Did you ever have one of those nights where you can’t sleep? Sure, we all do.
I’m not talking about when you are still out at the bar or working the third shift.
I’m talkin’ straight up insomnia baby!
You know that, ‘I can’t fall asleep’ feeling. You’re lying in bed staring up at the ceiling. Remember they use to tell you to count sheep to help you fall asleep?
Most nights I’ll down some java from seven to ten PM at the local cafe here in town and be up pretty late. But tonight, I didn’t drink anything. I’m sitting here wide awake!
Lately, I have only been needing 4-5 hours of sleep. I really don’t know where or when it started but I do know that I’m never tired like I use to be. I use to be able to sleep 12-14 hours.
Maybe it’s the million things I have going on? The three blogs I try to stay active, coaching, parenting, being a productive spouse, working out, reading and of course writing my two books.
Do you ever ask yourself, “where did all the time go?”
Is 24 hours enough?
Or, how about during this holiday, do you ever lose track of what day it is? I guess maybe it has something to do with getting old?
It feels like yesterday I was in my teens playing ball in the schoolyard.
Does anyone still play Pinball? Do they even have Pinball machines?
How about walking through Prospect Park? Does anyone do that?
What about walking from 9th avenue down to 5th?
Or, hopping the turnstiles in the subway station?
Do you still take a taxi cab?
Does anyone use pay phones on the corner? Outside my apartment on 9th and Windsor there was a pay phone and a lot of people used it back in the day. I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on conversations. One night this guy was telling the person on the other end how he was going to blow up the universe! Someone once told me that if you called the operator on a pay phone and tell them you lost your dime, they’d send you a check. One night I did that and three weeks later I received a check in the mail for ten cents!
What about pea coats? Does anyone wear them any more? What about parka’s?
How about Ross Apollo bikes, do they still make them?
Do kids still play Buck-Buck?
How about Bowling, does anyone go any more? I understand the scores are all kept by a computer now. No more using the little yellow pencil marking your score down. Remember Holy Name’s bowling league? We walked all the way down to Caton avenue. My daughter walks two blocks now and she’s tired.
Is the Shirley MacLaine story true from Farrell’s back in the day? Did she really walk up to the bar and order a drink when women were only allowed to sit in the back at a table?
I’m going to bed, good night!
I would love to hear from you if you’d like to be a guest blogger. It can be as long or as short as you like. Send me an email and I’ll throw up your entry on anything pertaining to growing up in Windsor Terrace.