  3414.  
  3415. I also had to get a little food in the apartment. I didn‘t want her to think I lived on booze only.
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  3418.  
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  3421.  
  3422. After getting home after shopping, I started cleaning the apartment. I picked up my dirty clothes and hid them in the closet corner. I shoved all the magazines and newspaper under the couch. Then went downstairs to borrow the vacuum cleaner from the landlord.
  3423.  
  3424.  
  3425.  
  3426.  
  3427.  
  3428.  
  3429. It didn’t take me long to get the place looking live able. After taking a bath and shaving, I poured half a bottle of after shaving lotion on. I put on a new shirt and sat down with a beer to watch the news. It was only six o‘clock which left me six hours to kill without getting drunk. I wanted both of us to get loaded together and was wishing I would of thought of buying some raisins. I had heard that they absorbed most of the alcohol, therefore making it take longer to get drunk. I kept myself occupied by watching TV and sipping on my beers.
  3430.  
  3431.  
  3432. It was nearing 11 o’clock as I started walking to the casino. Walking along I was stopped by a prostitute. Hello honey, you want to party? she asked. I looked her over good. Look honey I‘m too old to get it up anymore I told her. You come with me and I’ll make it real hard because I‘m good really good, she said. I stepped over by the building and she undid my fly and pulled my pecker out and stroked it a couple of times. See honey, I told you I could make it hard. You’re right, I said, adding that miracles never cease to exist, while zipping up my fly. Thanks for making it hard for me. Now I got it up and my girlfriend will appreciate that. You cheap son of a bitch, she yelled as I walked away.
  3433.  
  3434.  
  3435.  
  3436.  
  3437.  
  3438.  
  3439. I walked into the casino which was crowded because of it being Friday night and the weekend coming up. I saw her standing at the bar along with the other cocktail waitresses. She looked like a pigeon among some sparrows. She was all chest.
  3440.  
  3441.  
  3442.  
  3443.  
  3444.  
  3445.  
  3446. I started towards the bar. She noticed me coming and gave me that smile that she seemed to give everyone. But she had invited me to have a few drinks with her after work, so why think about anything else, I told myself. I took a little table in the corner that would only seat two. She immediately came over. Hello Bob, what can I get you? The same thing as yesterday? Sure Jeannie, The same thing but how do you remember what I was drinking after all those drinks you served yesterday? When I find someone different, I usually remember what they drink, Bob. What do you find different about me? Jeannie. I‘ll talk to you when I get off of work, Bob.
  3447.  
  3448.  
  3449.  
  3450.  
  3451.  
  3452.  
  3453. The time finally pasted. She came over to my table and told me to order her a drink because she was going to the time office to clock out. I ordered her the same thing I was drinking. When she came back and took a sip of what I had ordered, she said with a wink, this is gin and it might make me sin. While sitting there with me, I could see that she had a good night because of all the tip money she was counting up. What are you going to do with all the money you’re making? I asked. I‘m saving all I can so I can bring my daughter out here to live with me. You see I’m divorced and my daughter is in Oregon going to school. She‘s living with my ex-husband, but she wants to come live with me when school is out. I don’t know if my ex will let her live with me after school vacation is over or not, but at least I‘ll have her with me for a while.
  3454.  
  3455.  
  3456.  
  3457.  
  3458.  
  3459.  
  3460. That’s nice Jeannie. I think your daughter will like it out here. How old is she? She‘s 15 years old, Bob. When she gets older, I want her to go to college and learn something. I don’t want her to be a cocktail waitress like me. What‘s wrong with being a cocktail waitress, Jeannie? They make a lot of money. Sure we make a lot of money Bob, but I don’t like the idea of all these guys who get drunk and think because we walk around in these skimpy uniforms, that they think we‘re an easy lay.
  3461.  
  3462.  
  3463.  
  3464.  
  3465.  
  3466.  
  3467. They’re always trying to get you in the sack. Yea Jeannie, I know what you mean, I said, but not feeling guilty. Bob, I hope I can save enough money but with my apartment rent my telephone and my electric plus my car payment, it‘s going to be hard. Unless I have a lot of good money nights like this. Where do you live, Bob, in an apartment or a house? I live in an apartment within walking distance from here, Jeannie. Oh that’s nice do you live with anyone or are you by yourself? I‘m single and have never been married so I live by myself. Bob, you are not going to tell me that in a town like this you never lived with a woman. And don’t try and tell me you‘re queer.
  3468.  
  3469.  
  3470.  
  3471.  
  3472.  
  3473.  
  3474. Sure Jeannie I lived with women before, but they went their way and I went my way. What’s the matter couldn‘t find the right one, Bob? I guess not Jeannie. Tell me a little bit about you Bob. There’s not much to tell you Jeannie, but I‘ll make it fast. I was born in New Jersey and moved out West when I was about 10 years old. I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17 years old. I won the far east light weight boxing championship when I was 19 years old in 1957. I came back to the states and lost the first night out in the all Marine boxing championship in Oceanside, Calif. I got out of the service that year and went to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I tried a little pro boxing but I didn’t have what it takes. So I moved to Vegas in 1960 and here I am sitting and talking to you. I notice how fast she put away her drink. One drinker can tell another. I ordered her another drink. As we sat and talked a while, she also finished that one pretty quick.
  3475.  
  3476.  
  3477.  
  3478.  
  3479.  
  3480.  
  3481. I couldn‘t help asking her if she liked drinking. She seemed to get a little disturbed by the question.
  3482.  
  3483.  
  3484.  
  3485.  
  3486.  
  3487.  
  3488. Look Bob, I can handle my liquor alright. It’s the men in my life that seem hard to handle. They think once they have had you, that they can have you anytime. They get too possessive and I can‘t stand possessive people. So I hope you’re not that way, Bob. No Jeannie I don‘t believe in possessing anything or anyone. I gave up caring for things a long time ago. I just want to make a few bucks for rent and booze and a little food once in a while. You see Jeannie I’m in that age group where I‘m not young or old. That age right in the middle where you can’t go back and don‘t want to go ahead.
  3489.  
  3490.  
  3491.  
  3492.  
  3493.  
  3494.  
  3495. Everyone talks about the day they can retire when they reach 65. But how many people will live to be 65? I pick up the paper everyday and read the obituary. The few that do make it don’t make it much longer than that. And how many are in physical condition to go hunting or fishing or what ever? So see I live from day to day. I get my enjoyment out of being free.
  3496.  
  3497.  
  3498.  
  3499.  
  3500.  
  3501.  
  3502. Well, let me put it this way being freer than most people. Because I don‘t think any of us are really free. The richest of the people aren’t free from that thought of someone trying to get their money. We all came into this world with a cross to carry, some heavier than others. I could see that she wasn‘t really listening to what I was saying. Although she tried to seem interested. By this time she had finished about five drinks. She started telling me a few things about herself. Her father was Italian and her mother was French. And she had a son that ran away from home six years ago and never heard from him and her daughter who was coming out here from Oregon was a beautiful girl. She also told me that she drove to Vegas with her boyfriend and when they got here he left her for someone else. How many times have I heard this story before. But I still listen as she went on talking of her past. This seemed like an old story to me. Girl meets Guy both decide to get away from the one horse town they’re living in. They head for Vegas, the city of dreams. The city where the action is 24 hours a day with money to be made. A place where one minute you are broke but maybe the next you‘re rich.
  3503.  
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  3505.  
  3506.  
  3507.  
  3508.  
  3509. Guy gets discouraged when he finds out it’s not that easy. Girl finds change girl job. The easiest job to get but poor wages and poorer tips. Guy gets pissed off and takes her first pay check and heads back home leaving her stuck in Vegas. Jeannie was starting to look like the drinks were taking effect on her. And I didn‘t want her to get too loaded. Because some women are a very bad lay when they’re drunk. Yet there are some who the liquor turns into nymphs. But I didn‘t want to take any chances, so I asked her if she would like to come over to my apartment for a drink.
  3510.  
  3511.  
  3512.  
  3513.  
  3514.  
  3515.  
  3516. She said, why go to your apartment for a drink, when they have all the liquor you can drink here. But if you have something else in mind, I’ll go. You do have something else in mind don‘t you? Sure, I thought we could watch TV, I said with a little wink.
  3517.  
  3518.  
  3519.  
  3520.  
  3521.  
  3522.  
  3523. It wasn’t a far walk to my apartment. She wanted to take her car, but I thought the walk would do her a little good. Maybe sober her up a little. As we were going toward the apartment, I saw the prostitute that I had talked to earlier coming our way. I had nowhere to hide. As she spotted me helping Jeannie to the apartment, she yelled to Jeannie. It ain‘t that big honey and make sure he gives you the money first. What’s she talking about, Bob? Jeannie asked. I don‘t know. This world is full of crazy people. Maybe she’s just drunk, I said. We finally got in the apartment and I got her over to the couch and mix her a drink.
  3524.  
  3525.  
  3526.  
  3527.  
  3528.  
  3529.  
  3530. Then I turned the lights off. There was just enough light by the candles to see. And it gave the tub with all of its bubbles a real sexy look. I looked up just as she came to the door. Can I come in? I have to use the bathroom. Sure Jeannie, go ahead. I‘ll fix us a couple of drinks. I was in the kitchen fixing a couple of drinks when she called me back into the bathroom. I walked into find her in the tub with soap bubbles.
  3531.  
  3532.  
  3533.  
  3534.  
  3535.  
  3536.  
  3537. All around her body I could see those big brown nipples sticking out of the soap bubbles. Here’s your drink, I said. As she reached for it, the bubbles floated away from the front of her revealing a beautiful pair of tits. I reached over and got the wash cloth. She leaned back in the tub. The water was floating her breast out towards me. I started rubbing her breast gently. She closed her eyes and seemed to be purring. Her nipples growing harder. Right then and there I knew I was in my world. A world of peace quiet and passion. I reached down and started washing her ankles and her feet making sure I rubbed in between her toes.
  3538.  
  3539.  
  3540.  
  3541.  
  3542.  
  3543.  
  3544. This really turned her on. I reached down to the plug and pulled it out. Here let me dry you off, I said. She stood up revealing that triangle that has caused so much pleasure and agony in life. I got the towel and started drying her off. First her back then her front. Then I sat on the toilet seat and motioned her towards me. As she stood in front of me, I draped the towel around her buttocks and pulled her towards me. I gently dried her legs on the outside first, then in the inside. Then I started kissing her stomach gently then her legs. She put her hands on my shoulders and pulled herself closer to me.
  3545.  
  3546.  
  3547.  
  3548.  
  3549.  
  3550.  
  3551. I blew out the candles, took her hands and led her to the living room. As she stood there, I started fixing the bed. When the bed was ready, I turned out the lights and opened the curtains so some of light from the neon signs would fall across the bed. I got undressed as she lay there waiting for me.
  3552.  
  3553.  
  3554.  
  3555.  
  3556.  
  3557.  
  3558. I reached over and got the body oil. I laid down beside her and started applying the oil over her breasts. Gently rubbing her nipples. Then I applied some to her stomach and legs. This really drove her passion up. I reached down and felt how moist she was, so I moved in between her legs and entered her. She moaned softly. I put her legs against my chest and pushed them back against the wall and at the same time squeezing her breast which were hard and slippery from the oil. With the light from the neon signs falling across her glistening body, I could see beads of perspiration forming on her forehead and breasts. I drove harder and faster against her. She started twisting her head from side to side. All the time groaning louder and louder and with that I came almost at the same time she did.
  3559.  
  3560.  
  3561.  
  3562.  
  3563.  
  3564.  
  3565. I awoke early thinking I had to go to work. Then remembering it was Saturday, I looked over at her laying there. That nice face and those beautiful breasts and the passion. How did I get so lucky I was thinking. I was going to wake her up, but she looked so peaceful laying there I didn‘t have the heart to disturb her. I knew she had to go to work, but that wasn’t till 4 o‘clock in the afternoon. I got up quietly and looked in the refrigerator. I got a bottle of beer out and while I was drinking it I decided to walk over to the store and pick up a couple of things that I had forgotten yesterday. Maybe I’d cook breakfast while she was still sleeping. When I got back from the store she was still sleeping. I started cooking breakfast. I think The smell of the cooking woke her up or it might of been the sound of the smoke detector.
  3566.  
  3567.  
  3568.  
  3569.  
  3570.  
  3571.  
  3572. I had the stove turned on too high and when the bacon burned, it set off the alarm. I threw the door open and got a towel and tried fanning the smoke away from the smoke detector. What time is it and how come you‘re trying to burn the place down? She asked. It’s early and I burned the bacon, but I can always cook some more, I said. She got up and went to the bathroom. While she was in the bathroom, I managed to get the alarm to stop by fanning most of the smoke away.
  3573.  
  3574.  
  3575.  
  3576.  
  3577.  
  3578.  
  3579. She came out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her. I noticed she had been putting make up on. She came over and kissed me on the check. Then went over to the sink and poured herself a big healthy drink. Would you like some breakfast? I asked her. Oh no, I never eat breakfast. I have to watch my weight. I knew right then she had a drinking problem. But what the hell, didn‘t I have a beer when I got up. Besides maybe I wouldn’t have had a chance to be with her if she wasn‘t a drinker.
  3580.  
  3581.  
  3582.  
  3583.  
  3584.  
  3585.  
  3586. She was nice looking and well stacked. So she drinks a lot, but at least she looked better than those bar flies I was picking up in the bars. I told her that she could move in with me and that it wouldn’t cost her a dime because I would buy the food and pay the rent. That way she could save all her money and send for her daughter when she got out of school. She said that it sounded alright, but I had to remember not to try and possess her. I agreed to her terms. Now I have a companion for a little while I thought.
  3587.  
  3588.  
  3589.  
  3590.  
  3591.  
  3592.  
  3593. Boy did I have a companion! We were drinking and going out every chance we could. We would come home drunk and sometimes make love on the floor. Because we were too drunk to make the bed up. All this was new and exciting. But when I was sober with her, there was something missing and that something was intelligent conversation. She was really something when she was really drunk. She would talk off the wall. She had a phone installed in our apartment that she just transferred from her previous address. She told me that she would pay the phone bills because they were under her name.
  3594.  
  3595.  
  3596.  
  3597.  
  3598.  
  3599.  
  3600. When she didn‘t come home a few times after work, I didn’t ask her where she had spent the night. After all I agreed not to try to possess her. She came home early in the morning one day and started talking on the phone to someone about coming out to Vegas and burying an Irishman in the desert.
  3601.  
  3602.  
  3603.  
  3604.  
  3605.  
  3606.  
  3607. This Irishman happened to have my name. This really floored me. Now I really knew she had a couple of loose shingles on her roof. That booze must really be destroying her mind. When she hung up the phone, I asked her who she had been talking to. She told me it was someone in the Mafia. And they were coming out to bury me in the desert. She was really loaded to the gills and I thought the booze might of contributed to the conversation on the phone. But I knew it only contributed a little.
  3608.  
  3609.  
  3610.  
  3611.  
  3612.  
  3613.  
  3614. I picked up the phone and dialed for the time 118. Then I started my conversation. Hello, let me speak to Pat Riley. Hey Pat this is Bob out in Vegas. Can you send me a hit man out here? I need someone to bury this dago broad I‘m living with. Yea, Pat I want her planted in the desert with the cactus. I’m doing fine Pat. Give my regards to the family. And thanks a lot. I‘ll send you the money later. When I hung up, she asked me who the hell Pat was and where was I calling to.
  3615.  
  3616.  
  3617.  
  3618.  
  3619.  
  3620.  
  3621. I told her that I called Boston and Pat was a Capo in the Irish Mafia and he was sending someone out here to plant her dago ass in the desert. She told me I was crazy. There was no such thing as the Irish Mafia. I told her if the Italians can have a Mafia, then so can the Irish. After all it’s a free country. The next afternoon when she woke up she didn‘t mention a thing about the phone conversation. I don’t think she remembered it. In fact, she didn‘t remember anything that happened that day.
  3622.  
  3623.  
  3624.  
  3625.  
  3626.  
  3627.  
  3628. But what really took the cake happened a week later. We were sitting in this casino having a few drinks when I suggested we go out for a nice seafood dinner, she said she had a relative who owned this place called Al’s Crab House. I knew of Al‘s Crab House and knew they had good seafood dinners. But I also knew she didn’t have a relative who owned it. But I felt like eating seafood that night, so I went along with her. She kept telling me about this relative. He was in the Mafia and he had a hidden interest in Al‘s Crab House. And we wouldn’t have to pay for our dinner. I think she really believed this by the way she was ordering all kinds of expensive dishes. I was glad I had a few hundred dollars in my pocket that I had won playing blackjack. She went on and on about this Mafia relative.
  3629.  
  3630.  
  3631.  
  3632.  
  3633.  
  3634.  
  3635. I just sat there thinking, How in the hell do I seem to get evolved with these crazy people?
  3636.  
  3637.  
  3638.  
  3639.  
  3640.  
  3641.  
  3642. I began thinking maybe I was crazy or else I would go crazy from hanging around these kind of people. I even begin thinking about becoming a hermit.
  3643.  
  3644.  
  3645.  
  3646.  
  3647.  
  3648.  
  3649. The waiter came over and served us all kinds of seafood dishes. I knew there was no way we could eat half of it let alone all of it. I knew I had enough money to cover the bill, but I felt like excusing myself and telling her I was going to the restroom. Then I would head straight for the door. But I knew they would have her ass in jail. And she would tell them where we lived. I decided to have a couple of more drinks so it would kill the pain when I got the bill.
  3650.  
  3651.  
  3652.  
  3653.  
  3654.  
  3655.  
  3656. She told me she was getting full and to ask for a people bag. I thought she was going to take whatever we couldn‘t eat home. But she laid the bag on the table and tried to spell out the word Mafia with the left over food. I looked at her and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. She didn‘t have a couple of loose shingles on her roof. They were all loose and some of them must have blown away. She told me this was a signal to the waiter. When he saw the word Mafia he wouldn’t give us a bill. She was right he didn‘t give us a bill. He gave me the bill. It was over a hundred dollars for all the drinks and food. He asked her if she wanted to put the leftovers in a couple of bags and take them home. She told him she didn’t eat seafood more that once a month. I didn‘t know what to say to her. How do you talk to a crazy person. I still wanted to hang on to her because it beat being lonely.
  3657.  
  3658.  
  3659.  
  3660.  
  3661.  
  3662.  
  3663. But I didn’t know how long I could put up with this. I started thinking about her heavy drinking and about her waking up in bed with anyone. And maybe catching something and bringing it home for me to catch.
  3664.  
  3665.  
  3666.  
  3667.  
  3668.  
  3669.  
  3670. About two weeks later she told me her daughter would be arriving in town in a week. I told her I would give her some money to find an apartment because it wouldn‘t be right to shack up without leaving a bad influence on her daughter.
  3671.  
  3672.  
  3673.  
  3674.  
  3675.  
  3676.  
  3677. I didn’t care if the movie stars or the so called elite of our society shacked up or not. What we did together was private. But no way would I live with a woman who had children in the house. No way, I did not want to give any children the impression that it was alright for two people to live together without being married.
  3678.  
  3679.  
  3680.  
  3681.  
  3682.  
  3683.  
  3684. After telling he this she agreed to hunt for an apartment. After finding a nice two bedroom apartment I helped move her in. She said she would like me to visit her once in a while and she would visit me. And we could all go out to dinner all three of us. Yea I thought, one big happy family, two drunks, one crazy and the other one starting to doubt his sanity.
  3685.  
  3686.  
  3687.  
  3688.  
  3689.  
  3690.  
  3691. Two weeks later she was fired for coming to work drunk. Now I knew she would be making more visits to my apartment. As time went by I saw less of her. I saw her a few times at some of the bars that I happened to go in. She would be drinking with some different guy each time I saw her.
  3692.  
  3693.  
  3694.  
  3695.  
  3696.  
  3697.  
  3698. She was losing weight and looking bad. The booze was taking its toll on her. Those beautiful breasts that once were so firm and large were now sagging and shrunken. Her eyes had lost their smiles and were now sad eyes with heavy bags under them.
  3699.  
  3700.  
  3701.  
  3702.  
  3703.  
  3704.  
  3705. I had heard about her being picked up for prostitution. And was also told her daughter went back home because she couldn‘t stand coming in the house and finding her mother with someone new almost every night.
  3706.  
  3707.  
  3708.  
  3709.  
  3710.  
  3711.  
  3712. This really bothered me a lot. Boom Boom and I had shared some good times together. Sure she might have done things that seemed abnormal, but this might have been caused by the booze. But she didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She was happy most of the time but when she had too much to drink her mind would flip and give her illusions of being a member of the Mafia family. She was so proud of her big jugs. It seemed such a shame for this to happen to her.
  3713.  
  3714.  
  3715.  
  3716.  
  3717.  
  3718.  
  3719. Life is a constant war, but if one soldier falls in the battle another takes his place. Now that Boom Boom was out of my life, I spent many a lonely night. But this was by choice because I was trying to win money in order to buy a new car and clothes. I thought, with a little money in the bank and new car I might meet that right girl and settle down.
  3720.  
  3721.  
  3722. Chapter 8
  3723.  
  3724.  
  3725. LONDON BRIDGE
  3726.  
  3727.  
  3728.  
  3729.  
  3730.  
  3731.  
  3732.  
  3733.  
  3734.  
  3735.  
  3736. The harder I tried to get ahead by gambling the more I realized that it wasn‘t in the cards for me to be a winner. Just like it wasn’t in the cards for Boom Boom or the Cossack or Harry to be a winner in life. Every bet I made was wrong. It seemed that I was born to help keep the casinos in business. I gave up on gambling and resolved myself to drinking. I had faced the fact that there is such a thing as a born loser.
  3737.  
  3738.  
  3739.  
  3740.  
  3741.  
  3742.  
  3743. My only dream that would be real would be a world of liquor and living in a stupor. A world of always trying to buy the next round, not to impress anyone but to show them what a great guy you were. But sometimes feeling that it didn‘t make any difference one way or the other to them as long as it was free.
  3744.  
  3745.  
  3746.  
  3747.  
  3748.  
  3749.  
  3750. I felt at home in the bars and would sometimes think up little crazy things to do to get a laugh. Like one time in this bar that I had spent most of my drinking days in. At this time I was in a trailer drinking with a few of my drinking buddies. One of my buddies had been fishing at the lake and brought back a few fish along with some of the bait he didn’t use. This bait are what are known as waterdogs. A waterdog is a large tadpole with two front and two back legs. I told my buddies that we were going over to the bar for a couple of pitchers of beer.
  3751.  
  3752.  
  3753.  
  3754.  
  3755.  
  3756.  
  3757. And we would liven up the bartenders day. This bartender who‘s name was Joe was a close friend of ours. On the way over to the bar I shoved one of these waterdogs in my mouth. Once inside the bar we bellied up to the bar counter. My buddies ordered two pitchers of beer while I sat there with a live waterdog in my mouth. The bartender set them up along with the glasses in front of us.
  3758.  
  3759.  
  3760.  
  3761.  
  3762.  
  3763.  
  3764. We reached for the pitchers and filled up our glasses. I brought my glass up and took a sip of beer while my buddies were drinking theirs. I spit the beer and waterdog on the bar. Joe what the hell did you put in the beer? I yelled! The waterdog was slithering on the bar.
  3765.  
  3766.  
  3767.  
  3768.  
  3769.  
  3770.  
  3771. The cocktail waitress yelled. What is that? I said I didn’t know as I reached over and picked it up. With that I bit its head off. It let out a squeak and with that the cocktail waitress ran to the bathroom throwing up. Joe just stood there shaking hes head and laughing.
  3772.  
  3773.  
  3774.  
  3775.  
  3776.  
  3777.  
  3778. Now the way I was looking at life, you had to do different and crazy little things to break up the monotonous way of life which I thought so many of us tended to live.
  3779.  
  3780.  
  3781.  
  3782.  
  3783.  
  3784.  
  3785. I remember this time that I had won five hundred dollars. It must of been the few times I ever walked away with money in my pocket while I was drunk. I headed to this bar that was one of my favorites. It was owned by an Irishman from Dublin. I liked Irish music and he had a few records in the juke box that would warm any Irishman‘s heart. I was feeling great because it had been along time since I had walked away with any money.
  3786.  
  3787.  
  3788.  
  3789.  
  3790.  
  3791.  
  3792. I knew I was going to spend it all on buying booze before I’d lose it back to the tables. I ordered drinks for the house which brought a big smile to the owner‘s face. He was Irish and therefore knew how loose us Irish get when we’re drinking. It‘s good for business.
  3793.  
  3794.  
  3795.  
  3796.  
  3797.  
  3798.  
  3799. As I was sitting at the bar enjoying the Irish music along with my beer and feeling right at home, one of my drinking buddies came in with this girl he was living with. His name was Pete, but everyone called him German Pete because of his being from Germany. He was a good electrician and made good money when he worked, which wasn’t often because of his like for beer. The gal he was living with was a dussy. She was a cross between Annie Oakley and Twiggy.
  3800.  
  3801.  
  3802.  
  3803.  
  3804.  
  3805.  
  3806. I called to him to come and join me in a drink. They both came over and sat at the bar. He knew I was a drunk like him and his gal. I was always teasing him about being German and I would run over to the jukebox and play the record about having to sink that great German ship the Bismarck. German Pete knew I had some German blood in me even though I was mostly Irish. So this never offended him. Besides I was the one always paying for the drinks.
  3807.  
  3808.  
  3809.  
  3810.  
  3811.  
  3812.  
  3813. With the three of us sitting and talking at the bar, the subject of England and Ireland came up. I told German Pete that I felt like going to Lake Havasu, Arizona where the original London Bridge is now located. And coming morning on St. Patrick‘s day I wanted the Irish flag flying on that English Bridge.
  3814.  
  3815.  
  3816.  
  3817.  
  3818.  
  3819.  
  3820. The more we drank the better the idea seemed. The next day I went to a cloth shop and bought the material for making the flag. Three pieces of cloth 3 ft. by 3 ft. each. This woman friend of mine sewed them together and put in two eye rings for the hoisting hooks. I now had a 3 ft. by 9 ft. Irish flag.
  3821.  
  3822.  
  3823.  
  3824.  
  3825.  
  3826.  
  3827. I asked my boss if I could have St. Patrick’s day off which fell on a week day. She was kind enough to let me be absent from work that day. The 16th of March. German Pete and his girl friend came over to the apartment where I was living. It was around five in the evening when we left Vegas for Havasu City. Havasu is about a four to five hour drive from Vegas. It depends on how many beer stops you make on the way. Before leaving Vegas we filled up with gas and oil. Pete‘s car was a 1964 or 65 mustang and it burned more oil than gas, it seemed. After I paid for the gas, I had Pete stop at a liquor store and buy a case of beer. This brought a big smile to his face. Pete loved to drink but he had a hard time holding on to any money he made and therefore was broke most of the time.
  3828.  
  3829.  
  3830.  
  3831.  
  3832.  
  3833.  
  3834. When Pete did work which wasn’t to often. He‘d spend what it took to make in a week in one day. I think this might of caused him to be allergic to work. But Pete was a likeable guy just like a lot of characters I’ve met in the bars. You knew they were broke most of the time but you didn‘t mind buying them drinks because of their magnetic personality.
  3835.  
  3836.  
  3837.  
  3838.  
  3839.  
  3840.  
  3841. I told Pete that I had a pocket full on money that I was going to spend before I lost it back on the 21 tables. This brought a bigger smile to his face. I was sitting in the back seat with the beer cooler while Pete’s girlfriend was doing the driving with him sitting up front giving her instructions on how to drive. I thought to myself, Pete is a typical German. His girlfriend has only been driving for twenty some odd years but like a German he has to give orders.
  3842.  
  3843.  
  3844.  
  3845.  
  3846.  
  3847.  
  3848. We were 56 miles from Vegas when we pulled into the little town of Searchlight which once was a booming mining town of the old west. We had a steak dinner bought more beer and ice while we were there.
  3849.  
  3850.  
  3851.  
  3852.  
  3853.  
  3854.  
  3855. While driving along after leaving Searchlight we were making up our plans on how we would go about hoisting the flag. I told Pete that I had been to Lake Havasu before and knew that the American and British flags on the bridge were taken down at night so they wouldn‘t be stolen. They were then put up in the following morning around 8 o’clock. Therefore, all we had to do is walk up to one of the flag poles around 6 in the morning and hoist up the flag with no problem.
  3856.  
  3857.  
  3858.  
  3859.  
  3860.  
  3861.  
  3862. The only problems we might have are staying sober and not falling asleep. I think it was some where near ten o‘clock when we got to Havasu City. By this time we were on our way to being drunk. So it was time to find a bar before we lost that nice glow we had. We went into small bar that turned out to be a family run bar. Now that I was well on my way to being knee walking drunk, I wanted to be one of the last big spenders.
  3863.  
  3864.  
  3865.  
  3866.  
  3867.  
  3868.  
  3869. I was buying drinks for everyone and was also tipping the bartender after buying a round. Every time he served a round of drinks I would volunteer to pay for them. And I wasn’t turned down in my offer.
  3870.  
  3871.  
  3872.  
  3873.  
  3874.  
  3875.  
  3876. I was spending money like a drunken sailor. Between buying drinks, tipping the bartender and tipping the four piece band that was playing, it wasn‘t long before I had spent $250.00 dollars. After coming this far I didn’t want to screw up. So we made our departure from a few people who we thought we might of helped make their day.
  3877.  
  3878.  
  3879.  
  3880.  
  3881.  
  3882.  
  3883. We found a motel and rented one room but I was afraid of falling asleep, so after taking cat naps we decided to go to an all night restaurant which was about 4 in the morning.
  3884.  
  3885.  
  3886.  
  3887.  
  3888.  
  3889.  
  3890. Sitting in that restaurant with heart burn because of all that black coffee we were drinking was making the time drag by. We decided to drive to the bridge which was only a mile away.
  3891.  
  3892.  
  3893.  
  3894.  
  3895.  
  3896.  
  3897. Sitting there waiting for the sun to rise, I could see that Pete was nervous from all the coffee and cigarettes he had consumed.
  3898.  
  3899.  
  3900. ready for anything. With the rising of the sun I took the flag out of the car and walked onto the bridge.
  3901.  
  3902.  
  3903.  
  3904.  
  3905.  
  3906.  
  3907. I went about three poles down and untied the rope from around the flag pole. I pulled down the hooks
  3908.  
  3909.  
  3910.  
  3911.  
  3912.  
  3913.  
  3914.  
  3915.  
  3916.  
  3917.  
  3918.  
  3919.  
  3920.  
  3921.  
  3922.  
  3923.  
  3924.  
  3925.  
  3926. that were at the top of the pole. I then put the hooks in the eye holes of the Irish flag and hoisted it to the to of the pole. After wrapping the rope around a hook on the bottom of the pole, I took out a combination lock and fastened the lock over the rope. The only way the flag could be taken down would be to either cut the rope or break the lock.
  3927.  
  3928.  
  3929.  
  3930.  
  3931.  
  3932.  
  3933. The weather was just right. A nice breeze blowing and the sun shining. I took about ten pictures with a Polaroid camera because I knew how happy this would make my Irish friends to see the flag of Ireland flying on the London Bridge.
  3934.  
  3935.  
  3936.  
  3937.  
  3938.  
  3939.  
  3940. As we pulled onto the freeway heading back to Vegas, we could see the flag flying on the bridge. As I watched that Irish flag flying in the breeze, I didn‘t have the heart to tell German Pete that the flag was hung up wrong. My friend had put the eye rings on the orange section of the flag instead of the green section. German Pete was happy in helping to fly the Irish flag on St. Patrick’s day, so why take that away from him.
  3941.  
  3942.  
  3943.  
  3944.  
  3945.  
  3946.  
  3947. We got back to Vegas about eleven AM and I was in need of sleep. German Pete dropped me off at my apartment and I went right to bed. After sleeping till 6 in the evening, I got up, took a shower and shaved. Then I put on my green suit and went to the Irish bar. After giving the owner a few pictures of the bridge with the flag flying on it, I couldn‘t buy a drink that night if I wanted to. The owner might of been from Ireland but he never noticed that the flag was flying wrong. But us Irish are known to let our liquor get the best of us sometimes.
  3948.  
  3949.  
  3950.  
  3951.  
  3952.  
  3953.  
  3954. I have heard some Irish say that the reason whisky was invented because God didn’t want the Irish to rule the world. But I doubted this very much.
  3955.  
  3956.  
  3957.  
  3958.  
  3959.  
  3960.  
  3961. I was a happy drunk who loved the world when I was drunk, but found it hard to love when I was sober. I never got mean when I was drunk. Liquor made me more at ease and therefore more friendly towards people. But I did know liquor made some people belligerent.
  3962.  
  3963.  
  3964.  
  3965.  
  3966.  
  3967.  
  3968. I was watching the news one night after work when the news reporter started talking about an incident that had taken place in the morning. It happened in this bar in North Las Vegas by the name of the Grotto bar. It seems a patron came into the bar and ordered a “boiler maker” which is a shot of whisky with a glass of beer for a chaser.
  3969.  
  3970.  
  3971.  
  3972.  
  3973.  
  3974.  
  3975. The bartender gave him his glass of beer and then poured him a shot of whisky. The whisky bottle after the shot was poured contained only a small amount in the bottom of the bottle which in bar talk is referred to as the spider. Now normally most bartenders will give you this to finish off the bottle because it was less than a shot left. But all bartenders don‘t have to be normal. This patron asked the bartender to give him the spider to which the bartender replied. You see the line on the shot glass? Well, that’s a shot of whisky and that‘s what you paid for and if you want more, put your money on the bar. With that the patron got up and went outside to his pickup truck.
  3976.  
  3977.  
  3978.  
  3979.  
  3980.  
  3981.  
  3982. He returned to the bar with seventeen sticks of dynamite wrapped together. He laid the dynamite on the bar and lit the fuse. The bartender got over his shock in time enough to put the fuse out and then proceeded to kick the hell out of the patron before calling the police.
  3983.  
  3984.  
  3985.  
  3986.  
  3987.  
  3988.  
  3989. Things at work were looking bad. The Slot-O-Rama promotion was over and I was sent to the post office to register and mail a letter to a Mr. Crawford in Texas who had won the $25,000 dollar first prize. The Rendezvous was getting ready to close. More people were being laid off or fired. Those of us who remained working were getting our work hours cut to less than forty hours a week.
  3990.  
  3991.  
  3992.  
  3993.  
  3994.  
  3995.  
  3996. I walked in one morning to find the Internal Revenue agents paying us a visit. They had come to collect their share of the taxes. They were everywhere in the casino confiscating the money. Uncle Sam gets his share first. Then I guess the State of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas are next getting their cut. And if there’s any left the employees will receive their paychecks.
  3997.  
  3998.  
  3999.  
  4000.  
  4001.  
  4002.  
  4003. The gambling part of the casino was shut down but the hotel remained open along with the restaurant. This left only a hand full of us employed and I was one of the fortunate ones. But I knew it wouldn‘t be too long before the doors closed for good.
  4004.  
  4005.  
  4006.  
  4007.  
  4008.  
  4009.  
  4010. With the gambling crowd down we had just gotten in a tour of play boy bunnies. Now that there wasn’t any action for them, they decided to move to the Jockey Club on the strip.
  4011.  
  4012.  
  4013.  
  4014.  
  4015.  
  4016.  
  4017. I had to get the company van and move them and all their luggage there. One of the bell hops asked me how I got so lucky to be driving this van filled with all these good looking bunnies? I told him I wasn‘t lucky because I had to load and unload all their luggage and they thought a pretty smile from them was payment enough for all the work I was doing. Most of the people who rely on tips in order to make a living will tell you how tight the Doctors and the Shriners are. But I’ll bet they never played bell hop to a van full of playboy bunnies.
  4018.  
  4019.  
  4020.  
  4021.  
  4022.  
  4023.  
  4024. Just before the Rendezvous completely shut down, I and a few other employees had to go upstairs to the general managers office. We were called there to destroy the remaining SlotORama tickets.
  4025.  
  4026.  
  4027.  
  4028.  
  4029.  
  4030.  
  4031. While we were doing this I found out why there weren‘t any big winners in this slot machine promotion. All the larger paying denomination tickets were in the general manager’s desk drawer. This meant that there were only dollar, two dollar and five dollar tickets being handed out on the floor during the SlotORama promotion. The only way you could win a thousand or two thousand or three thousand dollars would be to have someone sneak upstairs and get the tickets out of the general managers desk drawer. Here I had been trying to work hard and be honest in all my dealings only to find out I was working for a shady joint. We live and learn. Or do we?
  4032.  
  4033.  
  4034.  
  4035.  
  4036.  
  4037.  
  4038. The day finally came when the Rendezvous closed. I never took time to count all the creditors that were owed but it was a fair size list.
  4039.  
  4040.  
  4041.  
  4042.  
  4043.  
  4044.  
  4045. I took two to three weeks for us to receive our last check. It was the unemployment line again. I drew unemployment for about four months.
  4046.  
  4047.  
  4048. Chapter 9
  4049.  
  4050.  
  4051. BIG NICKEL RENDEZVOUS
  4052.  
  4053.  
  4054.  
  4055.  
  4056.  
  4057.  
  4058. In the mean time some businessmen were getting together to see if they could open the Rendezvous up under the name of the Big Nickel Rendezvous.
  4059.  
  4060.  
  4061.  
  4062.  
  4063.  
  4064.  
  4065. Two of the businessmen were lawyers from Reno, Nevada. There was also a businessman from Reno who ran a car dealership. Then there was a retired Navy man and a slot machine manager who ran a small casino in Northern Nevada before. While the five of them were waiting to be granted their gambling license, a few of us were hired to get the place in shape.
  4066.  
  4067.  
  4068.  
  4069.  
  4070.  
  4071.  
  4072. At the beginning it was only me, Harry and Dave plus one of the businessmen who were doing most of the work.
  4073.  
  4074.  
  4075.  
  4076.  
  4077.  
  4078.  
  4079. We weren‘t making anything that could be called a wage but this was going to be like a family operation. And when things got going we would be taken care of. We might not of been paid much but we had free access to all the liquor that was hidden from some of the liquor companies that money was owed to by the previous owners of the Rendezvous. We were painting and cleaning the hotel rooms and getting the restaurant in condition during the day. But at night we had the bar with all its liquor to ourselves.
  4080.  
  4081.  
  4082.  
  4083.  
  4084.  
  4085.  
  4086. The freezer in the restaurant was full of meats and seafood that hadn’t been paid for by the pervious owners. So we had plenty of food until the power company shut off the electric because of the bill that was left owing by the former owners. The electric was off for about 24 hours and when it was turned on again, one of the new owners had us get rid of all the food in the freezer. He said he didn‘t want to take the chance of any of the food being spoiled because he didn’t want a law suit when we opened. We took out about four thousand dollars worth of food and put it in the back of Dave‘s pickup. We then drove to Betty Hann’s animal shelter and gave it to the shelter for the animals.
  4087.  
  4088.  
  4089.  
  4090.  
  4091.  
  4092.  
  4093. Christmas had come early for those animals, New York steaks, porter house steaks, lobster and shrimp. Myself I didn‘t think the food would of gone bad in 24 hours but I wasn’t getting paid to think.
  4094.  
  4095.  
  4096.  
  4097.  
  4098.  
  4099.  
  4100. While the new owners were still waiting on being approved for a gambling license, the hotel and restaurant opened. A few people were hired but Harry, Dave, and I still did most of the work. We were working seven days a week. This working seven days a week would continue for us until we were to shut down a year and a half later.
  4101.  
  4102.  
  4103. A few of us were put on a weekly salary and we didn‘t mind working all hours of the day or night. This was going to be a family run operation. Everyone would do any job that he was asked. We were going to make a go of this casino. We were told the reason the Rendezvous went broke was because of all the prima donnas walking around drawing a salary without contributing any work to the casino.
  4104.  
  4105.  
  4106.  
  4107.  
  4108.  
  4109.  
  4110. I had the official tile of Director of Purchasing. But I also was doing maids work, like making up beds and cleaning rooms. Everyone would be doing one line of work one day and another line of work the next day.
  4111.  
  4112.  
  4113.  
  4114.  
  4115.  
  4116.  
  4117. It would be nothing to have someone come into the casino and ask to see the owner or one of the owners only to find out the guy sweeping the floor was one of the owners.
  4118.  
  4119.  
  4120.  
  4121.  
  4122.  
  4123.  
  4124. With the bad name the Rendezvous left, it was going to be hard to establish credit. The Big Nickel Rendezvous would have to pay cash for everything coming into the casino. I would sign the bills for the merchandise which in turn, the bills were taken to the casino cage for payment.
  4125.  
  4126.  
  4127.  
  4128.  
  4129.  
  4130.  
  4131. I really enjoyed my work because of the trust and respect I received from my bosses. They knew they could trust the few of us that they put in charge of certain departments. Along with the position of the job came a privilege which is known as the power of the pen.
  4132.  
  4133.  
  4134.  
  4135.  
  4136.  
  4137.  
  4138. This power of the pen was also given to us because the casino wasn’t in the position to pay us for all the time we were putting in to make a go of it. We were told that when the gambling opened and a profit could be shown, our paychecks would be bigger.
  4139.  
  4140.  
  4141.  
  4142.  
  4143.  
  4144.  
  4145. With the power of the pen you were allowed to sign for drinks or food for anyone who you deemed worthy of receiving free food and drinks.
  4146.  
  4147.  
  4148.  
  4149.  
  4150.  
  4151.  
  4152. When the gambling license was finally granted to the owners, the casino gambling area and the bar were opened. I knew the owners trusted in our integrity when it came to signing for free drinks. Harry, Dave and I didn‘t want to let the owners down. So after work the three of us would join each other in the bar. We would sit for hours buying free drinks, mostly for ourselves whom we deemed worthy.
  4153.  
  4154.  
  4155.  
  4156.  
  4157.  
  4158.  
  4159. With the opening of the casino gambling came the need for more employees which put me over in the warehouse looking for office supplies that were left behind from the Rendezvous. Looking for these supplies, I came across a letter that I had registered and mailed to a Mr. Crawford in Texas six months previously. This letter had the hand stamp of the post office on it. It was checked “no such address” in the town of San Antonio, Texas.
  4160.  
  4161.  
  4162.  
  4163.  
  4164.  
  4165.  
  4166. I opened the letter and read it. It read something like this. Dear Mr. Crawford: Congratulations on winning first place drawing in our Slot-O-Rama contest. The first prize is $25,000 dollars. We will wait for further instructions from you informing us of how you would like to receive payment, cashier’s check, casino check, or cash. This brought a smile to my face. The Rendezvous with all it‘s glitter and pomp and prima donnas was as phony as the people who ran it. I found another letter which brought no surprise to me when I opened it and read it. It had the same bullshit in the letter as the one written to a supposedly Mr. Crawford. The only difference was the amount of money. It was for 3rd place prize of $5,000 dollars. I looked around for a letter for 2nd place prize of $10,000 dollars. I couldn’t find it but I knew in my mind that it was mailed and returned like the other two letters.
  4167.  
  4168.  
  4169.  
  4170.  
  4171.  
  4172.  
  4173. Even with this under handed method of deceiving the slot players in this slot promotion it was not enough to keep the Rendezvous from receiving it‘s just dues. But whoever said gambling was an honorable business?
  4174.  
  4175.  
  4176.  
  4177.  
  4178.  
  4179.  
  4180. Now that everything was in full swing, If found myself doing all sorts of jobs, like working in the counting room counting the money from the slot machines. Also working in the soft count room which is counting paper money from the dice tables, the 21 tables and a few other of the gambling tables. I was a jack of all trades, cashier in the restaurant, security guard, bell hop, you name it and I did it. This was the only way we could get the casino going. By working as a family and establishing a good name and hopefully that we would get a lot of the local people’s business along with the tourist trade.
  4181.  
  4182.  
  4183.  
  4184.  
  4185.  
  4186.  
  4187. It was also my job to drive the company van and pick up thins for the hotel and casino that couldn‘t wait for delivery. Being that I was the company gopher, go for this and go for that. It was my duty to pick up the VIPs at the airport when they came to town. One of them who more often than the rest. He was the owner of the casino and hotel building that the five businessmen were renting.
  4188.  
  4189.  
  4190.  
  4191.  
  4192.  
  4193.  
  4194. He would drop into Vegas almost once a month to see how things were going and also to collect his rent money. He seemed like one hell of a nice guy who happened to be worth more that a million bucks.
  4195.  
  4196.  
  4197.  
  4198.  
  4199.  
  4200.  
  4201. I would drive out to the airport in my boss’s Cadillac and bring him to the casino. While driving we would bullshit with each other about politics and sports. He was down to earth. You weren‘t afraid to fart in front of him for fear of embarrassment.
  4202.  
  4203.  
  4204.  
  4205.  
  4206.  
  4207.  
  4208. He had a brother who liked to bet on the horses. So one day when I arrived at work, I wasn’t too surprised when my boss told me to go to the Western Union office to pick up $600.00 dollars. That was sent by the landlords brother to place on a horse running at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
  4209.  
  4210.  
  4211.  
  4212.  
  4213.  
  4214.  
  4215. I was telling the other employees at work that he must of gotten a good tip or why else would he place $600.00 dollars on this horse to win. I now had $800.00 dollars that I had to bet on this horse by the name of Lord Benjamin.
  4216.  
  4217.  
  4218.  
  4219.  
  4220.  
  4221.  
  4222. As Harry and I were driving around to place the bet, I told him this is a crazy world. Because eight months ago I was in the unemployment line. Now here I am driving a Cadillac with $800.00 in my pocket to place on a horse. And at the same time I‘m getting paid to do it. We first drove to the Del Mar sports book, but they would only take a $350.00 bet on this horse to win.
  4223.  
  4224.  
  4225.  
  4226.  
  4227.  
  4228.  
  4229. This left us with $450.00 to lay off on this horse. We tried the Union Plaza race book, but they wouldn’t take the $450.00 dollar bet. So we drove out on the strip to the Stardust where they took all the bet.
  4230.  
  4231.  
  4232.  
  4233.  
  4234.  
  4235.  
  4236. The horse ran but he couldn‘t catch up with the others. Being he didn’t have a bet on the race, he took his time getting to the finishing line.
  4237.  
  4238.  
  4239.  
  4240.  
  4241.  
  4242.  
  4243. My friends Harry and Dave would join me at the bar every night and talk about the days events or any other subject that came up. Harry was in charge of Hotel operation and Dave ran the maintenance of the whole casino and hotel. All three of us were working seven days a week. We really wanted to see the Big Nickel Rendezvous make a go of itself. Not only for our benefit but also for the owners who we knew to be good men.
  4244.  
  4245.  
  4246.  
  4247.  
  4248.  
  4249.  
  4250. All though we drank every night, we would still make it to work the next day. Only on a few occasions would I be too drunk to make it home.
  4251.  
  4252.  
  4253.  
  4254.  
  4255.  
  4256.  
  4257. Harry would give me a room in the hotel to stay in for the night. In the year and a half I was to work for the Big Nickel Rendezvous, I believe I only was off a total of nine days and I don‘t remember of not drinking for one single day.
  4258.  
  4259.  
  4260.  
  4261.  
  4262.  
  4263.  
  4264. In this year and a half I was to learn a lot about people and about dealing with them. I was also to learn a little about the casino business.
  4265.  
  4266.  
  4267.  
  4268.  
  4269.  
  4270.  
  4271. I remember this one occasion when Dave who was in charge of maintenance was getting ready to open up one of the dice tables. He went into the restaurant kitchen and took out a thermos bottle from the refrigerator. He then opened the bottle and poured out some dice which were taken to the crap table to be put into play.
  4272.  
  4273.  
  4274.  
  4275.  
  4276.  
  4277.  
  4278. That night when the three of us were in the bar drinking I questioned Dave about this. He assured me that he wasn’t crazy and that cold dice on the table acted in favor of the casino. Seeing that Harry and I were looking at him he took us to the maintenance room.
  4279.  
  4280.  
  4281.  
  4282.  
  4283.  
  4284.  
  4285. He was telling us that there was no such thing as a perfect square as he was placing a die in a vice that was on the table. This vice was hooked up to some kind of meter. Now watch this he said. As soon as that die gets warmer from room temperature. That little armature will move. He was right dice will expand with heat.
  4286.  
  4287.  
  4288.  
  4289.  
  4290.  
  4291.  
  4292. He said with cold dice on the table there is less chance of a lot of numbers being rolled. If the dice are warm or hot this tends to give them more rolling action on the tables and therefore more numbers are likely to be rolled. I asked him if this wasn‘t dishonest. He told me if someone was lucky it wouldn’t matter.
  4293.  
  4294.  
  4295.  
  4296.  
  4297.  
  4298.  
  4299. Besides the gambling aspect of the casino and Hotel business there came the business of dealing with the public. Now I had dealt with the public while working as a clerk in the post office. But the clientele we were getting in the casino and hotel were a hell of a lot different from the ones I dealt with while working for the post office.
  4300.  
  4301.  
  4302.  
  4303.  
  4304.  
  4305.  
  4306. We were bringing in bus tours from the Los Angeles area and these people were the most demanding and obnoxious people I had ever encountered. Most of them were old and acted like a bear with a sore ass. Most of the buses we got had people on them looking for freebies. We would give these people a dollar roll of nickels free in order to entice them to play the slot machine.
  4307.  
  4308.  
  4309.  
  4310.  
  4311.  
  4312.  
  4313. The Big Nickel Rendezvous had a nice family like restaurant. We had four waitresses who had all worked together in several restaurants in Vegas and therefore knew how each other worked. This made them like a team and they were capable of doing the work of six or seven waitresses. But with these buses coming in on the weekends carrying around forty some odd people and having as many thirty and forty buses at one time was more than you could of asked.
  4314.  
  4315.  
  4316.  
  4317.  
  4318.  
  4319.  
  4320. These poor girls would run their asses off waiting on these people who were looking for a 99 cent breakfast. Our restaurant only seated about 50 persons at a time. So that would leave a line of people waiting to be seated. These people would yell and holler for the people already seated to hurry up and finish their meal.
  4321.  
  4322.  
  4323.  
  4324.  
  4325.  
  4326.  
  4327. It was a mad house with these people pulling on the waitress‘s uniforms in order to get their second and sometimes third cup of coffee.
  4328.  
  4329.  
  4330.  
  4331.  
  4332.  
  4333.  
  4334. When some of these people did get up from the table, they would leave a dime tip and if the waitress was lucky she would sometimes receive a quarter tip.
  4335.  
  4336.  
  4337.  
  4338.  
  4339.  
  4340.  
  4341. The fact was plain and simple most of these people were old, nasty and uncouth besides being cheap. But if they were all that, then the bus drivers who brought them to the casino for forty dollars a bus were worse than that.
  4342.  
  4343.  
  4344.  
  4345.  
  4346.  
  4347.  
  4348. Besides getting $40.00 dollars for each bus load of people these drivers were looking for free meals and drinks. I wouldn’t of minded that but some of the people that they brought into the casino just to make that $40.00 bucks was pathetic. There was an occasion when one driver brought in a bus of blind and partly blind people and then on a few occasions some retarded people were brought into the casino.
  4349.  
  4350.  
  4351.  
  4352.  
  4353.  
  4354.  
  4355. You can imagine the feeling I had watching these people being lead to the slot machines. Everyone needs money to live. I recalled reading in the bible where some man needed thirty pieces of silver. But how far do you carry the need for money?
  4356.  
  4357.  
  4358.  
  4359.  
  4360.  
  4361.  
  4362. The only time I enjoyed working in the restaurant was when the local people working downtown would drop in for lunch during the week days.
  4363.  
  4364.  
  4365.  
  4366.  
  4367.  
  4368.  
  4369. Most of them were employed in the power company or else they worked for the police department. It was like one big family and besides that it was convenient for them because they were located next to out casino. And with only an hour for lunch they needed a close and inexpensive restaurant that served good food. And that‘s what they got besides fast service.
  4370.  
  4371.  
  4372.  
  4373.  
  4374.  
  4375.  
  4376. They also left good tips and this made up for the bus people who came in on the weekends. I do believe if it hadn’t been for the local people all four waitresses and the cooks would of quit their jobs.
  4377.  
  4378.  
  4379. Besides being the director of purchasing and everything else, I also had to work as a security guard once in a while. I hated this job above all the jobs I held in life. People in life for some reason have a dislike for what they conceive to be authority.
  4380.  
  4381.  
  4382.  
  4383.  
  4384.  
  4385.  
  4386. On a few occasions I had to ask people to leave the casino, only to have them stand outside and make obscene gestures at me hoping I would come outside. In that way they could get a law suit against the casino if I happened to let my temper get the best of me and beat the hell out of them. But if I got the hell beaten out of me, who could I sue?
  4387.  
  4388.  
  4389.  
  4390.  
  4391.  
  4392.  
  4393. There was one incident that happened that I would of wished would have never taken place. I think if it hadn‘t been for my drinking for so long a period of time while working for the casino, this incident might have never occurred.
  4394.  
  4395.  
  4396.  
  4397.  
  4398.  
  4399.  
  4400. One day I heard this commotion going on behind the curtains in the lounge area in the back bar. When I went to investigate, I found my boss and a security guard with a guy in hand cuffs. My boss said that this guy was cheating the slot machines. And also my boss said he never wanted to see this man in the casino again.
  4401.  
  4402.  
  4403.  
  4404.  
  4405.  
  4406.  
  4407. I went over to the city parking where we kept the company van. I got the van and parked it by the side door of the casino. Then I went to the cage and got the 45 pistol that I wore when I was working security. I went to the lounge and went behind the curtains and told the security guard that I had the van parked outside. We took this guy out the side door to the van. I opened the side door of the van so the security could help get this guy in the van.
  4408.  
  4409.  
  4410.  
  4411.  
  4412.  
  4413.  
  4414. When they were both in I closed the door and went to the front of the van. I opened the door and threw the 45 pistol in on the floor and slid behind the drivers seat. Where are we going? to jail? asked this guy. The security guard told him to shut up. I pulled up on the freeway and headed out towards west Charleston. As we were heading away from the downtown area, this guy asked again where are we going? The security guard said, I thought I told you to keep quiet.
  4415.  
  4416.  
  4417.  
  4418.  
  4419.  
  4420.  
  4421. I was driving to an isolated place in Red Rock Canyon and as we were driving along we were leaving most of the houses behind us. This guy in the back seat was really getting nervous. Your not taking me to jail are you? he asked. Nobody answered him and while I was looking in my rear view mirror, I could see the fear in his eyes. Come on you guys tell me where you’re taking me. I know it‘s not to jail.
  4422.  
  4423.  
  4424.  
  4425.  
  4426.  
  4427.  
  4428. The security guard and I kept silent and after a few minutes passed, the silence was broken. Look I have a wife and children so please give me a break and tell me where you’re taking me. We still remained silent. God, you guys you‘re not going to do what I’m thinking, I hope. For Christ sake give me a break. You‘re not going to do what I think you are just for cheating a few machines.
  4429.  
  4430.  
  4431.  
  4432.  
  4433.  
  4434.  
  4435. The security guard told him. You should of thought of that before you tried to rip off the machines. Come on, I’m begging you in the name of Christ not to do this to me. Please for the sake of my wife and kids don‘t do this to me. Are you guys crazy. Nobody does this for slot cheating.
  4436.  
  4437.  
  4438.  
  4439.  
  4440.  
  4441.  
  4442. I could see the fear in his eyes and hear it in his voice.
  4443.  
  4444.  
  4445. As we got to the outskirts of town I looked in the back seat to see that he had his head bent down towards his lap. And I thought he might be praying to the Almighty.
  4446.  
  4447.  
  4448.  
  4449.  
  4450.  
  4451.  
  4452. We were finally getting into the desert away from any houses. As I drove on a little further I saw this dirt road leading off the main road we were on. I turned onto it and drove on for a few minutes before pulling the van over to the side of the road. For God’s sake don‘t do this to me. Please I’m begging you. He pleaded.
  4453.  
  4454.  
  4455.  
  4456.  
  4457.  
  4458.  
  4459. The security guard got out and ordered him out. In the mean time I was getting the 45 pistol from the floor of the truck. I took the pistol from the holster and held it down to my side. All right let‘s walk over here, I said. I started walking into a gully with this guy behind me and the security guard behind him.
  4460.  
  4461.  
  4462.  
  4463.  
  4464.  
  4465.  
  4466. I could of sworn I heard his heart beating. He yelled, In the name of God don’t do this. I told him to kneel down on his knees. When he was on his knees I asked him if he wanted to be shot in the front of the head of the back of it?
  4467.  
  4468.  
  4469.  
  4470.  
  4471.  
  4472.  
  4473. I didn‘t wait for his answer because I thought I had carried this thing too far. I said look the old man wanted us to bury you out here in the desert but I don’t feel like wasting anybody today. So get back into the van. I could see the look of relief come to his face.
  4474.  
  4475.  
  4476.  
  4477.  
  4478.  
  4479.  
  4480. Thank God, God bless you guys he was saying as he was being helped into the van by the security guard. I‘ll never come in your casino again he was telling us as I started back to Vegas.
  4481.  
  4482.  
  4483.  
  4484.  
  4485.  
  4486.  
  4487. As we were driving back to town I was thinking to myself. Why the hell was I doing this crazy thing? Suppose this guy would of had a heart attack and died. Or what if he charged us with kidnapping?
  4488.  
  4489.  
  4490.  
  4491.  
  4492.  
  4493.  
  4494. I pulled up by St. Vincent’s dinning place. St. Vincent‘s is a place that gives out free meals to all the homeless and hungry transits in Vegas. We got out of the van and the security guard took the hand cuffs off of him. I noticed the rings on his wrist that were left on account of the cuffs being too tight. We got back in the van leaving him standing there thanking us.
  4495.  
  4496.  
  4497.  
  4498.  
  4499.  
  4500.  
  4501. That night after work while sitting at the bar, I was thinking about what had taken place that day. I must be some kind of nut to have done something like that. What if I had been in his shoes thinking I was going to die? Here he was telling us, God bless you. God bless me, bullshit. Maybe this job was getting to me. Working and drinking seven days a week, month after month was finally catching up to me. If I could only hit a big Keno ticket for $50,000 dollars, then I could go to Ireland for a couple months vacation. Ireland was where my grandparents on my father’s side of the family came from. My father always wanted to visit Ireland with my mother. But neither of them made it.
  4502.  
  4503.  
  4504.  
  4505.  
  4506.  
  4507.  
  4508. The only place my mother made it to was the graveyard and my father made it to a rest home for the aged. I thought about how my mother suffered the last months of her life and how my father had lost his leg when he was only twenty years old. A trolley car had run over his leg and left it hanging there by the skin.
  4509.  
  4510.  
  4511.  
  4512.  
  4513.  
  4514.  
  4515. If it hadn‘t been for a policeman using his night stick for a tourniquet, my father would of bled to death. Then when he was 60 years old he got a stroke which leaves him crippled.
  4516.  
  4517.  
  4518.  
  4519.  
  4520.  
  4521.  
  4522. He loved his beer more than I loved my drink. When it came to drinking beer he could always find a way to get money for it.
  4523.  
  4524.  
  4525.  
  4526.  
  4527.  
  4528.  
  4529. I remember some years back. He and I were sitting in his Volkswagen camper just outside the city. It was a hot summer night and we had a cold six pack of beer. Sitting in the desert on a hot summer night with a cold beer makes a person at peace with the world.
  4530.  
  4531.  
  4532.  
  4533.  
  4534.  
  4535.  
  4536. We sat there talking about how big Las Vegas had grown and about the fact if he would of invested in some real estate how well off he would of been now. I told him if the dog didn’t stop to shit he would of caught the rabbit. If is a big word and if we had two dollars we could get another six pack.
  4537.  
  4538.  
  4539.  
  4540.  
  4541.  
  4542.  
  4543. Here we are looking at all those city lights shinning like diamonds in the desert. And all there casinos with all their money sitting there. And here we are sitting here and down to our last beer. How much change do you have on you, Bobby? he asked. I told him I had about 80 cents. Shit he said, I don‘t have any money and we sure in the hell can’t go home because your mother will raise hell with me. How are we going to get another six pack? I asked him.
  4544.  
  4545.  
  4546.  
  4547.  
  4548.  
  4549.  
  4550. You know the taxi cabs are on strike Bobby. And you know I‘m a union man because if it weren’t for the unions everyone would be working for peanuts. I don‘t like the idea of crossing a picket line, Bobby but I sure in the hell could use another beer.
  4551.  
  4552.  
  4553.  
  4554.  
  4555.  
  4556.  
  4557. We have plenty of gas, Bobby, so why don’t we drive to the airport and see if we can drum up a little business. All you have to do is walk over to the people and let them know your driving to town. And if anybody wants a ride it‘s free. You and I know they will offer you money when we take them to where they’re going.
  4558.  
  4559.  
  4560.  
  4561.  
  4562.  
  4563.  
  4564. Even though it was against our principle, we drove to the airport and I crossed the picket line. I was a little nervous at first, but that thought of drinking that cold beer worked up my courage. There were some buses lined up to take the people downtown. There were also a few people from the sheriff department supervising the movement of the people. I walked over to a group of people sitting on their luggage. I told them I was going to town and if anyone wanted a ride it was free. They all jumped at this, but I only took five of them. There was one guy who had two women with him and then there were two women who were together. I opened the back of the camper and put their luggage in then we started to town.
  4565.  
  4566.  
  4567.  
  4568.  
  4569.  
  4570.  
  4571. While driving to town, one of the two women who were together said to my dad. Are you riding shot gun pops? Yea baby, I‘m riding shot gun , he answered.
  4572.  
  4573.  
  4574.  
  4575.  
  4576.  
  4577.  
  4578. The first stop I made was at the Stardust Hotel and casino. The guy and the two women he was with got out. And as I was handing them their luggage, he asked me how much he owed me. I told him that I had said it was a free ride to town, but whatever he felt like giving me would be very much appreciated. Standing there in his nice expensive looking suit he handed me three dollars.
  4579.  
  4580.  
  4581.  
  4582.  
  4583.  
  4584.  
  4585. I thought to myself, a taxi cab would of cost him and the two women he was with about six dollars not counting the tip. But maybe that’s why he was wearing an expensive suit because he pinched pennies.
  4586.  
  4587.  
  4588.  
  4589.  
  4590.  
  4591.  
  4592. The next stop was at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Before I got out to get their luggage the gal who asked my dad if he was riding shot gun slipped a bill in my pocket. The bellman came out to help them with their luggage and as we left and were part way out of the driveway I took the bill out and to my surprise it was a ten spot.
  4593.  
  4594.  
  4595.  
  4596.  
  4597.  
  4598.  
  4599. I said to my dad, can you believe that? This gal gave us ten bucks and mister Jim Dandy comes up with only three bucks for three people. Yea Bobby, but those two gals are more than likely weekend hookers and with one trick they‘ll make ten times that amount. What makes you think they’re hookers? I asked him. Didn‘t you hear her ask me if I was riding shot gun? With that kind of jargon and the way they were dressed you know they spent their weekends in bed. More than likely they’ll be in front of a classroom come Monday morning.
  4600.  
  4601.  
  4602.  
  4603.  
  4604.  
  4605.  
  4606. We went and bought three six packs and a bag of ice. Then it was out to the desert again where we could sit in the hot desert air and take in the city lights. And get drunk together, father and son and dream our dreams of what it might of been if.
  4607.  
  4608.  
  4609.  
  4610.  
  4611.  
  4612.  
  4613. Every time I visited him in the rest home, which I am sorry to say wasn‘t often, would bring back many memories of the good and bad times we had together. I’d see him sitting in that wheel chair and know he was alive but also I knew he wasn‘t among the living.
  4614.  
  4615.  
  4616.  
  4617.  
  4618.  
  4619.  
  4620. Walking down that hallway to his room and smelling the stench of urine emanating from the rooms and looking at what happened to people because they had the misfortune to grow old, would tear me apart. I would often pray that I wouldn’t meet the same fate.
  4621.  
  4622.  
  4623.  
  4624.  
  4625.  
  4626.  
  4627. But I knew in my heart that there would always be that battle, that war, that struggle to survive until man ceases to exist.
  4628.  
  4629.  
  4630.  
  4631.  
  4632.  
  4633.  
  4634. All these memories and thoughts coming back to me must have given me a look of depression. Because my friend Harry walked over to me and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him there wasn‘t nothing wrong that a $50,000 dollar Keno ticket wouldn’t cure. Hell Bob, if that‘s all it takes let’s go and try our luck at the El Cortez casino.
  4635.  
  4636.  
  4637.  
  4638.  
  4639.  
  4640.  
  4641. When we got to the El Cortez the casino was pretty well full as it usually was. But we managed to get a seat at the bar. We ordered a couple of beers and marked a few Keno tickets. While waiting for the Keno runners to come by and play our tickets for us Harry started a conversation with two women tourist who he found out were from Canada.
  4642.  
  4643.  
  4644.  
  4645.  
  4646.  
  4647.  
  4648. They wanted to know about the game of Keno. How it was played, how many numbers you could mark and also how to play a combination ticket.
  4649.  
  4650.  
  4651.  
  4652.  
  4653.  
  4654.  
  4655. These two women reminded me of Mutt and Jeff. The short one had a cute face and compact body. The tall one was skinny and straight as a rail. She looked like she probably had to rat her pubic hairs to keep her panties from falling around her ankles. She had a personality out of this world and a face to go with it. I knew I was going to get drunk but not that drunk.
  4656.  
  4657.  
  4658.  
  4659.  
  4660.  
  4661.  
  4662. Harry and I kept buying the drinks and even paid for some of their Keno tickets they were playing. As the drinks kept coming we were all getting looped and having a good time laughing and joking. We switched seats and I ended up sitting next to shorty while Harry ended up with Olive Oil.
  4663.  
  4664.  
  4665.  
  4666.  
  4667.  
  4668.  
  4669. As the evening wore on we were wearing out with all the booze we were drinking. I found myself walking with shorty and couldn‘t even recall how we managed to be alone. But there we were trying to hold each other up while falling towards the Holiday Casino and Hotel. The next thing I knew we were in the elevator going to her room.
  4670.  
  4671.  
  4672.  
  4673.  
  4674.  
  4675.  
  4676. Then I was in bed with her and it only seemed like a few minutes when I heard Harry and Olive Oil come in. The lights were out but nobody bothered to turn them on. I knew they managed to find the bed by the noise they were making. I was drunk but Harry must of been drunker because with the lights out how could he see what he was eating? Shorty was very passionate and I felt like a cowboy trying to stay on a wild bronco. I don’t remember how long the ride was because I must of passed out or slid out of the saddle. I awoke to the phone ringing.
  4677.  
  4678.  
  4679.  
  4680.  
  4681.  
  4682.  
  4683. Harry also was awakened by the ringing. He picked up the phone and I could hear him saying, okay we‘ll be there in twenty minutes. After hanging up the phone, he said, it’s time to go to work, Bob. Harry, how in the hell did they know we were here? I told them where to call us in the morning while you two were walking to the hotel.
  4684.  
  4685.  
  4686.  
  4687.  
  4688.  
  4689.  
  4690. Look Harry I know you‘re a loyal employee like me, but you and I haven’t had a day off in seven months. You can go to work if you want to, Harry, but as far as me, when you get there tell them that I was too drunk to work. Okay Bob, I‘ll see you here after work. That’s right, Harry, I‘ll be here after all I need my rest to get well. As I walked over to the door with Harry he whispered in my ear. How was it? To tell you the truth, Harry, I don’t remember.
  4691.  
  4692.  
  4693.  
  4694.  
  4695.  
  4696.  
  4697. After closing the door I turned around and spotted a bottle of vodka on the table along with some Seven Up cans. I was mixing a drink when shorty called out. Make me one too. AS she was sitting in the bed with the sheet pulled up to her neck I brought her a drink. After handing her the drink I slid into be beside her. Seeing that Olive Oil was still asleep, I put my hand between shorty‘s legs and started rubbing her bush. Then I started nibbling on her ear lobe. With this she pulled her head back and set her drink on the night stand.
  4698.  
  4699.  
  4700.  
  4701.  
  4702.  
  4703.  
  4704. She then put both of her hands on my neck pulling my head forward a little with that she bit me on my cheek bone just under my eye. It wasn’t a real hard bite. It was more like a playful nip. So she wants to play I thought as I pushed her down in the bed. I grabbed her hair with both of my hands and held her head against the pillow. Then I put my tongue in her ear.
  4705.  
  4706.  
  4707.  
  4708.  
  4709.  
  4710.  
  4711. She reached down and tried to grab my cock, so I rolled on my back. And before I knew it she was on top of me. I lay there as she was adjusting herself in the saddle. Now that she had straddled me, It was my turn at being the bronco. She pulled the hair on my chest with both of her hands. As she was rocking back and forth on me, I turned my head to the side to be greeted by her girlfriend‘s smiling face.
  4712.  
  4713.  
  4714.  
  4715.  
  4716.  
  4717.  
  4718. After another day of booze and sex, Harry and I saw them off. As they were waiting for their ride to the airport, we asked them to write to us and we also told them we might pay them a visit in Canada.
  4719.  
  4720.  
  4721.  
  4722.  
  4723.  
  4724.  
  4725. After they were on their way to the airport, Harry asked me what I thought of them. I told him I really had a good feeling for shorty. He told me he also liked Olive Oil a lot. I thought Harry must of been still drunk because Olive Oil had a face only a mother could love.
  4726.  
  4727.  
  4728.  
  4729.  
  4730.  
  4731.  
  4732. Then when he told me that both of them were married, I knew he had to be drunk. Didn’t she tell you she was married, Bob? Harry, I didn‘t have any idea she was married. It never occurred to me that she had a husband. Why I’ll bet you didn‘t even know they were sister-in-laws, did you, Bob? What the hell is this world coming to, Harry?
  4733.  
  4734.  
  4735.  
  4736.  
  4737.  
  4738.  
  4739. They were out looking for a good time like you and me, Bob. Yea Harry, I hope we never have wives like that and a couple of pricks like us go out and screw them.
  4740.  
  4741.  
  4742.  
  4743.  
  4744.  
  4745.  
  4746. Now that the tourist season was over business was slowing down to almost a stop at the casino. Some mornings when I came in early for the money count, some of the buckets from the slot drop would be empty. I had a feeling it wouldn’t be long before the doors of the casino closed. I had been drinking for over a year and a half everyday. Maybe in the back of my mind I wanted to drink myself to death. But if I did it must of been hidden pretty well because I was happy most of the time when I was drinking. When I was drunk I seemed to know the answers to life. Even though I didn‘t I thought I did. But when I was sober I didn’t even think about thinking I knew.
  4747.  
  4748.  
  4749.  
  4750.  
  4751.  
  4752.  
  4753. The day finally arrived for the Big Nickel Rendezvous to close. As hard as all of us tried to make a go of the casino we failed. We even went to the extent of all of us pitching in to send a telegram with all our names on it to the Nevada gambling board. This telegram cost around $800.00 dollars.
  4754.  
  4755.  
  4756.  
  4757.  
  4758.  
  4759.  
  4760. I had no regrets because the Big Nickel Rendezvous was an honest casino which was more than I could say for the Rendezvous. I think we all felt bad when it came time to close and it was not for the fact of being without a job. But it was because of our honesty and loyalty and also our time we gave to make a success out of this casino which had inherited a bad name from the previous casino‘s name.
  4761.  
  4762.  
  4763.  
  4764.  
  4765.  
  4766.  
  4767. I believe there were a few reasons why the Big Nickel Rendezvous didn’t make it. The lack of parking space for the patrons along with location of the casino. Which was off the main street in the downtown area known as Fremont Street. These things along with the reputation we inherited from the Rendezvous. I believe were the cause of us failing to make a go of the casino.
  4768.  
  4769.  
  4770.  
  4771.  
  4772.  
  4773.  
  4774. With the closing of the casino it was back to the unemployment line for me. I hated going to the unemployment office because of some of the people working there. I actually got the feeling that some of them thought that we unemployed people enjoyed being out of work and loved sitting on our ass collecting checks. Sure, I‘ll grant you, some people did, but in the dictionary the word ‘some‘ doesn’t mean the same as the word ‘all’. And besides those people working for the unemployment office must have been out of work some time in their life, unless they were born into their job.
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  4835.  
  4836. Chapter 10
  4837.  
  4838.  
  4839. LADY LUCK
  4840.  
  4841.  
  4842.  
  4843.  
  4844.  
  4845.  
  4846.  
  4847.  
  4848.  
  4849.  
  4850. I just knew it was going to be hard in attaining a job because of my age and lack of education. These wouldn‘t be the only factors in my trying to gain employment. I didn’t taken advantage of my G.I. benefits when I had gotten out of the service. I never thought tomorrow would ever come. Now here it was looking me right in the face every time I looked in the mirror while shaving.
  4851.  
  4852.  
  4853.  
  4854.  
  4855.  
  4856.  
  4857. Looking for a job and knowing you will be turned away because of your age and then seeing all these people from the 3rd world countries holding down jobs. And then being told that your government subsidizes the employer when he hires one of these refugees from a foreign country. And then to add salt to the wound you realize when you were working your tax money went to help in adding these refugees to reach America. This tends to make one want to forget about the golden rules. I personally knew this one Cuban who Castor had put in jail for five years. He came to America.The garbage Castro was throwing out. Criminals, people who were mentally ill were welcomed with open arms.
  4858.  
  4859.  
  4860.  
  4861.  
  4862.  
  4863.  
  4864. Some of them gained employment while some Americans were walking the streets seeking employment. This one Cuban found employment at the MGM Hotel and casino. He must not of been satisfied with his salary because he tried selling cocaine to me.
  4865.  
  4866.  
  4867.  
  4868.  
  4869.  
  4870.  
  4871. I know my grandparents were foreigners, but that was when the population of America was small and America needed immigrants to settle its vast regions. And besides that my grandparents didn‘t try pushing off dope on you or try selling Irish potatoes. Being an American came first and Irish took second seat. Your mother country made you proud but being American made you all the more proud. It seemed to me that the people from the so called 3rd world countries were putting their personal gain and their original heritage first and being American came second. America being a free country gives them this right. But if you disagree with your government as to the type of refugees being allowed to enter America, then you are labeled as a racist and licensed as prejudiced.
  4872.  
  4873.  
  4874.  
  4875.  
  4876.  
  4877.  
  4878. The way I see America is the way of truth. There are some nationalities that made America what it was but now with the influx of 3rd world people America has now become what it is. I know time changes everything but one thing and that one thing is the truth.
  4879.  
  4880.  
  4881.  
  4882.  
  4883.  
  4884.  
  4885. I knew this life was one constant struggle and as I grew older in life the battle would be harder. But I would find it harder to change my beliefs and thoughts in order to survive. Self preservation is the first law of man and without that none other will follow.
  4886.  
  4887.  
  4888.  
  4889.  
  4890.  
  4891.  
  4892. I finally got a job at, of all places, a bar! After all the years I had spent in front of a bar, now I would find out what it was like on the other side of it.
  4893.  
  4894.  
  4895.  
  4896.  
  4897.  
  4898.  
  4899. The owner of the bar was a friend of mine and being that I had been drinking in his bar for years, he thought it was time to help pay me back for all the years of being a faithful customer.
  4900.  
  4901.  
  4902.  
  4903.  
  4904.  
  4905.  
  4906. He paid me cash for the shifts that I worked and these were the midnight till 8 in the morning shifts.
  4907.  
  4908.  
  4909.  
  4910.  
  4911.  
  4912.  
  4913. Working this shift also gave me the opportunity to also collect unemployment. I thought, to hell with being honest. If some Cuban criminal can come to America with the aid of my tax money and get a job making more money than me, then I’ll make my own justice.
  4914.  
  4915.  
  4916.  
  4917.  
  4918.  
  4919.  
  4920. So here I was making more money and working less hours than I did at my pervious job. But working from midnight till 8 o‘clock in the morning in the part of town I was kept me watching the front door till sunrise. Because you never knew who would walk in or what they would be carrying in their pocket. A lot of bars stayed open 24 hours because it was cheaper for the owner to pay a bartender to work at night. Because of the high rate of burglary insurance it wasn’t in the best interest of the owner to close the bar.
  4921.  
  4922.  
  4923.  
  4924.  
  4925.  
  4926.  
  4927. It seems to me no matter where you‘re at in life, there always has to be people who cannot conform with the universal laws of man. They find pleasure in giving people a hard time.
  4928.  
  4929.  
  4930.  
  4931.  
  4932.  
  4933.  
  4934. I was working one night and it was around one in the morning when the door opened and in walked four young blacks. I didn’t think they looked old enough to be drinking. But being that it was early in the morning and I was the only one in the bar, I decided to serve them. They only wanted some beer to take out with them.
  4935.  
  4936.  
  4937.  
  4938.  
  4939.  
  4940.  
  4941. After they bought the beer for take out, they went over to the pool table and started playing. They then opened the beer and looked at me with a look of arrogance and then proceeded to drink their beer. They knew you couldn‘t go in a bar and buy packaged liquor and drink it there. I guess they thought that there were four of them and only one of me in the bar. So they were going to play a game with me. They didn’t know I had a black friend in the back room of the bar.
  4942.  
  4943.  
  4944.  
  4945.  
  4946.  
  4947.  
  4948. I went and got my friend. His name was Smith and Wesson. He was black and was a 38 special. I slammed the pistol down on the bar, and said, nobody drinks any fucking beer in this bar unless he buys it across this counter from me. The smiles came off those faces. Okay man don‘t blow your cool one of them said. I think looking at my red Irish face and that 38 special in front of me and maybe seeing the only car in the parking lot with a George Wallace for President sticker on the bumper, gave them second thoughts. Alright man we be going just don’t blow your cool they said as they were leaving. It was a long night watching the door and waiting for sunrise.
  4949.  
  4950.  
  4951.  
  4952.  
  4953.  
  4954.  
  4955. I knew I would sooner or later have to find a more secure job, but now Vegas wasn‘t as small as it was in the early 60’s and there was also the fact of the minorities who were starting to become the majority. Also, the influx of Asians which the government was assisting in finding work. Which would make it all the harder to secure a line of work. In twenty years the city of Las Vegas changed just like all the big cities of America.
  4956.  
  4957.  
  4958.  
  4959.  
  4960.  
  4961.  
  4962. It wasn‘t the exhaust from the automobiles polluting the city alone. It was also the influx of people of the 3rd world countries adding to the pollution.
  4963.  
  4964.  
  4965.  
  4966.  
  4967.  
  4968.  
  4969. Walking around and looking for work had me feeling like a minority. But then I hadn’t prepared myself for my middle age, so now it was time to pay. I looked for work everywhere but I knew my age was working against me.
  4970.  
  4971.  
  4972.  
  4973.  
  4974.  
  4975.  
  4976. Then one day I heard that my boss who I had worked for at the Rendezvous was working at the Lady Luck casino in downtown Vegas. Thinking that maybe with her help, I might land a job in the same casino. I went to pay her a visit.
  4977.  
  4978.  
  4979.  
  4980.  
  4981.  
  4982.  
  4983. I told her that I was working part time as a bartender and was also receiving unemployment checks, but needed a steady job. And I only had a few weeks of unemployment left.
  4984.  
  4985.  
  4986.  
  4987.  
  4988.  
  4989.  
  4990. She informed me that there was a position open for a casino runner. And the job entailed driving the company truck to pick up certain things needed for the casino which couldn‘t wait for delivery. Being that I had done this line of work before, the would be right for me. But first I would have to pass a lie detector test. Because I was honest I knew this wouldn’t pose a problem for me. I knew I was more honest than a lot of people working for the casinos. The only thing that I found offensive was the idea of having to take a test when most of the oriental didn‘t. And this was because they couldn’t speak English well enough.
  4991.  
  4992.  
  4993.  
  4994.  
  4995.  
  4996.  
  4997. The statue of liberty might read give me your tired and your poor. All I can say to that is, where is the justice. Here you are born and raised in America. You also join the service and serve your country. Now you have to compete for a place in society against the flow of Asians, Cubans and what ever else that finds its way to America.
  4998.  
  4999.  
  5000.  
  5001.  
  5002.  
  5003.  
  5004. These cast offs of the 3rd world countries might be the conscious of the politicians who got us into Indochina conflict or maybe some of these politicians needed the Latino vote. Now that these fat cats have the material things in life, they wish to ease their conscious by allowing the people who they made homeless and refugees out of, be able to find a home in America. Yes now that the material things are gained. They now want to gain the spiritual things in life, but you can well believe their children will have money and influence and not have to compete against any of these refugees for a job.
  5005.  
  5006.  
  5007.  
  5008.  
  5009.  
  5010.  
  5011. After passing the lie detector test and getting a work card from the sheriff‘s office, I now found myself with a job that I thought would be secure.
  5012.  
  5013.  
  5014.  
  5015.  
  5016.  
  5017.  
  5018. It was like old times working at the Lady Luck. I was working for my boss again who was the Purchasing agent for the Lady Luck just as she had been for the Rendezvous.
  5019.  
  5020.  
  5021.  
  5022.  
  5023.  
  5024.  
  5025. The Lady Luck casino was bigger than the Rendezvous and also it was a well established casino. It had been in business for more than fifteen years. I thought that maybe I’d have a chance to get somewhere now that I was working for an established casino and also a fine boss.
  5026.  
  5027.  
  5028.  
  5029.  
  5030.  
  5031.  
  5032. I had cut down on my drinking a lot. The only times I would get real loaded would be after visiting my dad in the rest home. This wasn‘t very often because I couldn’t stand seeing him sitting there in his wheel chair with his white hair getting thinner, his wooden leg standing in the corner and his twisted arm hanging in his lap. Sometimes I would scream out in silence, Why God? Why? Funny how life is, when he was a kid he was one of the fastest runners in school. But he wouldn‘t go out for the track team because he had skinny legs and was embarrassed by them.
  5033.  
  5034.  
  5035.  
  5036.  
  5037.  
  5038.  
  5039. Now he won’t have to be ashamed of his legs anymore, because he‘s old and crippled and doesn’t have time to think of his legs anymore. Only time for staring in space and reliving memories. Memories of the good times in the past. Memories of his childhood buddies. Memories of guys like Barrel Head Muldoony, Ears Murphy, Fade away Russell, Pinhead McCarthy. Memories of the drunk Irish who would be hung over with their heads down on the bar counter. Then Two Ton Tony Galento would come in the bar carrying a keg of beer on each shoulder.
  5040.  
  5041.  
  5042.  
  5043.  
  5044.  
  5045.  
  5046. After setting the kegs down, Tony would slam his fist on the bar bringing up those Irish heads immediately.
  5047.  
  5048.  
  5049.  
  5050.  
  5051.  
  5052.  
  5053. Then the story about my grandfather who came to America from Ireland using his brother‘s passport.
  5054.  
  5055.  
  5056.  
  5057.  
  5058.  
  5059.  
  5060. The reason for my grandfather having his brother’s passport was because his brother decided to go the Australia rather than come to America. This made his being in America illegal. Therefore, when the Italians who were running the speak easy joints during prohibition, would invite him to visit their place of business, my grandfather would turn down the offer because he knew how the Irish and Italians got along when they were drinking.He knew both nationalities were quick tempered and had heard how everything would be fine when the two got together at first. But the as the time passed some Irishman would call an Italian a wop or a dago. Or some Italian would call an Irishman a dirty Mick or a harp. Then the Donny brook would start.
  5061.  
  5062.  
  5063.  
  5064.  
  5065.  
  5066.  
  5067. My grandfather had a landscaping business and a family and he didn‘t need any problems in a free for all, especially being in America illegally.
  5068.  
  5069.  
  5070.  
  5071.  
  5072.  
  5073.  
  5074. My dad had only the past to relive because there wasn’t any future. So I would listen to his only link to life, reliving memories. There would be the story about one of his Jewish friends who worked at Good Humor ice cream plant in Newark, New Jersey. It seems one day during the second world war both of them had each of their trucks filled with ice cream and were deciding where to sell it other than their usual route.
  5075.  
  5076.  
  5077.  
  5078.  
  5079.  
  5080.  
  5081. My father told his friend that he knew where they could sell the ice cream, but it was at a Nazi boon camp. His friend said, so, let‘s go. As he and his friend were in the camp everyone was given the salute. As he and his friend were returning the salute and saying Heil Hitler, my dad’s friend whispered in my dad‘s ear. If they knew I was a Jew, they would kill me. My dad replied. If they knew back at t

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