Steve Sherry's The Vagabonds of '74

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California Hippies Arrive. Free Food from The Docks, Strange Encounters
Kenmore Square Blood Bank
Leonard Cohen, Patron Saint, Ali Defeats Foreman and the Great Squash Fight of '74
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The Beginning Of The End and Saying Goodbye
Vagabonds of 74 Epilogue
Essex Catholic Memories: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marty Liquori, Mark Murro, City Stadium, St. Benedicts, Dylan, Positively 4th St.
The Essex Catholic Wrestling Team 1971: 8 District Champs, Ting A Lings, Hitting the Town....
Essex Catholic Teachers and Students, Br. Harrington, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Taglieri, Mr. Zarro, Simon and Garfunkel
Random Events at Essex Catholic 1967-1971: Stuff Happens! Bomb Scare, JUG!, Abbey Road
Essex Catholic Senior Year 1971: World Trade Center Rising, The Staircase from "A Hard Days Night?" Meditation, MySpace: "Jersey Shore," Crosby, Stills and Nash Epilogue
The Jersey Shore: May, 2011 Brielle....Sea Girt....Introspection On The Sand.....
Essex Catholic Memories 2012

Roger and Toad Come up with a Novel Approach at Raising Money 

Ollie and I were again pounding the pavement looking for work but toward the end of October we were getting desperate.
Things just weren't panning out.

One day in the late afternoon we'd gone to a little Restaurant in Harvard Square.
 
Tired and hungry but with almost no money, we ordered the only thing we could afford,
an order of French Fries.
 
The price was 25 cents.
Hollow eyed, we savored each morsel as students in designer clothing ate full course meals all around us.

Hopelessness had grabbed me by the throat and Ollie was feeling the same way.
How the hell were we going to survive like this ???
And what would tomorrow bring?

We limped home in the dark, dejected, feeling like it was the end of the world........

The saving grace was having so many people living together.
Sooner or later one of us was going to come up with a new job or a new angle we hadn't thought of.

One morning Jolly Roger and Toad announced they'd come up with a new strategy.
 
They were going to give blood at the Blood Bank in Kenmore Square, explaining that when you donated a pint of blood you were paid 15 dollars on the spot, enough for lunch and Beer Money for the next few days.
 
On top of that, the kick you got from the Beer was more pronounced because you had less blood in your body. How cool was that?

It struck me as a little bazaar so I let Roger and Toad have at it first and when they rolled in that night with Six Packs under their arms and cash in their pockets it seemed like no sweat at all.

"No man, ya just lay down and they stick you with a needle until this bag fills up and you're done. 15 bucks man! Hey I'm going back," Roger said as he tossed me a beer.

It sounded like a plan so a couple days later with Toad as our escort, Ollie and I went down to Kenmore Square and signed up. We were tested for blood type then escorted into a room, told to lie down and it was over in twenty minutes.

We went out the door and down to the bank to cash our checks and minutes later we were holding our 15 bucks.
Hog Heaven! A good meal and a beer to wash it down.
 
Hey, this was the kind of thing we could really get into long term, you know, plan for the future and all that.....
 

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