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NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND

Harvey was commuting from his home in Forest Hills to Midtown Manhattan.   The E Train from Continental Avenue to Lexington Avenue took approximately twenty minutes and cost $2.00.     To Harvey it seemed interminable and cost him a lot more money.

On the train at Continental was a man selling batteries.  Only batteries. Harvey had no need for the batteries.  The man not a particularly pushy salesman, he spoke no English, got Harvey to purchase four packs of expired batteries.

Harvey was sitting on a bench where two average size people could fit.   At Roosevelt Avenue a man about 6'8", 300 pounds squeezed in between Harvey and the elderly black woman who was telling Harvey about the wonders of Christ.

Also entering the train was a man with a squeegee, who forcibly cleaned Harvey's glasses and demanded $5.00 for the service.

The large man was considerate enough to be privately listening to his rap music through earphones attached to his i-pod.  Harvey knew it was rap music, because, although he had headphones, it was still loud enough to hear every note.   Also the man sang along with the music, while playing his imaginary drums.

At Queens Plaza entered the man allegedly collecting money to feed homeless children.   Most people looked the other way,  Harvey gave him the lunch that Betty had made for him that morning.

At 23rd and Ely, entered a familiar figure, Bernard Goetz.  

Harvey exited at Lexington Avenue.  After giving $5.00 to the Bay City Rollers playing on the platform, he heard shots ring out from the train.

He would later learn that Goetz shot the panhandlers.   He was acquitted on all charges.



 

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