"The Great Mattress Move Of 67"

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    Hippies in the rain with a mattress, what can I say

    "The Great Mattress Move Of 67"

     

    “The Great Mattress Move Of 67”

     

    this is the story of the great mattress move of

    November 1967,

    we had all else taken care of but the mattress,

    that we knew was going to be a problem,

    having no car,

    it wouldn’t fit into a shopping cart,

    nor any other type of conveyance we could

    think of, so, we began by dragging it down

    the stairs from the fifth floor of our old

    dump to the wet and puddled street, one

    block south and up the hill for five blocks

    would do it, the first three blocks went

    swimmingly (pun intended) up Harrison

    Street until we got to Summit ravine,

    at Summit  who did we chance to meet

    but our two least favorite narcs,

    “Hart and Jett”, for

    some reason or other they found our version

    of Beacon’s Moving humorous, they didn’t even

    deign to offer us a hand, we continued dragging

    our King sized mattress up Lake Harrison

    until we came to Boylston Slough, another 3

    free floating blocks and up another 3 flights

    of stairs got us to the door, where to our 

    disgruntled astonishment we found that the

    mattress would not fit through the door.

    We struggled with it for a long time

    with the narcs looking on

    finally one of us got it through his

    acid filled brain that maybe we could

    do something with the door

    having no tools we pulled and

    hammered on it with a lug wrench

    Tink had loaned us

    finally we all got mad and collectively ripped the

    door off its hinges, then we attacked

    the molding and frame

    after almost two hours of drenching torturous

    work with the cops looking on we managed

    to wedge it through with zero room to spare

    just to make our day more miserable

    Jett called me down to the car to tell me

    to remind him to never use our moving skills

    if he ever  needed to move.  Ahardy har har har.

    True story.

     

    © Sam Hyde

    01-06-11

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    Teardrops commented on "The Great Mattress Move Of 67"

    01-07-2011

    this is a great story and really funny . Oh the days of carefree youth . Marie

    rosehunter commented on "The Great Mattress Move Of 67"

    01-07-2011

    That's funny and awesome, and really decent storytelling. The title really caught my eye, too.

    cutbanksam

    01/07/2011

    Thank you. That is not the only really funny story from my younger days. I will post them as I get to them.

    Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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