Bill Cosby, My Brief Encounter

Me in 1970 at age 27. This was how I dressed much of time back then–false eyelashes and the mini skirt or dress. This blue velvet dress, one of my favorite for a year or so, I was wearing on this evening.  I’m about 50 pounds heavier now.

Back, around 1970, when I was around 27, while still a student of sorts, I also worked as a cocktail waitress in Los Angeles.  Being temporarily unemployed.  I walked into a bar on La Cienga Blvd. to see if they needed anyone.  I was surprised to run right into Bill Cosby sitting at the bar   It seems that this bar/jazz club, was owned by Redd Foxx.  However, the club was going bottoms-up, and Red Foxx was performing in Las Vegas to raise money, so he could keep his club going, Cosby had taken over the club temporarily for his friend to try to get more people to come in.  That evening was like a benefit for Foxx’s club..

Cosby hired me as his secretary for the evening, a job I always seemed to be more suited for than cocktail waitress.  I sat at Red Foxx’s desk in his office, answering the phone taking messages for Cosby.  Cosby told me that he didn’t drink, but offered me a drink from the bar to sip on as I worked.   Foxx’s office had walls covered with famous people’s photos of people he knew, i.e., Moms Mabley.  It was like being in a museum for black entertainers.  I loved it.

Dizzy Gillespie, whom I had met previously in San Francisco, was, besides Cosby, the evening leading attraction.  Dizzy remembered me from San Francisco and in between his sets, would come back into the office and visit with me.

When I had saved up about 10 messages, I would go back into the bar and hand them to Cosby.  Once when I went in to give him his messages, he was on the stage doing his stand-up routine.  He stopped in the middle of his routine to take my messages, made a few comments to me and allowing the audience to see his new secretary.

I remember, at this time, Cosby had a short-lived sitcom on TV in which he played the perfect school teacher, who was always helping kids out.

Cosby didn’t make any overt advances towards me, but he subtly gave me the impression that he was available, if I had any interest, but I hadn’t.  His wife, Carmen, a very attractive woman, was also present in the club, sitting at a table with a group of her women friends, but she didn’t seem to be paying any attention to Bill, nor him to her.  I only worked for 4 hours, the evening ended, and I took a taxi home by myself.  I had a class the next day at L. A. City College..

I think women were just kind of an ego stimulant for him.  I’ve found that entertainers often have to have their egos continually fed to give them the confidence they need to do what they do.  He was such a gentleman that it’s hard for me to believe he would rape anyone, but he might have changed as he got older. He was only about 33 or 34 when this happened.  I think these marriages that last forever is because everything is either understood, forgiven or overlooked.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightime

Night Falls on Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York, USA.  

First settled by the Dutch in the 1600′s, Port Richmond is where I live.  Although it’s one of the oldest and poorest communities on Staten Island, it’s not totally uninteresting.  It’s the largest Hispanic community on Staten Island.


Street Art

Street Art on Castleton Avenue at Port Richmond Ave.

Castleton Avenue and Port Richmond Avenue.  The main intersection of Port Richmond.

Castleton Avenue and Port Richmond Avenue. The main intersection of Port Richmond.  5-Eleven Deli on left.  All the other communities on Staten Island have a 7-Eleven, but we only get a 5-Eleven.

5-11 closeup

Peeking in the window of 5-Eleven Deli on Port Richmond Avenue and Castleton Ave.  Very busy all night long.  This photo was taken in the middle of a snow storm.

Toco Truck on Castleton Avenue between Park Ave. and Port Richmond Ave.

Toco Truck on Castleton Avenue between Park Ave. and Port Richmond Ave.

Dominican Beauty Salon

Dominican Beauty Salon on Castleton Avenue.

Influx of Women and Children at the USA’s Southern Border with Mexico

The following expresses my opinion on this matter:

Psalm 82:3-5

Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.

They do not know, nor do they understand.  They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.

(this doesn’t mean only if they are United States citizens, as the Republicans seems to think.)

Hebrews 3:1-3

Let brotherly love continue.  Do not be negligent in showing hospitality, for in doing so some entertained angels without knowing it.  Keep in mind those who are in prison as if you are in prison with them, and the ill-treated as though you are suffering physically yourselves.