Perspectives

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I was talking to a friend of mine from Los Angeles a few days ago. It made me recall a time, some years prior, when I had told him I was coming to visit.

“Cool,” he said.  “There are some dynamite strip clubs in LA.”

I responded, “My brother.  I don’t go to strip clubs in Cleveland, why would I travel all the way to Los Angeles to go to one?”

Anyway, when I arrive, he says he still has to go by one to transact some business, and would I mind.

“No,” I answered. ” Do what you do. ”

We get there, and I take a seat in the far corner.  After a few minutes, a young lady, in her mid-twenties, resembling my favorite actress, Angela Bassett, comes up to me and slides her hand up my leg.   “Can I do something for you?”

“Naw.  I’m good.”

“Really? Then why are you here?”

I pointed to my friend talking to another man across the room. “I’m waiting for this brother to take care of his business.”

“Oh.  Okay.  You mind if I sit here, then?  It’s kind of slow tonight.”

“Have a seat.”

We engaged in small talk for a while before I asked, “So, what are you going to do when you leave here?”

She perked up. “You mean tonight?”

“No.  I mean for the rest of your life. You got a whole lot of life left after you are finished with places like this.”

She gave me this quizzical look before shrugging.  “I don’t know.”

“Don’t you feel it’s something you should be thinking about?”

“Um. Yeah?”

“What’s your passion?” I asked.

“Well, one of my friends gave me this Leica camera for Christmas, and I think I’ve taken some really good shots of people and nature.  I believe I would like to pursue that.”

“A Leica is a great camera.”

She smiled. “So I’ve been told.”

We talked about subscribing to magazines that would help her understand the market better, getting formal training, finding a mentor, and selling her work.  After another five minutes of conversation, she called over to the bar, “Give Everett a drink on me.”

My buddy hears this across the room, cocks his head, and gives me the same look the young lady gave me when I asked about her future. When we get ready to leave, she walks me to the door and kisses me on the cheek.

In the car, he taps me on the shoulder, “When y’all gonna hook up, playa?” He smiled smugly and nodded. “I knew you would like that place.”

I didn’t even answer. He wouldn’t have understood.

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About Everett Prewitt

I am president of Northland Research Corporation, a Vietnam veteran, and a former Army officer. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. I was awarded the title of distinguished alumni at both schools. My debut novel Snake Walkers placed first for fiction in four different literary contests and won the Bronze Award for General Fiction in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year contest. Snake Walkers was also honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. My second novel, A Long Way Back, was published in October 2015. It has been awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. It is also a finalist for the Montaigne Award, an awardee of the Indiefab Book of the Year Awards, and a recipient of the Literary Classics' award. Something About Ann, a novella and eleven interconnected short stories including the award-winning short story The Last Time I Saw Willie, was published November 2017 and was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer literary contest. I am single, and live in Shaker Heights, Ohio and am the father of Eric and Lia.
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3 Responses to Perspectives

    • Everett Prewitt says:

      Henry. Sorry for the late response. Just reading that you reblogged. I don’t think I responded previously, but if I did, thanks for the second time.

  1. successisyou says:

    Thanks Everett! Powerful enough to have been Re-Blogged (and it was), and shared to Facebook (and it was).

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