Saturday, May 23, 2009

An Anatomical Oddity

It has been a long time since I last visited Pathmark of Gowanus, and I'm glad about that. As Kelley and I waited in the checkout line, a large woman was in front of us, struggling mightily with the self-checkout machine.

Fat ankles.

This picture doesn't do this woman's ankles justice. She has managed to cultivate a roll of fat around each ankle. I've never seen anything like it before. She may be suffering from some sort of medical condition, so the cart full of junk food she was packing up might be completely unrelated.


Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

Dude, huh? Gowanus?? You mean off of West 9th street?

If so then that's the Caucasian name for it, we call it Redhook Pathmark. Some folks like to think that RedHook ends when you cross Court street or Hamilton but nah. They just re-organized Red-Hook recently. They new they couldn't sell $500k condos to Caucasian folks in the Red Hook section, so they like to call it the Gowanus or some kind of Heights.

Now you know that woman is probably someone I know since I was raised in the Hook and know like a million people there. But unfortunately I can't tell who she is by her ankles because every big woman in RedHook has nasty fat ankles. Mostly they all go to either CBC or New Brown Churches. You know how those church ladies be eating every Sunday!!

Unknown said...

What does that say about Red Hook when a neighborhood would prefer to be named after a super-polluted canal? Imagine what they'd have to name it if word got out that TX Chuck is from there. It would be West East New York or something.

plumpdumpling said...

TX Chuck always told me he was raised in Park Slope. I guess everyone's susceptible to frontin'.

Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

I lived in RedHook until I was a youngster then moved to Park Slope around when I was 9 I guess.

But being that all of my family was still in Red Hook I was still there most of the time. But I lived in Park Slope. That was the Pre-Caucasian Park Slope.

The only good part of PSlope back then was above 7th Ave to the Park. Between 6th & 7th wasn't considered a good area since it was close the the Black blocks of Between 5th and 6th Aves.

And you know the Hispanics had 3rd to 5th Aves. And if you were on 3rd Ave or Below you were considered a prostitute, drug addict junkie, or homeless!!

So there... No frontin'

As far as RedHook I can tell you the same. Which buildings had beef with which other building, who got shot, where, and with how many bullets. Who got picked up in the latest drug bust raid. How many baby fathers that pretty chick from the flagpole has (anyone from RedHook will know what I mean by that).

Whose workin the drive through window at McD's (free food if you knew them). Most people from the hook 1st job was either at that Pathmark or at McD's. No Lie..Real Talk: Those two stores really helped the community.

I'm like a Historian of my parts of Brooklyn. ;-)

plumpdumpling said...

Seriously! I'd like to sit down with an old-timer like you and listen to you reminisce.

When I lived in Park Slope one summer a couple of years ago, I was on 5th Ave., and we still considered 4th Ave. to be the ghetto. But then someone started spreading rumors about a Whole Foods going in, and 4th Ave. became littered with new condo developments.

I probably don't want to know what the flagpole is, do I?

Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

The flagpole is just a flagpole. But it's located in the middle of Columbia street, so when used it means the buildings near there.

...see no crazy sexual inappropriate comment.
(I'm sooo proud of myself)