It’s 3:30 pm and I’m in Hemingway’s. I really shouldn’t be here. I really shouldn’t be spending the money even if a large draft is only $1.50. I’ll have two beers and leave the bartender $1.00. That’s four dollars I should keep in my pocket; but to spend five hours in front of a computer screen and then just go back and sit in my apartment would drive me crazy.
My pay check from the job training program I’m in should be in my mail box when I get home. I’m praying it’s around $300. If it is I’ll be able to add it to what I have in my account and pay my rent and have $100 left over for two weeks of operating funds until I receive my next check.
I should have been born rich instead of handsome. Ha ha ha!
Hemingway’s is a bar in Oakland in Pittsburgh one block away from the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh. So yes, at any time of day or night you might find a lot of students in the place. There are several students here now. I’ve been coming to this bar since I was a young man. Right now I’m drinking a $1.50 big draft beer. It’s around 3:30 pm and outside winter has come to the ‘Burgh. Elton John is on the juke box singing “Levon”, Heather is behind the bar serving beer, college basketball is on ESPN on the flat screen TVs over the bar and I’m putting words down on a note pad with pencil.
I’ll have a couple of beers and forget my troubles for awhile.