West of you was bother, turf battled over by Latin Eagles, Latin Kings, and a hillbilly gang known as the Simon Metropolis Royals. Most each storage was tagged with graffito. It acquired worse each block. When the Cubs almost did one thing proper in 1969, Wrigleyville was a conflict zone. Latino gangsters actually stood on the sidewalks taunting followers or worse. If there wasn’t a recreation there was no cause to be there. If and while you ventured that course, to catch a bus or go to the arcade, you stashed lunch cash in your sock and some payments in your pocket to repay the muggers.
You’d amassed a hodge-podge of pals, misfits such as you, who hid in books and hobbies, and nonetheless others extra doomed by their circumstances. Some would be a part of gangs or defy them, all the time preventing or fleeing. Collectively you had been a gaggle of electrons in an unstable atom. Catching fish within the lake. Avoiding being caught in an alley. God solely is aware of what glue held you collectively. Comedian books. Movies. Music. However quickly got here liquor, drugs and weed; these false prophets that brought on you a lot ache whereas pretending to melt it. And thru all of it, these alluring and delirious creatures from distant, unobtainable shores, sirens that beckoned you to this present day: Ladies.