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I am an enthusiast of the esoteric. In my younger day, I searched the stars to find the meaning of my own life. But now, I read the tea-leaves looking for any sign that the Trump administration will end abruptly, and America will find its way out of the hand basket to hell.

Due to current day American politics, and a country divided, most of my daylight hours are spent trying to quell the burning fire of rage that has left my soul a barren waste of scorched earth. My evenings are soothed and quenched by the august period piece, The Crown, which “chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times.”

It is not hard to understand the Trump administration’s response to the recently ravaged US territory, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria ferociously swept across the island on September 20, 2017.

DJ Joe Bermudez opened for Madonna at the Boston Garden. Can you imagine that!

The art of the remix and the rise of DJ superstars have baffled me. I have never been quite sure where the genius is in “remixing” someone else’s song, or why a lone fellow with a computer on stage at the Boston Garden may be an appealing show to watch. But local celeb and genuinely nice guy, DJ Joe Bermudez, took the time to inform and educate me on this elusive mystery.

I first laid eyes on DS Wells at the Senior Center in Central Square on election night. I was on the CCTV crew covering the election results, while she, along with the new police Commissioner, Branville G. Bard, Jr and several other police officers were on duty protecting the process.

What captured my attention was her height and posture. DS Wells is 6’1, but more importantly she carries herself with an approachable and impressive authority. Posture is one of those tactic human messaging systems that doesn’t always get the gravitas it deserves, until it awes you with its command.

Over the last couple of years as we have lost our rock & roll icons and symbols of our youth and rebellion, I uttered the most unfortunate words, “At least I won’t have to worry about Tom for a while.”

On October 2, 2017, my boss at NeighborMedia, Frank Morris Lopez, was the one to break it to me via text message. Tom Petty had been rushed to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA having suffered cardiac arrest and showing no brain activity.

Established in 1913, Felix Shoe Repair in Harvard Square remains necessitous even in this era of cheaply made, disposable shoe and clothing-wear.

Of course there is not an all day hustle & bustle at Felix’s, but on the occasions that I was in the shop, the proprietor Christos Soillis, had a lot more business on his hands than I would have excepted. It was heel and zipper repairs that seemed to be the most common.

F.J. Doyle & Co. also known as Doyle’s Café in Jamaica Plain has a Wikipedia page. It is that famous. In the most notoriously Boston way, it is famous for beer and politics.

When I saw my first one, I thought it was a sweatshirt that CRLS was handing out to the kids in one of its clubs. But then I started seeing more of them and not just on teenagers, but also on people of all ages. I am referring to the t-shirt/sweatshirt that proudly reads “Just a Kid from Cambridge.”

Before Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics was famous, she used to wait tables in New York City. Imagine the thrill of being served Spaghetti Bolognese by someone who would soon become an international rock star.

Although the game of fame has changed drastically over the decades, one thing remains the same; you never know what plethora of talent your waiter or barista may be dishing out when their shift is over.