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  1. Great as always, I miss hanging with you. James in Colorado
  2. Check with the Boulder Slow Foods Chapter.
  3. You're welcome and thanks for the kind words. Yes, I have had a few events in my life. I notice from your profile that you flute and that you live in the East Village. Several of those events in my life occurred when I lived on East 10th Street, 4th floor walk-up, just across Avenue A, right up the street from the Peace Eye Bookstore. In that incarnation I worked answering letters for The American Bible Society. Once gave first aid to a guy who had been stabbed in Tompkins Square Park. ← This neighborhood has changed radically in the last 10+ years (and in some ways which many of us in the neighborhood are happy about) and is in the process of changing even more radically (mostly in ways which many of us, and especially the longtimers, are very disturbed about). My brother used to live here in the mid 80s, when the neighborhood was really grungy and downright dangerous, especially in Alphabet City. But you sure could get cheap, good pierogies at Leshko's Coffee Shop on 7th and A! When's the last time you were back in the neighborhood? ← When I *lived* there the East Village (as it was coming to be known,) specifically Alphabet City, was an exclave for those of us who really wanted to live in *the* Village, but couldn't afford it. This was the 60's. The area was just beginning to be hip. There were remnants of the Ukranian culture you mention, mom and pop joints, but the neighborhood, particularly towards the east, had a definite Latino tinge to it. As long as we stayed near Avenue A - and did all our shopping in that area- we felt safe on foot. But, I liked it. Ready access to the Village. And a few joints were in place in our area. Frequented Gerde's Folk City, saw the Fugs at their midnight show at The Bridge on St. Mark's Place. Drank and ate at The Ninth Circle (which later became a gay bar I understand.) The Five Spot was still there for jazz. On Avenue A were a bunch of open produce stands and there were a couple of butchers within blocks. And a fish market. And a cheese shop right on the corner. There were bodegas on Avenue A, too. Haven't even visited the area in over 20 years. But, already then I could see the good and bad that come with gentrification. I couldn't afford to live there without rent control, I'm sure. ←
  4. Joesph, What an incredible pleasure it is to read this. 30 years ago it was I asking you these same questions and probably a few 100 more. I have over the years answered the same questions with my great mentors answers."We're a medieval cult we are". What great times those were! Merely exquisite. James
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