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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pomonok

This is the Saturday blog coming to you on Sunday morning.  Got home late from a full day.

Finally got around to vacuuming the pool.  It started to grow some algae and the leaves from the past storm littered the bottom.  The flow sensor on my salt chlorine generator is broken.  I have it rigged with a magnet, so it works sometimes....still waiting for my replacement part (under warranty).

My plans today included a ride into Queens to meet some old friends from the 'hood'.  Thru the power and magic of social networking, aka - Facebook, the 4th annual Pomonok - Electhester Old-Timers Reunion was found, browsed and attended.

No mapquest or GPS needed for this visit...after all, it was home for 19 years.  The meeting place, Jib-Lanes bowling alley on Parsons Blvd.  All of us familiar with this meeting place as it sits in the middle of the two brick and concrete apartment buildings.  High density Gotham housing projects that shaped the lives of several generations.  The 50's, 60's, and 70's.

Seeing the hand full of friends was a real walk down memory lane.  We shared stories, caught up on the last 30 years, and wondered what happened to all the others that couldn't attend or wouldn't come back...

This day in history "A group of federal prisoners classified as "most dangerous" arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts--the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary--joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island's days as a U.S. military prison."

Pomonok had it's share of crime and undesirably elements.  Most of us became very street wise and learned valuable lessons as a result.  Others, did not.  I had some friends that either ended up in jail, or pushing up daisies.

After the reunion, it was back in the car and across the island to get to the East End Soccer tournament.  Kyle playing three games.  Late dinner back at home, 9pm...fell asleep on the couch again.  I am an old-timer now.

Photo of the day "Pomonok"


P.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomonok,_Queens


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