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“almost homeless”

Wearing ‘almost homeless’ sign, ex-executive seeks work

Paul Nawrocki says he’s beyond the point where he cares about humiliation.

I Felt Like This Once Before

It was a Friday in August 1974. Richard Nixon had boarded a helicopter on the White House lawn, flashed a “victory” sign and fled to avoid conviction on impeachment charges in the Senate.

At the local Liquor Mart, a warehouse-sized booze outlet, the aisles became so crowded by 9:30 a.m. that city police had to be called to monitor the line, which snaked out the door, around the building and down the block. They allowed more people into the store only as equal numbers came out, their arms or carts loaded with cases or kegs of beer and all other manner of alcohol. The aroma of cannabis wafted about here and there but did not spur the cops to arrest anyone as joints were passed along the line.

By 10:30 a.m., the shelves were going bare, and only the more expensive stuff was left, which seemed not to deter anyone.

After that, it was an all-weekend party. “Wasted” scarcely describes our drunkenness. Our partying was replicated around the country. In a way, that weekend marked the end of the ’60s, the era, not the decade.

Afterward came the letdown. Gerald Ford assumed the Presidency, and within a month, he had pardoned Nixon.    

Bush’s Blue Dress


Bush’s Blue Dress ©2008 Emily Duffy Photo by Sibila Savage

Cross-posted at my blog (where you can see larger images) and on Docudharma)

Dimensions: 58″x40″.

Description: Dress sewn of cut parchment replicas of the U.S. Constitution with blood stain over heart. (Started in 2008)

A hanger with American flag fabric and an eagle on it.

Materials: Like a lovely framed painting one might see in the National Gallery, the background fabric is burgundy brocade with fringe, velvet edges and gold braid nailed onto the wall. Gold metal hooks and grommets (in background fabric) hold the fabric and hanger up.

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