One Cent At A Time Baby
The year was 1994 but the smell predated the current period by 13 years. That's right. I was at the Italian street festival of Pompeii selling tourist tee shirts with my good friend and long time roommate JP. Back then it was a lucrative business but it was all about the hustle of your game that dictated where you were set up, who was going to protect you, and the amount of money you were taking home. Remember this was NYC 1994 where the murder rate was still higher than the cost of a Hyundai. Luckily for me I am one of those born and bread New Yorker guys that has a great gift of gab and everybody loves. That and it didn't hurt to give Vinnie Finarelli 1000 smackaronis under the table.
I was sandwiched in between the zeppole guy and a club DJ so I was either eating or dancing depending on which way I looked. As the day turned to night, Whodini & some of his freaks started showing up and began hovering around the music and food. This one older couple, who looked like they stepped out of the 70's still intoxicated, began dancing slowly and rhythmically off timing in front of my booth. The crowd stopped to watch because, aside from embarrassing, they were quite entertaining. People started clapping which only fueled their energy to re create some of the moves from yesteryear. She spun left then he dropped to the floor. He spun right then she slid towards him. Left-Right-Spin-Drop-Slide was their dance sequence until he got the impulse to rap it up.
The pumping club song was ending and the couple seemed to know it was time to hit the grand finale so he decided to do a final move. That's when he kicked over her head and tried to land in a split. However, he must have forgotten that he wasn't in the 70's anymore or maybe his girlfriend grew taller because he smacked her dead center in the face. As she fell to her final un-choreographed move, he sat in a semi split with his hands proudly in the air. The crowd gasped and applauded at the same time because neither of them broke character. Without blinking or looking down, he bowed and proudly accepted the applause. She slowly stood up, clearly dazed but with a smile, to take in the roaring crowd as well.
People were giving them money and they gladly accepted it. The zeppole guy gave them a bag of zeppoles and JP and I started looking for some change in our pockets. I mean let's be honest, Broadway costs $150.00 a ticket and I got to watch an intense dance performance filled with excitement, fear and laughter for free. The least I could do was tip them. So that is when I called him over.
I hope you liked my story SB and SMB. Please visit the newest personal finance blogging members of Yakezie and NOT the couple I met back in 1994 at One Cent At A Time.
2/29/2012 08:47:13 am
Jai, this is a great story and perfectly told. It is so good, I wish I were SB!
2/29/2012 10:26:40 am
Awe I am so glad SB read that. :) Thanks Maria and thanks for the email earlier.
Hey Maria, I noticed this post too late. Perhaps it lost the morning charm. I am extremely honored Jai!
2/29/2012 10:27:52 am
Never fear my heart is only on watching you great PF bloggers teach me the ropes to add to my growth and life but not blog about it. :)
2/29/2012 02:47:06 pm
Great story. I'm sure SB loved it!
2/29/2012 10:49:30 pm
I hope so... Thanks Marissa.
2/29/2012 11:56:45 pm
I did! Very much and now SMB does too after she read it.
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3/1/2012 10:11:56 am
You do a great job of highlighting fellow Yakezie!
3/1/2012 02:02:47 pm
Awe thanks... It's a ton of fun.
3/3/2012 09:06:55 am
Haha... i think that was the song.
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