JBear mentioned history, and I was already on the topic. I thought it might be fun to reminisce, and possibly scare a few folks. All this is true
It is autumn in 1966 and a serious group of boys has just left Menomonee Falls High School. There is no 'north' or 'east' yet, those schools will not be built for another 30 years.
Under the greased back hair is their uniform of the day. While The Falls' colors are "purple and white," their team jackets are 'purple and cream,' and no one has ever mentioned the oddity. But the boys carry no books. They all wear Broomstick pants--in black--and what Billy Joel will sing about ala Flagg Brothers, yes, this group all wears boots with Cuban heels.
Their hands are jammed into their jackets' slash pockets. Everyone has a "nine." It's the de rigueur tool that sets them apart. The nine is five inches of black ivory and four inches of cold polished steel. And they have used these knives.
The 'kaleeg' make a hole. This group is headed to "The Jug," and they are not in a good mood. Anyone wearing "madras" pants of pukey maroon might as well punch himself out.
One of them, a mutt of German, Polish and Sicilian ancestry is actually in a good mood despite the false gnash of teeth. He is wondering about Anita Chvosta or Rosanne Zentkowski--either or. Anita has a car, but Rosanne has those legs...
This gumba has just spent a king's ransom on a new switchblade, the top of the line, and it cost him four whole dollars
. But a "dagger style blade" will probably save this kid's bacon. Eh, what the hell, it's date night...
And now, exactly 50 years later
, a supplier has sent me the knife of my youth. Oh, it came dull and with a rounded tip, but I know how to fix that. Took all this afternoon to get it "just right."
I gave my team jacket to a pregnant black girl
in my church, the elastic bottom made it easy to go around her ever-expanding belly. She did make one salient observation--she told me the inside right front pocket of the jacket had been torn apart.
Well, something heavy with sharp corners probably did that...
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