Keeping up with Polly and Sydnee
Copies of Polly’s Wild Dance will be here on Thursday, I’ll sign and mail them out on Friday. Hopefully, you’ll have them within a few days. Depends on your mail service. Now if you lived on the island of Kythira, at this time of year, with the weather taking charge of all living things, the mail mule might not get to your house for several weeks. You do relinquish a few conveniences when you decide to live on a remote Greek island during the winter. But, hell, who needs mail when you have a wild sea, fresh fish on calm days, drink an ouzo while cuddling in a warm cozy corner of a café neon and watch two old Greeks try to kill each other because one believes the other cheated at tavli (backgammon). No worry, it’s a Jewish fight. They are each held back by another man, fists held high, voices booming, curses flying through the air and then it’s back to the game. How many years have they been recreating this scene on a daily basis you might ask? Will they really hurt each other? Sixty years someone offers. Hurt each other? Hardly, they love each other, went to grade school together, baptized each others children, each married the others sister, and the life goes on. In Greece, every day is a challenge, and a dramatic challenge at that. Did I love living there? Every second. It wasn’t paradise, no place is, but living on a Greek island is as close to paradise as I ever expect to get.