She Probably Doesn’t Remember Me
Making my way to my busking spot in the subway, as I was climbing up the subway station’s stairs, an elderly gentleman who was going DOWN the stairs volunteered to reverse his steps and help me carry my busking gear up the stairs. He must have been at least 70 years old. He then said to me: “I hope both you and I will have a Happy Thanksgiving”.
I was a bit puzzled, because the day this happened was December 4th…We’ve already HAD thanksgiving this year!
But he continued: “For next year. This means we’ll make it through another year! You are the first one I’m wishing this to”, he said.
This cheerful gentleman started my day with a smile!
‘Changes’/Scott Munson for musical saw and piano
A very tall African American gentleman and his friend stopped to say ‘how are you’. “She probably doesn’t remember me”, the tall one said to his friend. “Last time I saw you it was at 59th street”, he said to me.
I recognized him – he used to be the sanitation man at the 59th street subway station!
He told me that he is retired now. I asked him if he still does music and how his band is doing. I also asked him if his son still plays keyboards and he said that his son programs keyboards now.
I asked him if his sister still plays music on glasses. He said that he hasn’t seen his sister in a while, so he doesn’t know.
I was really happy to see him – I’ve wondered what happened to him as he disappeared from the 59th street subway station scene. He used to be a fixture there.
Photographer: © Chuck Capriola
The homeless guy with a bad leg that I always see begging at the bank in Queens walked by. He told me that he is on his way to Queens. He lives in Brooklyn. He got a brand new cane which he jokingly said is also good for self defense. He told me that his son who has twin girls is living with his fiancé. They will get married next year. His two little granddaughters drive him crazy, but he loves them. His soon to be mother-in-law does drugs, and he doesn’t like that. He’s been to jail himself, but now he has two lawyers that keep him out of trouble.
Photographer: © Nicholas Loomis
A lady from Korea told me that she has seen the musical saw in Korea. The Korean word for ‘saw’ is ‘top’, she said.