Monday April 23, 2012 – Book Event In The Boston Area @ Middlesex Lounge 6pm

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the city (and NYC) were my only real personal interactions with an urban environment – and I loved both of them! So much to do (at any hour of the day), easy transportation access (hell, even just walking was fun), and a never ending supply of things to see and hear and smell and taste and experience in general. I loved to spend the day, or weekend, in the city – but I always ended up back out in suburbia; all of that changed in 1994, after I took a trip to visit a friend who had moved up to the Boston area…

She was living in Somerville, just outside of Davis Square, and between hanging out in their 2 level, multi-porched home (dubbed “The Fat House”) with her down-to-earth, communally-sharing-everything housemates, and taking in all the new sensations (my first Thai food experience – insanely hot as it was – was at the old Bangkok House in Harvard Square), I was instantly hooked. In fact, I was ready to move there right away – and decided as I ventured back home that I would make it happen.

In the fall of 1995, I moved to Harvard Square with a mutual friend from the ‘burbs, and the experience changed my life. I remember instantly feeling like I was “home”, and even though it still took me a while to get into the right groove work wise, the new found sense of freedom that I had was overwhelmingly positive. And as soon as I was gifted a bike (ahhh that old hunter green Schwinn was absolutely beautiful!), I took in all Beantown had to offer. Eventually I moved out to the Fat House myself, then back to Harvard Square before settling into Cambridgeport (in my own, ridiculously beautiful apartment. For 3 years. With the best landlords ever. Sigh. The all night, lounge-in-the-backyard, dance-floor-inside parties that I had are still fondly recalled by all who attended to this day. Double sigh.)

Central Square became my new stomping grounds, and weekly trips to the Harvest Co-op and Tibetan buffet at Rangzen and Moody’s Falafel Palace and catching the Toneburst Collective dj’s at impromptu gigs in the Square or reggae bands at the old Rhythm & Spice were part of the reasons why I would tell people I loved living there. I loved it so much, in fact, that I had a little crisis in 1999 – was I ready to be in one place for the rest of my life?

I answered that question by moving to the Bay Area, and completely falling in love all over again with a new city. And then the funniest thing happened – almost 5 years later, I met my wife at a wedding back in the Bean, and I ended up moving there again for another 3 years – and living it like it was a brand new experience again.

Fast forward to 2012, and now it’s been 4 years since we left the city (and the country) – and I get to return once again, but this time in a new role. All the creative energy that I was establishing all those years has finally manifested itself into a unique literary expression. All the musical improv sessions in my ground floor studio and out at Magazine Beach and up in Mission Hill and out in Somerville have been channeled into well thought out written words. All the crazy f-ed up relationships (well, one in¬†particular) and all of the into-the-night philosophical discussions and debates on politics and religion and human nature and love have all been chopped up and condensed into 318 pages of life. L I F E, the very thing I learned the most about in my time in Boston…

Join me please, won’t you, for this very special return “home”. The old Caribbean flavor of Rhythm & Spice was converted in my second era there to the modern party space of the Middlesex Lounge, and on Monday April 23rd it will host this book event – just what you’ll need to make sure your week starts off well! Come have a drink and kick back and share this experience with me, as I have shared so many experiences in this beautiful city with you. And even if we’ve never met, I bet you’ll feel right at “home” too…

 

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