by Peter Freyne
Sitting all day in the same seat brought back a feeling of immobility, one I haven't experienced since I had a job for almost six months with the U.S. Census Bureau back in 1980.
Today, I spent almost seven hours sitting in the same seat up on Hospital Hill. This one was my chemotherapy seat with the IV in the fat vein on top of my left hand. Went well.
I had only been in Burlap a few months. Census HQ was on lower Maple Street - an artsy ad agency in there now. Democrat Jimmy Carter was president. Ruth Poger, South Burlington Queen Bee, was the boss. Lots of Democrat Party-connected female managers. Friends of Patrick & Madeleine, aka. Patrick Leahy & Madeleine Kunin were they. Or rather Madeleine May Kunin as she's identified in her recent Lake Champlain op-ed in the Rutland Herald.
Plain and simple, the Census gals were short on boys and hired me on the spot. This Chicago cabbie with a Jesuit University degree appeared of interest. Over the next six months, I learned Vermont and Vermont politics in a whole lot more depth than the "normal" newcomer. And $150-a-week was a decent paycheck in 1980. The rent over on Marble Ave. was $125-a-month. And Jeannine, my Chicago sweetheart, was working behind the counter at La Patisserie on Main Street.
Nurse Pat, who took the photo of Peter Patient today, also shares a Chicago past. Grew up in "boring" Indianapolis. Went to St. Joe's in South Bend, the girls college, and spent much of those wild 1970s, like me, in Chicago! Greatest big city in the world! We agreed on that.
After chemo, I went downtown to the coffee shop. Light crowd on the Marketplace, except for the bunch sounding the IMPEACH BUSH message up in front of the Unitarian Church. I took this photo after they'd broken up. Leahy, Sanders, Welch, Douglas and Bush himself may wish we've heard the last of the IMPEACH BUSH cries, but you know what?
I confess, I missed the CH. 3 Six O'Clock News. By the time they posted it, I had already gone through the email. Surprised by the news judgment. Fanning the flames of the suicidal Virginia Tech psycho shooter???
Ol' WGOP must have gotten bad ratings? This led tonight's Vermont News: