Visiting the Professor

Trip Start Dec 19, 2006
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Trip End Feb 22, 2007


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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

(Stamford CT, Tuesday, January 9, 2007)-We had Monday off, my first day off for 2007, and Tuesday Dr. D and I took the train up to Stamford CT to visit with Professor Arturo at his spacious apartment for a couple of days. Arturo picked us up and drove us directly to the local U.S. Government installation where he was hooking me up with the Social Security administration so I could get my SSI payments as a senior citizen like all my beatnik friends have been urging me since I turned 65.

Arturo knows his way around the governmental agencies in Stamford since he fled there after the Flood and was forced to seek their assistance. Now he has a fine apartment fully provided by the G, a serviceable automobile, and every sort of regular federal, state and local payment to which he may be entitled.

Me, I've avoided any sort of contact with the government for quite a few years now, and only the urging of life-long bohemians like Bill Lynn, White Boy Joe Stern, Charles Moore and Professor Arturo-and the ultimate promise of a monthly check from the US-has driven me into this office with Ms. Reed, a conscientious yet compassionate worker who leads me gently through the thickets of government regulations until I'm ready to be approved.

God knows what disasters might follow this act of registration, but I guess I'm willing to face them for the promise of a small monthly stipend. It's the first time the government has ever given me anything but a hard time-oh wait, there were the Earned Income Credits received when I had children in school and not enough income to pay taxes on-so what the hell, bring it on.

Our basic mission accomplished, Dr. D and I holed up at Arturo's place and got a little bit of work done on our laptops, two great nights' sleep, a pair of terrific breakfasts at the Greek poetry diner operated by the Mayor of Stamford's sister, and a relaxing train ride back to NYC early Thursday in time to make my first of three gigs that day with an appearance at the conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, checking in at 9:30 am.

-Covington LA
February 17, 2007
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