AGE 66

MADE BANKRUPT. LOSE DREAM HOUSE IN PONTYCYMMER, THE SAME WEEK THAT IT IS FEATURED NATIONWIDE ON THE TELEVISION AS BEING A HOME OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. WITHIN 3 YEARS I AM PRACTICALLY DESTITUTE. HOMELESS, RELIEVED OF MY JOB. WAS UNEMPLOYED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. I AM ALSO ILL, HAVE BEEN TOLD I HAVE CANCER NEEDING AN URGENT REMOVAL OF A GROWTH THE SIZE OF A GRAPEFRUIT IN MY UTERUS.

“OLD, ILL ,HOMELESS AND UNEMPLOYED, SAL!” I ANNOUNCE, ARMS FLUNG WIDE, A TRAGIC EXPRESSION ON MY FACE. WE EXPLODE WITH MIRTH AND MERRIMENT LIKE TWO ANCIENT MARINERS OUT ON THE PISS. THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR IMMEDIATE REACTION TO LOSS. A SENSE OF RELIEF AT THE FINAL ARRIVAL AT THERE BEING NOWHERE LOWER TO FALL.. NOTHING MORE TO LOSE, NOTHING TO HANG ON TO ANY MORE. NO HOPE OF A REPRIEVE. HAVING REACHED ROCK BOTTOM.  THEREFORE A FRESH START BEING THE NEXT THING.