Back to cold Philadephia : quiet days before a new job starts : Yet more American generosity
partying on Nassau : refusing to tip waiters : an accident in a garage toilet : flamingos on Hialeah Race Track : a wild New Year's Eve
A letter home 53 years ago today - enjoying Christmas on Miami Beach 1964 - a medley of pelicans, coconuts, Christmas carols and boiled eggs!
The complexities of 1960s international calls, cruising with the top down, impressing Americans in an 'English pub,' why young Americans didn't work around the world
Sunbathing in December : Two inept housemen : Malcolm Muggeridge
Chaos and explosions in Toyland... Visiting Bristol and New Hope, PA... An unhappy weenie roast... meeting a poet... another disastrous party... preparing for Florida
Well, today, Kenny, my pal at the store, was fired. No week’s notice or anything like that, just the boss saying ‘you’re fired,’ and off he went. So I immediately started unpacking umbrellas like mad. I may only be earning $56 but I certainly wouldn’t like to lose it. This is just another example of the ruthless, cutthroat attitude here.
We asked the cop what was happening and he said that this was the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and that President Johnson was due at any moment, so we decided to hang on. The place was lousy with police who were everywhere...
Shootings and murders are very ordinary here and nobody seems to take much notice. There was a shooting match on 5th Avenue this afternoon shortly after we were there. And, while I was waiting outside a store for Colin two shots rang out...
All our luggage was opened and rummaged through and then we were left to repack. They were opening one woman's packing case with sledgehammers and crowbars, and when they asked her what's in it, she said tearfully, “china.”