Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jam Block

HELLO MARSTON,


GAZETTES CIRCULATION DEPT. WOULD TRY TO INCREASE SUBSCRIPTIONS BY
HAVING PRIZE GIVE-AWAYS. ALL DELIVERY BOYS WOULD BE GIVEN A NUMBERED LIST OF
100 PRIZES, SUCH AS #1--BASEBALL MITT, #2---PING-PONG SET,
#66---BICYCLE, WOW JUST WHAT WAS NEEDED. WHAT YOU HAD TO DO IS PHONE
THE PAPER WITH A NEW CUSTOMER AND A NUMBER FROM THE PRIZE LIST WAS TOLD
TO YOU ;FOR EXAMPLE 29---FLASHLIGHT, THIS WAS NEEDED AS MUCH AS A 3RD
ARMPIT IN JULY.

WE WOULD PHONE BACK IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER TO FIND
OUT THE STATUS OF THE NUMBERS, WHICH WOULD ONLY BE GIVEN WITH ANOTHER
SUBSCRIPTION. MARSTON TOOK A TURN TO CALL IN WITH A NEW SUBSCRIPTION,
#60-- RAINCOAT,WELL HE KEPT ON GIVING PHANTOM AND PHONEY-BALONEY NAMES
TIL HE HIT #66---BICYCLE, BINGO, YAHOO.


WE HAD ABOUT 10 EXTRA GAZETTES EACH, ME, STEVIE, & MARSTON = 30 PAPERS
A DAY UNTIL OUR LOOTY & BOOTY CAME IN. AT FIRST THERE WAS NO BIG DEAL,
PITCH THEM IN THE DEEP DITCH ACROSS THE ROAD FROM OURS & NORTH'S
PLACES, THE ST. LAMBERTS SIDE, THE WEEDS WERE STILL HIGH IN AUGUST, WHICH
CAMOFLAGED THE EXTRAS. THE HEAP HAD INCREASED AT AN ALARMING RATE WHEN FINALLY OUR
SHIP CAME.

IT HAD TAKEN OVER 2 MONTHS, VERY QUICKLY THE OVER SUBSCRIPTIONS
WERE CANCELLED, WE CONTINUED ON OUR MERRY WAYS FORGETING THAT MASS OF PAPERS
SOAKING UP AND SWELLING IN THE DITCH. SNOW CAME AROUND AS USUAL
COVERING THE OVER ABUNDANCE, IT WAS AS IF THERE WAS A HUGE SNOWDRIFT WHILE THERE HAD
BEEN ONLY A LIGHT SNOW DUSTING. CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS CAME UNEVENTFULLY,
THAT FESTERING PAPERMACHE DAM CAME TO AN ALARMING CONCLUSION AROUND ABOUT EASTER 1959.

THIS DRAINAGE DITCH WHICH DRAINED INTO THE MIDDLE OPEN SEWER CREEK WAS
RISING AND CRESTED ONTO DEVONSHIRE. WE THOUGHT IT WAS WONDERFUL WITH
ALL THE HUGE ROOSTER TAILS FROM PASSING VEHICULES. GPK.ROAD DEPT. SHOWED UP,
THINKING IT WAS A BROKEN WATER MAIN, NO NOT THEIR PROBLEM.
NOW BASEMENTS WERE THREATENED ON DEVONSHIRE, NORTHWARDS TOWARDS
CHURCHILL, ST. LAMBERTS FINALLY SHOWED UP WITH A BACK-DIGGER TO RELIEVE THE FLOOD
BY OPENING THE GOOEY MASS OF GAZETTES.

BACK THEN IT DIDN'T CROSS OUR MINDS
OF THE CONSQUENCES WE HAD CAUSED,JUST KEEP ON KEEPING ON.
RICHARD........................

Richard, I did win that bicycle and a bunch of other junk, damn we were smart back then.. I just don't know if we made money or if it cost us. What fun times.. I still love the french pastries from Provencher Drug Store we shared every morning. I think the statute of limitations covers us for that one.....

Marty N.

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