I'll catch you up on what I've been doing... Friday night clubbing in Manhattan. Nothing spectacular happened.
Saturday took a day trip to Salem MA to quench a thirst for historical knowledge regarding the infamous witch trials. (I highly recommend a visit to the Witch Dungeon Museum.) The snapshot above was taken during a re-enactment of one of the witch trials. It was an excellent presentation, and the "dungeon tour" was enlightening... and scarey for some!One of the local book stores had secured a spot in the town shopping center square and employees trucked out loads of free books an tapes. One item that immediately caught my eye was the 1984 VHS copy of "West Side Story" which was still sealed in the original factory shrink-wrap! Amazingly, the book store was giving away everything in the center square FREE! No charge, no "donation" required, no strings attached! I carted off a few other tapes and a couple of books. I was in heaven!
There's a lot to see and do in Salem, and Saturday was a pleasant day to do it!
Sunday was another matter entirely. Got home from Salem at 12:01am Sunday and immediately crashed. A night of heavy sleep interrupted for a brief moment by --- something --- then back to sleeeeeep. My body clock always awakens me at 5. I thought I heard a whistle of some sort in the distance. I awoke again at 6, and again heard a strange sound, what I thought was a whistle: maybe the kids up the street were up early playing? At 7 the sound of a police siren very close made me get up. Within the hour I discovered that there had been a tragedy in the neighborhood. A young neighbor of college age had, without warning, decided it was time to make an exit from this mortal coil. The "whistle" I had heard was his mother crying out, wailing over her lost child. He seemed like a nice, normal kid. Gone.
As the day unfolded I thought of my own life and said a prayer for the neighbors. I ran some errands. Then, as darkness set in, I watched the VHS of "West Side Story" that I had picked up in Salem.
Tags: Salem Witch Trials, West Side Story on VHS
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