• Skinny Legs & Other Attractions

    Reading Time: 16 minutes Reading ModeAdventures and Musings on the nether end of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Taken from the travel journals of Howard Dinin, circa 2003-2005 Skinny Legs is a bar and grill at the Coral Bay, the eastward or windward, end of St. John, USVI. It is a real place, though it has all the earmarks of a fiction, a made-up […]

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Shorts & Briefs | 23 May 2016

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From The New Yorker, May 23, 2016; Talk of the Town, “Lily Tomlin”

She asked if her interlocutor had two dollars, for the Zoltar fortune-telling machine outside Gem Spa.
“Zoltar’s been around a long time,” she said. She fed in the bills, and the machine spat out a yellow ticket.
“Is that it?” Tomlin said, rapping on the glass. “What a rip!”
“For a small fee, Zoltar will give you a wealth of wisdom,” Zoltar said in a booming voice.
The fortune was read aloud: “A happy reunion with a loved one will make life all that you ever wanted it or dreamed it to be. You have a very trusting nature and are easily taken in by so-called friends.”
“My God in Heaven!” Tomlin said.
“Come on, it’s cold,” Paul said.
“Come let Zoltar tell you more,” Zoltar said.

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