Peaceful Third Grade
by Dan
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[LIFE magazine via the astounding nevver blog]

Abe Vigoda - "Wild Heart" (removed by request)

A stack of chips as tall as my chest. A wheelbarrow of chips, a hearty wagon, a shopping cart. I sold everything to get this many chips, sold my bike, my computer, even my winter boots. I take a free drink and head to the high rollers hallway, my pant cuffs wet with melting snow. My shirt sweaty and my heart beating fast. I sit next to a frowning man and another fatter man. I introduce myself to everyone, which I shouldn't do, I shouldn't do that. I check my wallet one last time, yep, this is it. I say, "room enough for a wheelbarrow?" which I shouldn't say either, the dealer looked like he chewed a peppercorn when I said that. "Chips on the table, please," says the dealer, do they call it a dealer when he just spins a wheel? It takes about ten minutes but I get all the chips on the table, and a crowd has gathered by this point. "He's awesome," I heard one lady say, which I try not to think about. I push my chips to the center of the table, somewhere among the numbers, and I suddenly wonder how long it would take to have a portrait of myself painted, how could I sit still for that long? The dealer waves his hand over the chips like he's casting some kind of spell, and with a wink, "no more bets."

[Buy old Abe Vigoda]
[previously (song)]
[previously (band)]

Posted by Dan at January 2, 2009 2:35 PM
Comments

ok, ok- pretty cool.
story, photo, song- cool stuff

Posted by gaston monescu at January 2, 2009 4:34 PM

redheads should be careful in the sun

Posted by michael at January 2, 2009 5:37 PM

Wow, guys.


Between this and a musical epiphany, this is one hell of a night.

Also: who knew he had THIS voice? This whole time. You can count unforced low voices like this on two hands. Maybe one.

Posted by karpe at January 3, 2009 3:24 AM

Great post. Great blog! Good to know I can still count on having access to good music in '09...

Posted by Greg at January 3, 2009 7:35 AM

attention, the snow will melt soon

Posted by michael at January 4, 2009 7:51 PM

Gone!!!! arghhh this was awesome. i listen to stevie's version all the time, i wanted to put this on a similar pedestal. And not wait for the privilege! Right click -> Save As!

(also, nice post)

Posted by Adam at January 6, 2009 10:22 AM

ok so you wear your eighties influences on your sleeve. bauhaus, black but don't ever take a stevie song and turn it into dirge.

Posted by carlos at January 13, 2009 7:50 PM

this will be my favorite post for ever
can't forget this girl and start liking abe vigoda

Posted by michael at January 14, 2009 6:42 PM

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