Life during wartime

Report from the front lines.

As every parent knows, children can sleep through anything when they’re tired enough. So it was with our two kids Monday night. They snored away, oblivious to the buzz of helicopters overhead, the constant wail of sirens — and the distinct crack of gunshots that rang out at around 10:40 somewhere in Midtown East, where we live. Their parents, on the other hand, were bundles of racked nerves.

I went downstairs to see for myself. In the four hours that followed, I felt the insecurity of lawlessness and disorder more acutely than I ever had before — and I’ve filed datelines all over the Middle East, including from the front line of the Iraqi Kurdish war against the Islamic State.

Yeah, you be sure and vote to re-elect DeBalledZero again now, pal.

Back when I was living there, one of my favorite LES dive-bars was a dingy, loud rock-and-roll/punk rock den of iniquity called Downtown Beirut. It’s long gone, alas, so I will refrain from commenting on the attendant irony now.

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HazHap

New York City voted for DeBolshevik and for Granny-killer Cuomo. Zero sympathy from me.

kennycan

Kenny’s Castaways is a fond memory.

I haven’t been there in 30 years but it was a great place to drop in on. Tuesday night and hear a band do a song called Hotel Hell or somesuch and mean it.

Sigh. I’m off to burn my notebooks, what good are notebooks…

kennycan

I can’t say I was in any ways a regular. My friend had a band that played there in the early to mid 80’s Elephanto Plastique or Cloud they went by. Other times we would just bar hop the area if after work in the late 80’s we were bored of the local Wall Street bars or The Seaport. I may have been there last in 1990 but I was going to school at night by then and didn’t go out much. Plus the firm was sending people to Tampa to work and I was staying in NY to join the trading desk. I had little time in those days. Plus I lived in Queens so a 35 minute subway home discouraged staying out too late.
But I imagine at some point we must have crossed paths, me in a suit and tie askew.

Barry

One of the things I like* about big cities are the old neighborhood bars. We have them in the South as well, but not quite the same as the big ethnic city bars. We, when young, measured the Southern bars that had that following by how likely it was we were going to get out without a fight started. We had places named “Eve’s Paradise” and “Cotton Club” where one was going to get in a fight just because you dared to walk in “their” place. Oh and the “The Barrel” which wins for the fastest**. The good old days 🙂

*the only thing perhaps?

**after crashing my car at Charlotte Motor Speedway I was left with an injured leg and using a cane to walk with. My late friend and I literally walked in and I sat down at a table and Bill went to get a couple beers at the bar. Less than one minute passed when some bad ass clobbered me while I was sitting in the chair. I just barely saw it coming.
He lost.

kennycan

Jimmy Buffett would write about the Bama Breeze and Duke’s on Sunday and Louie’s Backyard.

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