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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FUCKING WIND

When I was a kid being brought up in NJ, there were a couple of occasions when I got to take the trip to Seaside Heights on the Jersey Shore. This was back in the 1960's, and even then the place was pretty much a dump, but it was also pretty damn cool and had a bottomless pit of character. The boardwalk was daunting as a child, and an engineering marvel that seemed impossibly built over the ocean with roller coasters and other pay and take your chances thrill rides. It was a cool place. There was a booth there called Lucky Leos. It had a wheel that the carny would spin with 6 numbers on it. You put down a quarter on a number, and if the wheel stopped on your number you won an album, the equivalent of a $10 MP3 download these days. The FIRST quarter I ever put down on the wheel at Lucky Leos I won, and I picked out a Moody Blues album called "A Question of Balance". My parents had an old phonograph in our basement and I listened to it over and over again for years. Now Seaside lay devastated on the Jersey Shore, fucking wind.


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