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As I refilled my metrocard this morning, I heard a man repeatedly asking “Can someone please give me a swipe to get to the city?” So I looked in his direction since he said “I’m Elvis Presley, come on. Someone please help a fallen legend out.” I chuckled, I recognized this guy, he’s the Elvis Presley looking guy that I see him walking around Kew Gardens all the time. We made eye contact and I gestured that I’d swipe him in.
I swiped, he looked at me and said thank you, then he walked away. I thought to myself that this guy appears to be in decent condition. I started asking myself if this guy is just going through life trying to get a free ride? Does he really need help or does he perhaps have more money than I do? Did I just let myself get hustled in NYC again! Haha. How can I run a successful NYC themed site when I keep falling victim to the hustlers out here? Dammit!
Sometime ago, one of my good friends, Charlie Scott, said to me “Angel, you have a big heart. That is a blessing and a curse.” I can’t help but agree with him, especially when I get hustled out of a metro card swipe, or a slice of pizza! Deep down inside though, I really hope that I’ve made someone’s life a little better. I guess I have to put my headphones a bit louder when I hit these danger zones.
Have a great Valentine’s day! One of the biggest hustles of all! LOL. We all know it, but we don’t have much choice but to go with it do we?
Growing Up Bronx