I am from the north spending half of my life in Queens, New York. It is a very unique place because it had the feel of a small town where most people knew of or at least knew of a person or family. It is even harder to forget because the TV shows I watched didn’t allow me to forget the place. There was the show called All In The Family where even the image of the boxy homes lined down the block looking identical except for an accessory or change of color was identical to the streets I grew up on.
Everybody Loves Raymond had a family that could have mirrored my early adulthood. My wife and I bought the house across the street from one of our parents. Even the show Ugly Betty showed how easy it was to go from that middle class environment and with a bus ride or a few stops on the train instantly brought you to the excitement of Manhattan.
I also went to a what I thought was a pretty boring College simply called Queens College where i achieved a degree in Economics. I have learned that not only I but pretty famous entertainers also benefited from a degree from that place. They were a little older than I but they went there. People like comic Joy Behar, singers like Carole King and Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel graduated from Queens College. In Carole Kings new book called “A Natural Woman A Memoir” she fondly recalls the boroughs nearby.
In our recent bouts of spite, malice and revenge she sent me this: “You think Southerners are good at football, cooking, eating and lying? Try revenge. We excel at this trait. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” “When you see a sweet Southern grandmother, just remember, she keeps her revenge right below that gentle drawl.” “Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but in the south, it don’t get cold that often, so we serve it up hot with a side order of chicken fried pickles.”