The Beat: True Stories From the Streets
Page 8 Stories by Harry
Artwork by Jaynee Levy-Polis
There is an old saying,
“Do you eat to live or live to eat?” In my case, it is mostly that
I live to eat. I must confess I could have been in that survey
about the overfed Philadelphians. Our eating habits were written
about in a major magazine. We are the chubby crew. Doctors
tell us our extra weight is unhealthy. We need to eat less fat, and
exercise much more. How do we stop this overeating behavior?
Diets do not work. Just read what is written about diets and ask
some of you heavier friends, if you have any, who might have been on diets
in the past. I have been on diets. Many years ago, I tried
many types of diets. They do not work and your weight just goes up.
We need to change the way we eat, what we eat, and how much we eat.
That is the hard part. I came from a house where food was very important.
That has not changed. My problem is I can cook. I make all
the foods I like. I experiment and have lots of cookbooks.
Cooking and eating are relaxing for me. Eating
out is a form of recreation for Jayne and me. Like I said, I do mostly
all the cooking at our house. I enjoy it. I told Jaynee that
perhaps we could try to be more careful during the week. When we
go to restaurants on the weekend, maybe we could try and watch.
As I sit writing this article,
the city administration has yet to sit down with the various unions to
negotiate a new contract. Every time the union contract ends, it
seems that the City pulls out its old ridiculous give back list and refuses
to negotiate in good faith. I have seen it happen over and over for
35 years. Management hates the workers. They would rather pay
their cronies and drones than civil service workers. Cronies who
owe their jobs directly to Big Brother can be controlled. Cronies
will give their votes and drum up more votes to the people who give them
jobs. It means more money and votes for the officials who can use
that money and power any way they choose. Civil Service workers are
beholden to no one for their jobs. They really work for the good
of the city.