Watergate does not bother me.
your conscience bother you?"
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
of Southern Comfort nite- here with Maggie, Ernie, Rob and
Mich in the basement. Then Clairpoint Park with Larry, Danny,
Mike Sawyer and two chicks. Drunk.
written August 2, 1974 from Ralph to Gillian (on toilet paper)
Like the writing paper? This is all that there is left around
here to write on. "Here" is my cousin's apartment
in Zoutemeer (I doubt if that's the right spelling) which
is just outside the Hague.
In case you might be interested in what I've been doing for
the past three weeks, I'll give you a "brief" account.
Drove to New York in a rented station wagon. Somehow we missed
Manhattan and wound up in the Bronx. Someone gave us directions
and we wound up getting lost in Spanish Harlem, then we got
totally lost before we realized we were in Black Harlem. My
father started getting all paranoid and telling us to roll
up the windows. We finally asked a girl how to get to Manhattan.
She laughed and said something like "Man, you took a
wrong turn somewhere". We finally got to our Hotel at
about 12:00 midnight. The next day we got on board the "S.S.
Michelangelo". I saw Nico + Koos again. They + their
family have been on the same boat as us for the last 3 trips.
On the first day I also met 3 sisters going to Belgium- Katia,
Michelle and Ann. That night there was a discotheque at one
of the bars and I met more people- Sue for Toronto, Dan from
Inivik in the North West Terratories. I also met the people
Nicolette started hanging around with- "Brooklyn"
Bob, George, Marie + Joe form New York, as well as a bunch
of other people. The discoteque was on every night and I spent
all the money I had on Beer, Gin & cigarettes. Every day
on the boat was about the same as the next; Get up at 11:00
am for lunch, go sit on deck with everyone until the movie
starts (we saw "The Sting" "The Way We Were"
"Papillon" amoung others). After the movie [we] go in for dinner then wait for 9:30 when the discoteque opens.
The disco ends at 12:30 and then we'd all go down to one of
the other lounges or bars which were suppossedly closed where
Sue would play piano + jam with Orazio who played guitar and
sometimes would hang around on the drums and everyone else
sings along if they knew the song. There were usually about
10 of us there. Sue is one of the most incredible people I've
ever met. The reason I met her is because people kept mistaking
her for me + me for her. She has amazing charm charisma &
magnetism. I almost never saw alone, and people were always
following her around, she was friends with just about everyone
on the ship, including the crew. She plays piano really well,
she's been playing about 10-15 years (she's 23), looks alittle
like Janis Joplin. Anyway we sailed across the ocean, stopped
at Algecira, near the Rock of Gibraltar and Katia, Michelle
+ Anne got off here. Then we sailed to Naples where Sue +
Pino got off. Pino's real name is Joe but everyone called
him Pino so as not to confuse him with Joe from New York.
Pino pulled a moon at about 6:00 pm on the pool diving platform
so George could take a picture. Fortunately most of the people
were having dinner at the time and there weren't too many
people around at the time.
Anyway while we were at Naples Nico, Koos, Renzo and I walked
around the city for a few hours. I'd met Renzo the night before
when after a poker game we got into a discussion about hash
prices. He is from New York but is a citizen of San Marino
which is a tiny Republic of Italy. The next day we hit Cannes
early in the morning (too early for me, I slept thru it) then
in the afternoon we arrived at Genoa. After many farewells
we went our separate ways. We drove to Amsterdam stopping
at Pegli- near Genoa- Ventimiglia-
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