Ego tripping in the Ford of Walling.


Public streets are designed to be confusing.

“There are implied stops intended to create confusion,” Wheeze L. told me.

“Where did you hear that,” I ask?

“On the local, public radio station,” she responds.

She gets inked up while I take photos of the murals and street art.


Everyone is young. Thank God I wore black with leather boots. Everything is in color except what is fashionable here.

But, I am not being fair.

I have not eaten.

I feel quite unhip in this neighborhood. Like I am not trying hard enough to not care. You know, where non-conformist fashion becomes uniform. I am cool but not cold cool.

” ‘Course this ain’t Wilkes-Bashford either, so fuck fashion in the face of… and fuck it anyway just in good general principles.” (Not Fade Away. Jim Dodge)

I walk into the local vinyl shop. Stocked with just as many cassettes and CD’s.

Hey. How’s it going?: I say when I enter just one foot from the shopkeeper, and become the only browser in the shop.

He says: [nothing]. Looks up, then looks down.

I find this cassette called Cassette by an old fave.

Public Image Ltd.

You all set?: he says when I walk back to the counter.

Yeah, unless you have [insert band and album name here], in any format.: i say.

Yeah. No. I am not a CD seller.: he says.

I think: do what now? I bought a cassette and asked for any format. This album was pressed to viynl, too. Also, one third of your store is CD’s.

I feel old though I wager he and I are about the same age.

These are the dullest punks I have seen.

I find a hole in the wall pub.

Two men talk pinball strategy re: one of the three machines.

So, the Dark Knight story means…: I overhear.

I snag a draft from a sweet, little bartender. He was sharing his struggle, with anxiety and depression, with one of the Pinball Wizards.

Here is where I would frequent, were I to stay in this neighborhood. It is a haven.

An isle for misfit toys. Rankin & Bass, Christmas claymation-style.

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