Can you feel it? Something is in the air all around Broad Channel these days. You can almost sense a palpable feeling of intense anticipation as the big day nears! All around town you find groups of people gathered on the street and in neighborhood establishments talking among themselves about the approaching event!
No, the big event I am referring to has nothing to do with the upcoming Presidential election. The big event in question here is the fast approaching one week cruise that will carry myself, Grace and my oldest daughter Amy along with 70 other denizens of Broad Channel to the Bahamas and several other ports of call.
On the morning of Sunday, October 30, we will assemble at the Broad Channel VFW for bagels and Bloody Mary's and then board buses which will whisk all of us over to the piers on the west side of Manhattan to board the week's cruise which includes a complete meal and drink package which, at the very least, should ensure a very interesting seven days at sea. Personally, I will be bringing a copy of Mary Dady Clarity's book, Old Salt, a memoir of her husband, Mike Clarity's life growing up in Broad Channel through his years of service with the Navy. Assuming no untoward incidents on board the ship or ashore on foreign soil involving Homeland Security or confiscated passports, we should all safely return via bus to the VFW the following Sunday for a small welcome back soiree and then home for a much needed rest to make sure we are in shape to head on down to P.S. 47 Tuesday to vote in the general election.
The lucky residents of Broad Channel enjoying this cruise are not the only ones out of the country this week as our very own word-meister and editor in chief Kevin Boyle is traveling abroad to Portugal and then on to Ireland. I expressed my concern to Kevin that he might run into a problem with Homeland Security should they examine his passport a little too closely and determine that he obtained it while drinking around the countries of the world at Disney's Epcot. Kevin assured me that his passport is, in fact, valid and that he, "would not be caught dead in Disney." I told Kevin that his reply could lead me to infer that he views Disney with some degree of disdain. For instance, I would never be caught dead attending a midnight showing of "The best of Anthony Weiner's Carlos Danger Twitter Pics"....but that doesn't mean I didn't attend the showing, front row and all! Just wasn't dead or seen attending!
With all the hullabaloo surrounding the pending closure of Playland Motel and our Mayor's intention of turning it into a homeless shelter, what follows was almost inevitable! Several gentlemen were recently talking among themselves while seated at Ruffle Bar enjoying that most sacrosanct of late afternoon events, happy hour, when the phone rang. Lauren, tender of the bar, answered and after listening intently for a few seconds, simply nodded and said, "OK, I will tell him" and hung up. She looked down the bar at the group of men and in a loud voice announced to all at the bar, "Hey [name withheld to protect the (not so?) innocent], that was your wife and she knows you are here. She said if you're not home in 10 minutes she is going to pack all your clothes and send them to Playland cause your butt is gonna be homeless in 11 minutes!" With the opportunity for an Irish Goodbye now completely out of the question, the gentleman in question settled his tab, vacated his stool and was out the door 30 seconds later.
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