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April 16, 2024

spacer when i moved to seattle sight unseen, i rode this selfsame train route to get there.
leaving  new york flayed my soul, but i expected to return in two years. a quarter
century later, i seem to have become a pacific northwest lifer. i don't really miss
NYC but meeting Charles (r.) and his siblings reminded me how much i do miss
new yorkers--the outspoken, open-minded, street smart old school kind. we were
both there in 1971--i was a toddler in washington heights, he was a plumber with
good timing who bought in on the lower east side when everyone else was selling.
my immigrant family got out ASAP too, moving "out east" to long island... and this
trio gave me shit for that, the way city people do, and it made me feel right at home.