A little erratic

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In middle school there was a kid named Bob Downey who was older than the rest of us. He must have been held back a couple times. He was known for being a little erratic. Acting strangely. Some people avoided him. Others made fun of him. He got teased a lot.

One day I decided to tease him, thinking I'd make my friends laugh. I can't remember what I said, but after I said it he punched me in the face. I was stunned. I'd never been punched in the face before. I’d never seen him react like that before. People gathered around, asking if I was OK. I didn't respond, I just walked away as fast as I could. My friends followed, with Bob right behind them, calling after me. My friends told him to go away and leave us alone.

Word got back to the principal, and we both got called into his office.

After that I never teased anyone.

Blue Yodel No. 1

  14th street apartment, nyc 1989

14th street apartment, nyc 1989

‘Time Out Of Mind’ by Steely Dan came on the radio today, and when I heard the line “The water will change to cherry wine” it got me wondering: “Who actually drinks cherry wine? Is it any good? Why do so many songs mention it?”. Then, the inevitable question: “How many songs do mention cherry wine?”

A Man And The Blues, Buddy Guy
Bear Creek Blues, John Prine
Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas), Jimmie Rodgers
Cherry Wine, Hozier
Cyprus Avenue, Van Morrison
Elvira, The Oak Ridge Boys
Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue, Frank Sinatra
Johnny One Time, Willie Nelson
Loving Cup, The Three Degrees
Over You, Sheryl Crow
Sugar Sweet As Candy, Solomon King
Summer’s End, Foo Fighters
Sweet Cherry Wine, Tommy James & the Shondells
Time Out Of Mind, Steely Dan
Zannalee, Prince