I Really Taught Me To Watusi

Yes I did not post yesterday. It was a friggin’ holiday and I decided to not write, which in turn gave you all (both of you) the opportunity to not read. A ‘win win’ situation wouldn’t you say? I know I would. Yesterday was very much a mellow day, Bill was home the night before after driving to Massachusetts and back. Sleep came fairly easy, dreams somewhat disturbing. I was up earlier than expected thanks to some neighbors taking advantage of rebuilding after the storm to remodel their apartments without building permits and it sounded like a basketball game was in progress.

I’m sure there are a few people in town avoiding the building permit scene and doing whatever remodeling they could do. Some people are definitely in need of rebuilding but in my building a tenant is merely trying to make room for his wife moving back in. So being up early allowed me to go to the supermarket nearby to get a few things before the Thanksgiving last minute rush kicked in. I got a few things and then headed home where I had a nice breakfast. Bill was still asleep when I came back and of course I let him sleep.

He eventually got up and got himself together. The plan was the same as last year, dinner at Oscar’s Brasserie in the Waldorf Astoria. We started going there two years ago with Hyman Gross. He used to go with his lady friend and since she passed away we decided to treat Hyman. I was working then so it was doable. Then Hyman passed away and we went to honor Hyman. I don’t know if we’ll go again next year. We get dressed up to find no one else is dressed up. The food is great though.

After dinner a walk across town back to the bus terminal as we smoked our cigars. Someone blessed me with a few Cubans so it was especially enjoyable. Not too long of a wait for the bus and not too many people. A couple of hours after we left Hoboken for dinner, we were back in Hoboken, sated. Not much on the television so we watched a Harry Potter marathon which Bill seemed to enjoy. I of course told him to pay attention at certain points just so he would know who was who and what was what. It helped somewhat.

Soon it was bedtime for the Bonzos. Bill slumbered off first and I joined him shortly thereafter. This morning Bill was up first and out and about. I woke up to an empty apartment. I knew Bill was driving tonight and had no idea where he was. He soon came home, after spending some time talking with the neighbors. I showered and had some coffee that Bill made. He came home with more groceries and things he was going to need for the drive tonight. We spent some good time together before he headed out leaving me in solitude.

I unfortunately couldn’t help but feed the trolls. It seems a woman was photographed at Arlington Cemetery giving the finger to a sign that requested silence and respect. Yes, she flipped the bird to a sign. This of course cost her her job because she was disrespecting the dead, soldiers and veterans all at the same time by flipping off an inanimate sign. Oh she has stalkers after her, true ‘patriots’ screaming that she should go to Iran. You can just smell the tea and semen on their chins as they type.

And me being me, went to this woman’s defense. Yes it was a stupid joke, but ultimately it was harmless. ‘I have 37.5 relatives in national cemeteries and blah blah blah.’ Truly pathetic. I was slandered as well for pointing out the hypocrisy of terrible spellers. Pedro felt obliged to intervene and request that I stop feeding these trolls, and eventually I did.

I am quite glad there was no internet when I visited Ford’s Theater with my family in the 1960’s.

I also saw Shlomo at the smoke scene. He was hanging out with some guy named MJ. I just gave Shlomo a book that I’ve had for the past couple of years about cigars and tobacco, a handbook of sorts for tobacconists. I wasn’t using it as anything besides a doorstop and figured Shlomo would be better off with it than me. I think he figured I was angling for a free cigar but with the Cuban bounty that washed up on our doorstep, I could afford to walk off with a simple handshake. I don’t think Shlomo is used to someone like me, just being kind for no particular reason.

I’m The Urban Spaceman

6 thoughts on “I Really Taught Me To Watusi

  1. Katie Haley

    Today made me think of my dear old friend, Hyman Gross, because he would always quote the following poem to me on this, the first day of spring:
    “When the hounds of spring are in winter’s traces, the mother of months in medow or plain fills the shadows and windy places with lisp of leaves and ripple rain…”

    I was missing him, so I thought I would Google and see if anything came up on him. Thank God I saw your entry. I was a young secretary in 1974, in Washington DC, when I met Hy. He was a roommate with my friend Peter Butorac. I lived with them for a short time when I got my job with them at the United States Railway Association. We stayed close friends until his mysterious death, which I hope you can shed a light on for me. I talked to him one night, and the next morning he was gone. I miss him every day. He was a great source of comfort, wisdom, criticism and love all these years. I’m glad you were friends with him. My being in Louisville, KY kept him always on the other end of the phone with rare visits to see him in NY. He was so funny and evasive. I never knew what was really going on – or how he was really feeling. Please please tell me more about your friendship with him. I loaned him the money to empty out his apartment when he got the bed bugs. Happy to help him. Was happy he was not in Hoboken during Sandy. I would have worried myself sick about him. Wonder how Jose is doing. So many happy memories of him. Glad to know you were with him.

  2. johnozed Post author

    Katie- My partner Bill knows more of what happened to Hyman. It did come as a shock to both of us. He was in despair from time to time since his companion died and we did our best to bolster his spirits. I will contact you via email (or Bill will). We miss him too.

    Oddly enough I don’t think his part of town was badly affected by Sandy.

  3. Katie Haley

    You must know the joy I feel to have some connection to Hyman’s friends! I knew Joan vaguely throughout the years. She was lovely. I met her one day when I was staying in an apartment at the Waldorf. They came for a brief visit. Hy came back later and took some towels! I begged him to dictate some of his stories to me. Did you know he was a spy in Russia? Also a concert pianist. I have many of his mother’s fine linens. I promise I won’t bug you guys, but I wonder if he ever mentioned me or my sister, Eileen Haley. he wanted Eileen to marry him so she could get his social security benefits! We aree also Beatle/lennon fans. Yoko was photographed wearing Eileen ‘s Liberty bicentennial sweatshirt she sent to Yoko. It was in the Post many years ago.
    I grow weary, but I am so happy that there is still a thread of my darling surviving. He would giggle at the connection . I can hear him now.
    You have made me very happy. I enjoy your blog, I’ll continue to tune in. We share a love of Hy and Lennon together. Surely many other similar interests.
    Do you know Ray Gilmore? He owns CIBO at 42nd and 2nd. It is a small world. Thank you very much.

  4. johnozed Post author

    No, I don’t know Ray Gilmore. I only knew Hyman and that was through riding the bus. One night I saw him struggling with a lot of stuff so I got off the bus a few stops ahead and helped him home with his things. He really appreciated it and we became fast friends, riding the last Hoboken-WIllow Ave bus at night.

    I went home and told my beloved Bill about this character Hyman and Bill knew all about him since Bill would catch Hyman on one of the early buses into Manhattan. We loved Hyman and still miss him. Can’t help but walk by his building from time to time.

    I’d certainly love to hear some of those stories. My own time with Hyman was brief and he hinted at various escapades from his past.

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