6 May 2014
I arrived at the park to a bunch of waving hands.
Jacques handed me a newspaper to sit on. Wolf handed me a blanket. “Here,” he said, “This is better. It’s on loan from Shaggy. She’ll tell you when she want’s it back.”
“Thanks Jacques. Thanks, Wolf.”
“Hi, Dennis, I haven’t seen you all winter,” said Shakes.
“How are you Shakes?”
“I got evicted from my apartment.”
“What was the problem?”
Little Jake said, “He had a seizure in the hallway, going to his apartment.”
I asked, “What kind of seizure, Shakes?”
“Dennis,” replied Shakes, “are you sure you’re all there?”
Little Jake said, “In the meanwhile, he’s couch surfing.”
I asked, “Is he staying at your place?”
“Yeah, for now.”
“How are you, Dennis?” asked an attractive woman.
“Hi, your name is Michelle, right?”
“Dennis, it’s Loretta, I have my new dentures.”
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17 April 2014
The temperature was five degrees above freezing and the sun was shining. I took a walk to the park to see if any of my friends had come out of hibernation. I met Jacques, Little Chester, Little Frank and Mariah who insisted that I sit on her plastic box. She took a place on the sidewalk, cushioned by a blanket. It was a true reunion; everyone was glad to see each other and catch up with what had happened over the winter.
I asked Mariah, “How is Joy doing?”
“She’s okay, I guess. She has good days and bad days, just like the rest of us.”
I said, “Chuck Senior told me that she and Michelle got into a fight over fifteen dollars and a bus ticket. Joy was stabbed by Michelle.”
“A stabbing, I never heard about that. Here’s Joy on the phone now. You…
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